Austin Peay State University welcomes applications from all qualified students regardless of race, gender, religion, disability, or cultural background. Admission to APSU is based on a number of factors depending upon assessment results and previous educational experience. The university's admission requirements have been developed in accordance with the rules and regulations of the APSU faculty and the Tennessee Board of Regents.
Applicant credentials must indicate a reasonable chance of success in completing academic work at APSU. Your previous record of academic preparation, academic performance, test scores, and other considerations determine your admission decision. The APSU Office of Admissions with approval of the APSU administration has the authority to make exceptions to admission requirements on a limited basis when, in the professional judgment of the director of admissions, special circumstances and offsetting strengths of a particular application file warrant such exceptions.
Additional testing for a more accurate assessment of an applicant's ability to succeed or to qualify for study at APSU or for placement in university courses may be necessary. The application file must be complete for such testing and the testing must be scheduled prior to registration. If the completion of the application file does not occur to permit testing, it may be necessary to update your application to a future semester.
Admission is a selective process and meeting deadlines or minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. All applicants should review admission standards in advance of applying in order to understand the likelihood of acceptance. Approval for admission is valid only for the term specified at the time of acceptance. Changes in the semester of entry can be made via a written request to the Admission Office. Changes which occur in the applicant's record after admission but before enrollment require a new review of the admission application. After twelve months, all documents are purged and destroyed and the entire application process, including credentials, must be repeated.
Admission to APSU as an undergraduate student does not automatically admit the individual to special or professional programs such as teacher education and nursing. However, admission to the university precedes admission to any university program. Separate application processes are required for formal admission into professional programs, and such admission decisions are generally made after a prescribed amount of coursework has been completed with satisfactory grades by the applicant. Details of program admission requirements are found in the section of this bulletin which outlines degree program requirements.
Admission to the university is a prerequisite for any other program admission or scholarship award. Applicants should submit an application packet that includes all required credentials (such as transcripts and test scores) by established deadlines. The university reserves the right to require that applications not submitted by published deadlines be processed for the following term. The following dates are tentative until registration dates are confirmed.
All applicants for admission to APSU will be placed into one of four admission categories: Unconditional Admission, Conditional, Admission by Exception, or Admission by Alternative Standards. Completion of 14 high school units (specified by the Tennessee Board of Regents) is required. During initial enrollment, students admitted with deficiencies must complete a plan for removing deficiencies within first 30 hours of enrollment. (See Appendix B for a list of courses to be taken to remove high school deficiencies. Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.)
Application deadlines, for future terms, can be found HERE.
Applicants who have satisfactorily met these requirements may achieve unconditional admission to Austin Peay State University.
Students who do not meet full admission requirements but have met the TBR high school unit requirement and who have achieved an ACT composite of 19 or a high school cumulative GPA of 2.75, or who have ACT sub scores in mathematics and English of 18 or below, or SAT sub scores of 460 or less in Critical Reading and Math.
Conditionally admitted students are admitted on probation. These students may enroll in no more than 13 hours of approved courses and must achieve a 1.50 cumulative GPA and complete all required academic strengthening programs during the first semester of enrollment. Students whose ACT math and English scores are below 19 must successfully complete in a regular and consistent manner all enhanced core courses in which they are required to enroll. Conditionally admitted students will be limited in enrollment to courses which do not require completion of enhanced core classes, developmental reading, and remedial studies as a perquisite. Students who fail to meet these requirements will be academically suspended for one full semester (excluding summer).
By Exception (Under 21 Years of Age only as allowed by TBR Policy 2:03:00:00)
Students who have not satisfactorily completed all of the 14 TBR high school units may be admitted as follows:
(as allowed by TBR Policy 2:03:00:00 and Guideline No. A-015)
For freshman applicants under 21 years of age only who meet no other category of admission but have special abilities or circumstances that merit consideration in the admissions process. Applicants must submit a portfolio that contains:
The portfolio must be submitted with the application for admission and will be reviewed by the University Admissions and Standards Committee to determine admission status. Students admitted by alternative standards are admitted on probation and must meet the same requirements as conditionally admitted students.
|Subject Area||Required Units|
|Visual and/or Performing Arts|
(required for students who graduated in 1993 or thereafter)
(must include 2 units from algebra and one unit advanced math or 3 units from integrated math sequence.)
(one from Group A)
|United States History||1|
Applications for both the main campus and the Fort Campbell campus are made to the Office of Admissions (Austin Peay State University, Box 4548, Clarksville, TN 37044). Applicants for both campuses are encouraged to submit an application on line at http://www.apsu.edu/admissions/apply but may submit an application by mail. The application file is complete and ready for review with receipt of the following:
|Army||AARTS transcript or DD Form 295|
|Air Force||Comm. College Air Force transcript or DD Form 295|
|Army National Guard||AARTS transcript or NGB Form 22|
|Navy||DD Form 295 or SMART transcript|
|US Marine Corp||ITSS MATMEP or SMART transcript|
|US Military Reserves||Enlistment contract 4-1 or 4-2 or DD Form 2586|
|Veterans (Retired)||DD Form 214 Member Copy 4 or other forms with characterization of service|
Transfer students from regionally accredited Colleges and Universities—must be in good standing with the (not suspended from) last institution attended. Transfer students having attended only non-regionally accredited institutions are considered new students. Policies on the transferability of credits may be found in Academic Policies of the University Bulletin, Students are in good standing as long as their grade-point average is equal to or greater than the minimum listed below:
|Quality Hours Attempted||Minimum Grade Point Average|
|12 - 29||1.50|
|66 and above||2.00|
Transfer applicants having attempted less than 12 quality hours at another college or university are considered for admission based on Freshman Applicant admissions criteria.
