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  Jul 21, 2017
 
 
    
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2013-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions and Registration



Admissions Policies and Procedures

scf.edu/Admissions

General Conditions of Admissions

Any high school graduate or GED recipient who can profit from additional education is encouraged to apply to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF). Applicants must provide evidence of a valid standard high school diploma, an equivalency diploma or home school affidavit. Students who have earned a certificate of completion in Florida may be classified as degree seeking. They may not enroll in some programs requiring special training, i.e. police officers, correctional officers, nurses and classroom teachers, until they earn a valid standard high school diploma or GED. Students who completed high school outside the United States must have their documents evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) and submit an original copy of the document evaluation showing that the high school coursework is equivalent to a standard high school diploma in the United States. Students who have not earned a high school diploma or equivalency may attend on a limited basis and may not enroll in any degree programs until proof of successful completion of high school or equivalency has been submitted and approved.

Admissions Criteria

An official high school transcript bearing the high school graduation date or GED test scores is required as part of a student’s admission file. If the transcript is not received by the College before the start of the term, it will impact financial aid funding and registration for classes. Note: Transcripts received from high schools, colleges and/or universities become the property of the College and are not copied or released to third parties.

Note: Some state-issued certificates of completion cannot be used for degree-seeking status. In these cases, students must be classified as nondegree-seeking until a valid standard high school diploma is achieved or the student submits acceptable GED test scores. Further questions can be directed to the admissions office. Not all high school transcripts may be acceptable for admission. SCF has the discretion as to the acceptance of all high school transcripts to determine eligibility for admission to the College.

Application Process

Individuals desiring to enroll at SCF can apply online on the College website under “admissions.” The completed application must be submitted by the deadline each term noted in the academic calendar. Applications remain on file for one year. If an applicant does not register for any course(s) after one year from the application term, the applicant must reapply to the College and submit all required documentation for admission including residency paperwork.

Support Services

SCF offers guidance, advisement and support services to assist students in finding areas of study best suited to their interests, aptitudes and abilities. The advising center on each campus is responsible for providing initial, relevant information about academic opportunities at the College. Interested students can contact student services advisors to discuss initial academic plans. The admissions office coordinates the review of applications for admission to degree and certificate programs. Students who are undecided on their major and/or degree program should visit the SCF career resource center at SCF Bradenton or SCF Venice soon after their classes start for proper guidance on the selection of a major and/or degree program.

International Students

International students who are on the F-1 student status, wish to be on the F-1 student status or are on some other type of legal nonimmigrant status, are advised to refer to the section entitled “International Students, Admission Requirements.”

Testing

In addition, the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) is required for all entering students seeking to earn a degree from SCF or for those students who want to take English, mathematics or reading courses, or other courses that have placement test scores as prerequisites. The State Board of Education (SBE) has set the cutoff scores for placement into college credit level as opposed to college preparatory courses. Students also may present American College Testing (ACT) scores or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores as alternative placement test scores, as approved by the SBE with cutoff scores designated in English, mathematics and reading. The College recommends, but does not require, that applicants complete the ACT or the SAT as an aid to course placement. Tests used for placement must be taken within two years of planned attendance. Test scores are not required for transfer or readmission students who have satisfactorily completed college-level English, mathematics and/or reading courses. The specific requirements for admission may be found in the following sections.

Please note: The College may consider the past actions of any person applying for admission or enrollment and may deny admission or enrollment to an applicant if determined to be in the best interest of the College, pursuant to S.1001.64 Florida Statutes, DBOT Rule 6HX14- 4.01 and SCF Procedure #4.01.01: Admissions Standards.

Selective Admissions/Limited Access

SCF’s two-year health professions and all bachelor’s programs have limited seating and require a second application process in addition to the first-time college admissions, degree-seeking, or traditional transfer, degree-seeking admissions process. An application to the specific program (including fee) is required. Consult detailed program information in the Catalog for physical and mental examination documentation, drug testing and county residency documentation that may be required for specific programs. 

First-time College Admissions: Degree-Seeking

  1. Applicants are eligible who possess a valid standard high school diploma. Other high school diploma recipients, including special diploma, home school or certificate of completion students, may be considered for admission. Official high school transcripts are required.
  2. Applicants are eligible who have satisfactory high school level GED exam results through a state or DSST (DANTES) test. An official copy of the test results is required.
  3. Placement test scores (PERT, ACT or SAT) are required for all students enrolling in beginning mathematics and English courses. State regulations require that scores be no more than two years old. The testing center on the appropriate campus may be contacted for more information.
  4. International students who are seeking an F-1 student visa or any other type of visa, please refer to the International Student Admission Requirements section.

Special Admissions: Nondegree-Seeking

  1. Applicants are eligible who are at least 18 years of age and have declared nondegree-seeking status.
  2. Most students are not limited to the number of credits that can be earned. However, first-time college admissions students (nondegree-seeking) are limited to only 12 credits without advisor approval. Upon attempting 12 credit hours, a nondegree student must take the PERT, ACT or SAT. Depending upon the score, a nondegree student must register and enroll the next term in appropriate college-level or college prep courses in English, mathematics and reading until the college prep sequence is completed. In addition, no student will be admitted to courses designed for restricted programs. Prerequisites for courses will not be waived and placement test scores will be required for English, mathematics and reading courses.
  3. High school and/or college transfer transcripts are not required, and if submitted, will not be evaluated.
  4. The following limitations or exemptions may apply to this classification of admission: This type of student may not receive financial aid, veterans benefits or scholarships.
  5. If, at some time during this type of admission, a student wishes to become degree-seeking, all documentation required of a degree-seeking student must be sent to the admissions office at SCF. Re-applying to SCF is required for students who intend to become degree seeking after an initial nondegree-seeking status. 

Transfer: Degree-Seeking 

Applicants are eligible if they meet the above requirements for a first-time-in-college admission student seeking a degree. Students who fail to report all previous college level work attempted constitutes a falsification of the admissions application and will result in disciplinary sanctions according to the Student Code of Conduct as outlined in the College catalog. Before the first term of enrollment, students must provide official transcripts (sent directly to SCF) from each previously attended regionally accredited, post-secondary institution. Hand-carried or faxed transcripts cannot be accepted for admission purposes or for official transfer evaluations. Students who have earned a degree from any other regionally accredited college or university are also required to provide a high school transcript or acceptable GED test score.

Students who attended a college or university outside the United States should list any and all colleges and universities attended outside the U.S. and must provide the original credential evaluation(s) from an accredited credential evaluation service. Note: A course syllabus or description will be necessary to determine if credit will be applicable to any SCF program. Students should be prepared to provide this information along with a certified English translation. Only original credential evaluations will be accepted for consideration by the College for official transfer credit. 

Upon receipt of all transcripts, the educational records office will prepare a transfer evaluation report and an email will be sent to the student’s SCF email account. The report identifies course credits accepted and the academic standing with which the student begins at SCF. The transcript evaluation is completed during the first term of degree-seeking enrollment. Please note: Transcripts submitted will not be evaluated for transfer credit until transcripts from all postsecondary colleges and/or universities attended have been received in the educational records office. Official transcripts are required to be sent directly to the SCF educational records office from each previously attended regionally accredited, post-secondary institution. Failure to do so could delay the evaluation of transcripts, registration and financial aid. Hand-delivered transcripts will NOT be accepted. 

