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Admissions and Registration Information

 Location 


The Admissions Office is located in Room 404 in the Student Center. The 400 building also houses the Financial Aid and Records & Registration offices. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with extended hours during advertised evening registration.

 New Students


All new students must complete an application for admission, which can be submitted online at:

http://www.garrettcollege.edu/getstarted/pursue

Those without internet access may call the Garrett College Office of Admissions at 301-387-3044 or toll-free 866-554-2773 to request a copy by mail.  To apply in person, visit the Office of Admissions from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Prior to registration for classes, new students must take a placement test.  An academic advisor will assist new degree and certificate-seeking students with course selection.

Returning Students


A returning student who has been enrolled at Garrett College during the past four semesters and has not taken college courses elsewhere in his/her absence from GC should contact his/her academic advisor to make a registration appointment.  A returning student who has not been enrolled at Garrett College during the past four semesters should contact the Office of Admissions regarding readmission.  A returning student who has taken college courses elsewhere in his/her absence from GC must also contact the Office of Admission, regardless of the number of semesters she/he has been away from Garrett College.

International Admissions and Registration


Garrett College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students and issue the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status. This process usually takes 3-6 months prior to registration for classes.  The Coordinator of International Admissions is available to assist international applicants at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-387-3044. International citizens with permanent resident status or on a visa that allows enrollment in college classes can go through the regular student admissions process by contacting the Admissions Office, 301-387-3044, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Course Placement


Garrett College utilizes the ACCUPLACER placement indicator to assess applicants’ reading, writing, and mathematics ability.  Degree- and certificate-seeking students identified by the placement test as needing additional preparation for college-level courses will be required to complete the prescribed developmental classes in his/her first semester and, if applicable, the semester that immediately follows until successfully completing the associated college-level course (or, in the case of Reading, the final developmental course).  Students who enroll in a developmental English course must also successfully complete a First Year Experience course in their first semester or will need to repeat the course in the subsequent semester(s) until successful. 


Advising and Academic Success Center (AASC)
Main Office, Room 519 – located inside of the Library—301-387-3715


 Academic Advising

At Garrett College, academic advising is a collaborative process designed to help students succeed academically; develop an appropriate educational plan leading to graduation and beyond; focus on their life beyond the college experience; and assume a responsible and proactive role in their own education.  Academic Success Advisors work with students in their first semester and with students who are on academic probation, while Faculty Advisors work with students who have earned at least 12 college-level credits.  Returning students can find the name and contact information of their advisor through the Student Portal.

Career Advising

Career advising services at Garrett College provide opportunities for students to develop clear career goals and design action plans to reach those goals, including obtaining relevant career experience and developing the skills necessary to conducting an effective job search.  Online career assessment is available for those needing to select a major and/or career direction.  Students are encouraged to discuss their career advising needs with their advisor and to learn more at:

http://www.garrettcollege.edu/services/advising-academic-success-center/career-services

Transfer Advising 

Students wishing to transfer to a 4-year institution are strongly encouraged to identify their transfer-to institution as soon as possible.  Students who do so will have a much greater likelihood of a smooth transfer. Working with their advisor, students can use online tools such as ARTSYS (www.artsys.usmd.edu) to plan their classes at Garrett College well in advance.


Affirmative Action for Educational Opportunity


Garrett College is committed to the principle and practice of Equality of Opportunity and Affirmative Action in employment and education. Garrett College provides an easily accessible education for all students who can profit from college-level instruction. All high school graduates are eligible for admission to the College. Students who have not received a high school diploma may be admitted on a provisional basis. Garrett College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or physical or mental disability with respect to admission, access to courses, or student-related policies and procedures.


Entrance Placement Indicator



The enrollment process includes the completion of the placement indicator. Please note that you must have an appointment to take placement.

Applicants who have achieved an ACT Verbal score of 21 or an SAT Critical Reading score of 550 will be exempt from the Garrett College English placement indicator. Students who have scored 21 on the ACT Math subject test or 550 on the SAT Math will be placed in either MAT 105 or MAT 210; students attempting a math placement higher than MAT 105 or MAT 210 must take the placement test to determine exact placement.

