Admissions

Greenville Technical College serves the educational needs of all who can benefit from its courses and programs.

The faculty, staff and administration are dedicated to helping applicants chart pathways to meet their educational goals. In order to fulfill the Technical Education System’s educational mission and to promote the achievement of individuals with varied potential, an open-door admissions policy admits all citizens who can benefit from available learning opportunities and specific programs of study. However, this admissions policy does not mean that there are no entrance requirements. South Carolina wisely imposes general restrictions governing overall admissions practices. In most programs of study, various entrance requirements are a necessity.

These requirements are enforced to enhance student success in chosen fields. Although applicants for admissions may not meet the requirements for entering a particular program, the college has the ability, through the transitional studies process, to help them attain their academic goals.

Greenville Technical College offers six convenient locations around Greenville County:

  • Barton Campus on South Pleasantburg Drive
  • Brashier Campus in the Golden Strip on West Georgia Road in Simpsonville
  • Benson Campus on Highway 290 in Taylors
  • Northwest Campus in Berea on White Horse Road
  • Center for Manufacturing Innovation located on Millennium Boulevard
  • SCTAC (South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center) located on Perimeter Road in Greenville

In June 2008, the governor of South Carolina signed into law “The South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act.” This law requires that all students attending public colleges and universities in the state of South Carolina provide proof of “lawful presence in the United States.” This law further states that a person who is unlawfully present in the United States is not eligible for scholarships, financial aid, grants or resident tuition. Therefore, beginning Spring Semester 2009, all students must provide proof of “lawful presence” in the United States prior to enrollment at Greenville Technical College. Students who are unlawfully present in the United States are not eligible for enrollment at Greenville Technical College. Legal presence documentation must be submitted to the Enrollment Services Office.

For questions on the required documentation, please contact the Enrollment Services Office at the Admissions and Registration Center at (864) 250-8000, Northwest Campus at (864) 250-3600, Brashier Campus at (864) 250-7950 and Benson Campus at (864) 250-3001.

Visit our web page at https://www.gvltec.edu/contact-admissions/.

Admission Policies and Procedures

Prospective students who are seeking enrollment should take the following steps to complete the enrollment process:

  • Complete and submit the online application at https://www.gvltec.edu/apply/. Applications can be completed at the Enrollment Services Office located at the Admissions and Registration Center at McAlister Square on the Barton Campus. Applications can also be completed at the Brashier, Benson or Northwest campuses. (Note: Prior students who have not attended Greenville Tech for three consecutive semesters must reapply for admission.) There is not an application fee. All applicants will need to submit Legal Presence in the United States Documentation to the Enrollment Services Office.
  • All applicants are asked to submit their official standard high school diploma or state-sponsored GED along with any official college transcripts from regionally accredited institutions. Applicants with foreign transcripts must submit a course-by-course evaluation completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member. The college offers several programs that do not require proof of a standard high school diploma or state-sponsored GED. If the student is applying for financial aid, he or she will need to submit an official standard high school transcript/diploma or state-sponsored GED. Any applicant under 18 years of age must be a high school graduate with a standard high school diploma or possess a state-sponsored GED. Applicants can be under 18 years of age if they are enrolled in the Early College Program (see specific requirements under Early College). Applicants applying for the LIFE scholarship or financial aid must submit official standard high school transcripts.
    • Greenville Technical College honors the following (for more details, see acceptable high school graduation types at https://www.gvltec.edu/acceptable-grad-types/): Standard high school diploma or GED (General Educational Development Diploma). All public, private and home school associations must be accredited by a regionally accredited body or listed with the Department of Education in the state where the school resides. Foreign high school diplomas must meet the equivalent of 12 years of a U. S. secondary high school diploma. Contact World Education Services (WES) (https://www.wes.org/), Josef Silny and Associates, Inc., (https://www.jsilny.org/) or any service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Services (https://www.naces.org/) to request a document-by-document analysis and to have the official report sent to the Enrollment Services Office.
      Definitions:
      Standard High School Diploma – The diploma awarded to students who completed state requirements for graduation from high school. Occupational/Alternative/District Diploma – Recognizes the accomplishments of students who participated in the special education curriculum of individual school districts. Note: These diplomas are not equivalent to a state (standard) high school diploma.
      High School Certificate - Awarded to students who did not successfully pass the exit exam given by the individual school district. Note: These certificates are not equivalent to a state (standard) high school diploma.
      General Educational Development Diploma (GED) – A GED sponsored by the Department of Education of each state. It is equivalent to a state (standard) high school diploma.
    • Certificate Programs: Greenville Technical College allows an applicant to enroll in certain certificate programs that do not require high school graduation or GED. (Please contact the Enrollment Services Office for a list of these programs.)
  • Twelve University Transfer credits from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution with a grade of “C” or higher will waive proof of a standard high school diploma and/or a state-sponsored GED and the reading section of the placement test (see Placement Testing). Twelve college credits earned from Greenville Technical College with a grade of “C” or higher will waive the reading section of the placement test (see Placement Testing). Remedial courses are not transferrable. Students are encouraged to submit an Official College Transcript to the Student Records Office/Transcript Evaluation Department for a transcript evaluation. The Unofficial College Transcript cannot be evaluated by the transcript evaluator nor an academic advisor. An Official College Transcript must be submitted within three months of the issuance date from the institution. Students cannot request the Official Transcript back from Greenville Technical College once it has been submitted. Students who obtained college credits in a foreign country must have a course-by-course evaluation completed through either World Education Services (WES) (https://www.wes.org/), Josef Silny and Associates, Inc., (https://www.jsilny.org/) or any National Association of Credential Services (NACES) member. Students can be provisionally admitted on an Unofficial College Transcript for one semester, two weeks prior to the start of the semester. Note: Evaluation must be submitted prior to enrolling in a program that requires proof of high school equivalency in the United States.
  • Note: When the college transcript, high school transcript, high school diploma or GED are received by the Enrollment Services Office, they cannot be released to the student. The college will issue a Provisional Acceptance for proof of a standard high school transcript/GED for one semester after the applicant has taken the placement test or submitted sufficient test scores. For applicants desiring financial aid, an applicant must provide either an official high school transcript/diploma, a GED certificate or an academic transcript of successful completion of a two-year program (i.e. associate degree).

