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Admissions Guidelines

What information do I need to submit?

So you've decided you would like to apply for admission but you are not sure what additional information you need to provide to complete the admissions process. If you've graduated from high school, earned a GED, are eligible to take the GED, or are dually enrolled in high school and college, you’re ready to begin. Get started with classes now by submitting an application and some additional information. We've provided a list of common admission types below with a list of items you'll need to provide. If you scored below 18 on the ACT in reading, English, or math, you’ll need to take the COMPASS test. The COMPASS test is a placement test which is free for first-time takers and is administered by our Testing Center.

First-Time Student

If you are a student who has never attended another college and has earned a high school diploma or earned a GED, you’ll need to provide:

  • Your high school transcript or GED test scores.
  • Scores from a placement test such as the ACT or COMPASS.

Transfer Student

If you are a student who has attended another college but do not plan to return to that college, you'll need to provide:

  • Your high school transcript or GED test scores.
  • Your official transcript(s) from the colleges you have previously attended (go ahead and send regardless if you earned credit or not).
  • If you attended an institution that is not one of the nine regionally accredited organizations, please scroll down to Petition to Accept Transfer Credit section on this page.
  • Scores from a placement test such as the ACT or COMPASS.

Transient (Visiting) Student

If you are a student who would like to take classes with Hopkinsville Community College but are currently attending another college to earn a degree, you'll need to provide:

  • A letter from your home college stating you are eligible to take classes at Hopkinsville (you'll need this each semester).
  • Scores from a placement test such as the ACT or COMPASS.
  • Your official transcript(s) from any colleges you have previously attended (as needed) to show proof of prerequisites.

High School Student

If you are currently in high school and would like to enroll in college courses, each semester you'll need to provide:

  • A statement signed by a counselor from your high school and your parent or guardian giving you permission to take courses.
  • Scores from a placement test such as the ACT or COMPASS.
  • Your current high school transcript.

If you have questions, please visit our Admissions Frequently Asked Questions page.

Are there other requirements?

If you want to enter a selective program such as Nursing, you may have a few more special requirements. For more information, contact our Advising Center a few months before you plan to begin your studies.

Petition to Accept Transfer Credit

Hopkinsville Community College accepts credit from other institutions if the institutions are listed with an appropriate regional accreditation organization.  Under normal circumstances, Hopkinsville Community College does not accept credit from non-regionally accredited institutions of higher learning.

There are nine regional accrediting organizations:

  • MSA Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
  • NWCCU Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • NCA-HLC North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission
  • NCA-CASI North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, Board of Trustees
  • NEASC-CIHE New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • NEASC-CTCI New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
  • SACS Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • WASC-ACCJS Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  • WASC-ACSCU Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

If you desire acceptance of courses from an institution which is not accredited by a regional accrediting organization, the following requirements must be met:

  1. You must have completed at least 12 credit hours of General Education courses (this excludes developmental courses).
  2. Maintained at least a 2.0 GPA.

Upon meeting these requirements, you will need to complete the Petition to Accept Transfer Credit form.PDF icon  The required information you provide will then be sent to the approved designated college personnel to determine if credit will be awarded.  If approval to award transfer credit is given, you will be notified via your KCTCS student email.

This process ensures students that Hopkinsville Community College adheres to the highest standards in maintaining academic quality and integrity as required by our regional accrediting organization.

Please return or mail all required documentation to the Registrar's Office:

Hopkinsville Community College
ATTN: Registrar's Office
PO Box 2100
Hopkinsville, KY  42241-2100

Are there any other admission restrictions?

Not at all. If you meet the general requirements for admission, you will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or mental or physical disability.

Kentucky Residency

For questions regarding residency status, please contact us via email at melissa.stevenson@kctcs.edu or by phone at (270)707-3811.

On the admissions application, there are questions relating to residency. How you answer these questions determines if you are identified as a Kentucky resident or an out-of-state resident.

If it is determined that you are an out-of-state resident and you wish to apply for in-state residency, you would need to complete and submit the residency form PDF icon, along with supporting documentation by the term deadline to:

Hopkinsville Community College

ATTN:  Admissions
PO BOX 2100
Hopkinsville, KY 42241-2100