To be eligible for admission, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Provide proof of U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, or U.S. national status. A U.S. national is a person who was born in American Samoa or in Swains Island.
  • Provide a valid government-issued ID with photo.
  • Complete an interview with the Director of Admissions, or his designee.
  • Take and pass the admissions examination (TEAS). If an applicant does not achieve the minimum acceptable score of 35 on the first attempt, the following re-test requirements apply:
    1. Re-test within one week following first attempt.
    2. Wait a period of 21 – 30 days before a third attempt, if needed.
    3. Wait a minimum of 6 months before making a final re-take attempt.
  • Write an admissions essay.
  • Be able to speak, read, and write fluently in English (as determined during the admissions interview, the taking of the TEAS exam, and the written essay).
  • Provide a verifiable social security number (required for criminal background check and for applicants who intend to apply for financial aid).
  • Provide acceptable documentation of completion of high school or its recognized equivalent. Any one of the following is acceptable:
    1. High school diploma, GED or college degree;
    2. A high school transcript from a foreign institution that has been evaluated as equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma. The evaluating agency must be a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES); the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE); or, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
  • Take and pass a criminal background check.
  • Meet with a financial aid representative and prove ability to pay tuition or to qualify for financial aid.
  • Pay the required registration fee.
  • Pay the required tuition down-payment.
  • Submit all required admissions documentation.
  • Sign the Enrollment Agreement.
  • All newly-admitted students are required to attend an orientation session before they will be allowed to begin classes.