How to Get Started: Admissions

Admissions Office

Takena Hall 115, 541-917-4811, admissions@linnbenton.edu 

www.linnbenton.edu/admissions1

LBCC maintains an “open door” admission policy, meaning that anyone who is at least 18 years old is eligible to enroll in classes regardless of educational background. You may complete a, an online application, student data form, or registration request form and register for the desired class at any time during Open Registration. Before you can receive a certificate or degree, you must become admitted, by completing the admission process.

Students Seeking Degrees or Certificates:

If you’re working toward a degree or certificate, intend to register for 6 or more credits, or have applied for financial aid, you must complete the admission process. As a fully admitted student, you will be eligible for Priority Registration as either a full-time or part-time student and be considered for federal financial aid, if you applied. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For all programs, the college reserves the right to give higher priority to district residents.

Students Not Seeking Degrees or Certificates:

If you want to take classes but are not seeking a degree or certificate, you don’t need to be admitted. You can simply register for your classes any time during open registration. First-time students must submit an online application, student data form, or registration request form to begin. Forms are available online or at registration service counters. (Note: Some courses require all or part of the College Placement Test (CPT) or prerequisite courses before registration is allowed.)

Whether you choose to be admitted or you simply want to enroll in a class or two, it is a good idea to meet with an academic advisor. For advising assistance, visit the Advising Center.

Transfer Students

Linn-Benton Community College accepts college-level transfer credit from regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institutions. LBCC's Admissions Office uses Oregon State University's transfer course equivalency tables as a guide to determine equivalencies to LBCC's general education requirements.

Transfer credit evaluation is a partnership between LBCC's Admissions Office and faculty. The Admissions Office will evaluate transfer credit to determine if it is equivalent to LBCC's general education course requirements for AS, AAOT, AGS, AAT, AST, and AAS degrees, and for certificates. Upon request, faculty will evaluate transfer coursework for equivalencies to LBCC major-specific requirements for degrees and certificates. Additional documentation such as catalog descriptions and/or syllabi may be required to support a faculty review.

To have transfer credit evaluated for equivalency to LBCC courses, official transcripts must be submitted to LBCC's Admissions Office, and the transcripts must be able to be matched to a valid LBCC student ID number. LBCC considers transcripts to be "official" if they have been received directly from an issuing institution (whether on paper in a sealed sending institution envelope or a certified electronic copy) and are properly signed/authenticated by the sending institution. All transcripts received by the Admissions Office become the property of LBCC. The Admissions Office will not provide copies of transcripts from other institutions.

Students will be notified via email upon receipt of their transcript(s) and again upon completion of the credit evaluation. Results of the credit evaluation may be viewed in the Unofficial Transcript sections of the student's Webrunner account.

Transfer credit is not included in determining academic standing at LBCC. Transfer GPA and course completion is included in establishing initial Satisfactory Academic Progress at LBCC for federal Financial Aid.

Linn-Benton Community College accepts college-level credits in the following manner:

 


U.S. Institution Transfer Credit


Regionally accredited U.S. institutions of higher education

Coursework must be 100-level or above, however developmental-level coursework that can be directly correlated with an equivalent developmental LBCC course can be transferable. Coursework must be graded with the range of A-D (or numeric equivalent), or with a Satisfactory/Pass designation, where that grade is defined by the issuing institution as equating to a letter grade of C or better.
LBCC uses Oregon State University’s transfer credit equivalency tables as a guide to equivalencies.
General education courses that do not have direct equivalences to LBCC courses may be eligible for transfer and potential use as electives.  In some cases, courses will be designated with subject codes of LDT, 1XX or 2XX.
Major-specific courses that do not equate to specific LBCC courses will be granted Lower Division Transfer Credit; courses that do not equate to Career Technical courses in an AAS degree or certificate will be granted Career Technical credits at LBCC. Credits not applied to degree and/or certificate requirements are posted as block transfer on LBCC transcripts.

 
U.S. Military (Joint Service Transcripts,
DD-214)

LBCC’s Admissions Office will apply ACE guidelines when determining college credit transferability from U.S military transcripts and service documents.

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit awarded for prior learning, which includes Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Credit by Challenge Exam, Credit for Military Training, Credit for Professional Licensure, and Credit for LBCC Training, will be posted on a student’s LBCC  academic transcript in the manner outlined in AR 4020-01.


Coursework from Nationally  Accredited Institutions


Upon request, coursework from Nationally Accredited Institutions may be reviewed for LBCC equivalency.

Non U.S. Institution Transfer Credit


The AACRAO Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE)

Official transcripts and course descriptions must be submitted to LBCC’s Admissions Office.
Official transcripts and course descriptions must be in English. Non-English transcripts and course descriptions must be translated into English by a college-approved certified translator or evaluated by an NACES service provider.
English Composition will not be accepted in transfer unless taken at an accredited U.S. college or university or an accredited English-speaking university.

International Students

International students who wish to study full-time at LBCC must complete the international application. Application deadlines and requirements are listed online at http://www.linnbenton.edu/international-students. Upon completion of admission, students will receive an I-20 and letter of acceptance from International Programs.

Students on F-2 visas may be admitted to study at LBCC for 11 or less credits. For questions regarding F-2 and other visa types, email the International Programs Office at internationaladmissions@linnbenton.edu.

Programs for High School Age Students

LBCC continues to expand opportunities for high school‐age students through partnerships with area public and private high schools. High School students have the opportunity to earn college credit by taking courses directly from LBCC (Expanded Options/Alternative Learning Opportunities/Post Graduate Scholar Program*), and at their respective high school from an approved high school teacher (College Now).

