Welcome to Glen Oaks Community College



So you are considering being a student at Glen Oaks Community College? Or maybe you have already decided Glen Oaks is for you?

Whatever your interest or point of view, we have the information that will help you navigate through the process.

Glen Oaks Community College is committed to the philosophy that an education is not only a privilege but also a right. Each and every person is entitled to the opportunity to develop his or her greatest potential. As a result the college serves a diverse student body of varying ages, interests, backgrounds, abilities and potential. Getting started is not difficult at GOCC, and we are happy to assist you in the admissions process.

We encourage you to become familiar with the entrance requirements in regards to your student status:

Admission of New Students

Admission to Glen Oaks does not necessarily guarantee admittance to a specific course or program of study. A person desiring admission to Glen Oaks Community College must submit a completed application to the Admissions Office.

A minor student under the age of 18 who has provided evidence they have completed the required coursework to obtain a graduation diploma or GED, may be admitted as a new student. It is essential to have a signed consent by a parent or guardian; each applicant will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

An official high school transcript or GED score report should be mailed directly from the high school or GED-granting institution to the Admissions Office. Transcripts are used for academic advising, course placement, and acceptance into specific programs. The request for a high school transcript applies only to students who have graduated within the last 10 years unless, unless special circumstances require a transcript on file.

Accepted students are expected to meet with a college advisor to plan their academic program. New students may need to participate in the Course Placement Evaluation prior to meeting with an advisor. Placement testing may be waived if the student provides qualifying ACT or SAT scores or has earned a prior degree.

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Orientation is available on campus prior to the start of each term. Students must complete orientation prior to registering for classes.

Admission of Transfer Students

A student who has attended another college or university must apply for admission by completing the Glen Oaks Community College admission application.

Transfer students must submit an official high school transcript (or GED score report) and official college transcripts from each college previously attended. These transcripts must be mailed directly from the high school/college(s) to the Admissions / Registration Office.

Participation in the Course Placement Evaluation is expected, unless other conditions are met.

A minimum of fifteen (15) semester hours of credit must be earned at Glen Oaks if a degree or certificate is to be granted.

Admission of Former Students

Former students should see a counselor or an academic advisor before they register, so they can be apprised of any changes in degree or certificate requirements. The Registrar should also be notified of any address or name changes.

Admission of College Guest Students

Students attending another college or university, who wish to study at Glen Oaks Community College as a guest student, must submit either a Glen Oaks admissions application or a completed Michigan Uniform Undergraduate Guest Application. The guest form is available at Glen Oaks (link), the college/university last attended by the applicant. A guest application is valid for only one semester.

Dual Enrollment

Also known as the Post-secondary Options Act, gives high school students in public schools or state-approved non-public schools the opportunity to enroll in college courses while attending high school.
When all criteria identified by the state are met, the student’s college tuition, applicable fees, and textbook costs may be paid by the school district.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

These courses that have been evaluated and approved for GOCC credit by GOCC. Students must submit a Certificate of Competency from the ISD to the Records and registration Office at GOCC.

The programs included typically are centered around trades or healthcare programs. (i.e. Welding, Automotive, Medical Occupations)

Early/Middle College

The St. Joseph County Early/Middle College (EMC) Program provides high school students a rigorous opportunity to receive a high school diploma in addition to one of the following: an occupational certificate, an associate degree, or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor’s degree. Students enrolled in EMC attend an additional year (13th grade) to complete both high school and college program requirements.

Please find applications for these programs on the right tab under “Dual Enrollment, CTE, Early/Middle College”

Admission of High School Guest Students

17 years of age or younger
If a student is 17 years of age or younger and is interested in taking courses at Glen Oaks, the student must:

Complete the Early College Admissions Guest Application.
Take the Course Placement Evaluation.
Meet with a Glen Oaks Counselor or Advisor who will:

a. Review the results of the Course Placement Evaluation.

b. Determine whether course prerequisite requirements are met.

c. Evaluate the approximate maturity level of the student.

15 years of age or younger

Students 15 years of age or younger will need to obtain permission to enter classes from the appropriate Glen Oaks faculty.

NOTE: Students enrolling in courses designed specifically for young people or non-credit continuing education courses or those electing to audit a credit class will not be required to submit the guest application.

Glen Oaks Community College reserves the right to deny a student admission to a class based on their maturity level and/or the student’s Placement Evaluation scores.

Admission of International Students

International students attending another college or university who wish to study at Glen Oaks Community College as guest students must do all of the following:

  1. Submit either a Glen Oaks Application for Admissions or a completed Michigan Uniform Undergraduate Guest Application. The Guest Application is available at Glen Oaks or the college/university last attended by the applicant.
    Note: A Guest Application is valid only for one semester.
  2. Be evaluated to determine skill levels in writing, reading, and mathematics.
  3. Meet with the International Student Advisor to address any immigration issues and for approval. (Admission to Glen Oaks is subject to compliance with the U.S. Immigration Department.)
  4. Meet with the International Student Advisor for academic advisement.
  5. Enroll in the courses recommended by the International Student Advisor.


Tips for International Students (PDF)

International Student Packet (PDF)

The packet includes:

  • Thank You Letter
  • Application for Admission
  • International Application Guidelines
  • International Student Regulations
  • International Student Questionnaire
  • Student Statement of Financial Understanding
  • Financial Statement for International Applicants
  • Students Transferring from another US Institution
  • Transfer Statement Authorization
  • Statement of Local Sponsor Providing Free Room and Board
  • Financial Statement for International Student’s Local Sponsor
  • International Student Miscellaneous Information
  • International Student Checklist (F-1 Immigration Classification)

Please follow the directions carefully. Only persons with complete applications/forms will be considered for admission.


You will be considered for admission to Glen Oaks Community College when your application packet is complete. An I-20 will be issued to all students who meet the international entrance qualifications. The I-20 can be used to secure a visa stamp which allows travel to the USA for the purpose of college study.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the International Student Advisor,

Ben Fries, by email or by phone (269) 294-4271 or (888) 994-7818 ext. 244 (toll free).

Admission of Senior Citizens

Senior Citizen Tuition Policy

(revised 06/08/11)

With respect to credit-bearing academic courses and programs:

Enrolled students are assessed tuition on a per semester contact hour basis based on residency and property ownership: Resident, in-district; Service area; Out-of-district, Out-of-service area, and International. In addition Glen Oaks Community College provides for a specific Senior Citizen tuition benefit. This benefit provides residents of St. Joseph County who are 65 years of age or older at the time of registration a discounted contact hour tuition of fifty (50) percent for a maximum of eighteen (18) credit hours per year. Beyond the eighteen (18) credit hours per year, regular tuition rates apply. This benefit is subject to the following conditions:

The minimum class size (which determines whether a given course has sufficient enrollment to be offered) must be attained without considering the senior citizen enrollment.
Senior citizens must meet regular course entry requirements.

Maximum class size shall not be exceeded by the enrollment of senior citizens.

Senior citizens must pay all regular fees, including registration, course, laboratory, technology, and general fees.

The Senior Citizen tuition waiver may not be used for tuition costs for limited and competitive enrollment academic programs, including Nursing and Allied Health.

Senior citizens already registered in academic courses or programs may continue to receive full tuition waiver for two years, although not for tuition costs for limited and competitive enrollment academic programs, including Nursing and Allied Health.

With respect to non-credit courses and programs:

The senior citizen tuition policy and benefit does not apply to continuing education, customized business training, or other courses, seminars, and workshops that may be offered at the college.