Policies & Procedures

New Student Admission Requirements 

Students who want to attend a Manhattan Tech academic program must submit the materials below to be considered for admission:

  1. Complete college application and application fee -The application can be found online at Manhattan Tech’s website.
  2. Request an official transcript verifying graduation and final grades from an accredited high school, registered home school, or a General Education Development (GED®) diploma.
  3. Provide ACT scores within the last three years, if available.
  4. Unless exempt from assessment based on ACT scores, students seeking admittance will be required to meet college placement assessment criteria. Specific information located in the Entrance Assessment section.

Due to the limited class sizes and admission requirements applicants are conditionally accepted to Manhattan. Tech. Admittance into a program is on a first-applied basis for all programs except Selective Admission Programs, Automotive Technology, and Electric Power and Distribution. We encourage applicants to visit with the Admissions Coordinator to discuss their options.

Non-United States citizens are defined as applicants who do not possess a lawful U.S. immigration status. Additionally, undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid/assistance. To be eligible to apply for admission to Manhattan Tech the applicant must meet the following qualifications for the state of Kansas:

  1. Provide records that they have attended an accredited Kansas high school for three or more years and graduated from an accredited Kansas high School or obtained a GED diploma in Kansas.
  2. File an affidavit with Manhattan Tech statin that they have filed an application to legalize their immigration status or filed for US citizenship or that their parents have filed such an application. Affidavits are available by meeting with the Director of Admissions.

In addition to meeting the state of Kansas special entrance requirements, undocumented non-U.S. citizens must meet all college entrance requirements.

Students must qualify to enroll in: Writing (English Composition I, English Composition II, or Technical Writing) and Math (Technical Math I, Technical Math II, Beginning, Intermediate, and College Algebra) through meeting college placement assessment criteria. College placement assessments are given at various times throughout the school year and can be scheduled by contacting the Teaching and Learning Center. Students taking assessment testing for the first time will incur no cost for the exam, as long as they are seeking enrollment at Manhattan Tech. Anyone retesting for Manhattan Tech will be charged $10.00 USD per assessment. Placement in English and Math courses are determined by completion of college placement assessment criteria. Students who have undergone placement assessment testing or ACT testing within three years of their Manhattan Area Technical College enrollment date may use those scores as part of the evaluation process to determine their placement in general education courses. An official copy of those scores must be sent to Manhattan Tech to be considered. Click here to schedule a placement test. 

Equivalent courses transferred in to Manhattan Tech may satisfy the English and Math placement Assessments. Students must have earned a grade of C or higher from an accredited institution, and an official transcript must be sent to Manhattan Tech to be considered. Additional information for Other Course Credit Options is available on page 22.

All students enrolled at Manhattan Area Technical College are required to be proficient in the English language. For international students in which English is not the primary language of their country, the TOEFL exam must be taken to demonstrate one’s effectiveness with the English language. 

Applicants can show English competency by completing the testing explained below. The cost incurred is the sole responsibility of the individual.

The TOEFL is the Preferred Examination used by most Colleges and Universities in the U.S. Manhattan Tech does not administer the TOEFL. This exam is administered worldwide at scheduled times throughout the year. Each area must meet the minimum requirements in the categories listed below:

  • Writing: 20
  • Speaking: 20
  • Reading: 19
  • Listening: 20

Locally, registration forms for testing may be obtained from the Office of Testing Programs and Services on the campus of Kansas State University (2323 Anderson Ave, Ste 102). A student can reach their office at 785.532.2957 or email them at testing@ksu.edu.

For eligible applicants, a TOEFL waiver form is located here.

All students enrolled at Manhattan Area Technical College are required to be proficient in the English language. For international students in which English is not the primary language of their country, the TOEFL exam must be taken to demonstrate one’s effectiveness with the English language. 

Waiving the requirement is done on a case-by-case basis, and the Office of Admissions has the discretion to require a TOEFL from any student at any time. The waiver can be found online at the link below.

