Admissions

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General Admission Categories

  • Freshman Students
  • Transfer Students: Intra-University
  • Transfer Students from Other Accredited Institutions
  • Evaluation of Transfer Credits
  • International Students
  • Transfer Applicants
  • Financial Documentation
  • Application Deadlines
  • GED and TASC Students
  • Homeschooled Applicants
  • ACCESS (Attaining College Credits and Experiences while in Secondary School)
  • Advanced Admission of High School Seniors
  • Early Enrollment Students
  • Veterans

Other Admission Categories

  • Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA)
  • Transient Students
  • Special Students
  • Academic Common Market
  • Readmission of Students in Good Standing
  • Readmission of Suspended Students

Policies Affecting Entering Status

  • Advanced Placement Program (AP)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Academic Forgiveness
  • Developmental Courses

WVU Institute of Technology seeks to recruit and admit students who aspire to careers in engineering, sciences, business, humanities, social sciences, and nursing. It is important that the abilities and interests of students are appropriately matched to the rigor of Tech’s academic programs. Each candidate’s application, transcripts, and test results are carefully reviewed for compliance with admission standards. We assure equal educational opportunity to all and are committed to ensuring that all persons, including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, and persons of different religions, sexual orientations, ages, and international, ethnic, and economic backgrounds have the opportunity to benefit from the programs and services the University offers.

WVU Institute of Technology is subject to the undergraduate admissions policies and procedures of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC). These are described in detail in Series 23: Standards and Procedures for Undergraduate Admissions at Four-Year Colleges and Universities. (See https://www.wvhepc.org/resources/Series_23_2-7-13.pdf.)

The WVU Institute of Technology application is available online at http://admissions.wvutech.edu/. All applicants may contact the Beckley Admissions Office at 400 S. Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801, by calling 304.929.0311, or by email at tech-admissions@mail.wvu.edu.

Applications are processed on a rolling decision basis. Students are encouraged to apply at their earliest opportunity because applicants are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who apply for the fall term before May 1 will automatically receive priority consideration for institutional scholarships.

Because some degree programs have standards that exceed baseline requirements for admission to the University, admission to WVU Institute of Technology does not necessarily constitute admission into a specific degree program.

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Freshman Students

Freshman applicants should submit the WVU Institute of Technology application, their official final high school transcript (sent directly from the high school), their ACT or SAT test scores, and proof of immunizations. The graduation date shown on the final high school transcript must precede the first day of classes of the term the student first enrolls at WVU Tech.

Courses that freshman applicants are expected to have successfully completed in high school include:

  • 4 units of English (including grammar, composition, and literature)
  • 3 units of social studies (including U.S. History)
  • 4 units of college preparatory mathematics (three units must be algebra I and higher, Math I and higher; Transitional Math for Seniors will be accepted.)
  • 3 units of science (all must be college preparatory, preferably biology, chemistry, or physics)
  • 2 units of the same foreign language
  • 1 unit of fine art

In addition to a 2.0 high school GPA and an 18 ACT composite or 870 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math scores taken prior to March 2016) or a 950 SAT composite (combined evidence based Reading/Writing and Math scores taken March 2016 and after.)

In addition to the general requirements for admission, applicants to the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences must also obtain an ACT math school of at least 19 or a SAT math score of 460 taken prior to March 2016 or a 500 SAT score taken March 2016 and after.)

Students who wish to pursue a career in engineering, but do not meet the above criteria for admission to the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences can be admitted to the pre-engineering program. A pre-engineering student could be allowed to transfer to an engineering major after completing MATH 126 College Algebra and MATH 128 Plane Trigonometry, both with a ‘C’ or better grade.

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Transfer Students: Intra-University

Students enrolled at WVU (either the Morgantown or Keyser location) who wish to transfer to WVU Tech must: (1) submit the Change of Campus form that can be accessed at http://admissions.wvutech.edu/ or techregistrar.wvutech.edu/forms; and (2) fulfill all general admission requirements and all stipulated program admission requirements. If the transfer will take place before two full semesters has been completed, the student must also fulfill all freshman admission requirements.

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Transfer Students from Other Accredited Institutions

Students wishing to transfer from a regionally accredited institution must be academically eligible to return to that institution and must have earned at least a 2.0 GPA for the academic work being transferred. The official acceptance of transfer students must take place at least one month prior to the registration date for the term of their admission.

