Admission Requirements

First-year college students seeking admission to the College must present evidence of having graduated from an accredited high school with a "C" (2.00) or better average, and sixteen (16) units of secondary school work divided in the following manner:

    Required Units    
    English 3 units  
    History and Social Sciences 2 units  
    Mathematics 2 units  
    Science 2 units  
    Elective Units 7 units  
         
         
    Elective Units    
    Agriculture 1 unit  
    Biology 1 unit  
    Chemistry 1 unit  
    Civics 1/2 unit  
    Economics 1/2 unit  
    English 1 unit  
    Foreign Language 2 units  
    General Science 1 unit  
    Geography 1 unit  
    History 1 unit  
    Home Economics 2 units  
    Hygiene 1 unit  
    Mechanical Industry 2 units  
    Music 1 unit  
    Physical Education 1 unit  
    Physics 1 unit  
    Physiology 1/2 unit  
    Speech 1 unit  

Students must submit scores from the ACT or SAT examination. This score is considered along with other entrance requirements.

Students without a high school diploma must show evidence of having taken the General Education Development (GED) test with a minimum score of forty-five (45) and submit scores from the ACT or SAT examination.

Provisional Admission

Students who do not meet the admission requirements of the College may appeal to the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee. The students must submit three letters of recommendation from school or college officials where they matriculated. The Committee reviews all cases and considers each on its own merit and then advises the Admissions Office of its disposition. If admission is granted, the students may be admitted conditionally. The probation period is for one semester during which time the students academic progress is monitored by the Committee.
 

Policy on Home Schooling

Applications for admission from students who were educated at home are generally treated like other applicants. Students should submit the following:

1. Application for admission
2. Application fee
3. Essay
4. SAT or ACT score, if under 25 years of age
5. Letter or reference
6. High school equivalent transcript issued by agency, school, or individual overseeing the curriculum, including the official date of graduation, or GED
7. Academic portfolio
8. Diploma or certificate of completion from Home Schoolers Association, if applicable

Early Admission

Students on the eleventh (11th) grade level may apply for early admission to the College and may be admitted as accelerated students upon completion of the 11th grade. To be considered for admission in this category, students must submit an official copy of the high school transcript having earned a "B" (3.00) average or better in an accredited high school curriculum, and a score of 18 or better on the enhanced ACT assessment or a score of eight hundred (800) or better on the SAT.

Transfer Students

Individuals wishing to transfer from other accredited institutions may petition for admission to Tougaloo by providing the following:

1. Official application
2. Official copies of all previous college transcripts
3. "C" (2.00) or better grade point average
4. Evidence of good academic standing at previous institution and statement of eligibility to return

Generally, academic credit will be awarded for transfer work where a grade of "C" or better was earned. The course work must be college level academic work. The College will accept up to 64 hours from a community or other two-year institution.

Individuals with advanced standing seeking a degree at Tougaloo must spend the final academic year in residence. During this period they must take at least 30 semester hours of credit and must achieve an average grade of "C" or higher.

Transfer Agreements

Tougaloo College has transfer agreements with the following community colleges:

    Hinds Community College Raymond, MS  
    Coahoma Community College Clarksdale, MS  
    Mary Holmes College West Point, MS  
    St. Louis Community College Florissant, MO  

Admission preferences and maximum transferability of credits are ensured for students who apply from these colleges.

International Students

The College considers international students to be those individuals whose country of origin is outside the United States. International students shall meet all of the requirements as any other student who seeks admission to the College by submitting an application, proof of high school graduation, and an official record of any previous college work. At least four months in advance of the projected enrollment dates, international students must submit the following additional information.

1. Evidence of proficiency in the use of the English Language in verbal and written forms.
2. A score of five hundred (500) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, or proof of passing the test given by the English Language Institute (ELI).
3. Complete and accurate information regarding sources of financial support to determine eligibility for Form I-20. This information is required by the College in order to meet the regulations of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. International students must be financially independent and able to meet their financial obligations. Financial aid is not available to foreign students.

Exchange Students

Students at Tougaloo College have the opportunity of engaging in external collaborative relationships which allow them to advance their academic skills and career goals. For a listing of these opportunities, see the section in this catalogue entitled Academic Resources and Support Services.

Veterans

Veterans and military personnel may qualify for admission to Tougaloo by satisfactory passing the high school level of the General Education Development Test (GED) provided through the United States Armed Forces Institute and Veterans Testing Services of the American Council on Education.

Admission of veterans is not automatic. After receipt of the application for admission the applicant will be considered by the Admissions Committee.

International Baccalaureate Credit

The College may grant college-level credit in selected disciplines to those high school students who have completed the International Baccalaureate Program. College credit will be considered based on the IB Higher and IB Standard Level Examination scores of 5, 6, or 7, pending approval by the various Divisions at the College.

Admission of veterans is not automatic. After receipt of the application for admission the applicant will be considered by the Admissions Committee.

Advanced Placement Credit

The College may grant college-level credit in selected disciplines to students who have earned Advanced Placement Examination grades of 3 or higher provided the AP scores are sent to the Admissions Office, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS 39174, prior to the date of matriculation.

The disciplines in which college-level credit may be granted are: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, French, Government and Politics, History, Mathematics, Music, Physics, and Spanish.

Standard Level Classes

Students may have taken IB classes for one or more years, but must earn a score on the Standard Level Examination of a 6 or 7 to be considered for college credit. Higher level classes: Students may have taken IB classes for two or more years before taking the examination, but must earn a score of 5, 6, or 7 to be considered for college credit.

The disciplines in which college-level credit may be granted are: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, French, Government and Politics, History, Mathematics, Music, Physics, and Spanish.