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Philosophy

Cecil College is a comprehensive, open-admission, learner-centered institution. Cecil College maintains an open admissions policy and extends the opportunity for higher education to individuals who demonstrate the motivation and maturity needed to benefit from community college instruction. The College provides educational opportunities to people regardless of age, religion, racial or ethnic background or disabilities.

Student success at Cecil College begins with Admissions. Located on the second floor of the Community Cultural Center, the department assists prospective students with the formal procedures required to become a Cecil student. Information and actions regarding admissions steps, student support services, and academic resources are provided. A primary role of Admissions is to fully inform students at the beginning of their educational pathway, so they arrive in the classroom ready to focus on academics.

Admissions information and resources are available at MyCecil and the College website. Contact admissions@cecil.edu with admissions questions.

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Open Admissions: Information

Credit Students
Applicants who meet one of the following criteria are admitted to Cecil College:

  • have graduated from an accredited high school;
  • have earned a diploma in General Educational Development (GED);
  • have completed the seventh grade and have attained Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores as defined in this catalog or an equivalent score on a nationally-accepted college entrance examination;
  • have met the criteria to participate in early admission programs; (See Selective Admissions: Credit Programs in this catalog.)
  • have not completed an accredited high school program nor received an acceptable diploma or certificate. Note: Non-graduates of high school are admitted and enrolled according to open admission policies and procedures. Non-high school graduates must meet with an advisor prior to registration.

Cecil College strongly encourages non-high school graduates to complete their high school graduation requirements or obtain a GED. GED preparation courses are offered through Career and Community Education (410-392-3366).

Open admission to Cecil College does not grant enrollment in all courses and programs of the College. At the present time, some programs have selective admissions requirements. In addition, pre-requisites must be successfully completed. For additional information, refer to Selective Admissions.

Non-Credit Students
Non-credit (continuing education) courses are open to individuals age 16 or older, unless otherwise stated in a course or program description. An application is not required for non-credit enrollment. Students complete a registration form at the time of enrollment. Additional documentation may be required for enrollment in a non-credit course. Contact the program area.

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Open Admissions: Procedures

Credit Students

  1. Complete the admissions application and visit the Admissions Office. Apply on-line at www.my.cecil.edu. Hard copy applications are available at the North East and Elkton locations and in the Schedule of Classes. Applications are accepted year-round.
  2. Apply for financial aid. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Apply for Cecil Foundation Scholarships.
  3. Take skills assessments. Complete math, reading, and writing assessments on the North East Campus, Technology Building, Room 218. Waivers may apply; for additional information, refer to Skills Assessments, Placement and Waivers.
  4. Meet with an advisor. Make an appointment (410-287-1000) for degree planning, academic support, and transfer information.
  5. Submit test scores, transcripts, and other documentation to Cecil College, Records and Registration, One Seahawk Dr., North East, MD 21901.
    • All students: Submit official test scores (SAT, AP, ACT) and transcripts from any college attended.
    • High school graduates: Submit an official copy of a secondary school transcript. GED students: Submit a copy of GED test results.
  6. Register for classes. Register for classes online at MyCecil or on-site at North East or Elkton Station.
  7. Make payment arrangements. Log onto MyCecil and click on the Finance tab for payment information, or contact the Cashier’s Office at 410-287-1020.

Non-Credit Students

  1. Complete and submit a registration form, available from the Records and Registration Office or in the Schedule of Classes.
  2. Submit additional documentation, as needed.

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Skills Assessments, Placement, and Waivers

Skills Assessments and Placement
As part of the admissions process, all students entering Cecil College are evaluated for placement purposes. The evaluation may require or waive the academic skills assessments. The purpose of the skills assessments is to place students at a level where they will succeed. The assessments measure academic skills in mathematics, reading, and writing. Students may need to take all of the assessments or specific sections of the assessments. Once taken, students receive the results, meet with their advisor, and register for the appropriate courses.

Skills assessments do not determine eligibility for admission to Cecil College. No student is denied admission to the College as a result of performance on the skills assessments; however, students whose scores indicate a need for skill development are required to successfully complete developmental courses before enrolling in college-level courses. Students have better success at Cecil College if their basic skills are strong enough to meet the rigors of college-level coursework.

