The Fifth-Year Interim Report

Part III: The Fifth-Year Compliance Certification


3.4.3 Admissions Policies

The institution publishes admissions policies consistent with its mission.

Judgment of Compliance

Compliance

Narrative

Alcorn State University (ASU) publishes admission policies that are consistent with its mission that are clearly defined and stated. All admissions policies are published on the university’s website and in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs, and are the same regardless of delivery method. The university’s admission policies are consistent with the mission statement which identifies the ASU as a “comprehensive land-grant institution that celebrates a rich heritage with a diverse student population”. The mission statement also reflects the university’s dedication to development and maintain admission policies that allow access for high school graduates from local, state, regional, and international communities.

Undergraduate Admission Policies and Procedures

The undergraduate admission policies can be found on the University’s website, ASU Student Handbook(p.9)  and ASU General Catalog 2016-2018 (p.56-59), and these policies are aligned with the policies set forth by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning in the Board of Trustees Policies and Bylaws, Section 602, Admissions Standards.

High school graduates who do not meet all the regular admission policies for entrance into any state university in Mississippi are invited to participate in the Summer Developmental Program at Alcorn State University as set forth by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning in the Board of Trustees Policies and Bylaws.

Admissions counselors complete a credential evaluation sheet to determine if prospective students meet the admissions standards.

New Freshmen Admissions Policy

These admissions policies are published on the University’s website, ASU Student Handbook,(p.9), and ASU General Catalog 2016-2018 (p.56).

Students can meet ASU entrance requirements must complete the college prep curriculum with a minimum 3.2 GPA, or complete the college prep curriculum with minimum 2.5 GPA, and score at least 16 or higher on the ACT (at least 790 on the SAT) or rank in the upper 50% of the senior class, score at least 16 or higher on the ACT (at least 790 on the SAT) or complete the college prep curriculum with a minimum 2.0 GPA and score 18 or higher on the ACT (at least 870 on the SAT). Student athletes must also satisfy NCAA standards who are “full qualifiers” under Division I guidelines.

High school graduates who do not meet all the regular admission requirements for Alcorn State University may participate in the Summer Developmental Program (link website). Upon successful completion of the Summer Development Program and required standard tests, the student may be admitted to the university

Students who successfully complete the Summer Developmental Program will be admitted into the University.

Transfer Admission Policy

To be eligible for admission as a transfer applicant, a student should have an official transcript showing credits and grades and an official statement of honorable dismissal sent directly from the college or university previously attended to the admissions office. All transfer students must receive an authorization form from University College before entering a major department. A student who is not in good standing with the school from which they desire to transfer from will not be granted admission to Alcorn until they are eligible for readmission to that school. Transfer students must have an overall average of “C” and the following required 30 semester hours:

6 semester hours - English Composition
3 semester hours - College Algebra or above
6 semester hours - Laboratory Science
9 semester hours - Transferable Electives
6 semester hours - Social/Behavioral Sciences

Full credit is given for all courses passed at other accredited institutions provided the courses and grades of “C” and above are equivalent to the requirements of the curriculum chosen at Alcorn (Mississippi Community and Junior College transfers click here to review the Transfer Articulation Agreement).A transfer student from a non-accredited college may be considered for admission on an individual basis providing the student meets the above semester hour requirements.

Special Admission Requirements

Music

Students who are interested in becoming a music major must audition by voice or on a chosen instrument and take a music theory placement examination. The theory placement examination is administered through the Department of Fine Arts and is used to determine if the student will be placed in MU 100—Introduction to Music or MU 111—Theory and Musicianship. Music students must complete and pass an audition administered by the Department of Fine Arts for admittance.  The admission policies are published in the Department of Fine Arts Program Description, ASU General Catalog 2016-2018. There are two admissions committees who evaluate students’ program readiness. One committee is comprised of faculty and staff for instrumental majors and the other committee is made up of faculty and staff for vocal majors. Committee decisions are based on auditions and past experience in a high school band or choir. 

Nursing

Associate of Nursing (ASN)

The admissions policies for the Associate Science of Nursing (ASN) Program are published in the ASU General Catalog 2016-2018 (p.316) and on the School of Nursing’s website. These admissions policies dictate that students have a composite score of 18 or greater on the ACT, an 18 or greater subscore in the areas of reading and math on the ACT, have cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, and maintain a grade of “C” or better in prerequisite courses. A placement committee has the responsibility to review each application and provide a score based on the rubric.