For more information about these programs, call the High School Partnerships Office at 541‐917‐4236.

In addition to formal partnerships, LBCC offers a variety of other programs, courses, and activities for high school youth, such as drivers’ education, tractor safety, and campus tours.

For more opportunities for high school age students, please visit: https://www.linnbenton.edu/future-students/high-school-partnerships/index.php

*program contingent upon continued state funding

Students Younger than Age 18

Credit classes: Students, 16 or 17 years old, who haven’t completed high school and/or don’t hold a GED, must file a Campus High School Programs form before they can take a credit class. Forms are available online on the High School Partnerships website and at the Admissions & Registration Office in Takena Hall. Students under the age of 16 are eligible to enroll only by exception and through a special enrollment process. 

Non-credit classes: Students do not need to submit a Campus High School Programs form, but do need the instructor’s permission.

Students under the age of 16 who have not graduated from high school and wish to enroll in credit classes will be required to submit a Campus High School Program form, current transcript, letters of recommendation, and will need to complete placement tests. Materials will be reviewed by the LBCC Campus High School Programs advisor. If the advisor determines the student can move forward in the under 16 process, an interview will be scheduled for the student with the LBCC Campus High School Programs advisor and faculty member. Call the High School Partnerships Office at 541-917-4236 for more information.

Students 16 or 17 years old who want to take GED preparation classes must provide a letter, on official letterhead, stating release from compulsory attendance, or a Parent Assurance and GED Authorization Letter from the Linn-Benton Lincoln Education School District via the home school office.

Destination Graduation

As a requirement for admission, all new students enroll in LBCC’s first-year college success course, Destination Graduation (DG). DG is a one-credit course designed to introduce students to LBCC resources and expectations, develop student commitment, and provide support to new students throughout their first term at LBCC. Each student is assigned an Academic Advisor and introduced to the educational planning process. The Education Plan is a student's individualized roadmap to graduation. Academic advising is provided to students at no cost throughout their college career at LBCC.

LBCC/OSU Degree Partnership Program

McKenzie Hall 111, 541-917-4237, dpp@linnbenton.edu

www.linnbenton.edu/degree-partnership

Each year, more than 3,000 are enrolled in this innovative program that allows you to take classes at both LBCC and Oregon State University at the same time, while using financial aid to pay for your classes at both institutions (if qualified).  Students who want to transfer to OSU are encouraged to apply to the DPP program as soon as they are eligible, even if they don’t choose to take any classes at OSU for a few terms.  Being dual-enrolled protects students from changes to their major coursework at OSU, and also gives students access to classes and services at both institutions.  The cost of services at the institution where you currently take courses is included in your tuition and enrollment fees; in addition, you can purchase services at the partner institution. If you are taking courses at both institutions, you have access to student fee-based services at LBCC and OSU including OSU’s Dixon Recreation Center, Student Health Center, University Counseling and Psychological Services and University Housing.

Students who meet OSU’s freshman admissions requirements can dually enroll at both LBCC and Oregon State University by completing one application process through OSU, available at linnbenton.edu/degree-partnership. To apply to DPP as a transfer student, students must have: 

  • Completed WR 121: English Composition with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of 24 graded transferable credits
  • 2.25 GPA or better
  • Completed MTH 105, MTH 111 or College Algebra equivalent at an accredited college or university with a grade of C or better

LBCC Oregon Tech Dual Enrollment

McKenzie Hall 111, 541-917-4237, dpp@linnbenton.edu

www.linnbenton.edu/future-students/make-it-official/oit-dual-enrollment

Start your bachelor’s degree at Linn-Benton Community College and finish at Oregon Tech (formerly OIT). The LBCC/OT dual enrollment agreement provides an opportunity for students to complete one application process for enrollment at LBCC and/or OT, allowing students to access services at both institutions. Many dually enrolled students enroll concurrently at both institutions to fulfill their educational goals and needs. LBCC and OT have degree programs that maximize credit transfer for students. OT is a 4-year public university with programs in Klamath Falls and Portland. The dual enrollment program is open to all U.S. citizens and residents.

Special Admission Programs

Some LBCC programs have stringent admission requirements, which were set to administer the college’s resources effectively and to ensure that each student has a reasonable chance of success. These programs include:

  • Dental Assistant
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Phlebotomy
  • Sleep Technology
  • Surgical Technician

Special admission programs often require prerequisite courses or skills assessments. Placement scores used as assessment for special admission programs are valid for five years. For most programs, qualified in-district applicants receive priority in the selection process. (Note: The LBCC district does not include all of Linn and Benton counties.) A student who does not meet a course prerequisite or competency for a special admission program may appeal by filing a petition. Petitions will not be accepted based on any other criteria used in the selection process. Admission requirements and application materials for each program must be downloaded from www.linnbenton.edu/forms (see Special Admission Bulletins).

In addition to application prerequisites, the Nursing, Diagnostic Imaging and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs admit students according to rank on a "points system". Interested applicants should review the current application bulletin to ensure that all requirements are met and gain an understanding of the awarding of admission points. Students admitted to the program must also meet additional departmental requirements which can be found in the bulletin. Admitted students are financially responsible for immunizations, health screening, criminal background check, drug testing and certification fees. The bulletins can be found at www.linnbenton.edu/tuition-and-admission/special-admissions.php