Any student (full- or part-time) who has not earned a high school diploma or GED (General Educational Development) diploma must take all the skills assessments.

Skills assessments are administered in the Testing Center, North East Campus, Engineering and Math Building. Hours for the Testing Center are available at MyCecil.

Student performance is closely monitored in the first sessions of developmental classes, and faculty may initiate a change in student placement. Students are encouraged to complete developmental courses early in their educational pathway to facilitate the timely completion of a degree or certificate.

Some courses are exempt from the skills assessment requirement. Students may enroll in these courses without taking the skills assessments. Students in these classes are expected to read and write at the college level.

Skills Assessment Waivers
Under certain circumstances, students may qualify for a skills assessment exemption. Official documentation must be provided for skills assessment waivers to be applied. Exemptions may be granted when:

  • a student has earned an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an accredited institution.
  • a student provides documentation of acceptable scores on the SAT and/or ACT assessments (See required scores chart).
  • a student has successfully completed parallel coursework at another accredited institution of higher education.
SAT/ACT Required Scores for Skills Assessment Waivers
SAT Assessment(s) Waived Score Required
Critical Reading Reading 550 or better
Math Math 550 or better
Writing Reading, Writing 550 or better
ACT Assessment(s) Waived Score Required
English Reading, Writing 21 or better
Math Math 21 or better

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Selective Admissions: Credit Programs

Accelerated Studies for the Adult Professional (ASAP)
Students who plan to enroll in ASAP must be college-ready at the time of admission into these programs. For accelerated studies, college-ready is defined as placing into English 101 (EGL101) and Intermediate Algebra (MAT093) on the skills assessments. Additional information on ASAP programs can be obtained from the Admissions Office or designated academic advisors.

Secondary School-Age Students

  • On-Site Program — Jointly sponsored by Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS) and Cecil College, the On-Site program allows academically prepared students age 16 and over to take college-level courses at their home high school during the regular school day. Cecil College offers a College-Bound Scholarship for these courses. Other regional organizations, as approved by the College President, may participate in this program. All students must meet Cecil College admissions standards.
  • Gifted and Talented Program — Students under age 16, who have completed 7th grade or the equivalent and are designated as gifted and talented, can enroll in Cecil credit courses through the Gifted and Talented program. Cecil courses taken are not available at the high schools. Students and their parent/guardian are required to meet with the Director of Admissions to complete all approval forms and processes. All students must meet Cecil College admissions standards.
  • Concurrent Enrollment — qualified students (age 16 or older) may enroll in Cecil College courses concurrent with their high school studies. Cecil College offers a College-Bound Scholarship for these courses. All students must meet Cecil College admissions standards.
  • Dual Enrollment ProgramAny student of Cecil County Public Schools enrolled at Cecil College is considered dually enrolled.  Students of other school districts may be eligible for dual enrollment.  Contact the Admissions Office for further information (410-287-1006).

  • Senior Waiver Program — Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS) students may waive all or part of their senior year, enroll in courses at Cecil College, and still graduate with their high school class. Permission is required from CCPS and the parent/guardian. Cecil College offers a College-Bound Scholarship for these courses. All students must meet Cecil College admissions standards.

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Program — Students enrolled in the STEM Program of Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS) may enroll in designated courses at Cecil College during their junior and/or senior years of high school. Through this partnership, eligible students receive a waiver for two-thirds of the in-county tuition rate in effect for the semester. All students must meet Cecil College admissions standards.

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Health Professions Programs

Admission to the health professions programs (Associate of Science in Nursing (RN), Practical Nurse Certificate (LPN), Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) and Paramedic require an admission procedure separate and in addition to the general admission to Cecil College. The health professions programs have limited enrollment and require specific admissions criteria which are explained in detail in this section.

Paramedic Certificate and Degree Program
The EMT – Paramedic Program at Cecil College is offered in conjunction with the Cecil County Department of Emergency Services. Students who are interested in the paramedic program should contact the College and speak to the department of Nursing and Health Professions, an academic advisor, or contact Cecil County DES at 410-392-2024. Upon completing and submitting a Cecil College admissions application, all students must take the College skills assessments in math, reading and writing. Prior to entry into this program, the student is required to submit/complete the following:

  • successful completion of EMT-Paramedic entry exam. The entry exam will be held during the first two weeks of February. The student must pre-register for the entry exam with Asst. Chief Richard Koch (CCDES, 410-392-2024) prior to January 31 to be eligible to take the exam.  The student will be required to pay a testing fee of $20 payable to Cecil College prior to sitting for the exam. The exam will be available during normal business hours in the Cecil College testing center,
  • completion of Cecil College assessments in mathematics, writing and reading,
  • verification of current Maryland EMT – Basic certification or equivalent,
  • verification of affiliation with a volunteer Maryland Advanced Life Support Company.

