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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2013-2014
ADMISSIONS/ENROLLMENT SERVICES
 
The University of South Alabama welcomes applications from all individuals whose preparations and abilities give them reasonable chance of success in its programs. Admission recognizes both the university's commitment to excellence and its role as an urban institution. The University of South Alabama does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion or national origin. These provisions also apply to disabled individuals pursuant to current federal and state regulations subject to reasonable standards of admission and employment.
 
Admission To The University

The Office of Admissions processes all applications for admission to undergraduate and graduate programs at the University. Inquiries about admission should be addressed to the Director of Admissions, Meisler Hall Suite 2500, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002, or telephoned to (251)460-6141, toll-free number at (800)872-5247, or e-mail at admiss@usouthal.edu. Information is also available via a link on the University’s Home Page on the World Wide Web: http://www.southalabama.edu/admissions/.

 
Application for Admission

Students applying for admission to the University of South Alabama are required to file an application for admission with the $45 nonrefundable processing fee (online fee $35) by the deadlines noted. The application is available on the Admissions web site via a link from http://www.southalabama.edu/admissions/appdeadline.html. Note: The University reserves the right to change fees without prior notice, as deemed necessary by the Board of Trustees.

 
Deadlines, Transcripts, and Test Scores

Students are urged to apply for admission well before their intended semester of entry. Scholarships and other financial aid and housing are more likely to be available to the qualified student who applies early. All undergraduate applications, including the required official documents, must be received no later than July 15 for fall semester, December 1 for spring semester, and May 1 for summer semester. Documents received by the deadline are guaranteed to be processed before new student orientation and registration. Deadlines for applications and supporting documents for international students are earlier than the deadlines for U.S. Citizens. Refer to the “International Students” section for details. Scholarship deadlines are significantly earlier and published in the “Financial Aid” section of the Bulletin.

All documents required for admission review (transcripts, test scores, or letters of recommendation) must be official, i.e., mailed from the home institution or testing agency directly to the Office of Admissions by the deadline. These documents become the property of the University of South Alabama. The applicant is responsible for making certain that the admission application, processing fee, and all required documents are received by the University by the appropriate deadline.

First Time Freshmen must submit an official high school transcript showing grades earned and courses pursued. (A final official high school transcript showing the date of graduation is required for those who apply before the end of their senior year.) In addition, First-Time freshmen applicants must submit official college entrance examination scores-either the result of the ACT or the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT).

High school students should take the test in the spring of the junior year or early in their senior year so test results will reach the University in ample time for admission review. Applicants must have the scores sent directly to the University from the testing agency by listing the University’s code number as a recipient when registering for the examination (ACT code is 0059; SAT code is 1880) or by completing a score request form from the testing agency.

In some instances, the Director of Admissions may require the applicant to submit a recommendation from the high school counselor or principal.

High school graduates must submit test scores if their semester of matriculation is within five years of high school graduation or if they have not reached the age of 23. If applying for admission five years after graduation, applicants who have not taken the ACT or SAT need not sit for the examination and may apply under the Adult Special Freshman Admissions category. (See "Adult Special Admission" section below).
 
Requirements:
Regular admission status will be granted to students who:
  1. have earned a high school diploma and have completed a college preparatory curriculum consisting of the Core Courses listed below. Students having earned a regular Alabama High School Diploma or an Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement or equivalent will satisfy the core high school course requirements; and
  2. Minimum ACT Composite of (20) SAT 940), high school GPA of at least 2.0 OR a minimum ACT Composite of 19 (SAT 900), high school GPA of at least a 2.5.
 
Core High School Course Requirements
Curriculum Area Units Courses
English 4  
Mathematics 3 Must include Algebra I, Algebra II and one unit of either Geometry, Trigonometry or Calculus.
Science 3 At least 2 of the sciences must include labs.
Social Science 3  
Advanced Electives 3 Courses chosen from any of the four core areas above and foreign language.
Total Core Units 16  
 
The Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Endorsement meets all University of South Alabama core requirements. The Credit Based Diploma awarded by Alabama High Schools is accepted; however, students must meet all high school core requirements listed above.
Using the ACT established benchmarks for college readiness for guidance, certain classes at USA require minimal subscores on the ACT or SAT. If a detailed review of a student's subscores on the ACT or SAT reveal a need for additional college preparation in English, or reading, he/she will be required to take course(s) that address(es) any identified weaknesses before he/she can enroll in additional courses in associated subject areas.
 
