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NC State has an “open door” admissions policy. General admission is open to (a) high school graduates; (b) persons who have attained high school equivalency (GED); and (c) select high school students who qualify under specific Early Learning Programs (College Credit Plus and College-NOW). If you do not meet these criteria, you may still be eligible for admission. Please contact Admissions, Recruitment and Gateway Services for specific information.


Recruiters assist new students, transfer students and students returning to college with questions related to program information and the steps involved with college admission.  A personal visit allows the Admissions Office to answer all questions and make the transition to college an easy one. 

For more information about enrolling in the college and completing the enrollment checklist, contact the Admissions Office in Kee Hall at 419-755-4761, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


North Central State College believes a strong start is essential to achieving success in college.  A strong start consists of a series of steps designed to communicate the process for selecting, entering and completing a program of study.  To achieve this, the Student Success Coaches work through the Student Success and Transition Center.  Academic Advisors focus on persistence and completion and report to each division academic dean.

Student Success Coaches

Exploratory Students: For exploratory study students, Student Success Coaches conduct simple interviews with students to understand academic goals and career interests.  Success Coaches use student interest and career interest surveys to present meta-majors and review academic programs consistent with student interests.  Discussion of workforce opportunities and workforce demand within a meta-major is encouraged.

Exploratory students will be asked to select a meta-major in one of seven broad field areas including Engineering; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics); Education; Business; Health Science; Social Sciences; or Liberal Arts.

Emphasis is placed on student placement scores, academic record and level of preparation needed to access gateway (college level) math and English courses.  Students must choose a meta-major before second term registration.  If assessed below college ready or if students are not ready to declare a meta-major, liberal arts or another exploratory meta-major, along with academic support strategies emphasizing the importance of staying on track to graduation are incorporated into the educational planning process.

Students who have decided a major: A Student Success Coach will work with new, returning or transfer students who have decided upon a major for the initial intake semester registration process only.  Students who have decided a major will transition to working with an academic advisor for the second term of enrollment.

New entering students, even those who committed to a major, often benefit from a review of all programs within the meta-major to ensure the student is aware that there are many programs within a student’s interest area that are available. A Success Coach will review the academic map and critical gateway and milestone courses and academic expectations to succeed in the major.

Program requirements and entrance standards (if any) for major are covered as part of the intake registration. A first-year schedule (two consecutive semesters) is established and the importance of following the schedule to stay on track to graduation is stressed.

Students established in academic majors: Students established in academic majors and who demonstrate readiness to successfully complete critical gateway milestone courses and academic expectations to succeed in the major will transition from the Student Success and Transition Center into the academic advising environment.


Academic Advisors work with continuing students to focus efforts in persistence and completion of academic programs.  Each academic division has a designated academic advisor for the division's programs.  Program faculty members also serve as advisors to students in their respective areas.

Re-directions Advising

Success Coaches: Transitions Services: Student who enter North Central State College as part of the Directions Program on academic probation or academically reinstated are considered Conditional Admits and are required to show academic progress leading to successful completion of the current semester of enrollment.  Success Coaches and Academic Advisors will:

  • Establish a clear or early process to determine whether a student has the ability to succeed in his or her major.  Gateway course(s) taken in the first year serve as a predictor of success in the major.
  • Communicate the standards and process for requiring students to change their major, if they are not likely to meet entrance standards. 
  • Establish policies and an intervention strategy for students not achieving identified benchmarks within the semester.
  • Audit current academic transcripts and advise students on alternative programs aligned to their academic goals and maximize college credit earned.



NC State believes that quality academic advising services are critical to a student’s success. Several different kinds of academic advisors are available to meet with students, each with a specific area of expertise. Success Coaches/Advisors in the Student Success and Transition Center coach new, re-entering, and continuing students with developing goals and a course schedule, and registering online. The SSTC has a team of academic advisors on hand at all times to assist all students with questions related to academic planning and resources to help students overcome challenges.

The SSTC advisors work closely with students who are part of the Directions advising program, on academic probation, or reinstated. These students are REQUIRED to work with an advisor in the SSTC each semester. This ensures that the student is taking the necessary steps to be successful.

Every student is also assigned a faculty advisor who is knowledgeable about the student’s declared major. Any students with curriculum questions are encouraged to meet with the faculty advisor. Faculty advisors may be contacted by phone, email, or by appointment through their faculty offices.

