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2:038 Undergraduate Admissions Policy

 

Austin Peay State
University
Undergraduate Admissions Policy


POLICIES
Issued:  March 25, 2017

Responsible Official:  Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Responsible Office:  Enrollment Management
 

 


Policy Statement


It is the policy of Austin Peay State University to admit students to the University who meet the requirements detailed in this policy.


Purpose


The purpose of this policy is to create procedures for admission of students to undergraduate degree programs.


Contents


Procedures
- Freshman Applicants
-Transfer Applicants
-Early Admission Freshmen Applicants
-Concurrent Enrollment
-Military Applicants
-International Applicants
-Misrepresentation of Academic Credentials
-Non-Degree Seeking Applicants
-Readmission Applicants


Procedures


Freshman 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.

Assessment Requirements

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.

Admission Standards

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
Full Admission

  1. Satisfactory completion of all college prep courses including U.S. History; and
  2. One of the following:
  • High school GPA of 2.85 or higher; or
  • ACT cumulative score of 20 or higher; or
  • SAT 940 (Critical reading and Mathematics) prior to March 2016; or
  • SAT 1020 (Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Mathematics) March 2016 and after; or
  • GED score of 580 or higher (45 prior to January 2002 or 450 from January 2002-December 2013) with a passing notation or HiSET score of 45 or higher with a passing notation; and
  • Satisfactory ACT/SAT scores in two of the three core areas: mathematics, reading, and English.
  • No remedial placement from ACT/SAT in mathematics, reading, and English.

Conditional Admission

  1. Satisfactory completion of all college prep courses including U.S. History ; and
  2. One of the following:
  • High school GPA of 2.75 – 2.84; or
  • ACT cumulative score of 19; or
  • SAT 900 (Critical reading and Mathematics) prior to March 2016; or
  • SAT 980 ( Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Mathematics) March 2016 and after; or
  • GED score of 580 or higher (45 prior to January 2002 or 450 from January 2002-December 2013) with a passing notation or HiSET score of 45 or higher with a passing notation; and
  • No remedial placement from ACT/SAT in the three core areas: mathematics, reading, and English.

Freshman 21 Years of Age and Older (first day of first semester or term of enrollment)

Full Admission

  1. Satisfactory completion of all college prep courses including U.S. History if graduating from high school since 1989 or GED score of 580 or higher (45 prior to January 2002 or 450 from January 2002-December 2013) with a passing notation or HiSET score of 45 or higher with a passing notation; and
  2. Satisfactory placement scores in 2 of 3 core areas – Algebra, reading, and English (writing). 
  3. No remedial placement from placement scores in the 3 core areas – Algebra, reading, and English (writing).

Conditional Admission

  1. Satisfactory completion of all college prep courses including U.S. History if graduating from high school since 1989 or GED score of 580 or higher (45 prior to January 2002 or 450 from January 2002-December 2013) with a passing notation or HiSET score of 45 or higher with a passing notation; and
  2. No remedial placement from placement scores in the 3 core areas – Algebra, reading, and English (writing).

Conditionally Admitted Students Enter On Academic Probation

During the first semester of enrollment they are required to complete academic strengthening requirements that include:

  1. Enroll in APSU 1000 for conditional students
  2. Monitored absenteeism for class
  3. Participate in peer tutoring
  4. Achieve a 1.5 cumulative GPA during the first semester or term of enrollment. (Not doing so results in a non-appealable academic suspension.)

Freshmen with High School Deficiencies (Admission by Exception)
Applicants who have not satisfactorily completed all college prep courses including U.S. History may achieve admission by exception by satisfying these requirements:

  1. No more than two high school unit deficiencies (to be removed during first 30 hours of enrollment), and;
  2. One of the following:
    ACT composite score of 21 or higher and high school diploma; or
    SAT cumulative score of 1060 or higher (March 2016 and after) and high school diploma; or
    SAT cumulative score or 980 or higher (prior to March 2016) and high school diploma; or
  3. High school GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) and high school diploma; or
  4. GED score of 600 or higher (45 prior to January 2002 or 450 from January 2002-December 2013) with a passing notation or HiSET score of 45 or higher with a passing notation; and
  5. Satisfactory ACT/SAT scores in two of the three core areas: mathematics, reading, and English.
  6. No remedial placement from ACT/SAT in mathematics, reading, and English.

Alternative Standards

Any applicant who does not fulfill requirements for any other category of admission may submit an Admissions Decision Appeal Request form to be considered by the university’s Committee on Admissions Standards. The form to be submitted is located on the Office of Admissions website at http://www.apsu.edu/admissions/undergrad. Students who are admitted by alternative standards are conditionally admitted and enter on academic probation.