Applicants who have already successfully completed English 101 and/or college Algebra or higher are also exempt from placement. Please note that official test scores and college transcripts must be on file in the Garrett College Office of Admissions for those seeking exemption from placement.

THE IMPORTANCE OF PLACEMENT

Your scores on the reading, writing, and math portions of ACCUPLACER will determine if you are ready to take college-level courses. Students who are well-prepared for placement may be able to avoid taking developmental courses in math and/or English. Students with lower scores on the placement test may be required to take several developmental classes before taking college-level classes.

PREPARE FOR PLACEMENT AND TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. Links to sample questions, study exercises, practice tests, and other aids can be found on our placement website: http://www.garrettcollege.edu/placement. Studying in advance can improve your chances of getting into college-level classes, thus saving time and money!

Please make an appointment in advance and arrive on time for your testing appointment. Failure to do either may result in needing to reschedule your placement test.

After taking placement, an advisor will interpret your results with you in person or by phone. Where you placed into English, Reading, and Math will be discussed with you, as well as available options for improving your scores if that is of interest to you. One possibility, for those who qualify, is a one-day refresher course offered on campus, at the end of which students retake the placement test while the material is still fresh in their minds.

Retesting is always an option; however, experience has shown that the likelihood that a student will increase his/her scores is good only with significant intervention (e.g., a refresher course, self-studying) between the first and second test. There is no cost for retesting.

Visit http://www.garrettcollege.edu/getstarted/pursue/placement/online-registration to register for placement online or call 301-387-3715.



 

 Financial Aid Information

 

Garrett College participates in most Title IV Federal Student Assistance Programs and Maryland State, private, and local scholarships. You may obtain further information and applications in the Financial Aid Office in room SC-401 of the Student Center or by calling 301-387-3025.

Applying for Financial Aid at Garrett College


At Garrett College, we've made applying for financial aid easy. All it takes is one form -- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA allows the Department of Education to determine how much your family can be expected to contribute to your educational expenses. When you apply for financial aid, the amount you're awarded is based on the difference between the cost of attending Garrett and this expected contribution. 

  • FAFSA on the web is now available at www.fafsa.gov. If you plan to attend the Fall 2014 semester, use the 2014-15 FAFSA. Information is based on 2013 income.
  • TAX RETURNS CANNOT BE COLLECTED THIS YEAR (under the new law, parents and students must either utilize the IRS data retrieval tool on the FAFSA or request a tax transcript from the IRS).      
  • Enter Garrett’s school code (010014) on your FAFSA so that we'll receive your information as soon as it is processed.
  • A few weeks after submitting your FAFSA, you'll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Federal Student Aid Programs processing center that outlines your expected family contribution.
  • The Garrett College Financial Aid Office will send you an award notice or financial aid package via email based on your ISIR (SAR).
  • The Department of Education randomly selects 1 out of 3 students for a Verification process.  If you are selected you will be requested to submit additional information.

Garrett County Scholarship applications and Garrett College Foundation applications may be found on the Garrett College Financial Aid website at www.garrettcollege.edu/financialaid. You may download and print these applications and mail, fax, or email them to the Financial Aid Office to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summer 2014


There is no payment plan for Summer. Payment is due in full June 18, 2014.

Fall 2014


To assist our students and their families in meeting their financial obligations, we offer a deferred payment plan as an alternative to traditional payment arrangements. It is important that students understand their payment obligations. We encourage students to contact the Business Office at 301-387-3061 if they have questions.

  1. Full financial aid – If you are receiving enough financial aid to cover your entire balance, there is no charge to defer your account balance.
  2. Partial financial aid – a) If you bring a statement of your financial aid awards to the Business Office, complete the appropriate paperwork, and pay any balance not covered by financial aid by August 7, 2014, there is no charge to defer the portion of your bill covered by financial aid. b) If you bring a statement of your financial aid awards to the Business Office and would like to defer any remaining balance, you may enroll in a payment plan. Information on the payment plan is available on the college website.
  3. Regular deferred payment plan – For questions regarding the payment plan program, go to www.garrettcollege.edu and click on How to Pay.

