Admissions

International Students

Volunteer State Community College welcomes applications from individuals living outside the United States. There are several admissions classifications for these applicants.

International Students Holding or Applying for F-1 or M-1 Visas (Degree Seeking)

Applicants must complete ALL requirements by October 1 for spring term, March 1 for summer term, or June 1 for fall term. Applicants will not be permitted to register for classes until all admission requirements have been satisfied. International applicants will be required to pay out-of-state tuition.

Applicants seeking admission as degree-seeking international students must meet the following requirements:

Application:

A completed application for admission to Volunteer State Community College is required.

Application Fee:

Applicants are required to submit a one-time nonrefundable fee of $20.00 with their initial application for admission.

English Placement:

If your native language is not English, proof of English proficiency in one of the ways listed below:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    Minimum Score of   60 on Internet-Based Test
    Minimum Score of 500 on Paper-Based Test
    To access information about the TOEFL, go to http://www.ets.org.toefl
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    Minimum Score of 5.5
    To access information about the IELTS, go to http://www.ielts.org.
  • If you are already in the U.S., you can take the Volunteer State Community College English examination, the Michigan test.  The test can only be taken at Volunteer State Community College.
  • Provide an official transcript from a U.S. college or university that shows successful completion of English Composition I with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
  • Provide proof of graduation from a U.S. high school with a regular high school diploma or completion of the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) exam.
Academic Credentials:

In addition to submitting official transcripts from United States institutions, applicants must submit official copies of academic records from secondary schools and higher education institutions, showing graduation or completion dates if applicable. Transcripts or records which are not in English should be accompanied by notarized or certified translations. In addition, applicants wishing to receive transfer credit for courses taken outside the United States may be required to submit course descriptions and have their educational credentials assessed by an evaluation service.

Affidavit of Support:

Applicants must submit an Affidavit of Support form, available from the Office of Admissions and the Office of Records and Registration. The form must be completed by the student's sponsor, and signed or notarized by the sponsor's bank. The first year fees and expenses total $30,797. This figure is an estimate and is subject to change. The affidavit should indicate that the sponsor has at least this amount available. Additional funds are required if the applicant plans to bring a spouse or dependent into the country.

International/Immigration Documents:

Original Visa, Passport, and I-94 (if you are already in the United States).  A college official is required to make copies.

Entrance Examination:

All degree-seeking students who are 20 years of age or younger as of the first day of class for their term of initial enrollment must submit scores from the American College Testing program (ACT). Information about this examination may be obtained from high school counselors or from the Testing Office at Volunteer State Community College. An ACT code number of 4037 has been assigned to Volunteer State Community College. Official scores on the ACT should be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from ACT. ACT scores included on an official high school transcript are sufficient to meet this requirement. A transfer student need not retake the ACT, but should have his or her ACT scores on file with the College. The scores are used for placement and counseling purposes only. SAT scores may be submitted in lieu of ACT scores.

Placement Testing:

Unless otherwise exempt by ACT scores, transfer credit, etc., all degree-seeking students are required to take a placement test. The placement test is designed to measure skills in reading, writing, and math. Applicants whose native language is not English may be required to complete a specialized placement test.

Transfer applicants who have not been assessed at a TBR institution or completed any college-level courses in English composition and/or college-level math with a grade of "C" or better will be assessed according to the College's assessment and placement procedures. Transfer applicants with valid (less than three years old) ACT scores may be placed using those scores.

Applicant Age:

Applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Health Insurance:

Applicants must purchase health insurance through the State University and Community College System of Tennessee prior to enrollment. Contact the Assistant Director of Records & Registration for insurance information.

Tuberculosis Immunization:

Submit a tuberculosis immunization certificate from a licensed physician or other qualified medical authority.

Immunizations:

Please visit our immunization page for detailed information about the types of vaccinations required.

International Students Holding or Applying for F-1 or M-1 Visas (ESOL)

Applicants must complete ALL requirements by October 1 for spring term, March 1 for summer term, or June 1 for fall term. Applicants will not be permitted to register for classes until all admission requirements have been satisfied. International applicants will be required to pay out-of-state tuition.

Applicants seeking admission as non-degree international students must meet the following requirements:

Application:

A completed application for admission to Volunteer State Community College is required.

Application Fee:

Applicants are required to submit a one-time nonrefundable fee of $20.00 with their initial application for admission.

English Placement:

If your native language is not English, proof of English proficiency in one of the ways listed below:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    Minimum Score of   38 on Internet-Based Test
    Minimum Score of 425 on Paper-Based Test
    To access information about the TOEFL, go to http://www.ets.org.toefl
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    Minimum Score of 3.5
    To access information about the IELTS, go to http://www.ielts.org.
  • Pearson English Language Test Academic (PTE Academic)
    Minimum Score of 29
    To access information about PTE Academic, go to http://pearsonpte.com/PTEAcademic/Pages/home.aspx
  • If you are already in the U.S., you can take the Volunteer State Community College English examination, the Michigan test.  The test can only be taken at Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin or Livingston Campus).
  • Provide an official transcript from a U.S. college or university that shows successful completion of English Composition I with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
  • Provide proof of graduation from a U.S. high school with a regular high school diploma or completion of the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) exam.
Placement Testing:

Unless otherwise exempt by ACT scores, transfer credit, etc., all non-degree-seeking applicants will be subject to placement testing for courses having placement prerequisites. The placement test is designed to measure skills in reading, writing, and math. Applicants whose native language is not English may be required to complete a specialized placement test.

Applicants with transfer credit who have not been assessed at a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institution or completed any college-level courses in English composition and/or college-level math with a grade of "C" or better will be assessed according to the College's assessment and placement procedures. Transfer applicants with valid (less than three years old) ACT scores may be placed using those scores.

Affidavit of Support:

Applicants must submit an Affidavit of Support form, available from the Office of Admissions and the Office of Records and Registration. The form must be completed by the student's sponsor, and signed or notarized by the sponsor's bank. The first year fees and expenses total $30,797. This figure is an estimate and is subject to change. The affidavit should indicate that the sponsor has at least this amount available. Additional funds are required if the applicant plans to bring a spouse or dependent into the country.

International/Immigration Documents:

Original Visa, Passport, and I-94 (if you are already in the United States).  A college official is required to make copies.

Applicant Age:

Applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Tuberculosis Immunization:

Applicants must submit a tuberculosis immunization certificate from a licensed physician or other qualified medical authority.

Immunizations:

Please visit our immunization page for detailed information about the types of vaccinations required.

Health Insurance:

Applicants must purchase health insurance through the State University and Community College System of Tennessee prior to enrollment. Contact the Assistant Director of Records & Registration for insurance information.