Program Offerings and Admission Requirements


Admission to Bachelor and Transfer Associate Degree Programs

Bachelor Degree Programs lead to the completion of a 4-year degree at Dalton State College.

Associate Degree Programs lead to pre-baccalaureate degrees in the Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree. The Associate Degree Program option is designed for students wishing to ultimately transfer to another university to earn a bachelor's degree.  These programs allow students to complete the first two years of collegiate general education that contribute to achieving a bachelor's degree.

An applicant will be considered for admission when Enrollment Services has received the following:

  1. Admission Application.
  2. $30 non-refundable Application Fee or $50 non-refundable Application Fee for International Students.
  3. An official transcript from the applicant’s regionally accredited high school which certifies that requirements for graduation have been met or a copy of the General Educational Development (GED) test scores which meet the requirements of the Georgia State Department of Education. Official transcripts should be requested from all vocational schools, colleges, and universities that the applicant has previously attended. Official copies of these records must be mailed by the issuing school or agency directly to Enrollment Services.
  4. Official SAT or ACT scores.
  5. The COMPASS entrance exam or equivalent scores for admission and placement purposes is required. An applicant can exempt the reading and English/writing portions of the Compass exam if they have SAT verbal/critical reading score of 450 or higher; ACT English score of 19 or higher; or successful completion of English 1101 with a "C" or better. An applicant can exempt the math portion the Compass exam if they have 2.20 high school GPA and meet minimum SAT or ACT requirements; or successful completion of College Algebra with a "C" or better. Test scores must have been taken within the past five years.  EFFECTIVE FALL 2012 all degree seeking students whose COMPASS scores fall below the University System of Georgia minimums in any one of the three areas may not be eligible for admission to a degree program: English 32 (writing), Reading 62, and Mathematics (algebra) 20 (Academic & Student Affairs Handbook, 3.2.4). Placement in Learning Support is based upon the established Dalton State COMPASS minimum scores.
  6. A properly executed University System of Georgia Certificate of Immunization form.
  7. Other documents as may be required for special admission categories.
  8. Persons whose native language is other than English must provide proof of proficiency in English language skills either through SAT, ACT or TOEFL scores.
  9. English proficiency for applicants graduating from non-U.S. Schools.

Applicants graduating from Non-U.S. institutions must prove English proficiency by providing one of the following five items:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) official score report with a minimum score of 523 on the paper based TOEFL of 193 on the computer based TOEFL, or 69 on the Internet-based TOEFL. Scores must be official and must be dated within two years of intended date of enrollment.
  2. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores with a minimum score of 450 critical reading and 450 writing; or American College Testing program (ACT) scores with a minimum of 19 English.
  3. Four units of College Prep English from accredited U.S. high school.
  4. Proof of 30 semester (or 45 quarter) transferable hours with a 2.5 GPA including the equivalents of English 1101 and 1102 from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  5. Proof of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

* Students applying to the bachelor’s degree programs must also complete a separate application for upper division course work.

** Acceptance to the college does not guarantee immediate entry into your desired program. If you have selected a program of study which requires additional admittance criteria, you must contact your School for the specific requirements to be assured of acceptance to that program. You may find information about programs in the DSC catalog or online at http://daltonstate.edu/academics /prog.htm.

Admission to Bachelor of Applied Science and Career Associate Degree Programs

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Program leads to the completion of a 4-year technical and occupational degree following the completion of any career associate (A.A.S.) degree. This option is designed to prepare students for specific and immediate productive occupations and jobs.

Career Associate Degree Programs lead to the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. These programs are designed to prepare students for specific and immediate productive occupations and jobs.

An applicant will be considered for admission when Enrollment Services has received the following:

  1. Admission Application.
  2. $30 non-refundable Application Fee or $50 non-refundable Application Fee for international students.
  3. A complete transcript from the applicant’s regionally accredited high school which certifies that requirements for graduation have been met, or a copy of the General Educational Development (GED) test scores which meet the requirements of the Georgia State Department of Education. Official transcripts should be requested from all vocational schools, colleges, and universities that the applicant has previously attended. Copies of these records must be mailed by the issuing school or agency directly to Enrollment Services.
  4. Official SAT or ACT scores.
  5. The COMPASS entrance exam or equivalent scores for admission and placement purposes is required. An applicant can exempt the reading and English/writing portions of the Compass exam if they have SAT verbal/critical reading score of 450 or higher; ACT English score of 19 or higher; or successful completion of English 1101 with a "C" or better. An applicant can exempt the math portion the Compass exam if they have 2.20 high school GPA and meet minimum SAT or ACT requirements; or successful completion of College Algebra with a "C" or better. Test scores must have been taken within the past five years.  EFFECTIVE FALL 2012 all degree seeking students whose COMPASS scores fall below the University System of Georgia minimums in any one of the three areas may not be eligible for admission to a degree program: English 32 (writing), Reading 62, and Mathematics (algebra) 20 (Academic & Student Affairs Handbook, 3.2.4). Placement in Learning Support is based upon the established Dalton State COMPASS minimum scores.
  6. A properly executed University System of Georgia Certificate of Immunization form.
  7. Persons whose native language is other than English must provide proof of proficiency in English language skills either through SAT, ACT, or TOEFL scores.
  8. English proficiency for applicants graduating from non-U.S. Schools.

