Nov 11, 2019  
BC3 Academic Catalog: 2008-2009 
    
BC3 Academic Catalog: 2008-2009 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions and Tuition


Visitation

All prospective students are not only invited, but strongly encouraged to schedule an on-campus visit with the Admissions Office Staff. The Admissions Office is located in the Admissions and Continuing Education Building near the entrance to the Main Campus. Individual and group campus tours are available and can be arranged with the Admissions Office by calling (724) 284-8501 or toll free at 888-826-2829, ext. 8346.

Admissions Policy

Butler County Community College subscribes to an open policy of admissions and is committed to service for all who may benefit from the programs of the institution. As such, the College does not include standardized national tests such as the SAT or the ACT.

The open admissions include:

  • All High School graduates
  • All Students who have earned a GED high school equivalency
  • Individuals who have not earned a high school diploma or a GED may be considered for admissions to the College. Their admission is based on the results of placement tests and meeting required “Ability to Benefit” scores as determined by the Federal Department of Education.

Students who have completed at least two years of high school and wish to begin taking college classes may be able to do so. These individuals must contact the Admissions Office as there are certain requirements that must be met.

Admissions Procedures

An application, a $25 nonrefundable one-time application fee, and an official copy of the high school transcript are required of most applicants for admission. Transfer students must send an official copy of transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Neither ACT nor SAT exams are required for admission. Applications are available through the mail, at the high school guidance offices, on the web-site or in person during an Admissions visit. All prospective students are not only invited, but strongly encouraged to schedule an on-campus visit with the Admissions Office Staff. Applicants are notified of their acceptance approximately two weeks from the date of their application. The Nursing, Metrology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Medical Assistant, and Massage Therapy programs are selective and each has special requirements for admission. Contact the Admissions Office for specific details.

Placement Testing

Upon admission to the College, students are required to take a placement test. The results of this test are used to assist students in selecting appropriate courses. No fee is charged for the examination or retest.

If test scores indicate a need to strengthen basic skills in reading, mathematics, or English, students will be required to enroll in one or more developmental and/or preparatory courses. Students have the opportunity to retest once in each subject area.

Re-admission

Students previously enrolled at BC3 who wish to return after an absence of one semester or more (not including summer sessions) must update their application either on-line or through the Admissions Office. There is no fee for readmission.

A student who drops out for two calendar years or longer may be readmitted but will return under the program planner and catalog current at the time the student is readmitted. Requests for exemption may be made in writing to the appropriate Dean.

International Student Admission

Applicants who are citizens of a country other than the United States may apply for admission to Butler County Community College.

In order to be admitted to full-time status, the student must submit the following:

  1. A completed application with a $25 non-refundable application fee to the College Admissions Office.
  2. Send a copy of your high school transcript (grades) to the College Admissions Office. If you have attended any other type of educational program or institution, we will also need a transcript of those academic records. All records must be translated into the English language.
  3. Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have the scores sent to the College Admissions Office.
  4. Complete the confidential “Certification of Finances” form and return the completed form to the College Admissions Office (the College will send you the form after you have filed the application, transcripts and TOEFL scores for admission listed above).

After the steps above have been completed, your transcript, test scores, and financial background will be reviewed and a decision will be made on admission. If you are accepted for admission to the College, you will receive an acceptance letter and a “Certificate of Eligibility” form (I-20) for immigration purposes.

International students are charged out-of-state tuition and fees and must allow sufficient time for the application to be processed.

Registration

All students, new and returning, have several opportunities to register for classes and receive academic advising.

  • New students can schedule an individual or group advising session to discuss their educational objectives with a College counselor and to plan their course work for the first semester. Information about these sessions is provided to new students when they submit their application for admission.
  • An early registration period is conducted to give returning students the opportunity to meet with their advisors and plan their schedules in advance. Students are notified of early registration dates by mail.
  • Additional registration periods are scheduled prior to the start of the academic semester. The College will publish the dates and times for additional registration sessions.

Students may register in person at Butler Main Campus, BC3 @ Cranberry, and locations in both Lawrence and Mercer Counties or by logging onto the website at bc3.edu.

All students are encouraged to register as early as possible since many classes fill to capacity well before the start of each term.