Success Coaches/Advisors are on hand year-round to help students plan their class schedules, learn about the resources available on campus, and learn more about how the academic environment operates. Students are encouraged to stop in to the Student Success and Transition Center any time they have questions and are not sure where to go to get them answered.



Students in selected programs in area high schools and joint vocational schools may receive advanced standing in North Central State College programs. This is initiated through an articulation agreement between North Central State College and the high school or joint vocational school. These agreements are reviewed annually. For further information or specificities of a particular agreement, contact the Admissions Office. Currently, there are articulation agreements with the schools listed below.

  • Ashland County - West Holmes Center
  • Knox County Career Center
  • Madison Comprehensive High School
  • Mansfield Senior High School
  • Pioneer Career & Technology Center
  • Tri-Rivers Career Center
  • Wayne County Schools Career Center

Students seeking articulation credit must:

  1. Submit an application to NC State within two years of high school graduation (unless indicated otherwise in the preface to a list of courses).
  2. Request articulation credit by completing the form available in the NC State Office of Student Records.
  3. Submit an official high school transcript to the NC State Office of Student Records.

In addition to the Articulation Agreements described above, various special arrangements exist regarding credit-by-examination available to vocational and tech-prep graduates under certain circumstances. Details can be found in the articulation documents signed by representatives of NC State and the respective schools.



New student assessments, such as the COMPASS, Computer Literacy, TEAS V, and the Learning Disabilities assessments, are administered through the Student Success and Transition Center. The CSI (College Student Inventory) is also administered through this office.


North Central State College assesses new and returning students for course placement purposes with an assessment program developed by ACT. The COMPASS assesses students’ skills in the following areas: reading, writing, and mathematics.

This assessment is best completed as soon as the student applies to the college or before the student enrolls in any classes and must be completed before any of the following courses can be taken: READ0080, WRIT0090, ENGL1010, or any math or statistics class. Students are encouraged to review computerized test taking techniques as well as reading/writing/math concepts before taking the assessment. Information on how to prepare by using certain websites and other resources can be obtained from the Student Success and Transition Center.

Students who have already earned an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree may not be required to take the COMPASS. Furthermore, students are not required to take certain portions of the COMPASS if they have achieved the required scores in the various ACT subtests or if those students are transferring in college credit for specific English and/or math classes. The following portions of the COMPASS are waived on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Math - a score of 21 or higher on the ACT math subtest, or transfer of credit for any of the following: MATH0074, MATH1010, MATH1030, MATH1050, MATH1051, MATH1110, MATH1150, STAT1000, STAT1010.
  • Reading - a score of 18 or higher on the ACT reading subtest, or transfer credit for ENGL1010.
  • Writing - a score of 22 or higher on the ACT writing subtest, COMPASS or ACT e-Write of 8 or higher, or transfer credit for ENGL1010.

Students who want to schedule an appointment to take the COMPASS should contact the Student Success and Transition Center. Students are encouraged to practice math/reading/ writing skills prior to the appointment.  Information on how to prepare by using certain websites and other resources can be obtained from the Admissions Office.  Students who are unsure whether they need to take the COMPASS should contact the Admissions Office.  The first attempt of the COMPASS is free.  There will be a fee of $25 for each retest.  This should be taken as soon as possible after applying to the college and before enrolling in classes.

Computer Literacy

This assessment is required of any student wishing to take a computer class for the first time at the college except for CISS1020 Orientation to Computers.  This assessment evaluates the student’s knowledge of Windows, email, Word, the Internet, and skills in typing. This may be waived with proper transfer credit. More information is available at the Student Success and Transition Center.  The first attempt of the Computer Literacy is free.  There will be a fee of $15 for each retest.


The TEAS V is required for admission to:

  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Practical Nursing Certificate
  • Radiological Sciences
  • Respiratory Therapy

The test is a 4-hour assessment on reading, writing, math, and science that requires prior registration and fee payment at the Cashier's Office, Room 155 Fallerius.  Students can acquire information on how to prepare from the Student Success and Transition Center.  Some rules and restrictions apply.

