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Admissions Requirements

General Requirements:

  1. Submit a completed JSCC admission application.
  2. JSCC does not charge an application fee


Students plan to earn JSCC degree for either transfer to a four-year institution or to directly enter the job market. NOTE: Official copies of your transcripts and other documentation must be received before you can be admitted to JSCC. We must also receive official test scores from ACT or Accuplacer before you can register.

First-Time Freshman:

Make sure an official high school, GED or HiSET transcript is sent to us. If you graduated from a Tennessee public high school after 1983, the high school transcript must indicate you've earned a regular diploma.

If you are under 21 years old, submit official ACT or SAT scores that are less than five years old. ACT sub scores are used to determine college level readiness and learning support placement.

Students over 21 years old can take the Accuplacer test or submit official ACT scores that are less than five years old.

Your placement from the scores on the ACT, SAT or Accuplacer test can be challenged through the Confirmation Placement test.

Transfer Student:

Make sure an official high school and college transcripts from all undergraduate institutions are sent to the JSCC Admissions Office. If you've already earned a degree, we only need your college transcripts.

You won't be eligible for English or math courses or courses that have an English or math pre-requisite until your transcripts are received & reviewed. Once your transcript review is completed, you may be required to take the Accuplacer test.

Readmit Student:

If you are degree-seeking, you submit an official transcript from the undergraduate college(s) you've attended since you left JSCC.

International Student:

International students must meet these additional admission requirements:

  • A recent statement from a U.S. physician verifying that you have been free from tuberculosis within 30 days prior to the first day of class. (This test should be done just before registration since the results must be less than 30 days old);
  • An official TOEFL score of 500. JSCC does not give the TOEFL test but will accept official scores. UT Martin and the University of Memphis do administer the test. For more information, contact TOEFL Services, P O Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151or (609) 771-7100. Website:;
  • A letter from your bank (in the U.S.) showing evidence of financial capability;
  • An official high school transcript certified/notarized and translated in English;
  • All official college transcripts notarized/certified and translated in English;
  • Documentation indicating you are in status with all Immigration and Naturalization regulations (usually an F-1 visa status);
  • Written proof of insurance including hospitalization.
  • Must pay SEVIS processing fee. Go to

International students automatically pay out-of-state fees based on their residency status. Jackson State does not provide housing for any of its students. Housing, meals, and transportation are solely the responsibility of the student.

Special Admission or Non-Degree Seeking:

Non-Degree seeking students are not pursuing a degree at this time. You must have earned a regular high school diploma or passed the GED test. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.

Although official transcripts are not required, you may need to supply unofficial versions to prove eligibility for most courses that have prerequisite requirements. Eligibility is validated by one of the following:

  • Acceptable ACT or Accuplacer test scores
  • A copy of college transcripts showing a passed college-level English and math course or earned college level degree

Medical Requirements:

  • Hepatitis B Information Requirement - The General Assembly of the State of Tennessee requires Jackson State to provide information concerning hepatitis B to all new incoming students. Tennessee law requires that all new incoming students complete and sign a Hepatitis B Waiver Form that includes detailed information about the disease. Students age 18 and up can complete this form ON-LINE when they register for classes. Students under age 18 must have a parent complete a paper version to meet this requirement

Questions about the MMR or Varicella/chicken pox immunization requirements? Check out this Q & A document:  Frequently Asked Questions

  • MMR - You must submit proof of receipt of two doses of the MMR vaccine prior to the first day of classes for your first semester as a full-time student at JSCC. The MMR vaccine must have been administered on or after your first birthday. You do not have to meet this requirement if at least one of the following applies to you:
    • You were born before January 1, 1957
    • You graduated from a Tennessee public or private high school in May 1999 or thereafter
    • You attended a Tennessee public or private school in grades K-12 after July 1, 2001
    • You provide a signed statement that your religious tenets and practices prohibit the receipt of any type of immunization (parents must sign if you are under age 18)
    • You provide a physician's statement certifying you are allergic to the MMR vaccine
    • You provide written documentation from a physician indicating you have a diagnosed case of MMR
    • You have documentation showing MMR immunity
    • You are classified as active duty military personnel and provide proof of your active duty status
    • You were previously enrolled as a full-time student at a TBR college or university for one full semester after August 1, 2007
    • Special Note:  If you graduated from a Tennessee public or private high school between May 1979 and December 1998, you are required to provide proof of only the second dose of the MMR.
  • Proof of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccination/immunity- This requirement is satisfied by one of the following:
    • Date of birth before January 1, 1980
    • History of virus diagnosed by a healthcare provider (physician, advanced practice nurse, physicians assistant) to whom the illness is described, or a positive blood test (titer) showing immunity to varicella.
    • Documentation of 2 vaccine doses given at least 28 days apart (excluding doses given earlier than 4 days before the first birthday).