Transfer students who have earned an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree or higher may not earn another A.A. degree at SCF. Only courses applicable to a student’s SCF degree program, with a grade of “C-” or higher, will be accepted in transfer. If a degree has not been earned, all lower division coursework, with a grade of “C-” or higher, will be added to the student’s SCF academic record. Because SCF does not have a +/- grading system, only the letter grade will be reflected as the transferrable grade placed on the student’s academic record.

Transfer students are admitted with the academic standing, initial good standing, regardless of grade point average (GPA). If, after the first term, the overall GPA or the College GPA is below 2.0, transfer students are placed on academic warning and subject to the academic standing rules and procedures of the College. Transfer GPAs are included in students’ overall GPA requirements for graduation and for graduation honors. Courses with earned grades of “C” or higher cannot be repeated.

The universities and state/community colleges in Florida’s state systems share a statewide common course numbering system that facilitates transfer. Some private colleges also participate in this system. Transfer of any successfully completed course from one participating regionally accredited postsecondary institution to another is guaranteed in cases where the course to be transferred is offered by the receiving institution and is identified by the same prefix and last three digits at both institutions. For example, SYG 1010 is offered at a community/state college; the same course is offered at a state university as SYG 2010. A student who has successfully completed SYG 1010 at the community/state college or SYG 2010 at the state university is guaranteed to receive transfer credit at SCF. Transfer credit will be awarded for successfully completed equivalent courses and used by SCF to determine satisfaction of requirements by transfer students on the same basis as credit awarded to native students. It is the prerogative of SCF, however, to offer transfer credit courses successfully completed that have not been designated as equivalent.

The following courses are exceptions to the general rule for course equivalencies and may not be transferable. Transferability is at the discretion of SCF.

A. Courses in the 900-999 series (e.g., ART 2905)

B. Internships, practical, clinical experiences and study abroad courses

C. Performance or studio courses in art, dance, theatre and music

D. Skills courses in criminal justice

E. Graduate courses

F. College preparatory and vocational preparatory courses may not be used to meet degree requirements. 

Course Transfer Repeat Policy

Regardless of whether a prior degree has been awarded to the student, if a course was repeated at a previous institution(s) with two or more grades of “C” or higher, the first attempted course grade (“C” or better) will count in the SCF GPA. The last highest attempted grade (“C” or better) will be reflected in the GPA but will not count as additional credit hours. (Example: CGS 1000; First attempt - Grade = “C”; 2nd attempt - Grade = “B”; First attempt (“C” grade) counted in both cumulative hours and cumulative GPA; Second attempt (“B” grade) counted only in cumulative GPA.) 

Transfer Credit for Nonaccredited Institutions

SCF accepts transfer credits from all regionally accredited institutions of higher education.

Students who transfer to SCF from institutions that are not members of a regional accrediting agency, and who wish to have credits transferred to their SCF academic record, must provide the educational records office with: an official transcript sent directly from the sending institution, course descriptions, a syllabus and faculty credentials for each course for which they are requesting credit, and any other information the College deems necessary to conduct a proper course evaluation.

If sufficient information is not provided, the College reserves the right to request additional documentation to support the acceptance of the credit. The educational records office will review each request in conjunction with the academic departments responsible for that discipline. The credit hours must be applicable to the degree/certificate the student is seeking at SCF. If the credit is accepted, the courses will be placed on the student’s SCF transcript with the letter grades as they appeared on the transcript from the sending institution and calculated in the overall grade point average. Once the evaluation is complete, the educational records office will prepare a transfer evaluation report and an email will be sent to the student’s SCF email account. The report identifies course credits accepted and the academic standing with which the student begins at SCF. 

Schools that have been approved on a course-by-course basis by the Florida Department of Education may have coursework that is transferrable and are required.

Note: Not all transfer credits may be accepted and SCF has the discretion as to the acceptance of any transferable credits.

Awarding of Credit for Exams

If a student achieves a sufficient score listed on an AP (Advanced Placement Program), AICE (Cambridge Program), IB (International Baccalaureate Program) or CLEP (College Level Examination Program) transcript, credit is awarded based for the course or course numbers listed. Students can receive up to 45 total credits for credit awarded by credit-by-exam programs.

Transfer Credit Through the Advanced Placement Program 

Superior high school graduates, who scored a 3, 4 or 5 on the College Entrance Examination Board’s Advanced Placement Program and are admitted to SCF, may earn credit hours through the Advanced Placement Program upon presentation of test scores.  

SCF awards credit for the following advanced placement exams: 

Transfer Credit Through the Advanced Placement Program

Exam

AP Exam Score of 3

AP Exam Score of 4

AP Exam Score of 5

General Education Area

Art History ARH 2000  (3 credits) ARH 2050  and ARH 2051  (6 credits) Same as 4 IV
Biology BSC 1005C  (4 credits) BSC 2010C  (5 credits) BSC 2010C  or BSC 2011C  (10 credits) V
Calculus AB MAC 2311  (4 credits) Same as 3 Same as 3 II
Calculus BC MAC 2311  (4 credits) MAC 2311  and MAC 2312  (8 credits) Same as 4 II
Chemistry CHM 1025C  (5 credits) CHM 2045C  (5 credits) CHM 2045C  and CHM 2046C  (10 credits) V
Chinese Language and Culture CHI 2000 (3 credits) CHI 2000 and CHI 2001 (6 credits) Same as 4 Elective
Computer Science A CGS 1075 (3 credits) Same as 3 Same as 3 Elective
Computer Science AB CGS 1076 (3 credits) Same as 3 Same as 3 Elective
Economics: Macro ECO 2013  (3 credits) Same as 3 Same as 3 III
Economics: Micro ECO 2023  (3 credits) Same as 3 Same as 3 Elective
English Language and Composition* ENC 1101  (3 credits) ENC 1101  and ENC 1102  (6 credits) Same as 4 I
English Literature and Composition* ENC 1101  (3 credits) ENC 1101  and ENC 1102  or ENL 2010  or ENL 2022  (6 credits) Same as 4 I or IV
Environmental Science ISC 1143  (3 credits) Same as 3 Same as 3 V
European History EUH 1009 is unique to this exam and will count as elective only (3 credits) EUH 1000  and EUH 1001  (6 credits) Same as 4 III Elective
French Language FRE 2000 (3 credits) FRE 2000 and FRE 2001 (6 credits) Same as 4 Elective
French Literature FRW 2000 (3 credits) FRW 2000 and FRW 2001 (6 credits) Same as 4 Elective
German Language GER 2000 (3 credits) GER 2000 and GER 2001 (6 credits) Same as 4 Elective
Government and Politics: Comparative CPO 2002  (3 credits) Same as 3 Same as 3 III
Government and Politics: United States POS 1041  (3 credits) Same as 3 Same as 3 III
Human Geography GEO 2420  (3 credits) Same as 3 Same as 3 Elective
Italian Language and Culture ITA 2000 (3 credits) ITA 2000 and ITA 2001 (6 credits) Same as 4 Elective
Japanese Language and Culture JPN 2000 (3 credits) JPN 2000 and JPN 2001 (6 credits) Same as 4 Elective
Latin: Latin Literature LNW 2700 Same as 3 Same as 3 Elective
Latin: Vergil LNW 2321 Same as 3 Same as 3 Elective
Music Theory MUT 1001  if composite score is 3 or higher. MUT 1111  and MUT 1241  if both aural and non-aural subscores are 3 or higher (3 credits) Same as 3 Same as 3 Elective
Physics B PHY 2053C (4 credits) PHY 2053C  and PHY 2054C  (8 credits) Same as 4 V
Physics C: Electricity/Magnetism PHY 2054C  or PHY 2054/PHY 2054L  (4 credits) PHY 2049C  or PHY 2049/PHY 2049L  (5 credits) Same as 4 V
Physics C: Mechanics PHY 2053C  (min. 4 credits) PHY 2048C  (5 credits) Same as 4 V
Psychology PSY 2012  (3 credits) Same as 3 Same as 3 III
Spanish Language SPN 2000 (3 credits) SPN 2000 and SPN 2001 (6 credits) Same as 4 Elective
Spanish Literature SPW 2000 (3 credits) SPW 2000 and SPW 2001 (6 credits) Same as 4 Elective
Statistics STA 2023  (3 credits) Same as 3  Same as 3 II
Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio ART 1300C  (3 credits) Same as 3  Same as 3 Elective
Studio Art: 2-D Design Portfolio ART 1201C  (3 credits) Same as 3  Same as 3 Elective
Studio Art: 3-D Design Portfolio ART 1203C  (3 credits) Same as 3  Same as 3 Elective
United States History AMH 1010  (3 credits) AMH 1010  and AMH 1020  (6 credits) Same as 4 III
World History WOH 1022 (3 credits) Same as 3  Same as 3 III