Learning Disability Assessment

If a student feels s/he has a learning disability and would like to receive assistance through the Office of Disability Services, but does not have recent (within 3yrs) documentation that shows a learning disability, the student will need to complete a Learning Disability Assessment.

This assessment requires a scheduled appointment. Contact the Coordinator of Specialized Services at 419-755-4727 for more information.


This assessment is offered through the Liberal Arts Division.  For more information, contact the Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts at 419-755-4894.



Many adult students, as well as students just out of high school, have difficulties making the transition to college. These transition difficulties are most apparent in the areas of math, reading and writing skills, study skills, test-taking skills, time management, and decision-making. The purpose of the following courses is to help the student gain the necessary background and coping skills for a successful college experience. 

  • CHEM 1010 Introduction to Chemistry
  • ENGL 0010 College Comp Lab
  • FYEX 0050 SUCCESS!
  • FYEX 0060 Navigating College
  • MATH 0010 Basic Mathematics Lab
  • MATH 0070 Basic Mathematics
  • MATH 0072 Pre-Algebra
  • MATH 0074 Beginning Algebra
  • MATH 0086 Intermediate Algebra
  • READ 0080 College Reading
  • WRIT 0010 Basic Writing Lab
  • WRIT 0090 Basic Writing


Students are placed into reading/writing/math courses based on their scores on initial assessment testing (COMPASS) offered by the College or previous ACT scores. COMPASS scores may indicate that the student needs additional instruction in these areas before beginning college level mathematics and English courses. These mandatory placement requirements are designed to promote student success and persistence.

On the basis of their new-student assessment scores, students can be placed into one or more of the following courses:

  • FYEX0060 Navigating College
  • MATH0070 Basic Mathematics
  • MATH0072 Pre-Algebra
  • MATH0074 Beginning Algebra
  • READ0080 College Reading
  • WRIT0090 Basic Writing

If the required ACT/COMPASS cut-off scores are not achieved for college level placement in English or math, students have a secondary option of providing a transcript of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in high school courses with grade a B or above in the last high school English class taken or higher level mathematics class (Algebra II or above).  The student may also provide letters of recommendation from the high school counselor and English/mathematics instructor.

Students are required to begin developmental classes in their first term and follow the sequence each subsequent term through completion of the first college-level math or English course.  Those placing into two or more developmental classes are required to take FYEX0060.  Students are placed in FYEX0050 based on ACT Engage test results.

All students enrolled in degree programs are required to have MATH0074 competency. Successful completion (C- or better) of any math course is required in order to advance to the next higher level math course. Success Coaches/Advisors in the Student Success and Transition Center can also suggest programs to assist the student in remedial coursework such as tutoring, Solutions, and boot camps.              

Students who believe they have been misplaced into a reading/writing/math course should see an advisor in the Student Success and Transition Office about retesting or providing additional information noted above BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEMESTER‘S CLASSES. If students have further questions, they can contact the Student Success and Transition Center in 136 Kee Hall, 419-755-4764.



Make-Up Exam Proctoring Services

As a service to North Central State students, the college provides proctoring services for making up NC State exams, free of charge.

Students may arrive at the Student Success and Transition Center anytime during the NC State make-up exam proctoring hours; however, all exams must be completed by the end of the session.  The available hours for exam proctoring can be found on the College website at cms/student-success-center/assessments.html.

NON-NC State Proctoring Services

As a service to the students of other educational institutions, North Central State College can be utilized as a proctoring site for non-NC State exams or COMPASS placement assessment for admission to another college. A $25 fee applies to each exam or COMPASS assessment appointment.

  1. First, contact your college or university for their proctoring requirements to designate NC State as your proctor.
  2. Read the North Central State Proctoring Services Policy at
  3. Contact the Coordinator of Student Assessment Services, at 419-755-4736 or 419-755-4764 to make an appointment for your exam or COMPASS.
  4. Complete the Payment Form for Proctoring Services available at
  5. Take the completed payment form to the Cashier's Office, Room 155 Fallerius and pay your $25 fee.
  6. Present your "paid" payment form to the proctor when you arrive for your appointment.

The Proctoring Center is located in the Student Success and Transition Center, Kee Hall in Room 136, and the hours are by appointment only. 

