Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria

Students seeking to take courses, other than continuing education noncredit courses, must have one of the following:

  • Standard high school diploma from a regionally accredited high school. A high school diploma from a non-regionally accredited institution will be reviewed by the College to determine if the institution meets the Florida standard high school diploma criteria.*
  • Florida Home Education graduation, in accordance with sections 1003.43 and 1003.26, Florida Statutes.
  • Florida “Special Option” Graduation (W8A): Florida public high school students who have met all standard high school diploma requirements except the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) also will be granted admission; however, they may not be eligible to apply for Limited Access programs (that require high school graduation), to be eligible athletes, or to receive financial aid.
  • A state-issued General Educational Development (GED) diploma. Students with GEDs are afforded the same rights and privileges as students with standard high school diplomas.
  • Approval for Early Admission/High School Dual Enrollment.
  • Demonstrated competency in college credit postsecondary coursework, in accordance with section 1007.263, Florida Statutes. The College defines this competency as any student who has received a C or higher in the equivalent of Palm Beach State ENC1101 (College Composition) and MAT1033 (Intermediate Algebra or higher) or has received an associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.*

High school students are eligible to take Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE) noncredit courses. They are responsible for all fees for the course(s). CCE courses are not eligible for dual enrollment and earn no high school credit. Some courses may have age restrictions because of accreditation or other requirements.

Some Career Certificate Programs (CCP) and noncredit courses may not require high school graduation; however, students may not be enrolled in a high school program. Refer to the Degrees and Certificates section in this catalog.

In accordance with Florida statutes, no student will be admitted to Palm Beach State College for a period of two years following expulsion from a college or university for unlawful possession, sale or use of narcotic drugs or for campus disruption.

*A student or institution may appeal the policy. However, should the quality of the educational program of the institution attended appear unsatisfactory, the College Registrar has the authority to not accept all or any part of the previously earned diploma or credit.