Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements — Step 1: Apply for Admissions

Student Enrollment Categories

Applying for college is a big step in your academic career!

First, all students must submit an application and the following basic, identifications for all admissions. Students will also have to submit other credentials based on their enrollment category, such as the First-Year or Transfer or Concurrent (as found below). Students are encouraged to “bundle” their credentials and submit them as a “bundle” after completing an online application or as a one packet with the paper application.

  1. Application for Admissions    (Online Application || Paper Application)
  2. Driver’s License ID
  3. Social Security Card ID

First-Time Freshman Admission

First-time entering freshman have never attended college or have completed 6 cr-hrs or less after high school or completed some college coursework under concurrent enrollment. New Freshmen Students must submit the following credentials with their online or paper application (Poteau Campus enrollment 918-647-1302 or Sallisaw Campus call 918-775-6977 ). Please submit:

  1. Application for Admissions, Driver’s License, and Social Security Card.
  2. Official high school transcript or GED
  3. Test scores (SAT or ACT, or ACCUPLACER for the 21+ age student)

So, to be admitted as a Freshman student to Carl Albert State College, you must have taken the ACT or SAT, or, if you are 21 years and older you are further permitted to test with ACCUPLACER. CASC as a community college in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education is an open enrollment institution that does not require a minimum test score for entrance to CASC, but, uses the test results to place a student into freshman-level English, Math, Reading, and Science based courses.

Students must have graduated from an accredited high school and completed the following curricular requirements:

#4 years of English
#3 years of Math
#3 years of History and Citizenship
#3 years of Lab Science
#2 years or units of foreign language, computer science or any other of the above subjects

When students test low on entrance testing or lack the required high school coursework, they are determined to be deficient in those subject(s) and will be required to remediate. Remediation must be completed within the students’ first two semesters of freshman enrollment.

Transfer Admission

Transfer students have previously attended another college and earned 7 college hours or more. Transfer students must submit the following credentials with their application (Poteau Campus 918-647-1302 or Sallisaw Campus 918-775-6977). Please submit:

  1. Application for Admissions     (Online Application || Paper Application)
  2. Driver’s License and Social Security Card
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  4. Official high school transcript and test scores may be required when student transfers with less than 24 college hours, or when deficiencies or prerequisites have not been completed
  5. Students may enroll with unofficial transcript, but, may not re-enroll in the next term until the official transcript(s) are received and may be withdrawn prior to classes should an official not be provided.  Financial Aid can not be processed without an official transcript on record. Transfer students who have not taken a college-level orientation course previously may enroll in the LIB or Library research course for orientation credit.

Courses from another college transfer to CASC based on if the transfer institution is regionally accredited, a comparable course is found equivalent in the CASC College Catalog, or an established equivalency is found on the State Regents for Higher Education Course Equivalency Table or other established college equivalency table (click here for more explanation on Transfer of Credits TBA).

Special Admission

Special Non-Degree Seeking Student

Students who do not seek a college degree may enroll in no more than 9 cr-hrs (lifetime) without submitting credentials, except, when prerequisites must be met to enroll in certain college courses (such as ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213 or any college-level MATH). ACT tests and transcripts should prove prerequisite has been met. — Non-degree seeking students enrolling in 10+ cr-hrs per term are considered DEGREE-SEEKING and will be re-classified as Transfer. They will then be required to provide high school and/or college transcripts, and/or test scores.

Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid or scholarships. These funds are awarded based on their seeking a degree or other eligibility based criteria.

Senior citizens 65 years of age and older may attend CASC with application and submission of the Senior Citizen Audit Waiver form and be permitted enrollment with no charges and receive an “AU” audit grade. Should the Senior Citizen seek a letter grade for the course, they will be reclassified and charged the rate of any student enrolled in the same course.

Concurrent Enrollment of High School Students Admissions

High school seniors and juniors are eligible for admissions with a high school GPA of 3.0 or 19 ACT composite or 980 SAT. Students are then allowed to enroll into subjects in which the subject test score is met. Homeschooled students are considered a Junior or Senior depending on their anticipated secondary school completion (no longer age based). Concurrent students must submit the following credentials as an enrollment bundle:

  1. Concurrent Enrollment Application Packet for New Students  (click here for paper Application)
  2. Permissions Form
  3. High school transcript
  4. High School Course Schedule
  5. ACT (PreACT, National, or Residual) Test results, or SAT (PSAT 10 or National)
  6. Secondary evaluation is available with ACCUPLACER (students must first meet admissions standards with ACT or SAT)

Students may test with the Residual one time per academic year. (click here for more information on Concurrent Enrollment and Application Packet for New Students).

Opportunity Admissions

Students who have not graduated from high school whose composite standard score on the ACT (without the writing component) or whose combined critical reading and mathematical score on the SAT (without the writing component) places them at the 99th percentile of all students using Oklahoma norms, may apply for full enrollment at CASC. However, CASC will determine the student’s admissibility based on test scores, maturity level and ability to function in the adult college environment, and whether the experience will be in the best interest of the student intellectually and socially. The ACT and SAT 99th Percentile Scores are 32 ACT and 1450 SAT (after March 5, 2016) or 1410 (prior to Match 5, 2016).

