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Thaddeus Stevens College provides educational
oppotunities and life experiences to individuals who have
the intent, desire, and ability to seek advanced technical
education. All programs of study terminate in an associate
of applied science (AAS) degree with the exception of the
Construction Electrician Program (nine-month certificate),
the Machine Certificate Program (nine-month certificate),
and the Masonry Certificate Program (nine-month
Since each technical area requires different abilities,
admissions standards vary from program to program. For
example, applicants for the Electrical Technology program
are expected to have a more extensive background in
mathematics than applicants for Collision Repair Technology
or Plumbing Technology. Given an excess of qualified
applicants for many programs, meeting the minimum
requirements will often not be sufficient for admission. In
that case, the most financially deserving and academically
best prepared of the applicants will be selected. Others will
be placed on a waiting list.
At a minimum, applicants must have a high school diploma or
its equivalent. Questions regarding the admissions standards
of a specific technical program should be directed to the Office
Thaddeus Stevens College reserves the right to deny
admission or readmission to any individual if, in the opinion
of College authorities, such is not in the best interest of the
student or the College.
Admission is offered without regard to age, sex, handicap,
race, religion, creed, national origin, veteran status, or
political affiliation. All applicants, however, must be residents
All graduates of accredited secondary schools or general
equivalency diploma (GED) are eligible for admission to
Thaddeus Stevens College. Admission into a specific
technical area is based upon evidence of scholastic
readiness and personal interest.
To request information or submit an application, visit the
College's website at www.stevenscollege.edu or write
to: Office of Admissions, Thaddeus Stevens College of
Technology, 750 East King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602. You
may also call 1-800-842-3832 or 717-299-7701 between 8:00
am and 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
When applicants apply for admission to Thaddeus Stevens
College, they generally know which major interests them.
Candidates who are uncertain should ask a high school
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counselor or a counselor of the Pennsylvania Career Link
about a career choice. Public libraries are also helpful, and
Thaddeus Stevens College can help make a final decision.
Call the Office of Admissions to speak with a staff person
about visiting the College or visit our website at www.
Once completed, submit the online application and forward
the nonrefundable application fee to the Office of Admissions,
750 East King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602. There is no
deadline for receipt of applications; however, applications are
considered in the order received. Applicants who qualify for
the Thaddeus Stevens Grant and who meet our admission
standards will be given preference.
All applicants must possess a high school diploma from an
accredited high school or a high school equivalency diploma
(GED). Request that your high school guidance office forward
a copy of your transcript to Thaddeus Stevens College
beginning with the ninth grade. This transcript should reflect
class standing, cumulative grade point average, attendance,
and keystone test scores. If taken, SAT and/or ACT scores
should also be submitted. In order to be considered for
admission to the College, students must have a high school
cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, have a
grade point average of 2.0 or higher in math, English and
science, and have scored proficient in all PSSA test areas.
Upon submission of the high school transcript, keystone
scores, and requested essay, these documents will be
reviewed by the admissions director. If a student meets these
qualifications, he/she will then be advised to participate in
placement testing. The purpose of placement testing is to
determine a student's preparation for college-level work.
The results may indicate that the student needs a summer,
a semester, or a year of remedial coursework to prepare
for the credit bearing courses required for their degree.
Applicants may elect to take the ACT or SAT test at one of
several locations in Pennsylvania. Applicants unable to take
the ACT or SAT may elect to visit the Thaddeus Stevens
College campus to take a placement test. Because each
curriculum has specific academic requirements, applicants
are admitted to a curriculum based on identified criteria and
placement test scores
Thaddeus Stevens College requires all students enrolling
in safety-sensitive programs to successfully complete a
drug screening prior to acceptance into those programs.
The Office of Admissions will notify students eligible for
matriculation into a program of study with instructions
for conducting drug screening. Once an applicant has
successfully completed the drug screening process, the
College will notify the applicant. Applicants who successfully
complete the drug screening will not be charged for the