Welcome to the Lone Star College System!

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Admission Policies and Procedures

The Lone Star College System is an open

admissions system. LSCS prefers that all new

LSCS students fill out and submit an LSCS application

form at www.LoneStar.edu/apply to

expedite the application process. Alternately,

new students may complete the Texas Common

Application for Community Colleges at

www.ApplyTexas.org understanding that use

of the Apply Texas application is not a realtime

submission. Those submitting applications

using the Texas Common Application process

will experience at least a one day delay in

processing their requests for LSCS admission.

Returning students must update their general

information and submit a new residency oath

if they have not been enrolled during the preceding

fall and spring semesters.

Admissions Criteria For

Credit Courses

Once admitted to LSCS, students may elect to

attend any college within the system. Admission

to LSCS does not guarantee admission to a

specific limited-enrollment program. Students

may be admitted

to the system under any one

of the following criteria:

1. Graduate from high school.

2. Transfer from another college or institution.

3. Obtain GED (General Education Development)

certificate by passing the test as

certified by a state education agency.

4. Meet international student criteria (F-1

Visa). Additional information relating to

academic background, fi nancial support

as well as a personal interview

may be

required for admission. See admission

procedures for international students on

pages 26-27.

5. Meet exceptional admission criteria. Exceptional

admission at LSCS is designed

for students whose academic needs can

best be met by the inclusion

of collegelevel

instruction. Students enrolled in high

school who do not have a GED certificate

or a diploma from high school may qualify

for exceptional admission.

6. Obtain individual approval. Students

who do not meet any of the above requirements,

may be admitted with special individual

approval, provided

sufficient evidence

is presented that the student can do collegelevel

work. Evidence may include, but is not

limited to, standardized written exams, other

measurement instruments, or a non-written

examination for workforce course work.

Exceptional Admissions: Definition

College credits earned through the exceptional

admission program will be accepted by most

institutions on the same basis as other college

credit. There is a possibility, however, that a

specific college may add additional requirements

for transfer purposes. Contact the college


office or a high school counselor

for more information.

Entrance into college-level courses may require

higher level placement scores than the passing

standard for state mandated tests.

An exceptional admissions student may apply

for fi nancial aid, such as the Texas Public


Grant. Funds will be awarded if

students meet eligibility criteria. Contact the

financial aid office at the college of your choice

for more information.

Participation in the exceptional admissions

program may make some students ineligible for

University Interscholastic League (UIL) competition

in certain academic areas, depending on

the courses taken. English and history courses

do not affect eligibility. Students should contact

their high school advisor for specific UIL





LSCS Catalog 2010/2011 25

Exceptional Admissions Process

The following actions must be completed prior

to or when registering:

1. Visit www.LoneStar.edu/apply to complete

the application.

2. Turn in official test scores.

3. Present evidence that required course

prerequisites have been satisfied such

as high school or college transcript, or

advising profile.

4. Complete the college registration form with

college classes authorized by high school

counselor or home school administrator.

5. Complete the exceptional admission form

signed by student, parents, high school

principal, or designee which lists the college

classes and high school classes, if

enrolling in a dual credit course.

6. Present proof that the student has met

TSI requirements in the areas that are

applicable to the courses that the student

wishes to enroll in and have the course


Additionally, students 15 years or younger must

receive approval for exceptional admission.

The student’s parent or a designated responsible

adult must be available at the college


to monitor the student’s activities

outside of class while at an LSCS college

and be immediately available in case of an


Dual Credit: Definition

Dual credit is part of the Lone Star College

System’s exceptional admissions program. It

is especially designed for junior and senior

secondary education students who qualify to

earn high school and college credit simultaneously

while still in high school. In-district dual

credit students receive a 100% discounted

tuition rate. All other fees will be assessed at

the regular rate.

LSCS colleges have agreements with several

high school districts that permit eligible high

school students to earn college credit while

satisfying high school graduation requirements

at the same time.

Upon approval by the high school principal

or designee and college admission through

the exceptional admissions program, a student

may enroll in college courses taught either at

the high school or at LSCS. Students may enroll

in a maximum of two college-level courses per

semester. Exceptions require approval by the

instructional vice president or designee.

Dual Credit: Requirements

In order for students to be eligible for dual

credit, all of the following must be met:

• The high school has an agreement with

Lone Star College System.

• The student is currently enrolled in a public

or private high school or home school.

