Admissions and Registration FAQs

Q:      What do I need to do first to start the enrollment process?

A:        Complete the Application for Admission and submit it with a $20 application fee and all required documentation to the Admissions Office for processing.  Atlanta Technical College admits students regardless of age, sex, race, national origin, color or handicap. Students seeking admission into any credit or non-credit course or program must be at least 16 years of age. All applicants must submit a completed admissions application along with a non-refundable $20 application fee.

The application will be maintained for one academic year from the date of application. Applicants will then have to complete the admissions process again.

Visit http://www.atlantatech.edu/admissions/application.php for more information about admissions and application deadlines, to download the application, or to apply online.

Q:      How do I know if a program has a waiting list?
A:        If there is a waiting list for admission to a particular program, prospective students will be notified at the time of application for admission via email or via US Mail. 

Q:      How will l know if I have been accepted for admission to Atlanta Technical College?
A:        You will receive a letter of acceptance in the mail as well as your email.  Admissions status is also available online at this link: http://www.atlantatech.edu/admissions/check-admission-status.php.

Q:      Can I enroll in school if I don’t have a GED or High School Diploma?
A:        Yes, proof of high school graduation or GED is not required for the following programs ONLY: Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Welding, and Diesel Equipment Technology.

Proof of high school graduation or GED is required for graduation from all courses, including those listed above.


Q:      Is there any type of admissions testing required for admission to Atlanta Technical College?
A:      Applicants must take the required COMPASS or ASSET placement test or submit satisfactory SAT I or ACT test scores.

Q:      What if I have already taken the placement exam, it is necessary to take it again?
A:        Test scores (COMPASS, ASSET, SAT I, and ACT) will be considered valid for a period of five years.  Students with scores that are older than five years will be required to re-test.

Q:      What is the COMPASS placement test?
A:        The COMPASS test is a computerized test that allows the college to evaluate incoming students' skill levels in reading, writing skills, writing essays, math, and English as a second language (ESL).  The test scores indicate appropriate courses and connect students to the resources they need to achieve academic success.

            Applicants to the college receive COMPASS test scores immediately upon completion of testing, and the score report includes placement messages regarding the appropriate courses and how to register for them.

            Information about the placement exam may be found here:  http://www.atlantatech.edu/admissions/placement-testing.php.

Q:      How do I get scheduled for a placement test?
A:        Staff in the Admissions Office will schedule you for a placement test once the application is complete, all transcripts have been submitted, and the application fee has been paid.  Applicants may call for the test date and time (404.225.4459 or 404.225.4458) or visit the Admissions Office.

Q:      How much does it cost to take the placement test?
A:        The cost for the placement exam is included in the application fee.  There are no additional fees to take the placement exam. 

Q:      Is there information available to help me practice for the assessment tests?
A:        Yes, test preparation is available at GAcollege411.  Please click here for information

Q:      What are “learning support” classes?
A:        “Learning Support” classes prepare students with appropriate courses and the resources they need to achieve academic success. Learning Support courses (previously called developmental studies) are offered in four skill areas: reading, writing, math, and algebra. Courses are scheduled each semester, day and evening, and most summer sessions. The courses are designed for students who are not academically prepared to enter the regular college curriculum and serve as a bridge between students’ current educational level and the typical college classroom experience. Students achieve a level of academic competence that will enable them to work successfully in college-level courses. Placement in Learning Support classes is based on COMPASS scores.

Q:      What is “Transient Student” Admission?
A:        Applicants who are in good standing at another accredited institution may be permitted to enroll as transient students on a space-available basis. All transient applicants should be advised by their home institutions concerning recommended courses in order to comply with requirements oftheir home institution.

Q:      What steps must a former student take in order to reenroll in ATC?
A:        A former student will need to complete an admissions application and indicate on the application “returning student” in order to reenroll.

Q:      What steps must an International Student take to enroll in ATC?
A:        Atlanta Technical College is approved by Immigration and Naturalization Services for the issuance of I-20s. International students must meet INS requirements and those admissions requirements applicable to non-international student applicants.

Q:      What steps must a Home Schooled student take to enroll in ATC?
A:        Applicants who have been home schooled must submit the following documentation:  (1) a letter of intent to home school, (2) verified attendance reports, (3) annual progress reports, and (4) final transcript from junior and senior years written by the student’s primary instructor at the home school. The final progress report should include the student’s graduation date.

Q:      Does ATC accept Military Training Credits?
A:        Yes, Atlanta Technical College accepts credit for training received in the armed services provided that the training is certified by the Guide to the Evaluation of Education on the Armed Services or by the official catalog of the Community College of the Armed Forces or a similar document. Credit will be awarded when training experience meets required competencies of courses offered at Atlanta Technical College.

Q:      What is New Student Orientation and why should I attend?
A:        Orientation sessions for new students are held at the beginning of each academic quarter to acquaint students with the institution’s programs and policies.  During the orientation sessions, students receive academic advisement regarding their chosen program of study, along with the Academic Advisement Handbook, the Student Handbook, and class schedules. 

Q:      What is “Learning Support” Admission?
A:        Learning Support admission is granted to students who score below the provisional cut scores in English, math and reading on the COMPASS placement exam. Students are granted Learning Support status and receive institution credit. The students may not take major program courses until achieving provisional status. Learning Support admission requires the applicant to (1) enroll in learning support classes, (2) meet all other regular admissions requirements, and (3) meet admissions test standards prior to being converted to regular admission status. Learning Support students are not eligible for federal financial aid (i.e. Pell, SEOG, and Federal Work Study). Learning Support students are eligible to enroll in learning support classes only.

Q:      What is “Special Status” Admission?
A:        The special status admission category is designed for students who are not seeking a certificate/diploma/degree but who desire credit for coursework in a specific program. Students must submit an application and can only register for the desired course on the first day of classes for the term. 

Q:      What is “Provisional” Admission?
A:        Applicants whose test scores do not meet regular admission standards may be admitted on a provisional basis. Provisional students may take learning support classes and certain major program courses simultaneously. Students must satisfactorilycomplete prescribed learning support classes in order to progress through the curriculum. Provisional admission requires the applicant to (1) satisfactorily complete prescribed learning support classes, and (2) meet all other regular admission requirements.

Q:      I applied to Atlanta Technical College in the past and paid the application fee. Do I need to repay an application fee?
A:        No, once you have paid the application fee, you will never have to pay it again.

Q:      How do I find my classes?
A:        Each student’s has access to print a detailed course schedule from BANNER.  Classes are listed on the course schedule with the building and room number where the classes are held.  There is directional signage throughout campus identifying each building and providing directions.  Additional directions to classrooms may be provided by any faculty or staff member, a security officer, or from the receptionist in the Dennard Building.

Q:      Will Atlanta Technical College provide a letter of enrollment verification?
A:        Yes, information about obtaining a letter verifying enrollment may be found here:  http://www.atlantatech.edu/student/enrollment-verification.php.