High School Students:

  1. Academically gifted - must be in grades 9-12 in high school. Must have 3.0 GPA and approved by the high school.
  2. Joint Enrollment or Dual Enrollment
    1. Submit a dual/joint enrollment application
    2. Passing score on ACT/SAT/PLAN or Accuplacer test in subject area
    3. Provide high school transcript
    4. Approval from principal, parent and counselor/teacher
    5. Joint enrollment-earn only college credit
    6. Dual enrollment-earn both high school & college credit
    7. Contact the Recruiting Office (731) 425-2601 for information

Audit Students:

  • May attend class to observe but will not receive college credit
  • Must be at least 17 years old unless written permission given by instructor and academic dean within the area
  • Neither faculty nor JSCC academic support services have obligation to provide instruction or evaluation
  • Admissions application only required

Senior Citizens:

Credit classes

  • Available to persons at least age 65 and disabled persons as defined in Chapter 28 of the Public Acts of 1977
  • May enroll for credit without paying tuition or registration fees
  • $75 service fee for record keeping
  • Must meet admissions requirements for class

Audit classes

  • Available for Tennessee residents who are at least age 60
  • Will not pay tuition, maintenance, student activity, or registration fees
  • Admissions application only required

Additional Admissions Requirements:

  • GED recipients must provide an official diploma or copy of official scores
  • Official transcripts for home schooled students must provide an official copy for an affiliated organization as defined by state law (TN Code Annotated 49-50-801), or be accompanied by registration certification with the superintendent of the local agency which students would otherwise attend. Students unable to provide a satisfactory secondary credential may substitute acceptable GED scores
  • Out-of state residency: Students classified as out-of-state for fees purposes by the Admissions Director may appeal that decision to the Admissions and Standards Committee
  • Selective Service: All US males between age 18 and 26 must register with selective service
  • Undocumented aliens must pay out-of-state fees per Tennessee Board of Regents policy

Tennessee Board of Regents High School Admission Requirements:

If you graduated from high school spring 1989 or after and plan to graduate with an associate degree in the college/university transfer track at JSCC, we will check your high school transcript for the following courses. If you did not earn the amount of required credit in each of the following subjects, you should complete them at JSCC.

High School Course Requirements
Subject Required
English 4
Algebra I and II 2
Natural/Physical Science
including a lab, in biology,
chemistry, or physics
U.S. History I or II 1
Social Studies,
World History I or II*
A Single Foreign Language 2
Visual/Performing Arts 1

Fraudulent Academic Records:

Effective July 1, 2003, the misrepresentation of academic credentials is classified as a Class A misdemeanor. This occurs when a person knowingly represents, either orally or in writing a "false statement" to obtain employment at or admission to an institution of higher education in Tennessee. Public Acts, 2004 (Chapter 825).

Academic Fresh Start:

Readmitted students who were formally enrolled in the institution, as well as transfer students who meet institutional requirements for admission and who have been separated from all institutions of higher education for a minimum of four (4) years, are eligible for Fresh Start.  Fresh Start allows the calculation of the quality point average (QPA) and credit hours toward graduation to be based only on work passed and work done after returning to college. This plan of academic forgiveness is provided for students who have demonstrated academic responsibility following their return.

To apply for Fresh Start:

At the time of readmission or transfer admission, as a degree seeking student,

  • Obtain a Fresh Start Application online or in the Admissions and Records Office
  • Meet with an advisor in the area you wish to return to seek a degree
  • Submit a completed Fresh Start Application, a plan of study and a transcript showing any coursework with passed grades being requested to include in this Fresh Start to the Admissions and Records Office

All TBR institutions will honor a Fresh Start provision granted at another TBR institution. However, non-TBR institutions may not accept the QPA as it is calculated with the Fresh Start.

Terms of the Academic Fresh Start

Once the student has satisfied the above requirements, Jackson State may grant the Academic Fresh Start.

The student's permanent record will remain a record of all work; however, the transcript will note that the Fresh Start was made and the date of the Fresh Start. The courses included in Fresh Start will be marked as excluded from the QPA and hours. 

Academic Fresh Start Application

Certificate seeking students: You must prove high school graduation by making sure an official copy of their high school transcript is sent to the Admissions Office. If you have college work, you may choose to submit transcripts from undergraduate colleges you have attended.

EMT students: You will be required to meet degree seeking requirements which means submitting an ACT if you're under 21 years old for us to evaluate. If you are over 21 years old, the Accuplacer placement test is required to begin the Basic Emergency Medical Technician program if you are a first time student.

Health Sciences & Nursing

Admission to Health Sciences Programs:

Medical Lab Technology


Radiologic Technology

Physical Therapist Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Contact Health Sciences at (731) 425-2612 or visit the Health Sciences website for details.

Admission to Nursing Program:
Contact the Nursing Department at (731) 425-2622 or visit the Nursing website for details.

Note: All medical programs have selective admission policies and application deadlines.