In accordance with the policies of many health care agencies and clinical facilities, Cecil College’s paramedic program requires all paramedic students to submit to criminal background checks and drug screens. This background check and drug screen process will be completed prior to the start of the paramedic program in the fall semester and may be repeated during paramedic program progress as deemed necessary. All students must be successfully cleared via a background check and drug screen to be admitted to the clinical facilities. If a student is not successfully cleared, he or she may not enter a clinical setting and therefore will be unable to meet the paramedic program requirements.

In addition, students who wish to continue their education and work towards an Associate of Applied Science degree and who have current, unencumbered paramedic certification may be able to receive credits for the EMT courses through credential assessment.

Practical Nursing Certificate Program
The Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Cecil College has limited enrollment and requires specific criteria to be considered for admission:

  1. A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 at Cecil and in all applicable transferred coursework.
  2. Satisfactory completion of required developmental courses as determined by skills assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics. Skills assessment in mathematics must reflect placement beyond MAT093 (Intermediate Algebra), or the student must complete MAT093 with a grade of “C” or better.
  3. Satisfactory completion of EGL101 (Freshman Composition) with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. Satisfactory completion of BIO208/218 (Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab) with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college/university within four years of entrance into the LPN Program. Students should take BIO101/111 prior to BIO208/218 if they have not completed a college-level science course within the past three years.

Note: Entrance into the program is competitive. If the application is incomplete and/or eligibility criteria are not met, the application cannot be processed. BIO209/219 (Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab) are also LPN program requirements and must be completed with a “C” or better prior to the final LPN summer semester.

In accordance with the polices of many clinical facilities and the recommendations of National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the Maryland Board of Nursing, Cecil College’s nursing program requires all nursing students to submit to criminal background checks and drug screenings. This background check and screening will be completed prior to admission to the program and may be repeated during nursing program progression as deemed necessary. All students must be successfully cleared via a background check and drug screening to be admitted to the clinical facilities. If a student is not successfully cleared, he or she may not enter a clinical setting and therefore will be unable to meet the nursing program requirements.

Program applicants are advised that the Maryland Board of Nursing, as well as any other state board of nursing, may deny licensure to any individual it deems to be unsuitable for the practice of nursing. Examples include, but are not limited to, falsifying application information, habitual intoxication and/or narcotic addiction, convictions or nolo contendere pleas for felonies or crimes of moral turpitude, whether or not appeals or other proceedings are pending or in progress (Maryland’s Nurse Practice Act: January 2013).

LPN Program Selection Policies and Procedures

  1. All applicants for the LPN Program must first complete the general admissions application to Cecil College and visit the Admissions Office prior to meeting with the pre-nursing advisor in the Division of Student Services and Institutional Effectiveness, or before transferring courses from other institutions, or before formally applying for acceptance into the LPN program. Students may call the Information Center at 410-287-1000 to make an appointment with the pre-nursing advisor.
  2. Review of college transcripts may reveal that a prospective student has already fulfilled requirements for admission into the LPN Program. If not, the prospective student must take the relevant skills assessment in mathematics, reading and/or writing. The appropriate developmental and general education courses must be successfully completed before the student will be eligible for entry into the LPN Program. Official transcripts from other institutions should be sent directly to the Registrar in order for coursework to be evaluated, allowing four to six weeks for processing. High school transcripts/diplomas or proof of high school equivalency may also be requested.
  3. Deadline for applying for entrance into the LPN Program for the upcoming fall semester is in late March. Beginning the second week in January, the student may go to MyCecil on the Nursing and Health Professions page and download a copy of the Nursing Program Admissions packet. Included in this packet is information detailing the Nursing Program application process as well as the application deadlines. The student may also contact the Cecil College Admissions Office or the Nursing and Health Professions Office at  410-287-1008 with any questions.
  4. All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a Nursing Program applicant information session. Information sessions will be held in late fall and early winter with specific dates and times to be advertised.
  5. Prospective LPN students should submit completed application packets to the Nursing Program department office. All application information must be submitted to the Nursing Program department office. No partial applications will be accepted or reviewed for admission.
  6. The main criteria for acceptance into the LPN Program are student readiness, cumulative grade point average(s) and successful completion of appropriate coursework. When the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number that the College can accept, priority is given to Cecil County residents.
  7. Applications are reviewed in April/May by the department of Nursing and Health Professions, and applicants are notified in early June of their acceptance status.
  8. The LPN Program is a one-year certificate program that commences in the fall semester, continues through the spring semester, and concludes in the latter part of July during the summer session.