Good standing indicates only that the student is meeting the minimum standard for retention at the University.
Transfer students must submit:
This category of applicants includes students entering APSU full-time, prior to completion of high school diploma requirements, and beginning after junior year. Freshman applicants for early admission must submit:
Concurrent Enrollment—students attending APSU while still enrolled in high school
Transcripts of home school applicants must be an official copy from an affiliated organization as defined by state law (T.C.A. 49-50-801) or be accompanied by a certification of registration with the superintendent of the local education agency which the students would have otherwise attended.
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All international applicants must file their applications and submit certified copies of official transcripts, certificates, diplomas and degrees translated to English well in advance of the semester for which they seek admission. Transfer students from foreign non-immigrant institutions must also provide a course-by-course equivalency performed by an educational credential agency. The Office of Admissions handles application procedures for all international students. For information, call (931) 221-7661 or write to the Office of Admissions, Box 4548, Clarksville, TN 37044 or visit the Web site at www.apsu.edu/InternationalEd.
English Language Proficiency. All international applicants are required to submit proof of proficiency in the English language by Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). One of these tests is required of all international applicants.
On the TOEFL exam, a minimum score of 500 on the paper-based exam or a minimum score of 173 on the computer-based exam or a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based exam. TOEFL scores are valid for two years.
On the IELTS exam, a minimum score of 6.0 is required. IELTS scores are valid for two years.
TOEFL or IELTS scores will not be required from an international applicant, if:
1. English is the native language of the applicant’s country of citizenship, or
2. The applicant has been conferred a Bachelor’s degree from a United States accredited, four-year college or university, which is confirmed by an official transcript, or
3. The applicant has taken at least one full semester of English composition (not developmental or remedial) at a United States college or university and received a grade of “C” or better, which is confirmed by an official transcript, or
4. If the applicant is a new freshman, consideration of a TOEFL score requirement exemption will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Admissions.
5. If the applicant is an exchange student, consideration of a TOEFL score requirement exemption will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Admissions.
6. If the applicant successfully completes the Austin Peay State University’s ESL Institute’s University Transfer Track with a recommendation from the ESL Institute.
All international students applying for admission pursuant to a J or F visa shall submit thirty (30) days from the first day of classes a certificate from a licensed physician or other qualified medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis. Failure to submit such certification shall result in denial of admission or discontinued enrollment. In the event that a student has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment will be conditional upon the determination by a licensed physician that further enrollment is not a risk to others and upon the student's compliance with any prescribed medical treatment program.
International students may opt to have the screening for tuberculosis done through Boyd Health Services. Contact must be made with the Boyd Health Services personnel within two weeks of the first day of classes (which will allow for completion of the process within thirty (30) days of the first day of classes).
Applicants who are eligible for non-degree admission include:
Students, with an instructor's permission, may elect to audit a course. The students will pay the regular fee per credit hour and receive regular instruction in the course (including tests and examinations, if the student wishes.) A grade of “AU” will appear on the transcript unless the student makes arrangement with the instructor to receive a grade. No credit is awarded for an audited course even when a grade is received.
Students seeking readmission to APSU main campus must resubmit an application for admission if they have missed one semester (excluding summer) and submit every transcript from all institutions attended since last attending APSU whether or not credit was earned. Students wishing to apply for readmission to APSU Center @ Fort Campbell must resubmit the application and transcript(s) after missing two terms.
Schools of Business, Education, and Nursing; Medical Technology, Radiologic Technology and Social Work have additional requirements for admission. Students wishing to enter these programs should consult with the schools or departments offering the programs. Admission requirements may change due to availability of institutional resources and/or changes in state licensure requirements.
The State of Tennessee requires all new and readmitted full-time students to provide proof of two immunizations with the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), and Varicella vaccines, which were administered on or after the first year of birth. A student will not be allowed to register for classes until this requirement is met. For additional information, contact Boyd Health Services at (931) 221-7107.
The State of Tennessee mandates that each public or private postsecondary institution provide information concerning hepatitis B infection to all students entering the institution for the first time. Those students who will be living in on-campus housing for the first time must also be informed about the risk of meningococcal meningitis infection. Tennessee law requires that such students complete and sign a waiver form provided by the institution that includes detailed information about the diseases. The information concerning these diseases is from the Centers for Disease Control and the American College Health Association. The law does not require that students receive the vaccination; however, the law does require students to provide a signed copy of the waiver form to APSU, Boyd Health Services, P.O. Box 4655, Clarksville, TN 37044 or fax to (931) 221-7388.
A student's residency classification is made at the time of admission in accordance with Tennessee Board of Regents regulations. Tennessee residents are classified as in-state. Also classified as in-state are military personnel stationed in Tennessee or Ft. Campbell, their spouses and dependents, and residents from the Kentucky counties of Christian, Logan, Todd, Trigg, Allen, Calloway, and Simpson, and part-time students employed full-time in Tennessee. APSU Regulations, in accordance with TBR Policy 3:05:01:00, for Classifying Student In-State or Out-of-State for the Purpose of Paying Fees and Tuition may be found in the campus bulletin.
Applicants who are denied admission to APSU may appeal the decision as follows:
It is a Class A misdemeanor to misrepresent academic credentials. A person who commits the offense of misrepresentation of academic credentials, who, knowing that the statement is false and with the intent to secure employment at or admission to an institution of higher education in Tennessee, represents, orally or in writing that such person:
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