ADMISSION PROCEDURE

1997-1998 Bulletin Information

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Application for Admission
Students applying for admission to the University of South Alabama are required to file an application for admission with the $25.00 non-refundable processing fee by the deadlines noted.

Application Deadlines
Students are urged to apply for admission well before their intended quarter of entry. 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 filed no later than September 10 for Fall Quarter (September 1 for Graduate Applicants), December 10 for Winter Quarter, March 10 for Spring Quarter, and June 1 for Summer Quarter. 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.

Documents Required for Undergraduate Admission Review:
All documents required for admission review (e.g., 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 noted above. 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 have been received.

  1. 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 freshman applicants must submit official college entrance examination scores--either the result of the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Assessment Test (SATI: Reasoning Test). The Director of Admissions reserves the right to request the student to submit official scores of more than one administration of the ACT or SATI if deemed necessary.

    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; SATI 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 quarter 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 SATI need not sit for the examination and may apply under the Special Freshman Admission category.
  2. 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 quarter of entry.
  3. Early Admission applicants must submit an official high school transcript showing grades through the junior year, official ACT or SATI scores and a letter of recommendation from the school guidance counselor.
  4. Special Freshman Admission applicants must submit an official high school transcript for admission consideration. Applicants for admission as special freshman students should be high school graduates whose quarter of entry to the university is at least five years since high school graduation or are at least 23 years of age. Students who did sit for ACT or SATI, even though they graduated from high school more than five years prior to the quarter of entry or are at least 23 years of age, must apply as First-Time Freshmen regardless of when they graduated from high school or of their age.
  5. GED First-Time Freshman applicants must submit an official copy of their General Educational Development (high school level) test results.
  6. 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 the home institution. Students must report colleges where registration was completed even though no credit was earned. Applicants who have attempted fewer than 40 quarter hours of collegiate work must submit college transcripts and high school transcripts and ACT or SATI scores.
  7. Transient Applicants must request the registrar or dean of the college 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.
  8. Unclassified Students submit an official transcript showing their earned baccalaureate, master's, or doctoral degree.
  9. Audit Students are not required to submit documents with their application for admission.

READMISSION PROCEDURES

Students whose attendance at the University of South Alabama has been interrupted by at least one quarter must apply for readmission through the Registrar's Office. Please refer to the sections on Readmission to the University in the "Academic Policies and Procedures" section.

ADMISSION POLICIES

The University of South Alabama seeks to admit only those students who possess the intellectual capacity, maturity, previous training, and motivation necessary for success in its several programs. Some colleges have additional admission requirements pertaining to submission of standardized test scores and minimum grade-point average. Please see the appropriate college section regarding additional admission requirements.

  1. First Time Freshmen -The University does not employ a rigid formula by which admission is determined, and has no fixed requirements for secondary-school courses. However, the University's experience has been that students who have pursued the following pattern of courses in high school generally achieve a level of success markedly greater than those who have not followed such a pattern: English, four units; algebra, two units; geometry, one unit; natural science, two units; American history, one unit; world history, one unit; additional academic courses in foreign languages, social studies, natural science, or mathematics, two units; non-vocational electives, three units. Students with Enhanced ACT composite scores of less than 19 or comparable SATI may be considered for admission to the Developmental Studies Program (see "Programs Available to the Specially Qualified Student" below). Note: Students who take the SATI should contact the Office of Admissions for test score requirements for admission.
  2. Freshmen with Previous Credits applicants must satisfy the requirements noted above for First-Time Freshmen Applicants and must have earned at least a 'C' average on all previous collegiate work attempted. The grade-point average is that computed by the Office of Admissions.
  3. Early Admission applicants must be recommended by the high school counselor, have earned at least a B average in academic subjects, have scored at least a 25 composite on the Enhanced ACT Assessment (or comparable SATI scores), completed the junior year of high school, and be approved by the Director of Admissions.

    The exceptional student who has not completed the junior year of high school may be granted special admission consideration. See the Director of Admissions for further information.
  4. Special Freshman Admission applicants who do not satisfy the requirements for traditional admission may be admitted if satisfactory evidence is provided that they have the ability to pursue successfully the courses in which they wish to enroll.
  5. GED First-Time Freshman applicants are granted admission based on adequate performance (minimum average score of 50) on high school level General Education Development test (GED).