Applicants should submit the WVU Tech application, official transcript(s) directly from each college attended, and for applicants with fewer than 24 transferable credit hours (excluding developmental courses), ACT or SAT test scores and an official copy of the high school transcript.

WVU Tech is subject to the transfer guidelines adopted by the HEPC as described in Series 17: Transferability of Credits and Grades at West Virginia Public Colleges and Universities. (See https://www.wv hepc.org/resources/133-17.pdf.) Thus, WVU Tech will accept a maximum of 72 semester hours of lower-division credits and grades from public community and technical colleges or regional campuses. Additional credit from accredited four-year colleges and universities may be accepted, but the major department and the Registrar will determine which courses may apply to a particular degree.

Students with fewer than 24 transferable credit hours must meet freshman admission standards and must take the course, WVUE 191, First-Year Seminar.

All transfer students will be required to complete at least 36 hours of credit in residence at WVU Tech prior to their graduation. Transfer students in engineering programs must take at least 24 credit hours of upper division engineering courses in residence at WVU Tech, and these must include the capstone design course(s) for the particular program.

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Evaluation of Transfer Credits

All credits, grades and quality points shall be entered on the permanent record card of transfer students. Courses from non-accredited colleges will be shown on the transcript, but will not be accepted for credit. An exception is that such courses may be accepted for the Regents BA degree program with the approval of the program coordinator. Evaluation of transfer credits will be approved by the Registrar.

Transfer student s must fulfill the graduation requirements of the college, including 40 hours of 300-400 level courses. Credits earned at a junior or community college may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

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International Students

International students are urged to visit the WVU Tech web page for international students at http://admissions.wvutech.edu/apply/international-student. The application process and the scholarship program, that WVU Tech provides to academically qualified international students, are explained in depth. The following checklists indicate materials and documents that are required of international applicants:

  • Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcripts – Equivalent of cumulative 2.0 or better secondary/high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Original Language of Issue (Translated)
  • Evaluated High School Transcripts
    • To ensure proper calculation of GPA and credit for courses taken, it is the responsibility of the Applicant to submit their academic records to an independent academic evaluator. While WVU Tech does not endorse a specific company or program, we suggest using World Education Services (www.wes.org). The required evaluation to have completed on your transcript s is the WES Basic Course - By - Course (with GPA & course - levels).
  • Proof of English Proficiency – TOEFL – 61 or IELTS – 6.0 required
    • Students who are citizens of Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, the British Virgin Islands or any other native English speaking countries are exempt from the TOEFL and IELTS requirements.
  • ACT or SAT Scores – ACT composite score of 18 or SAT composite score of 870, (combined Critical Reading and Math scores taken prior to March 2016) or a 950 SAT composite (combined evidence based Reading/Writing and Math scores taken March 2016 or after) not including the writing portion
  • Immunization Records
  • Copy of Current Passport and/or Visa
  • Financial Documentation
    • Applicant must prove they can provide adequate financial support to cover the estimated expense of studies at WVU Tech for one full year (tuition/fees, living expenses, books & supplies, personal expenses, etc.).
      • Applicant must submit official bank statement showing availability of the required amount. The statement can be no older than six months, must be translated in English and show all Amounts in U.S. dollars ($).
      • If student is being supported by a private sponsor, the sponsor must provide a letter declaring the intent of sponsorship in addition to the official bank statement.
      • If student is being sponsored by a government agency, the agency must provide official certification that the appropriate costs will be forwarded at the required level.

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Transfer Applicants

  • Applicants with less than 24 hours of college credit are also required to meet Freshman applicant requirements in addition to the Transfer requirements.
  • Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Official College Transcripts – 24 or more earned credit hours (equivalent to U.S. system) with a cumulative 2.0 or better college GPA on 4.0 scale Original Language of Issue, if International University Translated
  • Evaluated College Transcripts
    • For international applicants from non-US schools, the required supporting documentation must include:
      • To ensure proper calculation of GPA and credit for courses taken, it is the responsibility of the Applicant to submit their academic records to an independent academic evaluator. While WVU Tech does not endorse a specific company or program, we suggest using World Education Services (www.wes.org). The required evaluation to have completed on your transcripts is the WES Basic Course - By - Course (with GPA & course - levels).
      • The original documents or certified (attested) copies of original documents in the original language of issue, and the official English translations of these documents
    • If applicant attended a domestic university, translation and evaluation are not required.
  • Proof of English Proficiency – TOEFL – 61 or IELTS – 6.0 required
    • Students who are citizens of Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, the British Virgin Islands or any other native English speaking countries are exempt from the TOEFL and IELTS requirements.
  • ACT or SAT Scores – ACT composite score of 18 or SAT composite score of 870, (combined Critical Reading and Math scores taken prior to March 216) or 950 SAT composite (combined evidence based Reading/Writing and Math scores taken March 2016 or after) not including the writing portion
  • Immunization Records
  • Copy of Current Passport and/or Visa