TOEFL Waiver Request Form

The TOEFL exam may be considered for a waiver for the following reasons:

  1. You have earned a diploma from an accredited U.S. high school OR a bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  2. You have earned a grade of ‘C’ or better for a college-level English Composition course at a regionally-credited U.S. college
  3. You are from one of the TOEFL-exempt countries (Table #1)
TOEFL Exempt Countries Table #1
Antigua and Barbuda Cayman Islands Kenya Solomon Islands Zambia
Australia Dominica Liberia South Africa Zimbabwe
Bahamas Fiji Marshal Islands St. Kitts and Nevis  
Barbados Gambia Mauritius St. Lucia  
Belize Ghana Micronesia St. Vincent & the Grenadines  
Bermuda Grenada New Zealand Tanzania  
Botswana Guyana Nigeria Trinidad & Tobago  
British Virgin Islands Ireland Sierra Leone Uganda  
Canada (All provinces except Quebec) Jamaica Singapore United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales)  
Note: Any special circumstances outside the requirements noted above can be submitted using the TOEFL Waiver Request Form. The admissions team will review those exceptions along with your detailed explanation and reply to you within 5-7 business days with whether or not a waiver can be granted.

Applicants will receive notification of acceptance into their program of study via mail at the address provided on the application after the completion of admission requirements. Students should reference the program of study for specific admission criteria. Acceptance is conditional, contingent upon the applicant’s completion of admission and program requirements as well as attendance at Program Orientation. If a student does not attend Program Orientation, then he/she will forfeit his/her spot in the program to a student on the stand-by list that attended Program Orientation.

Applicants to the nursing program should be aware that certain criminal convictions would deny or restrict access to a Kansas nursing license. Specific information about these convictions is identified in Kansas law (KSA 65-1120). Please check with the Manhattan Area Technical College Division Chair of Nursing and Allied Health (785.320.4507) or the Kansas State Board of Nursing (785.296.4325) if you have questions.

A student who withdraws from a program may return under these conditions described. A student’s application is valid for three (3) consecutive years if the student’s application is over three years old a new application and application fee is required. If the student’s application is within the three (3) consecutive years then a change of program form must be completed with an academic advisor. Returning students must pay any outstanding balances prior to readmission and must pay tuition based on the rate at the time of readmission. Any grades previously recorded on the student’s transcript will remain on the transcript. A student considering withdrawal should first talk with an MATC advisor for clarification of options.

A student who is dismissed due to disciplinary action or academic reasons may be re-admitted contingent on the following: program space availability based on the date of application submission; re-entry within one year of the dismissal date, and/or as stipulated in the terms of dismissal; and payment of all outstanding balances. Returning students will pay tuition based on the rate at the time of readmission. Any grades previously recorded on the student’s transcript will remain on the transcript.

Any nursing or dental hygiene students who fails to complete any prerequisite or semester coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in all courses will not be allowed to progress in the program and must reapply for a future class. To reapply, the student must complete all application requirements within the timeframe set by the Director of the program. Readmission is not guaranteed.

Transfer students are eligible for admission to Manhattan Tech if they meet regular admission requirements for new students. It is highly encouraged that all official transcripts from previous colleges attended are on file in the Registrar's Office before students enroll for classes. Students who falsify admission information and/or fail to submit transcripts are accountable for any problems that arise from their misinformation. 

A non-degree-seeking student is interested in taking classes for personal or professional development but does not want a degree from Manhattan Tech. Non-degree-seeking students are not required to pay an application fee or submit transcripts. To become a non-degree-seeking student, applicants must complete the non-degree-seeking application for admission or inform their advisor of their change in status. 

Note: Financial aid is not available for non-degree-seeking students. 

Tuberculosis, also known as TB, is a bacterial infection that attacks the lungs and, sometimes, other parts of the body. It is spread when someone infected with the disease coughs or sneezes and the bacteria is inhaled by someone nearby. Manhattan Area Technical College requires ALL students to complete a Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire, per Kansas Statute KSA 2009 Supp. 65-129 to aid in prevention and control of Tuberculosis as required by State of Kansas Department of Health & Environment.

Admission to the college does not automatically qualify the student for acceptance into all programs. The following programs require a program application in addition to the application for admission to the college. Generally, admission to these majors/programs is selective and is based on additional academic criteria.

Students applying to these selective admission programs should reference the Information Packet and Admission Packet located under the programs webpage.

A person can be admitted to Manhattan Tech as a Guest Student if the student meets the following criteria at Manhattan Tech:

  1. Is not seeking federal financial aid or institutional aid, and
  2. Is taking classes for personal enrichment/skill enhancement, and
  3. Is not seeking an approved certificate or degree from Manhattan Tech.