For more information about NC State's Non-NC State Proctoring Services, contact the Coordinator of Student Assessment Services at 419-755-4736 or Student Success and Transition Center at 419-755-4764 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Student registration is conducted via the web or can be done in person at the Student Records Office. Students in the Directions Advising Program on probation, receiving funding through the Trade Adjustment Act (TAA), or in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option program (PSEO) are required to meet with a Success Coach/Advisor first before registering each term. Web registration is available each term beginning with the first day of Priority Registration and ending on the last day to add a class. The last day to add a class for a given term is 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the Sunday prior to the start of the term.  Web registration is available to eligible students and will only be available through the Sunday prior to the first day of the term. Contact the Office of Student Records with questions about eligibility or the Student Success and Transition Center for help with choosing classes.  

New students and students returning to NC State after an absence of one year or more are required to complete the application to the college and COMPASS assessment before enrolling. Students may process no more than two registrations per visit to the Student Records Office. Students have the right to appeal to the faculty instructing their desired course for entrance after the deadline.  However, the College and the faculty reserve the right to deny a student entrance into any course after the established deadline.  If the faculty gives the student permission to register, the student must present a signed permission form from the course instructor to the Office of Student Records no later than the end of the business day on the second Monday of the term.   The student must also attend the first day of the scheduled class.

Courses can be dropped from a schedule through the withdrawal date established on the academic calendar for the term.  Student initiated withdrawals are processed in the Office of Student Records (see Withdrawing from a Course).

Students are required to pay fees or arrange for fee payment on an installment basis by the payment deadline in each registration period. Students with unpaid fees may be administratively withdrawn from classes after the payment deadline has passed. Formal confirmation of class availability and fee adjustments can be obtained through the Office of Student Records and/or the Cashier's Office.



Any student may wish to pursue a second degree. To be eligible, a student must complete all required coursework within a second technology as listed in the program section of this catalog, complete a Petition to Graduate form in the Office of Student Records, and pay the graduation fee. Questions concerning limitations of financial aid or veteran’s benefits in support of second degree programs should be addressed to the Financial Aid Office.   

Several of the program technologies have more than one major. Students enrolled in any one of these several majors will be eligible for an associate degree in the technology upon completion of required coursework and the filing of the Petition to Graduate. Completion of a second or subsequent major within the same technology does not lead to a second degree. This applies to Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Industrial Technology, Information Technology and Visual Communications Media and Technology. The official student course transcript, however, will note the second major, provided that the student completes a Petition form in the Office of Student Records.



Students may complete a number of credits at another college and transfer them to NC State. In order to do this as smoothly as possible, the Transfer Credit Contract form, available in the Office of Student Records, must be completed. Prior approval from the appropriate division dean is necessary. An official transcript of all credits earned as a transient student should be sent to the Office of Student Records in order to apply such credits to graduation requirements.



NC State is approved for the attendance of foreign students. For further details, contact the Admissions Office or visit the college’s international student webpage at



Individuals requesting foreign credential evaluations shall be referred to a College-specified list of professional credit evaluation services. The expertise and reliability of a professional evaluation report is recognized worldwide and will provide the student and the College with consistent and valid credit evaluations. The cost for this service (approximately $120-$150) will be paid by the student. The full text of this policy, which includes the list of College-approved evaluation services, can be obtained from the Student Records Office.



Persons who are 60 years of age or older are entitled to register for courses on a space available basis, for no credit, at no charge other than any applicable lab fee. Textbooks must be purchased and are available at the College bookstore. For further details, contact the Admissions Office.



NC State has chosen to participate in a variety of early learning programs allowing qualified high school students the opportunity to take college level classes prior to high school graduation.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO)

High school students who possess both the academic ability and social maturity to succeed at the college level may be eligible to enroll in college classes through a state-supported program called Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Program. There are two attendance options for students interested in this program. One is to enroll and attend a class or classes on the campus of North Central State College, the other is to enroll and attend a class or classes available at the student’s high school. In either case, the student must meet with their high school guidance counselor to initiate the process of enrolling.

Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit (DE/DC)

The Dual Credit option shares some similarity with the PSEO program, but is available only at participating local high schools. Generally, the NC State courses are taught by a local high school teacher who meets the standards to be a college faculty. 