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Financial Documentation

  • Applicant must prove they can provide adequate financial support to cover the estimated expense of studies at WVU Tech for one single term and for one full year of study (including tuition, fees, living expenses, books & supplies, personal expenses, etc.).
  • Applicant must submit an official bank statement showing availability of the required amount.  The statement can be no older than six months, must be translated in English and show all Amounts in U.S. dollars ($).
  • If applicant is being supported by a private sponsor, the sponsor must provide a letter declaring the intent of sponsorship in addition to the official bank statement. 
  • If applicant is being sponsored by a government agency, the agency must provide official certification that the appropriate costs will be forwarded at the required level.

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Application Deadlines

  • Spring Term–December 1
  • Fall Term–July 1

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GED and TASC Students

Applicants who have completed the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) with a score of 500 on each of the five subtest categories or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) with an average standard score of 2250 (450) or above should have the following sent to the WVU Tech Office of Admissions:

  • GED and TASC scores sent directly by the State Department of Education
  • Transcript from high school last attended sent directly by the high school.

Applicants who earned the GED fewer than five years prior to applying must also have ACT or SAT scores sent to WVU Tech. Admission requirements for applicants who earned the GED five or more years prior to applying and have not attended another college may be waived.

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Home-schooled Applicants

WVU Tech will accept admission applications from home-schooled students and those graduating from non-accredited high schools. If students are home-schooled or attended a non-accredited high school, they must submit a complete undergraduate application and SAT or ACT test scores. Home-schooled students must also submit course documentation as well as complete required courses to be eligible for admission. Immunization records must also be submitted before enrollment.

Home-schooled students must submit typed documentation (a manuscript or description) of their coursework. Minimally, this must include:

  • The student’s name.
  • A list and description of courses completed. Descriptions should include duration of study and content of the course.
  • Grades earned for the courses completed.
  • The number of credits earned for each course.
  • Graduation date.

The courses must be broken down by 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade years. The transcripts must bear the signature of the person who administered the curriculum.

Home-schooled applicants and applicants who attended non-accredited high schools must furnish documentation to validate learning in the academic core areas shown below. If the student completed units at an accredited high school or college, then transcripts of the units taken must be provided to WVU Tech.

The following high school unit requirements must be met for freshman admission:

  • 4 units of English (including grammar, composition, and literature) 4 units of college preparatory mathematics (three units must be Algebra I and II and Plane Geometry.) Students interested in majors that emphasize math and science are encouraged to take math beyond Algebra II (such as pre-Calc, Calculus, and Statistics).
  • 3 units of social studies (including U.S. History)
  • 3 units of science (ALL units must be laboratory science.) Recommended units include: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy, and Environmental Science
  • 2 units of the same foreign language. American Sign Language is acceptable.
  • 1 unit of fine arts (such as: Music, Band, Art, Theater, Dance, Drama, and Performance).

Upon completion of an application file with the required documentation, WVU Tech will review the entire application file of an individual who has been home-schooled or attended a non - accredited high school. Note: West Virginia residents who were home-schooled and are applying for WV PROMISE Scholarship or WV Higher Education Grant must have GEDs or TASC scores. Further questions regarding this should be directed to the WV Higher Education Policy Commission at http://wvhepc.edu/.

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ACCESS (Attaining College Credits and Experiences while in Secondary School)

High school juniors and seniors may earn credit hours toward a degree at WVU Tech prior to their graduation. To be eligible for ACCESS admission, the high school junior or senior must:

  • Complete the application for ACCESS Admission
  • Submit a high school transcript
  • Submit a letter of permission from your parent(s) or guardian(s)
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from the guidance counselor or principal of the high school attended
  • Have completed the sophomore year of high school
  • Have earned a minimum average of B (3.00) for all high school courses attempted

Students selected for ACCESS admission may enroll for any freshman level class as long as the student has a sufficient academic background. Students enrolled under this program will receive grades and quality points as earned. Transcripts will be forwarded to any other college upon request of the student; however, the acceptance of these credits toward a degree will be determined by the individual college. Tuition and fees will be the same as those for regular college students.

