2:038 Undergraduate Admissions Policy
|Austin Peay State
|Undergraduate Admissions Policy
It is the policy of Austin Peay State University to admit students to the University who meet the requirements detailed in this policy.
The purpose of this policy is to create procedures for admission of students to undergraduate degree programs.
- Freshman Applicants
-Early Admission Freshmen Applicants
-Misrepresentation of Academic Credentials
-Non-Degree Seeking Applicants
A first-time freshman applicant is a student who enters APSU with fewer than 12 transferable credit hours after graduating high school. Students who were dual enrolled in college courses still in high school considered a new freshman, regardless of the number of college credit hours. Applicants must submit an application for admission, the $25 application fee, ACT or SAT scores, and high school transcript or GED/HiSET scores.
High School Graduation
Public School—graduates of public schools must submit an official high school transcript showing dates/terms of attendance, credits earned while enrolled, and date of graduation. Transcripts for graduates of Tennessee public high schools must note that the applicant passed the required proficiency examinations. The Special Education diploma or High School Certificate is not accepted.
Non-Public School—graduates of all non-public high schools must submit an official transcript showing dates/terms of attendance, credits earned, and date of graduation. Transcripts of home-school applicants must provide an official copy from an affiliated organization as defined by state law (TCA 49-50-801) or it may be accompanied by certification of registration from the local education agency which the student would otherwise attend. Purchased transcripts from organizations not requiring high school attendance for completion of grades 9-12 are considered unsatisfactory documentation of high school graduation. Applicants who are unable to provide a satisfactory high school credential may substitute acceptable scores on the GED or HiSET examination.
Completion of APSU-Required High School Courses
All students graduating from high school since 1989 must show proof of satisfactory completion of all college preparatory courses including U.S. History.
All freshman applicants must submit assessment scores with the application for admission.
Students under 21 years of age. ACT/SAT scores earned within 5 years of the first day of the first semester or term of enrollment are required. Scores submitted will be used in making admissions decisions; English, mathematics and reading scores will be used in determining placement in university courses. Applicants who present an ACT English score of 28 through 30 (620-680 SAT) will receive academic credit for ENGL 1010. Applicants who present an ACT English score of 31 through 36 (690-800 SAT) will receive academic credit for ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Credits will be applied to the student’s academic record after the completion of the first semester or term of enrollment.
Active duty military are exempt from ACT/SAT testing but will be required a placement assessment, if no scores are available.
Students 21 and over. Students unable to submit valid ACT/SAT scores earned within 5 years of the first day of class must take a placement assessment, if necessary. Scores submitted will be used in making admissions decisions; English, mathematics and reading scores will be used in determining placement in university courses.
Austin Peay State University invites applications from all prospective students. All complete applications are reviewed carefully to determine the likelihood of the applicant’s completion of academic requirements leading to graduation in a timely manner. Admission decisions are based on academic performance in high school, assessment scores (ACT, SAT, or other) and completion of all APSU high school requirements with grades earned in those courses. By reviewing the published admissions criteria, prospective students are able to determine their likelihood of admission to the university.
Freshman Under 21 Years of Age
Freshman 21 Years of Age and Older (first day of first semester or term of enrollment)
Conditionally Admitted Students Enter On Academic Probation
During the first semester of enrollment they are required to complete academic strengthening requirements that include:
Freshmen with High School Deficiencies (Admission by Exception)
Admission for Subsequent Semester
A transfer applicant is a student who has earned 12 or more transferable credits from a college or university. Transfer students who have earned fewer than 12 transferable credits must meet freshman admission standards. A student who was dual enrolled in college courses while still in high school and has not attended college AFTER high school graduation is considered as a new freshman, regardless of the number of hours earned with dual enrollment. In order to be considered for admission, the transfer applicant must be in good standing (not suspended) from the last institution attended. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all institutions attended whether or not credit was earned, an application for admission, the $25 application fee, and high school transcript or GED or HiSET scores. Not doing so may result in dismissal from the University.
Applicants’ college grade point average must meet the following requirements:
Prospective students who qualify as transfer applicants must submit the following for consideration:
Early admission criteria apply to any prospective students who have not yet graduated from high school but who wish to enter APSU full-time after their junior year. Such students may achieve admission by meeting the following requirements.