• The student has an updated LSCS application

on file.

• The student meets the requirements for

exceptional admission.

• The student has approval from high school

designee, college designee and parent/


• The student has taken an approved assessment:

1. COMPASS or ACCUPLACER in all three

areas (reading, writing and math) or

2. Exempt scores based on ACT, SAT, or


3. For students enrolling in 11th grade,

10th grade or exit TAKS scores (2200

and 3 on English language arts section

and 2200 on math section) may

be used. These students do not need

to retest for eligibility during the 12th


4. For students enrolling in 11th grade,

PSAT or PLAN scores may be used.

Students must achieve a combined

score of 107 on the PSAT/NMSQT with

a minimum of 50 on the critical reading

and/or mathematics test relevant

to the courses to be taken. Students




26 LSCS Catalog 2010/2011

must achieve a composite score of 23

on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in

mathematics and English. However,

students meeting eligibility with either

of these tests must retest for dual credit

eligibility in the 12th grade.

• For dual credit students who do not have

exemption scores in all sections of TAKS,

SAT, ACT, PSAT, or PLAN additional assessment

will be required.

• The student must meet prerequisites in the

areas that are applicable to the course

including reading, writing and math,

where appropriate.

• The student may be eligible to enroll in

workforce education dual credit courses in

the 11th and/or 12th grade if the student

achieves the minimum high school passing

standard on the English/Language Arts

section of the 10th or 11th grade TAKS

and meets the prerequisites of the course

being taken.

Note: Courses beyond high school graduation

require 11th grade exit level TAKS scores

or other placement assessment scores to be

submitted to the Admissions Office at any

LSC campus.

Dual Credit Class Load and Grades

State regulations allow a dual credit student to

take a maximum of two college credit courses

per semester. When indicators such as grade

point average or assessment scores indicate

a student may have the academic ability to

handle more than two courses, exceptions may

be granted by the college’s instructional vice

president or designee. High school students

must complete each college

course attempted

with a grade of “C” or better in order to continue

in the program. For additional information

about dual credit, please contact the college

instructional vice president.

Joint Admissions and

Reverse Transfer

The Joint Admissions program is a partnership

that allows LSCS students the opportunity to

apply to and enroll in Sam Houston State University,

University of Houston, UH-Downtown,

Our Lady of the Lake University, Prairie View

A&M, or Texas Southern University while still

attending LSCS. This facilitates course transfer

directly into a program-specific bachelor’s degree.

Students in this program receive all the

benefits of being a typical university student,

including a simplified application process,

discounted or no application fee, and access

to university advisors and degree plans.

Reverse Transfer establishes policies and

procedures for credits earned at universities

to be transferred to LSCS and applied toward

associate degrees. Students can apply for

LSCS graduation online. For additional information,

go to our Web site at LoneStar.edu/

joint-admissions or contact the articulation and

university relations department at Lone Star

College-University Center at Montgomery at


Admissions Procedures for

International Students

LSCS is authorized under federal law to enroll

non-immigrant students carrying valid visas.

Currently there are over 2,100 international

students from 102 different countries. Students

residing in the U.S. but who are not U.S.

residents or citizens must present proper documentation

for an appropriate visa category.

These documents include a copy of the student’s

valid passport, visa and I-94 card. Additional

information is also required to show proof of

their academic background. LSCS adheres

to Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS)

guidelines. It is the responsibility of the student

to have knowledge of CIS regulations pertaining

to their visa type.

Enrollment involves three processes: admission,

advisement and course registration. Applicants

should contact the international student adviADMISSION



LSCS Catalog 2010/2011 27

sor at the college where they plan to attend.

To be considered for admission to LSCS on

a student visa, the applicant must present the

following items with their completed application


1. A LSCS International Student Application,

completed and signed by applicant.

2. Evidence of fi nancial support, showing

that adequate funding is available to pay

for the applicant’s educational and living

expenses. Applicants will submit the International

Student Financial Responsibility

Statement, completed and signed by the

applicant and the Financial Responsibility

Statement for International

Student Sponsor,

if applicable, for each sponsor.

3. Proof of English proficiency, if appropriate,

which can be assessed at the time

of enrollment or by submitting one of the


• Test of English as a foreign language

(TOEFL) score of 530 or higher on

the paper version of TOEFL or 197 or

higher on the computerized version or

71 on the internet-based version.