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Advanced Admission of High School Seniors

High school students who wish to spend their senior year at WVU Tech may apply for advanced admission as a full-time student. To be eligible for full-time advanced admission, the high school senior must:

  • Complete an application for advanced admission as a full-time student
  • Submit a high school transcript and ACT or SAT test scores
  • Submit a letter of permission from your parent(s) or guardian(s)
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from the guidance counselor or principal of the high school attended
  • Have completed all requirements for graduation from high school except senior English
  • Have earned a minimum average of 3.5 GPA or higher and a 26 ACT composite or 1170 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math scores taken prior to March 2016) or a 1240 SAT Composite (combined evidence based Reading/Writing and Math scores taken March 2016 and after.)

Accepted students are admitted as full-time students with all of the rights and privileges offered other students. Cost of tuition and fees will be the same as those for all other full-time students.

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Early Enrollment Students

Agreements are in place with several high schools in West Virginia by which students may enroll in selected college courses that also satisfy requirements for high school graduation. High school students who are interested in these early enrollment classes may obtain information about them from the high school counselor or the WVU Tech Office of Admissions.

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Veterans

WVU Tech is approved by the WV Higher Education Policy Commission’s State Approving Agency for enrollment of veterans and dependents of deceased or 100% disabled veterans eligible for education benefits under current regulations. Those serving in the Army or Air National Guard or those on Active Duty or serving in a Reserve Unit may also qualify for educational assistance. The Office of the Registrar serves as the official institutional contact point for military and veterans’ programs and services.

New students who have not used their VA educational benefits must apply to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and/or their National Guard or Reserve Unit to establish their eligibility for educational benefits. Those receiving funding through the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs must submit a Certificate of Eligibility and those funded under WV National Guard programs must submit a Notice of Basic Eligibility to the Veterans Affairs Office in order to be certified for educational benefits. Transfer students who have used educational benefits at another school must contact the Veterans Affairs Office and submit a Change of Program or Place of Training Form to receive benefits. All transfer credits must be reported to the Veterans Affairs Office and official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. The student must also officially apply for WVU Tech admission and select a VA approved academic program before being certified to receive educational benefits. These guidelines also apply to students who are only enrolled in Extended Education courses. Continuing students need only verify their continued enrollment with the Veterans Affairs Office to continue their educational benefits. Please see http://techregistrar.wvutech.edu/forms.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all tuition and fees are paid, unless they are enrolled under the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33). Educational benefits checks should start arriving within 6 to 8 weeks after certification.

Any changes in approved course schedules including adding, dropping, and withdrawing from a course or courses MUST receive prior approval from the Veterans Affairs Office. Failure to obtain prior approval may jeopardize continued funding and may result in a significant over payment of educational benefits that must be repaid to the VA. Students withdrawing from the institution must also contact the Veterans Affairs Office to avoid any over payment. Any over payment of education benefits will be calculated within the pay period in which the change occurred. Changes of academic program major MUST receive prior approval from the Veterans Affairs Office and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or appropriate Guard or Reserve Unit.

Students receiving educational benefits are expected to make satisfactory progress in attaining their educational goals and to attend their classes on a regular basis. The Veterans Affairs Office will closely monitor academic progress and class attendance. Any student not following these requirements may lose their benefits.

All forms necessary for educational benefits are available in the Registrar's Office: Phone 304.929.0337 (Beckley) – E-mail: Tech-Veterans-Affairs@mail.wvu.edu.

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Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA)

RBA Students need to complete the general WVU Tech admissions application. There are no application fees. For details, please see http://bhss.wvutech.edu/departments/regents-bachelor-of-arts.

WVU Tech’s Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) degree program is designed for adults who want to complete their college studies and obtain a bachelors degree. The program is affordable, flexible, and offers an opportunity to gain credits for work and life experience. Students tailor their academic course of study to meet individual needs.

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Transient Students

A student wishing to take WVU Tech courses for transfer to another college may do so but, when registering, must present an official transient student permit from the college accepting the credits. This permit should include the number of semester hours permissible for transfer. The total cost of tuition and fees for the transient student is the same as that paid by regular WVU Tech students. Students from the WVU Morgantown campus or Potomac State College must complete a Dual Campus form if they will also be taking classes at their home institution, or a Change of Campus form if all courses during the term will be taken at WVU Tech. Forms can be found at http://techregistrar.wvutech.edu/forms.