CONDITIONAL FRESHMEN ADMISSION
Applicants who fail to meet regular admission requirements may be admitted if they have completed the Core Courses listed above in addition to satisfying one of the following.
  1. Have earned a minimum 2.50 overall high school GPA and a score of 17 or 18 on the composite ACT (or equivalent scores on SAT).
  2. Completed and satisfied academic certification requirements for the National Collegiate Athletic Association under Division I guidelines. (This option is available to all freshmen applicants.)
Students admitted in this Conditional Freshman category with identified academic deficiencies will be required to take course(s) to address these deficiencies. These prescribed courses must be completed within three semesters or 36 credit hours. The penalty for failure to meet this condition will be suspension for one semester, not including summer term. Approval by the Dean of the School of Continuing Education and Special Programs is required as part of the readmission process. Upon readmission, students will have one semester to complete their special courses requirement.
 
Admission Appeal Procedure
Applicants who fail to meet admission requirements as listed above and who believe that they have extenuating circumstances that might justify a different decision may contact the Admissions Office for procedures to seek additional consideration.
 
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

Southbound Orientation provides an introduction to the academic, service, and social areas of the University of South Alabama. This mandatory program is offered at the beginning of each semester and prior to class registration. Details are sent to all new students prior to registration. Further information may be obtained from the Office of New Student Orientation, 2600 Meisler Hall, Mobile, AL 36688-0002, telephone (251) 460-7093.

 
Special Programs
Adult Special Freshman Admission are students who graduated from high school at least five years prior to the semester of entry or who have reached the age of 23, and did not sit for the college entrance examinations (ACT or SAT).
Academic Requirements: Applicants who do not satisfy the requirements for traditional admission may be admitted if satisfactory evidence is provided that they have the ability to successfully pursue the courses in which they wish to enroll.
Documents Required: Adult Special Freshman Admission applicants must submit an official high school transcript for admission consideration. Applicants for admission as Adult Special Freshman students should be high school graduates whose semester of entry to the university is at least five years since high school graduation or are at least 23 years of age.
 
GED First Time Freshmen Admission are students at least 17 years of age who took the General Education Development (GED) test and did not graduate from high school.
Academic Requirements: Applicants are granted admission based on adequate performance (minimum average score of 500- or 50 if taken prior to January 2002) on high school level General Education Development (GED) test.
Documents Required: GED First Time Freshman applicants must submit an official copy of their General Educational Development (high school level) test results.
Both Adult Special Freshman Admission and GED First Time Freshman students are considered degree-seeking students and are subject to all academic regulations.
 
Freshmen with Previous Credits are students who attended another collegiate institution prior to high school graduation.
Academic Requirements: Applicants must satisfy the requirements for First-Time Freshmen applicants and must have earned at least a "C" (2.0) average on all previous collegiate work attempted. The grade-point average used is that computed by the Office of Admissions.

Documents Required: Freshmen with Previous Credits applicants must submit all the documents required for First-Time Freshmen as well as an official transcript from each college attended prior to high school graduation. An evaluation of transfer credits will be completed and mailed to students prior to the semester of entry.

 
Early Admission applicants are students who have completed the junior year of high school and wish to enroll prior to high school graduation.
Academic Requirements: Applicants must be recommended by the high school counselor, have:
  1. a 3.5 minimum high school GPA, as computed by the USA Office of Admissions;
  2. scored at least a 28 composite on the ACT (or 1250 SAT scores);
  3. completed the junior year of high school; and
  4. and be approved by the Director of Admissions.
Documents Required: Early Admission applicants must submit an official high school transcript showing grades through the junior year, official ACT or SAT scores and a letter of recommendation from the school guidance counselor.
 

Accelerated College Enrollment Program (ACEP): A limited number of high school seniors from Mobile County, and Baldwin County, Alabama, are offered the opportunity to take one free course at the University during the senior year of high school. The course can be used to satisfy degree requirements at USA, or can be transferred to other institutions.
Academic Requirements: Applicants must be recommended by the high school counselor, have earned at least a "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average in academic subjects, have scored at least 25 composite on the ACT (1130 SAT), completed the junior year of high school, and be approved by the Director of Admissions.
Documents Required: ACEP applicants must submit an official high school transcript showing grades through the junior year, official ACT or SAT scores and a letter of recommendation from the school guidance counselor. Interested students should contact USA Admissions for application deadlines and information.

If ACEP students wish to pursue a degree, they must complete and submit a new application and supporting documents to the Office of Admissions.
 
