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Admission Procedures

Application for admission is open for the fall, spring, and summer sessions. Summer session requires admission and registration prior to the first class day. Early application and registration are recommended for all sessions.

Condensed courses are subject to specific application and registration deadlines as determined by the college. More information is available in the Student Services Office.

New Students

New students who wish to apply for admission must complete an Itasca Application for Admission form or the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities general admission form. Forms may be obtained from the the ICC website (www.itascacc.edu), the Student Services Office, or any Minnesota high school counselor.

After completing the student portion of the application, applicants should contact their high school counseling office and have a transcript of courses and grades (which includes standardized test results, high school rank information, and graduation date) sent to Itasca.

Students born prior to 1957 and student graduated in 1997 or thereafter from a Minnesota high school do not need to provide immunization records. All other students must provide documentation against these vaccine-preventable diseases: measles, rubella, mumps, diphtheria, and tetanus. Please include immunization records with the application to Itasca.

Non Residents

Itasca’s open admissions policy also pertains to non Minnesota residents. The basic requirement is a high school diploma or GED Certificate. Admission to ICC does not guarantee admission to a specific program or college level courses.

International Students

International students must complete the following steps in order to be accepted for admission. The I-20 form, authorizing admissions into the United States for educational purposes, will be issued when all admission requirements are met and applicants have been accepted.

International applicants must do the following:

  • Complete the Itasca Community College  Application form online.

  • Submit a transcript of high school grades. Applicants must have graduated from the equivalent of a United States high school; this should be indicated on the transcript. All records must be officially certified. Records must be in English, listing subjects taken and interpretation of grades received in comparable U.S. units.

  • Submit a detailed financial statement. Applicants should not rely upon financial aid from Itasca or other employment in the United States as a source of income. Applicants must submit proof of sufficient funds to cover all costs for an entire academic year.
  • Have proof of personal health insurance. International students are required as a condition of enrollment to carry adequate health insurance. Health insurance information may be obtained from the Enrollment Services Office. Itasca Community College is not responsible for any bills due to illness or injury.

  • Provide documentation demonstrating English proficiency. The following measures of English proficiency are acceptable:

–TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): score of 170 or above on computerized test, 500 on paper test, or 59-60 on Internet based version.

–Michigan Test: score of 75 or above

–SL Center (such as Hamline University) recommendation: range 17-20

–ELS – English as a Second Language Program at the University of Minnesota recommendation “exempt from further ELS – ready for full-time academic load”

Transfer Students

Applicants who have attended other post secondary education institutions are considered for admission as transfer students. Usually a student transferring from another college who is eligible for re-entrance at that college will also be eligible for admission to Itasca. Those applicants who have completed fewer than 10 semester credits are required to meet the criteria outlined in the previous section for new students.

Students transferring to Itasca from a post secondary institution must comply with the college’s admission policies and submit the following before enrolling:

  • An Itasca Community College Application for Admission form

  • Copy of high school transcript showing graduation date or GED certificate

  • Official transcripts from ALL previous secondary and post-secondary institutions attended (sent to the Student Services Office at Itasca).

  • Documentation (month and year) of immunization against mumps, measles, rubella, diphtheria, and tetanus, if born in 1975 or later and not a graduate of a Minnesota high school

Transfer of Credits from Technical Colleges

Itasca Community College may accept, in transfer, for full credit, college parallel general education courses offered by technical colleges with regional accreditation to provide transfer level general education courses.

Itasca shall accept for transfer as electives a maximum of 16 semester credits of college level vocational or technical courses offered by technical colleges with regional accreditation.

Itasca will accept credits only from technical colleges with regional accreditation or from those which are formal candidates for regional accreditation.


A grade of D shall be the minimum for any course to transfer that qualifies for the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. All other courses must be a C grade or higher.


Regional accreditation for this policy is defined as the accreditation conferred by The Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association in the United States, and by parallel accreditation agencies in other areas of the United States.


Transfer of Credits from Other Post-Secondary Schools

Courses with grades of A, B and C will be accepted from another institution. A D grade will be accepted if the course qualifies as part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, unless prohibited by specific degree requirements. P grades shall be accepted as earned credit if earned as a grade of C or better. Courses transferred to meet program requirements must be approved by departmental faculty. The grade point average (GPA) from another institution is not used in computing the student’s GPA at Itasca.

Students transferring from another college should consult the Student Services Office for an evaluation of credits in order to determine their standing before registering for classes.

Lower division credits earned at an accredited college or university will be accepted as equivalent courses for general education purposes or as electives as determined by the Student Services Office.


Post Secondary Enrollment

The purpose of the Minnesota Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Act is to promote rigorous educational pursuits and to provide a wider variety of options for Minnesota’s 11th and 12th grade high school students. The program enables students to enroll in eligible post secondary institutions for college level courses on a full-time or part-time basis.

Students may take college courses for either high school or college credit. Classes must meet the course requirements of the State Board of Education and the student’s home school district. PSEO students are not eligible for developmental courses and certain college level courses. Refer to the “Course Descriptions” section for information on specific classes.

Students interested in taking courses at Itasca under PSEO must see their high school counselor for information on the program and on eligibility requirements. Once eligibility has been established, students must complete the appropriate admission forms. Financial aid is not available to students enrolled under the PSEO Act.


PSEO Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be a high school junior or senior at a public school, nonpublic school, or home school.

  • Students must not be classified as fulltime at their high school.

  • Seniors must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. Juniors must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20. This GPA is to be based on end of the year grades for all high school work (grades 10, 11, and 12) completed prior to enrolling at Itasca.

PSEO Admission Procedures

  • Complete the Itasca Application for Admission form on line. Send the completed PSEO verification form and copy of your high school transcript including all grades for the currently enrolled academic year to Itasca Community College Student Services Office.

  • Arrange with the college to take the ACCUPLACER test to determine placement in reading, mathematics, and computers. More information on assessment is provided on the next page.

  • Complete information and program requirements may be obtained by contacting the Counseling and Career Center at Itasca.


Certain veterans may be eligible for educational benefits under laws pertaining to disabled veterans and under what is commonly referred to as the GI Bill. A child of veteran who died in the services or of a service connected disability may be entitled to educational benefits. For further information, refer to the Veterans Administration website at www.gibill.va.gov.

Veterans must contact the Enrollment Certification Officer in the Student Services Office at the time of registration.


In accordance with the Senior Citizens Higher Education Act, the college offers courses on a credit and non credit basis for senior citizens. Persons 62 or older may enroll in any credit class if space is available after all tuition paying students have been accommodated. While no tuition is charged, administrative and special fees are assessed.