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  Aug 17, 2017
 
 
    
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2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Admissions



Undergraduate Admissions

Applications for admission are accepted year round, with four enrollment start times annually for most undergraduate programs. Applications for bachelor’s degree and certificate programs are accepted for all four terms.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

Applicants can apply for admission up to one year in advance. In order to ensure sufficient time to prepare for coursework, applicants are encouraged to apply for admission no later than the term prior to their anticipated term of enrollment. In preparing your application for admission, be aware that some undergraduate programs have one start term annually while others accept applications year round.

Undergraduate Application Review and Admission Decision

Admission procedures and requirements are designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to perform successfully at the college level. Each application file is reviewed individually to identify the applicant’s potential for success in their selected degree of study at Marylhurst. All applicants must demonstrate a clear understanding of academic goals, plus the ability and commitment to successfully complete college-level work.

Applicants are notified of the admission decision in writing. Admission decisions are sent on a rolling basis once all application review is complete.

Undergraduate Application Requirements

First Year / High School Applicants

First year applicants are students who have completed less than 30 quarter credits (20 semester credits). Marylhurst University’s main focus is helping students complete their degrees through our transfer student and degree completion programs. Therefore, only transfer applicants with a minimum of 30 completed quarter credits may apply for acceptance into our degree programs.

First year students are encouraged to apply to Marylhurst University through one of our many local community college dual admission partners. First year students are encouraged to contact the Marylhurst Admissions Office for additional guidance.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants are students who have completed a minimum of 30 quarter credits (20 semester credits). To apply to Marylhurst University, applicants will need to complete:

  • Application for admission
  • Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency
  • Marylhurst prefers a minimum college GPA of 2.25 and successful academic progress in all previous coursework. Applicants who have less than a 2.25 GPA will be asked to provide additional information for review by the Admissions Committee, either in the form of a personal interview or a letter of intent addressing the following:
    • Why you wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Marylhurst University
    • How a bachelor’s degree will impact your life
    • What your plan is to improve your study skills to ensure your academic success at Marylhurst University

NOTE: Interior design and music programs require additional application materials. Please contact the Office of Admissions for details.

International Undergraduate Applicants

International student applicants are those students who plan to study on campus using the F-1 Non-immigrant Student Visa.

These students are subject to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). SEVP regulations require that students enroll for full-time study (12 credits at the undergraduate level) to ensure normal progress in completing their degree program on time. This requires sufficient funds or sponsorship to pay for the student’s education and living expenses throughout their studies. International students are encouraged to contact the admissions office for additional assistance.

To apply, international students must submit the transfer admissions requirements listed above. See the Applicants with International Transcripts section for details on proper submission of international transcripts and transcript evaluation requirements.

After admission, international students must also submit the following items before an I-20 is issued:

  • International Student Declaration of Finances form and an original bank statement or letter showing sufficient funds in U.S. dollars to cover tuition, fees and living expenses for at least the first year of study (NOTE: The Declaration of Finances form and bank document should be submitted no more than 6 months prior to the planned program start date)
  • International Student Information Sheet
  • A Transfer Release form from the student’s current school if they plan to transfer from any college or school in the United States
  • Copy of the passport’s biographical page
  • Payment of a $200 matriculation fee
Second-Degree-Seeking Applicants

Second-degree-seeking students are applicants who already hold an undergraduate bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, and who are seeking a second bachelor’s degree. Applicants must also meet all regular undergraduate transfer admission requirements.

Re-Admission Applicants

Students must re-apply for admission under the following circumstances:

  • their application was canceled more than a year ago
  • the applicant did not activate their admission by enrolling or did not defer admission
  • an enrolled student has been in non-attendance for one year and wishes to return to the university.

When re-applying, students will be required to submit:

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcripts from any colleges or university attended since their last term of enrollment at Marylhurst.
  • any admissions requirements not already on file according to requirements in the current Catalog,

All Marylhurst holds must be cleared before re-admission to the university will be considered. Transcripts from both Marylhurst and all transfer institutions will be reviewed for successful academic progress. A history of unsuccessful academic progress could result in admission on probation or denial of re-admission. Re-admission will only be granted for the next academic term.

Additional Undergraduate Admissions Information

Associate Degree Transfers

Marylhurst University honors the Associate of Arts/Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT), the Associate of Science/Oregon Transfer Degree (ASOT), and other approved equivalent transfer associate degrees. Students with an AAOT, ASOT, or other equivalent will come in with junior standing and the majority of their Maryhurst Core  met.

Community College Dual Admission Partners

Dual Admission is designed for students who want to complete their degree at Marylhurst University but wish to begin their coursework at the community college. For current information on partnerships and dual admission procedures, please contact the Office of Admissions.