College of Medicine Early Acceptance Program (EAP): Qualified high school seniors are selected for acceptance to the University and to the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Candidates selected for the program enter the Health Pre-Professions Program at USA; their curriculum will include core requirements for the selected baccalaureate program and prerequisites for matriculation in medical school. Students participating in the College of Medicine Early Acceptance Program must meet program requirements during their tenure as undergraduates to continue in the program. Upon successful completion of the baccalaureate degree and EAP requirements, students enter the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.
To be considered for the COMEAP, high school seniors must complete freshman application procedures, have earned a minimum high school grade-point average of 3.5 based on a 4.0 system as computed by USA, submit an ACT score of at least 28 composite (or 1250 SAT), and must have demonstrated leadership qualities and motivation toward the study of medicine. All documents must be submitted by December 15 of their senior year in high school to be considered. For questions and applications, contact USA Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall, Mobile, AL 36688-0002 or call (800) 872-5247 or (251) 460-6141.
 
Physical Therapy Early Acceptance Program (PTEAP): The Department of Physical Therapy Early Acceptance Program offers a selected number of talented high school seniors a position in the University of South Alabama Department of Physical Therapy first year class after completion of the pre-requisite requirements of the program and their USA undergraduate degree.
Minimum Qualifications for Initial Consideration: 28 ACT Composite (results of one administration; scores are not mixed from multiple tests), or 1250 SAT score (we do not use SAT Subject Tests), and a 3.5 GPA as computed by USA Admissions.
Deadline for Application: December 15 of the senior year in high school
Procedures to Apply for the Early Acceptance Program: For consideration to this program, all of the following MUST be received in the USA Office of Admissions by the stated deadline.
  1. Completed application for admission, submitted with the $35.00 application fee;
  2. Official high school transcript, showing grades through the junior year, mailed from the high school directly to the USA Office of Admissions;
  3. Official ACT or SAT scores; mailed directly from the testing agency to the USA Office of Admissions (Note: USA’s ACT Code: 0059; SAT Code: 1880);
  4. Completed application for the Early Acceptance Program. Click here to print the application for the Early Admission Acceptance Program.
  5. Resume (one page only; additional pages will not be reviewed);
  6. Personal statement of no more than 300 words on the topic as designated by the department. (Topic will change each year)
 

NOTE: Letters of recommendation are not required for the PTEAP program and will not be included in the applicant’s profile.

 

Selection Process:

  1. The Selection Committee will meet shortly after the stated deadline.  The Committee will select up to 25 students to invite for initial interview.
  2. Required interview. Date: TBA.  The interview will take place in early to mid spring of the senior year in high school and will be held on USA’s campus in the Health Sciences Center.
  3. The five most highly ranked of those interviewed will be selected to participate in the program.
  4. Preference is given to applicants from Alabama and our service areas in Florida and Mississippi.
 

The Program:
Candidates selected for the PTEAP program will receive an acceptance letter from the University of South Alabama and a conditional acceptance to the Department of Physical Therapy.  The students will enter the Pre-Physical Therapy Program at the University of South Alabama.  The curriculum will include core requirements for the selected baccalaureate program and prerequisites for matriculation in the physical therapy program.

Students in the PTEAP must:

  1. sign and adhere to the departmental Early Acceptance Program contract, including withdrawal of the acceptance if the student is involved in any academic misconduct.
  2. take all prerequisite courses at USA, unless otherwise approved in advance by the Chair of the Admissions Committee of the Department of Physical Therapy. 
  3. maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale during undergraduate studies at USA.
  4. submit an application to PTCAS and the supplemental application to the USA PT Department in the fall of the senior year at USA.
  5. complete required science coursework with only 8 credits of required science coursework remaining to complete after application to the physical therapy program
  6. take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and receive a minimum total score of 290.  

PTEAP students will be required to:

  1. Participate in observation of 50 hours of physical therapy clinical practice by December 1 of the senior year at USA
  2. Participate in community and campus service project and/or attend cultural and scholarly events
  3. Be an active participant in the USA Pre-PT club by attending meetings/activities each year during undergraduate studies at USA

At the end of each spring semester, all DPTEAP students will be reviewed by the Pre-PT Advisor to determine if academic requirements have been met.

Students participating in the program must enter the University of South Alabama Physical Therapy professional program in the fall following completion of the baccalaureate degree.  Students not completing the baccalaureate degree within 4 years can appeal, in writing, to the department faculty for permission to delay their admission by up to 2 years.

 
Honors Program: See "Honors Program".
 
