BPCC has an open admissions policy established by the Louisiana Legislature and approved by the Board of Regents and Louisiana Community and Technical College System.
Students may be admitted to Bossier Parish Community College if they meet one of these two options:
Home schooled students who have completed a state approved program, a regionally accredited program, or registered as a nonpublic school will be admitted as high school graduates. Students who have not completed a state-approved program, regionally accredited program, or registered as a nonpublic school will be required to obtain a HiSet or GED.
All eligible persons are assured equal opportunity for admission without regard to ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or veteran status. Certain programs within the institution may require additional admission standards in order to achieve program or industry accreditation standards.
Bossier Parish Community College reserves the right to refuse admissions to any student.
BPCC operates on a three-semester system, which includes a summer term. A qualified applicant may register at the beginning of any academic session within the semester. Complete admission records must be received in the Admissions/Registrar’s Office prior to registration in order for the applicant to be notified regarding eligibility for admission. Students failing to complete admission records will be denied admission or will be admitted temporarily as provisional students. Students admitted provisionally are not eligible for federal financial aid.
The student’s permanent record contains the following information: academic transcripts from high school and college, placement test scores, immunization records, and proof of Selective Service registration by male students. The records are on an imaging system, which stores the information on an optical disk. The records from 1967-94 are on microfiche, which is stored in a fireproof filing cabinet in the Admissions/Registrar's Office.
A student seeking admission to BPCC should submit an admission application and submit all required admission documents before the last day to register for each session listed in the Academic Bulletin. Admission applications and required documents may be found online or from the Admissions/Registrar’s Office located in Building F (Emmett E. Cope Student Services Building).
Louisiana state law (R.S. 17:170) requires immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, haemophilus influenza B (HIB), poliomyelitis, and tetanus/diphtheria for all students born after 1956 who are enrolling in higher education for the first time or who have enrolled since January 1, 1991. Vaccination for Meningococcal Meningitis is required for first time freshmen beginning fall 2006 or after according to Acts 251 and 711 of 2006 Regular Legislative Session. Failure to comply with this law will result in the inability to complete the registration process.
Note: The law allows for a medical or personal exemption; however, should an outbreak occur, students signing exemptions will be excluded from class and other campus activities during an incubation period of two to three weeks. For additional information and forms, contact the Admissions/Registrar’s Office at 318-678-6004.
Register online or verify your official registration date by visiting the Selective Service System.
In accordance with the requirements of Louisiana Law, specifically R.S. 17:3151 (Acts 1985, No. 185; Acts 1987, No. 214; Acts 1999, No. 345), and the Federal Selective Service Act, each institution within the LCTCS shall implement the following requirement for admission:
Placement tests are designed to determine levels of proficiency in the basic skills of English, mathematics, and reading. BPCC utilizes the COMPASS Placement Test for all students entering BPCC. Students may submit standardized test scores (i.e. ACT or SAT) to assist in placement in academic courses; however, use of those scores may not preclude a student from taking the placement test.
Full-time, degree-seeking students must take the developmental math courses and core math classes (generally MATH 102) in consecutive semesters, excluding summers, until all math requirements are met.
For additional information contact the Office of Academic Planning at 318-678-6335 or 318-678-6049.
If students have ACT scores within the following ranges, they will not have to take the BPCC placement test in that academic area:
18 or higher.....................................................May enroll in ENGL 101
19 or higher.................................................... May enroll in MATH 102
16 or higher.................................................... Are not required to take READ 099
BPCC reserves the right to use ACT and placement test scores of students on an anonymous basis for incorporation into its institutional statistics and for documenting institutional effectiveness.
Developmental education courses are provided for BPCC students who score below the minimum required COMPASS Placement Test scores. Developmental courses include EDUC 099, READ 099, CIS 099, ENGL 098, ENGL 099, MATH 097, MATH 098, and MATH 099. These semester-length courses may transfer to other postsecondary institutions as equivalent courses, but will not satisfy degree requirements.
Each division is responsible for the teaching of developmental education courses within its own discipline. English faculty teach the developmental English courses; mathematics faculty teach the developmental math courses. The instruction of READ 099-Developmental Reading is the responsibility of the Division of Liberal Arts; the instruction of EDUC 099-College Success Skills is the responsibility of the Division of Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs; the instruction of CIS 099-Keyboarding is the responsibility of the Division of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
CIS 099 is offered to prepare students who do not feel competent in basic computer skills, and enrollment in that course is voluntary and based upon student request. This is a developmental course that will not satisfy any degree requirements and will not transfer to other postsecondary institutions.
BPCC’s developmental reading course, READ 099, will be required for the following students:
BPCC’s “College Success Skills” course, EDUC 099, will be required for the following students:
Open Campus™, BPCC’s open-source initiative, provides FREE, no-strings-attached, online, non-credit developmental-level courses available to anyone, anywhere.
