Admission to our academic programs operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must complete the following requirements to be eligible for admission. Diploma and certificate applicants must complete the Acknowledgement of Gainful Employment requirement on your e-Services account. Go to your Application Status page and click "action items".
Attend a Tuesday Campus Visit
to learn more and meet with faculty or advisors
Visiting the campus is the best way to experience DCTC, learn about the admissions process, and see where you'll be learning in person. Our Tuesday Campus Visit is a great way to experience our campus and is highly recommended for every student applying to DCTC (a campus visit is required for students applying to a Transportation program). Campus Visits are held every Tuesday at 1 p.m. Check in begins at 12:45 p.m and ends promptly at 1:10 p.m. Students arriving after 1:10 p.m. will be asked to attend a different Tuesday Campus Visit. No appointment necessary.
Yes, you must submit an application if you want to take any technical program classes, get into one of our technical programs and/or want to take more than 11 credits in technical or liberal arts classes.
The only exceptions for waiving the application fee are the following:
Military personnel, veteran, dependent of a veteran or spouse of military personnel/veteran: fee waived if indicated on application.
Persons on assistance; you must present your EBT card with your name on it.
High School students on free or reduced lunch program: see your high school counselor for them to complete the NACAC fee waiver.
Attend and apply during our fall or spring Open House.
Use the payment link on the final application page to securely pay your fee with a credit/debit card. If you've already applied, you can visit the Application Status page and click on the "eServices" link. If you are submitting a paper application via mail or in-person, checks may be made payable to DCTC. Payment is due before you can be accepted to DCTC.
After visiting DCTC, you'll need apply to the college and pay the $20 non-refundable application fee. Take a few minutes and complete the online application, or visit the "Apply to DCTC" page for more options. If you have any questions, give us a call at 651-423-8000 for assistance.
ACT: 18+ English, 21+ Reading, 22+ math, scores must be within the last 2 years & submit supporting documentation
SAT: To be determined
MCA: To be determined
College coursework completed in college level English, composition within the last 3 years and/or college math in the last 2 years. You must submit support documentation if the coursework was not complete at a Minnesota State college or university.
Previous placement test scores that are current: English & sentence skills within 3 years, math within 2 years.
Earned associate degree, bachelor's degree or a graduate degree; student must provide official college transcript.
Although lack of English skills is not a barrier for admissions to the college, some programs do require a certain level of English competency for acceptance.
You must submit a current high school transcript if you're in high school.
You must submit a copy of your high school diploma or transcript if you are applying for the Federal financial aid program (FAFSA).
GED Recipients: MUST submit official GED results.
No High School or GED documentation: Must take the placement test (or submit current test scores) and obtain the following scores to be Ability to Benefit eligible:
Reading Comprehension: 55
Sentence Skills: 60
(Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills scores must be within the last 3 years and math within the last 2 years)
If you want to transfer credits from another college or university, you must provide official college/university transcripts. Official transcripts should be sent directly to DCTC from the previous institution. Transcripts submitted in person must be in a sealed envelope from the originating institution. If you have additional questions contact Admissions at 651-423-8000 or email@example.com.
Accuplacer Scores of 45 or higher in Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. Proof of high school graduation.
Apply for Financial Aid
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for Federal and State Grants and loans to help pay your educational expenses. DCTC's Federal School Code is 010402. Apply as early as possible.