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Developmental Course Information

A GRCC course is considered developmental if it meets either of the two following conditions:

  1. It is a course required for high school graduation under Michigan's High School Content Expectations law
  2. It is a course desigend with the express intent to prepare students for college-level course work.

College-level courses are those classes that require the level of skill attainment, knowledge, and reasoning ability required by courses that lead to an Associate, Baccalaureate, or post-secondary job-training credential.

General Requirements

No courses below 100 level will be used toward graduation requirements. The following GRCC courses are developmental:

Computer Information Systems

  • CO 003

English

  • EN 097

Math

  • MA 095
  • MA 096
  • MA 097
  • MA 098

Psychology

  • PY 097

Reading

  • RD 095
  • RD 097
  • RD 098

Courses under review for developmental level designation:

  • MA 105
  • MA 107

Admission Requirements

Admission to Grand Rapids Community College is open to all high school graduates, or those who have satisfactorily completed the General Education Development (GED) test or individuals 18 years or older. Grand Rapids Community College requires degree-seeking students to submit high school transcripts with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and an American College Test (ACT) score of 18 or higher in the subject areas of math, reading, and English.

Students with a high school GPA below 2.0, students with a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, students with a Community Education Development or Certificate of Completion, or students with no ACT scores, or ACT scores below 18 in math, reading, and English, are required to complete a placement test.

Degree seeking students transferring in from another College need to provide a transcript showing at least 12 completed credits with a 2.0 GPA or higher; those Students transferring in who do not have 12 completed credits with a 2.0 GPA or higher need to meet the same admissions requirements as high school graduates or GED recipients.

Applicants seeking degrees/certificates or planning to transfer to another college must:

  1. Submit an application online at www.grcc.edu or request a paper copy from the Enrollment Center.
  2. Request that an official high school transcript (college transcript if transferring from another institution) be sent to the Enrollment Center.
  3. A student must be in a degree/certificate program to receive financial aid.

Applicants wishing to take classes for personal interest (non-degree) must:

  1. Submit an application online at www.grcc.edu or request a paper copy from the Enrollment Center.

Application Deadlines

  1. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to the beginning of the semester.
  2. Applications are processed as they are received, with the upcoming semester given priority.
  3. Deadlines will be posted each semester for degree/certificate-seeking applicants.

Assessments

Students who enter Grand Rapids Community College intending to earn a degree or certificate will be required to take a placement test unless their high school grade point average is equal to or greater than 2.0 and their ACT score is 18 or higher in the subject areas of math, reading, and English. Call the Enrollment Center for more information about the placement test, (616) 234-4000.

The requirement to take the placement test may be waived for students who have successfully completed Elementary Algebra (MA 098) and English Composition (EN 101) or Business and Technical English (BA 101), or the equivalent of these courses.

High school graduates who do not meet the minimum GPA and ACT score requirement, General Education Development (GED) recipients, and students holding a Community Education Diploma or Certificate of Completion, will be required to take the placement test.

The College requires students to take the specific courses they test into. Students who place into pre-college English, reading, or mathematics will take Academic Foundations Program (AFP) courses in the corresponding area(s) to prepare for college-level course work. Students will be required to meet with a counselor to schedule their classes if they test into three or more AFP classes. AFP classes are identified by a 0-level designation code (e.g., MA 095, EN 097, etc.). AFP classes will not receive credit toward degree requirements.

English Placement

Student placement in English will be determined by test scores on the ACT Test battery or English placement test score on the Accuplacer. If the assessment test score in English is not satisfactory, the student will be assigned to Academic Foundations English (EN 097). If the assessment test score in English is acceptable, the student will be assigned to College Writing (EN 100) or English Composition (EN 101). Exceptions to these criteria are allowed only after the student has taken the Accuplacer twice and appealed the placement with the Associate Dean of Counseling and Advising. Special English courses are also available for students with limited English proficiency.

Reading Placement

Introduction to College Reading (RD 097) and College Reading (RD 098) are designed for students with reading needs as evidenced by their high school records or test results. The aim of RD 097 is to help students establish efficient reading habits and to acquire strategies to improve vocabulary. RD 098 will help students build critical reading skills and apply them to college-level texts.

Students placed in RD 097 are required to pass both RD 097 and RD 098 unless exempted, based on course performance and/or post-test results.

RD 097 students must receive a grade of C- or better to be passed into RD 098. RD 098 students must receive a grade of C- or better to complete their reading requirement.

Students who receive a D+ or lower grade for either course must retake that course.

Mathematics Placement

Student placement in mathematics courses will be determined by a combination of high school math performance, the American College Test (ACT) mathematics subject area test score, and scores on the Accuplacer math tests.

Students are encouraged to review basic algebra and arithmetic skills prior to taking the Accuplacer placement test. There are review materials at the Mathematics Department.

The chart below can be used as a guide for mathematics placement based on Accuplacer test scores.

Accuplacer Algebra

Minimum Score Maximum Score Course Placement
0 40 Take Accuplacer Arithmetic
41 75 MA 098
76 120 MA 107

A score above 95, along with high school transcript information, may indicate student readiness for MA 110, MA 131, etc. Visit the Mathematics Department for detailed information.

Accuplacer Arithmetic

Minimum Score Maximum Score Course Placement
0 39 MA 095
40 75 MA 097
76 120 MA 098

To pass into MA 098, students assigned to MA 097 or MA 095/MA 096 must receive a C- or better. Students must retake MA 097 or MA 095/MA 096 if the grade is below C-. Students who receive a D grade in MA 098 or MA 107 are urged to repeat the course.