First-Time Freshman

For specific admission requirements, find the category below that best describes your admission status. A freshman applicant would fall into one of the following categories.

Note: If you are not a resident of Louisiana, please download the non-residency form.

For first-time freshmen attending the City Park Campus, we invite you to register for freshman convocation, an event designed to help you transition into college life. Find out more about City Park Campus freshman convocation.

High School Graduate and GED/HiSET Recipients

Step 1: Apply Now

Fill out and submit the online application for admission.

Step 2: Apply for Federal Financial Assistance

Complete a FAFSA application to apply for a Pell Grant, student loans, work study or other types of federal financial assistance. To access the application, go to the FAFSA website.

Note: Applying or not applying for FAFSA does not affect admission into Delgado. However, students are encouraged to apply if they need assistance paying for college). Students who plan to receive federal financial assistance must ensure that high school or GED transcripts have been received by the Admission Office.

Step 4: Set up your Log on Louisiana (LoLA) Account

Watch video tutorial to learn how to set up your account. 

Step 3: Take the Placement Test or Schedule Advising

Delgado Community College requires placement assessment for all potential students who have not taken the ACT test within the past three years or who do not have sufficient ACT scores for class placement. The Office of Advising & Testing administers a standardized placement assessment, the College Board ACCUPLACER.  Applicants will not be refused admission to the college because of assessment scores. Scores are valid for three years and are used for academic advising and placement only.

If your ACT scores exempt you from taking a placement assessment, you must schedule an Advising session. During the session, you will be advised for a class schedule.

Learn more about the placement test.

Learn more about advising.

Step 5: Complete the Online Freshman Orientation

Freshman Orientation is mandatory for all first-time freshman pursuing an associate's degree or a certificate at Delgado.

Learn more about freshman online orientation. 

Additional Notes About the Admissions Process

  • Students are provisionally admitted to Delgado Community College until they have submitted their immunization records or have completed the immunization waiver either on the application for admission or on the online proof of immunization waiver form.
  • For male applicants between the ages of 18 and 25 (in compliance with State Law R.S. 17:3151) proof of registration with the military service is required. Register now with selective service at the Selective Service System Website.
  • To be eligible to receive financial aid, applicants must submit either a high school transcript with a graduation date, a high school diploma, or proof of GED/HiSet completion.
  • If your high school does not have your transcript on file, you can request a copy from the state. For instructions on how to do this, visit the Louisiana State Department of Education's Duplicate High School Transcripts page
  • To request a copy of your GED/HiSET transcript from the state of Louisiana, fill out the Louisiana High School Equivalency Transcript and Diploma Request form.

Non-High School Graduate

This information pertains to a non-high school graduate who is an applicant of at least 17 years of age, with no GED, whose high school class has graduated, or a home-schooled student whose home-school is not approved by the state or regional accrediting association, or a graduate of a non-accredited or non-state approved high school.

Delgado Community College does not require a high school transcript or GED/HiSET equivalency for admission to the college; however one is needed to obtain federal financial aid. Delgado Community College offers two options for the non-high school graduate: the Adult Basic Education Program, a free program that helps non-high school graduates attain their GED, and the Ability to Benefit Test. 

For more information about how to enroll in the Adult Education Program, call (504) 671-5434

For more information about the Ability to Benefit Test, call (504) 671-5080.

Learn more about the Adult Education Program.

Learn more about the Ability to Benefit Test.

Admissions Process

Step 1: Submit an application for admission.

Access the application for admission. 

Step 2: Schedule and Take ATB Test.

The Ability to Benefit Test is a test given to non high school graduates to assess their potential to benefit from an education at Delgado Community College. To schedule the ATB test, contact the prospective campus location.

City Park Location: (504) 671-5080

West Bank Location: (504) 762-3198

Once the ATB test is passed, a student may proceed with the enrollment process; however, students who enroll by passing an ATB test are eligible for financial assistance based on “Title IV ATB Eligibility Requirements” as per Section 484(d) of the Higher Education Act.

Learn more about the Ability to Benefit Test.

Step 3: Submit proof of immunization.

Students are provisionally admitted to Delgado Community College until they have submitted their immunization records or have completed the immunization waiver either on the application for admission or on the online proof of immunization waiver form.

Step 4: Submit proof of registration with selective service (males only).

Proof of registration with the military selective service is required for male applicants between the ages of 18 and 25 (in compliance with State Law R.S. 17:3151). Register now with selective service at the Selective Service System Website.

Step 5: Complete online orientation.

Learn more about freshman online orientation.

Home-Schooled Graduate

Home-schooled students are admitted to the college without a high school transcript. However, to receive federal financial aid, students must show that they have completed a state approved program or regionally accredited program. Students who have not completed a state-approved program or regionally accredited program and would like to receive federal financial aid must obtain a GED or show evidence of potential for success by passing the Ability to Benefit (ATB) assessment.

Jump to the high school graduate admissions process.

Learn more about the Ability to Benefit Test.