Undergraduate Admission Policies

Spalding University is an equal-opportunity educational institution. Admission is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability.

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Admission to Undergraduate Programs
Spalding University admits students whose credentials demonstrate the potential to profit from and contribute to the undergraduate programs of the University. When possible, personal interviews and campus visits are encouraged as the best means for an applicant to learn about Spalding. Prospective students may call (502) 585-7111 or 1-800-896-8941, ext. 7111, for a tour of campus and a meeting with an admissions counselor. Any questions, requests for information, or application materials should be directed to the Admissions Office.

Financial Aid and Default:An applicant will not be admitted to Spalding University if he/she is in default on a federal student loan or campus based loan program (Perkins Loan or Federal Nursing Loan) and must not owe a refund on a government-sponsored loan or grant.

Residency Verification: For the purpose of determining eligibility for certain state aid grant programs, Spalding University will confirm the residency status of admitted students through the verification and review of the following (preponderance of evidence):

  1. Address of record, as reported on the Application for Admission;
  2. Photocopy of a valid state-issued Kentucky driverís license or identification card;
  3. Official transcript issued by a Kentucky public or private high school showing high school graduation date;
  4. Evidence that the student had moved to Kentucky within the preceding 12 months and was enrolled at least half-time;
  5. Official transcript that the student had attended an out-of-state college within the past year and presenting evidence that he/she paid out-of-state tuition at that institution

Category I: Prospective students with less than 24 hours of transferable college credits
The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited high school or present evidence of satisfactory scores from the test of General Education Development (GED).

Spalding University requires no specific units or courses as prerequisites that must be completed before admission. However, a desirable preparation includes the core requirements as defined by the Kentucky Education Reform Act, as follows, or its equivalent:

The Undergraduate Admission Committee considers the total profile of a prospective student. Applicants most likely to succeed at Spalding University have a solid preparation of academic courses and score well on the verbal and math sections of the SAT or ACT. Criteria for automatic admission into the Traditional Program include a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher and a minimum composite score of 20 on the ACT or 950 on the SAT (combined critical reading and mathematics subscores). Criteria for automatic admission into the Adult Accelerated Program is a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher or GED of 50 or higher.

Before any admission action can be taken on a prospective student's application, the following documents must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

  1. The completed application with the non-refundable application fee of $20;
  2. An official high school transcript* or an official score report from the test of General Education Development (GED);
  3. Satisfactory scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the American College Test (ACT) of the American College Testing Program;
  4. A scan or photocopy of the applicantís state-issued driverís license or state-issued identification card.
* Official transcripts are those sent directly to Spalding from the issuing institution. Any transcript marked "issued to student" or any transcript that is hand delivered by the student is not considered an official transcript.

Declaration of Previous College Attendance: Applicants must declare all previous college attendance. Applicants who fail to disclose previous college attendance on the application for admission and/or who fail to submit transcripts are subject to denial or cancellation of admission or dismissal from the University.

Financial Aid and Default:An applicant will not be admitted to Spalding University if he/she is in default on a federal student loan or campus based loan program (Perkins Loan or Federal Nursing Loan) and must not owe a refund on a government-sponsored loan or grant.

Residency Verification: For the purpose of determining eligibility for certain state aid grant programs, Spalding University will confirm the residency status of admitted students through the verification and review of the following (preponderance of evidence):

  1. Address of record, as reported on the Application for Admission;
  2. Photocopy of a valid state-issued Kentucky driverís license or identification card;
  3. Official transcript issued by a Kentucky public or private high school showing high school graduation date;
  4. Evidence that the student had moved to Kentucky within the preceding 12 months and was enrolled at least half-time;
  5. Official transcript that the student had attended an out-of-state college within the past year and presenting evidence that he/she paid out-of-state tuition at that institution

Admission decisions are typically made within one week after all application materials and test scores are received in the Admissions Office.

Category II: Prospective students with 24 or more hours of transferable college credits
The Undergraduate Admission Committee considers the total profile of a prospective student. Transfer students' recommended criteria for automatic admission include a cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of 2.50. For the Adult Accelerated Program, students with 24 or more hours of transferable credits must have a college GPA of 2.50 or higher.