Bachelor of Nursing (BSN)

The admissions polices are published on the School of Nursing's website for the Baccalaureate Nursing (BSN) Program and in the ASU General Catalog 2016-2018 (p.324-325). These admissions policies state that students must meet prerequisite course policies before being admitted to upper-level study, must be in good standing, must score 21 or greater on the American College Test (ACT), and must maintain a grade of “C” or better in prerequisite courses.  Students seeking readmission to the nursing program must write a letter to the BSN Admission and Progression Committee (BSNAP) requesting readmission at least 30 days prior to registration.  Applicants who apply for readmission must meet the admission criteria in effect at the time of the reapplication.

RN-BSN Program Option

The RN-BSN program option (general catalog p.326-327 is available to students who are already licensed registered nurses with an Associate of Science of Nursing (ASN) or Diploma in Nursing degree. Applicants are required to follow the same admissions procedures as any other applicant entering Alcorn State University and Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) program. In addition to these requirements, applicants must have completed the fifty (50) hour lower level prerequisite course requirements with a C or better, provide a current unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license, meet the admission criteria in the BSN program if transferring from other colleges/universities, successfully complete a criminal background check, drug screen, and document current health insurance.

For both the traditional BSN program and RN-BSN program option, a placement committee reviews all of the applications and rates application materials based on a rubric.

 

Teacher Education Program

All students majoring in education must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. The admission policies for admittance can be found on the School of Education and Psychology’s website and the ASU Undergraduate Catalog. Students must have completed 44 credit hours of core courses, earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a core GPA of 2.75, score the minimum on the Praxis CORE or score at least 21 on the ACT or score at least 990 on the SAT.

All potential teacher education candidates must interview with a faculty panel and write a professional statement. The candidates are rated using a rubric and must score at least satisfactory to be considered for admission to the program.

 

Graduate Admission Policies and Procedures

Consistent with the University Mission to “emphasize intellectual development and lifelong learning,” the Office of Graduate Studies offers various admission policies to accommodate the non-traditional learner, the lifelong learner, and those students who must balance personal commitments while pursuing a graduate degree. The admission policies for the graduate school are published in the Graduate Admission Catalog and on the Office of Graduate Studies website.

An applicant to a graduate program must hold the baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting body.  Students must meet the required GPA for graduate school as well as meet the department’s GPA requirement.  Students must also complete an application, provide official copies of their undergraduate and any graduate transcripts, submit required test scores or licensure and letters of recommendation. Some departments require additional admissions documents such as a resume and a personal statement of professional goals. The graduate admissions table outlines those program that have additional entrance requirements above graduate studies. International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score.  In addition, International students must provide evidence of financial support and submit an official transcript evaluated by a member of National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) to validate the degree is equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s Degree.

Graduate admissions decisions are made by admissions committees made up of faculty from the individual departments. The admission committees consider a student’s overall GPA and course content GPA, transcript evaluation for course preparation for the gradate program of interest, the strength of recommendation letters, and standardized test score performance.

Review of Admissions Policies

The Enrollment Management Committee reviews admissions policies for consistency on an annual basis. This committee is comprised of a variety of institutional representatives to review these policies.

Graduate admissions policies are reviewed by the graduate studies office and the graduate council.


TextTitle 
University’s website Admissions - alcorn.edu
ASU Student Handbook(p.9) Student Handbook page 9
ASU General Catalog 2016-2018 (p.56-59) Undergraduate Catalog pages 56-59
Section 602, Admissions Standards IHL Policies and Byaws pages89-94
Summer Developmental Program University College Summer Developmental Program - alcorn.edu
Policies and Bylaws IHL Policies and Byaws page 92
credential evaluation sheet Admissions Credential Evaluation Sheet
University’s website Admissions - alcorn.edu
ASU Student Handbook,(p.9) Student Handbook page 9
ASU General Catalog 2016-2018 (p.56) Undergraduate Catalog page 56
Mississippi Community and Junior College transfers click here to review the Transfer Articulation Agreement). Mississippi’s Statewide Articulation Agreement between MS Community Colleges and Public Universities
admission policie Undergraduate Catalog page 213
ASU General Catalog 2016-2018 (p.316) Undergraduate Catalog pages 316-317
School of Nursing’s website School of Nursing - alcorn.edu
rubric. Generic ASN and LPNAP Selection Sheet
School of Nursing's website  School of Nursing - alcorn.edu
ASU General Catalog 2016-2018 (p.324-325). Undergraduate Catalog pages 324-325
RN-BSN program option (general catalog p.326-327  Undergraduate Catalog pages 326-327
rubric Selection Sheet BSN and RN-BSN 2017
admission policies Admission to Teacher Education - alcorn.edu
rubric Teacher Education Admission Interview Rubric
Graduate Admission Catalog Graduate Catalog pages40-42
Graduate Studies website Graduate Admissions - alcorn.edu
graduate admissions table Degree Programs and Admission Requirements Graduate
Enrollment Management Committee Enrollment Management Meeting Minutes