The College of St. Scholastica admits qualified students from diverse geographical, cultural, economic, racial and religious backgrounds. When reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee looks for evidence that a student has the ability to succeed academically and socially at St. Scholastica. Most of the information in this section applies to traditional undergraduate students who intend to enroll on the Duluth campus. Transfer students, Extended Studies students, early entry candidates, international students, and non-degree seeking students should refer to the special sections here.
Admission to the College
Admission to The College of St. Scholastica is granted to first-year students on the basis of:
- Graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent (GED average 75th percentile or above).
- A satisfactory Calculated Index Score (CNX).
This score is derived from a formula that utilizes the cumulative grade point average from high school and the composite college-bound score of the ACT or SAT or, in the absence of ACT/SAT scores, the composite score of the Admissions Committee approved placement test. The placement test score will then be used as a substitute for the ACT or SAT in computing the CNX.
Admission is granted to transfer students on the basis of:
- Completion of 12 semester credits at a regionally accredited institution.
- A satisfactory cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) from all previously attended post-secondary institutions.
The Admissions Committee also evaluates, on an individual basis, any applicant who does not meet the minimum requirements. The final decision of the Admissions Committee is based on all available pertinent data.
Time of Application for Admission
To ensure that the student will receive the benefits of pre-college counseling, application for admission by first-year traditional students should be made as early as possible after the completion of the junior year of high school. An application should be in the Office of Admissions at least one month prior to the first day of classes of the semester the student is entering. Although the Office of Admissions processes applications on a continuing basis, certain programs reserve the right to impose a deadline. In addition, various departments at the College have application deadlines for transfer students. Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for specific deadlines.
A personal interview with a member of the College admissions staff and a tour of the campus are strongly recommended for prospective students. The College of St. Scholastica reserves the right to require a personal interview prior to admission of any student to the College.
The Office of Admissions recommends that prospective students visit the campus during the school year. A week day visit is encouraged as it allows the student to observe classes as well as the academic and extra curricular life of the College. Although appointments are not required, they are recommended for those who desire to meet with College faculty, admissions staff members or take a guided tour. Arrangements to visit can be made by calling 1-800-249-6412 or 218- 723-6046; e-mail: admissions@css. edu; or online: www.css.edu/visit.xml.
First-Year Student Application Procedure
First-year student applicants must:
- Complete The College of St. Scholastica application for admission.
- Send a $25 nonrefundable application fee (check or money order payable to The College of St. Scholastica), or submit an application online, which has no application fee.
- Submit an official high school transcript, which includes:
- Coursework completed and grades.
- High school rank, if available.
- Test scores - ACT or SAT (if test scores are not on transcript, a copy of the scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions).
- Take the Admissions Committee approved placement exam if ACT/SAT scores cannot be provided.
Students will be notified of their admission status when all the credentials have been received and reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
College Credit Options
The College participates in the Advanced Placement Program of The College Board. Advanced placement or college credit is given to qualified students on the basis of these examinations. In order to receive credit a student must receive an Advanced Placement score of three, four or five.
International Baccalaureate Credit
Students who have been formally admitted to The College of St. Scholastica may petition for up to four transfer credits for each International Baccalaureate (IB) course completed with a Higher Level Examination grade of four or above on a seven-point scale. The related academic department at the College will determine the acceptability of a course.
To petition for credit, students must submit to the Registrar a written request for credit, a certificate for each Higher Level IB Examination completed and a syllabus for each course. The certificate will be copied and returned to the student. Documentation on an official transcript will also be accepted.
Special Status Admission
Interested first-year applicants who do not meet the established admissions requirements of the College may be considered for the First-Year Developmental Program or special status admissions. The Office of Admissions will communicate this option to eligible students.
First-Year Development Program
Interested first-year applicants who demonstrate the potential necessary to succeed at the College but do not meet the established admissions criteria, may be enrolled in the First-Year Development Program (FYDP). The FYDP is specifically designed to assist selected first-year students in acclimating to the rigor and expectations of college-level work.
The FYDP begins with a Summer Bridge Program one week prior to the start of the academic school year. It continues with a study skills course, regular meetings with an academic advisor and peer mentor, and required attendance at scheduled workshops and tutoring throughout the year. After 36 students are enrolled in the FYDP, a waiting list will be activated. Students may be accepted into the FYDP for fall semester entry only and must submit the matriculation fee and housing deposit by March 1.
Interested transfer applicants who do not meet the established admissions requirements of the College may be considered for conditional admission. Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted for review by the Admissions Committee at least one month prior to the first day of classes of the semester for which the student wishes to enroll. At the end of the first term, the conditional admission status may be lifted if the applicant has a 2.0 GPA on all credits attempted. If not, the student will be put on probation.
Fresh Start Program
A student returning to The College of St. Scholastica after a minimum non-enrollment period of five years may petition for a fresh start in his/her GPA. The student must petition the Registrar for the deletion of his/her former GPA. The new record will show all past courses, grades and credits, without indicating honor points. The GPA would then be calculated only on the credits earned upon return to The College of St. Scholastica.
