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    State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
   
 
  Oct 16, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Admissions and Registration



Admissions Policies and Procedures

SCF.edu/Admissions

General Conditions of Admissions

Any high school graduate or GED recipient interested in additional education is encouraged to apply to 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. criminal justice, nursing and classroom teaching, 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.

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.

Admissions Criteria

An official high school transcript bearing the high school graduation date or GED test scores is required as part of a degree-seeking 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. Transcripts received from high schools, colleges and/or universities become the property of the College and are not copied or released to third parties.

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. 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.

Application Fee

Effective for the spring 2018 semester, a $20 admissions application fee will be assessed for applicants. Payment of this fee must be received before an admissions application can be submitted online. When an applicant enrolls in courses for the term they indicated on their admissions application, the fee will be refunded to the applicant. To receive the refund, applicants must meet two qualifications:

  1. Register for courses in their selected term of entry, as indicated on their application, and;
  2. Maintain attendance and registration in the courses past the add/drop registration period.

Failure to adhere to the above statements will result in the loss of the application fee.

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 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 F-1 student status, wish to be on 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.”

Entrance Examinations and Placement of Students

SCF wants each student to be successful in achieving his or her educational goals. The College administers the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) for placement purposes. Application to SCF is required before assessment. PERT has three (3) subsections - reading, writing and mathematics. The test has no time limits; however, most students complete all three (3) subsections in approximately 3-3.5 hours. To prepare for the placement test and to schedule a testing appointment, go to SCF.edu/Testing. SCF allows students to take PERT two (2) times per term. A term is defined as fall, spring and summer per the official academic calendar. Note: There is a retake fee for each subsection of the placement test.

Beginning in January 2014 and pursuant to Florida Statute 1008.30, and Rule 6A-10.0315, F.A.C., students are required to satisfy one of the following prior to entering SCF as a degree-seeking student.

Students who entered ninth grade in a Florida public school in 2003-04 or thereafter must provide a standard Florida high school diploma.
All others must provide placement test scores taken within the last two years for any of the following:
  • American College Testing - Enhanced ACT
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test - SAT
  • Postsecondary Education Readiness Test - PERT
  • College Entry Level Placement Test - Accuplacer
Placement test scores are not required for:
  • Active duty military (at the time of application) or
  • Students applying for transfer or readmission status who have satisfactorily completed college-level English, reading and/or mathematics courses.

For additional information, see “Do I need to take the placement test?” at SCF.edu/Testing.

The State Board of Education establishes cut-off scores for placement purposes.

Placement Test Retakes

All placement test scores remain valid for two (2) years. SCF allows students to take PERT two (2) times per term. A term is defined as fall, spring and summer per the official academic calendar. Note: There is a retake fee for each subsection of the placement test.

I. Eligible to request a test retake

Students are eligible to request a retake of the Florida placement test, PERT, under the following circumstances:

  1. Never attempted a developmental education (preparatory) course in the subject area for which they are requesting a retake.
  2. Have attempted a developmental education (preparatory) course and did not successfully complete the course. These students must receive written permission from the department chair of the subject area for which they are requesting a retake. The department chair will provide the Assessment/Testing Center with a copy of written permission.

II. Ineligible to request a test retake

Students are ineligible to retake the placement test, PERT, when their request is based upon, but not limited to, the following reasons:

  1. Students cannot be currently enrolled in the developmental education (preparatory) course for which they base their retest request.
  2. Students who wish to circumvent developmental education (preparatory) courses by retesting.

III. Appeal

Students asking to appeal this policy may submit their written appeal to the director of the Assessment/Testing Center. The Florida Placement Test (FPT) Retake Appeal Committee will review the appeal request and mail its decision to the student within ten (10) working days after receiving the request. A copy of the letter will be filed in the Assessment/Testing Center. All committee decisions are final.

ACT and SAT

Students who have taken the ACT and/or SAT and have scores that place them into college-level coursework in reading, writing and/or mathematics may use these scores as an alternative to the corresponding sections of PERT. Students may use the ACT and/or SAT scores if the scores are fewer than two (2) years old and are at the level or above the scores posted on the Assessment/Testing Center website, SCF.edu/Testing, in accordance with Florida Statute 240.321 and SCF Rule 6HX14-4.04.