Admission for Subsequent Semester

Prospective students who did not register and wish to be considered for admission for a subsequent semester or term must request their application for admission be moved to the desired semester or term.

Transfer Applicants

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:

Quality Hours
Earned

Minimum Grade-
Point Average


12-29
30-45
46-59
60 and above

1.50
1.80
1.90
2.00

 

Prospective students who qualify as transfer applicants must submit the following for consideration:

  1. Official transcript(s) from all previously attended colleges and universities (mailed or sent electronically directly from the institution(s) to the APSU Office of Admissions). Failure to identify all institutions attended (whether or not credit was received) is cause for dismissal from the University. 
  2. Take a placement assessment, if college level math, English and history was not taken at previous institution(s).; and
  3. One of the following:
    1. Official high school transcript(s) from all previously attended secondary schools (mailed or sent electronically directly from institution(s) to the APSU Office of Admissions (Special education diplomas or high school certificates of attendance are not acceptable), or
    2. GED score of 580 or higher (45 prior to January 2002 or 450 from January 2002-December 2013) with a passing notation or HiSET score of 45 or higher with a passing notation.
    3. The exception to this requirement is high school graduation or GED or HiSET testing prior to 1989.

Early Admission
Freshmen Applicants

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.

  1. Admission application; and
  2. High School Authorization form; and
  3. High school cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale); and
  4. One of the following:
    1. ACT composite score of 22 or higher, or
    2. SAT cumulative score of 1020 or higher (test taken prior to March 2016); or
    3. SAT cumulative score of 1100 or higher (test taken March 2016 and after); and
  5. Recommendation of high school principal or guidance counselor and consent of parent(s) or guardian(s); and
  6. Written statement from high school principal specifying college courses that will be substituted for remaining high school courses needed for high school graduation.

Concurrent Enrollment

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. 

  1. Dual Enrollment (both high school and college credit awarded for courses taken)
    1. Admission application; and
    2. High School Authorization form; and
    3. Must submit a transcript showing completion sophomore year with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale); and
    4. One of the following:
      1. ACT sub-score of 19 or higher (English and math), or
      2. SAT sub-score of 460 or higher (Critical Reading and math—test taken prior to March 2016); or
      3. SAT sub-score of 500 or higher (Evidence Based Reading and Writing and math—test taken March 2016 and after); or
      4. Aspire sub-score of 431 or higher in math and 434 or higher in English, or
      5. Plan sub-score of 19 or higher (English and math); or
      6. PSAT sub-score of 46 or higher (Critical Reading and math—test taken prior to March 2015); or
      7. PSAT sub-score of 25 or higher in Reading and 24.5 in Math for Test scores section (test take March 2016 and after)
    5. Recommendation of high school principal or guidance counselor; and
    6. Written parental or guardian approval; and
    7. Approval by high school of University credits received.
  2. Joint Enrollment (University credit only; credits earned do not apply to high school diploma)
    1. Admission application; and
    2. High School Authorization form; and
    3. Must submit a transcript showing completion sophomore year with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale); and
    4. One of the following:
      1. ACT sub-score of 19 or higher (English and math), or
      2. SAT sub-score of 460 or higher (Critical Reading and math—test taken prior to March 2016); or
      3. SAT sub-score of 500 or higher (Evidence Based Reading and Writing and math—test taken March 2016 and after); or
      4. Aspire sub-score of 431 or higher in math and 434 or higher in English, or
      5. Plan sub-score of 19 or higher (English and math); or
      6. PSAT sub-score of 46 or higher (Critical Reading and math—test taken prior to March 2015); or
      7. PSAT sub-score of 25 or higher in Reading and 24.5 in Math for Test scores section (test take March 2016 and after)
    5. Recommendation of high school principal or guidance counselor; and
    6. Written parental or guardian approval.

Academically talented/gifted high school students (both high school and college credit awarded for courses taken)

  1. Admissions application; and
  2. High School Authorization form; and
  3. Must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale); and
  4. Must be enrolled in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 in public or private high schools in Tennessee; and
  5. Recommendation of high school principal and approval of placement as a part of the student’s planned Individual Education Program (IEP) as established by the high school multi-disciplinary team process; and
  6. Recommendation and approval of the Director of Admissions.

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:

  1. Submit Admission application; and
  2. Separate Application for the Tennessee Governor’s School; and
  3. Must have completed sophomore year with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and
  4. Recommendation of acceptance by the APSU Governor’s School Selection Committee.

