May 23, 2024  

Admission and Pre-Enrollment

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Admission Policy and Procedures

Delta College is open to all individuals included in any one of the categories listed below. Admission to Delta College does not ensure enrollment in all courses or program areas. Many courses have prerequisites, some programs have additional admission requirements. Academic programs of study that require specific prerequisites or eligibility requirements are outlined in Transfer, Validation, and Program Overview .

Regular Admission

  • graduate of an accredited high school
  • non high school graduate whose high school class has graduated
  • home school graduate at least 17 years old
  • person with an official General Education Development (GED) credential (certificate/diploma)
  • person from another country entering the U.S. for college educational purposes under an authorized student visa approved by Delta College

Conditional "Special" Admission

  • guest student from another college/university (must reapply each semester)
  • home school graduate under age 17
  • student currently enrolled in secondary level accredited school or home school (must reapply once per academic year (Fall and Winter semesters) and have approved courses)

A committee consisting of the Dean of Teaching and Learning, Dean of Enrollment Management and the Director of Admissions may make exceptions to this policy based upon the individual having the ability to benefit from the College's educational programs.

Admission Dates

Although admission applications are accepted and processed continuously, we encourage you to submit your application preferably 6-8 months, but at least 30 days, prior to your enrollment period. If you plan to request financial aid, it is essential for you to apply for admission and for financial aid 8 to 10 weeks prior to registration.

Our traditional starting dates are:

  • Fall Semester (late August/Early September)
  • Winter Semester (early January)
  • Spring Session (early May)
  • Summer Session (early July)

Admission Procedures

You will be admitted at Delta College as:

Regular Admission

  1. First Time In College: If you have not previously attended any college or university prior to enrolling at Delta College.  This is your status even if you have taken courses at Delta as a dual enrolled student.
  2. Transfer: If you have attended another college or university prior to enrolling at Delta College.
  3. Reactivation: If you have not registered for classes at Delta College for two, or more, academic years you will need to reapply to the college.

 Conditional Admission

  1. Guest: If you are enrolled at another college or university and desire concurrent admission.
  2. Dual Enrollment/Fast Track: If you are enrolled in grades 9-12 and are given permission by your high school counselor and/or principal.
  3. Special Enrollment (Home School/Junior High/Other): If you are “academically qualified.”  This status provides a parallel route for you to enhance your present curriculum, enrich your academic experience, and earn college credit while doing so.

Delta College complies with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX of the education amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)/ADAAA(2008) and the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act.

Section 504/ADAAA/Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act contacts:

Apply online or submit a paper application to the Admissions Office. Please review the following admission categories and follow the procedures outlined.

  1. High School Seniors: If you plan to enroll the summer or fall after your June graduation, you need to complete an Admission Application. Ask your high school to send your current transcript to the Admissions Office. Be sure to request that a final transcript be sent upon your graduation. Also submit any test scores for placement like the ACT and/or SAT.
  2. New Students/Adults out of High School/Transfer: Complete an Admissions Application. You need to request that a copy of your official transcript from each previously attended high school, education center, and/or college/university to be sent directly to the Admissions office. Any transcript handled by the student will be considered nonofficial.

    A photocopy of your driver’s license or Michigan Secretary of State ID card must be submitted with the application to complete the package for residency verification.
  3. Guest Students: If you are attending another Michigan college and wish to take Delta courses on a Guest status, you must complete Part I of the Michigan Uniform Undergraduate Guest Application(available at your current institution, Delta College Admissions or online at Ask the Registrar at your college to complete Part II and to forward it to Delta’s Admissions Office. Be sure to check with your current institution to determine if your Delta courses will directly satisfy requirements. Upon the completion of your Delta courses you will need to request an “official” academic transcript be sent to your home institution.
  4. Dual Enrolled/Fast Track Students: If you plan to enroll in Delta courses and in high school courses during the same semester, you need to submit an Admissions Application, as a dual student, then submit the Dual Enrollment Approval and Tuition Authorization Form for each academic year in which you intend to enroll. This form is available at your high school, and needs to be signed by your parent and high school counselor or principal. Request that your high school send a current copy of your transcript to the Admissions Office.
  5. Special Enrollment Students: If you are at least 14 years old and attend junior high or high school or are home schooled you may be admitted for one semester at a time under Special Enrollment. This program is provided to supplement your educational plans and to afford educational enrichment in courses and academic areas not available in the student’s school or home school setting. You will need to submit a Dual Enrollment Application, and the Dual Enrollment Approval and Tuition Authorization Form. The form will need to be signed by your parent and high school counselor or principal (only parent if home schooled). The parent or legal guardian is responsible for all fees, tuition, and transportation. You will need to have the ability to read and write at the college level. An assessment exam will be administered to determine your eligibility after you apply.