SAT-I Score or

 

New SAT Scores (March 2016)

Enhanced ACT Score

 

Section(s) Exempted

*Verbal 440 24+ (Reading) English 17 Sentence Skills
*Verbal 440 24+ (Reading) Reading 19 Reading Skills

SAT-I Score or

 

New SAT Scores (March 2016)

Enhanced ACT Score

 

Section(s) Exempted

Mathematics 510 27-28.5 Mathematics 20 Algebra and College Level Mathematics

Students who have the required SAT-I or Enhanced ACT scores must submit an official score report to the Educational Records office or request them from the testing service electronically. Test scores must be received before making an orientation appointment.

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: Admission Standards.

Requirements for Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Status

In accordance with Florida Senate Bill 1720, beginning January 2014, students will be classified as exempt or non-exempt to determine if they will be required to take placement tests or developmental education classes. The following criteria will be used to determine classification status:

Exempt

The placement test is required for new students who:

  • Earned a GED or high school equivalency diploma
  • Graduated from a private high school
  • Graduated with a high school diploma as a home-schooled student
  • Graduated from a Florida public high school without earning a standard high school diploma
  • Graduated from an out-of-state high school
  • Entered the ninth grade in a Florida public high school before the 2003-2004 academic year
  • Are U.S. military reservist service members or veterans

The placement test is optional for new students who:

  • Entered the ninth grade at a Florida public high school during the 2003-2004 school year or any year afterward AND graduated with a Florida standard high school diploma
    OR
  • Are a U.S. military active duty service member at the point of application. U.S. military reservists are not classified as U.S military active duty service members.
    OR
  • Have taken and submitted SAT, ACT or PERT test scores within the last two years.

Non-Exempt

All students who are NOT classified as exempt will be classified as non-exempt. All non-exempt students are required to take the common placement test. If the test results indicate they are college-ready, they may elect to enroll in

  and  *. If the placement test results indicate a need for developmental courses, they may select one, or more, of the developmental strategies offered by the College. Some non-exempt students may provide evidence of achievements that will permit them to enroll in ENC 1101 or MAT 1033.

*Note: Non-exempt students will be able to enroll in MAT 1033 with completion of the proper pre-requisite course or acceptable math placement scores.  These students may enroll in MGF 1106 or MGF 1107 after successful completion of STA 1001 or MAT 1033.

Institutional and transfer policy procedures governing these courses will be as follows:

  1. Credit will not be awarded for transfer of any developmental courses after Summer A, 1984.
  2. Only institutional credit will be permitted for developmental courses beginning with the Summer B, 1984 term. These courses cannot be used to graduate with either an A.A. degree, an A.S. degree or a Certificate.
  3. The grades of A, B, C, D, F and WF will be used in developmental courses.
  4. Students may repeat any previous credit course, that is now developmental, to improve their grade point averages under the “Forgiveness Policy,” that is, to forgive previously earned poor grades, but credit will not be awarded. (Catalog policy states only a D or F may be repeated.)

Selective Admissions/Limited Access

SCF’s two-year health professions and all bachelor’s programs are limited access and require a program application in addition to the general college admissions application. 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-in-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 test. An official copy of the test results is required.
  3. Beginning in January 2014 and pursuant to Florida Statute 1008.30, and Rule 6A-10.0315.F.A.C., placement testing requirements for first-time in college, degree-seeking students changed. Refer to the Assessment Testing Center’s “Do I need to take the placement test?” website for additional information.
  4. International students who are seeking an F-1 student visa or any other type of visa, refer to the International Student Admission Requirements section.

Nondegree-Seeking Admissions

  1. Most students are not limited to the number of credits that can be earned. Depending upon the student’s high school diploma and/or placement test 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.
  2. High school and/or college transfer transcripts are not required, and if submitted, will not be evaluated.
  3. The following limitations or exemptions may apply to this classification of admission: This type of student may not receive financial aid, veteran benefits or scholarships.
  4. If, at some time during this type of admission, a student wishes to become degree-seeking, the student must reapply and submit all documentation required of a degree-seeking student to the Admissions office at SCF.  

Transfer: Degree-Seeking

Applicants are eligible if they meet the above requirements for a first-time-in-college admission student seeking a degree. Failure 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. All students, regardless of previous degrees earned are required to provide a high school transcript or acceptable GED test scores.