College Course Credit Received By Testing Or
Other Sources
English Composition I Exemption: Students who score a minimum ACT English score of 27 or SAT verbal score of 550 will be exempt from taking English 101. Official scores should be mailed to the Office of Admissions for exemption to be granted.
 
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit: Students participating in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) will be granted University credit as indicated below.

 

AP Course
USA Course
Score
Credit Hrs.
Studio Art: 2-D Design ARS Elective
3
3 hrs
Studio Art: 3-D Design ARS Elective
3
3 hrs
Studio Art-Drawing ARS Elective
3
3 hrs
Art History ARH 100
3
3 hrs
Biology BLY 121/121L & BLY 122/122L
3
8 hrs
Chemistry CH 131/131L
4
4 hrs
Chemistry CH 131/131L & CH 132/132L
5
8 hrs
Microeconomics ECO 215
3
3 hrs
Macroeconomics ECO 216
3
3 hrs
Language & Composition EH 101
4
3 hrs
Human Geography GEO 114
3
3 hrs
American Gov‘t PSC 130
4
3 hrs
Comparative Gov’t PSC 250
4
3 hrs
US History HY 135/136
3
6 hrs
European History HY 101/102
3
6 hrs
Calculus AB MA 125
3
4 hrs
Calculus BC MA 126
3
4 hrs
Statistics ST 210
3
3 hrs
Music Theory MUT Elective
3
3 hrs
Music Listening & Lit MUL Elective
3
3 hrs
Physics B PH 114/114L
4
5 hrs
Physics B PH 114/114L & PH 115/115L
5
10 hrs
Physics C Mechanics PH 201/201L
4
4 hrs
Physics C Electricity & Magnetism PH 202/202L
4
4 hrs
Computer Science A CIS 120/121
3
8 hrs
Psychology PSY 120
3
3 hrs
Foreign Language AP is reviewed by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.
 

International Baccalaureate Program (IB): Students participating in the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) will be granted credit by the University of South Alabama to those who have achieved a score of "5" or higher on the International Baccalaureate Program examinations. Individual academic disciplines will determine if a higher score is required in a particular course(s). IB Credit with a grade of at least "5" will be awarded as follows:
IB Discipline*
IB Exam Score
USA Credit
Art
 
Social Anthropology
5
AN 100 (3 Semester Hours)
Biology
5
BLY 101 and BLY 102, or BLY 121 and BLY 122 (8 Semester Hours)
Chemistry
(Standard Level)
5
CH 101 (4 Semester Hours)
Chemistry
(Higher Level)
5
CH 131, CH 131L, CH 132, and CH 132L (8 Semester Hours)
Computer Science
5
Credit determined by the School of
Computer & Information Sciences
Drama
5
DRA 110 (3 Semester Hours)
Economics
5
ECO 300 (3 Semester Hours)
English
5
If student completes IB degree: EH 101 and EH 102 (6 Semester Hours)
If student fails to complete IB degree: EH 101 (3 Semester Hours)
Foreign Languages
5









6 Semester Hours of credit in corresponding Freshman Language Sequence:

French: LG 111 and LG 112
German: LG 151 and LG 152
Latin: LG 101 and LG 102
Russian: LG 171 and LG 172
Spanish: LG 131 and LG 132
Chinese: LGS 121 and LGS 122
Arabic: LGS 106 and LGS 107
Modern Greek: LGS 141 and LGS 142
Japanese: LGS 101 and LGS 102

Geography
5
GEO 114 and GEO 115 (6 Semester Hours)
History
(Higher Level only)
5
HY 102 (3 Semester Hours)
Information Technology in a Global Society (Standard Level)
5
(3 Semester Hours Credit)
Accept credit for CIS 110 or CIS 150 according to major.
Mathematics
(Standard Level)
5
MA 115 (4 Semester Hours)
Mathematics
(Standard Level)
6-7
MA 115 and MA 125 (8 Semester Hours)
Mathematics
(Higher Level)
5
MA 125 and ST 210 (7 Semester Hours)
Mathematics
(Higher Level)
6-7
MA 125 and MA 126 (8 Semester Hours)
Music
5
MUL 235 (2 Semester Hours)
Music
6-7



MUL 235 (2 Semester Hours) and will be considered for additional credit in MUL 236 (2 Semester Hours). Students scoring 6 or 7 on this IB exam should contact Department Chair to request credit for MUL 236.
Philosophy
5
PHL 110 (3 Semester Hours)
Physics
5
PH 104 (4 semester Hours)
Psychology
5
PSY 120 (3 Semester Hours)

 
* All exams Standard Level unless indicated otherwise.
 

