To be eligible for admission to any program at Ranken, you need your high school diploma, GED or HiSET certificate.

Aside from that, the admissions requirements depend on which program you are applying to attend. Find out more below!

  • Day Programs

    For our day school programs, we’ll need one (or more) of the following to place you in the right Math and English classes, so you won’t have to take courses you don’t need:

    ACT test scores

    • Reading: 16 or higher
    • Math: 17 or higher
    • Composition: 7 or higher


    Accuplacer test scores (Ranken’s placement test)
    Instead of submitting ACT scores, you may also come to Ranken to take the Accuplacer test.

    Sharpening your academic skills by answering sample test questions in reading, writing, and math can lead you to improve and can help boost your confidence when you take the actual tests. This exercise is especially helpful if you’ve been away from school for more than a year.

    Current placement test score standards are available upon request from the Admissions office.

    Download a study guide for the Accuplacer test, or use the online study app and additional resources.


    College credit
    If you have already taken some college classes, you may be able to use them to determine your placement at Ranken. Just submit your transcript to Admissions showing transferable semester hours in English Comp I and/or Algebra I. You must have received a “C” or higher from a regionally-accredited college or university for the hours to be eligible.

  • Evening Programs

    Most evening program students who have a high school diploma or GED/HiSET meet all requirements for entrance into their major.

    The exception is if you are interested in Control Systems Technology, Electrical Automation Technology, Electrical Construction Design and Management, or Stationary Engineering. For those programs, you must take the Compass numerical skills placement test.

  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Management (BSAM)

    Admission to Ranken’s BSAM program is open to the following groups:

    • Current Ranken students
    • Ranken alumni
    • Graduates from other technical schools
    • Experienced technical workers
    • Apprentices and graduates of union trade programs
    • Individuals with technical training from the military

    Applications for admission through transfer credit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    You may be eligible for credit for your real-world experience. Ranken’s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process evaluates your work experience, apprenticeship programs, community service, travel and military training.

    Letters of recommendation from past faculty or employers, providing evidence of the prospective student’s work ethic, may also be required.

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