Requirements

Requirements for admission

Maine’s community colleges are open access institutions and seek to admit all students who meet certain minimum requirements. To be considered for admission, students must have earned either a high school diploma or high school equivalency credential, have proof of immunization, and have taken the SAT while in high school or completed the Accuplacer placement test. The colleges will also accept ACT, SBAC, or PARCC scores. (Students who wish to have their SBAC or PARCC scores considered should contact the admissions office at the college.)

Requirements for placement in college-level math and English

In order to enroll directly in college-level English and math courses and avoid having to take one or more remedial courses, students at Maine’s community colleges need to have achieved the following scores on at least one standardized test. Beginning college with introductory college courses will save you time and money.

SAT:

English and Reading Skills: ≥480
Math: Applied Technology or Quantitative Reasoning Pathway ≥480—<500
Math: College Algebra or Statistics Pathway ≥500

 

ACT:

English 18
Math: Applied Technology or Quantitative Reasoning Pathway 18
Math: College Algebra or Statistics Pathway 20

 

Classic Accuplacer (will be replaced with Next Gen Accuplacer in fall 2018):

Elementary Algebra 75
Reading 68
Sentence Skills 74
Write Placer 6

 

Next Gen Accuplacer

English: Combined Reading and Writing with neither score <230 500+
QAS (Qualitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics):
College Algebra or Statistics Pathway
250-275
QAS (Qualitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics):
Applied Technology or Quantitative Reasoning Pathway
230-249

 

These scores indicate that a student is ready for college level work at one of Maine’s community colleges and will not need to take remedial coursework. However, some programs of study have additional requirements. For example, for some programs, a student must have completed certain high school courses or an applicant must complete additional testing. These programs may be especially competitive and have limited enrollments, making acceptance into them more difficult than for other programs of study.

Students are encouraged to contact the admissions offices at individual colleges to determine if a program that interests them has any additional requirements.