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Admission to the Paralegal Studies Program

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Bachelor's Degree Admissions

Admission to Bachelor's Degree Programs

Minimum requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA) or Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BSPS) degree program are:

  • An earned high school diploma or GED
  • A 2.0 average on any attempted college-level work

To be admitted, applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed online bachelor's degree application (with application fee)
  • Original transcripts from all college-level work attempted (or evidence of high school graduation or GED)

Admission placement requires ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills test scores and an admission decision meeting with a student advisor. All incoming bachelor's degree applicants must take the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills tests for placement.

Applicants are notified about scheduling a testing session after submitting the undergraduate application. Testing sessions are scheduled for two hours during evenings and weekends.

  • Test scores are used to route applicants into an appropriate course of study that best enables academic success.
  • Accepted students will place into ENGL 101U, ENGL 201U, ADED 300U or ADED 301U based on the admission pathway and test scores. Academic advisors will provide admission guidance and options after receiving applicant test scores.
  • Test scores are good for one year. Applicants may provide evidence of ACCUPLACER scores earned within the last 365 days for consideration and placement.
  • An applicant may opt to retake the placement test once at his or her own expense of $10. Applicants may register through their academic advisor for a retest on the next scheduled placement test date. The highest test score within a given session will be considered.
  • Students whose ACCUPLACER scores do not qualify them for ENGL 101U or higher will be given the opportunity to take the noncredit course, English Foundations. At the end of English Foundations, students who re-take the ACCUPLACER but still do not achieve a score high enough for placement into ENGL 101U will be permitted to take English Foundations one additional time. No student may take the course a third time without permission from the Senior Associate Dean.

Non-native English speakers may be required to submit valid TOEFL scores.

Admissions Decisions

The School uses a selective admissions process to evaluate applicants. The most important predictor is an applicant's ability to do college-level work. As such, the School offers several undergraduate admission pathways depending on college experience, writing aptitude and GPA.

1. Well Qualified Transfer Admission

Applicants who have recently completed college-level study at a regionally-accredited community college or four-year institution may be candidates for well qualified transfer admission (WQTA). WQTA applicants are given priority and must successfully demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum 24 semester hours of transferable coursework completed in the past 10 years
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA on all previously attempted college coursework
  • Earned a 'B' or better in English Composition and a 'C' or better in college-level math
  • Earned satisfactory ACCUPLACER scores:
    • At least 100 on both Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills tests - OR -
    • Combined score on both tests of at least 210 with neither score below 95

2. Weekend College Admission

Applicants to the Weekend College BALA in Interdisciplinary Studies program must successfully demonstrate the following:

  • At least 45 semester hours of transferable college credit
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA on all previously attempted college coursework
  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA on all attempted coursework at the School
  • Earned satisfactory ACCUPLACER scores:
    • At least 80 on Reading Comprehension test and at least 85 on Sentence Skills test - OR -
    • Combined score on both tests of at least 175 with neither score below 75

3. Transfer Admission

Applicants who have completed some college-level study at a regionally-accredited community college or four-year institution but do not meet the minimum requirements for WQTA may qualify for transfer admission (TA). TA applicants must successfully demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum 3 semester hours of transferable college-level coursework
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA on all previously attempted college coursework
  • Earned satisfactory ACCUPLACER scores:
    • At least 60 on both Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills tests - OR -
    • Combined score on both tests of at least 130 with neither score below 55

4. Non-Transfer Admission

Applicants who have never studied at the college level or do not meet the minimum requirements for TA will only be considered for non-transfer admission (NTA). NTA requires applicants to complete foundation coursework at the School pursuing part-time study (registering for no more than nine semester hours) while completing these requirements. NTA applicants must successfully accomplish the following:

  • Complete all foundation coursework with a grade of 'C' or better in the first 3 semesters at the School
  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA on all attempted coursework at the School
  • Earned satisfactory ACCUPLACER scores:
    • At least 60 on both Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills tests - OR -
    • Combined score on both tests of at least 130 with neither score below 55

Students admitted to any undergraduate or degree program, without prior college experience, may enroll (register) in a maximum of nine (9) semester hours of credit in the first semester of study in SPCS.

Admission Notifications

Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by letter, generally during an interview with an academic advisor. If admitted to a degree program, the admissions letter will include a University ID to be used in establishing a BannerWeb account and network ID.

Certificate Admissions

Admission to Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Students seeking admission to the Certificate of Applied Studies in Information Systems or the Certificate of Applied Studies in Paralegal Studies must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Admission requirements:

  • Completed undergraduate certificate application including the $35 application fee
  • Official transcripts in sealed envelopes from each university and college attended
  • TOEFL scores if the applicant’s native language is not English
Conditions

Admissions Conditions

English Proficiency

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.

Timeframe

Timeframe

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.

Deadlines

Admissions Deadlines

The School maintains priority application deadlines for each term. Applications submitted by the priority deadline should result in an admission decision made in time to register for classes in that term. Applications submitted later than the stated priority deadline may not guarantee a decision before the start of classes in that term and may result in delayed enrollment or admission as a non-degree seeking (NDS) student.

  • Fall semester: July 1
  • Spring semester: November 15
  • Summer semester: April 15 (for the first summer term)

Admissions deadlines for the Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP) program differ from these deadlines and may be accessed online.

Contact Us

Paralegal Studies Program
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133
spcs@richmond.edu