Applicants may gain regular admission to the freshman class by meeting the following requirements:
- hold a diploma from an accredited high school or its equivalent (the college recommends the student earn units from the college preparatory track) or
- possess a General Education Development Examination (GED) Examination Certificate
- earn at least 2.0 grade point average in high school and 750 on SAT or 15 on ACT or be ranked in the top 75% of the graduating class)
- and submit a completed medical examination report.
Unrestricted Admission to the College
Applicants may gain admission to the freshman class by meeting the following requirements:
Hold a diploma from an accredited high school or its equivalent. The College recommends that students earn units from the college preparatory track.
Possess a General Education Development Examination (GED) Examination Certificate.
Earn at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in high school.
Meet one of the two following requirements:
- Earn 750 on the SAT or 15 on the ACT or
- Be ranked in the top 75% of the graduating class.
Applicants who meet requirements #1 under Unrestricted Admission, but do not meet requirement #2 or #3 may be admitted to the College under the following conditions:
- They must enroll for no more than 13 semester credit hours during their first semester.
- They must participate in all required academic support and student support programs.
- They must adhere to the College's attendance requirements in every class.
- They may not drop a course (enrolled for 12 to 13 sch) unless approved by the appropriate College Dean.
- They must meet with counselors in the Student Support Services Department on a regular basis.
Students in this category will be dismissed from the College if they fail to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements within an academic year.
Applicants who meet requirement #1 under Unrestricted Admissions, but do not meet requirements #2 or #3 may be granted unrestricted admission in cases of unusual 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 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 status of students in this category will be determined by the Admissions Subcommittee.
See Benedict College Office of International Programs.
Notices of Acceptance
The Office of Admissions and Student Marketing will notify applicants of action taken on their applications within two weeks after all required credentials have been received for evaluation. A letter of acceptance will be sent to the applicant whose credentials are acceptable for admission or readmission to the College.
Upon receipt of a letter of acceptance, or within thirty days afterwards, each applicant is required to deposit $50 (certified check or money order) in the Office of Admissions and Student Marketing, This amount is a non-refundable administrative cost. The College cannot guarantee a place in the class for applicants who have not paid the admission fee.
Benedict College reserves the right to reject any applicant when, in the opinion of the Admissions Committee: (1) the credentials do not indicate a probability of success; (2) the College does not offer an appropriate curriculum that will satisfy the applicant's proposed vocational objectives; or (3) the student enrollment capacity of the College has been reached, and it is necessary to impose enrollment limitations. The College also reserves the right to consider factors other than the basic characteristics of academic competence to grant conditional admission to applicants when, in the opinion of the Admissions Committee, an applicant possesses special talents and accomplishments that will contribute to the institutional program.
Applicants who have satisfactorily completed courses at an accredited institution may be admitted to regular status under the following conditions:
- Students who have completed an A.A. or A.S. degree program with a liberal arts background at an accredited institution may be accepted at the junior level. Benedict will accept, for transfer credit, only those courses with "C" or better grades.
- The transfer applicant must be eligible to return to the college or university last attended, or the applicant must have a recommendation from the officials of the institution last attended.
- The transfer applicant will be considered for admission upon presentation of an official college transcript. Transfer students with fewer than 30 hours must meet the requirements specified for New Freshmen. At least 25% of semester credit hours counted toward graduation will 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. 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 dean, with approval of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. College credit will not be allowed for remedial courses or courses basically of secondary school level. The College reserves the 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 can not transfer credits from a two-year college to satisfy Benedict College requirements at the 300 and 400 levels.
The Major department must recommend approval of any upper division transfer courses through established channels.
The amount of credit that Benedict will allow for work done at another institution within a given period of time may not exceed the normal amount of credit that could have been earned at Benedict during that time. Transfer students must also meet these requirements:
- A maximum of 60 semester hours may be transferred from a two-year college;
- At least half of the courses in the major must be taken at Benedict;
- Transfer students must maintain a cumulative average of at least 2.0 in courses taken at Benedict College in order to qualify for graduation.
Transfer students meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements are eligible for financial aid (see Student Finances) upon receipt of the Financial Aid transcript from the college previously attended and evaluation of their transcript from that college.
Admission to courses for one semester or summer session 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."