Eligibility / Criteria

BESt I, II, III, and IV Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time, under-represented minority* freshman (BESt I), sophomore (BESt II), or junior (BESt III) student currently enrolled in a St. Louis regional high school (St. Louis City, St. Louis and St. Charles, MO counties, and Madison, St. Claire, IL counties)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher based on a 4.0 scale
  • High-potential students, participating in at least one extra-curricular activity or organization
  • BESt IV applicant must be: successful high school graduate, under-represented minority*, accepted and fully committed to attending a university or college as an incoming freshman
*American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders

Student Obligations / Expectations

  • Abide by all rules and regulations outlined in the program’s code of conduct
  • Act professionally at all times (as defined by the program’s code of conduct)
  • Be present and on time every day, unless officially excused (in accordance with the program’s absenteeism policy)
  • Work diligently and participate fully in the curriculum
  • Complete all assignments on time
  • Any violations of said policy may lead to participant’s immediate dismissal from the program and ineligibility to receive any course credit or stipend

Additional Requirements: BESt III/IV APPLICANTS (High School Juniors & Seniors)

BESt III/IV applicants are required to take the math portion of the Accuplacer Placement Test at St. Louis Community College. Only the math portion of the Accuplacer Placement Test is required. All BESt III/IV applicants should have Accuplacer Placement Test scores available when completing the BESt online application form. All current high school juniors and seniors (BESt III/IV applicants) MUST submit an application to Forest Park Community College at least 1 hour prior to taking the Accuplacer Placement Test. If you have any questions about the Forest Park application or the Accuplacer Placement Test, please contact Sanela Bejdic at 314-644-9257 or sbejdic@stlcc.edu.

Additional Requirements: BESt III/IV APPLICANTS (High School Juniors & Seniors)

All BESt III/IV Applicants should:
  • Apply to St. Louis Community College-Forest Park (STLCC-FP).
  • Successfully take the STLCC-FP Accuplacer Placement Test, or meet ACT or SAT requirements as defined by STLCC-FP
  • The student can waive the Accuplacer exam if they have an ACT score earned within the last three years:
    • Math score of 26 or above to waive the Accuplacer math test
BESt III/IV Application Instructions (for taking the Accuplacer Placement Test at SLCC-FP):
  • Applying BESt III/IV students should bring a copy of their dual enrollment application (signed by High School counselor) and a copy of their partial High School transcripts to STLCC-FF (Admissions Department) prior to or on the day of their Accuplacer Placement Test
  • Applying BESt III/IV students should notify the STLCC-FF test administrators that they are “applying BESt III/IV students”, thereby prompting the admissions/testing staff to route them through the Accuplacer Placement Test and admission process unique for BESt III/IV applicants
  • Submit Accuplacer Placement Test results along with all other application data required for admission into the BESt III program

Questions About Accuplacer

Please contact Sanela Bejdic, Assessment Manager at SLCC-FP with any questions regarding the SLCC-FP Accuplacer placement testing process. Office phone: 314-644-9257 or email: sbejdic@stlcc.edu.

Important Note: Accuplacer Placement Test days/times:

Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec, Wildwood

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – noon

South County

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.