CLEP: A student can receive up to 30 semester hours of credit from the General Examinations and certain Subject Examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) as shown below. Official CLEP scores mailed directly from the CLEP division of the Educational Testing Service are required before credit will be awarded.
CLEP Exam
Hours CLEP Score
USA Credit Awarded
Awarded Required
American Government 3 hrs 50
PSC 130    
General Biology 8 hrs 50
BLY 121/BLY 122    
Calculus 8 hrs 50
MA 125/MA 126    
Precalculus 4 hrs 50
MA 115    
General Chemistry 8 hrs 50
CH 131/CH 132    
Into to Psychology 3 hrs 50
PSY 120    
Intro to Accounting 3 hrs 50
ACC 211    
Intro to Business Law 3 hrs 50
MGT 310    
Intro to Macroeconomics 3 hrs 50
ECO 216    
Intro to Microeconomics 3 hrs 50
ECO 215    
Intro to Marketing 3 hrs 50
MKT 320    
Intro to Sociology 3 hrs 50
SY 109    
Human Growth and
Development
3 hrs
50
PSY 250
U.S. History I:
Early Colonizations to 1877
3 hrs
50
HY 135
US History II:
1865 to Present
3 hrs
50
HY 136
Western Civilization I:
Ancient Near East to 1648
3 hrs
50
HY 101
Western Civilization II:
1648 to Present
3 hrs
50
HY 102    
College Composition 6 hrs 50
EH 101/EH 102    
American Literature with Essay
6 hrs
50
EH 225 and EH 226
English Literature with Essay
6 hrs
50
EH 215 and EH 216
Humanities-General 6 hrs 50
Fine Arts and Lit Elect    
College Mathematics 8 hrs 50
Math Electives    
Natural Sciences-General 8 hrs 50
Bio & Nat Science Elect    
Social Science & History 6 hrs 50
Soc Science & Hist Elect    

Computer Science and Foreign Language CLEP credit are awarded based on USA departmental recommendations. The University reserves the right to change the CLEP minimum scores and credit awarded based on recommendations by the College Board and University research.
 
Credit by Examination: A student may receive credit for a course by passing a locally prepared examination and by paying appropriate fees. (See “Credit by Examination”.)
 
Military Service/ROTC Credit: A student may receive Military Science or Aerospace Science placement credit for prior military service or Junior ROTC training. Contact the Department of Military Science or the Department of Aerospace Studies for details.
 
The Prior Learning Assessment Center: housed in the Interdisciplinary Studies department, will serve as a central location where potential and enrolled USA students can obtain information and advising on the assessment options available for earning USA credit for prior learning. The center will also be the primary academic unit responsible for the coordination and administration of prior learning assessment by portfolio.
 
Undergraduate Transfer Admissions
Transfer students have attended a regionally accredited college or university after high school graduation, regardless of the time spent in attendance or credit earned.
Academic Requirements: Applicants are granted unconditional admission if they have earned a cumulative average of at least "C" (2.00) on all work attempted. Under certain conditions, a student with less than the requisite 2.00 average, who shows promise of success may be granted probationary admission. (Note: The grade-point average used is that computed by the University of South Alabama.) Applicants must be eligible to attend the institution in which they were last enrolled.

Documents Required: Transfer student applicants must make certain that official transcripts of all courses for which they have been registered at other colleges or universities are sent directly to the University from each home institution. Students must report colleges where registration was completed even though no credit was earned. Prior enrollment information will be verified by National Student Clearinghouse.

Applicants who have attempted fewer than 30 semester hours or 40 quarter hours of college work must submit college transcripts and high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores.
Transfer of Credit: The Office of Admissions evaluates all credits to determine the number transferable to the University of South Alabama. Such transferred credit will be applied, after evaluation, to the specific program of the student. The final program evaluation requires approval by the Dean of the College in which the student is accepted or by the Dean’s designated representative. Credits transferable to the University may or may not be applicable, in whole or in part, to a specific program. Transfer students are urged to review all the requirements for a degree as specified in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the Bulletin.

No credit is given for college-level General Education Development tests, or for courses evaluated as non-credit or remedial at this institution. No more than a combined total of 32 semester hours of credit will be allowed for credit received through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement Program (AP), credit by examination, correspondence courses, military service school courses, and other approved non-collegiate-sponsored programs as recommended by the American Council on Education.