WVU Tech students who wish to take courses at another institution for credit toward a WVU Tech program must meet with their advisor and complete a Transient Student Form. This form indicates the courses to be taken at the other institution and the course equivalencies when transferred to WVU Tech. This form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar before the student attends another institution. If the student will be taking courses at WVU Morgantown campus or Potomac State College, they must either complete a Dual Campus form if they will also be taking classes at WVU Tech, or a Change of Campus form if all courses during the term will be taken at another campus. Forms can be found at http://techregistrar.wvutech.edu/forms.

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Special Students

An individual who wishes to take courses, but not for a degree or certificate, is classified as a special student and may register for part-time studies, taking fewer than 12 hours of course credit in any semester. A special student who attempts 12 or more credit hours must apply for admission as a degree candidate by filing full credentials with the Office of Admissions. An overall grade point average of 2.00 or higher is required for admission. The tuition and fees for the special student is the same as those paid by regular college students.

An exception to this policy is granted to CTED students who are taking courses for certification for continuing employment, but who are not seeking a degree. These students are admitted under the 049T Career Technical Education Certificate major code, and are not bound by the 12 hour limit on special students.

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Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market provides opportunities for residents of other states that are members of the Southern Regional Education Board to attend selected programs in West Virginia at reduced tuition rates. Application must be made through the higher education authority of the state of residence. Depending upon the state of residence, the WVU Tech Athletic Coaching Education and Aerospace Engineering 2+ programs are available through the Academic Common Market Program.

Visit http://admissions.wvutech.edu/cost-and-aid/academic-common-market for details on the application process.

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Readmission of Students in Good Standing

Students who left WVU Tech in good standing and who return to college after an absence of one or more terms, excluding summer, must apply for readmission.

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Readmission of Suspended Students

See the Probation, Suspension and Dismissal tab for more information. 

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Advanced Placement Program (AP)

Academically qualifying high school juniors and seniors may earn college credit through the AP program of the College Entrance Examination Board. At the completion of the AP courses three-hour examinations will be administered. The final scores on the exam may demonstrate equivalency to selected WVU Tech courses. Details about the AP program are posted on the HEPC web page under academic affairs at www.wvhepc.edu/

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College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Incoming students who have gained a significant level of maturity through life experiences may receive college credit for their educationally-related experiences through the CLEP programs of the College Entrance Examination Board. Up to 35 hours of general education or elective credit may be earned through successful performance on CLEP general examinations. Although this program was designed primarily for adults, exceptionally well qualified high school seniors may elect the CLEP program. Courses for which credit may be earned through CLEP examinations are listed online at http://admissions.wvu.edu/admissions/equivalency.

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International Baccalaureate (IB)

WVU Tech welcomes applications from students who have attended high schools that offer the international baccalaureate program. Credit given varies with level (standard or higher) and with score. The chart can be found at http://admissions.wvu.edu/admissions/equivalency.

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Academic Forgiveness

WVU may provide academic forgiveness to some undergraduate students who were not successful in their first attempt at higher education at all West Virginia University locations.

POLICY

  • Students who have attended an accredited U.S. college or university cannot have been enrolled at any higher education institution for at least four calendar years.
  • Students will receive credit hours for all courses completed with a grade of D- or higher during any enrollment period. While all grades remain on the student's transcript, no grades (A through F) earned during any prior enrollment period will be counted in the grade point average calculation.
  • After forgiveness is granted, students must meet all WVU graduation requirements for their program. Students must and complete at least 15 credits toward the Associate’s degree with a maximum of 3 credits pass/fail. Students must complete at least 30 credits must be completed towards the Bachelor’s degree with at least 15 of those in the major and a maximum of 6 credits my be pass/fail, .
  • Academic forgiveness granted at any West Virginia University location is honored at all West Virginia University locations.

Procedure

  • Students must complete the Academic Forgiveness form (available at https://admissions.wvu.edu/forms-and-procedures/academic-forgiveness) and provide any requested documentation.
  • Students applying for Academic Forgiveness must meet with an academic advisor within the academic department they plan to enter. 
  • The form must be approved by the appropriate Dean or designee of the intended academic major and the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs or designee, who makes the final decision.

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Developmental Courses

Developmental courses do not count toward Tech’s degree requirements or GPA calculations.

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