Students are considered for dual enrollment when they expect to receive both high school and university credit for courses taken to be applied to high school graduation. Students who earn university credit that will not apply to high school graduation apply for joint enrollment. Prospective students who wish to attend APSU while still enrolled in high school must comply with the following requirements.
Academically talented/gifted high school students (both high school and college credit awarded for courses taken)
APSU Middle College applicants must be accepted and recommended by the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. Applicants must meet minimum requirements as established in the APSU/CMCSS Middle College Memorandum of Understanding.
Applicants for the Governor’s School for Computational Physics must meet concurrent admissions standards:
If you are denied admission, you can appeal this decision by submitting the Dual or Joint Admissions Decision Appeal Form to the Office of Admissions. Additional information that can be submitted, at the applicant’s option includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Please assure that your name is on all submitted documents. After we receive the appeal form, your file will be sent to the Committee on Admission Standards for review. The committee will review your file and make a recommendation for admission. You will be notified of the committee's decision in writing.
Continuous Enrollment: Dual or joint enrollment students who want to continue enrollment for the next sequential semester prior to high school graduation and maintain a 2.75 APSU GPA do not need to reapply each semester. However, should the student’s APSU GPA fall below the 2.75, the student will submit the High School Authorization Signature Page requiring the school counselor or principal’s signature and submit the official most recent high school transcript to ensure the student continues to meet initial admission requirements for dual or joint enrollment.
Military (both active-duty and veterans) are required to submit documents for military credit prior to enrollment. The following documents should be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the issuing agency except for Form DD 214:
Degree-Seeking (All Visa Types Excluding J-1)
Exchange Students (Visa Type J-1)
Permanent Resident Alien. Permanent Resident Aliens must submit front and back copies of their Permanent Resident Alien Card.
General International Applicant Information. All non-immigrants must provide proof of status, including copies of their visa. All international applicants will receive information concerning any special requirements for admission from the Office of Admissions. Student Health Services will provide the Office of Admissions with information concerning policy requirements, associated approximate costs which could be incurred, what would be considered acceptable certification of freedom from tuberculosis, proof of adequate medical and hospitalization insurance, proof of two immunizations with the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, and proof of two immunizations with the Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.
Authority on Immunization Requirements Rules. The APSU Board of Trustees, in consultation with the Tennessee Department of Health, has the authority to implement rules regarding immunization against meningococcal disease and completion of a Hepatitis B waiver form with regard to all APSU students. All such rules must be implemented in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act.
It is a Class A misdemeanor to misrepresent academic credentials. Applicants and students who commit this offense know that the statement is false and are making the statement with the intent to secure admission or employment in an institution of higher education in Tennessee. This offense includes statements made orally or in writing that the person has
Students who are admitted and later found to have withheld transcripts from institutions in which they have been enrolled may be subject to dismissal from the university.
Secondary school transcripts determined to be from a source that does not require normal high school attendance and awards the transcript based on a fee charged are excluded from consideration for admission. Freshman applicants who have not completed high school must provide GED or HiSET scores.
Applicants who are eligible for non-degree admission include:
Persons with a College Degree or Certificate
Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons
Adult Special Applicants
Transfer and readmit applicants must submit a transcript from the last college or university attended. Applicants who are currently suspended from another college or university are not eligible to enroll as Adult Special Students.
Adult Special Students will be limited to enrolling in a maximum of 24 semester hours. Adult Special Students are not allowed to register for college-level courses unless the appropriate prerequisites are completed or a portion of the placement assessment is taken. Adult Special Students who later decide to seek a degree from the University must submit all academic credentials and satisfy all admissions requirements. Applicants who are denied regular admission will be denied admission as a Special Applicant for the same semester.
Applicants seeking readmission to the APSU Clarksville campus must resubmit an application for admission if they have not attended for one calendar year or more and submit all transcripts from every institution attended since last attending APSU, regardless of whether credit was earned. Applicants wishing to apply for readmission to the APSU Center at Fort Campbell and Highland Crest must also resubmit an application and transcript(s) if they have not attended one calendar year or more.
In addition to the minimum standards, some degrees and/or majors, may have additional admission requirements.
APSU Policy 2:038 - Rev.: February 1, 2018
APSU Policy 2:038 (previously 3:025) – Rev.: March 25, 2017
APSU Policy 2:038 – Rev.: November 14, 1994
APSU Policy 2:038 – Issued: January 1, 1990
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