LPN to ADN (Associate Degree Nursing) Admissions
The LPN to RN sequence is an option for advanced placement in the associate degree Nursing Program for licensed practical nurses who meet specified criteria. Admission to the LPN to ADN program is competitive and based on space available. Interested students are encouraged to call the College Information Center at 410-287-1000 to make an appointment with the pre-nursing advisor.

Admission requirements:

  1. Meet all admission requirements for the associate degree Nursing Program.
  2. Complete pre-requisite course requirements prior to the semester requesting admission, earning a grade of “C” or better. Note: successful completion of BIO209/219 and BIO200/210 is required before entering NUR201/211.
  3. Successfully complete LPN Transition coursework. The Licensed Practical Nurse must be officially registered and enrolled at Cecil College and have successfully completed the transition course(s) before college credits associated with the transfer will be awarded. The total number of credits awarded through articulation may not exceed the total number of credits earned by the first year associate degree nursing students.
  4. Provide verification of unencumbered and current Maryland Practical Nurse licensure (a fee may be assessed by the institution).

Associate of Science in Nursing
The Registered Nurse (RN) Program at Cecil College has limited enrollment and requires specific criteria to be considered for admission:

  1. A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 at Cecil and in all applicable transferred coursework.
  2. Satisfactory completion of required developmental courses as determined by skills assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics. Skills assessment in mathematics must reflect placement beyond MAT093 (Intermediate Algebra), or the student must complete MAT093 with a grade of “C” or better.
  3. Satisfactory completion of EGL101 (Freshman Composition) with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. Satisfactory completion of BIO208/218 (Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab) with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college/university within four years of entrance into the RN Program. Students should take BIO101/111 prior to BIO208/218 if they have not completed a college-level science course within the past three years.

Note: Entrance into the program is competitive. If the application is incomplete and/or eligibility criteria are not met, the application cannot be processed. BIO209/219 (Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab) and BIO200/210 (Microbiology and Lab) are RN Program requirements that must be completed with a “C” or better prior to the third semester of the RN Program.

In accordance with the polices of many clinical facilities and the recommendations of National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the Maryland Board of Nursing, Cecil College’s nursing program requires all nursing students to submit to criminal background checks and drug screenings. This background check and screening will be completed prior to admission to the program and may be repeated during nursing program progression as deemed necessary. All students must be successfully cleared via a background check and drug screening to be admitted to the clinical facilities. If a student is not successfully cleared, he or she may not enter a clinical setting and therefore will be unable to meet the nursing program requirements.

Program applicants are advised that the Maryland Board of Nursing, as well as any other state board of nursing, may deny licensure to any individual it deems to be unsuitable for the practice of nursing. Examples include, but are not limited to, falsifying application information, habitual intoxication and/or narcotic addiction, convictions or nolo contendere pleas for felonies or crimes of moral turpitude, whether or not appeals or other proceedings are pending or in progress (Maryland’s Nurse Practice Act: January 2013).