Students who attended a college or university outside the United States must 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/credential evaluations, 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. Note: Transcripts submitted will not be evaluated for transfer credit until transcripts/credential evaluations from all postsecondary colleges and/or universities attended have been received in the Educational Records office and reflective of all cumulative hours. In-progress transcripts will not be evaluated for transfer credit evaluations. 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 transferable 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 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 state/community college; the same course is offered at a state university as SYG 2010. A student who has successfully completed SYG 1010 at a state/community college or SYG 2010 at a 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. However, it is the prerogative of SCF 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 or 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. Developmental 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; second 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 that 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 transferable and official transcripts are still 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 Advanced Placement Program (AP), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), International Baccalaureate Program (IB) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) transcript, credit is awarded for the course or course numbers listed. Students can receive up to 45 credits from credit-by-exam programs.

Transfer Credit Through the Advanced Placement Program (AP)

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 AP upon presentation of test scores.

SCF awards credit for the following AP exams:

Transfer Credit Through the Advanced Placement Program (AP)

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  and 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 Foreign Language
Computer Science A CGS 1075 (3 credits) Same as 3 Same as 3 Elective
Computer Science Principles 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 EVR 1001  (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 Foreign Language
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 Foreign Language
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 Foreign Language
Japanese Language and Culture JPN 2000 (3 credits) JPN 2000 and JPN 2001 (6 credits) Same as 4 Foreign Language
Latin: Latin Literature LNW 2700 Same as 3 Same as 3 Elective
Latin: Virgil 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
Physics I
PHY 2053C  (5 credits) PHY 2053C  and PHY 2054C  (10 credits) Same as 4 V
Physics C: Electricity/Magnetism
Physics II
PHY 2054C  or PHY 2054/PHY 2054L  
(5 credits)
PHY 2049C  or PHY 2049/PHY 2049L  (5 credits) Same as 4 V
Physics C: Mechanics PHY 2053C  (min. 5 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 Foreign Language
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 six (6) credit hours will be awarded.

Credit for other exams:
Contact Educational Records at 941-752-5060 or records@SCF.edu for information about course credit that might be given for exams or exam versions that are no longer administered.

Transfer Credit Through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The SCF Assessment/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 earned college credit in a similar course.

The table below represents CLEP subject exams, qualifying scores and credits awarded. Successful completion of foreign language CLEP exams meet the foreign language requirement.

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
Foreign Language:
  FRE 1120 , FRE 1121 , GER 1120 , GER 1121 , SPN 1120 , SPN 1121   3

SCF will accept credits from other accredited collegiate institutions and from the United States Armed Forces Institute (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
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature LIT 2000  (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
(Note: SCF does not administer this exam,
but will accept credit if taken at another institution.)

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 2021  (4 credits) Elective
French Language FRE 1120  (3 credits) Score of 50
FRE 1120  and FRE 1121  (6 credits) Score of 59
Foreign Language
German Language GER 1120  (3 credits) Score of 50
GER 1120  and GER 1121  (6 credits) Score of 60
Foreign Language
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 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
Foreign Language
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.
 
Credit for other exams:
Contact Educational Records at 941-752-5060 or records@SCF.edu for information about course credit that might be given for exams or exam versions that are no longer administered.

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.

*Meets part of the Gordon Rule requirement.

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 1020C  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 A: Literature 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) Foreign Language
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) Foreign Language
History WOH 1030 WOH 1030 and EUH 1000  (6 credits) Elective, III
History (of the Americas) AMH 1010  (3 credits) AMH 1010  and AMH 1020   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) Foreign Language
Latin LAT 1121 LAT 1121 and LAT 2200 Foreign Language

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
Music MUL 2010  (3 credits) MUL 2010  and MUT 1001  (6 credits) IV, Elective
Philosophy PHI 1010  (3 credits) PHI 1010 (3 credits) Elective, IV
Physics PHY 1020C   PHY 2053C  and PHY 2054C   V
Psychology PSY 2012   PSY 2012  and PSY XXXX III and Elective
World Religion REL 2300  (3 credits) REL 2300  and REL 2121  (6 credits) IV, 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) Foreign Language
Theatre Arts THE 2000  or THE 2020  

THE 2000  or THE 2020  and one semester (3 credits) in Theatre History, performance, stagecraft, theory or literature depending on student’s strengths.

IV, Elective
Visual Arts ART 1999 (3 credits) ART 1999 and ART 2999 (6 credits)           Elective

*Meets part of the Gordon Rule requirement.