Anyone wishing to transfer to Spalding University from another college or university must submit the following documents to the Admissions Office:

  1. The completed application with the non-refundable $20 application fee;
  2. Proof of high school graduation (or official GED test score report);
  3. An official transcript* from each college and/or university previously attended;
  4. A scan or photocopy of the applicantís state-issued driverís license or state-issued identification card.
* Official transcripts are those sent directly to Spalding from the issuing institution. Any transcript marked "issued to student" or any transcript that is hand delivered by the student is not considered an official transcript.

Declaration of Previous College Attendance: Applicants must declare all previous college attendance. Applicants who fail to disclose previous college attendance on the application for admission and/or who fail to submit transcripts are subject to denial or cancellation of admission or dismissal from the University.

Financial Aid and Default:An applicant will not be admitted to Spalding University if he/she is in default on a federal student loan or campus based loan program (Perkins Loan or Federal Nursing Loan) and must not owe a refund on a government-sponsored loan or grant.

Residency Verification: For the purpose of determining eligibility for certain state aid grant programs, Spalding University will confirm the residency status of admitted students through the verification and review of the following (preponderance of evidence):

  1. Address of record, as reported on the Application for Admission;
  2. Photocopy of a valid state-issued Kentucky driverís license or identification card;
  3. Official transcript issued by a Kentucky public or private high school showing high school graduation date;
  4. Evidence that the student had moved to Kentucky within the preceding 12 months and was enrolled at least half-time;
  5. Official transcript that the student had attended an out-of-state college within the past year and presenting evidence that he/she paid out-of-state tuition at that institution

Admission decisions are typically made within one week after all application materials are received in the Admissions Office.

Once a student has been admitted and has submitted an enrollment deposit, official transcripts will be evaluated by the registrar to determine transfer credit. Courses carrying a grade of C- or better from an accredited institution*, and applicable to the program of study and degree requirements, are typically acceptable. No more than 64 credit hours will be accepted from a junior or community college. Four-year college credit will be examined separately from two-year college credit.

* Spalding recognizes the following accrediting agencies: MSA/CHE, NWCCU, NCA, NEASC-CIHE, NEASC-CTCI, NY: State Board of Regents, SACS, WASC-ACCJC and WASC-SR

International Students
International applicants interested in completing their education at Spalding should contact the Admissions Office for an International Student Application. It is strongly recommended that the prospective student requests this preliminary application a year before the term in which he or she wishes to enter. In addition to the application, an application fee of $100 must be submitted. Criteria for automatic admission of international applicants include the following:

International applicants must also submit a certified affidavit of financial support to the Admissions Office. Additionally, any documents in a foreign language must be evaluated by an approved credential evaluating service and furnished to Spalding University at the applicant's expense. A certified copy of those documents sent directly from another institution is acceptable.

Upon admission to the University and receipt of the $400 enrollment deposit, Spalding University will issue the student an I-20 immigration form.

Admission Status
Subject to all applicable university policies, a student who meets automatic admission criteria is unconditionally accepted to the University. The Undergraduate Admissions Committee will consider a student who does not meet one or more of the automatic admission criteria once the student submits a personal statement at the request of the Committee. The Committee can exercise any of the following admission options:

Deposit
A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to confirm attendance of Spalding University. Upon matriculation, the deposit is applied to the student's tuition costs. Special conditions apply to international students (see International Students, above).

Adult Accelerated Program Students
Please consult the Adult Accelerated Program section of the catalog for admission criteria and information.

Early Admission Program for Current High School Students
Spalding University admits any high school student of high academic ability who has completed her or his junior year and is recommended in writing by his or her high school counselor or principal. For further details, contact the Director of Admissions.

Returning Students
A student who has previously attended Spalding University, but who has not completed a class in the last twelve (12) months, must apply for readmission through the Admissions Office. If he or she has attended another college since leaving Spalding, an official copy of the transcript* is required prior to readmission being granted. The student must have left the University in good disciplinary and financial standing to be readmitted.