*For students who have taken both exams, a maximum of 6 (six) credit hours will be awarded.

Transfer Credit Through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The SCF assessment and testing center is an open CLEP testing site. SCF will allow credit for satisfactory scores earned in the comprehensive and subject examinations offered by the College Entrance Examination Board. SCF will award credit hours through CLEP based on presentation of test scores. The student must score at or above the 50th percentile of the national norms unless otherwise noted. No credit will be allowed if the student has attempted or earned college credit in a course in a similar area or higher level.

The table below represents CLEP subject exams, qualifying scores and credits awarded.

When satisfactory scores have been achieved, credit is allowed for the general examinations as follows:

Natural Science:   
  Diversity of Life, BSC 1005C  3
History and Social Sciences:   
  Western Civilization I, EUH 1000  3
Humanities   
  Fine Arts 3

SCF will accept credits from other accredited collegiate institutions and from USAFI provided criteria specified above has been met. Special consideration for CLEP approval can be granted to high school students who have been dually enrolled at SCF.

Students must request that official CLEP scores be sent to the educational records office for evaluation and awarding of credit.

CLEP Subject Examination Table

Exam

Scale Score of 50 for Passing

General Education Area

Algebra, College MAC 1105  ( 3 credits) II
American Government POS 1041  (3 credits) III
American Literature AML 2010 * or AML 2020 * (3 credits) IV
Biology, General BSC 1007C  (4 credits) V
Business Law, Introduction to BUL 2131  (3 credits) None
Calculus MAC 2233  (3 credits) II
Chemistry, General CHM 1025C  (5 credits) V
College Composition ENC 1101 * and ENC 1102 * (6 credits) I
College Composition, Modular ENC 1101 * and ENC 1102 * (6 credits) I
Educational Psychology, Introduction to EDP 1002 (3 credits) Elective
English Literature ENL 2010 * or ENL 2022 * (3 credits) IV
Financial Accounting ACG 2021C  (4 credits) Elective
French Language FRE 1120  (3 credits) Score of 50
FRE 1120  and FRE 1121  (6 credits) Score of 59
Elective
German Language GER 1120  (3 credits) Score of 50
GER 1120  and GER 1121  (6 credits) Score of 60
Elective
History of the United States I: Early Colonizations to 1877 AMH 1010  (3 credits) III
History of the United States II: 1865 to Present AMH 1020  (3 credits) III
Human Growth and Development DEP 2004  (3 credits) Elective
Humanities HUM 2250 * (3 credits) IV
Information Systems & Computer Applications CGS 1000  (3 credits) Elective
Macroeconomics, Principles of ECO 2013  (3 credits) III
Management, Principles of MAN 2021  (3 credits) Elective
Marketing, Principles of MAR 2011  (3 credits) None
Mathematics, College MGF 1106  or MGF 1107  (3 credits) II
Microeconomics, Principles of ECO 2023  (3 credits) Elective
Precalculus Algebra/Trigonometry MAC 2147  (4 credits) II
Precalculus MAC 1140  (3 credits) II
Psychology, Introductory PSY 2012  (3 credits) III
Sociology, Introductory SYG 2000  (3 credits) III
Spanish Language SPN 1120  (3 credits) Score of 50
SPN 1120  and SPN 1121  (6 credits) score of 63
Elective
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 EUH 1000  (3 credits) III
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present EUH 1001  (3 credits) III

*Meets part of the Gordon Rule requirement.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

The IB program is an advanced level two-year curriculum for high school students offered at select high schools. SCF will award IB diploma students credit hours of IB credit upon presentation of test scores.

Students must request that official IB exam scores and high school transcripts be sent to the SCF educational records office for evaluation and the awarding of credit per SBE Rules 6A-10.024(8). SCF awards credit based on the following subjects and exam scores.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Exam

IB Score of 4 Minimum 3 credits per exam

IB Score of 5-7 Minimum 6 credits per exam. If courses listed do not equal 6 credits, institutions must give elective credit or assign own numbers

General Education Area

Biology BSC 1005C  BSC 1005C  and BSC 2010C  V
Business and Management GEB 1011  GEB 1011  Elective
Chemistry CHM 1025C  CHM 1022C  and CHM 2045C  V
Computer Science CGS 1000 (3 credits) CGS 1000 and COP 1000 (6 credits) Elective
Design Technology ETI 1420 (3 credits) ETI 1420 and ETI 1999 (6 credits) AS credit only
Economics ECO 2023  ECO 2013  and ECO 2023  Elective
Ecosystems & Societies EVR 1017 (3 credits) EVR 1017 and EVR 1018 (6 credits) Elective
English A1 ENC 1101 * ENC 1101 * and ENC 1102 * I
Environmental Systems EVS 1001 (3 credits) EVS 1001 and ISC 1999 (6 credits) Elective
Film Studies FIL 1000  FIL 1000  and FIL 1420  Elective
French FRE 1121  (3 credits) FRE 1121  and FRE 2200  (6 credits) Elective
Further Mathematics
(Adv. Math.)
MGF 1106  MGF 1106  and STA 2023  II
Geography GEA 2000  GEO 1200  and GEO 2420  III (if score=4; if score=5-7, elective)
German GER 1121  (3 credits) GER 1121  and GER 2200  (6 credits) Elective
History WOH 1030 WOH 1030 and EUH 1000  (6 credits) Elective, III
Information & Tech for Global Society ETG 2931 (3 credits) ETG 2931 and CGS 1100 (6 credits) Elective
Islamic History ASH 1001 (3 credits) ASH 1001 and ASH 1002 (6 credits) Elective
Italian ITA 1121 (4 credits) ITA 1121 and ITA 2200 (7 credits) Elective
Latin LAT 1121 LAT 1121 and LAT 2200 Elective
Marine Science OCE 1001 or OCB 1000C (3 credits) OCE 1001 and OCB 1000C (6 credits) V

Math Methods

MAC 1105  MAC 1105  and MAC 1140  or MAC 1140  and MAC 2233  II
Math Studies MAT 1033  MAT 1033  and MGF 1106  Elective, II
Mathematics MAC 2147  MAC 2147  and MAC 2233  or MAC 2233  and MAC 2311  II
Music MUL 2010  (3 credits) MUL 2010  and MUT 1001  (6 credits) IV, Elective
Philosophy PHI 1010  (3 credits) PHI 1010 and PHI 2001  (6 credits) Elective, IV
Physics PHY 1020C PHY 2053C  and PHY 2054C  V
Psychology PSY 2012  PSY 2012  and PSY XXXX III and Elective
Social Anthropology ANT 2410  ANT 2410  and ANT 2000  Elective, III
Spanish SPN 1121  (3 credits) SPN 1121  and SPN 2200  (min. 6 credits) Elective
Theatre Arts THE 2000  or THE 2020  THE 2000  or THE 2020  and one semester (3 credits) in theater history, performance, stagecraft, theory or literature depending on student’s strengths IV or Elective
Visual Arts ART 1300C  (3 credits) ART 1300C  or ARH 2000  (6 credits) Elective

*Meets part of the Gordon Rule requirement.