Re-Admissions to CASC

Students re-enrolling with CASC after one semester or longer absence should complete the Re-Admission Application to update records (address, cell phone, residency, etc). Former CASC students may submit the Readmissions Application and any test scores or other college transcripts completed since last attending CASC. Enrollment recommended with their academic advisor or through self-enrollment with VIKECONNECT.    (click here for paper Readmissions Application)

Admissions Testing

CASC uses primarily two placement examinations, ACT and Accuplacer, to place students into appropriate college-level courses or to identify their need for remedial or refresher classes before college course enrollments. (SAT and COMPASS testing tools also accepted). The Office of Admissions will record test scores and provide the student with an evaluation of placement or remediation needs.

First-time students under age 21 must test with ACT (either National or Residual ACT). First time students age 21 years or older may test with either ACT or Accuplacer. High School Concurrent students may test with the ACT (National or Residual or PreACT) or SAT (PSAT 10 or National) with only one Residual ACT permitted per year.

Except for the high school concurrent, students will be required to remediate when test scores are low, as measured by ACT or Accuplacer (other testing measurements acceptable). Remediation is met with successful completion of refresher courses or re-testing.

ACT Testing

CASC is a test center for National ACT. On-line registration for the National ACT is available at Study and test prep materials may be found online at ACT’s website (search for Online Prep).

CASC also offers Residual ACT testing at both Sallisaw and Poteau campuses. Several changes have been made to testing procedures. Students must pre-pay the $45.00 testing fee, and present this paid receipt, picture ID, Social Security Number card or number to gain admissions to Residual Testing. Students desiring to enroll under High School Concurrent enrollment should test with the National ACT (best for transfer), but, may use ACT Residual test results (one time per year) to determine Concurrent Enrollment course enrollment eligibility. Residual ACT test scores are only valid at CASC. [ Center Code 034300 for Poteau/Residual ]

  Residual ACT Test Schedule      (dates valid for both Poteau & Sallisaw campus locations)
  (2018) April 10, April 17; May 8,15; June 12, 19; July 12, 26; August 2; September 6, 20; November 8, 15; December 6

(2019) January 10, 17, 24; February 7, 14, 21; March 7, 14; April 11, 18; May 9, 16; June 6, 13 

Student should enroll online at to reserve a seat and confirm day/time for either the Poteau or Sallisaw test sites. Students must present paid receipt and picture ID, and have Pencils and ACT approved calculator allowed.

Poteau   All ACT Residual tests are held in OCAE 1320 at 1:00 p.m. (Questions? call 918-647-1319)

Sallisaw  All ACT Residual testing is held at the Sallisaw campus at 9:00 a.m. (Questions? call 918-775-6977).

ACCUPLACER – Placement Testing

The ACCUPLACER test results are used to measure a student’s readiness to enroll into college level courses, such as ENGL 1113, college math and science courses. Students must first be admitted to CASC and receive a CASC student ID number, and may walk-in for admissions/testing to the Poteau campus and telephone to confirm testing availability for the Sallisaw campus (918-775-6977).

CASC currently uses ACCUPLACER, but will phase in ACCUPLACER’ Next-Generation placement tests in the spring 2019 term. The NextGEn ACCUPLACER has been redesigned to more effectively help CASC place students into freshman-level courses. Students may find study guides for either version of ACCUPLACER at:

Some materials may also found at the college’s libraries. After the high school concurrent tests initially with ACT or SAT, then, the student may test for a secondary evaluation with the ACCUPLACER exam.


CASC tests students upon initial admissions to measure readiness to enroll into college-level courses of English 1113 Freshman Composition I or college math. When tests scores are below the cut-off score on the ACT or ACCUPLACER tests, then a deficiency is identified and remediation is required. Students may remove remedial requirement by retesting or enrollment into the appropriate zero-level course. Therefore, once the deficiency in that subject area is remediated by either retest or successful completion of the refresher course, the student may then enroll into college-level subjects in that area. Furthers, students are required to remediate and successfully remove deficiency in the first 24 credit-hours of enrollment or face an ADMISSIONS Hold on future enrollments.

CASC’s developmental studies include an alternate “fast-track” enrollment where eligible students may co-enroll into the college-level course with a one cr-hr “refresher” lab. CASC uses high school performance measurements (GPA and math core completions) in combination with the ACT test results to determine remediation or fast-track or college readiness in English and math placement. In accordance with CASC’s remediation and assessment policy,  cut-off scores are used by the Office of Admissions to evaluate a student’s initial placement into college-level coursework (in English, Math, and Sciences) or into remedial coursework. Students are provided an Evaluation Form at time of original admissions and enrollment.

Placement and Remediation Assessments

CASC ‘s Assessment Plan evaluates incoming freshman students upon initial admissions using the following test results and high school performance measurements and places freshman students into freshman-level courses or remedial courses. CASC uses testing and multiple measurements to place students into college level courses or deficiency enrollment courses. The Office of Admissions will evaluate a student’s credentials and then document course placement to the student’s record on the Evaluation Form. This form and the Assessment table is used in enrollment and advisement.

(click here for Placement and Remediation Assessments 1819 table for first-year entering freshman)

High school concurrent enrollment students are not evaluated using the same guidelines as incoming freshman. Concurrent students must first be admitted with either an ACT or SAT testing product, and then may be enrolled into courses using the Accuplacer. High school concurrent students are not permitted to enroll into zero-level courses while a high school student. The following table describes testing scores required for the concurrent student to enroll into college-level courses.

(click here for Placement & Assessments for 1819 High School Concurrent Students)

Step 2: Enrollment    [see Enrollment Dates Spring 2019 ||Spring 2019 Course Schedule  ]

Step 3: “Thing to Do Before Classes Begin…”

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