Credit for other exams:
Contact Educational Records at 941-752-5060 or records@SCF.edu for information about course credit that might be given for exams or exam versions that are no longer administered.

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

The Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) 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) Foreign Language
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) Foreign Language
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) Foreign Language
German (A-Level) GER 1120  and GER 1121  or GER 2200  and GER 2201  (6 credits) Foreign Language
History (AS-Level)
     U.S. History
     European History
     International History

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

III
III
III
History (A-Level)
     U.S. 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 LAT 1121 (3 credits) Foreign Language
Marine Science (AS-Level) OCE 1001  (3 credits) V
Marine Science (A-Level) OCE 1001  and OCB 2000 (6 credits) V
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 2054C  (5 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) III
Sociology (A-Level) SYG 2000  (3 credits) III
Spanish Language (AS-Level) SPN 2200  (3 credits) Foreign Language
Spanish Literature (AS-Level) SPW 000 (3 credits) Elective
Spanish (A-Level) SPN 1120  and SPN 1120  or SPN 2200  and SPN 2201  (6 credits) Foreign Language
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.

Credit for other exams:
Contact Educational Records at 941-752-5060 or records@SCF.edu for information about course credit that might be given for exams or exam versions that are no longer administered.

DSST Exams

DSST (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) are credit-by-examination tests originated by the United States Department of Defense’s Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program. DSST measures earned achievement in specific college courses and in calculated credit hours. No duplicate credit can be earned nor will grades be assigned 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 Examination Program

 
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  400 Elective
Business Law II BUL 2242  44 AS credit only
Business Math QMB 1001   48 None
Criminal Justice CCJ 1000 or CCJ 1020   49/400 Elective
Environment & Humanity EVS 1001  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  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  46/400 AS credit only
Principles of Financial Accounting ACG 2021   47 Elective
Principles of Physical Science I PHY 1020C   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  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.

Credit for other exams:
Contact Educational Records at 941-752-5060 or records@SCF.edu for information about course credit that might be given for exams or exam versions that are no longer administered.

Excelsior College Examinations

Excelsior College Examinations (formerly known as Regents College Exams or the Proficiency Examination Program) are developed by Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., using national committees of faculty consultants and national studies. Excelsior College Examinations are approved by the American Council on Education and Excelsior College 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 re-xam scores.

Excelsior College Examinations

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

*Meets part of the Gordon Rule requirement.

Credit for other exams:
Contact Educational Records at 941-752-5060 or records@SCF.edu for information about course credit that might be given for exams or exam versions that are no longer administered.
 

UEXCEL Examinations

 
Exam Course Number  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 Foreign Language

 *Meets part of the Gordon Rule requirement.

Credit for other exams 
Contact Educational Records at 941-752-5060 or records@SCF.edu for information about course credit that might be given for exams or exam versions that are no longer administered.

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 with military training must send an official military transcript to the Educational Records office and have their credits applied to their SCF academic record. 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 (ACE) “Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces” 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 students must be in good academic standing and must meet all prerequisite requirements for the course(s) for which they are requesting approval as a transient student. Permission will be given only for courses that meet the student’s minimum program requirements.

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 Florida Shines (floridashines.org.) 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 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. The issuance of such permits would vary dependent upon the requested course.

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

Enrollment of students seeking online programs or courses at SCF may be restricted based on the student’s state of residency. Some states restrict their residents from enrollment in online programs and courses unless reciprocal agreements exist between those states and SCF. A current list of states that restrict program enrollment at SCF is accessible at SCF.edu/OnlineLearning.

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 the Catalog in effect at the time they register with 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. Additionally, if a student changes his or her major during their continuous enrollment, their catalog year will be updated to reflect the first term in the new program.

Any former student who withdrew 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 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 and students must register and pay for classes during the time period indicated in the College academic 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. SCF is authorized to admit nonimmigrant alien students. Students on an 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 titled “Financial Resources,” listed later in this section, and they do not need to be enrolled 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, 173 or better on the computer-based TOEFL, or 61 or better on the online TOEFL. An application to take the TOEFL may be obtained by writing: Educational Testing Service, TOEFL Registration Office, P.O. Box 6152, Princeton, N.J., U.S.A. 08541-6152. The telephone number is 609-771-7100, FAX number is 609-771-7500, and the website is 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.
  3. Graduate from an American high school, earn the GED taken in English or successfully complete secondary education from a school outside the United States that teaches the entire 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 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. In case of 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 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 an 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 United States Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (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 (5) business days before 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 until the next term. Once SCF is notified of the delay or deferral, a new I-20 for the next term will be issued.