Cambridge AICE (British AS-Level and A-Level)

The AICE (Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education) program is an international, advanced secondary curriculum and assessment program equivalent to the British system of “A-levels.” It is a ‘group’ certificate that requires the study of subjects drawn from the three curriculum areas.

Students must request that an official certificate be mailed to the educational records office for evaluation. SCF awards credits based on the following exams and exam scores:

Cambridge AICE (British AS-Level and A-Level)

 
Exam Passing Score of “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, “E” (grades are not based on the American “A” - “F” grading scale) General Education Area
Accounting (AS-Level) ACG 2001 (3 credits) Elective
Accounting (A-Level) ACG 2022 and ACG 2071 (7 credits) Elective
Art and Design (AS-Level) ART 1201C  (3 credits) Elective
Art and Design (A-Level) ART 1201C  and ART 1203C  (6 credits) Elective
Biology (AS-Level) BSC 1005C  (4 credits) V
Biology (A-Level) BSC 2010C  (7 credits) V
Business Studies (AS-Level) GEB 1011  (3 credits) Elective
Business Studies (A-Level) GEB 1011  and GEB 2350 (6 credits) Elective & AS credit only
Classical Studies (AS-Level) CLA 1010 (3 credits) Elective
Chemistry (AS-Level) CHM 1025C  (5 credits) V
Chemistry (A-Level) CHM 1025C  and CHM 2045C (8 credits) V
Computing (AS-Level) CGS 0073 (unique number) (3 credits) Elective
Computing (A-Level) CGS 0073 and CGS 0074 (unique numbers) (3 credits) Elective
Design & Technology (AS-Level) ETI 1482C (3 credits) AS credit only
Design & Technology (A-Level) ETI 1482C and ETI 1930 (6 credits) AS credit only
Economics (AS-Level) ECO 2000 (3 credits) Elective
Economics (A-Level) ECO 2013  and ECO 2023  (6 credits) III and Elective
English (AS-Level) - English Language or Language & Literature in English ENC 1101 * (3 credits) I
English (AS-Level) - Literature in English ENC 1101 * or ENC 1102 * (3 credits) I
English (A-Level) ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 (6 credits) I
English (A-Level) - Literature in English ENC 1101 * and ENC 1102 * or ENC 1102 * and ENL 2010 * or ENL 2022 * (6 credits) I or IV
Environmental Management (AS-Level) EVS 1001 (3 credits) Elective
French Language (AS-Level) FRE 1120  or FRE 1121  (4 credits) Elective
French Literature (AS-Level) FRW 2000 (3 credits) Elective
French (A-Level) FRE 1120  and FRE 1121  or FRE 2200  and FRE 2201  (6 credits) Elective
Further Mathematics (A-Level) MAC 2311 and MAC 2312 (6 credits) II
General Paper IDS 1110 (3 credits) Elective
Geography (AS-Level) GEA 2000  (3 credits) III
Geography (A-Level) GEO 1200  and GEO 2420  (6 credits) Elective
German Language (AS-Level) GER 1120  or GER 1121  (3 credits) Elective
German (A-Level) GER 1120  and GER 1121  or GER 2200  and GER 2201  (6 credits) Elective
History (AS-Level)
     US History
     European History
     International History

AMH 1042 (3 credits)
EUH 1031 (3 credits)
HIS 1206 (3 credits)

III
III
III
History (A-Level)
     US History
     European History
     International History

AMH 1042 (3 credits)
EUH 1031 (3 credits)
HIS 1206 (3 credits)

III
III
III

Latin (AS-Level) LAT 1120 or 1121 (3 credits) Elective
Marine Science (AS-Level) OCE 1001  (3 credits) V
Marine Science (A-Level) OCE 1001 and OCB 2000 (6 credits) V
Mathematics (AS-Level) MAC 2147  (4 credits) II
Mathematics (A-Level) MAC 2311  (4 credits) II
Music (AS-Level) MUH 1001 (3 credits) Elective
Music (A-Level) MUH 1001 and MUH 1011 or MUH 1012 (6 credits) Elective
Physics (AS-Level) PHY 2048 (3 credits) V
Physics (A-Level) PHY 2053C  or PHY 1054C (8 credits) V
Psychology (AS-Level) PSY 2012  (3 credits) III
Psychology (A-Level) PSY 2012  and other Psychology course (minimum 6 credits) III
Sociology (AS-Level) SYG 2000 (3 credits)  
Sociology (A-Level) SYG 2000  (3 credits) III
Spanish Language (AS-Level) SPN 1120  (3 credits) Elective
Spanish Literature (AS-Level) SPW 2000 (3 credits) Elective
Spanish (A-Level) SPN 1120  and SPN 1120  or SPN 2200  and SPN 2201  (6 credits) Elective
Thinking Skills (AS-Level) PHI 2103 (3 credits) Elective
Thinking Skills (A-Level) PHI X103 or PHI X401 and PHI 2001  (6 credits) Elective, IV
Travel & Tourism (AS-Level) HFT 1000 or HFT 1700 (3 credits) AS credit only
Travel & Tourism (A-Level) HFT 1000 and HFT 1700 (6 credits) AS credit only

*Meets part of the Gordon Rule requirement.

DSST Exams

The Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (formerly the DANTES) program is a test conducted by the Educational Testing Services (ETS). The DSST Subject Standardized Tests measure earned achievement in specific college courses and in calculated credit hours. No duplicate credit can be earned nor will ETS assign grades to credits earned.

SCF awards credits based on the following exams and exam scores. Students must request that official DSST scores be sent to the educational records office for evaluation and awarding of credit.

DSST Subject Standardized Tests (DANTES)

 
Exam Course Number (3 credits per exam) Passing Score General Education Area
A History of the Vietnam War AMH 2930  44 Elective
Art of the Western World ARH 2000  48 IV
Astronomy AST 1002  48 V
Business Ethics & Society GEB 1441 (3 credits) 400 Elective
Business Law II BUL 2242 (3 credits) 44  AS credit only
Business Math QMB 1001  48 None
Criminal Justice CCJ 1000 or CCJ 1020  49/400 Elective
Environment & Humanity EVS 1001 (3 credits) 46  Elective
Ethics in America PHI 2600  46/400 IV
Foundations of Education EDF 1005  46/400 Elective
Fundamentals of College Algebra MAT 1033  47/400 II
Fundamentals of Counseling PCO 1202 45 Elective
General Anthropology ANT 2000 * 47 III
Here’s to Your Health HSC 1100  48/400 Elective
Human Resources Management MAN 2300  46 None
Human/Cultural Geography GEO 2420  48 Elective
Introduction to Business GEB 1011  46 Elective
Introduction to Computing CGS 1000   45/400 Elective
Introduction to Law Enforcement CJE 1000  45 Elective
Introduction to Modern Middle East ASH 1044 47 Elective
Introduction to World Religions REL 2300 48/400 IV
Lifespan Developmental Psychology DEP 2004  46 Elective
Management Information Systems ISM 1999 (3 credits) 46/400 AS credit only
Money & Banking BAN 1501 48 AS credit only
Organizational Behavior INP 2710 48 Elective
Personal Finance FIN 2001  46/400 None
Physical Geology GLY 2010  46 V
Principles of Finance FIN 2000 (3 credits) 46/400  AS credit only
Principles of Financial Accounting ACG 2021C 47 Elective
Principles of Physical Science I PSC 1121C  47 V
Principles of Public Speaking SPC 1600 47 I
Principles of Statistics STA 2023  48/400 II
Principles of Supervision MNA 1345  46 None
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union EUH 1066 45 Elective
Substance Abuse HSC 1999 (3 credits) 49/400  AS credit only
Technical Writing ENC 2210 * 46 Elective
The Civil War and Reconstruction AMH 1050 47 Elective

*Meets part of the Gordon Rule requirement.