Seniors to Sophomores (S2S) 

A dual credit/dual enrollment program enabling academically qualified high school seniors to earn both high school and college credit at the same time. Students who participate in Seniors to Sophomores will be enrolled and attend either North Central State College or The Ohio State University  - Mansfield and will have the opportunity to complete course requirements  for high school graduation and also earn at least 36 semester hours of college credit. Students are required to purchase the required textbooks. A participating student will be a full time college student taking all classes on the college campus.

CollegeNOW – Bioscience

Through a partnership between Ashland County West Holmes Career Center, area high schools, businesses, and North Central State College, qualified students have the opportunity to earn a Bioscience associate degree right along with their high school diploma. 

CollegeNOW – Engineering 

An exciting Engineering Academy, College-Now, has been developed through a partnership between Pioneer Career and Technology Center, area high schools, businesses, and North Central State College. This program offers a unique opportunity for qualified students to get on the fast track to earn an engineering technology associate degree right along with their high school diploma.

CollegeNOW – Business

Through a partnership between Pioneer Career and Technology Center, area high schools, businesses, and North Central State College, qualified high school students have a unique opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts in Business Administration degree along with their high school diploma.  This program is ideal for students who wish to complete their first two years of college while in high school and then transfer to a four year college or university business program.

For more information on the Early College Programs, please see the NC State Admissions website.



College Tech Prep programs prepare high school students for the high-skill, high-demand technical careers required for an increasingly complex global economy.  College Tech Prep emphasizes math, science and technology for Ohio’s economic development.

Students master college prep math, science and English and build marketable skills in areas such as engineering, health, information technology, biotechnology, business, and many others.  Program pathways align to an associate or bachelor’s degree or certification at North Central State College and other Ohio colleges and universities and/or employment.

Education is Aligned and Market-Driven

The unique core of College Tech Prep is the pathway – a sequential course of study that aligns instruction and student services from high school to college and career.

  • Employers identify skills that will be valuable for future careers.  Colleges and high schools coordinate   curriculum to develop these skills.
  • Students with similar goals, interests and talents are engaged in a peer-friendly, educational environment.
  • Teachers coach students in project-based learning - building skills needed for high tech, high paying careers.
  • Industry support ensures rigorous instruction and marketplace relevance.
  • Curriculum is aligned to industry standards.
  • Academic coursework is integrated.
  • Learning is focused on teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving.
  • Students acquire expertise and confidence required for tomorrow’s top careers.
  • Credentialing, internships, mentoring, co-opportunities and classes in industry settings support workforce development.

Early Access to College Pays Off

  • Students begin college coursework in high school with the option of earning college credits and qualifying for advanced standing and scholarships.
  • College costs are reduced and time to degree completion accelerated.
  • Students build early relationships with college personnel---confidence is nurtured.
  • Students explore career options before making costly decisions.

Central Region Ohio College Tech Prep Center

The Central Region Ohio College Tech Prep Center is made up of several career technical centers and two-year technical colleges offering career focused programs.  The career technical centers and colleges are: 

Career and Technical Centers

  • Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center
  • C-TEC of Licking County
  • Columbus City School District
  • Delaware Adult Career Center
  • Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Center
  • Knox County Career Center
  • Lancaster City School District
  • Madison Comprehensive High School
  • Pickaway- Ross Career and Technical Center
  • Pioneer Career and Technology Center
  • Mansfield Senior High School
  • South-Western City School District
  • Tolles Career and Technical Center
  • Tri-Rivers Career Center 


  • Central Ohio Technical College
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Marion Technical College
  • North Central State College
  • The Ohio State University, all campuses

Regional businesses, industry, labor, health care providers and governmental agencies are also partnered with the Central Region Ohio College Tech Prep Center.

Each of the Central Region Ohio College Tech Prep Center’s programs are high-tech, high-skilled occupational programs.  When College Tech Prep students enter North Central State College, they will already have occupational, academic and employability skills gained in their two years of secondary College Tech Prep.  This will prepare them to enter North Central State College’s programs with advanced placement and will have sufficient job skills in their field to get and keep entry level positions. 

College Tech Prep Secondary Program Career Fields:

  • Agriculture and Environmental Systems 
  • Arts and Communication
  • Education and Training
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing Technologies
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Business and Administrative Services
  • Health Science
  • Human Services
  • Law and Public Safety
  • Marketing
  • Transportation Systems




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