Open Campus™ courses are designed to prepare individuals for college-level placement testing, to enhance students’ study and practice sessions, or to help employees brush up on basic professional skills.
Course availabilities include:
Course content and progression mimic “for-credit” offerings with two exceptions:
The Open Campus™ design is tailored for user-friendliness. Student sign-up is easy, and, once enrolled, students can log-in through popular social media sites. Each learning module contains at least one lecture video, printable handout, and multiple-choice, self-graded quiz. Students may access any lecture, handout, or quiz as many times as they wish and in any order they choose.
All students should submit the required admission documents to the Admissions/Registrar’s Office before the last day to register for each session listed in the Academic Bulletin. A student is considered provisionally admitted until all admission requirements are met. Students admitted provisionally are not eligible for federal financial aid and will not be allowed to enroll in additional semesters. Students must meet all prerequisite requirements. BPCC reserves the right to require additional admission documentation.
All foreign credentials must be submitted in English through an approved foreign credential evaluator service.
An applicant who has never attended any college or other post-secondary institution after high school graduation.
A student who has been enrolled at any college or university prior to applying to Bossier Parish Community College after high school graduation. If you have attended this institution in the past but left and attended another college and are coming back you are considered a transfer student. Students applying for Federal Financial Aid must submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions before any financial aid will be awarded.
A student who formerly attended Bossier Parish Community College and is returning after being absent one or more terms (not including the summer session). If you attended another college while absent you are considered a transfer student. Former students must meet all admissions requirements from previous semesters before enrolling into the College.
A student who is attending another institution but wishes to take courses for one term. (Not eligible for financial aid.)
An international student must meet all of the regular admission requirements to BPCC. An international student must submit all documents to the Registrar 90 days prior to the start of term. International students seeking to attend on a student visa are not eligible for provisional admission. Students must be eligible to attend college in their country of origin.
An international student:
When international students have been officially admitted to BPCC (satisfied all admission requirements), a Form I-20--properly signed--will be sent to them. Students are responsible for paying a SEVIS fee, which may be paid at www.fmjfee.com.Financial Aid is not available for international students.
F-1 Students should inform their international advisor in the Admissions/Registrar’s Office of their desire to work, prior to employment to avoid violating the conditions of their F-1 status.
Bossier Parish Community College is committed to the principle of high standards in acceptance of transfer credit. In making the determination of credit to be awarded from other institutions, BPCC is guided by commonly accepted principles of good practice in recognizing course work as acceptable as collegiate.
Transfer credit must represent collegiate course work relevant to a BPCC degree, with course content and level of instruction resulting in student competencies equivalent to those of students enrolled in the College’s own degree/certificate programs. In assessing and documenting equivalent learning and qualified faculty, the College may use recognized guides which aid in the evaluation of credit. Such guides include those published by the American Council on Education and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Bossier Parish Community College accepts credits from postsecondary institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and its equivalent regional associations in the United States as satisfying the philosophy, procedure, and evaluation/awarding sections of this policy.
The following factors are used in the determination of course transferability:
The student must submit acceptable documentation for evaluation by the appropriate College officials. The Division Dean, with consultation of appropriate faculty, evaluates all relevant student credit. A recommendation is made to the Registrar and/or Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (or designee) as to the amount of credit awarded. The Registrar and/or Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (or designee) certifies the specific course(s) and amount of credit transcripted. Students must be enrolled in BPCC certificate or degree programs in order to receive transfer credit applicable to an academic credential awarded by BPCC.
Every course substituted for a curricular requirement must be approved by the appropriate dean and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. (This does not apply to course equivalents published in college articulation guides nor courses labeled approved electives.)
A transferring student is any applicant who plans to earn credits at BPCC that transfer to another college or university. Transfer students assume full responsibility for courses selected and are encouraged to seek guidance and approval for all courses which are to be transferred. BPCC cooperates with area colleges and universities both formally and informally regarding the articulation of transfer credits to four-year degree-granting institutions. Students are urged to check with these schools about transfer policies.
BPCC's courses generally transfer to other schools; the extent to which credits earned at BPCC are applicable to baccalaureate degrees at four-year colleges and universities is determined by the degree-granting institution. In general, a four-year school will accept no more than sixty (60) hours of the credits required for a degree from a four-year college, unless specifically authorized by the institution. Courses taken at the freshman and sophomore levels (100 and 200 level) at BPCC are usually not counted for junior or senior level (300 and 400 level) courses at four-year schools.
Students pursuing the associate degree or academic certificate at BPCC must declare their intent to do so. Curricular requirements become effective at the date of the declaration of the academic major and do not date from the point of original enrollment in the College.
Former students must meet all admissions requirements from previous semesters before enrolling into the College.
