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Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

To begin the application process, visit the Admissions page and follow the instructions for how to apply.

I'm not sure what program of study is right for me. Are there any resources to help me in my decision?

The Office of Student Services has a variety of test resources to assist in identifying and assessing the achievements, interests, and aptitudes of prospective students. These tests include the Wiesen Test for Mechanical Aptitude (WTMA), ACT KeyTrain®/Career Ready 101 TM locator and and the O*NET® (Occupational Information Network) Interest Profiler.  The O*NET® (Occupational Information Network) Interest Profiler is available to individuals through the COLLEGEforTN.ORG website.

I’m a current high school student. Can I enroll in TCAT courses?

Many TCATs offer high school students the opportunity to earn dual enrollment credit (credit at high school and credit at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology). Opportunities for dual enrollment vary by campus.

Eligible students must have completed at least the sophomore year of high school with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Requests for exceptions may be submitted to the Student Services Coordinator of the college.

In order to apply for dual enrollment, be sure to select “Dual Enrollment HS Students Only” on your application for admission. Also submit a completed application form authorized by TSAC regarding Dual Enrollment and a written recommendation from the high school principal, teacher, or counselor.

What happens after I submit all required documents?

Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified as to whether you are accepted into the program. If you are accepted but the program is full, your name will be placed on a waiting list according to your application’s date of completion. You will be notified when a vacancy occurs. If you refuse the first vacancy, Student Services may delay your entry into the next available slot. If you refuse a second offer of vacancy, you will be removed from the waiting list entirely.

If your desired program has a long waiting list, you will periodically receive letters from Student Services to determine your continued interest. If you do not respond to the letter in an appropriate time period, you will be removed from the waiting list.