2:038 Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions Policy
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|Undergraduate and Graduate 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 and graduate 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.
Adult Special Students - Certification Only
Applicants enrolling in a certificate program must apply for admission as an Adult Special Applicant by indicating on their application for admission. Applicants that have never attended a college or university must submit their official final high school transcript showing graduation date. Applicants who have attended a college or university must submit their official transcript from the last college of university attended. Applicants who are currently suspended from another college or university are not eligible to enroll as an Adult Special Student.
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 admission 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.
Graduate applicants must have earned an undergraduate baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 GPA* prior to being admitted to an APSU graduate program. Graduate applicants must complete the graduate application, submit required materials, and pay the non-refundable application fee to be considered for an APSU graduate program. Submission of all required materials does not guarantee admission to APSU’s graduate programs.
*Note, the minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA could be higher for some graduate programs. APSU uses a 4 point scale for determining GPA calculations.
Graduate Admission Requirements
In general, applications for admission to the College of Graduate Studies are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Applicants must consider that all applications require at least 3 to 5 business days to be processed by Graduate Admissions. It is recommended that applications be submitted as early as possible, but no later than two (2) weeks prior to the beginning of the first semester in which the student plans to enroll. However, for some graduate programs, application deadlines exist. The College of Graduate Studies has minimum admission requirements for the purpose of admitting non-degree seeking graduate students. However, each graduate degree program will have admission criteria aligned to national standards that may exceed the admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies. Each graduate degree program may have more stringent admission deadline dates and requirements; therefore, it is the applicant’s responsibility to understand the specific graduate program admission requirements.
Admission to any of Austin Peay State University’s graduate programs is based on a careful review and evaluation of a complete graduate admission application submitted to the College of Graduate Studies that includes the following:
*Non-degree seeking students and certificate seeking students are only required to provide an official undergraduate transcript from a regionally accredited institution showing completion of the undergraduate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. In lieu of an undergraduate transcript, if the student is currently enrolled in a graduate program at another accredited institution, then a letter of “good standing” from that institution will also be sufficient.
For People with Military Service
Prior to enrollment, military (both active duty and veterans) are required to submit documents for military credit. With the exception of the Form DD214, the following documents should be sent to Graduate Admissions directly from the issuing agency.
Branch - Document(s) Needed
Air Force - Community College of the Air Force transcript or DD Form 295
Army - AARTS transcript or DD Form 295
National Guard - AARTS transcript of NGB Form 22
Marine Corps - ITSS MATMEP or SMART
Reserves - Enlisted contract 4-1 or 4-2 or DD Form 2586
Navy - DD Form 295 or SMART
Veterans - DD Form 214 Member Copy 4, with characterization of service (Retired or Discharged)
Categories of Admission
Regular Admission Status will be granted to applicants who have met all entrance requirements prescribed by the College of Graduate Studies and the graduate programs to which they have applied.
Conditional Admission Status may be granted to applicants who have not officially met all entrance requirements prescribed by the College of Graduate Studies and the graduate programs to which they have applied. Under conditional status, any outstanding admission items, unofficial transcripts, and unofficial entrance exams may be submitted until the official documents are received by Graduate Admissions. It is the applicant’s responsibility to understand specific admission requirements and submit all required admission documents, official transcripts, and entrance exams by the 10th day of classes (for 8-week sessions, the 6th day of class is the deadline for submitting official documents) for the first registered semester to which the student has applied. After all admission requirements are satisfied and official documents are received, the applicant will be granted Regular Admission Status. Applicants who do not submit all admission requirements by the prescribed time period above will be dropped from all classes in which they are enrolled. If, within the department, an appeal process is warranted, the Department Chair will submit an appeal letter to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies to delay the dropping of enrolled classes.
Denied Admission Status will be granted to applicants who do not meet the regular or conditional criteria for admission.
Non-Degree Seeking Status may be granted to applicants who desire to enroll in Graduate Studies for reasons other than to seek a degree. An applicant in this category is required to submit an application for admission, the $45 non-refundable application fee, and an official transcript showing a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5. Applicants in this category must apply for admission each semester for which they wish to enroll. Students in the non-degree seeking category are not eligible to receive financial aid. All admission decisions regarding non-degree seeking students will be made by the Graduate Coordinator and/or Department Chair. With the approval of a graduate program, a non-degree seeking student may apply for admission as a degree-seeking student; to be accepted he or she must meet all required admissions criteria.
Certificate-Seeking Status is for students who are seeking specific certificates at APSU. An applicant must be admitted to the department from which he or she is seeking the certificate. The applicant must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5. If the applicant seeks a degree once the certificate is complete, he or she must be readmitted into that program. All credits earned for the certificate can be used toward a degree as long as they are within the program of study for the degree. Certificate-seeking students are eligible for graduate assistantships.