Excelsior College Examinations

Excelsior College Examinations (formerly known as Regents College Exams or the Proficiency Examination Program) are developed by Excelsior College in Albany, New York using national committees of faculty consultants and national studies. Excelsior College Examinations are approved by the American Council on Education and Excelsior College itself is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS). Students must request that an official transcript from Excelsior College be sent to the educational records office. SCF awards credits based on the following exams and exam scores.

Excelsior College Examinations

 
Exam Course Number (3 credits per exam) Passing Score General Education Area
Abnormal Psychology CLP 2140 (3 credits) C Elective
Earth Science ESC 1000 (3 credits) C V
English Composition ENC 1101 * or ENC 1102 * C I
Ethics: Theory and Practice PHI 1630 C Elective
Foundations of Gerontology GEY 2000 (3 credits) C AS credit only
Human Resources Management MAN 2300  C Elective
Introduction to Music MUH 1110 (3 credits) C IV
Labor Relations MAN 2400 (3 credits) C V
Life Span Developmental Psychology DEP 2004  C Elective
Managerial Accounting ACG 2071 C Elective
Microbiology MCB 2000 (3 credits) C V
Principles of Marketing MAR 2011 C Elective
Psychology of Adulthood and Aging DEP 2401 or DEP 2402 C Elective
Workplace Communication with Computers OST 2335 (3 credits) C Elective
World Conflicts Since 1900 WHO 2040 (3 credits) C Elective

*Meets part of the Gordon Rule requirement.

 

UEXCEL Examinations

 
Exam Course Number (3 credits per exam) Passing Score General Education Area
Calculus MAC 2311 (4 credits) C II
College Writing ENC 1101* (3 credits) C I
Spanish Language SPN 1120 (4 credits) C Elective

 *Meets part of the Gordon Rule requirement.

Transfer Credit for USAFI and Armed Forces School Courses

Credit will be granted to students with military training, experience and coursework that are applicable to a student’s degree, not to exceed 30 credit hours. Students who wish to have military credit applied to their SCF academic record must provide an official military transcript. SCF will grant three credit hours for HLP 1081 - Concepts of Wellness and two credit hours for PEM 1130 - Basic Conditioning and Weight Training. Additional military credits are based on the evaluation and recommendation for postsecondary credit by the American Council on Education’s Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces (ACE) and the Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript Systems (AARTS).

Maximum Credit Allowed

At least 25 percent of the hours of course credit required for a degree or certificate must be completed at SCF, regardless of the number of credits accepted by transfer. For example, students transferring 30 term hours from CLEP, AP and USAFI, plus traditional transfer credits, still must complete 25 percent of the program/certificate at SCF, even if the total credits exceed degree requirements.

Transient Approval for SCF Students

A student who wishes to earn transient credit at another college or university must obtain prior permission and approval of courses from the educational records office, or the credit, without transient approval, may not be accepted by SCF. Transient study may be appropriate for SCF students spending a summer or term outside the service district, or for students moving to a senior institution before completion of the A.A. degree. In the latter case, students still must complete 25 percent of the hours of course credit required for the degree/certificate at SCF.

Transient Approval (Nondegree-Seeking Non-SCF Students)

Students working toward a degree at a Florida college or university may enroll at SCF upon completion and approval through the Florida Virtual Campus (FVC). Students working toward a degree at an out-of-state college or university may enroll at SCF upon presentation of a transient form from the student’s current (home) institution and an application for admission (and payment of the application fee applicable to international students only - see “Cost and Fee Information”). Transient students are encouraged to receive advance approval from their home institution before registering for classes at SCF. If no approval form is submitted, a transient student may be able to receive a permit directly from an SCF academic department by using his/her unofficial transcript as proof of course pre-requisites. The issuance of such permits would vary dependent upon the requested course, respective department and student transcript. 

Note: Electronic transient approval forms are available online for all Florida public institutions at www.FLVC.org .

Readmission Policy

Former students who have not been in attendance for one year or more must apply for readmission and provide all documentation regarding residency requirements to the admissions office.

Students have the option of graduating under either the Catalog in effect at the time they re-enter the College, or the Catalog in effect at the time they complete requirements for a degree provided they maintain continuous enrollment of at least one credit per academic year. If continuous enrollment is broken, they must graduate under the Catalog in effect when they reregister or the Catalog in effect at the time they complete requirements for a degree.

Any former student who withdraws after attempting 12 term hours or more, with a cumulative or overall average of less than 2.0, will be readmitted in accordance with current academic standing rules.

Students seeking readmission after academic suspension or dismissal must follow the procedures in the Academic Standing section of the Catalog.

Students seeking readmission who were previously suspended or expelled from SCF must:

  • provide reason(s) for readmission, including documentation that all previous issues, activities and/or violations of the College Standards of Student Behavior have been rectified/resolved; and
  • have their request for readmission reviewed and approved by the College admissions committee.

The application fee, applicable only to international students, is payable one time only and will not apply to readmitted students provided the fee was paid upon initial admission. 

Auditing Students

Students may take courses for audit but must be admitted in the same manner as credit students. An application for admission must be completed, application fee paid (international students only) and students must register and pay for classes during the time period indicated in the College calendar. The complete SCF audit policy can be found through the index.

International Student Admission Requirements 

International students are defined as those students on any type of Visa category (A, B, E, F, G, H, J, K, L, N, O, P, R, T, TD, TN, V or TPS). SCF is authorized to admit nonimmigrant alien students. Students on the F-1 student status must be enrolled full-time each term. Students on a nonimmigrant status other than F-1 do not need to comply with the financial requirements listed later in this section entitled “Financial Resources,” and they do not need to be full-time. However, they do need to submit a copy of their Visa and/or I-94 card showing legal status. All students must have sufficient command of the English language. 

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY FOR ADMISSION: Sufficient command of the English language to study at the college level is required and one of the following requirements must be met before the application for admission can be processed.

  1. Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). To be eligible to enter SCF, a score of 500 or better is required on the written-based TOEFL test, 173 or better on the computer-based TOEFL test or 61 or better on the online TOEFL test. An application to take the TOEFL test may be obtained by writing: Educational Testing Service, TOEFL Registration Office, P.O. Box 6152, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A. 08541-6152. The telephone number is 609-771-7100, FAX number 609-771-7500, website: www.toefl.org (The SCF TOEFL code number is 5427).
  2. Attend one of the designated United States English Language Institutes (ELI) and complete level five (5) successfully or attend one of the international ELS Language Centers and complete level nine (9) successfully. For more information, go to scf.edu/International and click on “Intensive English Programs.”
  3. Graduation from an American high school, earning the GED taken in English or successfully completing secondary education from a school outside the United States that teaches the entire secondary education curriculum in English.

