Basis for Admission

Panola College reserves the right to refuse admission or readmission to any applicant who does not comply with admission procedures. Admission to Panola College does not guarantee admission to specific courses or programs of study. Prerequisites and co-requisites are required of some courses. Departmental admission is required prior to registration for some career/technical programs of study. The following statements outline the basis for admission to the College:

  1. High School Graduates
    Graduates from an accredited high school, an unaccredited high school, or a non-traditional secondary setting must present an official transcript with proper signatures showing the date of graduation or successful completion. Proper signatures for non-traditional secondary settings would be a notarized official transcript.
  2. Individual Approval
    An applicant 18 years of age or older who is not a graduate of high school and does not have a Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency (TxCHSE) certificate may be admitted on individual approval provided there is evidence that the student would be competent to benefit from a program of study offered by the institution as demonstrated by the successful completion of an approved assessment test.
  3. General Education Development Test (GED)
    Individuals who successfully complete the GED test may apply for admission. Official test scores are required.
  4. Readmission
    A student seeking readmission to Panola College after having missed one long semester or more should contact the Admissions/Records Office. If the student has attended another college since last being enrolled at Panola College, an official transcript from that college is required to be on file. A readmission student will not be allowed to re-enroll if the admission file was incomplete during the student’s previous enrollment.
  5. Transfer From Another College
    1. A student who is eligible to reenter the college that he or she last attended is eligible for admission to Panola College. The student on academic probation at the transfer institution will be admitted on probation at this College and must earn a GPA of 2.0 the first semester in attendance. The student on suspension from the transfer institution may petition the Vice President of Instruction for special approval to enroll.
    2. Official transcripts from each college in which the student has been enrolled must be filed in the Admissions/Records Office. An official transcript bears the seal of the school and the signature of the registrar of the school from which it was issued. Coursework transferred or accepted for credit toward an undergraduate degree must represent coursework relevant to the degree, with the course content and the level of instruction resulting in student competencies at least equivalent to those of students enrolled in Panola College’s own undergraduate degree programs. Credit for courses passed (a grade of “D” or better) taken at a college or university accredited through one of the regional associations listed below may be transferred toward a degree at Panola College:
      • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Higher Education
      • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
      • Northwest Association of Colleges and Schools
      • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
      • The Higher Learning Commission
      • Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges
      • Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission Community and Junior Colleges

        Students who have gained proficiency through completion of coursework from non-accredited institutions should consult the Vice President of Instruction regarding credit by examination or individual course evaluation.
    3. Transcripts received for admission or evaluation purposes become the permanent property of Panola College and will not be returned to the student.Transcripts from other institutions submitted to Panola College are not reproduced and/or mailed to other institutions, agencies, or individuals.
    4. College transfer students who will attend only during the summer may enroll regardless of their previous grade point average. Prior to registration, however, the student must furnish a current official transcript. The transfer student who has taken a TSI test is responsible for supplying test scores. Preparatory coursework is required for the student who has failed to complete the TSI requirements.
    5. Only official transcripts will be evaluated for transfer credit. Evaluations will be completed by the end of the first semester of actual enrollment.
    6. Coursework accepted for transfer is posted to the student’s Panola College transcript, but the grades are not calculated into the GPA. Proper course selection and the avoidance of duplicating coursework remain the responsibility of the student.
    7. Transfer Dispute Resolution. Panola College adheres to the procedures for transfer dispute resolution implemented by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). All lower division academic courses shall be fully transferable among public institutions and must count toward the same degree at any public college or university in Texas.
      1. The following procedures shall be followed by public institutions of higher education in the resolution of credit transfer disputes involving lower-division courses:
        1. If an institution of higher education does not accept course credit earned by a student at another institution of higher education, the receiving institution shall give written notice to the student and to the sending institution that transfer of the course credit is denied. A receiving institution shall also provide written notice of the reasons for denying credit for a particular course or set of courses at the request of the sending institution.
        2. A student who receives notice as specified in this section may dispute the denial of credit by contacting a designated official at either the sending or the receiving institution.
        3. The two institutions and the student shall attempt to resolve the transfer of the course credit in accordance with THECB rules and guidelines.
        4. If the transfer dispute is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student or the sending institution within 45 days after the date on which the student received written notice of denial, the institution that denies the course for transfer shall notify the Commissioner of Higher Education of its denial and the reasons for denial.
      2. The Commissioner of Higher Education or the Commissioner’s designee shall make the final determination about a dispute concerning the transfer of course credit and give written notice of the determination to the involved student and institutions.
      3. The THECB shall collect data on the types of transfer disputes that are reported and the disposition of each case that is considered by the Commissioner of Higher Education or the Commissioner’s designee.
      4. If a receiving institution has cause to believe that a course being presented by a student for transfer from another school is not of an acceptable level of quality, it should first contact the sending institution and attempt to resolve the problem. In the event that the two institutions are unable to come to a satisfactory resolution, the receiving institution may notify the Commissioner of Higher Education, who may investigate the course. If its quality is found to be unacceptable, the THECB may discontinue funding for the course.
  6. Dual Credit/Early Admission High School Enrollment
    This program offers an opportunity for high school students to earn credits toward a college degree while completing requirements for high school graduation.
    1. The student is subject to the following requirements:
      1. Provide valid, unexpired ACT, SAT, or EOC scores and be declared exempt by Panola College, or must be assessed for reading, writing, and mathematics skills and passed at least one section of a state-approved Texas Success Initiative (TSI) test.
      2. Must have written approval of the high school official and the parent or guardian.
      3. Be subject to the rules and regulations of the College.
    2. Prior to enrollment the following items must be on file at Panola College:
      1. Application for admission to the College.
      2. Completed Dual Credit/Early Admission Permission Form.
      3. Official Texas Success Initiative test scores (Reading, Writing, and Math) or proof of exemption/waiver.
      4. Official high school transcript indicating high school enrollment. Students who are enrolled in non-accredited high schools or who are schooled in non-traditional settings must provide a notarized record of the school subjects completed (must be consistent with TEA minimum requirements).
      5. Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination documentation.
    3. College credit will be held in escrow until an official transcript showing graduation from high school is on file in the Admissions/Records Office at Panola College.
    4. A permission form, listing the courses approved by the high school official, must be provided to Panola College admissions each semester. Admission to the College does not guarantee enrollment in all courses.