Any applicant who does not have complete admission documents on file at the time of application may be granted provisional admission pending receipt of complete and satisfactory records. A STUDENT ADMITTED PROVISIONALLY MAY HAVE HIS OR HER REGISTRATION CANCELED IF THE RECORDS, WHEN RECEIVED, DO NOT MEET THE ADMISSION CRITERIA. A PROVISIONALLY ADMITTED STUDENT HAS FORTY-FIVE (45) DAYS AFTER GENERAL REGISTRATION TO SUBMIT COMPLETE RECORDS. International students are not eligible for provisional admission. Students admitted provisionally are not eligible for federal financial aid
The residence status of an applicant or student is determined by the Admissions/Registrar’s Office. Status is determined by evidence provided in the completed application for admission along with necessary supporting documentation.
An applicant or student who moves into Louisiana to attend BPCC, rather than to establish a residence, and enrolls at BPCC as a non-resident will continue to be so classified throughout attendance, unless it is demonstrated that the previous domicile has been abandoned and a Louisiana domicile established.
A resident student is defined as a student who has been domiciled in Louisiana continuously for at least one full year immediately preceding the first day of class of the semester or term for which residence classification is sought. “Domicile,” the word employed for the purposes of this regulation, is defined as an individual's true, fixed, and permanent home and place of habitation at which the individual remains when not called elsewhere for special or temporary purposes. Factors considered in establishing residence classification include the residence of the dependent's parents, tax returns, voting cards, and other financial information (particularly when emancipation is claimed), former domicile in Louisiana, and location of the source of an applicant's or student's income.
An international student on a student visa is classified as a non-resident.
Incorrect Classification: All students classified incorrectly as residents are subject to reclassification and payment of all nonresident fees not paid. If incorrect classification results from false or concealed facts by the student, the student is also subject to college discipline.
Bossier Parish Community College offers freshman level courses on the Northwestern State University campuses in Natchitoches and Leesville. Any first-time freshman (in-state and out-of-state) who does not meet the new admission criteria and are referred by NSU are encouraged to take classes through BPCC at NSU. After completion of developmental classes with a least a "C" and the completion of 18 college level hours earned with a 2.000 college level GPA on those hours (this GPA does not include developmental coursework), and, included in the 18 hours, the student will have completed a college-level English and a college-level mathematics course designated to fulfill general education requirements, BPCC at NSU students will be able to choose one of several options:
If a student enters BPCC at NSU and intends to complete a degree at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, only 12 college hours can be applied to graduation.
Students at BPCC at NSU will have the opportunity to engage in a multitude of college activities. They will be eligible to apply for financial aid. Students will have access to counseling services, health services, and tutoring services. All BPCC at NSU students will pay Northwestern fees which will enable them to utilize the WRAC facility, and to enjoy athletic and cultural events by showing their NSU ID cards.
All BPCC at NSU courses will be taught at the Natchitoches and Fort Polk/NSU campuses during the day. Students interested in enrolling in BPCC at NSU will fill out an application and send it to:
BPCC at NSU
114 Kyser Hall
Natchitoches, LA 71497
In addition, students must submit an official high school transcript and an immunization record. Males, ages 18-25, will need to provide proof of selective service registration.
For more information, contact Connie McConathy (email@example.com) at 318-357-5362 in 114 Kyser Hall, NSU Campus, Natchitoches, LA 71497.
Bossier Parish Community College offers four (4) online, accelerated associate degree programs that will allow adults to finish their college degree. These online programs offer courses which are taught in 4-week and 8-week formats, which allow working adults to schedule classes in convenient, flexible times and locations.
Associate degree options:
The classes are fast-track, allowing students to finish a course in 4-week and 8-week sessions. The courses are taught online which provides for great flexibility. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Students currently enrolled in high school or home schooled in a SBESE approved home school may qualify to attend BPCC if the following requirements are met:
*Students in EXCEL are not eligible for financial aid.
Students currently enrolled in a public or private Louisiana high school or an approved Louisiana State Department of Education home school program may earn high school Carnegie units and BPCC college credits by meeting the following requirements:
|College Level Degree Credit||Work Skills||Enrichment/Developmental|
|ACT/PLAN Composite 18
English Subscore 18 for ENGL 101
Math Subscore 19 for MATH 102
|PLAN Composite 14 or
ACT Composite 15
|PLAN Composite 14 or
ACT Composite 15
Must be a senior
For more information, call 318-678-6540.
Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program cadets earning their high school equivalency qualify to earn up to fifteen hours of college credit through Course Challenge Exams qualifying them for military enlistment or college transfer. Students participating in this program must meet the following requirements:
Applicants to the Program for Successful Employment can be currently enrolled in high school or exited high school. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Applicants still enrolled in high school:
Applicants that have exited high school: