Admissions

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Admissions Requirements

The catalog is not a contract between Pensacola Christian College and its students. It is the student’s responsibility to be fully acquainted with all academic requirements of the respective programs. Students may confer with deans, department chairs, and advisors regarding these requirements, but it is the student’s responsibility to fulfill them before a degree is granted.

Applicants for admission to PCC must have earned a high school diploma or must have passed the Tests of General Educational Development (GED). High school juniors may want to consider the Dual Enrollment program. Applicants are required to submit scores from either the ACT® or the SAT®. A principal or guidance counselor should be able to help with this requirement.

Applicants who cannot take the ACT or the SAT before enrollment may receive permission from the Director of Admissions to enroll for one semester provided all other requirements are met. The ACT will be given following fall and spring registration.

Academic Entrance Requirements

A satisfactory academic background includes a high school GPA of 2.00 or GED and an ACT composite score of 18 or SAT composite score of 800 (critical reading and math). An applicant who falls below either of these standards may be admitted as a provisional student with a status of Academic Watch and be required to meet weekly with an academic advisor to help develop an ability to benefit from instruction at PCC.

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Homeschool Graduates

Pensacola Christian College recognizes that some applicants have nontraditional secondary education backgrounds and invites such students to apply. Students who graduate from a homeschool or a nontraditional high school program must submit a transcript of completed coursework to the Director of Admissions. Such applicants for admission will be considered on an individual basis.

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When to Apply

You may apply to Pensacola Christian College anytime during the junior or senior year of high school or thereafter. Pensacola Christian College follows a “rolling admissions” policy, meaning we accept qualified candidates as they apply until all available spaces are filled. It is advisable to apply early even though there is no application deadline.

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First-Time Students

  1. Completely fill out an Undergraduate Application for Admission form at the back of the Catalog, download the Application PDF (2014–2015), complete our online application, or write the Director of Admissions, Pensacola Christian College, P.O. Box 18000, Pensacola, FL 32523-9160, U.S.A.
  2. Attach a recent photograph.
  3. Enclose the Application Fee.
  4. Submit three reference forms (academic and two general), available in the back of the catalog, or you can download the General Recommendation and the Academic Recommendation PDFs.
  5. Request your high school to send a copy of your transcript to the Director of Admissions. If you have not yet graduated, request the high school to send a transcript of your coursework completed up until the current semester. If you passed the Tests of General Educational Development (GED), have a copy of the Official Report of Test Results sent directly from the GED test center to the Director of Admissions.
  6. Have your ACT or SAT scores sent to the Director of Admissions as soon as possible. This is done automatically if you specify our college ACT number 0707 or our SAT number 5970 when you register for these tests.
  7. Complete the Medical Screening and Immunization History form which will be sent to you.
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New International Students

Complete the requirements under First-Time Student Checklist.

If you graduated in a non-English-speaking country, you are responsible to provide a certified translation of transcripts. This certification must be made by (1) a commercial certifying organization or (2) an individual with appropriate credentials in the country where you attended school. If you graduated from a homeschool or non-traditional secondary education program, see the section for Homeschool Graduates above.

International students should allow a minimum of six months to complete application procedures. PCC is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. The regular application form should be completed and returned with the Application Fee and Reservation Fee to the Director of Admissions. The application cannot be processed until these fees are received; all payments must be in U.S. currency. International students’ accounts will be charged any handling fees assessed by a foreign bank (e.g., transfer funds, etc.). It is required by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement regulations that international students submit to the College all application forms, academic records, test scores, and proof of financial responsibility before the Immigration Form I-20 can be sent. In addition, the College requires international students to submit one semester’s tuition, room and board, fees, and one-way transportation charges from the College to the student’s home before final acceptance can be granted and the Immigration Form I-20 will be sent. Each semester must be paid in advance.

Prospective students should also take either the ACT or the SAT. Non-English-speaking students are also required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Have your TOEFL test scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the Director of Admissions as soon as possible. This is done automatically if you specify our college TOEFL number 5970 when you register for this test.

The expected minimum TOEFL score is as follows:

  • 500 paper-based
  • 173 computer-based
  • 61 Internet-based

The applicant whose TOEFL composite score is below the standard may be admitted as a provisional student under Academic Watch and be required to meet weekly with an academic advisor.

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Transfer Students

  1. Follow all steps under First-Time Student Checklist.
  2. Request each institution of higher education you have previously attended to send a complete transcript directly to Admissions Office, P.O. Box 18000, Pensacola, FL 32523-9160, U.S.A.
  3. Upon receipt of the above information, the Records Office will notify you in writing of your standing and will send you more information.
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Transfer of Credit

It is the policy of the College to consider for transfer, credits earned at an approved or accredited college or university. Courses acceptable for transfer must be similar in content to those replaced in the chosen major at Pensacola Christian College. Courses which are not similar may be transferred as general electives, providing they meet all the college transfer-of-credit policies. Nursing and education courses will not be transferred toward a nursing or education program but may be transferred as general electives, providing they meet the college transfer-of-credit policies.

Only those credits which carry a grade of at least “C” or its equivalent may be transferred.

Pensacola Christian College does not count grade points earned at other colleges and universities toward the minimum final grade point average of 2.00 required for graduation. If a student transfers a number of hours in his major, he still must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in that field as prescribed by the Registrar.

Transfer students in any classification may apply for admission, though rarely is a student able to transfer and complete degree requirements in one year.

Students who transfer credits from non-English-speaking countries are responsible to provide a certified translation of transcripts and course descriptions. This certification may be made by (1) a commercial certifying organization or (2) an individual with appropriate credentials in the country where the student attended college. A copy of the transcript in the native language must accompany the certified translation.

Pensacola Christian College reserves the right to withhold recognition of credits received at any college or university that does not in the opinion of the Administration meet reasonable academic standards.

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Experience Credit

Pensacola Christian College does not grant credit for work or life experience with the exception of physical education credit that may be granted for active military service.

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Bible College Transfers

Credits from a Bible college are accepted on the same basis as credits earned from any other college or university. Credits from a Bible school or Bible institute which does not have recognized collegiate standing are accepted at PCC only after individual evaluation and/or validation under the direction of the Academic Committee of the College.

It is the practice of Pensacola Christian College and other colleges and universities to accept or reject credits based on their own institutional criteria regardless of whether or not that particular school transferring credit is accredited.

Pensacola Christian College reserves the right to withhold recognition of credits received at any Bible college, Bible school, or Bible institute that does not in the opinion of the Administration meet reasonable academic standards.

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Academy Boarding

PCC accepts students in grades 11–12 who wish to attend Pensacola Christian Academy as residence hall boarding students. These students live and eat with the college students and enjoy the best of two worlds: that of being an Academy student and enjoying many of the privileges of college life at the same time.

It should be noted, however, that Academy boarding students attend school approximately seven weeks more during the school year than do college students, and their charges for room and board reflect this fact. Academy residence hall students are required to attend Bible Conference. Twelfth graders are also required to participate in the senior trip. The fee for the senior trip is due at the beginning of second semester, and the student should check with the Business Office for the cost. For further information, please write to Pensacola Christian College, P.O. Box 18000, Pensacola, FL 32523-9160, U.S.A.

Dual Enrollment

High school seniors may enroll in the College full time to satisfy high school graduation requirements and earn college credit toward a PCC baccalaureate degree. Because of the special nature of the Dual Enrollment program, applicants must satisfy the following:

  1. Have at least 18 high school credits
  2. High school GPA of at least 3.00
  3. One of the following minimum scores:

    21 ACT Composite,
    980 SAT Verbal/Math,
    1,500 SAT Total

  4. Submit all necessary applications, forms, and transcripts by July 1.

Click here for additional Dual Enrollment information or contact the Office of Admissions.

Early Admission

Seniors who are only a course or two short of graduating may enroll in the College and Pensacola Christian Academy simultaneously. Upon successfully completing their remaining high school credits, their college work will also be validated.

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CLEP, PEP, and AP Credit

Some students may be interested in taking College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Proficiency Examination Program (PEP), or Advanced Placement Program (AP) examinations to avoid taking courses in subjects in which they already have adequate knowledge. Students interested in receiving credit at Pensacola Christian College for CLEP, PEP, or AP examinations taken elsewhere should contact the Registrar regarding procedures and tuition charges.

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Credit for Military Service

One hour of physical education credit will be granted for each year of active military service up to two years. Discharge papers or the equivalent are required as evidence of eligibility and must be presented to the Records Office before the end of the student’s first semester. Physical education majors or minors must take actual courses to complete their PE requirements.

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Special Admissions

Recognizing that not all students have educational backgrounds which fit the Application for Admission form, the College will consider on an individual basis applications for enrollment from students with nontraditional educational backgrounds.

In certain cases, a student who has not completed his secondary education may enroll and take individual courses. Such college credit would be validated upon completing work for a high school diploma or passing Tests of General Educational Development (GED).

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Student Standing

Regular Students: Students who satisfy entrance requirements and are informed of regular standing by the Director of Admissions are considered regular students. Students may be enrolled part-time or full-time but must work toward a degree.

Provisional Students: The Administration will inform students in writing of the cause of their provisional standing. Applicants who do not completely satisfy academic entrance requirements and are informed by the College Administration may be placed on Academic Watch and be required to meet weekly with an academic advisor. Students placed on provisional standing for disciplinary reasons may not hold any elected office, and participation in extracurricular activities is restricted.

Postgraduate Special and Non-degree Students: Students who already have a baccalaureate degree and desire additional undergraduate work may be classified as postgraduate special students.

Undergraduate students not working toward a degree will be classified according to number of credits and may enroll as nondegree students. Students classified as nondegree pay a $40 Academic Program Fee per semester or $10 per payment. Click here for explanation of fee.

Part-Time Students: Students enrolled for fewer than 12 credit hours per semester are part-time students.

Full-Time Students: Students enrolled for 12 credit hours or more per semester are full-time students. Residence hall students must be classified as full-time students.

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PCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, or national origin.