Students who completed high school outside the United States must have their documents evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), and submit an original copy of the document evaluation showing that the high school education is equivalent to graduation from an accredited high school in the United States. 

FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR F-1 VISA STUDENTS: Because SCF has no financial aid program for international students, they must have at their disposal $30,000 (equitable to U.S. dollars). This is to cover tuition, fees, books, supplies, rent, utilities, food, transportation, personal expenses and required health insurance. This is the minimum amount required and does not include travel expenses or support for dependents, if any. Due to unforeseen tuition increases, the $30,000 may be increased without notice. A financial statement on official paper from a financial institution, with official signatures certifying funds (in U.S. dollar equivalence) available to the student, is required.

Other International Student Responsibilities and Requirements 

PLACEMENT TESTING: Once a student proves his or her proficiency in English, he or she will be required to take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). The topics of the test are reading, writing and mathematics. This test can be taken at SCF Bradenton or SCF Venice by appointment after the student arrives in the local area and before classes start. However, proof of completion of the ACT or SAT tests, taken within the last two years, and scores also are acceptable. 

HOUSING: SCF has no dormitory system nor does it supervise housing in any way. For this reason, international students must make their own living arrangements and should allow sufficient time to locate housing before the beginning of the term.

RESIDENCY FOR TUITION PURPOSES: An international student who is in the United States on the F-1 student visa may not claim Florida residency for tuition purposes and must pay nonresident fees.

Only upon receipt of the SCF admissions application, proof of proficiency in English, financial statement of support and proof of successful completion of secondary education will the College certify and mail a SEVIS I-20AB to the prospective student.

Delinquency in supplying any of the requested items may disqualify the applicant from enrolling in any credit course.

All international students who have been admitted to SCF and have been issued a SEVIS I-20 must arrive in the local area and report to the admissions office at SCF Bradenton or SCF Venice a minimum of five business days prior to the start of classes. If a student is not able to arrive five or more business days prior to the start of classes, they will be required to notify the director of admissions and defer their arrival to the next term. Once SCF is notified of the delay or deferral, a new I-20 for the next term will be issued.

The United States Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) requires that all students attending SCF on an F-1 student status must inform the College of any changes regarding their enrollment for the duration of their enrollment. The College must immediately be notified of any changes in a student’s street address, telephone number, email address, change in program, degree or major and any health or financial problems. Failure to notify the College of any of these changes could cause reporting problems and may result in termination of a student’s status. International students are encouraged to work closely with the director of admissions.

All of the SCF forms listed above, an application for admission and additional information may be obtained by visiting the College’s international student website at: scf.edu/International

Admission Summary (For All Students)

  1. Complete an application for admission online or take it to the admissions office. Pay application fee if international student.
  2. Request from high school, GED office and/or college(s) attended that all transcripts be sent directly to the admissions office of SCF. Applicants previously attending one or more colleges must request that an official transcript from each institution attended be sent to the educational records office. Hand-carried transcripts will not be accepted for official transfer evaluation. It is advised that transcripts are received at least two months prior to the first term of enrollment. Students should request an unofficial college transcript for personal use to aid in the advisement process. Students who fail to report all previous college level work attempted constitutes a falsification of the admissions application and will result in disciplinary sanctions according to the Student Code of Conduct as outlined in the College Catalog.
  3. Students who completed high school outside the United States must have their documents evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) and submit an original copy of the document evaluation showing that the high school education is equivalent to graduation from an accredited high school in the United States.
  4. Submit placement test scores: Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), ACT or SAT and/or the TOEFL that are no more than two years old. Transfer students who have completed college English, mathematics and/or reading do not need test scores for placement.

Upon receipt of all the above items, students can proceed to orientation, advisement and course registration. Orientation is mandatory for all new students. A mandatory online orientation is required for all degree-seeking transfer students.
 

Summary of Supporting Documents Required for Admission

Residency Requirements

Florida Resident Information and Requirements 

All applicants for admission to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), degree-seeking or nondegree-seeking, full time or part time, are required to execute a Statement of Residence whether or not they claim in-state residence. If the applicant is under 24 years of age and unmarried, the statement also must be signed by a parent or court-ordered guardian. These guidelines implement Section 1009.21, Florida Statutes, and Rule 6A-10.044 and Rule 6A-20.003, Florida Administrative Code, for the purpose of determining residency status for tuition purposes in public community colleges and universities. For access to the statute and rule, go to scf.edu/Admissions and click on “Residency Information.” 

A Florida “resident for tuition purposes” is a person who has, or a dependent person whose parent or court-ordered guardian has, established and maintained legal residence in Florida for at least twelve (12) months prior to the deadline for submission of residency information as outlined in the academic calendar for the term in which residency status is sought. Anyone not establishing residency by this date must apply for reclassification the following term. Residence in Florida must be a bona fide domiciliary rather than for the purpose of maintaining a residence incidental to enrollment at an institution of higher education. Other persons not meeting the twelve (12)-month legal residence requirement may be classified as Florida “residents for tuition purposes” only if they fall within one of the limited special categories authorized by the Florida Legislature. All other persons are ineligible for classification as a Florida “resident for tuition purposes.” To qualify as a Florida “resident for tuition purposes,” it is necessary to be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident alien or a legal alien granted indefinite stay by the Department of Homeland Security. Living in or attending school in Florida will not, in itself, establish legal residence. Students who depend on out-of-state parents for support are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents. Residence in Florida must be for the purpose of establishing a permanent home and not merely incidental to enrollment at an institution of higher education. Documents supporting the establishment of legal residence must be dated, issued or filed twelve (12) months before the deadline for submission of residency documentation as outlined in the academic calendar of the term for which a Florida resident classification is sought.

A copy of the most recent tax return or other documentation may be requested to establish dependence/ independence. A dependent is defined as a person for whom 50 percent or more of his or her support is provided by another as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. 

Documentation for Proof of Residency 

The burden of proof rests on the student to establish and prove Florida residency status. All documents must be submitted to the admissions office. All documents supporting the establishment of legal residency must be dated, issued, or filed twelve (12) months prior to the deadline for submission of residency documentation for the term for which a Florida Resident classification is sought. A copy of the student’s most recent tax return and/or parent’s or legal guardian’s tax return or documentation may be required to establish dependence/independence. Note: A step-parent cannot be the claimant unless he or she has legally adopted or has legal guardianship of the student (copy of court papers is required). 

To qualify as a Florida “resident for tuition purposes,” a student must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or hold a visa status approved by the Florida legislature. Living in or attending school in Florida does not, in itself, establish legal residence. Students who depend on out-of-state parents for support are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents.

A Florida “resident for tuition purposes” is a person who, or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian, has established and maintained legal residence in Florida for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding their first enrollment at SCF. If the student was initially classified as a non-Florida resident for tuition purposes (for example: the student was previously enrolled in a Florida institution of higher education as a non-Florida resident and paid non-Florida resident tuition and fees; or, upon admission to SCF, the student signed the statement indicating he or she was a non-Florida resident) the student, or a dependent student’s parent or legal guardian, must have established and maintained legal residence in Florida for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the deadline for submission of residency documentation of the term for which reclassification to Florida Resident for tuition purposes is sought. Students who have not registered for classes for one year or more are considered inactive and will be required to reapply to the College and submit new residency documentation in order to prove Florida residency. 