RN Program Selection Policies and Procedures

  1. All applicants for the RN Program must first complete the general admissions application to Cecil College and visit the Admissions Office prior to meeting with the pre-nursing advisor in the Division of Student Services and Institutional Effectiveness, or before transferring courses from other institutions, or before formally applying for acceptance into the RN program. Students may call the Information Center at 410-287-1000 to make an appointment with the pre-nursing advisor.
  2. Review of college transcripts may reveal that a prospective student has already fulfilled requirements for admission into the RN Program. If not, the prospective student must take the relevant skills assessment in mathematics, reading and/or writing. The appropriate developmental and general education courses must be successfully completed before the student will be eligible for entry into the RN Program. Official transcripts from other institutions should be sent directly to the Registrar in order for coursework to be evaluated, allowing four to six weeks for processing. High school transcripts/diplomas or proof of high school equivalency may also be requested.
  3. Deadline for applying for entrance into the RN Program for the upcoming fall semester is late March. Beginning the second week in January, the student may go to the Nursing and Health Professions page and download a copy of the Nursing Program Admissions packet. Included in this packet is information detailing the Nursing Program application process and application deadlines. The student may also contact the Cecil College Admissions Office or the Nursing and Health Professions Office at 410-287-1008 with any questions.
  4. All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a Nursing Program applicant information session. Information sessions will be held in late fall and early winter with specific dates and times to be advertised.
  5. Prospective RN students should submit completed application packets to the Nursing Program department office. All application information must be submitted to the Nursing Program department office. No partial applications will be accepted or reviewed for admission.
  6. The main criteria for acceptance into the RN Program are student readiness, cumulative grade point average(s) and successful completion of appropriate coursework. When the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number that the College can accept, priority is given to Cecil County residents.
  7. Applications are reviewed in April/May by the department of Nursing and Health Professions, and applicants are notified in early June of their acceptance status.
  8. The RN Program is a two-year associate degree program that commences in the fall semester of the first year and concludes in May of the second year.

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Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Cecil College has limited enrollment and requires specific criteria to be considered for admission:

  1. A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 at Cecil and in all applicable transferred coursework.
  2. Satisfactory completion of required developmental courses as determined by skills assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics. Skills assessment in mathematics must reflect placement beyond MAT093 (Intermediate Algebra), or the student must complete MAT093 with a grade of “C” or better.
  3. Satisfactory completion of EGL101 (Freshman Composition) with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. Satisfactory completion of BIO208/218 (Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab) with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college/university within four years of entrance into the PTA Program. At Cecil, BIO101/111 (General Biology and Lab) are co-requisite to BIO208/218.

Note: Entrance into the program is competitive. If the application is incomplete and/or eligibility criteria are not met, the application cannot be processed. BIO209/219 (Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab) is a PTA Program requirement that must be completed with a “C” or better prior to the third semester of the PTA Program.

In accordance with the polices of many clinical facilities and the recommendations of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Examiners and the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, Cecil College’s PTA program requires all PTA students to submit to criminal background checks and drug screenings. This background check and screening will be completed prior to admission to the PTA program and may be repeated during the program progression, as deemed necessary. All students must be successfully cleared via a background check and drug screening to be admitted to the clinical facilities. If a student is not successfully cleared, he or she may not enter a clinical setting and therefore will be unable to meet the PTA program requirements.

PTA Program Selection Policies and Procedures

  1. All applicants for the PTA Program must first complete the general admissions application to Cecil College and visit the Admissions Office prior to meeting with a health professions advisor in the Division of Student Services and Institutional Effectiveness, or before transferring courses from other institutions, or before formally applying for acceptance into the PTA program. Students may call the Information Center at 410-287-1000 to make an appointment with a health professions advisor.
  2. Review of college transcripts may reveal that a prospective student has already fulfilled requirements for admission into the PTA Program. If not, the prospective student must take the relevant skills assessment in mathematics, reading and/or writing. The appropriate developmental and general education courses must be successfully completed before the student will be eligible for entry into the PTA Program. Official transcripts from other institutions should be sent directly to the Registrar in order for coursework to be evaluated, allowing four to six weeks for processing. High school transcripts/diplomas or proof of high school equivalency may also be requested.
  3. Deadline for applying for entrance into the PTA Program for the upcoming spring semester is September 30, 2014. Beginning the third week in August, the student may go to the Nursing and Health Professions page on www.my.cecil.edu and download a copy of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Admissions packet. Included in this packet is information detailing the Physical Therapist Assistant Program application process and application deadlines. The student may also contact the Cecil College Admissions Office or the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Office at 443-674-1557.
  4. All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a PTA Program applicant information session. Information sessions will be held in late summer and early fall with specific dates and times to be advertised. Students should take BIO101/111 prior to BIO208/218 if they have not completed a college-level science course within the past three years.
  5. Prospective PTA students should submit completed application packets to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program office. No partial applications will be accepted or reviewed for admission.
  6. The main criteria for acceptance into the PTA Program are student readiness, cumulative grade point average(s) and successful completion of appropriate coursework. When the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number that the College can accept, priority is given to Cecil County residents and applicants with thirty or more documented volunteer service hours in a physical therapy setting.
  7. Applications are reviewed in October/November by the PTA department, and applicants are notified in early November of their acceptance status.
  8. The PTA Program is a two-year, five semester Associate of Applied Science degree program that commences in the spring semester.

