The following policies apply to admissions to undergraduate and graduate programs of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.
Undergraduate – Fall 2017
All undergraduate programs (BSPS, BALA, Weekend College and undergraduate certificates) have an application deadline of July 1. To be considered for fall admission, you must start your online application by 11:59 p.m. July 1 and submit the online application by 11:59 p.m. July 8.
Undergraduate – Spring 2018
All undergraduate programs (BSPS, BALA and undergraduate certificates) have an application deadline of November 15. To be considered for fall admission, you must start your online application by 11:59 p.m. November 15 and submit the online application by 11:59 p.m. November 22.
Standard Deadlines – Graduate
Also applies to undergraduate summer 2018 applications until further notice.
Priority application deadlines ensure consideration for the selected term ONLY if all application requirements (including official transcripts and recommendations) are received by the admissions coordinator.
- Fall: July 1
- Spring: November 15
- Summer: April 15
4-6 weeks prior to the start of the term to allow for all required materials (including transcripts, Praxis scores and/or ACT/SAT scores) to be received and processed.
First day of classes. Financial aid awards and/or eligibility and an admissions decision may be impacted and even delayed the longer you wait to apply. However, applications are accepted and considered as long as space is available regardless of the date submitted.
The acceptance of a student for admission into the School as a degree-seeking student (master's, bachelor's, certificate, or graduate certificate) remains in effect for a period of 12 months from the date of official notification by letter. Following acceptance, a student must enroll in the term of admittance, excluding summer. If that does not occur, the student becomes "inactive" in Banner and must contact the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services to be re-activated during the first 12 months of admittance. After the 12-month period, the student must re-apply to the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, pay the application fee, and if additional college work has been completed, submit additional transcripts.
Applicants whose native language is not English, or whose collegiate level or secondary level instruction was not in English, must demonstrate English proficiency by examination prior to admission to and/or enrollment in the School. The University may require additional evaluation for language proficiency through testing or individual interviews for students with scores near the minimum score.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) requires a score of at least:
- 550 on the paper-based test
- 213 on the computer-based test
- 80 on the internet-based test
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) requires a score of 6.5 on the test.
Information on the TOEFL may be obtained by visiting the TOEFL website, ets.org/toefl. The TOEFL score must be no more than five years old at the time of application.
Information on the IELTS may be obtained by visiting the IELTS website, ielts.org.
Ineligibility to Return to a College or University
A student who is not eligible to return to another college or university may not attend any degree or certificate program, even with unclassified status, until a minimum of one semester has elapsed. Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended by such a student must be filed in the Office of the Dean.
Past Sexual Offense Conviction
As of July 1, 2006, Virginia law requires all public and private two-and-four-year institutions of higher education to electronically transmit information about applicants accepted for enrollment at each institution to the State Police for comparison to the Virginia Criminal Information Network and National Crime Information Center Convicted Sexual Offender Registry. If the University is notified that an admitted student has committed a sex offense, the admitted student is subject to the admission being revoked.
Maintenance of Active Status & Readmission to Undergraduate Degree Programs Following Inactive Status
Students who do not register for a fall or spring term become inactive during that semester and must contact the Office of Enrollment Management and Student services to be reactivated. If the student has not enrolled in a course within 12 months, the student must reapply to the SPCS following the policy identified in “Timeframe.”
Students who are reactivated are subject to the SPCS Catalog requirements in effect at the time of original matriculation, with exceptions noted below:
- Students who were actively enrolled in a degree program prior to Fall 2012 and have completed at least 90 semester hours of work under SCS/SPCS Catalog requirements at the time of matriculation, may complete the program using these requirements; however, program chairs will have the final determination, at all times, of current courses that may be substituted for catalog requirements at the time of matriculation. Program completion under these requirements must be finalized by May 2017.
- Students who were in programs prior to Fall 2012 with less than 90 semester hours of work completed will be readmitted under provisions of the current program requirements as stated in the SPCS Catalog in effect at the time of readmission. Program completion under these requirements must be finalized within 7 (seven) years.
A standing committee will be appointed to deal with issues of student admissions, enrollment and registration from among SPCS staff and faculty. Members will include the Senior Associate Dean (who will chair the committee), the Director of Student Services and Enrollment Management, a Program Chair representing the student’s program area (if applicable), an Academic/Career advisor, and the Associate Dean for Administration, as needed.