Enrollment: First-Year, Transfer, and Returning Students
Students accepted for admission to The College of St. Scholastica enroll by registering for classes and by sending the $200 enrollment deposit to the Office of Admissions by the date stated in the letter of acceptance to the College. If the applicant intends to reside on campus, a deposit of $350 is required, $150 of which covers the housing deposit.
Special Status Admission
Interested applicants who do not meet the established admission requirements, and have been out of college/university for less than five years will be reviewed and may be considered for admission. Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted for review by the Special Status Committee at least two weeks prior to the first day of classes of the term for which the student wishes to enroll.
Interested applicants who do not meet the established admission requirements and have been out of college/university for over five years should provide application and supporting documentation to the Extended Studies director of the campus they wish to attend for review and consideration for admission.
Hard copies of all required forms are available upon request.
A student may delay his or her entrance to The College of St. Scholastica for up to one year. Students deferring entry to the College will be assured of positions in the class for which they apply. Students who wait longer than one year must reapply to the College.
Readmission to the College
A College of St. Scholastica student who has been absent from the College for one year or more and is in good academic standing must apply for readmission to the College. This no-fee application is available through the Office of Admissions and may be completed at the time of registration. Official transcripts of all coursework completed while absent from the College will be required as part of the readmission process.
A student who left the College on academic probation or enforced withdrawal, must, in addition to fulfilling the requirements listed above, apply at least one month prior to the first day of classes of the semester for which the student expects to enroll and is advised to show evidence of positive life change or academic progress in support of the application. All such applications are referred to the Admissions Committee, which will provide a recommendation to the vice president for academic affairs. The decision made by the vice president for academic affairs is final.
Transfer Student Application Procedure
The College of St. Scholastica plays an important role in meeting the educational needs of community college graduates and other qualified students who wish to transfer to St. Scholastica.
Transfer applicants must:
- Complete all steps outlined for first-year applicants (note: transfer students with 24 or more college credits need not submit high school transcripts or test scores).
- Request official college transcripts from all previous colleges.
Information for transfer students:
- The transfer student must be in good academic standing at all previous colleges, having a grade point average of at least 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale.
- Only courses with grades "C" and above will transfer.
- Transferred courses are not included in computing the grade point average of the student at St. Scholastica.
- The number of transfer students who can be accepted in some academic areas such as, but not restricted to, nursing, physical therapy, and education, is limited and some programs require students to transfer in at the sophomore level. Transfer students should contact the Office of Admissions early for specific information on their intended major.
- College credits completed at institutions approved by a regional accrediting agency are acceptable for transfer provided they are comparable to courses offered at The College of St. Scholastica. In order for a course to be comparable, The College of St. Scholastica must either list the course in its current catalog or offer a significant number of course offerings (minimally four) within the school having primary responsibility for that general area of instruction. Generally, occupational/ vocational college-level courses are not accepted at The College of St. Scholastica. Grades recorded as "P" for Pass, "CR" for Credit, etc., will be transferred only if verification is provided by the Registrar of the previous institution that the work was completed with a "C" or better grade. Students desiring transfer credit for courses completed at another institution may be required to provide a copy of the catalog description or the class syllabus from that institution so that the valuation of transfer credit may be made accurately. Limited or provisional credit also may be accepted from specialized or special purpose institutions, including the U.S. Armed Services, provided the work is applicable to St. Scholastica's baccalaureate degree programs and is recommended in appropriate publications of The American Council on Education.
Extended Studies Admissions Procedures and Policy
Prospective students are asked to refer to the undergraduate or graduate (as appropriate) application checklist on the Extended Studies Web page.
Hard copies of all required forms are available upon request.
Applicants without previous post-secondary enrollment
Graduation from an accredited high school with a grade point average of 2.0 or better or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) average 75th percentile or above is required.
Admission is granted to transfer students on the basis of:
- Completion of a minimum of 12 semester credits at a regionally accredited institution.
- Good academic standing at all previous colleges, having a grade point average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. Only courses with grades of "C" or better will be considered for transfer.
College credits completed at institutions which are approved by a regional accrediting agency are acceptable in transfer provided they are comparable to courses offered at the College. In order for a course to be comparable, the College must list the course in its current catalog or offer a significant number of course offerings within the school having primary responsibility for that general area of instruction. Generally, occupational/vocational college-level courses are not accepted at the College. Transfer grades of "P" for pass or "CR" for credit will be transferred only if verification is provided by the Registrar of the previous institution that the work was completed with a "C" grade or better. Students desiring transfer credit for courses completed at another institution may be required to provide a copy of the catalog description or the course syllabi from that institution so that the evaluation of transfer credit may be made accurately. Limited or provisional credit may also be accepted from specialized or special purpose institutions, including U.S. Armed Services, provided the work is applicable to the College's baccalaureate degree program and is recommended in appropriate publications of the American Council on Education.
