Developmental Course Information

A GRCC course is considered developmental if it meets either of the two following conditions:

  1. It is a course required for high school graduation under Michigan's High School Content Expectations law
  2. It is a course designed with the express intent to prepare students for college-level course work.

College-level courses are those classes that require the level of skill attainment, knowledge, and reasoning ability required by courses that lead to an Associate, Baccalaureate, or post-secondary job-training credential.

General Requirements

No courses below 100 level will be used toward graduation requirements. The following GRCC courses are developmental:

Computer Information Systems

  • CO 003


  • EN 097
  • IRW 97
  • IRW 98
  • IRW 99


  • MA 095-no longer offered
  • MA 096-no longer offered
  • MA 097
  • MA 098


  • PY 100-this course can count toward graduation


  • RD 095
  • RD 097
  • RD 098

Courses under review for developmental level designation:

  • MA 105
  • MA 107

Admissions Requirements

Admission to Grand Rapids Community College is open to all high school graduates, or those who have satisfactorily completed the General Education Development (GED) test or individuals 18 years or older. Grand Rapids Community College requires degree-seeking students to submit high school transcripts with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and an American College Test (ACT) score of 18 or higher in the subject areas of math, reading, and English.

Students with a high school GPA below 2.0, students with a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, students with a Community Education Development or Certificate of Completion, or students with no ACT scores, or ACT scores below 18 in math, reading, and English, are required to complete a placement test.

Degree seeking students transferring in from another College need to provide a transcript showing at least 12 completed credits with a 2.0 GPA or higher; those Students transferring in who do not have 12 completed credits with a 2.0 GPA or higher need to meet the same admissions requirements as high school graduates or GED recipients.

Applicants seeking degrees/certificates or planning to transfer to another college must:

  1. Submit an application online or request a paper copy from the Enrollment Center.
  2. Request that an official high school transcript (college transcript if transferring from another institution) be sent to the Enrollment Center.
  3. A student must be in a degree/certificate program to receive financial aid.

Applicants wishing to take classes for personal interest (non-degree) must:

  1. Submit an application online or request a paper copy from the Enrollment Center.

Application Deadlines

  1. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to the beginning of the semester.
  2. Applications are processed as they are received, with the upcoming semester given priority.
  3. Deadlines will be posted each semester for degree/certificate-seeking applicants.


Students who enter Grand Rapids Community College intending to earn a degree or certificate will be required to take a placement test unless their high school grade point average is equal to or greater than 2.0 and their ACT score is 18 or higher in the subject areas of math, reading, and English. Call the Enrollment Center for more information about the placement test, (616) 234-4000.

The requirement to take the placement test may be waived for students who have successfully completed Elementary Algebra (MA 098) and English Composition (EN 101) or Business and Technical English (BA 101), or the equivalent of these courses.

High school graduates who do not meet the minimum GPA and ACT score requirement, General Education Development (GED) recipients, and students holding a Community Education Diploma or Certificate of Completion, will be required to take the placement test.

The College requires students to take the specific courses they test into. Students who place into pre-college English, reading, or mathematics will take Academic Foundations Program (AFP) courses in the corresponding area(s) to prepare for college-level course work. Students will be required to meet with a counselor to schedule their classes if they test into three or more AFP classes. AFP classes are identified by a 0-level designation code (e.g., MA 095, EN 097, etc.). AFP classes will not receive credit toward degree requirements.

English and Reading Placement

Student placement in English will be determined by test scores on the ACT Test battery or English placement test score on the Accuplacer. If the assessment test score in English is not satisfactory, the student will be assigned to Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW 097/098). If the assessment test score in English is acceptable, the student will be assigned to English Composition (EN 101). Exceptions to these criteria are allowed only after the student has taken the Accuplacer twice and appealed the placement with the Associate Dean of Student Success and Retention. Special English courses are also available for students with limited English proficiency.

Mathematics Placement

Student placement in mathematics courses will be determined by a combination of high school math performance, the American College Test (ACT) mathematics subject area test score, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and scores on the ALEKS PPL math placement test.

Students are encouraged to review basic algebra and arithmetic skills prior to taking the ALEKS PPL placement test. There are review materials at the Mathematics Department.

The chart below can be used as a guide for mathematics placement based on ALEKS PPL test scores.


Minimum Score Maximum Score Course Placement
0 40 Take Accuplacer Arithmetic
41 75 MA 098
76 120 MA 107

A score above 95, along with high school transcript information, may indicate student readiness for MA 110, MA 131, etc. Visit the Mathematics Department for detailed information.

ALEKS PPL Arithmetic

Minimum Score Maximum Score Course Placement
0 3 Math Brush-up in Cook 105
4 13 MA 097
14 29 MA 098

To pass into MA 098, students assigned to MA 097 must receive a C- or better. Students must retake MA 097 if the grade is below C-. Students who receive a D grade in MA 098 or MA 107 are urged to repeat the course.