Admissions Process for High School Students

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Getting started is easy...


 Step 1:

Complete a JWCC Admissions Form.

You can:

        Fill out the Online Form,

        Download a Printable Form,

        Or fill out an Information Request Card to have a paper form mailed to you.

Step 2:

Send official records of any prior high school or college-level education to the JWCC Office of Admissions.

These records may include any one or a combination of the following:

High School transcript - Contact the high school from which you graduated or will graduate. HS Transcript Request Form

Home School transcript - The home school administrator must provide a notarized copy of the course work completed, preferably in transcript format.

GED exam scores - Contact the Regional Superintendent of Schools from your school district.  
GED Request form for Quincy

GED Request form for Iowa

GED Request form for Missouri

Generic GED Request form

GED Score Resource List

College transcripts - Have an official copy of you academic transcripts sent directly to the Records Office at John Wood from each college you have attended.
Transcript Request Form

Military service training - Provide a copy of your DD-214 - Copy 4 (separation document), AARTS/ACE transcript, or Community College of the Air Force Transcript

Step 3:

Take Placement Test  (after transcripts are received) 

New students who have not successfully completed college-level math and English courses are required to take the COMPASS skill assessment during the orientation session. COMPASS is an un-timed, computer-based assessment of reading, writing and math skills. JWCC pays for the first assessment for all new students. Students who need orientation and assessment should expect to spend three to four hours for the combined session.

Students who completed the ACT test within three years of their enrollment who score at particular levels on the ACT test are exempt from COMPASS testing but not student orientation. Students with an ACT English sub-score of 20 or higher are exempt from the COMPASS writing test; students with an ACT Math sub-score of 23 or higher are exempt from the COMPASS math test. Students who wish to re-test on COMPASS in an effort to raise their scores should make individual appointments through Admissions and are usually assessed a $15 fee.

Step 4:

Meet with a JWCC Counselor/Advisor

You will be able to review your assessment results, discuss your program of study, and register for your classes. Appointments may be made by calling (217) 641-4355.

Students interested in admission to either transfer or career/technical programs must demonstrate the ability and interest in succeeding in such programs. Students whose educational backgrounds need strengthening will be encouraged to take courses to prepare them for admission to the programs of their choice.