All communication regarding entrance to the University should be addressed to the Office of Admission, 1500 Peachtree Street, Box 153, Jackson, MS 39202-1789. Eligibility for admission will be determined when the application, application fee, the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score (if required), and transcripts have been received by the University.
Belhaven University seeks students who desire an excellent education combined with a meaningful student life experience and who will have a reasonable chance of academic success at Belhaven University. Applicants providing evidence of completion of an accredited academic high school curriculum, scholastic achievement, acceptable entrance examination scores, and sound moral character conducive to contributing to the total premium of the University are admitted.
Belhaven University does not discriminate in the administration of its education policies, applications for admission, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and extracurricular programs. The rights, privileges, programs, and activities at Belhaven University are made available to all students who are enrolled regardless of sex, religion, color, national origin, handicap, or age.
Degree-Seeking, Freshman Application Process
1. All freshmen should complete an application for admission and submit the nonrefundable $25 application fee to the office of admission at Belhaven University.
2. The school counselor should send an official transcript directly to the University indicating at least six semesters of high school work and listing senior subjects.
3. All freshmen are required to submit results of either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), unless these scores appear on the student’s official high school transcript. A minimum ACT composite score of 20 or SAT I combined score of 930 on the critical reading and math tests and a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale are required for automatic admission. Applicants with ACT scores of 18 or 19 or SAT I of 850-920 are encouraged to apply, although their portfolios must be reviewed by the admission committee for acceptance.
4. An essay, interview, and letter of recommendation may be submitted voluntarily by the student or may be requested by the admission office if the student does not meet minimum requirements for acceptance.
5. Final admission to freshman standing is contingent upon the successful completion of the senior year, graduation from an accredited high school, and receipt of an official copy of the final high school transcript stating the date of graduation. (An official copy is one that is mailed directly to the University from the high school or one that is signed by a school official, stamped with the official seal of the high school on it and is delivered in a sealed envelope.) Of the 16 units required, eight are prescribed and eight are elective. The prescribed units are four in English, two in mathematics, (Algebra I, Algebra II or Geometry), one in history, and one in natural science. The elective units may be chosen entirely from Group I or from both groups, provided not more than four units are counted from Group II.
6. A student who has been educated at home (homeschooled) must submit a transcript outlining courses taken and ACT or SAT scores OR meet the requirements for students applying with a GED.
7. A freshman who applies during the registration process must produce an unofficial or official high school transcript in order to register for classes. If an unofficial copy of the transcript is submitted, the student will be given 30 days for the official transcript to be received in the office of admission. The official final transcripts must be received before the student is considered officially registered and eligible to receive financial aid. It is understood by all parties that if for some reason a student is denied admission as a result of not having all documentation at the appropriate offices by the deadline stated, Belhaven University is not liable for any losses incurred to the student.
8. Freshmen who have graduated and been out of high school for five years or more will not be required to submit an ACT or SAT score, but their applications must be reviewed by the admission committee.
Admission by ExaminationA student who has earned the General Education Development (GED) certificate may be admitted. An official GED transcript must be provided from the State Department of Education of the state that issued the certificate. Students will need to reach a score of at least 145 on each subject and a total score of 580 or higher across all four subjects in order to be considered for admission.
Special Admission Application Process
Transfer Application Process
International Application Process
1. All international students should complete an application for admission and submit the nonrefundable $25 application fee to the office of admission at Belhaven University.
2. An English translation and evaluation of all course work is required by Belhaven University. We recommend the following company and can provide an application for this service:
World Education Services, Inc.P.O. Box 745Old Chelsea StationNew York, NY 10113-0745Phone: 212-966-6311 or 800-937-3895www.wes.orgE-mail: email@example.com
International freshmen are required to have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale from high school. Transfer students are required to have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale from prior college/university work.
3. To be accepted to a degree program at Belhaven University as an international student, you must score at least a 71iBT or 6 IELTS or complete our ESL program. A TOEFL or IELTS score is not necessary to enroll in our ESL program. Students will be evaluated before the semester begins. Typically, a student would enroll in 2 semesters of ESL courses if he or she is in the beginning level or 1 semester if he or she is in the intermediate level. In registering for the TOEFL, note the Belhaven TOEFL code number is 1055.
4. All international students, whether freshmen or transfers, to whom English is not the primary language must contact our ESL instructor for evaluation and placement prior to registration.
5. All international students must submit an academic reference that has been completed by a counselor, teacher, or employer.
6. All international students must include with the admission application an official guarantee of funds (in the form of an official letter of sponsorship and/or an official bank statement showing funds available for the first academic year of attendance). This form may be referred to as an affidavit of support.
7. International students are required to have medical insurance that meets the requirements of the University. Students will be allowed to purchase medical insurance prior to registration.
Non-degree seeking, Special Student Application Process
Auditor Application ProcessBy special permission, a person not enrolled at Belhaven University may audit one or more courses with the permission of the registrar. All auditors must apply for admission and must pay a $25 application fee. Semester hour credit and quality points will not be awarded for courses that are audited; however, the course(s) will be recorded on a permanent record as an audit. For auditing fee, see “General Fees” listing.
Admission to the Honors CollegeAdmission to the Honors College follows completion of at least two semesters of Honors Colloquium (HNS) with a grade of B or above; for more information see “Honors College” under “Administration of the Curriculum.”
Veterans’ AdmissionBelhaven University is approved for veterans who qualify for education under the privileges provided by federal laws. Veterans with a high school diploma or a satisfactory GED certificate, obtained by completing eight units of high school work and passing the General Education Development Test (GED), will be considered for admission.
Part-Time Student AdmissionStudents enrolled for fewer than 12 semester hours are considered part time. Students not seeking a degree from Belhaven are not eligible for financial aid. An application form must be completed, and an application fee of $25 is required. A letter of good standing from the last institution attended must be mailed to the office of admission. If degree-seeking, the student would follow the standard requirements for admission.
ReadmissionA student whose study at Belhaven University has been interrupted for two or more consecutive semesters must apply for readmission. The requirements for degrees in effect at the time of readmission must be completed.
Students who have been declared ineligible to reregister because of F grades for excessive absences that result in a grade point average of less than 2.0 may, after the lapse of one semester, reenroll if accepted by the academic appeals committee. The student must present to the committee convincing evidence that the previous unsatisfactory record was due to causes of a non-recurring nature. (See “Class Attendance Policy” for regulations concerning class attendance.)
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