Policy/Procedure Information

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Number: 3.4

Name: Admission Policy

Author: Policy Committee

Effective Date: February 27, 2020

Next Review Date: AY2023–2024

Regulatory Authority:

Part 1. Policy Statement

North Hennepin Community College considers all applicants for admission regardless of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status in regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The college follows an open door admission policy, which means that any person who has graduated from an accredited high school, successfully completed a General Educational Development (GED) examination, or who can demonstrate an Ability to Benefit is eligible for admission.

North Hennepin Community College has taken steps to assure that lack of English skills will not pose a barrier to participating in the application, admissions, and enrollment process. These include provisions for communicating with records, registration, and advising personnel, a well-defined information and referral process, and the English Language for Academic Purposes (EAP) program.

Part 2. Definitions

Subpart A. Admission

Admission means a student's initial entrance into a Minnesota state college or university as a candidate for a certificate, diploma, or degree.

Subpart B. International Student

International student means a student who is required to be registered under the federal Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

Subpart C. Non-Degree Seeking Student

A student who is not seeking a degree or certificate at the college. Non‐degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.

Subpart D. Visiting Student

A student who is not admitted to the college, but has registered for courses by creating an eServices account or though their eServices account at another Minnesota State institution.

Subpart E. Ability to Benefit

Basis on which a student without a high school diploma, a recognized equivalent, or a General Education Diploma (GED) may qualify for admission to the college. The placement test is the approved Ability to Benefit test at North Hennepin Community College.

Part 3. Campus Review.

Review Action Date(s)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Review: March 11, 2019

Campus Community Review Period: March 27, 2019–April 11, 2019

AFSCME Review: November 5, 2019

MAPE Review: November 5, 2019

MMA Review: November 5, 2019

Shared Governance Council Review: December 22, 2019

Student Senate Review: November 1, 2019

Interim President Jeffrey Williamson Approval: February 27, 2020

Campus Community Dissemination: September 22, 2020


  • New policy effective 8/26/2013
  • Policy reviewed Spring 2014
  • Policy reviewed Spring 2019; approved by Jesse Mason by proxy for Interim President Jeffery Williamson