Apr 08, 2020  
2009-2010 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2015 
    
2009-2010 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2015 [Archived Catalog]

Admission


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First-Time Students

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Students wishing to be considered for all scholarships and financial aid programs are strongly encouraged to apply by December 15.

Applications received after December 15 will be considered on a rolling basis.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to Truman State University is based on a student’s high school curriculum, with a college preparatory course of study carrying greater weight; high school grade point average and rank; standardized test scores (ACT, SAT); special abilities, talents or achievements; and an original essay.

Under guidelines for highly selective institutions from the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, the students who receive the strongest consideration for admission to Truman will have a 140 combined ability. The combined ability is determined by adding the high school class rank percent to the national percentile on the ACT or SAT college entrance exam.

Students applying for admission are required to complete 16 high school units, including four units of English and language arts, three units of mathematics (four units strongly recommended), three units of natural science, three units of social science/history, two units of foreign language (the same language), and one unit of fine arts. (A unit equals one year of high school work.)

The following is an academic profile of Truman’s Fall 2008 freshman class:

 

Class Rank

Test Score

Upper 10%:

50%

59%

80 - 89%: 

22%

20%

70 - 79%:

14%

13%

60 - 69%: 

7%

4%

Below 60%:

7%

4%

 

Average grade point on 4.0 scale 3.76
Average test percentile 91
Average enhanced ACT test raw score 27.61
ACT mid-range 25-31

The University reserves the right to deny admission to applicants who have criminal convictions showing moral turpitude. Under University policy, Truman State University will not knowingly enroll a student who is unlawfully present in the United States.

Students who have participated in dual enrollment programs and/or those who have earned prior college credit are required to have official transcripts sent from all colleges and universities through which credit has been attempted. Official transcripts for incoming freshmen and new transfer students must be sent to the Admission Office prior to matriculation at Truman.

EARLY-OUT ADMISSION

Students who desire to discontinue high school before graduation and attend the University must meet specific criteria. They must have a minimum of 16 high school units of credit, submit letters of recommendation from a high school counselor and principal or superintendent, and show an academic record which reflects readiness for college-level work. Admission is contingent upon approval by the Admission Committee.

GENERAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT (GED) TEST

Persons who have passed the GED test must submit a copy of the high school equivalency certificate and a transcript of their high school academic record up to the point of leaving school. They must also take the ACT, and their scores must meet the standard established for the admission of entering freshmen. Missouri residents who are at least 16 years of age are eligible to take the GED test. Non-resident students should seek information about the GED test through their own state department of education, since requirements vary slightly from state to state.

ADMISSION OF STUDENTS WITH DIAGNOSED LEARNING DISABILITIES

Students with diagnosed learning disabilities apply and are considered for admission to the University in the same manner as any other applicant and must meet the same admission standards. Applicants may submit scores from a non-standard (e.g., extended time) administration of the American College Test (ACT) to be used in evaluating credentials for admission.

Transfer Student Admission

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Students who have earned previous college credit from other accredited institutions may apply for admission to Truman State University. To be considered for admission, transfer students must submit official transcripts of all previous college credit. Applicants who have earned fewer than 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) of transferable post high school college credit at the time of their application for admission must also have their high school transcript, ACT or SAT scores and an admission essay sent for review. Applicants with 24 hours or more of transferable post high school credit must submit transcripts from all colleges attended and an admission essay.

Applicants receive individual consideration by the Admission Committee. Students must demonstrate a preparedness for study at Truman based on cumulative academic record, including grade point average in transferable college credit and strength of college curricula. Under University policy, Truman State University will not knowingly enroll a student who is unlawfully present in the United States.

Transfer students whose only college credits are those earned from a non-accredited institution will be considered for admission based upon their high school academic records and their college entrance examination score(s).

A transfer applicant who is on academic suspension from any other college or university, or who has been academically suspended more than once from such a college or university, will not be admitted to Truman.

A transfer student who has been academically suspended from his/her previous college will be eligible for consideration when he/she would be eligible to return to the school from which he/she has been suspended.

The Admission Committee will screen all applicants with respect to previous social conduct. In those cases where questionable conduct may be indicated, an inquiry will be made with the Dean of Student Affairs of the college from which the transfer student comes.

Students transferring credits from other recognized colleges or universities will receive advanced standing for transferable courses semester hour for semester hour. However, it should be recognized that credit accepted from another institution may or may not be applicable to specific degree programs. The University reserves the right to make the decision regarding applicability.

Credit attempted from another institution will become part of the permanent record of the student and will affect the GPA of the student for admission purposes.

Post-baccalaureate credit from other institutions will be recorded on the student’s transcript only when such work is acceptable in an advanced degree program at Truman State University.