    If you are younger than 14 and can demonstrate the academic and social skills appropriate for college-level coursework you may be admitted for one semester at a time under Special Enrollment. You will need to submit a completed Dual Enrollment Application at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the anticipated semester of enrollment. A letter of support from the school’s counselor or principal (or your parent only if you are home schooled) must accompany the application. You will be required to take a college determined assessment exam for proper course placement. A College committee will interview you (accompanied by a parent or guardian) to determine your eligibility for the course and will make a recommendation to the Director of Admissions, who will make the final decision.
  6. International Students: If you are not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident and you are requesting an I-20 form, you will need to complete the International Admissions Application.


If you are a new student in any category, or if you are a returning student who has attended another college or university since Delta, you need to request immediately that your official transcript be sent to:

  Delta College, Registrar’s Office
1961 Delta Road, University Center, MI 48710

Official transcripts include: college, university, GED, and adult education course work.

Evaluation of Transfer Credits From Other Institutions, Training Programs or Examination Programs

  1. Only official transcripts will be evaluated. Delta College will only accept incoming transcripts that have appropriate signatures and seals and have been sent directly to the College from an issuing institution. Transcripts in the possession of the student or copies of transcripts or grade reports may be used for academic advising or counseling, but no transfer credits will be posted to the Delta College academic transcript from these documents.
  2. Official transcripts should be submitted to the Delta College Registrar’s Office from the transfer institution. Transcripts received from a Michigan college or university at least one month prior to a registration period will generally be evaluated within two weeks of receipt. More time may be necessary to evaluate transcripts from out-of-state institutions.
  3. Credits only, not grades, are accepted in transfer. Grades earned at another school in courses accepted by Delta College are not entered on the permanent Delta academic transcript or calculated in the Delta College cumulative grade point average.
  4. A maximum of 38 credits acquired through transfer, training, or examination programs may be used toward registration priority.
  5. The credit value of each course accepted in transfer will be determined by Delta College; the number of credits will never be greater than the Delta College equivalent course, but the number granted may be fewer than the number of credits received at the transfer institution.
  6. Transfer credit granted will be shown on the student’s permanent academic transcript.

Acceptence of Transfer Credits from the Other Institutions

A. Regionally Accredited Institutions

Course work completed at a college or university accredited by one of the eight *Regional Accrediting Associations of Colleges and Schools (See below) will be considered according to the following guidelines:

  1. Equivalent Course Work
    Freshman and sophomore level courses are accepted in transfer. Higher level credits are accepted if they correspond to a specific course at Delta College. If Delta College does not have a department or area similar to the courses on the incoming transcripts, no credit will be awarded. Academic credit will not be granted for courses below the 100 level. A minimum of a “C” (2.0) grade on a 4.0 scale is required in each course for transfer.
  2. Non-Equivalent Course Work
    “General Elective” credit will be granted for courses completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or above on a 4.0 scale that are not equivalent to Delta College courses or disciplines. “General Elective” credit applicable to Humanities, Social Science, Science, or Lab Science will be so noted on the student’s Delta transcript. (A student must request that a counselor or academic advisor submit the necessary form to receive this credit).

*Regionally - Accredited Institutions:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of High Education (NEASC-CIHE)

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions (NEASC-CTCI)

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education (MSA/CHE)

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCA)

Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Colleges (NASC)

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS)

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC-Sr)

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC)

B. Non-Regionally - Accredited Institutions

Courses that apply toward a Delta occupational Certificate/Associate degree program will be considered according to the following if they were completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or above at institutions recognized and approved by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA):

  1. Transcripts will be forwarded for evaluation of the occupational courses to the appropriate Division Chair or Discipline Coordinator. The following options are available to the Division Chairs or discipline Coordinators:
    1. Equivalent Delta College credit may be granted upon review of course outlines, and/or course descriptions, and/or appropriate descriptive materials. It is the responsibility of the student to provide any requested materials to enable proper evaluation.
    2. Equivalent Delta College credit may be granted after successful completion of Delta College courses at the subsequent level.
    3. Equivalent Delta College credit may be granted upon demonstration of proficiency via examination, interview, or other appropriate evaluation means as determined by the appropriate Division Chair or Program Director.
    4. Credit may not be granted.
  2. No credit will be granted for General Education courses.

