Admission Requirements

Curricular Students

Curricular students are those who wish to work full- or part-time toward the completion of a degree, diploma, or certificate offered by the College. To be officially admitted to a curriculum, the following items are required:

  1. completed application for admission;
  2. demonstrated proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics (see Multiple Measures for Placement section below) 
  3. official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended if transfer credit is requested by the student.

Students enrolling in Career Studies Certificate programs are waived from “demonstrated proficiency” unless a course in the program requires a reading, writing, or math prerequisite.

Admission to the College or a curriculum does not necessarily guarantee admission to a particular program.  Additional qualifications may be required for admission to a specific program, such as Aviation Maintenance Technology, Nursing, or Veterinary Technology.

In addition to the general admission requirements listed above, specific requirements are usually prescribed for each curriculum of the College. Among the items generally considered in determining the eligibility of a student for admission to a curriculum are educational and occupational experiences and the application of reasonable standards to ensure that the student possesses the potential to meet program requirements. The College offers a comprehensive program in Developmental Studies to correct academic deficiencies.

Persons entering associate degree (Associate of Arts & Sciences, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, or Associate of Fine Arts) programs must be high school graduates or the equivalent, or otherwise considered eligible by the College.

Non-Curricular Students

Non-curricular students are those who do not currently intend to apply credits toward completion of a degree, diploma, or certificate offered by the College.  A non-curricular student is, therefore, not formally admitted to the curricula of the College, but attends classes on a part-time or full-time basis under special conditions.

To take courses at the College, the following are required:

  1. completed application for admission;
  2. demonstrated proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics if required for the courses that the student intends to complete. (see Multiple Measures for Placement section below) 

Multiple Measures for Placement

In determining students’ readiness for college-level English and math courses, BRCC will use the following means and measures:

  1. Any student who has earned an associate degree or higher or who has earned a C or better in college-level courses in math and/or English at a regionally accredited institution will be exempt from placement testing provided they meet the prerequisites for the respective courses in their chosen program of study.
     
  2. Any student who has successfully completed developmental courses at a VCCS institution will be exempt from placement testing in those areas.
     
  3. Any student who has successfully completed developmental courses at a non-VCCS institution will have their coursework evaluated for placement.
     
  4. A student may submit a high school/home school transcript or an approved test score for placement evaluation. Placement will be based on the tables M and E below. Seniors who have not yet graduated may submit a transcript as of the completion of the first semester of the senior year to determine readiness for placement into college-level courses for the purpose of early admission.
     
  5. Any student who is not placed by the above criteria will take the Virginia Placement Test, or ESL-specific test, as appropriate. Students have the option to take the Virginia Placement Test in order to improve their placement standing after other measures are considered. Such placement test scores will not be used to place a student in a lower English or math course than indicated by other criteria, unless the student desires a lower placement.

Table M - Measures for Math Placement

Math placement will be determined using one of the following measures. 

Math Placement Measures# HSGPA Placement
HSGPA (High School Grade Point Average) and Algebra II and One Algebra Intensive Course1 3.0 or higher MTE 1- MTE 9 Satisfied
Algebra Intensive Courses above Algebra II: Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Algebra III.1 2.7-2.9 MTE 1- MTE 9 Co-Requisite Eligible
HSGPA and Algebra II 3.0 or higher MTE 1- MTE 5 Satisfied
2.7-2.9 MTE 1- MTE 5 Co-Requisite Eligible
HSGPA and Algebra I 3.0 or higher MTE 1- MTE 3 Satisfied
2.7-2.9 MTE 1- MTE 3 Co-Requisite Eligible
SAT – Math 530 or above MTE 1- MTE 9 Satisfied
510-520 range MTE 1- MTE 5 Satisfied
ACT – Subject Area Test Math 22 or above MTE 1- MTE 9 Satisfied
19-21 range MTE 1- MTE 5 Satisfied
GED – Math 165 or above MTE 1- MTE 5 Satisfied
155-165 range MTE 1- MTE 3 Satisfied

High school GPA (HSGPA) is valid for five (5) years after the date of high school graduation. SAT, ACT and GED Test scores are valid for five (5) years after the date of the test. Virginia Placement Test-Math scores are valid for five (5) years after the date of the test. Previously taken developmental courses will be valid for five (5) years after term taken.

Students who take the Virginia Placement Test - Math and who do not enroll in developmental math are allowed to take one (1) retest within twelve (12) months. Students who attempt a developmental mathematics course will be ineligible for a retest. Exceptions to this retest policy may be made on a case-by-case basis in accordance with established college procedures.

Table E - Measures for English Placement

English placement will be determined using one of the following measures. 

English Placement Measures HSGPA or Score Range Placement
HSGPA (High School Grade Point Average) 3.0 or higher ENG 111
2.7-2.9 ENF 3/ENG 111
SAT-ERW (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) 480 or above ENG 111
460-470 range ENF 3/ENG 111
ACT-Subject Area Tests English and Reading 18 or above ENG 111
15-17 range ENF 3/ENG 111
GED-English 165 or above ENG 111

High school GPA (HSGPA) is valid for five (5) years after the date of high school graduation. SAT, ACT and GED Test scores are valid for five (5) years after the date of the test. Virginia Placement Test-English scores are valid for five (5) years after the date of the test. Previously taken developmental courses will be valid for five (5) years after term taken.

Students who take the Virginia Placement Test - English and who do not enroll in developmental English are allowed to take one (1) retest within twelve (12) months. Students who attempt a developmental English course will be ineligible for a retest. Exceptions to this retest policy may be made on a case-by-case basis in accordance with established college procedures.