Only one half of the credit hours required for a degree may be transferred from a community college. Courses offered by this University with a course number of 300 or higher will not be accepted as a transfer from a junior college unless approved by the appropriate college dean.

A transfer student from a collegiate institution not accredited by the appropriate regional association may request an evaluation of transfer credits from the student’s academic dean after completing one year (32 semester hours) of work at the University of South Alabama. No degree credit will be accepted by the College of Education from any collegiate institution unless that institution has regional accreditation.
Transfer Credit for English Composition: No credit is given for course work in English Composition in which the grade is below a "C".
 
TRANSFER CREDIT FROM COMMUNITY/JUNIOR COLLEGES

No more than 64 semester hours of transfer credit from junior colleges will be accepted. No degree credit will be granted for courses that are identified at the 300 and 400 levels in the University of South Alabama curriculum unless approved by the appropriate college dean.

No credit will be awarded for technical and vocational courses. Courses not generally accepted from a junior/community college may be considered for transfer credit on a selective basis. Such courses must be approved for degree credit by the student’s academic dean based upon the recommendation of the appropriate department chair.

University of South Alabama students at any level of progress toward a degree are restricted, in terms of junior college transfer credit, only by the first and second items above.

 
Alabama Articulation Program (STARS)

The Alabama Articulation Program (also called STARS - Statewide Articulation Reporting System) is a web-based articulation and transfer planning system designed to inform students who attend Alabama Community Colleges about degree requirements, course equivalents, and other transfer information pertaining to specific majors at each state funded four-year institution. STARS provides students, counselors, and educators with accurate information upon which transfer decisions can be made. STARS is the information link between the state’s public two-year and four-year institutions, and can prevent the loss of course credit hours, can provide direction for the scheduling of course work, and can ease the transition from one institution to another. Students who are interested in obtaining a “Transfer Guide” should visit the University of South Alabama Transfer Assistance web site at: http://www.southalabama.edu/transfer/ or contact: University of South Alabama Office of Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002, (251)460-6141 or (800)872-5247.

 
TRANSFER CREDIT FROM MILITARY SERVICE SCHOOLS

Military service-school courses will be evaluated with reference to the recommendation of the American Council on Education when official credentials have been presented by the student to the Office of Admissions for new students or to the Office of the Registrar for returning or currently enrolled students. Such recommendations, however, are not binding upon the University. In no instance, however, may any of the hours of credit be substituted for specific courses, but they may be substituted for electives.

Students who have successfully completed basic training in the armed forces may receive four semester hours of elective credit and exemption from P.E. by presenting a DD214, DD295, a copy of a Community College of the Air Force transcript, or a certificate of training to the Office of the Registrar for currently enrolled or former students, or to the Office of Admissions for new students.

The Office of Veterans Affairs is located in Room 2300 of the Meisler Hall Building on the main campus of the University to facilitate veterans’ programs and to provide counseling and other veterans’ services. (See “Student Activities Section.”)

 
UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT FROM FOREIGN INSTITUTIONS:
See "International Student section".

Special Category Students
Transient students are visiting students from other colleges/universities and who wish to attend the University for one term and return to the home institution.

Academic Requirements: Students must be in good standing at the current institution and have the approval of their registrar or dean to enroll at USA.

A transient student must accept full responsibility in meeting course prerequisites and having the necessary preparation to take the course or courses desired.

Enrollment as a transient student in no way implies future admission as a regular student to the University of South Alabama.
Documents Required: Transient applicants must request the registrar or dean of the college or university in which they are currently enrolled to complete the University’s Transient Form or write a letter of good standing for the applicant and mail it directly to the University.

If the student should decide to remain in transient status for more than one term the student must submit the University’s Transient Student Form and a Readmission Application (available from the Registrar's Office ) by the specified deadline (see “How to Apply for Readmission” section of the Bulletin) each semester. Should a transient student decide to transfer to the University of South Alabama, the student would be required to apply in the same manner as a transfer student and submit complete transcripts from each college or university attended.

 
Audit students wish to take courses, but not receive credit.
Academic Requirements: Students are admissible if a completed application for admission and the $35 application fee are submitted to the Office of Admissions by the published deadlines. No other documentation is required. Audit students pay the same tuition and fees as credit students.
Audit students are not required to submit documents with their application for admission.
NOTE: Transient, Unclassified and Audit students are not eligible to be considered for financial aid since they are not enrolled in degree-seeking programs.
 