C. Foreign Institutions

Delta College evaluates foreign institution transcripts after they have been submitted to a foreign evaluating service which will then forward the official results of their evaluation to Delta College for credit evaluation. You may choose to have your transcripts evaluated by any evaluating service, (for example):

D. Non-Traditional Credit

  1. Military credit
    1. All veterans having a certified DD214 form or official Joint Services Transcript (JST) submitted to the Veteran Services Office will be granted credit for LW221 and two lifelong wellness theory (LWT) credits.
    2. Veterans who have taken educational programs during military service may, under certain conditions, receive elective credit for that work. The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services by the American Council of Education is used to determine these elective credits.
    3. Courses completed at accredited military colleges, such as The Community College of the Air Force, may result in the awarding of transfer credit.
  2. Certified Training
    Academic Credit can be granted for the following types of training programs and exams provided criteria for the award of credit is met.
    1. Certified Professional Secretary Exam
    2. Child Development Associate credential
    3. Current State of Michigan Cosmetology License
    4. Current State of Michigan EMT License
    5. Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council
    6. Current State of Michigan Paramedic License
    7. Skilled Trades Journeyman Card
    8. First Aid Card
    9. COMPTIA A+ Certification
  Proof of current credentialing must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation and posting of applicable credits or waivers.

E. Credit for Prior Learning

You may be granted academic credit for prior learning in many areas of study at Delta College. The Credit For Prior Learning Options are designed for students who have gained, through related work experience and/or training, learning that may be equivalent to the outcomes and objectives taught in actual Delta College courses.

Credit for Prior Learning is assessed by one or more of the following options:

  1. Credit By Exam (CBE): comprehensive course challenge examinations that are developed and evaluated by Delta College faculty. If you earn a passing grade on a CBE examination, the course credit(s) will be recorded on your academic transcript. There is a per credit hour attempted fee for all CBE examinations. A CBE may be taken only once per course. Retesting is not allowed. If you are interested in waiver credit, we recommend that you discuss that option with your academic counselor/advisor.
  2. Credit By Portfolio: an individualized process in which you comprehensively document how your work experience directly relates to the outcomes and objectives of a Delta College academic course. All portfolios are reviewed and evaluated by the faculty member(s) who teach that course. A typical portfolio application includes a current resume, personal manuscript, professional references, and supporting documentation. A non-refundable per credit hour attempted fee must be paid before your portfolio application is submitted to the appropriate Academic Division for consideration. If your portfolio application is approved, the earned course credit(s) will be recorded on your academic transcript.
  3. Credit By Training: an individualized process in which you earn academic credit for Delta College Training Programs. If you believe that you qualify for this option, contact Assessment/Testing Services.
  4. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES): national standardized tests in selected academic areas. Students can earn credit for CLEP and/or DANTES examinations that have been approved by the Academic division(s) as equivalent to specific Delta College courses. The application forms, course equivalents, and minimum passing scores for the examinations accepted by Delta College for academic credit are available from Assessment/ Testing Services. There is an examination fee and a non-refundable administration/service fee charged for each examination. You must request that CLEP or DANTES send an official transcript of your examination score(s) to Delta College Admissions Office. Upon receipt of successful examination scores, Delta College Registrar’s Office will record the appropriate credit on your academic transcript.

If you are interested in any of these Credit for Prior Learning Options, please be aware that the following restrictions may apply:

  • Credit for Prior Learning is not available in all areas of study.
  • Credit for Prior Learning credits may not be transferrable to other institutions.
  • Financial Aid cannot be used for Credit for Prior Learning fees.
  • You may only apply for credit one time per course.

For additional information, visit or call (989) 686-9338.

All documents submitted to the Registrar’s Office become the property of Delta College. Submitted documents may be reviewed, but cannot be re-released by Delta College to either the student or another party without the express written permission of the entity who maintains the original record. Such documents include official transcripts requested by a student from another institution they have attended prior to enrolling at Delta College.