Program Admission Requirements

School of Health Sciences applicants must complete additional program requirements once admission to the college has been completed. Applicants to the school’s programs are considered to be in a “pre” status until all admission criteria for the program are complete. Enrollment in each School of Health Sciences program is limited. All applicants must complete a mandatory career talk session.

Time-sensitive Courses

School of Health Sciences applicants entering with advanced standing must have completed any biophysical course within five years of starting clinical.

Categories of Admission

  • Regular: Applicants complying with the basic admission requirements who seek initial attendance at the college and desire to enroll in a curriculum program to pursue an associate degree, diploma or certificate shall be classified as regular students.
  • Audit: Applicants who wish to enroll in curriculum classes without earning a grade or credits may be admitted as audit status. Students must complete the college application, provide documentation supporting Legal Presence in the United States, placement and prerequisites for course(s) enrollment, online orientation and payment for the course(s) they enroll. The audit status must be clearly denoted on the Schedule Request Form at the time of registration.
  • Career Development: Applicants who wish to enroll in a few classes to update their occupational skills, but who do not wish to pursue an associate degree, diploma or certificate, must submit an application, provide documentation supporting Legal Presence in the United States, complete on-line orientation and meet any prerequisites for the course. Applicants cannot receive financial aid or graduate from the college if they are enrolled in this program. A student awaiting a foreign evaluation cannot change his or her program until the evaluation has been received by the Enrollment Services Office.
  • Early College (dual enrollment): High school juniors and seniors who want to get a head start on their college education may enroll in the Early College program. Early College students may take two college courses per semester. These students may choose classes that will apply toward one of the college’s associate degree, diploma or certificate programs, or classes that may transfer to almost any college or university. Additional information is located on the college’s website at https://www.gvltec.edu/early-college/.
    Note: Students must meet the academic requirements of any course to be taken. Those seeking to enroll in this status can find information at the following web address:  https://www.gvltec.edu/early-college/.  Home school applicants must be under the auspices of the school district or be a member of an approved South Carolina home school association.  Home school applicants must submit the Early College application, submit Legal Presence in the US Documentation, bring in an official transcript and have acceptable test scores and their current membership card of an approved South Carolina Homeschool Association to the Enrollment Services Office.
  • Transient Visiting Students: Students matriculating at other colleges who wish to enroll in a course at Greenville Technical College must submit an application, provide documentation supporting legal presence in the United States, complete on-line orientation, meet all placement and other prerequisites for the course(s) in which they plan to enroll (if applicable) and present written permission from their home institution to take the specific course(s).  Information is available on the college’s website at https://www.gvltec.edu/transient-visiting/.
  • Plan 60 for Senior Citizens: Plan 60 eligible applicants must be legal residents of South Carolina, not employed full time and at least 60 years of age. To apply for Plan 60, complete an application to the college then complete the Plan 60 form, which also includes the Legal Presence in the United States. Then complete on-line orientation, meet all placement and other prerequisites for the course(s) in which they plan to enroll. Plan 60 is a tuition-only waiver program. Participants are responsible for paying the student fee, technology fee and books/ materials fees. Plan 60 covers tuition that is not paid by a third party. If a participant is eligible for Pell Grant or Lottery Tuition Assistance, Plan 60 may cover any remaining balance. Some courses may require proof of a prerequisite, therefore college transcripts and or placement testing may be required. Enrollment in classes is permitted on a space-available basis only.
  • International Students: Any applicant who is requesting a student visa (F-1) or transferring from another college under a student visa must complete an International Student Packet from the Enrollment Services Office or visit the college’s website at https://www.gvltec.edu/international_admissions/ to download a packet. Required documents must be submitted to the Enrollment Services Office. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (https://www.wes.org/), Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. (https://www.jsilny.org/) or any National Association of Credential Education Services (NACES) member. The college accepts a course-by-course analysis.

