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Admissions to the Laurel College Center is open to:

  • All high school graduates.
    Any person with high school equivalency certificates or equivalency diplomas.
  • Any person 16 years of age or older who has permanently left elementary or secondary school according to the policies defined by the County Board of Education.
  • Other high school junior and senior students who meet criteria for concurrent enrollment, as established by the college in coordination with the County Board of Education.

Admission for First Time Students

1.   While Laurel College Center processes admissions continually year round, students are encouraged to submit their application for admission at least three months prior to the semester in which they plan to begin.

2.   Students under the age of 21 must also submit an official high school transcript or General Education Diploma (GED). Persons under 18 who are not high school graduates must provide a letter from the appropriate educational authority verifying permanent withdrawal from the school system. NOTE: Applicants seeking entry into any health technology program must provide a complete transcript, copy of the high school diploma, or GED.

3.   All first time students are required to take the college’s placement test prior to registering for courses. There is no need to study for this examination as it tests your general knowledge and helps determine those classes for which you are eligible. Some students may need to begin by taking courses for developmental skills such as math or English.

Submission of Application

Step 1: Application status is based on county residency. Howard County students should apply to enroll as Howard Community College (HCC) students; Prince George’s County students should enroll as Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) students.

Step 2: Complete and submit an application for admission to PGCC or HCC.  Students can apply online or submit a paper application. Admissions applications for PGCC and HCC may be obtained at and submitted to the Laurel College Center main administrative office (Room 205) or at the student's home campus.  Applications can also be downloaded from each college's Website and mailed to the appropriate admissions office.  (Different or additional application procedures may be required of some students and completed at the student's home campus).  For PGCC applicants, please be sure to include the $25 application fee.  For HCC applicants, the application fee will be included in your first bill. Proof of residency is required upon request.