New students who are entering the college for the first time should follow this version when selecting courses.
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You may apply as a beginning freshman if you meet one of these standards:
- You are a graduate of an accredited high school.
- You are a graduate of an unaccredited high school and are 18 years of age or older.
- You earned an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD)
- You earned a General Education Diploma (G.E.D.).
- You are at least 18 years of age and do not have a diploma or G.E.D (may be admitted by individual approval).
- If you are under the age of 18, are no longer enrolled in high school of any kind and do not have a diploma or a G.E.D., you may be admitted by one of the following:
- A written recommendation of the principal or superintendent of the last high school you attended, or
- Meet with the VPI or designee for individual approval enrollment.
- If you are 16, did not graduate from an accredited school, but did graduate from a non-accredited high school, or were schooled in a non-traditional setting (i.e., home-schooled), you may be admitted if you meet all of the following conditions:
- Present a written recommendation of the principal or superintendent of the last school you attended, or TSI approved test results; and
- Present a notarized record of the high school equivalent work completed and the date of successful completion; and
- Complete the enrollment agreement noting you understand and accept that academic freedom and the collegiate environment is supported in all courses within the college and
- Agree to limitations on conditions of admission established by the college.
After you are admitted, but prior to registration, you must have submitted to the Admissions/Registrar's Office:
- test scores from a TSI approved test,
- an official high school transcript (if earned within the last five years) or GED completion documentation, and
- proper meningitis documentation.
NOTE: Students who are applying for financial aid must select an eligible program of study prior to the first disbursement of financial aid. To select an eligible degree or certificate program, please log on to eConnect and visit FA Program of Study Selection at https://eConnect.dcccd.edu/.
Your First Steps to Becoming a College Graduate
1. Apply to be admitted to El Centro College.
Complete an online application for admission. Applying early is a good idea. An early start also ensures you have plenty of time to visit with an advisor and plan your course schedule. There are several convenient ways to get an application and apply:
- Online at https://www.ElCentroCollege.edu/Why/Apply/Admission/Pages/default.aspx.
- Online using the Apply Texas Application at www.ApplyTexas.org
- An Adobe PDF version at https://www1.dcccd.edu/stuapp/
- Come by the college and fill out your application in person or get assistance in applying online.
- Provide official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended.
- Provide ACT/SAT/TAKS/STAAR Scores
- Provide official high school transcript earned within the last five years.
- Provide bacterial meningitis documentation to the Admissions/Registrar's Office.
2. See your college advisor.
After you are admitted to college, you must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA), take a practice test and attend an orientation session. Please contact your college's Advisement/Counseling Center to schedule these sessions. After you complete a Pre-Assessment Activity and practice test, you will be required to take the TSI assessment if you are not exempt or waived from the Texas Success Initiative test. After your assessment is completed, you will visit with your academic advisor to select your courses. See Academic Advising at https://www.ElCentroCollege.edu/Why/Apply/Advising/Pages/default.aspx for more information.
3. Select a Program of Study
You are encouraged to select a program of study before you register for classes. Students who do not select a program of study will be prevented from receiving an official transcript once a student acquires 45 credit hours.
4. Register for classes.
You may register for classes:
- If eligible, register online at https://econnect.dcccd.edu/. There are certain qualifications you must meet to register online. Log into https://econnect.dcccd.edu/ to view requirements.
- If not eligible to register online, you will be required to register with an advisor at one of the colleges of the DCCCD.
There is no late registration. If you do not register by the end of the registration period, you will not be able to register in the 16-week long semester classes. For flexible term classes, you must be registered before the first day of the class. For students receiving financial aid and enrolling in flexible term classes, it is important that you check with the financial aid office for your registration deadline date.