University Bulletin 2016-17

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Special Programs

Adult Special Freshman Admission

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

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 on high school level General Education Development (GED) test. Students taking the test prior to January 2014, must score an average of at least a 500 or a 50, if taken before January 2002. Student taking the GED beginning January 2014 must score at least a 170 in each subject area.

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

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.

Early Admission applicants

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;
  4. completed the Core High School Requirements listed above under Regular Admission.
  5. 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)

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)

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)

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".