Admission of International Students/Non-U.S. Citizens

Cecil College is committed to the collective and individual educational needs of its community, including individuals who have been granted permanent residence or similar status by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). These students include permanent immigrants to the United States and citizens of other countries who are temporarily visiting, working, or studying in Cecil County.

The College recognizes the value of enrolling non-resident international students who could also benefit from the educational offerings of the institution. Non-U.S. citizens wishing to study in the U.S., as well as non-residents will be called international students, with differences in admissions procedures noted below. All international students must submit their Admissions Application and proof of visa status to the Director of Records and Registration.

In all cases, the College requires students whose native language is not English to be tested for English language ability.

For students whose ability in English is not yet sufficient to succeed in college credit courses, the College provides a preparatory program in English as a Second Language (ESL) through the non-credit division.

Permanent Resident Status
A student with an Alien Registration Receipt Card who has been given permanent residence in the United States as an immigrant, refugee, or alien may enroll at the College for full- or part-time study. Tuition costs are determined by location of residence. Verification of permanent residence status is required at the time of application to the College. Any student without appropriate identification as a permanent resident is required to pay out-of-state tuition rates.

To apply to the College with permanent residence status, a student must submit:

  • an application for admission signed by the student;
  • SAT or ACT scores if available (the College’s skills assessments may be required for enrollment in certain courses);
  • Transcripts from secondary and postsecondary schools attended (translated into English); and
  • Proof of permanent resident status: temporary evidence or actual Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-551or I151).

Dream Act Status
The Maryland Dream Act (Maryland Senate Bill 167) allows certain high school graduates who are undocumented immigrants to enroll and qualify for the lowest tuition rate. Verification of status is required at the time of application to the College.

To apply to the College with Dream Act status, a student must have:

  • attended a Maryland high school for at least three years, starting no earlier than the 2005-2006 school year;
  • graduated from a Maryland high school or received a GED, no earlier than the 2007-2008 school year;
  • registered at a Maryland community college within four years of high school graduation or receiving a GED;
  • filed Maryland income tax returns (the student or parent / legal guardian);
  • applied to become a permanent resident within 30 days of eligibility to do so; and
  • registered with the Selective Service (males 18 and older).

Admission of International Students with a Student Visa (F-1)
Non-immigrant international students who apply to Cecil College must meet special admission requirements.

Students who apply to come to the United States for the purpose of studying at Cecil College may be issued an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility form by the College after the following documents have been reviewed and approved:

  • an application for admission signed by the student;
  • evidence of proficiency in English based on one of the following: (1) an official TOEFL score; (2) documentation of satisfactory completion of an intensive curriculum of English instruction, such as the College’s ESL program;
  • English translations of official secondary school, college, or university transcripts; and
  • Certification of Finances form, official bank statements (translated to English currency) and statement of support of the international student and the sponsor. The documentation should also indicate how the student will be supported for the remaining years in the program.

After arriving at Cecil College, students must take the College’s writing, reading and mathematics assessments and meet with the Director of Advising before registering for courses. Final placement into courses is determined by performance on the skills assessments.

Application for a Student Visa
The College issues an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility form to students who qualify for admission. Students present this form with other documentation to a U.S. Consular Office in the country where they are applying for a student (F-1) visa. The USCIS makes the final decision on admission into the United States and permitted length of stay.

