Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I start any program in any semester?

Answer: No, some programs are "Fall-only" admission and some high-demand programs have specific application periods.

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Q: Do I need to apply to a program?

Answer: If you intend to complete an associate degree or technical diploma program at BTC, then yes, you should apply to the college. You can submit an application online. Applications are also available at the BTC Campuses or you can print one here.

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Q: What is required to complete the admissions process?

Answer: Please see the admissions checklist.

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Q: What are "official" transcripts?

Answer: Official transcripts can be issued directly to BTC from the high school or college or delivered by the student.  Official transcripts are sent or delivered in sealed envelopes and contain official signatures/seals of the high school or college.  Official transcripts can also be sent electronically from the high school or college through Parchment, Credentials, or E-Script.  Transcripts marked as "Issued to Student" or "Unofficial" cannot be accepted. To request official transcripts, you will need to contact your high school and previous college(s). There is usually a fee for issuing official transcripts. Additionally, it can take several weeks to have official transcripts issued. We recommend that you request official transcripts as soon as you start the admissions process.

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Q: I graduated from high school over 10 years ago. Do you still need my high school transcript?

Answer:  Most programs require high school transcripts regardless of age. Call the Admissions Office at 608.757.7665 for assistance.

To request transcripts, contact your high school and have them send an official transcript directly to BTC. If your name has changed since graduation, please be sure to remind your school to write your new name on your transcript!

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Q: Can I get my transcripts returned to me once they are sent to BTC?

Answer: You transcripts become the property of BTC and they cannot be returned to you. If you would like copies of transcripts for personal use, you can contact your high school and/or previous college and request copies to be issued directly to you (NOTE: your high school/previous college may charge a fee for this).

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Q: Do I need to take an entrance assessment to be admitted to BTC?

Answer: No. You will be accepted after applying to BTC and providing your official high school and college (if applicable) transcripts.  To be placed into appropriate classes, you will need to submit a placement assessment (take the Accuplacer at BTC or submit ACT, SAT, Asset, or Compass placement scores) prior to meeting with an advisor.

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Q: How do I sign up to take the Accuplacer test?

Answer: Click here to go to the testing information page.

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Q: Is there an admission deadline?

Answer: No.  You can submit an application any time prior to the start of the upcoming semester.  Click here to review semester start and other important dates.

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Q: What is the earliest that I can submit my application for intended start term?

Answer: October 1 for the following fall semester

May 1 for the following spring semester

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Q: How do I know if I've been admitted to my program of choice?

Answer: Once you have completed all admissions requirements, we will review your application for admission to the college.  You will receive a letter indicating you have been admitted. (Please allow 2 - 4 weeks, depending on the time of year, after completion of all admission requirements for processing and mailing.)

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Q: I've already taken courses at another college. Will they transfer to my program at BTC?

Answer: Contact your previous college(s) and have them send official copies of your transcript to the BTC Admissions Office. Once they have arrived at BTC and you have been accepted to BTC, they will be reviewed for credit transfer. Credit transfer review may take several weeks to complete. You are encouraged to send your official transcripts to BTC as soon as possible.

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Q: If I am admitted to my program does that mean I am also registered for courses?

Answer: No. Admission is separate from registration. Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible on or after the New Student Registration date to ensure the best possible selection of courses. NOTE: Admission to a program does not guarantee that seats will be available in required courses.

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Q: If I am registered for courses, does that mean I am admitted to a program?

Answer: No. Admission is separate from registration. To be admitted to a program, you must complete the admission process for your intended program of study.

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