Definitions:

(A) DEPENDENT STUDENT: If you are under age 24 and 50 percent or more of your support is provided by another as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, you will be classified as a dependent student. A copy of your parent’s or legal guardian’s most recent federal tax return may be required to establish dependency.

(B) INDEPENDENT STUDENT: If you meet any one of the following criteria, you will be classified as an independent student.

  • You are 24 years of age or older prior to the deadline for submission of residency documentation.
  • You are married (copy of marriage certificate required).
  • You have a child who lives with you and receives his or her support from you (copy of the most recent federal tax return listing the child as the dependent required).
  • You have other dependents who live with you and receive their support from you (copy of the most recent federal tax return listing the person(s) as your dependent required).
  • You are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces (copies of military documents required).
  • Your parents are deceased and you are, or were until age 18, a ward of the court (copies of court documents required).
  • You can provide documentation that you are not claimed by your parent/legal guardian as a dependent under the federal tax code and can document that you provide at least 50 percent of your own support for the cost of attendance as defined by the SCF financial aid office (copy of your most recent tax return required).

The claimant must provide two forms of evidence from the following lists: at least one document MUST be from Tier One; ONE document from Tier Two may be used in conjunction with one document from Tier One. ALL documents supporting the establishment of legal residence (whether from Tier One and/or Tier Two) must be dated, issued or filed twelve (12) consecutive months before the deadline for submission of residency documentation classification is sought. No single piece of documentation will be considered conclusive.

TIER ONE (at least ONE document MUST be from the following list):

  1. Florida voter registration card
  2. Florida driver license
  3. State of Florida identification card
  4. Florida vehicle registration
  5. Proof of purchase of a permanent home in Florida that is occupied as a primary residence of the claimant (mortgage, deed, contracts/agreements must be dated twelve (12) consecutive months prior to the deadline for submission of residency documentation).
  6. Proof of a homestead exemption in Florida
  7. Transcripts from a Florida high school for multiple years or a Florida GED and score report (only if high school diploma or GED was earned within the last twelve (12) consecutive months); if transcript or Florida GED is the student’s, the claimant must be listed as the student’s parent or legal guardian
  8. Proof of permanent full-time employment in Florida (letters from current and past employers on letterhead stating the date of hire and that claimant has been employed as a permanent full-time employee for at least 30 hours per week for the last twelve (12) consecutive months).

TIER TWO (ONE document from the following list may be used if claimant has only one document from Tier One above):

  1. A declaration of domicile in Florida
  2. A Florida professional or occupational license (must be current and show at least twelve (12) consecutive months)
  3. Florida incorporation
  4. Documents evidencing family ties (Example: adoption or legal guardianship papers or other official court documents)
  5. Proof of membership in Florida-based charitable or professional organizations (NOTE: membership in a church does not constitute membership in a Florida based charitable organization)
  6. Utility bills and proof of twelve (12) consecutive months of payments (cable/satellite TV, electric, gas, water, telephone, NOTE: cell/mobile phones cannot be used); service must be current; only one utility may be used
  7. A lease agreement and proof of twelve (12) consecutive months of payments (lease must be current; copies of prior leases may be used to establish twelve (12) consecutive months); or an official state, federal or court document for housing evidencing legal ties in Florida
  8. Any other documentation that supports the student’s request for resident status.

Examples of documents that CANNOT be used: hunting/fishing licenses, library cards, shopping club/rental cards, birth certificates and/or passports.

Note: Birth certificates or marriage/divorce documents may be requested to prove a name connection to the student claiming Florida residency.

Reclassification to Florida Resident 

An individual who is initially classified as a nonresident for tuition purposes (Example: individual was previously enrolled in a Florida institution of higher education as a non-Florida resident and paid non-Florida resident tuition and fees; or, upon admission to SCF, signed the statement indicating that you were a non-Florida resident) may become eligible for reclassification to a Florida resident by presenting documentation and completing the “reclassification to Florida resident” form.

The evidentiary requirement for reclassification goes beyond that for an initial classification. An individual who is initially classified as a nonresident for tuition purposes may become eligible for reclassification as a resident for tuition purposes only if that individual, or his or her parent if that individual is a dependent, presents clear and convincing documentation that supports permanent legal residency in this state for 12 consecutive months. A student, or his or her parent if that student is a dependent, may become eligible for reclassification by presenting a minimum of three (3) documents identified in Tier One and Tier Two. One of the three (3) documents MUST come from Tier One.

All documentation submitted must show “clear and convincing” evidence and the documentation must be credible, trustworthy and sufficient to indicate that the student or, if that student is a dependent, his or her parent has established legal residency in the state of Florida and that it is not solely for the purpose of pursuing an education and has relinquished residency in any other state for a minimum of twelve (12) consecutive months prior to classification.

An individual who is classified as a nonresident for tuition purposes and who marries a legal resident of the state and later becomes a legal resident may become eligible for reclassification by submitting proof of his or her legal residency, evidence of his or her marriage to a legal resident, and evidence of his or her spouse’s legal residence in Florida for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the application for reclassification. The individual does not have to satisfy the requisite 12-month qualifying period.

Required Documentation: 

To satisfy documentation requirements, the student, or his or her parent if that student is a dependent, must provide photocopies of a minimum of three (3) documents identified in Tier One and Tier Two. One of the three documents MUST come from Tier One. These documents must be dated at least twelve (12) consecutive months prior to the deadline for submission or residency documentation (photocopies must be attached and submitted with the statement of Florida Residency form).

*The Florida ID card can be used only if there is no evidence of ties to another state and substantial evidence is presented signifying Florida residency; i.e. the claimant cannot possess a valid driver license from another state. 

Residency Appeal Process 

Once a residency status has been determined by SCF personnel and if a student believes that his or her residency classification is incorrect, he or she may submit a Residency Status Appeal form and attach all supporting documentation to the educational records office. The appeal is reviewed by the Residency Appeal Committee.

The student will receive a letter in the mail indicating the decision and the decision of the committee is final. 

To view the complete “Guidelines on Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes,” go to scf.edu/Admissions and click on “Residency Information,” or www.FLVC.org .

Registration

scf.edu/Records

Registration is the process of selecting and enrolling in courses. In order to register, students must have completed the admissions process with the following documents on file in the educational records office:

  • SCF application for admission;
  • Official high school transcript, or GED, if required;
  • Official college transcript, if applicable; and
  • Placement test scores, if required.

Prior to registration, the following steps must be taken:

  • If a student intends to apply for financial aid, a declared major, an official copy of a student’s high school transcript or GED scores and all college transcripts must be on file;
  • If degree seeking, complete a new student orientation; and
  • Seek advisement by visiting with a student services advisor.

All students must register by the end of the add/drop period as published in the academic calendar. Late start classes may have different add, drop and withdrawal dates. Go to the online course schedule course comments for this information.

It is essential that students select their courses carefully, ensuring that course work fulfills the requirements of their selected degree or certificate program. Advisors are available to assist students in planning a program of study that meets their educational and career goals.

Web registration: scf.edu

Registration Holds

A student record may have a hold that prevents registration for classes. Typical reasons for a hold include financial obligations to the College or an incomplete student file. To find out what type of hold is on a record, students can view holds on the website at: scf.edu. Click SCFconnect, use the correct User ID and password, choose the Student tab, click on Registration Status and select the term.

Registration Priority Dates

Registration dates are published in the academic calendar on the SCF website and the College Catalog. The dates are grouped according to continuing, transfer, transient, returning, new and dual enrollment student cohort status.