F. Articulation Agreements with High Schools and Career Centers

Articulation is a process which links two educational institutions together to help students make a smooth transition from one level of education to the next without experiencing delay, duplication of courses, and loss of semester credits. Delta College is part of a statewide effort to implement the Competency - Based Education Articulation of career education programs.The secondary articulation agreements allow students to receive college credit for instruction received at the secondary school/center for specific occupational courses.

Credits articulated will become part of the total number of credits for program completion solely at Delta College. These agreements are signed contracts between the faculty and administrators of both institutions, and are re-evaluated annually. The instructors at the secondary level initiate the process by completing a student articulation application and submitting it to the Articulation Office at Delta College. To maximize counseling services, once a student has been accepted to Delta as an academic student, and has declared a specific course of study other than dual-enrolled, undecided or general studies, the articulated credit(s) will be posted to the student’s transcript. No tuition or fees are charged for articulated credit.

The schools currently involved are:

Alma High School
Bay Arenac ISD Career Center
Bay City Central High School
Bay City Western High School
Bullock Creek High School
Chesaning High School
Clare Gladwin Regional Education Service District
Dow High School
Downriver Career Technical Consortium
Essexville Garber High School
Freeland High School
Gratiot Isabella Technical Education Center - Mt. Pleasant Campus
Hemlock High School
Heritage High School
Huron Area Technical Center
Iosco Regional Education Service Agency
John Glenn High School
Lapeer County Educational & Technology Center
Meridian Early College
Merrill High School
Midland High School
Montrose High School
Ogemaw Heights High School
Owosso High School
Pinconning Area High School
Saginaw Career Complex
Sanilac Career Center
Shiawassee Regional Education Service District
St. Louis High School
Swan Valley High School
Tuscola Technology Center

For Post-Secondary Articulation information, see Transfer and Career Education Articulations .

Further information may be obtained from the schools listed above, or from the Delta College Articulation Office, (989) 686-9070, from Midland(989) 495-4000, ext. 9070. More detailed information is published on the Articulation website under Transfer Agreements webpages at

After You Apply

After you apply you will receive a prompt response to your Admission Application. Applications submitted in person will be processed as soon as possible. Upon acceptance, you will be issued a student number, and further information about assessment, orientation, advisement, and/or registration procedures. After being accepted, most new and some returning students are required to participate in pre-enrollment procedures such as assessment, orientation, and advisement.


All new students to Delta are required to take part in orientation. During orientation, you will be provided information regarding your academic program, student planning,  and how to check your Delta email. After acceptance, students will receive information on how to complete orientation.

Exemptions from Assessment and Orientation will be given only for the following reasons:

  • You earned a minimum score of 20 on the English ACT subtest and a minimum of 19 on the Mathematics ACT subtest or a score of 480 Evidence Based Reading and Writing and 500 in Math on the SAT subtests. A copy of these scores must be given to the Admissions Office. (This exemption is for assessment only.)
  • You have earned an Associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college. An official final transcript or diploma must be sent to the Delta College Registrar’s Office.
  • You are a transfer student who has successfully completed English composition and math courses equivalent to Delta College courses ENG 111  or OAT 151 , and MTH 096  or higher (with a minimum 2.0 GPA). An official copy of your final college transcript must be sent to the Delta College Registrar’s Office.
  • You are a Guest student from another college. A completed official Guest Application Form is required from your current college or university per semester. (This exemption is for assessment only.)

Students who have the necessary documentation for exemption should contact the Delta College Admissions Office to request an exemption and provide the documentation.

Admissions Advising/Campus Tours

We invite you to call with any questions you may have and cordially invite you to make an appointment with an Admissions Advisor. We will discuss pre-enrollment procedures, the financial aid process, and general college information. The Admissions Office phone number is: (989) 686-9093.

International Student Admissions

Delta College welcomes applications for International Admissions and is authorized under federal law to admit and enroll non-immigrant alien students. In order to obtain a visa for entry into the United States on an F-1 Student visa status, you must present to the U.S. consulate abroad a valid passport, proof of sufficient finances, and a completed I-20 form. After the college has determined that you have met the following conditions, an I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility) is issued to admitted Delta students. Upon receipt of your I-20, if you do not currently hold an F-1 Visa, you are required to visit for more information about paying your I-901 fee prior to your counsulate appointment.