For guaranteed processing

  • International students applying for Fall Semester must submit all documentation no later than May 1.
  • International students applying for Spring Semester must submit all documentation no later than Oct. 1.
  • International students applying for Summer Term must submit all documentation no later than February 15.

Undocumented Applicants

Please note the Illegal Immigration Reform Act. Information about the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act can be found at https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess117_2007-2008/bills/4400.htm. Contact the Enrollment Services Office or visit the Admissions and Registration Center (ARC) for additional information or questions on documents required for admissions.

Enrollment Services

Located in the Admissions and Registration Center at McAlister Square, Enrollment Services provides comprehensive information to help prospective, new and current students with college processes as well as planning and decision-making to aid in their long-term success. Enrollment Services provides assistance to any student who requires help with:

  • Completing the admissions application
  • Accessing Online Orientation
  • Utilizing Self-Service Tools in GTC4ME
  • Financial Aid Information
  • Assistance with scheduling Planning and Advising for Student Success (PASS) sessions

Enrollment Services also assists new students who have completed Online Orientation and require assistance with next steps. These services include

  • Transient student registration
  • English as a Second Language
  • Career Development/non-degree seeking students
  • Early College/College in High School students
  • Multiple Measures for course placement  

Change of Address/Name/Social Security Number

  • Address information can be updated via the GTC4me student portal or by completing the GTC Personal Status Change Form (https://www.gvltec.edu/Personal_status_change_form/). If a change of address will impact residency status, please contact the Enrollment Services Office immediately.
  • Requests for a name change must be submitted with the official documentation (court order, marriage certificate or divorce decree) along with the GTC Personal Status Change Form and a valid state-issued photo ID). Students can change their personal information in person in the Enrollment Services Office or at one of the satellite campuses (i.e. Brashier, Benson and Northwest). Once this form is submitted, an Enrollment specialist will process the form. Changes must be submitted to the Enrollment Services Office prior to registration.
  • Social Security Number changes must be submitted with official documentation (Social Security Card) along with GTC Personal Status Change Form and a valid state-issued photo ID. Social Security Number changes must be completed in the Enrollment Services Office located at the Admissions and Registration Center (ARC) on the Barton Campus.

Change of Academic Program of Study

Students desiring to change their program of study should complete the steps below:

  1. If you are undecided about your program of study, contact the Career Services Center (located in the Admissions and Registration Center on the Barton Campus) for assistance.
  2. Submit a Program Change Form along with a current photo ID to Enrollment Services (located in the Admissions and Registration Center on the Barton Campus) or any Student Services Office located at the satellite campuses (Benson, Brashier and Northwest).