• Official transcripts from an accredited

U.S. college or university showing

successful completion of coursework

including a college-level writing course

(not ESOL).

• Official records from a foreign high

school or higher education institution

where English is the primary language

of instruction may indicate English


• Documented completion of the fi nal

level of an intensive English language

program approved by LSCS.

• Individuals not proficient in English

upon arrival will be required to be assessed

for placement in the intensive

English program.

4. Evidence of high school graduation or college

level work including complete official

high school records showing completion

or college/university transcripts translated

into English. Degree-seeking students that

have college/university credits outside

the U.S. and wish to transfer their credits

to LSCS, must submit a course-by-course

evaluation by the American Association

of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions

Officers (AACRAO) International


Services or by a service that maintains

current membership in the National Association

of Credential Evaluation Services,

Inc. (NACES).

5. International Student Transfer Information

Form completed by an international student

advisor from the student’s previous

institution and current copies of relevant

documents including passport pages,

U.S. visa, Form I-94, I-20, and fi nancial

documents must be submitted by transfer

students from U.S. schools.

6. F-1 Status Form, signed and dated by


F-1 students are required to purchase health

insurance or provide proof of adequate and

acceptable health insurance by completing

the waiver application before registration. The

premium for the LSCS International Student

Health Insurance Plan will be included with

the tuition and fees at registration.

International students must be enrolled in a

minimum of 12 semester credit hours.

Visit LoneStar.edu/International-Students to

access required forms and to learn more about

the colleges in the system and the programs

each college offers. Once accepted for admission

into a college, the student will receive a

welcome packet containing an I-20 form. All

LSCS students must meet the requirements


the Student Success Initiative (see page 31).

All new (F-1) international students must attend

a mandatory international student information

session during their fi rst semester. Please

check with the international student advisor

at the college.




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Types of Courses

Lone Star College System offers various course

delivery methods and enrollment options. LSCS

has offerings

in Continuing Education and

College Credit. Continuing Education courses

range from workforce development to GED

to leisure pursuits. College credit courses are

designed for students wishing to complete an

associate’s degree, complete a certificate or

transfer to a four-year university.

Enrollment in courses may be restricted if the

pre-requisite skills or recommended prior learning

are not met, as demonstrated by assessment

scores and/or transcripts of previous


How to Enroll: Continuing Education

1. Obtain a course schedule.

2. Select classes and register online at www.

LoneStar.edu/apply or in person at any Lone

Star College, or by mail, phone or fax.

3. Pay for courses when registering.

Steps to Enrolling: Credit Courses

As an open admissions college system, LSCS

makes it easy to get started. The steps are:

• Complete the online enrollment guide at


• Submit an online admissions application. Forms

are available

at www.LoneStar.edu/apply.

• Returning students must update their information

and complete a new residency oath if

they have not enrolled in the preceding fall

and spring semester.

• Submit assessment scores or take an assessment

test (COMPASS, ACCUPLACER or other

approved LSCS test).

• Submit all official transcripts.

• Meet with advisor/counselor to discuss

academic plans.

• Apply for financial aid if needed.

• Apply for academic fresh start if needed.

• Register for classes.

• Pay tuition and fees.

Registration Procedures for

Non-Degree Seeking Students

A student who is not seeking a degree or


from LSCS may enroll for a maximum

of 12 semester credit hours without being assessed

in reading, writing and mathematics

if course prerequisites are met. Students must

be accessed if course prerequisites are not

met. A student who regularly attends another

college and plans to enroll only in the summer,

must provide documentation of enrollment in

another institution prior to enrolling at LSCS.

Registration Information

Registration for courses occurs several times


the year. Registration dates,

procedures, and other pertinent information

are printed each semester in the course

schedule booklet and are available online

at www.LoneStar.edu/schedule. Additional

registration, assessment testing, and advising

information may also be obtained at the college

where students register. New students are

strongly encouraged to attend new student

orientation at any of the colleges.

Auditing a Course

Approval to visit or audit a course may be

granted by the instructional vice president or

designee during the last week of registration

for the class. The charges for auditing courses

are the same as charges for credit enrollment.

Credit will not be granted for an audited

course unless approval to change from audit

to credit is granted prior to the official day of

record. Students may not change from credit

to audit. Refunds for withdrawal from audit

classes will be made according to the refund

schedule established for credit courses during

that semester or term. Students must meet the

required prerequisites to audit a class.
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