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Any individual who is a graduate of an accredited high school or who has earned the Certificate of High School Equivalency (GED or HiSET) is eligible for regular admission to Jefferson College. Students who do not meet the criteria for regular admission may attend classes at Jefferson College as provisional students for a limited period of time while they meet their regular admission requirements. Admission to the College does not necessarily mean immediate entrance into a specific course or curriculum.

First-time students are required to complete Jefferson College Math Readiness and Accuplacer Next-Gen Reading placement tests or submit an official ACT score prior to enrollment.  Depending on the final GPA and date of high school graduation or the test date/scores of HiSET/GED, these placement scores may be waived. 

The Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) follows the Department of Higher Education's guidelines in establishing college readiness standards for students entering community colleges. Students who do not have an ACT reading score or have a score below 18 are required to take the Accuplacer Next-Gen placement test, which determines competency in reading. Test scores must be within the previous two years of registration. Students not meeting readiness standards for admission into certain courses or programs may be enrolled in developmental courses to help them qualify.