Admission Requirements


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Rend Lake College maintains an open enrollment policy that provides access to higher education for those individuals who can benefit from its comprehensive programs. Admission to the college does not guarantee entrance into a particular course or program of study because students may have to meet specific requirements for entrance into certain programs. In addition, students are required to complete specified prerequisites prior to enrollment in certain courses. There is no discrimination in the admission or recruitment of students on the basis of age, disability, marital status, military status, citizenship status, national origin, race, religion, sex or other legally protected status.

Prospective students should enroll in advance of their expected start date for better class selection. Students enrolling in degree programs will be placed according to test scores in effect at the time of registration. Enrollment forms are available at the college, on the college’s website HERE and at high schools in the RLC district.

Applicants for a certificate or an associate’s degree from Rend Lake College should submit official transcripts from colleges they have attended. Students taking college-level courses must demonstrate college-level competency in language, reading and mathematics. Students entering a degree program or enrolling in a math or English course can determine placement with COMPASS/ASSET scores or ACT/SAT scores.

I am a High School Graduate or GED Recipient

To be admitted to Rend Lake College, the prospective student needs to:

  1. Complete and submit a Rend Lake College New Student Enrollment Form, either by printing, or online.
  2. Submit official high school transcript with graduation posted or GED certificate.
  3. Submit test scores, or scores from an alternate assessment as determined by Rend Lake College, or make arrangements for placement assessment with the Academic Advisement Center.
  4. Make an appointment with the Academic Advisement Center for educational planning.

I am a Transfer Student from an Accredited College

To be admitted to Rend Lake College, the prospective student needs to:

  1. Complete and submit a Rend Lake College New Student Enrollment Form.
  2. Submit ASSET, COMPASS, ACT or SAT placement scores or make arrangements for placement assessment with the Academic Advisement Center.
  3. Submit official high school transcript with graduation posted or GED certificate.
  4. Submit official transcripts to the Office of Student Records from all colleges previously attended.
  5. Make an appointment with the Academic Advisement Center for educational planning.

I am a Student Currently Enrolled in High School

To be admitted to Rend Lake College, the prospective student needs to:

  1. Complete and submit a Rend Lake College New Student Enrollment Form.
  2. Submit official high school transcript.
  3. Submit test scores, or scores from an alternate assessment as determined by Rend Lake College, or make arrangements for placement assessment with the Academic Advisement Center.
  4. Secure permission of high school official to attend Rend Lake College and submit a completed authorization form to the Office of Student Records
  5. Make an appointment with the Academic Advisement Center for educational planning.

I am a Non-High School Graduate 18 Years of Age or Older

To be admitted to Rend Lake College, the prospective student needs to:

  1. Complete and submit a Rend Lake College New Student Enrollment Form.
  2. Submit official GED certificate. (NOTE: New students 18 years of age and older who do not have a high school diploma or GED will be admitted as a pre-college student until high school equivalency is obtained.)
  3. Submit test scores, or scores from an alternate assessment as determined by Rend Lake College, or make arrangements for placement assessment with the Academic Advisement Center
  4. Make an appointment with the Academic Advisement Center for educational planning.

I am a Home-Schooled Student or High School-Age Student Not Attending High School

A home-schooled student is defined as an applicant who has officially severed his or her relationship with the district secondary education provider but is completing or has completed a home-study program believed to be the equivalent of a high school diploma or GED certification. This program must include, but is not limited to, reading, language arts, mathematics, social science and science. Students must be juniors or seniors and/or 16 years of age or older to attend Rend Lake College.

To be admitted to Rend Lake College, the prospective student needs to:

  1. Complete and submit a Rend Lake College New Student Enrollment form.
  2. Provide yearly documentation stating the student has never had or has officially severed his or her connection with the school system. A verification form can be obtained from the Rend Lake College Academic Advisement Center.
  3. Provide any transcripts available to document credit or completion of secondary education. 
  4. Submit placement test, ACT or SAT scores, or scores from an alternate assessment as determined by Rend Lake College, or make arrangements for placement assessment with the Academic Advisement Center
  5. Make an appointment with the Academic Advisement Center for educational planning.

I am an International Student

Prospective international students who wish to attend Rend Lake College must enroll in an associate degree program; must provide proof of secondary education completion; must provide proof of financial support for tuition, fees, books, supplies and living expenses for two academic years at the current estimated cost rate; and have a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.

Prospective students should first contact a Primary Designated School Official / Designated School Official at signifying interest in obtaining an associate degree at Rend Lake College. The PDSO / DSO will send the Intent Agreement to the prospective student.

The following forms must be received by the DSO in order to issue an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Student Status) to an international student for the purpose of obtaining an F-1 visa:

  • Intent Agreement
  • Rend Lake College New Student Enrollment Form
  • Proof of completion of secondary education in English translation
  • International student financial statement
  • Financial documentation for financial statement in English translation
  • Any other official documentation indicating visa and passport status

International students must have a minimum score of 500 on the paper-based TOEFL, 173 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL, and must meet all degree program requirements. International students must provide documentation that the student has met TOEFL guidelines or provide certification that English is the student’s first language.