Unclassified applicants are students who have earned at least a baccalaureate degree and wish to take additional undergraduate courses, but not for degree purposes.
Academic Requirements: Applicants are admissible if an official transcript showing evidence of the baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree is received. Note that unclassified students are eligible to enroll in undergraduate courses only and are not working toward a degree. Students seeking a second undergraduate degree should apply as Transfer students.
Documents Required: Unclassified students submit an official transcript showing their earned baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degree.
 
International Student Admissions
 

The Office of International Services at the University of South Alabama provides special services and programs for non-U.S. Citizens and is responsible for the processing of applications for admission submitted by non-citizens. The following are the specific requirements needed by the applicants.

 
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Application Deadlines
All necessary documents must be received by the established deadline as indicated below for the semester the student wishes to enter. Applications completed after the deadline will be considered for the following term, unless otherwise requested by the student.
 
Deadlines
Outside the United States
Fall-July 1 Spring-November 1
Summer-April 1  
Within the United States:
Fall-July 15 Spring-December 1
Summer-May 1  
 

All documents submitted as part of the application process become the property of the University of South Alabama and will not be copied for or released to the student or any other institution.

 
Undergraduate Applicants

1. International Application for Admission - The International Application for Admission must be completed and signed by the applicant. A nonrefundable $35.00 application fee, payable through a U.S. bank, must accompany the application. Applications received without the $35.00 processing fee will not be processed.
2. Academic Records - Complete and certified academic records of all secondary and postsecondary education attempted must be submitted. Whenever possible, the records must be forwarded directly from the issuing institution to the University of South Alabama. Copies must be certified by an official of the government or school (e.g., registrar or dean). Notarized copies are not accepted.
3. English Proficiency
A.  

TOEFL - Nonimmigrant applicants, whose native language is not English, must submit a score of 173 (61 on newly formatted Internet-based TOEFL exam) or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for admission. Applicants who hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited United States institution are exempt. Students transferring from postsecondary institutions within the United States are exempt, subject to the following conditions:

1)   transfer credits total at least 96 quarter hours (64 semester hours); and
2)   completion of English Composition I with grade of “C” or above.

The exempted transfer students ARE subject to the proficiency examination discussed below.

In addition the TOEFL may be substituted with the following:
1)   SATI Verbal score of 510
2)   ACT English score of 19
3)  

Ordinary/Advanced Level English examinations from the United Kingdom with a score of "A", "B" or "C/A-E".

4)  

A minimum IELTS score of 5.5.

B.  

English Proficiency - Additionally, all international students with TOEFL scores between 150 (52 on newly formatted Internet-based TOEFL exam) and 170 (60 on newly formatted on-line TOEFL exam) are conditionally admitted to the University of South Alabama and placed directly into the Department of English as a Second Language and assigned an ESL advisor. All students in this category must take the English Placement Examination and depending on their performance, a determination will be made as to how many ESL courses each student will be required to complete.

C.  

English Proficiency Examination - All international students, regardless of TOEFL score, must sit for the English Proficiency Examination during the International Student Orientation with the following exceptions. Students holding J-1 visas and those holding baccalaureate or graduate degrees from regionally accredited United States postsecondary institutions are exempt. Permanent Residents who submit transcripts from regionally accredited United States secondary or postsecondary institutions with at least two full years of course work are also exempt. All international transfer students must take the exam.

4. Standardized Tests - Permanent residents of the U.S. must submit an acceptable score on the ACT or SAT examination, unless they have one year or more of documented postsecondary education or graduated from high school 5 or more years previously, or apply on the basis of the GED. Those attending on nonimmigrant visas are not required to submit these tests for admissions unless required by the major department.
5. Financial Statement -
Non-immigrants must provide proof that sufficient finances are available to undertake their entire course of study.
6. Photograph - All applicants must submit two recent passport size photographs.

 
Notification

Students are notified of admissions decisions as soon as all required documents are received. The I-20 or DS-2019 form is mailed to students with the letter of admission.

Students wishing to postpone their arrival to a later semester must notify the Office of International Services in writing. If an I-20 or DS-2019 form has been mailed to the student, the complete form must be returned to the University before a new form is issued.

Transfer Credit from Foreign Institutions - Students transferring to the University from foreign postsecondary institutions must submit a detailed course syllabus from which to evaluate transfer credit. Advanced Placement credit is available from a number of worldwide sources: contact the Office of International Services for details. Students may secure a professional evaluation of academic credentials at their own expense. Course-by-course professional evaluation is required of transfer students accepted into the College of Education and students applying to the professional component of any program in the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions.