Guest Students must meet Manhattan Tech program and course prerequisites. Manhattan Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; therefore, a majority of Manhattan Tech credits will transfer to other institutions of higher learning. If transferring courses to another institution, it is the students’ responsibility to check with the advising office at the receiving institution to ensure transferability of courses. Students may be concurrently enrolled at Manhattan Tech and another college or university. Guest Students at Manhattan Tech will experience a streamlined admissions process and will have the opportunity to bypass the student advising process. Guest Students who wish to declare a major/seek a degree and /or receive federal financial aid should follow the general admissions requirements process. A Guest Student who falsifies admission information will be subject to dismissal.

Students may receive concurrent high school/college credit, which can be applied toward a Manhattan Area Technical College technical certificate/degree following the student’s high school graduation. (Part-time enrollments will be considered if program space is available.) Through the Excel in CTE Initiative (SB155) (K.S.A. 72-4489), high school students receive a tuition waiver for technical tiered courses. See a counselor/advisor for more information.

Manhattan Tech's Concurrent Program provides high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses taught at the high school. The student would receive both high school and Manhattan Tech college credit for the course. Manhattan Tech courses taught at the high school follow the same course outline, outcomes, and competencies as the courses offered on campus. If interested in enrolling, please refer to the website http://www.manhattantech.edu/high-school-students-overview.

Admission Guidelines for Concurrent Credit/Dual Credit for High School Students:

  1. Interested students should consult with their guidance counselor to determine course interest and eligibility.
  2. Students must be classified as a sophomore, junior, or senior in high school.
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  4. Students must either take the ACCUPLACER or show qualifying ACT scores to enroll in English Composition I and/or College Algebra. To schedule a placement test, please call MATC at 785.587.2800.
  5. ​To enroll for a concurrent credit course, students are required to attend an enrollment session at their high school. Please bring your completed Concurrent Enrollment Form and Parent Financial Agreement when you come to enroll. Check with your guidance counselor or the MATC website for specific dates/deadlines, enrollment forms, and payment information.

Please note these guidelines apply to homeschooled students as well receiving dual credit.

High school students who wish to enroll in courses held on campus at MATC or online that are not obtaining Dual Credit will follow standard entrance specifications. Refer to General Admission Requirements for those provisions.

Manhattan Area Technical College is not approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Services to accept students seeking admission through a foreign student visa. Individuals seeking admission who are not U.S. citizens or not born in the United States may apply for admission if they meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Non-citizen national. The applicant must produce a passport stamped “Non-citizen National.”
  2. Permanent Resident
    1. Alien Registration Receipt Card.” (Form I-151, I-551, or I551C). The applicant must produce one of these documents with a currently valid expiration date.
    2. Passport. The applicant must produce a passport stamped “Processed for I-551” with a valid expiration date.
    3. I-94. The student must produce an I-94 that is stamped “Processed for I-551” with a valid expiration  date,  or   “Temporary   Form I-551” with appropriate information filled in.
  3. Other Eligible Non-citizen
    1. “Temporary Resident Card” (Form I-699). The applicant must produce this document with a valid expiration date.
    2. “Arrival-Departure Record” (Form I-94). The applicant must produce this document stamped as a Refugee Asylum Status, Conditional Entrant (before April 1, 1980), Parolee, Cuban-Haitian Entrant.

Criteria for establishing citizenship if not born in the United States:

  1. Certificate of Citizenship. The applicant must produce a Certificate of Citizenship, which includes the applicant’s name, certificate number, and the date the certificate was issued.
  2. Certificate of Naturalization. The applicant must produce a Certificate of Naturalization, which includes the applicant’s name, certificate number, Alien Registration Number, name of the court (and date) where naturalization occurred.
  3. Certification of Birth Abroad. (Form FS-545, DS-1350, FS-240) Report of Birth Abroad. The applicant must produce one of these documents which include an embossed seal, “United States of America” and “State Department.”
  4. U.S. Passport.

In addition to meeting one of the above criteria non-U.S. Citizen Students must:

  1. Fulfill all college entrance requirements in addition to special entrance requirements.
  2. Provide Manhattan Area Technical College with a certificate that the “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (TOEFL) has been completed preceding application to MATC with the minimum cut scores prescribed in the Nursing TOEFL testing section. For eligible applicants TOEFL Waivers are located under the admissions forms webpage.