ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE
Applicants may gain admission to the freshman class by meeting the following requirements:
- Hold a high school diploma from a state or regional accrediting agency or its equivalent (GED). The College recommends that students earn units from the college preparatory track.
- Earn at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale in high school and meet one of the following requirements:
a. Earn 750 on the SAT (combination of critical reading and math) or 15 composite on the ACT
b. Be ranked in the top 75% of the graduating class.
- Possess a General Education Development Examination (GED) State Certificate.
Applicants who meet requirement #1 under Admissions, but do not meet requirements 2, 2a, or 2b may be granted admission in cases of special circumstances (e.g. having earned a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale but having a SAT score of less than 750 or an ACT score of less than 15; or having earned a high school grade point average of less than 2.0 on a 4.0 scale but having a SAT score of 1000 or higher or an ACT score of 22 or higher). The Admissions Subcommittee will also determine the admissions status of students based upon case-by-case evaluations of their potential to succeed in college.
Students who successfully complete college courses at a technical college while in high school may receive college credits for courses listed below provided courses are not remedial and students receive grades of "C" or above. Students may also receive college credit for successfully completing one of the following College Board's Advance Placement (AP) courses and/or a high level International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma offered in high school. Students must take AP exams and earn a score of 3 or higher; while students taking IB courses must earn a score of 4 or higher to receive college credits which include but are not limited to:
Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, French, History, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Psychology, and Spanish
Dual Enrollment for High School Students
Students enrolled in college courses while at a regionally accredited high school may enroll as a freshman student. Students must provide an official academic transcript from both institutions (high school and college). Students may receive college credits for these courses provided they are not remedial and students receive grades of "C" or better.
Applicants who have satisfactorily completed courses at a regionally accredited institution may be admitted to regular status under the fallowing conditions:
- Students who have completed an A.A. or A.S. degree program with a liberal arts background at a regionally accredited institution may transfer sixty (60) credit hours in which they earned a grade of "C" or above and the courses can be applied towards the students' declared majors. Additional hours may be transferred as electives commensurate with the number of free electives required by the specific major program. College credits will not be allowed for remedial courses or courses of secondary school level.
- The transfer applicant must be eligible to return to the college or university last attended. The transfer applicant will be considered for admission upon presentation of an official college transcript. Transfer students with fewer than 30 semester credit hours must meet the requirements specified for New Freshmen. At least 25% of semester credit hours counted toward graduation must be earned through instruction at Benedict College.
- Credit will be given for transfer work in which the student received a grade of C or above. All transfer credits are subject to validation by the department chair, dean, and in some cases approval of the vice president for academic affairs. These credits must have been earned within the last 10 years prior to the date of transfer. Transfer credits more than 10 years old are subject to validation by the department chair and school dean, with approval of the vice president for academic affairs. College credit will not be allowed for remedial courses or courses of secondary school level. The College reserves be right to deny advanced standing on the basis of the transfer student's standing at the institution previously attended.
- Transfer credit is not given for upper division courses taken at two-year colleges. A student cannot transfer credits from a two-year college to satisfy Benedict College requirements at the 300 and 400 levels.
- Benedict College's academic program is offered through semester credit hours; therefore all quarter hours transferred to the College will be converted to semester credit hours at 2/3 the value (.66%) of the quarter hours. 4.5 quarter hours will be equivalent to 3.0 semester credit hours.
The school dean must recommend approval of any upper division transfer courses through established channels.
The amount of credit that Benedict College will allow for work done at another four-year college or university within a given period of time may not exceed the normal amount of credit that could have been earned at Benedict College during that time. Transfer students must also meet these requirements:
- A maximum of 60 semester credit hours may be transferred from a two-year college which can be applied towards the students' declared majors. Additional hours may be transferred as electives commensurate with the number of free electives required by the specific major program.
- At least half of the courses in the major must be taken at Benedict College.
Transient students are required to submit a separate application for the academic semester or summer terms. Admission to course(s) for one semester or summer session(s) may be granted to students from other colleges and universities whose courses of study have been approved by their academic deans or registrars. Such students are referred to as "transient students". "Transient students must present an Academic Course Approval letter or form from the attending institution indicating approval to take the course(s) listed. The students are responsible for requesting their transcriptsfrom Benedict College to be forwarded to their respective institutions.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (FRESHMEN)
Benedict College feels that cultural exchange is mutually beneficial. Therefore, the enrollment of students from other countries is encouraged. International applicants must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English by taking the SAT (English-speaking countries) or TOEFL (non-English-speaking countries). The international student may be admitted by submitting the following documents to the Office of International Programs:
A completed OIP on-line admissions application; a $60.00 non-refundable application fee; test scores (Country's Examination Scores, SAT and/or TOEFL), official high school transcript; affidavit of support from sponsor and/or financial statement from sponsor; two passport photos, and a copy of passport to the Office of International Programs. All documents must be submitted by the application deadline for the semester in which the student wishes to enroll.
In addition to the admission requirements applicable to all native students, an international student must also satisfy all requirements as prescribed by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service for approval to study in this country. Applicants from English-speaking countries must meet regular freshman admission requirements.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (TRANSFER)
Students transferring from another college in the United States must meet regular transfer requirements and complete a Student Transfer Information Form. Students transferring from a foreign country's college must have their transcripts translated into English by certified translators and evaluated by a United States evaluation service (i.e. WES or AACRO).
Non-degree applicants are persons who wish to take selected college courses without the intent of completing a degree program. These are persons who wish to attend college for the purpose of upgrading employment skills, for transferring credits to meet certain certification requirements, or for personal interest and enjoyment. These persons will be listed as non-degree students. They will not be subject to the usual requirements for admission, but they must hold a high school diploma from a state or regionally accredited agency. Such students may later become candidates for a degree by meeting all entrance requirements, completing a change of status form, and receiving approval from the Office of Admissions and Student Marketing. Non-degree students will not be accorded the privilege of participating in intercollegiate athletics or other student activities unless the activity is academically related to the course work for which the student is enrolled. Non-degree students will be subject to the same rules and regulations governing class attendance, conduct and health as regular students.
High school students may request permission to take courses at Benedict College during the summer before their senior year and during their senior year. They receive regular college credits for courses they complete successfully.
Former students who have not enrolled for one or more semesters (summer sessions excluded) must complete and file an application for readmission, which is available in the Office of Admissions and Student Marketing. The privilege of requesting readmission does not imply an obligation on the part of the College to grant the request. The College reserves the right to deny readmission, as warranted by policies and circumstances.
Applicants for readmission who have received credit from another college or university during their absence from Benedict College must submit official transcripts of such work to the Office of Admissions and Student Marketing and must be eligible to return to the transferring institution before admission consideration will be granted.
For more information, see the college catalogue.