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2020 - 2021 Dallas College Catalog

2020 - 2021 Catalog
First Time Students

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 Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment 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 Dallas College; and
    • Agree to limitations on conditions of admission established by Dallas College.

After you are admitted, but prior to registration, you must have submitted to the Admissions and Student Records/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 Program or certificate program, please log on to eConnect and visit FA Program of Study Selection at

Your First Steps to Becoming a College Graduate

1. Apply to be admitted to the college.

Complete an 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,
  • By mail and
  • Once campuses open again, you may stop by any Dallas College campus to apply in person and or get assistance in applying online.
Documents to be submitted:
  • 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 and Student Records/Registrar's Office.

2. See your campus advisor.

After you are admitted to Dallas College, you must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA), take a practice test and attend an orientation session. Please contact any Dallas College campus 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. Contact an Academic Advising.

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 There are certain criteria you must meet to register online. Log into to view requirements.
  • If not eligible to register online, you will be required to register with an advisor on any Dallas College campus.

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 16-week-long semester classes. For flex-term classes, you must be registered before the first day of the class. For students receiving financial aid and enrolling in flex-term classes, it is important that you check with the financial aid office for your registration deadline date.