Welcome to Volunteer State Community College
Your experiences here will change your life. College is about learning new things. Sure, many of those things take place in a classroom, but not all of them. Get involved outside of class. Make new friends. Start a club. Run for a seat on Student Government.
Becoming a Vol State Student
- Complete your Admissions file
- All new Vol State students who are seeking a degree or certificate are required to participate in Directions and speak with an academic advisor before registration. More information about Directions has been sent to your Volstate e-mail. To check your Vol State e-mail login to My Vol State.
- To find out if you need placement testing contact the Advising Center
- First time degree and certificate students must meet with an academic advisor — contact your academic division to make an appointment with an advisor
- Register for classes
- Check on Financial Aid/Scholarships
- Pay fees
- Buy books
- Get your Student ID and parking decal
- Go to class!
If you’re under 21 and have valid ACT or SAT scores, this step is already completed. If you’re 21 or older, you’ll need to set up an appointment time with the Testing Center to take a placement test. This test will help determine your ability levels so you can be placed in the right classes. Many students will need to take some prep classes before they get started with their college-level coursework. Some students won’t have to do any prep work at all. The test or a student’s ACT scores will help determine placement. If you’re a transfer student, contact the advising center to see if you need to take a test.
Register for classes.
After you’ve gone through the testing process, you can begin to sign up for courses. To register for classes, simply follow the instructions in our online registration tutorial. It will introduce you to our online registration system. When you are registered for classes, be sure to print a copy of your detailed schedule and double check it for accuracy.
See an advisor.
It’s a great way to save time and avoid confusion. If you’ve declared a major on your application, then you’ll have an advisor assigned to you. Your advisor will be someone within the division in which you are studying. This person will be with you all the way: from helping you decide on your first classes to filling out the paperwork when you’re ready to graduate. If you’ve not declared a major, then you’ll be assigned an Advisor from the Advising Center. They’ll help you plan your first semester or two and figure out what major or career path is right for you.
Pay your fees
Please pay for your classes by the posted due date. During early registration, if you don’t pay for your classes by the due date, your schedule will be dropped. If you register during late registration, you must pay for your classes on the day you sign-up for them or they will be dropped from your schedule. It’s tough to add classes back to your schedule once they have been dropped, because they fill up so quickly. So please make every effort to clear your account before it’s too late.
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Sign-Up for Texts
The Vol State text messaging service will automatically update you when classes are canceled due to weather. The service also keeps you informed about urgent campus notices and emergency situations. It’s not used very often, just for important messages. You need to sign-up to get the text messages!