Admission to our academic programs operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must complete the items listed below to be eligible for admissions and secure a spot in the program. You must possess an in progress high school transcript, high school diploma or GED to be considered 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".
Apply and Pay $20 Application Fee
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.
Take the Assessment/Placement Test or Submit Assessment Exemption Form
DCTC may consider waiving all or parts of the ACCUPLACER for students based on the possibilities listed below. If you have met any of the following criteria, you may print, complete and submit the placement test exemption form.
ACT Scores: Students who have taken their ACT's within the last five years and have received scores (or higher) of 21 in Reading, 18 in English and 22 in Math. Official ACT scores must be provided.
SAT Scores: Students who have taken their SAT's within the last five years and have received scores (or higher) of 530 in Math and 480 in Evidence Based Writing. Official SAT scores must be provided.
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Scores: Students who have taken their MCA's with the last five years and have received a 10th Grade MCA Reading of 1047 or higher, and 11th Grade MCA Math score of 1148 or higher (placement into Statistics), 1150 (placement into Math for Liberal Arts) and 1158 (placement into College Algebra). Official MCA Score Report must be provided.
Previous Degree: Students have a previous Associate degree, Bachelors degree and/or a graduate degree. There are some exceptions to this option depending upon certain DCTC programs/majors. Official college transcripts must be provided.
College Coursework/No Degree: Students who have no degree but have completed English Composition and/or College Algebra (or some other college-level math course). Official college transcripts must be provided.
Previous ACCUPLACER Scores: Students who have taken the English/Reading portions of the ACCUPLACER within the last three years AND the Math portions within the last two years. Official ACCUPLACER scores must be provided.
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
Arithmetic: 34 (Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills scores must be within the last 3 years and math within the last 2 years)
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 your in-progress high school transcript, official high school transcript or diploma with your graduation date.
GED Recipients: MUST submit official GED results.
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.
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.
Accuplacer Scores of 50 or higher in Reading Comprehension. 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.
NOTE: Students without a high school diploma or GED will NOT be eligible for financial aid.