Adding and Dropping Classes 

Students who wish to add or drop a course for a term may do so via the SCF website, scf.edu, using the same procedures as regular registration. Add/drop deadlines appear in the academic calendar on the SCF website and in this Catalog. Some classes may have different start and end dates; and, therefore, may have different add, drop and withdrawal dates. These dates are posted each term on the website with the academic calendar.  

Any tuition paid for a course dropped by the deadline will be refunded to the student. The course will not appear on the student’s transcript.

For extenuating circumstances, students may use the “Student Request for Administrative Record Change” form available at the educational records, advising center and academic departmental offices. These forms are to be used only the week following drop/add (also referred to as the “Faculty Adjustment Week”) for special circumstances as determined by the individual academic departments.

Students must follow regular withdrawal procedures to withdraw from a course after deadlines that are published in the academic calendar on the SCF website each term and in this Catalog. 

Personal Identification Number (PIN) 

All students must have a student identification number, user ID and password to register by Web and to access their grades and academic records online. Once a student successfully logs into the system, the student should enter a new password for security reasons. A new password must be created using six numbers. The student will be asked several security questions. Students are encouraged to select a password and answer questions that are easy to remember as this will allow the student to reset the password at a later time. Students should remember to protect their password, as it is their access to confidential student information. 

If a student has logged into the system incorrectly multiple times, they will not be able to access their academic records. Students can request a password code reset from the educational records office and must bring a current picture identification card (i.e. driver license or current student identification card) in person to the educational records office. Requests also can be faxed to 941-727-6380 (Bradenton) or 941-480-3156 (Venice) and must include the student’s request for the reset, a signature and an attached copy of a valid identification card. Faxed requests require 24 hours for completion. Passwords cannot be reset via telephone or email. 

Student Email 

SCF has designated email as an official method of communication with students regarding topics of an academic or administrative nature. Upon application and acceptance to the College, the College will assign and activate an email account to each student and expects students to be responsible for all information sent to them via their College email account. Students can access their email accounts via SCFconnect. 

Students that request a new email address due to a name change, must complete the “Change of Name/Address” form in the educational records office. The form is completed and signed by the student and must include an official copy of a court-issued document verifying the name change. 

Voiding of Classes Due to Nonpayment of Tuition and Fees

Following registration, students are responsible for payment of all term tuition and fees by the deadlines published in the class schedule, College Catalog and on the SCF website. Students who fail to pay tuition and fees by the posted deadlines will have courses canceled from their schedules for the term. Students can attempt to re-register for courses online on a space-available basis during the regular add/drop period for the term. A student reinstated in classes is obligated to pay all tuition and fees on the day of registration, or the courses will be canceled again from the student’s schedule.

Overrides for Courses 

An override is an electronic departmental approval to add a student to a course section that is full to capacity. 

Permits and overrides to courses are rarely granted but may be considered if a student provides evidence of major, verifiable extenuating circumstances. Requests should be presented in writing to the respective department chair for consideration. Contact information follows. 

Department Contact Information SCF Bradenton
SCF Venice
Business and Technology 941-752-5281 941-408-1476
Visual Arts and Humanities 941-752-5251 941-408-1476
Music and Theatre 941-752-5351 941-408-1476
Language and Literature 941-752-5242 941-408-1476
Mathematics 941-752-5224 941-408-1476
Natural Sciences 941-752-5341 941-408-1476
Social and  Behavioral Sciences 941-752-5314 941-408-1476
Occupational and Physical Therapy 941-452-5346 941-408-1300, ext. 65346
Radiography and Dental Hygiene 941-752-5245 941-408-1300, ext. 65245
Nursing 941-752-5209 941-408-1300, ext. 65209
For specific contact information, refer to the employee directory on the SCF website.

Course Loads 

Minimum Course Load: The minimum course load to be enrolled as a student at the College is one credit hour (degree credit or college preparatory credit) for a term. Financial aid minimum loads and veterans’ benefits minimum loads are described in the Student Financial Aid section of the Catalog. 

Maximum Course Load: The maximum course load to be enrolled as a student at the College is 18 credit hours (degree credit or college preparatory credit) for a term (Fall, Spring or Summer) with the exception of certain programs requiring a heavier load.

Petition for Overload: A student wishing to take additional hours beyond the 18 credit hours is required to submit a petition for an overload. Petitions must be acquired from and approved by a student services advisor. Students are limited to 21 total credit hours for a single semester. Appeals to this policy can be directed to the vice president of student affairs (or designee).

Dual enrollment students must submit overload petitions to the early college coordinator. Students are limited to 21 total credit hours for a single semester. Appeals to this policy can be directed to the vice president of student affairs (or designee).

For students admitted to the Associate in Science programs, petitions must be acquired from and approved by the appropriate Associate in Science program director. Students are limited to 21 total credit hours for a single semester. Appeals to this policy can be directed to the vice president of student affairs (or designee).

For students admitted to a bachelor’s program, petitions must be acquired from and approved by the baccalaureate program director. Students are limited to 21 total credit hours for a single term. Appeals to this policy can be directed to the vice president of baccalaureate programs (or designee).

Orientation 

Orientation is part of the enrollment and advisement process at SCF and is mandatory for all new students (part- and full-time). New student orientations are held each term and are designed to provide students with information on programs, services and facilities to allow them to make successful, informed decisions during the advisement process. 

Following completion of the admissions application process and placement testing, students can register for an orientation program at SCF Bradenton or SCF Venice. Students will have an electronic orientation hold on their student registration account until attendance at an orientation program has been recorded. 

Identification (ID) Card

Each student will be issued a free identification card (ID card) when all tuition and fees are paid for term of enrollment. The card is a picture ID issued by the College and is required of all students. The card is essential for most transactions and check-writing identification in the bookstore, library lending privileges, security purposes and general identification for various administrative offices. ID cards may be obtained in the office of public safety at SCF Bradenton or SCF Venice and can be replaced for $10 each.

Permits for Prerequisite/Corequisite Courses 

A permit is an electronic departmental approval for a student to enroll in a course based on previous academic work, test scores or other approval when a prerequisite has not been met.

A prerequisite is a course that must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher before registering for the next sequential course.

A corequisite course is a course that must be taken at the same time as another course, and they are linked together for proper enrollment.

Note: Depending on the academic area, an advisor or department chair may provide permits for transfer and transient students with supporting transcripts and/or grade reports for the first-term of enrollment only.

Advisement and permits based on unofficial transcripts and/or grade reports may be subject to revision following completion of official transfer evaluation by the educational records office. 

Online Services for Students

SCF provides prospective and enrolled students with a full range of Web-based services, including the full text of the College Catalog and class schedule. Students can request information, apply for admission and financial aid, register and withdraw from classes, pay online, order official transcripts and enrollment verifications, and complete a degree audit. In addition, students can review their financial accounts and academic records (including grades and unofficial transcripts). Information concerning services to students with disabilities, library services, career information, scholarship search, activities, campus security and online courses also is available over the Web.

FLVC (Florida Virtual Campus)

FLVC (Florida Virtual Campus) is a Web-based guidance assistance tool for students that provides information about Florida colleges and universities. The website provides information on degree programs, admission requirements, degree audits and services. Students can access FLVC through www.FLVC.org  or through a link on the SCF website scf.edu.

College Source

College Source is an online service that provides access to college and university catalogs throughout the United States. This resource can be used to access college and university course catalogs, websites and accreditation information. SCF catalogs from 1959 through the current year are accessible on this website: www.CollegeSource.org.