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2015-2016 Catalog


Becoming a Student

Application and Enrollment Procedures for New Students

Front Range Community College is an open-door institution and accepts applicants 17 years of age and older. Admission to the college does not guarantee enrollment into a particular course or program.

1. Apply for Admission - Submit an Application

Prior to enrolling at the college, students must complete and submit an Application for Admission online at www.frontrange.edu/apply. This form also is available on campus. For returning students, students who are currently attending a local high school and wish to enroll concurrently at the college, students under the age of 17, or students who wish to attend on an international student visa, please review the Special Admission Procedures in the Admissions section of this catalog.

2. Attend a Get Started Session

All new students must attend a Get Started Session where you will learn about assessment requirements, class registration, financial aid, programs, services, and more. Please go to www.frontrange.edu/getstarted for a full list of Get Started sessions.

3. Take the Assessment Test (or get an exemption)

The State of Colorado mandates that incoming students to Colorado’s state-supported institutions of higher education complete an assessment of basic skills and enroll in appropriate courses based on the assessment outcomes. At FRCC, students must complete the placement assessment or secure an exemption before registering for courses.

The assessment determines a students’ skill levels in English, reading, and mathematics. Components of this process may include the assessment of reading comprehension, word usage and mechanics, essay writing and mathematics. The assessment is computerized, untimed, and requires approximately two hours to complete.

Students are required to meet minimum scores to enroll in specific classes. The assessment scores required for placement in specific courses are available in the campus advising centers and testing centers.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request for persons with documented disabilities. If you require accommodations to participate in assessment, please notify the Office of Disability Services at your local campus.

Pre-Assessment Preparation

A student cannot “fail” an assessment test, but the scores do dictate the level of courses in which the student is allowed to enroll. Pre-assessment activities are available. Contact advising (www.frontrange.edu/advising) or testing centers (www.frontrange.edu/testing) for further information.

To assist students, computer links and study guides regarding the assessment test are available on the FRCC website: www.frontrange.edu/testing. Click on Study Guides.

Assessment Exemptions

Students who meet one of the criteria listed below are exempt from taking the assessment test:

  1. Possess an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science Degree or higher from a regionally-accredited college or university.
    Note: Associate of Applied Science and Associate of General Studies Degrees do not qualify for this exemption.
  2. Completed college-level English composition (to be exempt from English and reading tests) and/or college-level mathematics course (to be exempt from math test) with a grade of “C” or better at a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. ACT or SAT scores may exempt you from the assessment. Scores must be from ACT or SAT testing within the past 5 years. Please go to www.frontrange.edu/testing for required scores.
  4. Enrollment in only one course for either employment enhancement or personal interest (one-course waiver).
    1. Students under 20 years of age are not eligible for the one-course waiver. CDHE requires that all students under the age of 20 be assessed or provide the required waiver exemption for reporting to the secondary schools.
    2. State guaranteed general education transfer (GT) courses are not eligible for the one-course waiver.
    3. English and mathematics courses are not eligible for the one-course waiver.

Students under 20 years of age must be assessed unless they qualify for an exemption under #1, #2, or #3. To request an exemption, students must bring the appropriate documentation (college transcripts, diploma, or ACT/SAT scores) to the Testing Center or the Advising Center.

Assessment of English as a Second Language Students

Students for whom English is a second language, including international students, may be required to take the ESL portion of the Accuplacer assessment for placement into ESL courses. Students for whom English is a second language enrolling in credit courses must take the Accuplacer or qualify for an exemption before enrolling in classes.

Note: International students attending the college on an F-1 student visa are required to contact their campus International Student Admissions Officer to schedule an orientation. 

4. Meet with an Academic Advisor

Advising assists students in planning their educational objectives and provides an opportunity for students to meet faculty and staff outside the classroom. Advising is an ongoing process, and students should consult with an advisor regularly.

In order to promote student success, the college requires all new students to meet with an advisor before registering for classes. Continuing students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering and at other times throughout the year as needed.

An advisor will help you interpret your assessment results, create an educational plan, review program requirements, and release the New Student hold on your account. Academic advising options for new and continuing students vary by campus and include appointments and drop-in advising. Contact the appropriate campus to schedule an appointment, or stop by to receive more information about advising. For hours and contact information, visit www.frontrange.edu/advising.

5. Register for Classes

Students may register for courses, drop courses, withdraw from courses, make payment, and obtain grades through eWOLF on the FRCC website at www.frontrange.edu. Additionally, students may change their address or password, print unofficial transcripts, request an official transcript, pay tuition and fees, and check their financial aid.

Before registering for courses, meet with your advisor or consult your educational plan. DegreeCheck is a great resource to keep you on track. Find DegreeCheck in eWOLF under the Student tab.

6. Complete the Payment Process - Pay Tuition

Full payment, your first payment through the deferred payment plan, or acceptance of financial aid is due by close of business on the payment deadline. If the payment deadline has passed, payment is due by the end of the business day following the day you registered for classes. Pay tuition and fees in eWOLF under the Student Finance tab or on campus at the Cashier's office. Accept your financial aid award in eWOLF under the Student Finance tab.

  •  Purchase Books and Supplies  - Print your schedule and bring it to the FRCC Bookstore, or order your books online at www.frontrange.edu/bookstores.
  •  Attend New Student Orientation - New Student Orientation (NSO) is a great way to become familiar with FRCC, make friends, and begin a successful college experience. Register for New Student Orientation (NSO) online at www.frontrange.edu/orientation.
  •  Get your Wolf Card (Student ID Card) - Get your official FRCC student ID card. The Wolf Card gives you access to the library, computer labs, fitness center, and other services on campus. It also gives you discounts around town. Bring a government-issued photo ID, a copy of your current class schedule, and $5 to the Student Life office of the Boulder County and Westminster campuses, or the Longs Peak Student Center Information Desk on the Larimer campus.
  • Log into eWOLF (Student Account) and Activate Your College-issued Email - When accessing your eWOLF account for the first time, you will be asked to enter a password: the initial password is your birth date (mm/dd/yy). Next, you will be asked to provide a security question and then a new custom password. It is important that you securely retain your password so that you can use your eWOLF account to access grades, transcripts, online registration, financial aid, etc. All important communications including waitlist status and notifications from the college are sent to your college-issued email. In eWOLF click on Student Email in the upper right-hand corner to activate your email. Visit www.frontrange.edu/activateemail for step-by-step instructions.