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Garrett Application for Admission


Additionally, applications are available for download in Word Format or PDF Format or request one by phone, toll-free at 866-554-2773, ext. 3044 or 301-387-3044 or send a request by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please include your mailing address on email requests.

How do I apply?     Transferring from Garrett College
Student Classification     Programs of Study
Acceptance of Credits into G.C.     Student Residency
Affirmative Action for Educational Opportunity
Grievance Procedures for Educational Equity
Accessibility for Handicapped Students

Applications are available for download in Word Format or PDF Format or request one by phone, toll-free at 866-554-2773, ext. 3044 or 301-387-3044 or send a request by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please include your mailing address on email requests.

All students MUST complete an admissions application prior to registration. Click here for steps to getting started.

Maryland Dream Act Student Guide
As an open-admission institution, Garrett College grants admission to all students regardless of immigration status.  Maryland Senate Bill 167 enacted in the 2011 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, also known as the Dream Act, provides the opportunity for some non-U.S. citizens who attended high school in Maryland to receive in-county or out-of-county tuition rates.  In order to qualify for this exemption, students must meet the specified eligibility requirements.  For more information and detailed requirements, review guidelines in the Request & Affidavit for Exemption from Non-Resident Tuition Rates

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Full-Time/Part-Time Status
The normal course load of a full-time student is 12 to 18 credit hours or 6 to 8 credit hours in Summer sessions. Loads above 18 credits or 8 credits for Summer sessions must be approved by the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs upon the recommendation of the advisor.

Full-Time Degree/Certificate Seeking Student
This classification is for the student who declares a program of study upon admissions to the College and is attending full-time. This includes students enrolled in degree programs that may require transfer for completion.

Part-Time Degree/Certificate Seeking Student
This classification is for the student who intends to seek a degree or certificate on a part-time basis.

Special Student
The Special Student classification pertains to a student who is enrolled less than full-time and does not intend to complete a program of study leading to a certificate or degree. A student must declare a program of study or have permission to register from the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. Special students are not eligible for Financial Aid.

Dual Enrollment Student
High school student who evidence readiness through completion of the College placement indicator may be admitted to specific college courses and earn both high school and college credit upon satisfactory completion of the course(s). Dual enrollment courses may be offered via Interactive TV or high school campuses.

Dually enrolled students are help to the rules, regulations, and standards of the college regardless of their physical location at the time the course is offered.

Class Status
Freshman: A student who has completed less than 28 credit hours of college-level studies.
Sophomore: A student having earned 28 or more credit hours of college-level studies.

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Students entering Garrett College may be awarded credits for prior educational or life experiences. A maximum of 40 non-resident credits is allowed for a Garrett College degree.

Transferring Credits from Other Colleges or Universities
Students may transfer credits into Garrett from eligible post-secondary institutions. As part of the admissions process, students who have attended one or more institutions prior to transferring to Garrett College submit an official transcript from each institution. Prior to a transfer student's initial advising session, a transcript analysis will be completed by the Director of Records and Registration. Please refer to the College Catalog for detailed transfer policies.

Garrett College follows the General Education and Transfer Policies of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), Title 13B Subtitle 06 Chapter 01.

Military Credit
Course equivalency credit may be granted for certain military experiences as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). Courses appropriate to Garrett's curriculum and applicable to the student's major program of study will be accepted. A maximum of 40 non-resident credits, including military credits, will be accepted by Garrett.

Life Experience Assessment Program
A variety of tools, such as Advanced Placement, CLEP (College Level Examination Program), Portfolio Assessment, Credit by Examination, and/or Credit by Certification, can be used to earn life experience credits.

To be considered for the life experience assessment, student must be currently enrolled at Garrett College. Interested students should first meet with their academic advisor to discuss life experience possibilities. Additional fees may apply.

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For the purposes of assessing tuition charges, Garrett College follows residency guidelines established by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. A student's residency (aka domicile) is determined at the time of admission to the Garrett College. Each student will sign a statement affirming domicile and the factual basis for the claim of a domicile. At the time of each subsequent enrollment, the student will indicate whether his or her domicile is the same as or different from that affirmed at application.

Click here for more information on Residency at Garrett College.

Download housing application.

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Garrett College has a variety of transfer program majors. Transfer agreements have been developed with many two-year and four-year institutions which specify your course of study while at Garrett. Your academic program advisor and the Coordinator of Career and Transfer Services will work with you in setting career and educational goals; the selection of appropriate transfer institutions; and the development of an appropriate curriculum to prepare for transfer.

Students considering transfer to Maryland institutions should be aware that to maximize transfer of credits they should complete an Associate's degree at Garrett College prior to transfer.

Transferability of courses between Maryland institutions can be researched through the ARTSYS system available to

The key to success is working closely with an academic advisor and the Coordinator of Career and Transfer Services as soon as possible.

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Garrett College offers a variety of transfer and career advancement programs leading to Associate in Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching or Associate in Applied Science degrees as well as one-year certificate programs. Click here to find out more about programs of study.

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Garrett College is committed to the principle and practice of Equality of Opportunity and Affirmative Action in employment and education.

  • Admission. 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. No individual is denied admission to Garrett College because of race, religion, social, economic, or political affiliation.
  • B. Treatment. The College will also ensure that all students are treated without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, political affiliation, marital status, national origin, age, and physical or mental limitations. Specifically, this equitable treatment will include the following areas:
    • Access to and participation in course offerings and extracurricular activities, including campus organizations and competitive athletics.
    • Eligibility for financial aid and access to all college services.
    • Use of available facilities.

In addition to Affirmative Action guidelines, Garrett College monitors its policies and procedures as they relate to the following Federal Legislation:

  • Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, as amended, prohibits discrimination against students on the basis of sex, including admissions and recruitment of students; denial or differential provision of any aid, benefits, or services in any academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training or other education program or activity; financial or other benefits.
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, states: "No qualified handicapped person will, on the basis of handicap, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity which receives or benefits from Federal financial assistance."

Requests for information about these regulations and questions may be directed to the Affirmative Action Director in the Director of Human Resources Office, Garrett College, McHenry, Maryland 21541, by phone at 301-387-3049, or to the Director, Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington, D.C. 20207.

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Any questions which arise with respect to equal treatment can be pursued with the Office of Affirmative Action. This person has specific knowledge about Title IX and Section 504 as well.

If a student believes his/her rights under Title IX and Section 504 have been violated, (s)he should file a Professional Misconduct complaint. Details of the complaint and appeal processes are described in the Student Handbook.

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The facilities of Garrett College are accessible to all students. Special services are available which enable handicapped students to participate in all college programs. For more information, write or call the Office of Affirmative Action.

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