Oct 23, 2021  
Academic Catalog (2021-2022) 
Academic Catalog (2021-2022)



Admissions Policy

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College grants admission to individuals who have successfully earned a high school diploma, General Educational Development (GED) equivalency, or the HiSet Exam and who the College considers eligible to benefit academically from admission. Individuals age 18 or older who have not earned a high school diploma or GED equivalency may be admitted to the College if they are able to demonstrate their ability to benefit from a college experience. Certain academic majors may have additional admissions requirements that must be fulfilled for an individual to matriculate into a specific degree, diploma, or certificate program.

Prospective students who have not earned a high school diploma, GED equivalency, or HiSet Exam may be eligible to apply for a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma through the Pennsylvania Department of Education following the completion of 30 credits.

Process for Degree, Diploma, or Certificate Seeking Students

  1. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office by telephone, office visit, or email to discuss majors, financial aid, and educational goals. This helps to provide complete and thorough information about the College and ensure accuracy in the application process.
  2. Prospective students are required to complete a College Application. There is no application fee and online applications are available via the College’s website (https://www.pennhighlands.edu/admissions/apply/).
  3. An official copy of the prospective student’s high school transcript, GED scores, or HiSet scores must be sent to the Admissions Office (101 Community College Way, Johnstown, PA 15904). Students who apply during their senior year of high school must also have an official copy of their final transcript sent upon graduation.
  4. Applicants with prior college credit must have an official transcript sent from all institutions attended.
  5. Upon completion of the application process, an acceptance letter will be issued, and students may be required to complete placement testing to measure academic proficiency in English, reading, and mathematics. This requirement may be waived for students who meet placement testing waiver guidelines found in the Student Success Center section of this catalog and online (https://www.pennhighlands.edu/student-life/student-success-center/placement-testing/).
  6. Upon receipt of placement scores or achieving academic proficiency, students will be eligible to register for classes.
  7. A student who declares a major, completes the admissions process, formally has been accepted to the College, is pursuing a degree, diploma, or certificate, and works with an academic advisor is considered a matriculated student. Only matriculated students are eligible for financial aid. Students who matriculate into a program during the fall term will be assigned a catalog year of the current academic year. Students who matriculate during the spring or summer terms may be assigned to the upcoming catalog year. Catalog year assignment will be coordinated and documented through the Registrar’s Office.

Process for Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students who choose not to seek a degree, diploma, or certificate are considered to be non-degree seeking. Examples of prospective students in this category are those attending the College for personal enrichment and visiting students completing credits for transfer to their home institution.

  1. Prospective, non-degree seeking students are required to complete a College Application and indicate that they are Non-degree seeking. There is no application fee and the application available online via the College’s website (https://www.pennhighlands.edu/admissions/apply/).
  2. Non-degree seeking students are not required to submit transcripts unless necessary to meet a course pre-requisite.
  3. Non-degree seeking students are required to complete placement testing only when planning to enroll in English or mathematics courses or for courses that require English and mathematics prerequisites. This requirement may be waived for students who meet placement testing waiver guidelines found in the Student Success Center section of this catalog and online (https://www.pennhighlands.edu/student-life/student-success-center/placement-testing/).
  4. Upon submission of the application and completion of placement testing if necessary, non-degree seeking students are eligible to register for classes.
  5. Non-degree seeking students are permitted to register only for a part-time credit load and are not eligible to receive financial aid.

Admission of High School Students

High school students may complete courses at Pennsylvania Highlands during their junior and senior years to earn early college credits. Prospective students should complete an Early College Application and must submit a letter of recommendation from their high school principal or guidance counselor authorizing he/she to attend a course at the College. This process must be repeated for each semester in which a student intends to enroll while he/she is in high school. High school students who wish to enroll in English or mathematics courses must complete placement testing via the processes noted above prior to registration to ensure they have had adequate preparation for college-level coursework.


Students who previously attended Pennsylvania Highlands but have not completed coursework for two consecutive semesters must apply for readmission to the College. Complete the College Application and indicate that you’ve previously applied.

Advanced Placement Admission

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College maintains articulation agreements with numerous secondary schools. Students who have attended these schools may be eligible for advanced placement credit in our programs. Prospective students from these schools are encouraged to work with their guidance counselors to formulate a plan for earning advanced placement credit. Additional information on this program may be obtained by contacting the Admissions Office.

Admission of International Students

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College welcomes applications from international students; however, Pennsylvania Highlands does not assist international students with obtaining an F-1 student visa. International students are required to complete the Admissions process and submit a copy of his/her VISA to the Admissions Office three months prior to the semester in which the applicant plans to enroll. International students are treated as non-residents of the State of Pennsylvania with respect to tuition and fees. Questions regarding the acceptance of international students should be directed to the Admissions Office.

Pennsylvania Highlands may require the following information from an international student seeking admission:

  • A certified copy of the original educational records to include all previous academic experiences.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores.
  • Financial Statement indicating the student has sufficient funds to cover tuition and fees.
  • Student Medical Form completed and signed by a physician.
  • Responsibility Statement from a United States Citizen stating that the citizen agrees to accept responsibility for sponsoring and assisting the applicant in completing his/her educational objective.