Special Status Admission
Interested applicants who do not meet the established admission requirements, and have been out of college/university for five years or less will be reviewed and may be considered for admission. Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted for review by the Special Status Committee at least one week prior to the first day of classes of the term for which the student wishes to enroll.
Interested applicants who do not meet the established admission requirements and have been out of college/university for over five years, please provide application and supporting documentation to the Extended Studies Director for the campus you wish to attend for his/her review and consideration for admission.
If either the Special Status Committee or the Extended Studies Director determines that the applicant should be considered for conditional admission, please see below:
Applicants who do not meet the established admission requirements, and have been reviewed by the Special Status Committee or Extended Studies Director and have received a recommendation of Conditional Admission, will be admitted with the following stipulations:
- First term enrollment limited to one course. Conditional admission status can be lifted if the applicant earns a 2.0 or better grade point average on course credits attempted during the first term of enrollment.
- If the student does not achieve a "C" grade or higher in course credits attempted, The College of St. Scholastica reserves the right not to enroll the student for a second term.
- A student placed on probation for the second term of enrollment will be required to complete an academic contract with an advisor. If the student fails to meet established academic goals during the second term, the student will be suspended for two terms. If the student attends a post-secondary institution and raises his/her overall grade point average, he/she will be eligible for readmission.
Early Entry Admission (Minnesota Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program - PSEOP)
The College of St. Scholastica participates in the Minnesota Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP). High school students who are interested in this opportunity must contact the Office of Admissions for more information on requirements for admission to the program. PSEOP applicants must apply for the program before May 1.
Acceptance to this program is competitive. Applicants may be offered acceptance as early entry students after meeting the following requirements:
- Completion of the junior level in a Minnesota high school.
- A class rank in the 80th percentile or higher.
- Evidence of college-bound high school coursework on the official high school transcript.
- Satisfactory recommendations from the student's high school principal or guidance counselor.
- An essay of exceptional quality evaluated by the PSEOP coordinator.
- An interview with the PSEOP coordinator.
International Student Admission
International students are students who wish to pursue an academic program or degree at The College of St. Scholastica and are in the United States on an educational immigration status of F-1 or J-1 visa. These students are not citizens, permanent residents or refugees in the United States.
Admission requirements for international students are as follows:
- A completed College of St. Scholastica International Student application that includes a written essay.
- A $50 (U.S. dollars) nonrefundable application fee.
- Original or certified copies of all secondary and post-secondary course transcripts, in English or with English translation. Students must have completed a college preparatory program in secondary school. This program should include coursework in the humanities, laboratory sciences, mathematics, social sciences and history. Applicants must have ranked in the top one-third of their secondary school class.
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test scores, including the TWE (Test of Written English) essay rating. A score of 550 on the written test, a score of 213 on the computer-based test or a score of 79 on the iBT TOEFL test, or a four on the TWE essay rating are required for admission. The British International English Test (IELTS) will also be acceptable. A minimum score of 6.5 is required for admission.
- A completed "Certification of Finances" form (included in the application packet), with certification from the sponsor's bank or additional financial documentation, in English or with English translations.
- An affidavit of support (USCIS Form I-134) for students with U.S. sponsors.
- A complete health record including all immunizations, in English or with English translation.
- A photocopy of the first page (name-page) of the student's passport which includes the applicant's photo.
These materials must be received no later than 90 days prior to the beginning of fall or spring semester.
As required by the U.S. Department of State, international students must demonstrate that they have access to adequate funds to meet their educational and personal expenses while attending college in the U.S. The College of St. Scholastica requires a $500 tuition deposit before issuing the I-20 A-B form. Upon acceptance to the College, and receipt of the initial deposit ($500), the associate director of admissions will issue the I-20 A-B form, allowing the student to apply for a visa to enter the U.S.
Non-Degree Seeking Students
A person who is not interested in pursuing a degree at the College may take courses if he/she satisfies the College's admission requirements and is properly registered in the class.
A non-degree seeking student may enroll in classes once the following forms have been submitted:
- A completed non-degree seeking student information form. This form is available in the Office of Admissions.
- A completed registration form (including instructor's permission, if necessary) signed by an Academic Support Services staff member.
Upon completion of the academic work, the courses will be listed on the regular college transcript. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. A non-degree seeking student may apply to become a degree-seeking student by completing the normal application process.
Denial of Admission
The College reserves the right to deny admission to any person who, in the judgment of the Admissions Committee, does not possess the qualifications necessary to succeed at St. Scholastica. While academic achievement is stressed, the College emphasizes the holistic approach to total living that requires great sensitivity on the part of the entire student body, faculty and administration. Accordingly, students who might be successful elsewhere may not be admitted to the College unless the Admissions Committee is thoroughly convinced that they can meet the St. Scholastica standard.
Falsification of Transcripts
Any applicant who submits falsified transcripts will not be granted admission to The College of St. Scholastica. If falsification of transcripts is determined after the student has enrolled, he/she will be dismissed from the College.
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