  1. Academic Requirements: You must be 18 years of age or older and have successfully completed a course of study equivalent to high school level. You are required to submit certified copies (in English) of your high school leaving certificate, national and international exams, and transcripts, which reflect courses and marks earned during the last three years of high school.
  2. Language Proficiency: You must demonstrate you are proficient in English to pursue your studies or you must make arrangements to enroll in an English Language Center prior to acceptance. English proficiency means that you speak, write, and read English fluently. Such fluency is necessary to ensure your enrollment, proper placement, and success in achieving your educational goals. You must furnish Delta College with proof of having achieved one of the following:
    • A minimum score of 500 on the paper based version of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 173 on the TOEFL CBT or 61 on the TOEFL IBT
    • At least 5.0 on the IELTS
    • A minimum score of 69 on the MELAB
    • Grade 2A from the STEP-EIKEN program
    • Completion of a recognized English as a Second Language program. An additional test and interview may be required to establish English proficiency before enrollment.
  3. Financial Verification: You are required to submit a completed affidavit of support and a current financial statement from a sponsor and his or her bank, which testifies to the sponsor’s willingness and ability to support you while you are at Delta. If your government or an organization does not sponsor you, you must submit a current bank statement, which testifies to the existence of enough funds for school and living expenses in your family’s account for attendance. All college tuition is due and must be paid in full at the time of registration. Loans, scholarships, financial aid, and deferred payments are not available to international students.
  4. Deadlines: All documents such as applications, recommendations, official transcripts, financial statements of support, Affidavits, Certificates of English Proficiency, and medical reports must be in the Admissions Office at least four months preceding the semester you desire to be admitted.
    Applying from home country
    Semester Application Deadline Semester Begins
    Fall May Last week of
    Winter September Second  week of
    Spring January Second week of


    Transferring from USA/Canada Colleges
    Semester Application Deadline Semester Begins
    Fall Mid July Last week of
    Winter Early December Second  week of
    Spring Early April Second week of
  5. Medical Insurance: After arrival and before registering for classes,you must purchase medical insurance with a repatriation clause. Failure to do so or cancellation of the policy will result in you not being able to register for future semesters at Delta and notification will be given to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services that you are not enrolled.
  6. Verification/Academic Advisor/ Orientation/Assessment: Upon arrival, you must verify visa status, provide a copy of the I-94 card from your passport, and provide a copy of the applicant information from the inside of the passport with the Admission’s Office. Orientation and Assessment will be scheduled after arrival and prior to class registration for answers to specific questions about enrollment, contact the international student Admissions Advisor by e-mail ( Important notes:
    • Applications for admission to Delta College will be mailed upon request. High school records submitted by friends or relatives on your behalf are not accepted. Official records must be mailed directly to Delta College from your secondary school, college, or the Ministry of Education in your country.
    • All documents must be original, certified copies and must be accompanied by an official English translation. The principal or registrar of each school or college attended must sign the transcripts. You must not leave your country, language center, or college before you receive official acceptance from Delta College.
    • Students on an F-1 visa must enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours per semester, per academic year) at Delta.
    • F-1 students must agree to enrollment stipulations as required by federal law. Therefore, F-1 students must indicate their acceptance of these stipulations by signing a contract as part of the admission process, and maintain compliance for each semester of enrollment. International Students (all visa classifications except F-1 Student Visa): International students range from permanent resident aliens to a visitor on any visa from an A visa to an R visa, including refugees and people with asylum status. Certain restrictions may apply depending on which status you may hold in the United States.
    • If you are a permanent resident alien (green-card holder) and wish to attend Delta you may register either as a part time or full time student. Admission procedures for a permanent resident alien is as follows:
      Submit a completed application with a copy of your (I-551) green card (front and back), and also include a copy of your driver’s license or State of Michigan identification.
    • If you possess refugee or political asylum status in the United States and wish to attend Delta you may register either as part time or full time. Admission procedures are as follows:
      Submit a completed application for admission with a copy of your passport (if applicable), appropriate documentation showing your status, and a driver’s license or state identification to show where you currently reside.
    • Admission requirements for all other visa holders:
      Submit a completed application for admission with a copy of your passport and the visa that you currently hold.

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