Admissions

Welcome and Information Center

Thank you for visiting Reading Area Community College’s online Welcome & Information Center. The Center is designed to give you the information you need to decide if RACC is the right place for you. Whether you’re interested in finishing your G.E.D., enrolling in a career training program, or selecting an Associate degree that will help you reach your goals, we have a program that is right for you. In addition to using the links on this site to learn more about RACC, we also encourage you to visit the Welcome & Information Center in Berks Hall. During your visit to the Welcome & Information Center, you will sit with a trained professional who can help you learn about what RACC has to offer and help you get started in the enrollment process.

No appointment is necessary to meet with an enrollment specialist — walk in any time during the hours listed below.

Welcome & Information Center
Berks Hall Room 001
Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Phone: 610-607-6224

Are you a transfer student with transcripts from another college? On-demand evaluation of college transcripts is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Welcome & Information Center Monday 2-4 p.m., Wednesday 5-7 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

*If you are visiting us this summer or fall, please excuse our appearance during construction on Berks Hall. You can access Visitor and Handicap parking via the entrance on Franklin Street. If the front entrance to Berks Hall is closed, please walk around to the back of the building.

Have you visited the Welcome & Information Center? We want to know what you think of your experience. Click here to complete a brief evaluation of your visit to the Welcome & Information Center.

ViewbookLearn more about RACC

To learn more about the programs we offer and if RACC is the right choice for you, check out our Viewbook. If you’d prefer to plan your visit to RACC ahead of time, you may call the Welcome & Information Center to schedule an appointment with an Enrollment Services Coordinator or schedule a tour. We also hope to see you during one of the many local college fairs we attend or at our Fall or Spring Open House.

Want to know what current RACC students are saying? Raven Ambassadors are here to give you answers! Send them an email or stop by the Welcome & Information Center to talk.

Admissions Q&A feature link RACC representatives can often be found around and outside Berks County at high schools, college fairs, community events and more. You can use the calendar below to find out where we will be next-we hope to see you at our next event!

Open Admissions

Students at RACCReading Area Community College has an open admission policy, which means that any student may be eligible for enrollment after the completion of certain steps. These steps include placement testing. Based on their placement test scores, some students without a high school diploma or G.E.D. may be required to complete coursework in Community Education prior to enrolling in credit courses.

**Please note that after Summer 2012, new students without a high school diploma or G.E.D. will not be eligible for financial aid. We strongly encourage all students to complete their high school diploma or G.E.D. prior to enrolling at RACC. A high school diploma will be considered valid if it was granted by a high school that has been verified by ACT and has a high school code listed online at www.actstudent.org.

College entrance examinations, such as the ACT or SAT, are not required, but they may be used to waive portions of the placement test. High school transcripts, G.E.D. certificates, and prior college transcripts must be submitted to complete the application file and may be used as a basis for admission to some selective admission programs of study.

Selective Programs

RACC's open admissions policy does not guarantee acceptance into a specific program of study. Some programs have requirements that must be met in order for students to secure licensure or certification upon completion of the program. Other factors include limitations on enrollment based upon availability of college or community facilities used for practice experience. These programs may consider your academic performance in both high school and college, in addition to other factors, when making decisions about program qualifications.

Student Data

RACC uses data collected through the application for admissions to better understand our students. Some data is also reported to outside agencies as required by law. Students attending postsecondary institutions may opt-out of Pennsylvania-mandated data collection by completing the Postsecondary Data Collection Opt-Out Form.