* Official transcripts are those sent directly to Spalding from the issuing institution. Any transcript marked "issued to student" or any transcript that is hand delivered by the student is not considered an official transcript.

Declaration of Previous College Attendance: Applicants must declare all previous college attendance. Applicants who fail to disclose previous college attendance on the application for admission and/or who fail to submit transcripts are subject to denial or cancellation of admission or dismissal from the University.

Non-Degree Students
A non-degree student is a student who already holds a degree and is taking further undergraduate work and/or a student who is not pursuing a degree. Non-degree students are admitted for up to a total of 12 credit hours. Non-degree student applicants must submit the following in order to enroll:

  1. The completed application with non-refundable application fee of $20;
  2. An official transcript* showing proof of highest degree attained. (Students may be admitted unconditionally to the University as special students, pending receipt of their official transcripts).

* Official transcripts are those sent directly to Spalding from the issuing institution. Any transcript marked "issued to student" or any transcript that is hand delivered by the student is not considered an official transcript.

Declaration of Previous College Attendance: Applicants must declare all previous college attendance. Applicants who fail to disclose previous college attendance on the application for admission and/or who fail to submit transcripts are subject to denial or cancellation of admission or dismissal from the University.

After 12 credit hours have been earned, the student must apply for unconditional admission to the University. Please see above for appropriate application procedures.

Fowler Fellows (Desiring Credit)
The Fowler Fellow program is designed for prospective undergraduate students age 65 and over. Fowler Fellows are eligible to audit any undergraduate course with no charge. Audited courses carry no grade, have no earned credit hours, and do not count in the student's GPA.

Required documents for admission:

  1. Proof of age 65 or over
  2. The completed application with non-refundable application fee of $20;
  3. Proof of high school graduation or passing GED score. If more than 24 hours of college coursework have been completed, only an official college transcript* is required. (Students may be unconditionally admitted to the University pending receipt of official transcripts).
  4. Student must notify the Registrar's Office in writing that he or she wishes to be a Fowler Fellow.

* Official transcripts are those sent directly to Spalding from the issuing institution. Any transcript marked "issued to student" or any transcript that is hand delivered by the student is not considered an official transcript.

Declaration of Previous College Attendance: Applicants must declare all previous college attendance. Applicants who fail to disclose previous college attendance on the application for admission and/or who fail to submit transcripts are subject to denial or cancellation of admission or dismissal from the University.

Certificate Students
Spalding University offers an undergraduate certificate program in Pastoral Ministry. Special admissions criteria may apply in accordance with current university policy. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Required documents for admission:

  1. The completed application with non-refundable application fee of $20;
  2. An official high school transcript showing graduation date or GED score. If more than 24 hours of college coursework have been completed, only an official college transcript* is required. (Students may be unconditionally admitted to the University pending receipt of official transcripts.)

* Official transcripts are those sent directly to Spalding from the issuing institution. Any transcript marked "issued to student" or any transcript that is hand delivered by the student is not considered an official transcript.

Declaration of Previous College Attendance: Applicants must declare all previous college attendance. Applicants who fail to disclose previous college attendance on the application for admission and/or who fail to submit transcripts are subject to denial or cancellation of admission or dismissal from the University.

Auditors
A number of non-laboratory courses are open to persons who do not want to earn academic credit. Formal application for admission to the University is not necessary. Registration for the classes to be audited is required, as is payment of a fee equal to one credit hour's tuition for each class. Students must have an approval form signed by the chair of the academic unit through which the desired course is offered. Approval forms are available in the Registrar's Office.

Undergraduate Admission Policy Regarding English Proficiency
Applicants in the following categories must demonstrate English proficiency, regardless of academic history, immigration status or length of residence in the United States or in other English-speaking countries:

  1. an applicant who has lived outside of the United States where English is not the primary language or medium of instruction
  2. an applicant for whom English is not the first/native language
  3. an applicant whose academic transcript evidences the completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum

In such instances, applicants may demonstrate English proficiency though any of the following:


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