If you are covered by an outside party such as Western Maryland Consortium, AmeriCorps, Division of Rehabilitation Services, your employer, etc., you must have the appropriate paperwork on file by August 7, 2014, to avoid interest and/or late fees.

 Delinquent Accounts


We will charge delinquent accounts a $25 late fee. In addition, we will refer delinquent accounts to our collection agency which is currently the State of Maryland’s Central Collection Unit. Once an account is referred to CCU, a collection fee of 17% will be added to the account, the debt will be reported to consumer reporting agencies, and Garrett College can no longer settle the account. If you have a delinquent account, you will not be allowed to register for the upcoming semester. In addition, no grades or transcripts will be released until the account is paid in full. If you pay with a personal or business check, grades and/or transcripts will be held for 30 days after receipt of payment due to the possibility of insufficient funds or stop payments. Accounts paid with either cash or credit cards can have information released by the next business day.

 


Educational Opportunities

Whether you are 16 or 60, planning to complete a degree or pursue a new interest, seeking a new career, or planning to upgrade your job skills, you will find educational opportunities and services at Garrett College. At Garrett College, we’re proud to offer a wide range of courses leading to a variety of Certificates or Associate’s Degrees. Students major in fields that include Adventure Sports Management, Business and Information Technology, Electrical Engineering, Cybersecurity, Teacher Education, Fine and Performing Arts, General Studies, Liberal Arts, Mathematics and Science, Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Each year, Garrett graduates outperform students from most other community colleges in Maryland, historically ranking at or near the top in terms of their GPA at transfer institutions, just as they enjoy great success in the workplace. Whether your goal is to take a course for personal interest or to take the first steps towards a college degree, Garrett College offers exciting and invaluable opportunities for you to learn.

West Virginia Reciprocity


West Virginia residents of certain West Virginia counties who enroll in programs qualifying for West Virginia Reciprocity pay the same tuition as residents of Garrett County. For a complete listing of these programs and a listing of eligible counties, contact the Admissions Office at 301-387-3044.

Statewide Designated Programs


All residents of Maryland who enroll in a qualified statewide designated program (Adventure Sports Management or Natural Resources & Wildlife Technology AAS degree) are eligible for the in-county tuition rate.

Credit for Prior Learning


If you have had significant experience that has resulted in college level learning, you may have this learning evaluated through Garrett’s process of nontraditional credit. Options include challenge tests, performance evaluations, and portfolio assessment. Applications are available in the Academic Affairs Office. (Fees may apply.)

Persons 60 Years Old or Retired and Disabled


Tuition may be waived for any Maryland resident who is 60 years old or older or who is disabled/retired (by reason of disability).  Not all disabled persons are eligible--only those with a permanent disability who are currently receiving social security disability benefits or those eligible as defined by the Railroad Retirement Act. ONLY upon verification that a person is receiving such benefits will tuition be waived.

Veterans’ Assistance


Garrett College participates in GI Bill Education/Training Benefits and other military assistance programs. Interested veterans should contact Veterans Affairs in the Office of Financial Aid at 301-387-3057 for more information or online at www.gibill.va.gov.


Additional Information



Student ID Cards


Garrett College photo ID cards can be obtained from the Security Office. The ID card can be used as your Library card and in the Lakers Café in conjunction with your meal plan. It can also serve to prove your student status for sporting events and area discounts.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. According to federal law, Garrett College may not release specific aspects or any information of a student’s academic record, including the student’s financial account with the College to a parent, relative or guardian unless the student provides permission. Students wishing to grant such permission are required to complete and submit a Student Information Release form which is available in the Office of Records and Registration.   Additional information regarding FERPA may be found in the College catalog.

Schedule Changes/Withdrawing from College


In order to drop or add courses by the official drop/add dates, students are required to submit a Schedule Change form, with the advisor’s signature, to the Office of Records & Registration. This office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours during advertised evening registration.

Schedule Notes


  • Prerequisites:   If a prerequisite is noted, please refer to the College Catalog for specific requirements.
  • Online Learning:  Students are required to complete an online or on-campus orientation session prior to the start of their online course(s).  


Textbook Information
The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and the retail price information for required/recommended textbooks for the current CREDIT session can be found online at:
http://www.garrettcollege.edu/services/bookstore