A student may be admitted to the College in any one of the following classifications:
A Declared Student is a student pursuing a postsecondary certificate or degree. To be eligible, a student must:
- Be a graduate of an accredited or recognized United States high school or international high school with equivalent programs of instruction and comparable standards; or
- Have the equivalent of a high school diploma (e.g., G.E.D);
- Have an AA/AS, BA/BS or higher degree, or successful completion of at least 45 hours of college credit with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher from an accredited or recognized United States college/university or a foreign college/university with equivalent programs of instruction and comparable standards; or
- Be at least sixteen (16) years of age or older and have the ability to benefit from the education or training offered at the College. Students admitted on the basis of ability to benefit from the education or training offered must pass a U.S. Department of Education approved test such as ACCUPLACER prior to enrollment at the College.
An Undeclared Student is a student taking courses who has not formally identified a particular degree, certificate or diploma program at the College. Any person below 16 years of age may only enroll as a secondary student in classes held on the College campus, subject to proof of parental consent, home school consent, and College approval. The College will determine if such students are able to benefit from an educational experience delivered in an adult setting.
Full-time international students at other institutions are also eligible but international (F-1 Visa) students who are full-time students at the College may not be admitted as Undeclared Students.
An Enrichment Student is a student who does not intend to declare a major or pursue a degree program, but who plans to complete more than 18 credit hours of post-secondary work. Such student would not be required to pursue General Education courses, except in the case where a General Education course is listed as a prerequisite for a course of interest to the student. Should an individual enrolled as an enrichment student subsequently decide to pursue a Certificate or Associate degree program, he/she would be limited to applying up to 18 GCC credits toward any chosen Associate or Certificate program.
A Diploma Student is a student pursuing an Adult High School Diploma. To be eligible, a student must be at least 16 years old, not a high school graduate and not attending a regular high school program.
A Special Student is a student admitted to the College to participate in a special training project or taking special courses or is pursuing an educational objective not usually available at the College. Any person is eligible to be a Special Student.
A Training Participant is a person enrolled in courses not applicable towards a diploma, certificate, degree, or other formal credential. The courses are designed for professional development or personal enrichment and is not part of the regular schedule of classes.
When all information, forms and documents are received, students applying for admission as a Declared Student or as a Diploma Student will be notified by mail of their admission to the College and may be assigned a specific date and time for orientation, placement testing, advisement and registration. Students who are transferring course credits into the College must complete an Evaluation Request form and results will be mailed after reviewed.
In some cases, however, a student may not be permitted to enroll in the beginning courses in their program because:
- Certain prerequisites for the courses have not been met;
- The program may already be fully enrolled; or
- Beginning courses in the program are not offered in that semester.
Only students applying for admission as a Declared Student are formally notified of their acceptance.
Admission Procedure for Declared Students/Diploma Students
Students applying for admission either as a DECLARED STUDENT or as a DIPLOMA STUDENT are required to complete the following steps prior to admission to the College:
- Submit an Application for Admission to the Admissions and Registration Office.
- Students working toward an Adult High School Diploma apply for admission as a Diploma Student.
- Students working toward a certificate or degree apply for admission as a Declared Student. Students applying for admission as a Declared Student must specify the degree or certificate program they intend to pursue.
- Submit official transcripts of all high school and/or college work.
- Submit other information, forms or documents as requested by the College.
Note: Consideration for admission is based on a complete submission of all required or requested documents.
Admission is based on the semester in which a complete application is made. Failure to submit a complete application may result in denial of Declared Student status.
If the student is admitted, the student must, in addition:
- Take placement tests, if required, and meet with a College counselor or advisor for advisement and program planning.
- Register for classes during the registration period and pay all tuition and fees in full within the designated payment period.
All documents, transcripts and forms submitted by the student during the admission process become the property of the College and will not be copied for the student’s own use, returned to the student, or forwarded on behalf of the student to any other institution.
Admission Procedure for Undeclared Students
No advance application for admission is required for admission as an Undeclared Student.
Admission of International Students
The college is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. Nonimmigrant alien students (hereinafter referred to as international students) are not citizens of the United States or aliens permanently residing in the United States.
International students must meet the same admission requirements as all other students. In addition, international students must also meet the following special admission requirements:
- Submit, with their Application for Admission, as a Declared Student and provide certified translations of foreign transcripts in U.S. equivalencies provided by a NACES approved member (www.naces.org).
- English Language Test Requirement:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Applicants are required to score a minimum of 61 (internet based), 173 (computer-based) or 500 (paper-based) on the TOEFL.
- IELTS - Students choosing to take the IELTS test for admission must take the Academic IELTS. c. For undergraduate students, the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-a score of 5.5 overall or above for all applicants is needed to meet this requirement.
Have their scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) submitted directly to the College. Scores must be from a test taken within the previous two years. The following applicants are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS examination:
- Those whose native language is English;
- Those who hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college in the U.S. or a recognized university in Australia, Britain, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, or New Zealand;
- Those who score 510 or better on the verbal and 510 or better on the writing sections of the SAT;
- Those who score 22 in English and 22 in reading sections of the ACT;
- Those who have completed six years of continuous schooling through the high school or college level in American Samoa, Northern Marianas and/or Guam or in one of the countries listed above under (2);
- Those who have completed English composition at a regionally accredited U.S. institution with a C or better grade;
- Those who completed at least three years of high school in Guam with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and SAT critical reading of 460 and SAT writing of 460. Admission to summer ELI classes does not imply a waiver of the TOEFL exam for fall or spring semester admission; or
- Those who place into EN 110 (Freshman Composition) or higher at Guam Community College or University of Guam, and have a letter of support from the relevant office of the institution (either GCC or UOG) administering the placement test.
Applications and/or requests for scores to be sent to the College should be made through contacting one of the above mentioned agencies.
International students will not be notified of their admission to the College until all admission requirements have been fulfilled.
International students must have an official Notice of Admission and Form I-20A-B in their possession before coming to Guam.
International students must also meet the following requirements:
- Fall within the limit for International student enrollment as mandated by the College.
- Submit a Supplementary Information Form for International Students (including evidence of ability to pay all expenses themselves, or through the support of their families in their native country, or through a sponsor who is either a citizen or permanent resident of the United States).
- Submit any other forms, documents or information as may be required by the College.
International students will be admitted only to a specific certificate or degree program. International students, except in extraordinary circumstances, will not be permitted to change their program of study and must enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester in courses which are required for their specific program of study.
International students are required to register for English their first semester at the College and each subsequent semester until all English requirements of their program of study are met.
Guam Community College has no dormitory facilities for students. The majority of international students rent rooms or apartments near the College. International students are encouraged to seek housing with English speaking families on Guam in order to facilitate speaking English on all possible occasions.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regulations do not permit international students to accept employment while attending college. An international student should not count on being able to accept employment on Guam to work one’s way through college.