    Both Special-Freshman admission and GED First-Time Freshman students are considered degree-seeking students and are subject to all academic regulations.
  6. Transfer 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. The grade-point average used is that computed by the University of South Alabama.

    Students who were not admissible after high school are required to complete successfully a minimum of one year's work (40 quarter hours) at another institution before being considered as transfer applicants.

    Applicants must be eligible to attend the institution in which they were last enrolled.

    No credit is given for work in which the grade is below a C, for college-level General Education Development tests, or for courses evaluated as non-credit or remedial at this institution. The Director 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 given in the academic regulations section of the Bulletin.

    No more than a combined total of 48 quarter 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.

    A maximum of 96 quarter hours (64 semester hours) may be transferred from junior 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 (48 quarter 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.

    The University of South Alabama does not grant credit for experiential learning.
  7. Transient 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. However, all work taken at the University of South Alabama will count toward the student's Grade Point Balance (GPB).

    Transient students must submit the University's Transient Student Form and a readmission form (available from the Registrar's Office) by the specified deadline (see "How to Apply for Readmission" under the Academic Policies and Procedures" section of the Bulletin) each quarter if the student should decide to remain in transient status for more than one quarter. 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.

  8. Unclassified 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.
  9. Audit students are admissible if a completed application for admission and the $25 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.

TRANSFER CREDIT FROM JUNIOR COLLEGES

No more than 96 quarter 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.

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 computerized 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 in an efficient and effective way of providing 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. The STARS database, if used properly, 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 receiving a "Transfer Guide & Contract" should contact: Office of Admissions, University of South Alabama, 182 Administration Building, Mobile, AL 36688-0002, (334)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 currently enrolled or former students. Such recommendations, however, are not binding upon the University. In no instance, however, may any of the hours of credit by substituted for specific courses, but they may be substituted for electives.

Students who have successfully completed basic training in the armed forces may receive six 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 240 of the Administration Building on the main campus of the University to facilitate veterans' programs and to provide counseling and other veterans' services. (See "Student Activities Section.")

PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO THE
SPECIALLY QUALIFIED STUDENT

The University of South Alabama offers a number of opportunities to the specially qualified student. Several programs enable the student to accelerate course work.

  1. Students participating in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board will be granted University credit if their score is 3 or higher. No more than a combined total of 48 quarter hours of credit will be allowed for credit received through the Advanced Placement Program (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), credit by exam, correspondence courses, military service, or any other credit combination.
  2. Students who score a minimum Enhanced ACT English score of 27 or SATI 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.
  3. A student can receive up to 48 hours of credit from the General Examination and certain Subject Examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). The student should consult with the Office of Admissions Staff for information regarding the minimum scores to receive credit.
  4. A student may receive credit for a course by passing a locally prepared examination and by paying appropriate fees. (See "Credit by Examination" section of the Bulletin.)
  5. 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.
  6. A student in the College of Arts and Sciences, can, after completing 48 quarter hours of work, choose to shape a major in the Personalized Study Program. The student must present to the PSP Committee a satisfactory rationale for the proposed course of study.
  7. A student who is over the age of 25 may design, with the approval of an academic committee, an 80 quarter hour interdisciplinary field of study through the Department of Adult Interdisciplinary Studies.
  8. The Developmental Studies Program (DSP) is designed for students who may not have the high-school grades or ACT (or SATI) scores generally required for college admission but who, according to other criteria, indicate a potential for academic success in an institution of higher education. The focus of DSP is the improvement of the communicative skills (especially reading and writing) that are essential for educational achievement. Additionally, attention will be given to developing computational skills, oral communication, study techniques, and general coping strategies necessary for college survival. Acceptances to the program are limited.
  9. Through the College of Medicine Early Acceptance Program, 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 COMEAP 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 official ACT score of at least 28 composite (or comparable SATI), and must have demonstrated leadership qualities and motivation toward the study of medicine.

    For questions and applications, contact USA Admissions, 182 Administration Building, USA, Mobile, AL 36688-0002 or call (800)872-5247 or (334)460-6141.

ORIENTATION FOR NEW STUDENTS

Orientation provides an introduction to the academic, service, and social areas of the University of South Alabama. It is offered quarterly just prior to registration, and all new students (except those who are transient, unclassified or audit-only) are required to attend. A special evening program is provided for new evening-only students. The fee charged for Orientation covers costs of materials and meals during the programs. Details are sent to new students prior to their first registration. Further information may be obtained from the Office of Admissions, Administration Building, Room 182, Mobile, AL 36688-0002, telephone (334)460-6141.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

Application Deadlines All necessary documents must be received by the established deadline for the quarter the student wishes to enter. Applications completed after the deadline will be considered for the following term, unless otherwise requested by the student. Beginning with the conversion to the semester system in August 1998, deadlines will be earlier; contact the University Admissions Office for the new deadlines.