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: 

  1. An additional letter of recommendation from the high school principal or guidance counselor
  2. Any other additional information at the applicant’s discretion

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 Applicants

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:

Branches

 

Documents Needed


Army

 

JST transcript

Air Force

 

Community College of the Air Force transcript

Army National Guard

 

JST transcript or NGB Form 22

Navy

 

JST transcript

US Marine Corp

 

JST transcript

US Military Reserves

 

Enlistment contract 4-1 or 4-2 or DD Form 2586 or JST transcript

Veterans

 

DD Form 214 Member Copy 4 or

(Retired or Discharged)

 

other forms with characterization of service

 

International Applicants

Degree-Seeking (All Visa Types Excluding J-1)

  1. Submit an application for admission.
    Complete the international undergraduate application and pay the nonrefundable $25 application fee. Priority application deadline is June 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester.
  2. Submit proof of financial support. 
  3. Request official transcripts. 
  4. Request official ACT or SAT scores.  
    ACT Code: 03944 www.act.org
    SAT Code: 1028 www.collegeboard.org
    If currently residing in the U.S, a placement assessment may be taken in place of the ACT or SAT. 
  5. Submit proof of English Language Proficiency.
  6. Submit proof of immunization and medical insurance. 
  7. Submit copy of passport biographical page. 

Exchange Students (Visa Type J-1)

  1. Submit an application for admission.
    Complete the international undergraduate application and pay the nonrefundable $25 application fee. Priority application deadline is June 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester.
  2. Submit proof of financial support. 
  3. Request official transcripts.  
  4. Submit proof of English Language Proficiency.
  5. Submit proof of immunization and medical insurance.
  6. Submit copy of passport biographical page. 

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.

Misrepresentation of
Academic Credentials

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

  1. Successfully completed required coursework for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas from an accredited institution of higher education; or
  2. Successfully complete the required coursework for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas from a particular institution of higher education; or
  3. Successfully completed the required coursework for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas in a particular field or specialty from an accredited institution of higher education.

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.

Non-Degree Seeking
Applicants

Applicants who are eligible for non-degree admission include:

Transient Applicants

A student who is currently enrolled and in good standing at another regionally accredited college or university may apply to attend APSU as a transient applicant and may be admitted to the University for one semester/term. This intent must be included in the application for admission. The applicant’s home college must submit a letter of good standing to the Office of Admissions or an official transcript reflecting student’s good standing. An official transcript may be required if needed to document the completion of any prerequisites required for enrollment in course(s). Transient students remaining at Austin Peay will need to re-apply for admission and resubmit a letter of good standing or an official transcript for a subsequent semester/term.

Persons with a College Degree or Certificate

Persons who have a degree or certificate equivalent to the highest degree or certificate offered by a regionally accredited college or university in a particular field, but wish to take additional courses.

Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons

Adults 65 years of age or older during the semester, domiciled in Tennessee, may register in courses for credit on a space available basis and pay maximum tuition of $70 and all applicable fees or a Tennessee resident who is 60 years of age or older may audit a course if space is available at no cost (according to Tennessee law) by filing a birth certificate with the Office of the Registrar. A Tennessee resident who is permanently and totally disabled may register in courses for credit on a space available basis and pay maximum tuition of $70 and all applicable fees or may audit a course if space is available at no cost (according to Tennessee law) by filing an Application for Tuition Reduction Due to Disability and submit proof you are considered 100% disabled through Social Security or other appropriate state or federal agency. To request tuition reduction for disability, you must submit the documentation for each term of enrollment. Request must be submitted prior to the last day of late registration.

Adult Special Applicants

Applicants, (21 years of age or older), who are not interested in earning a degree from the University may apply for admission as an Adult Special Applicant by indicating on their application for admission. Requirements for Freshman Adult Special Students include high school graduation or a minimum GED score of 580 or higher (45 prior to January 2002 or 450 from January 2002-December 2013) with a passing notation or HiSET score of 45 or higher with a passing notation. An official high school transcript or GED score must be submitted to the Office of Admissions; a Special Education Diploma or High School Certificate is not acceptable.

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.

Readmission Applicants

Readmission Applicants

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.

LAST ATTENDED REAPPLY TERM
Fall I Fall II - Following Year
Fall Spring I/Spring - Following Year
Fall II Spring I/Spring - Following Year
Spring I Spring II - Following Year
Spring Summer/Summer III - Following Year
Spring II Summer/Summer III - Following Year
Summer Fall I/Fall - Following Year
Summer III Fall I/Fall - Following Year

 



 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 
Departmental Admission

In addition to the minimum standards, some degrees and/or majors, may have additional admission requirements. 


Revision Dates


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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