General Admissions Procedures

To apply to Rhodes State College, prospective students must complete an online application for admission through the Rhodes State website or a paper application available from the Admissions Office. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee.

  • Rhodes State College does not require a high school transcript or GED Scores for admission to the College or for degree conferral. 
  • Students applying for Federal Financial Aid must submit an official high school transcript with graduation date or GED Certificate with scores to confirm that he/she is qualified to study at the post-secondary level and therefore is eligible for financial aid.
  • Rhodes State College requires a high school transcript with graduation date, GED with scores, and prior college transcripts for qualification and admission into Health Sciences programs.
  • An applicant transferring to Rhodes State College from another college, university, or other post-secondary institution, should request an official transcript be sent directly to Rhodes State College for transfer credit evaluation.

A high school student considering enrolling before graduation should refer to the College Credit Plus section in this catalog for more information.

Applicants to the College are required to meet established course prerequisites and program requirements. Placement test results, ACT sub scores, high school GPA and transfer credit will be reviewed by academic advising prior to initial course selection. Course placement testing (ACCUPLACER) is scheduled and administered at the College. Only incoming students seeking a degree in Nursing are required to take the American College Test (ACT). If a student intends to major in dental hygiene, emergency medical services, radiographic Imaging, respiratory care, occupational therapy assistant, or physical therapist assistant, the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) is required.  

The $25 application fee is good for two years. If a student does not enroll and pay fees within two years after application, the $25 fee and all materials must be resubmitted.

Certain professions prohibit individuals with criminal records from practicing. If a student has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, he/she should consult the Office of Admissions for the appropriate referral for information concerning eligibility for a professional license.

American College Test (ACT)

The ACT is a standardized test that measures college readiness.  An enhanced version of the ACT has been developed and administered since the 1989 academic year. This enhanced version does represent an adjusted grading scale. If an applicant took the ACT prior to 1989, his/her score must be adjusted to meet the new enhanced version scores. Consult the Office of Admissions for the correct conversion. ACT is not required for admission to Rhodes; however sub-scores may be used to meet established course prerequisites.  Note: Incoming students seeking a degree in Nursing are required to take the American College Test (ACT).


Once the application and application fee have been received, the student will be notified regarding their admission and next steps in the enrollment process.

To help applicants who lack an adequate background to meet course prerequisites and for the limited enrollment programs, the College offers developmental and regular courses which provide an opportunity for students to prepare further for the program of their choice. Successful educational planning requires academic advising. Appointments are available in the Office of Advising and Counseling, Public Service Building, room 148.

Placement Testing

Information from placement testing is not used to deny admission to the College. Prior to registration in courses with a prerequisite of mathematics, reading, and/or writing, course prerequisites must be met. Course placement will be guided by the prerequisites identified in the course descriptions in this catalog. College Readiness (Transitions) Courses taught by Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) instructors may serve as a prerequisite to developmental math and reading courses.

ACCUPLACER is one measure used for placement into mathematics and reading courses. ACCUPLACER does not function like a typical test because there is no “passing” score. This placement test measures current skill level and identifies the best place to start. 

In writing courses at the College, a self-placement assessment instrument enables students to evaluate their current writing abilities against examples of expected performance in various levels of writing courses. Based upon this guided self-reflection, the student selects the writing course that aligns best with the student's current abilities.

Students may be exempted from some or all placement testing if at least one of the following conditions applies:

  • The student is a former Rhodes State College student with qualifying placement scores on file from less than 2 years ago.
  • The student has submitted qualifying placement scores from another college or university to the Office of Admissions. 
  • The student has submitted official college transcripts showing successful completion of appropriate college-level mathematics and/or writing courses with a B grade or higher.
  • The student has submitted a copy of ACT/SAT test scores to the Office of Admissions and, based on specific sub-scores, has met requirements.
  • The Dean of the Division in which the course is housed approves enrollment in one or more courses for personal self-enrichment.