Outside the United States:
Fall-June 15
Winter-October 1
Spring-January 1
Summer-April 1

Within the United States
Fall-September 10
Winter-December 10
Spring-March 10
Summer-June 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. English Proficiency.
    a. TOEFL.
    Non-immigrant applicants, whose native language is not English, must submit a score of 500 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 post-secondary institutions (including foreign) are exempt, subject to the following conditions:
    1) transfer credits total at least 40 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 USA 010 examination and the proficiency examination discussed below.

    b.
    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 post-secondary institutions are exempt. Permanent Residents who submit transcripts from regionally accredited United States secondary or post-secondary institutions with at least two full years of course work are also exempt. All transfer students must take the exam. However, transfer students with 40 quarter hours (twenty-eight semester hours) of transferable credit, including English Composition I, may be recommended, not required, to take English as a Second Language course work.
  2. 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 post-secondary education, graduated from high school 5 or more years previously, or apply on the basis of the GED. Those attending on non-immigrant visas are not required to submit these tests for admission unless required by the major department.
  3. Financial Statement. Non-immigrants must provide proof that sufficient finances are available to undertake their entire course of study.
  4. Photograph. All applicants must submit one recent passport size photograph.
  5. In-state Tuition. Resident aliens should refer to pages 17-18 for the policies governing in-state tuition.

Notification
Students are notified of admissions decisions as soon as all required documents are received. The I-20 or IAP-66 form is mailed to students with the letter of admission.

Students wishing to postpone their arrival to a later quarter must notify the Office of International Services in writing. If an I-20 or IAP-66 form has been mailed, 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 post-secondary institutions must submit a detailed course syllabus from which to evaluate transfer credit. English Composition courses may transfer if all course work in the curriculum is in English, subject to a competency examination. Forty quarter hours (twenty semester hours) of transferable credit are required before English Composition is considered for transfer. 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 College of Allied Health Professions.
(See the Additional Information for all International Students section below.)

Graduate Applicants

  1. International Application for Admission. The International Application for Admission must be completed and signed by the applicant. A non-refundable $25.00 application fee, payable through a U.S. bank, must accompany the application. Applications received without the $25.00 application fee will not be processed.
  2. Academic Records. Complete and certified academic records of all secondary and post-secondary 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. Non-immigrant applicants, whose native language is not English, must submit a score of 525 (graduate) or above on the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) for admission. (Specific programs may have more stringent English proficiency requirements.) Applicants who have completed two years of postsecondary education from a regionally accredited United States institution are exempt.
    b. English Proficiency Examination. All international applicants, regardless of TOEFL score, must sit for the English Proficiency Examination during the International Student Orientation. Non-immigrant 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 for graduate applicants, but not required.
  4. Standardized Tests. Standardized test requirements for the various academic programs are listed in the appropriate sections of this Bulletin. All test scores must be official copies sent directly from the testing service which administered the examination.
  5. Recommendation Letters. Two original letters of recommendation are required of all non-immigrant 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.

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 IAP-66 form is mailed to students with the letter of admission.

Students wishing to postpone their arrival to a later quarter must notify the Office of International Services in writing. Students who have previously attended USA and who did not register for the quarter 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 the Registrar. First-time students who did not register for the quarter 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 IAP-66 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
Non-immigrant and International Student Fees: All international students with non-immigrant visas are considered non-residents for tuition purposes and will be assessed a non-resident fee and an international student fee each quarter. Permanent residents with more than one year in that status are charged the international student fee but may qualify for in-state tuition rates.
Deposits: An advance tuition and living expenses deposit may be required of a student before an I-20 or IAP-66 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 quarter 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 non-immigrant visas to maintain medical insurance coverage. Students who do not have adequate sponsor-provided coverage must purchase the University's international student health insurance policy at registration.

Address inquiries and questions to:
Office of International Services
Faculty Court South, Room 3
University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002
(334)460-6050 (334)414-8213 Fax
email: bhinson@jaguar1.usouthal.edu
www.usouthal.edu/intnatsrv/usa-oi~1.html