An applicant seeking readmission to APSU must resubmit an admission application if he or she has not attended for one calendar year or more and must submit all transcripts from every institution attended since last attending APSU, regardless of whether credit was earned.
Senior I status is for undergraduate APSU students who are within nine (9) hours of completing baccalaureate requirements, who have achieve minimum cumulative GPAs of 3.0, and who have received satisfactory scores on the entrance exams as prescribed by the intended graduate programs. Graduate credits may not be applied to the bachelor’s degree. Students admitted to this status are eligible for graduate assistantships. The student should check with his or her student financial aid representative to understand how this classification may affect financial aid eligibility.
Senior II status is for APSU students who are within twenty one (21) hours of completion of baccalaureate degrees and who have achieved minimum cumulative GPAs of 2.75. Senior II students may register for only one (1) graduate class per term and must reapply for each subsequent semester. Graduate credits earned may not be applied to the bachelor’s degree. Students admitted to this status are not eligible to hold graduate assistantships. The student should check with his or her student financial aid representative to understand how this classification may affect financial aid eligibility.
Selective Admission (Psychology) – Undergraduate seniors may enroll in graduate-level Psychology courses and apply the credit toward their undergraduate degrees. These students must have completed 24 hours of undergraduate coursework in Psychology, must have minimum cumulative GPAs of 3.0, must obtain minimum GRE scores of 140 verbal and 140 quantitative, and must have completed all necessary course prerequisites. Approval from the Chair of the Psychology Department is also required. Credit in these courses may not be counted toward a graduate degree. The student should check with his or her student financial aid representative to understand how this classification may affect financial aid eligibility.
Accelerated Master’s Pathways (AMP) allow undergraduate students to enroll in graduate courses while completing their undergraduate degree requirements. Qualified students (those with exceptional GPA’s and who have received departmental approval) may enroll in no more than twelve (12) graduate level credit hours while completing their undergraduate degrees. The graduate credits will replace relevant undergraduate course requirements within a major for graduation, and any graduate credits earned will also count toward the graduation requirements for a graduate degree (typically the undergraduate major and graduate courses are within the same department/discipline). Student qualifications to pursue an AMP are determined by each academic department.
Post-graduates Taking Graduate Credits
Post-graduate Status is for an applicant with a previously earned master’s degree or greater who is not seeking another degree. No credit limitation applies to the Post-graduate status. The student must submit an official copy of his or her transcript showing the master’s degree earned. With departmental approval, a student who decides to pursue a degree while in this status may apply up to nine (9) acceptable graduate semester hours toward that degree. The student must also apply for admission as a degree-seeking student and meet all admission criteria.
Transient Status is granted to an applicant currently enrolled in a graduate program at another college or university who wishes to take courses at APSU for transfer credit. A letter of good academic standing from the Graduate Dean or an official transcript from the current institution must be submitted to APSU’s Graduate Admissions Office.
The state of Tennessee requires all first-time, transfer, readmit and graduate students to provide proof of two immunizations of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine and two immunizations of the Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. A student will not be allowed to register for classes until these requirements are met. For additional information, contact Student Health Services at (931) 221-7107. The State of Tennessee mandates that each public or private post-secondary institution provide information concerning the 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 waiver forms, provided by the institution, that include detailed information about the diseases. The information concerning these diseases is provided by 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 that students provide signed copies of the waiver forms, which should be mailed to APSU Student Health Services, P.O. Box 4655, Clarksville, TN 37044, or faxed to (931) 221-7388. Further information about immunizations can be found at http://apsu.edu/boydhealthservices/Immunizations.php.
Admission of International Students
The Graduate Admissions Office handles application procedures for graduate international applicants. For information, call (931) 221-7662, write to: Austin Peay State University, Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 4458, Clarksville, TN 37044, or visit the website at https://www.apsu.edu/grad-studies/international-student/graduate-admission-requirements-international-students.php.
In general, applications for admission to the College of Graduate Studies are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Applicants must consider that all applications require at least 3 to 5 business days to process in Graduate Admissions. It is recommended that applications be submitted as early as possible. The College of Graduate Studies has minimum admission requirements for the purpose of the admitting non-degree seeking graduate students. However, each graduate degree program will have admission criteria aligned to national standards that may exceed the admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies. Each graduate degree program may have more stringent admission deadline dates and requirements; therefore, it is the applicant’s responsibility to understand the specific graduate program admission requirements.
Admission to any of Austin Peay State University’s graduate programs is based on a careful review and evaluation of a complete application submitted to the College of Graduate Studies. In order to be considered for graduate admission, the following documents must be received for review:
APSU Policy 2:038 – Rev.: September 18, 2020
APSU Policy 2:038 – Rev.: November 30, 2018
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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