(See the section below entitled "Additional Information for all International Students".)
 
Graduate Applicants

1. International Application for Admission - The International Application for Admission must be completed and signed by the applicant. A nonrefundable $35.00 application fee, payable through a U.S. Bank, must accompany the application. Applications received without the $35.00 application fee will not be processed.
2. Academic Records - Complete and certified academic records of all secondary and postsecondary education attempted must be submitted. Please note consolidated marksheets are not accepted. Whenever possible, the records must be forwarded directly from the issuing institution to the University of South Alabama. Copies must be certified by an official of the government or school (e.g., registrar or dean). Notarized copies are not accepted.
3. English Proficiency
A.  

TOEFL - Nonimmigrant applicants, whose native language is not English, must submit a score of 197 (71) or above on the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) for admission. (Specific programs may have more stringent English proficiency requirements.)

B.  

English Proficiency Examination - All international applicants, regardless of TOEFL score, must sit for the English Proficiency Examination during the International Student Orientation. Nonimmigrant applicants exempt from the TOEFL requirement are exempt from the English Proficiency Examination, as well. English as a Second Language course work may be recommended or required for graduate applicants.

4. Standardized Tests - Standardized test requirements for the various academic programs are listed in the appropriate sections of the Bulletin. All test scores must be official documents sent directly from the testing service which administered the examination.
5. Recommendation Letters - Two original letters of recommendation are required of all nonimmigrant applicants. The letters should be written by persons familiar with the applicant’s academic qualifications and ability to undertake the proposed course of study.
6. Financial Statement - Non immigrants must provide proof that sufficient finances are available to undertake their entire course of study. Applicants for graduate assistantships should contact the appropriate department directly for information and assistantship applications.
7. Narrative Statement of Purpose - A narrative Statement of Purpose written by applicant is required. Three original letters of recommendation written by persons familiar with the applicant's academic qualifications and ability to undertake the proposed course of study are also required.

 

Notification: Students are notified of the Graduate Dean’s admission decision as soon as all required documents are received and the Graduate Dean has received a recommendation from the appropriate graduate program. The I-20 or DS-2019 form is mailed to students with the letter of admission.

Students wishing to postpone their arrival to a later semester must notify the Office of International Services in writing. Students who have previously attended USA and who did not register for the semester in which they were accepted, but who wish to register for the same graduate program in the same academic year must update their admissions through the Office of International Services. First-time students who did not register for the semester for which they were accepted but who wish to register for the same graduate program in the same academic year must submit written requests to update their applications to the Office of International Services. The address is given at the end of this section. If an I-20 or DS-2019 form has been mailed, the complete form must be returned to the University before a new form is issued.

Additional Information for all International Students Nonimmigrant and International Student Fees - All international students with nonimmigrant visas are considered nonresidents for tuition purposes and will be assessed a nonresident fee and an international student fee each semester. Permanent residents may qualify for instate tuition rates.

Deposits - A tuition and living expenses deposit may be required of a student before an I-20 or DS-2019 is issued. This decision is based upon exchange regulations and fee receipt history of specific countries.

Orientation - New international students are required to participate in an orientation program prior to their first semester at the University. The orientation program welcomes students to the University, introduces them to staff and students, and familiarizes them with academic procedures and the community.

Medical Insurance - The University requires all international students on nonimmigrant visas to maintain medical insurance coverage. Students must purchase the University’s international student health insurance policy at registration.

 
Address inquiries and questions to:
Office of International Services
2200 Meisler Hall
University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002
(251) 460-6050
(251) 414-8213 FAX
E-mail: internationalservices@usouthal.edu
http://www.southalabama.edu/intnatsrv
 
Readmission To The University
Students who have been previously enrolled in the University of South Alabama, and who have failed to attend for one term should comply with the following:
 
How to Apply for Readmission
An applicant should request the appropriate application from the Registrar's Office. The readmission application, including all required credentials, should be filed with the Registrar's Office by the published deadlines found at http://www.southalabama.edu/registrar/readmission.htm. Readmission applications do not have to pay another processing fee.
 
Requirements for Readmission
An applicant must be eligible to return to the University of South Alabama on the basis of a previous academic record at this institution. If the student has attended any college or university subsequent to last enrollment at the University of South Alabama, the student must also have the required transfer average or higher (as computed by the University of South Alabama, Registrar's Office) on work attempted, and must be in good standing and eligible to return to the last institution attended.

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