The 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; 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.

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.
  2. Request from high school, GED office and/or college(s) attended that all transcripts be sent directly to the Educational Records 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. It is advised that transcripts be received at least two months before the first term of enrollment. Students should request an unofficial college transcript for personal use to aid in the advisement process. Failure to report all previous college level work attempted constitute 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 evaluation showing that the high school education is equivalent to graduation from an accredited high school in the United States.
  4. The placement test is required for new students who:

    • Earned a GED or high school equivalency diploma
    • Graduated from a private high school
    • Graduated with a high school diploma as a home-schooled student
    • Graduated from a Florida public high school without earning a standard high school diploma
    • Graduated from an out-of-state high school
    • Entered the ninth grade in a Florida public high school before the 2003-2004 academic year
    • Are U.S. military reservist service members

    The placement test is optional for new students who:

    • Entered the ninth grade at a Florida public high school during the 2003-2004 school year or any year afterward AND graduated with a Florida standard high school diploma
      OR   
    • Are currently a U.S. military active duty service member at the point of application. U.S. military reservists are not classified as U.S. military active duty service members.
      (Note: Students who will be using the GI Bill will not be eligible to receive VA educational benefits for any developmental course if placement testing is optional.)
      OR
    • Have taken and submitted SAT, ACT or PERT test scores within the previous two years.

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 degree-seeking students, and is available online and in person by appointment.

Summary of Supporting Documents Required for Admission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residency Requirements

Florida Resident Information and Requirements

All applicants for admission to SCF, degree-seeking or nondegree-seeking, full time or part time, are required to declare a Statement of Residence. If the applicant is younger than 24 and unmarried, the statement also must be signed by a parent or 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, guardian or any person in a parental relationship to a student, established and maintained legal residence in Florida for at least twelve (12) months before the deadline for submission of residency information as outlined in the academic calendar for the term in which residency status is sought. In addition, a person who physically resides in this state may be classified as a resident for tuition purposes if he or she marries a person who meets the 12-month residency requirement under subsection (2) and who is a legal resident of this state. Anyone not establishing residency by the required date must apply for reclassification the following term.

Residence in Florida must be a bona fide domicile rather than for the purpose of maintaining a residence incidental to enrollment at an institution of higher education. Other persons not meeting the 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, a legal alien granted indefinite stay by the Department of Homeland Security, or a dependent child who is a United States citizen regardless of the immigration status of his or her parent. 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 supporting the establishment of legal residency must be submitted to the Admissions office, and be dated, issued or filed twelve (12) months prior to the deadline 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.

To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, a student must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, hold a visa status approved by the Florida Legislature, or be a dependent child who is a United States citizen regardless of the immigration status of his or her parents. 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, guardian or any person in a parental relationship to the student, 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 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 younger than 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 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 or older before 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/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).

Per s. 1009.21(3)c, Florida Statutes, the residency determination must be documented by the submission of written or electronic verification that includes two or more of the documents identified below. No single piece of evidence shall be conclusive.

A. Claimant must provide at least one of the following of his/her personal documentation:

 Florida Voter Registration Card

 Florida Driver License

 Florida State Identification Card

 Florida Vehicle Registration

 Proof of permanent home occupied as a primary residence for 12 consecutive months before the student’s enrollment. (Required: document such as a deed or other evidence of title to property used as primary residence, a homeowner’s policy, a title insurance policy, evidence of property tax payment on the primary residence, multiple leases reflecting a Florida address, or a lease of multiple years’ duration.)

 Proof of a homestead exemption in Florida. (Required: document from the county tax collector demonstrating the application of a homestead exemption to the claimant’s primary residence.)

 Official transcripts from a Florida high school for multiple years (2 or more), if the Florida high school diploma or GED was earned within the last 12 months.

 Proof of permanent full-time employment in Florida for at least 30 hours a week for a 12-month period. (Required: pay stubs or W-2 form for past 12 consecutive months and/or verification from employers, and/or an Internal Revenue (IRS) 1099 with verification of employment for the past 12 consecutive months from an employer.)

 Student is a qualified beneficiary under the terms of the Florida Pre-paid Post-secondary Expense program. In this case, the student would only need to provide documentation from Florida Pre-paid to claim Florida residency.