Applicants graduating from non-U.S. institutions must prove English proficiency by providing one of the following five items:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) official score report with a minimum score of 523 on the paper based TOEFL of 193 on the computer based TOEFL, or 69 on the Internet-based TOEFL. Scores must be official and must be dated within two years of intended date of enrollment.
  2. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores with a minimum score of 450 critical reading and 450 writing; or American College Testing program (ACT) scores with a minimum of 19 English.
  3. Four units of College Prep English from accredited U.S. high school.
  4. Proof of 30 semester (or 45 quarter) transferable hours with a 2.5 GPA including the equivalents of English 1101 and 1102 from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  5. Proof of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

* Students applying to the bachelor’s degree programs must also complete a separate application for upper division course work.

** Acceptance to the college does not guarantee immediate entry into your desired program. If you have selected a program of study which requires additional admittance criteria, you must contact your School for the specific requirements to be assured of acceptance to that program. You may find information about programs in the DSC catalog or online at http://daltonstate.edu/academics /prog.htm.

Admission to Associate of Science in Nursing Program (Registered Nurse)

An applicant will be considered for admission when Enrollment Services has received the following:

  1. Admission Application.
  2. $30 non-refundable Application Fee or $50 non-refundable Application Fee for international students.
  3. A complete transcript from the applicant’s regionally accredited high school which certifies that requirements for graduation have been met, or a copy of the General Educational Development (GED) test scores which meet the requirements of the Georgia State Department of Education. Official transcripts should be requested from all vocational schools, colleges, and universities that the applicant has previously attended. Copies of these records must be mailed by the issuing school or agency directly to Enrollment Services.
  4. Official SAT or ACT scores.
  5. The COMPASS entrance exam or equivalent scores for admission and placement purposes is required. An applicant can exempt the reading and English/writing portions of the Compass exam if they have SAT verbal/critical reading score of 450 or higher; ACT English score of 19 or higher; or successful completion of English 1101 with a "C" or better. An applicant can exempt the math portion the Compass exam if they have 2.20 high school GPA and meet minimum SAT or ACT requirements; or successful completion of College Algebra with a "C" or better. Test scores must have been taken within the past five years.  EFFECTIVE FALL 2012 all degree seeking students whose COMPASS scores fall below the University System of Georgia minimums in any one of the three areas may not be eligible for admission to a degree program: English 32 (writing), Reading 62, and Mathematics (algebra) 20 (Academic & Student Affairs Handbook, 3.2.4). Placement in Learning Support is based upon the established Dalton State COMPASS minimum scores.
  6. A properly executed University System of Georgia Certificate of Immunization form.
  7. Persons whose native language is other than English must provide proof of proficiency in English language skills through SAT, ACT, or TOEFL scores.
  8. English proficiency for applicants graduating from non-U.S. Schools.

Applicants graduating from non-U.S. institutions must prove English proficiency by providing one of the following five items:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) official score report with a minimum score of 523 on the paper based TOEFL of 193 on the computer based TOEFL, or 69 on the Internet-based TOEFL. Scores must be official and must be dated within two years of intended date of enrollment.
  2. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores with a minimum score of 450 critical reading and 450 writing; or American College Testing program (ACT) scores with a minimum of 19 English.
  3. Four units of College Prep English from accredited U.S. high school.
  4. Proof of 30 semester (or 45 quarter) transferable hours with a 2.5 GPA including the equivalents of English 1101 and 1102 from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  5. Proof of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

* Acceptance to the college does not guarantee immediate entry into your desired program. If you have selected a program of study which requires additional admittance criteria, you must contact your School for the specific requirements to be assured of acceptance to that program. You may find information about programs in the DSC catalog or online at http://daltonstate.edu/academics/prog.htm. 

Admission to Certificate Programs 

Career Certificate Programs lead to the technical Certificate. These programs are designed to prepare students for specific and immediate productive occupations and jobs.

The requirements for admission to a certificate program are as follows:

  1. Admission Application.

  2. $30 Application Fee non-refundable.

  3. COMPASS Scores.

  4. Submit complete official transcripts from all high schools, vocational schools, and colleges previously attended. Copies of these records must be mailed by the issuing school or agency directly to the Dalton State College Enrollment Services office. If the applicant has completed the General Educational Development Test (GED), a copy of the General Educational Development (GED) test score sheet is needed.

  5. Certificate of Immunization.

  6. Persons whose native language is other than English must provide proof of proficiency in English language skills through SAT, ACT, or TOEFL scores.

  7. English proficiency for applicants graduating from non-U.S. schools.

Applicants graduating from Non-U.S. institutions must prove English proficiency by providing one of the following five items:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) official score report with a minimum score of 523 on the paper based TOEFL of 193 on the computer based TOEFL, or 69 on the Internet-based TOEFL. Scores must be official and must be dated within two years of intended date of enrollment.

  2. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores with a minimum score of 450 critical reading and 450 writing; or American College Testing program (ACT) scores with a minimum of 19 English.

  3. Four units of College Prep English from accredited U.S. high school.

  4. Proof of 30 semester (or 45 quarter) transferable hours with a 2.5 GPA including the equivalents of English 1101 and 1102 from an accredited U.S. college or university.

  5. Proof of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

* Acceptance to the college does not guarantee immediate entry into your desired program. If you have selected a program of study which requires additional admittance criteria, you must contact your School for the specific requirements to be assured of acceptance to that program. You may find information about programs in the DSC catalog or online at http://daltonstate.edu/academics/prog.htm.