Admission Requirements

The mission of Rich Mountain Community College is to provide exemplary educational opportunities for all residents within its geographic area. One of the ways the College meets this mission is to remain an open admissions institution. Each student’s educational goal, previous academic experience, placement test scores, and interview evaluation will serve as the basis for development of his/her educational plan. The College may require students to successfully complete prerequisites, developmental courses, English as a Second Language courses, Adult Basic Skills courses and/or GED courses before enrolling in credit classes.

Step 1: Complete your online Admissions Application.

Step 2:  Submit official copies of your high school transcript or GED transcript.

If a high school graduate, contact your high school to submit a copy of your official high school transcript (which includes an official school staff signature, school seal, and graduation date) to UA Rich Mountain.

If a GED graduate, contact the state which you obtained your GED scores and request an official transcript to be sent to RMCC.

Step 3: Submit official copies of college transcripts if you took concurrent credit from another college other than UA Rich Mountain.

Official transcript(s) to be mailed to:  

UA Rich Mountain
Attn: Director of Admissions
1100 College
Mena, Arkansas 71953

Step 4: Provide proof of measles, mumps, rubella(MMR) immunizations. Immunization requirements may be waived for students only taking classes for personal enrichment. If foreign born, students must provide proof of current negative tuberculosis (TB skin test) test.

Step 5: Submit placement test scores (ACT, SAT, ASSET or ACCUPLACER) if scores are less than 5 years from last test date. The tests will determine if you need to take developmental math, reading or English courses.

Students who graduated from high school or received a GED after May 1, 2002, will be evaluated for conditional/ unconditional admission pursuant to Act 1290 of 1997, as amended by Act 520 of 1999 by the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas. 

The Arkansas college core curriculum from high school consists of:

  • 4    Units of English with emphasis on writing skills, not to include courses in oral communication, journalism, drama, or debate.
  • 3    Units of natural science with laboratories, chosen from physical science, biology, chemistry, or physics. Only one unit may come from a life science.
  • 4    Units of math, including algebra I, algebra II, geometry, and a higher-level math course.
  • 3    Units of social studies, including one of American history, one of world history, and at least one-half unit of civics or American government.

Act 1290 also requires any private school, home school, or GED student who graduates after May 1, 2002, to have successfully completed a composite score of 19 on the ACT or the equivalent score on the SAT, or ACCUPLACER for unconditional admission.

Students who have not completed the requirements for Act 1290 and who are conditionally admitted will be required to complete any necessary developmental courses along with 12 hours from the specified degree plans with a 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) GPA within the first 30 hours. Once this requirement has been met, the student’s status will change to "unconditional."

Review degree audit information, technical certificate listings, and certificates of proficiency listings to find out what classes you need to take. Also view the course schedule or the Student Handbook for a detailed listing of the degrees, technical certificates, and certificates of proficiency currently offered at UA Rich Mountain! If you are uncertain about your academic or career choices, make an appointment to meet with our admission staff!  

Step 1: Complete your online Admissions Application.

Step 2:  Submit official copies of your high school transcript or GED transcript.

If a high school graduate, contact your high school to submit a copy of your official high school transcript (which includes an official school staff signature, school seal, and graduation date) to UA Rich Mountain.

If a GED graduate, contact the state which you obtained your GED scores and request an official transcript to be sent to RMCC.

Step 3: Submit official copies of all college transcripts.

Official transcript(s) to be mailed to:

UA Rich Mountain
Attn: Director of Admissions
1100 College
Mena, Arkansas 71953

Step 4: Provide proof of measles, mumps, rubella(MMR) immunizations. Immunization requirements may be waived for students only taking classes for personal enrichment. If foreign born, students must provide proof of current negative tuberculosis (TB skin test) test.

Step 5: Submit placement test scores (ACT, SAT, ASSET or ACCUPLACER) if scores are less than 5 years from last test date. If scores are older than 5 years or no placement test was ever taken, visit the UA Rich Mountain Testing Center to find out how to schedule you FREE placement test. The test will determine if you need to take developmental math, reading or English courses.

Review degree audit information, technical certificate listings, and certificates of proficiency listings to find out what classes you need to take. Also view the course schedule or the Student Handbook for a detailed listing of the degrees, technical certificates, and certificates of proficiency currently offered at UA Rich Mountain! If you are uncertain about your academic or career choices, make an appointment to meet with our admission staff!  

We are pleased that you are interested in spending your time in the United States of America studying at UA Rich Mountain in the scenic Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. International Students interested in enrolling should contact our admission staff for an appointment. They are familiar with the special needs of international students, information regarding orientation, counseling and advising. 

Step 1: Complete your online Admissions Application. This step should be completed as early as possible to begin the enrollment process.

Step 2: Submission of authenticated translated copies of all academic records. UA Rich Mountain requires international transcripts to be translated in English through the following approved service—World Education Services at www.wes.org. The student is responsible for accessing this service and all fees related to transcript authentication services.

Step 3: Submission of one of the following exams and present the minimum score shown:

TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) Score: 500 (paper based) or 173 (computer based) or 61 (internet based) www.ets.org/toefl OR
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 5.0 www.ielts.org

Step 4: All students must take a placement test prior to registration. This can be done on campus after your arrival at the UA Rich Mountain Testing Center

Step 5: Submission of the following documents

Financial Statement from a local bank showing an amount equivalent to the current cost of attendance for one semester.
Supplemental Information Form completed. This form can be requested by emailing admissions@rmcc.edu.
Proof of Health Insurance which includes a repatriation component. Health insurance must be obtained through an approved provider upon arrival in the U.S. Enrollment must be completed before course registration.
MMR immunization shot record (measles, mumps and rubella). 2 MMR’s are acquired after arrival in the U.S.
Copy of Visa and 1- 94 card (after your arrival)
Complete a screening for tuberculosis (T.B.) after arrival in the U.S. 
All documents must be submitted to:

UA Rich Mountain
Attn: Director of Admissions
1100 College
Mena, Arkansas 71953

Additional information concerning cost of Attendance

The following information is provided concerning fees, tuition and an estimate of living expenses for full-time applicants who are non-Arkansas residents and from other countries that plan to attend UA Rich Mountain.

UA Rich Mountain does not provide student housing, and students should arrive in the United States at least 3 weeks prior to the first day of classes to allow time for testing, registration and to locate suitable housing. Students should be prepared to pay three months rent in advance at the time housing is located. Please note tuition, fees, books and supplies are paid once per semester before classes begin.

The figures below are estimated expenses for a semester (Spring or Fall) - Sixteen weeks (based on 15 credit hours) - Full time (12 credit hours) mandatory if you are on an F-1 visa.

  • Tuition & Fees $3,945.00
  • Textbooks & Supplies $250.00
  • Health Insurance with Repatriation Coverage (Mandatory for F-1 visa holders) $500.00
  • Room & Board (Off-campus living expense) $2,910.00
  • Personal & Transportation $3,000.00
  • Total Estimated Expenses $10,605.00

Note: The cost of transportation between home country & United States is not included in the above estimated expenses.

Note: Summer & Holiday recess expenses to live in the community or travel are not included in this total.

Students without sufficient funds will not be permitted to register for courses. Fees, tuition and estimates are subject to change.

Review degree audit information, technical certificate listings, and certificates of proficiency listings to find out what classes you need to take. Also view the course schedule or the Student Handbook for a detailed listing of the degrees, technical certificates, and certificates of proficiency currently offered at UA Rich Mountain! If you are uncertain about your academic or career choices, make an appointment to meet with our admission staff!