Only four of the College’s educational programs require special admissions procedures. Students interested in the Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Medical Assistant, or Massage Therapy Programs should consult those sections of the catalog for application and admission procedures.

Web Registration

Students may register online by clicking the button on the BC3 Homepage at bc3.edu or by clicking on the Credit Schedule or Admissions and Registration, and following the instructions to register through WebLink. Credit card payments are accepted online. Students may pay for classes after they register online and must do so by the purge date or they will lose their schedule and will have to re-enroll in the courses they selected.

In addition to scheduling, students can check their mid-term and final grades online.

Transfer Credit

Students at Butler County Community College may receive credit for graded courses taken at most other accredited, degree-granting institutions. The Director of Records and Registration in consultation with the V. P. for Academic Affairs and deans, will review incoming transfer of credits. For courses to be accepted in transfer, they must be listed on a college transcript with a grade of A, B, or C. One and only one course with a D grade may be accepted if approved by the V. P. for Academic Affairs. College-level work will be granted transfer credit where applicable to the student’s program.

Students enrolled in a DEGREE program may not transfer in any more than forty-five (45) credits in any program. This may be done separately or combined with other methods of credit for prior learning.

Students enrolled in a CERTIFICATE program must take fifteen (15) credits in the Certificate program at Butler County Community College. The remainder may be accepted in transfer (separately or combined with other methods of credit for prior learning).

Tuition and Fees – Per Semester – 2008-2009

   

Residents of Butler County

 
Tuition (per credit) $ 73
Academic Enhancement Fee (per credit) $ 4
Comprehensive Fee (per credit) $ 16
Total (per credit) $ 93
   

All other Pennsylvania Residents

 
Tuition (per credit) $ 146
Academic Enhancement Fee (per credit) $ 4
Comprehensive Fee (per credit) $ 16
Total (per credit) $ 166
   

Out-of-State or International Student

 
Tuition (per credit) $ 219
Academic Enhancement Fee (per credit) $ 4
Comprehensive Fee (per credit) $ 16
Total (per credit) $ 239
   

Books and Supplies

 
Estimate for one semester $ 500.00
   

Lab Fees

 
For lab courses only $ 25.00 per lab course

The Director of Records and Registration can determine county, state, and participating district residency at the time of registration.

In addition to the costs listed above, students should allow for commuting costs, clothing, food, and other personal expenses.

Tuition and fees are subject to change by action of the Board of Trustees. Fees for other services (such as testing, transcripts, graduation, and non-credit courses) will continue to be set by the administration. Contact the Admissions Office for up-to-date costs.

Refund Policy

  1. If you notify the College of complete withdrawal during the first five (5) work days of the semester, your tuition and fees will be refunded.* In the first five (5) College work days, there will be no penalty for partial withdrawal.
  2. If you withdraw completely or partially from the sixth through the tenth College work days, 75 percent of the applicable tuition will be refunded.
  3. There will be no refund after the tenth College work day.
  4. The application for admission fee and the application for graduation fee are non-refundable.
  5. Refunds for financial aid recipients must be calculated according to federal and/or state refund regulations.
  6. To request a Medical Withdrawal, submit a completed Medical Withdrawal form before the week of final exams. Your refund will be 50 percent for Medical Withdrawal between the eleventh class day and midterm. There will be no refund for Medical Withdrawal after midterm. All Medical Withdrawals must be submitted before the last class day of the semester. The Medical Withdrawal form must be returned to the Director of Records and Registration.
  7. If you are a member of the Armed Forces of the United States and your military unit is called to active duty for deployment, you may request a full refund of tuition and refundable fees. You must provide a copy of your deployment orders to the Office of Records and Registration.
  8. If you believe that your circumstances may warrant an exception from these rules, submit a written appeal with appropriate documentation to the Office of Records and Registration during the semester in question.

*For six, eight, or ten week sessions, you must notify the College of complete withdrawal during the first three College work days of the session for a 100 percent refund. If you withdraw completely or partially from the fourth through the sixth College work days, 75 percent of the applicable tuition will be refunded. There will be no refund after the sixth College work day. For three week sessions, if you withdraw completely before the second College work day, you will receive a 100 percent refund. If you completely or partially withdraw during the second College work day, 75 percent of the applicable tuition will be refunded. There will be no refund after the second work day.