It is recommended that transfer students apply for admission a minimum of 60 days prior to the start of the semester to ensure adequate time for the admission and registration processes. Students transferring from other colleges and universities who wish to be considered for scholarships should have their applications and official transcripts on file by April 15 for the fall term and by November 15 for the spring term. Official transcripts must be sent directly from each college and university attended to the Admission Office at Truman State University. The transcripts must indicate that the student is in good standing. Failure to reveal attendance at any institution could make the student liable to dismissal.

Transfer students must meet the same residence requirements for a degree from Truman that apply to all students. (See the Graduation section of this catalog.)

ADMISSION TO ATHLETIC TRAINING

Admission to the athletic training major is competitive and selective. Students interested in majoring in athletic training must complete an application process that is separate from the University’s application for admission. Students who indicate athletic training as their major area of study on the University’s application for admission will be provisionally admitted to the athletic training major for the first semester. During their first semester in the major, students must complete the application process. The number of students admitted to the major is limited, therefore, students who have completed the application requirements are not assured acceptance into the athletic training major. Applications for the athletic training major are due by November 1. Applicants are selected for admission based on completion of all the admission requirements included in the application packet, recommendations, University grade point average, performance in the prerequisite courses, evaluations by Clinical Instructors, previous experience, and a written essay. Specific admission criteria are listed below. The admissions committee reviews all applications and selects the best overall candidates. Admission decisions are announced by November 21. Students not admitted must formally choose another major, but may re-apply to the athletic training major the following year. Transfer students must follow the same application procedure as all current Truman students. Transfer credit generally will not be granted for athletic training courses. All transfer credit will be determined by the Office of the Registrar and approval by the Athletic Training Program Director. Application packets can be obtained by writing to the Director of the Athletic Training Education Program, Michelle Boyd (mboyd@truman.edu), or by viewing the ATEP website at http://hes.truman.edu/atmaj.

ADMISSION TO MUSIC

Prior to declaring a major in music, each student must perform for a committee of the appropriate studio faculty in order to determine that the student has reached a sufficiently advanced level of applied proficiency. While a personal audition is highly recommended, in cases where such is not possible, a recording of the student’s performance will be accepted. All transfer students are also subject to placement examinations in theory and music literature.

ADMISSION TO NURSING

Admission to the Nursing major is dependent on the number of spaces available and individual evaluation of the student’s application by the Nursing Admissions Committee.

Applicants to the Nursing program must be accepted by Nursing in addition to being accepted to the University. A special “Application to Nursing” and a summary of career goals must be completed and sent directly to the Department of Nursing. The application deadline for admission to the Nursing major is January 31 of each year.

Transfer or change of major students must meet current program of Nursing academic requirements as part of the admission process (minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA). Qualified students may petition for advancement on a space-available basis.

International Student Admission

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An international student is defined as any applicant who is not a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States, or who has two years or less experience with the American educational system, regardless of immigration status. All international undergraduate student applicants must comply with the guidelines and policies listed below.

Under University policy, Truman State University may not enroll a student who is unlawfully present in the United States. All students must provide proof of lawful presence in the United States prior to enrollment.

Minimum application requirements for international students include:

  1. Official TOEFL score of 79 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL (550 or above on the paper-based TOEFL) or the equivalent as deemed appropriate by the University on the SAT, ACT, IELTS or other standard measure of English and academic ability.
  2. Official results or transcripts, in English, for all secondary school coursework, pre-college preparation coursework and college or university-level coursework.
  3. The International Student Application for Admission.
  4. The Certificate of Financial Support with supporting bank documents.
  5. A two-page essay.

To obtain and maintain course registration for the semester, the international student must complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete the Truman English Placement Test(s) immediately upon arrival on campus.
  2. Enroll in the English support course(s) indicated by the outcome of the Truman English Placement Tests.
  3. Pay tuition and fees IN FULL the first week of each semester.
  4. Purchase the University approved health insurance plan.
  5. Make any deposits or prepayments required by the University and the International Student Affairs Office.
  6. Know that all students are responsible for maintaining their legal immigration status.
  7. Undergo the required TB testing upon arrival on campus.
  8. Attend the required international orientation and registration.
  9. Comply with University housing policies.

ADMISSION FOR NON-DEGREE SEEKING AND VISITING STUDENTS

Non-degree seeking students may apply to take courses for credit or non-credit (audit) at Truman. The University reserves the right to limit the amount of non-degree seeking credit that may be applied toward a degree at Truman if taken prior to completion of application requirements into undergraduate or graduate study.

Students who eventually decide to seek a degree must complete the full application for admission and submit all school transcripts. Visiting students who are enrolled at other colleges or universities and who are interested in taking one or two courses at Truman for transfer credit must be in good standing at their institutions. The Admission Office retains the right to request full academic documentation from non-degree seeking or visiting students. Admission as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee eventual acceptance as a degree-seeking student.