F-1 Transfer Students
Students with an F-1 visa seeking to transfer to Cecil College from another U.S. institution must submit the following documents and meet the following criteria:

  • release from the previous institution’s SEVIS;
  • an application of admission to Cecil College signed by the student;
  • official transcripts from secondary and postsecondary schools attended (translated into English);
  • evidence of proficiency in English based on one of the following: (1) an official TOEFL score report; or (2) documentation of satisfactory completion of an intensive curriculum of English instruction such as the College’s ESL program; or (3) eligibility determined by the College’s English assessment test; and
  • Certification of Finances form, official bank statements (translated to English currency) and statement of support of the international student and the sponsor. The documentation should also indicate how the student will be supported for the remaining years in the program.

International Student Application Deadlines
To meet federal requirements and allow adequate processing of applications for international students with F-1 visas, students must submit appropriate documents by the following dates:

New Students  
Fall enrollment July 1
Spring enrollment November 15
Summer enrollment April 1
Transfer Students  
Fall enrollment July 15
Spring enrollment December 1
Summer enrollment May 1

Students with Other Types of Visas
Prospective students with a temporary visa status such as J or B (visitors, business, exchange, etc.) should contact the Director of Records and Registration to have their applications approved before registering for classes. Nonimmigrant students other than F-1 students may take Cecil courses as long as the semester or term begins and ends within the duration of stay indicated on the I-94 in their passport. They will pay out-of-state tuition rates. Refunds will not be issued after the term’s scheduled drop/refund dates.

Additional Information Non-immigrant students are subject to out-of-state tuition rates. Students with an F-1 visa must enroll for a full-time course of study, which is a minimum of 12 credits each term or semester. Questions regarding the most current regulations for admission of international students should be directed to the Director of Records and Registration at 410-287-1000.

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Transferring to Cecil College

For students to be admitted with transfer credit at Cecil College, the sending institution must be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency of the United States Department of Education. The College will award credits for prior learning through methods reviewed and approved by the American Council on Education. Applicants desiring to transfer from another college to Cecil College must follow the standard admission procedures and submit official transcripts of all previous college records.

Veterans may receive transfer credits for military training experiences. Veterans should submit a copy of the American Council on Educators (ACE) evaluation and recommendations for military occupational specialties.

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Registration

Registration refers to the process of enrolling in courses. Students may take advantage of mail-in, fax-in, on-site, or online registration at www.my.cecil.edu as outlined in the Credit Course Schedule.

All new students are required to register with an academic advisor for their first semester of enrollment. Students are encouraged to arrange for advising/registration appointments; however, a walk-in advisor is always available to see students.

Early registration is recommended to decrease the chances of exclusion from filled classes and to afford students the maximum benefit from academic advising. Payment is required at the time of registration.

The Advising/Registration Center is located within the Division of Student Services and Institutional Effectiveness and is an accessible outlet for College information and support services.

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Add, Drop, Withdraw and Audit

Add a Course
Students may add a course(s) during the first week of the 15-week fall and spring semesters. Students may add a course that is offered in an alternative learning format up to the first day of the class unless they have written permission of the instructor. Students must submit an Add Form to the Registration Office or go to MyCecil to add the course.

Drop a Course
Students may drop a course, which means that all entries for the course are dropped completely from students’ transcripts. Students must submit a Drop Form to the Registration Office or go to MyCecil prior to the published date in the Credit Course Schedule. Students will receive a refund of tuition and course fees for courses that are dropped by the deadline date. It is important for students to remember that all courses in which they are enrolled after the drop date will be entered permanently into their academic record.

Withdrawal from a Course
After the final drop date, and through the withdrawal date published in the Credit Course Schedule, students may withdraw from a course. An entry of “W,” signifying withdrawal, is entered into their record. Withdrawals are not calculated into students’ grade point averages. To withdraw, students must file a Withdrawal Form at the Registration Office. Refunds are not granted for withdrawals.

Audit a Course
Students who wish to be under no obligation for regular attendance, preparation, recitation, or examination, and who do not wish to receive any credit, may register for a course as auditors. Students may change their enrollment status from credit to audit through the withdrawal dates published in the Credit Course Schedule. Students may change from audit status to letter grade status through the add period only.

Since no credits are attempted or earned and no quality points are given, the course will not be included in the calculation of the grade point average. Audited courses are not eligible for calculation toward students’ full-time or part-time enrollment status or toward financial aid. A grade of “K” will be entered on the academic transcript. Students will not receive academic credit for a course taken as an auditor. Regular tuition and fees apply to audited courses.

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