B. Claimant may provide one or more documents from the following categories to demonstrate residency in Florida (to be used in conjunction with one document from above):

 Declaration of domicile in Florida in accordance with s. 222.17, Florida Statutes

 Florida professional or occupational license

 Florida incorporation

 Document evidencing family ties in Florida

 Proof of membership in a Florida-based charitable or professional organization

 Any other documentation that supports the request for resident status, including, but not limited to, utility bills and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments; a lease agreement and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments; or an official state, federal, or court document evidencing legal ties to Florida.


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: upon admission to SCF, signed the statement indicating the individual was a non-Florida resident and paid non-Florida resident tuition and fees) may become eligible for reclassification to a Florida resident by presenting documentation and completing the Statement of Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes 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 documents identified in Step 2 on the Statement of Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes Reclassification to Florida Resident form. At least two of the three required documents MUST come from Tier 1 on the form.

All documentation submitted must show clear and convincing evidence and the documentation must be credible, trustworthy and sufficient to indicate that the student, or his or her parent if that student is a dependent; has established legal residency in 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 documents identified in Step 2 on the Statement of Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes Reclassification to Florida Resident form. At least two of the three required documents MUST come from Tier 1 on the form. These documents must be dated at least twelve (12) consecutive months before the deadline for submission of residency documentation for the term for which residency is sought (photocopies must be attached and submitted with the Statement of Florida Residency Reclassification to Florida Resident 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/Residency or 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 with the College:

  • SCF application for admission
  • Florida residency statement and documentation
  • Official high school transcript, or GED test scores, if required
  • Official college transcript, if applicable
  • Placement test scores, if required

Before 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 test scores and all college transcripts must be on file.
  • If degree-seeking, complete a new student orientation.
  • Additionally, all students are encouraged to seek advisement by visiting with a student services advisor or program manager.

All students must register by the end of the add/drop period. Classes have different add/drop/withdrawal dates based on calendar dates. Refer to the online class search and the term on the academic calendar page.

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 MySCF, use the correct user ID and password, choose the Student tab, click on Registration Status (under Registration tools) and select the appropriate term.

Registration Priority Dates

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

Area of Interest

An area of interest (meta-major) is a collection of academic programs that have common or related content (per s. 1008.02 (3), F.S.S.). The academic pathways were created to provide Florida College System institutions a method to advise students of the gateway courses aligned with their intended academic and career goals.  Eight areas of interest were identified in rule 6A-14.065, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.):

  1. Arts, humanities, communication and design
  2. Business
  3. Education
  4. Health Sciences
  5. Industry/manufacturing and construction
  6. Public Safety
  7. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  8. Social and behavioral sciences and human services


Students will select an area of interest at the point of registration via MySCF verification page. Degree-seeking students will be advised into an academic pathway based upon their declared interests.

Adding and Dropping Courses

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 add/drop/withdrawal schedule on the SCF website. Some classes may have different start and end dates, and therefore, may have different add, drop and withdrawal dates. These dates are posted on the website each term with the academic calendar and the add/drop/withdrawal schedule.

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.

Students must follow regular withdrawal procedures to withdraw from a course after deadlines that are published on the SCF website each term, in the academic calendar, add/drop/withdrawal schedule.

Login Information

All students must have a user ID and password to register on SCF.edu and to access their grades and academic records online. A system-generated password is created upon admission to the College and students are notified via College communication as to their unique User ID and password. Students should remember to protect their login credentials as this information gains access to confidential student records.

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 MySCF.

Students who 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 those courses. 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 developmental 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 developmental 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. For details, refer to the overload policy in the Educational Records Policies and Procedures  portion of the Catalog.

Orientation

Orientation is part of the enrollment and advisement process at SCF and is mandatory for all new degree-seeking 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. Students will have an 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 and Security 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, the 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 online services, including 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 at SCF.edu.

FloridaShines

FloridaShines is a web-based guidance assistance tool for students that provides information about Florida colleges and universities. The website gives information on degree programs, admission requirements, degree audits and services. Students can access FloridaShines at floridashines.org or through a link on SCF.edu.

College Source

College Source is an online service that provides access to college and university catalogs throughout the United States. In addition to course catalogs, it provides access to websites and accreditation information. SCF catalogs from 1959 through the current year are accessible at CollegeSource.org.