In order to provide a seamless transition to Marylhurst University and to provide ongoing academic advising, the university honors dual admission agreements with:

  • Clackamas Community College
  • Clark College
  • Columbia Gorge Community College
  • Portland Community College
  • Mt. Hood Community College
Previous College Coursework

Applicants must list all colleges previously attended on the Marylhurst application and must supply an official transcript from each regionally accredited college and university previously attended. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of their application, withdrawal of admission, or change of financial aid funding. If prior college coursework is discovered for students already admitted to the university, those students could have their admission rescinded.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

A student may receive credit through the evaluation of official transcripts from colleges and universities that hold regional accreditation. For specific information on the transfer policy, please see the Transfer Credit Articulation section under Registration & Records 

Military Service Schools

Official documentation for military education and training will be evaluated and college credit may be awarded based upon the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE). Students with academic credits from military service must obtain and submit a military service transcript. Marylhurst University may award credit to admitted degree students for training received through formal military service or the Oregon Military Academy. Students can receive 6 credits by submitting their DD-214 to the Office of Admissions.

Non-Collegiate-Sponsored Learning

Academic credit may be awarded for non-collegiate-sponsored learning acquired through programs in business and industry that have been approved by the American Council on Education (ACE). Students requesting academic transfer credit must submit official transcripts from ACE to the Office of Admissions.

Advance Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Test Scores

AP and IB test scores can be submitted for review. Transfer credit awarded varies depending on the score and test. Contact the Office of Admissions for further details.

Credit by Examination

Marylhurst accepts credit earned through the College-Level Examination Program, the DSST Program, New York University Foreign Language Proficiency Examination Program and the Excelsior College Examination Program. College credit achieved through these programs may be applied on a transfer basis to degree programs at Marylhurst.

A complete copy of Marylhurst University’s credit-by-examination guidelines are available from the university website or by contacting the Office of Admissions. Interested students should to consult with their academic adviser before registering for any examinations.

Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission application requirements are designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and prerequisite knowledge required to be successful in achieving a graduate-level degree. In preparing an application for admission, be aware that some graduate programs operate as a cohort with one start term annually and others accept applications year round, with up to four enrollment start terms annually.

Applicants can apply for admission up to one year in advance. Applicants must submit all application materials by the individual graduate program deadlines established in order to provide time for application review by the academic department, and ensure admitted students have sufficient time to prepare for coursework.

Graduate Application Review and Admission Decision

The Application for Admission and all other documents required for admission consideration must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Applications are individually reviewed by graduate program faculty after all required materials have been submitted. Applicants are notified of admission decisions by letter. Applicants may adjust the term for which they are applying by contacting the Office of Admissions.

Graduate departments may accept students conditionally if there is sufficient evidence of the student’s ability but prerequisite coursework is still pending. After satisfying specific additional requirements, students admitted conditionally may be granted full admission upon department recommendation.

Applicants are notified of the admission decision in writing. Admission decisions are sent on a rolling basis once all application review is complete.

Graduate Application Requirements

Individuals applying for admission to graduate programs at Marylhurst University must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and demonstrate satisfactory academic achievement. Students whose undergraduate GPA falls below 3.00 may be asked to show additional evidence of necessary preparation for graduate work.

All students applying to graduate degree programs at Marylhurst University must submit:

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcripts reflecting a conferred baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Additional transcripts may be required to show proof of program pre-requisites. 
  • Additional documentation or testing required by the individual program. Please consult the Catalog section for specific department requirements or contact the Office of Admissions.
Re-Admission Applicants

Students must re-apply for admission under the following circumstances:

  • their application was canceled more than a year ago
  • the applicant did not activate their admission by enrolling or did not defer admission
  • an enrolled student has been in non-attendance for one year and wishes to return to the university

When re-applying, students will be required to submit:

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcripts from any colleges or university attended since their last term of enrollment at Marylhurst
  • any admissions requirements not already on file according to requirements in the current Catalog
  • any requirements of the graduate department

All Marylhurst holds must be cleared before re-admission to the university will be considered. Transcripts from both Marylhurst and all transfer institutions will be reviewed for successful academic progress. A history of unsuccessful academic progress could result in admission on probation or denial of re-admission. Re-admission will only be granted for the next academic term.

International Graduate Applicants

International student applicants are those students who plan to study on campus using the F-1 Non-immigrant Student Visa.

These students are subject to the rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). SEVP regulations require that students enroll for full-time study (8 credits at the graduate level) to ensure normal progress in completing their degree program on time. This requires sufficient funds or sponsorship to pay for the student’s education and living expenses throughout their studies. International students are encouraged to contact the admissions office for additional assistance.

To apply, international students must submit the transfer admissions requirements listed above. See the Applicants with International Transcripts section for details on proper submission of international transcripts and transcript evaluation requirements.

After admission, international students must also submit the following items before an I-20 is issued:

  • International Student Declaration of Finances form and an original bank statement or letter showing sufficient funds in U.S. dollars to cover tuition, fees and living expenses for at least the first year of study (NOTE: The Declaration of Finances form and bank document should be submitted no more than 6 months prior to the planned program start date)
  • International Student Information Sheet
  • A Transfer Release form from the student’s current school if they plan to transfer from any college or school in the United States
  • Copy of the passport’s biographical page
  • Payment of a $200 matriculation fee

Additional Graduate Admissions Information

Graduate Transfer Policy

Graduate transfer credit is evaluated and awarded at the discretion of the academic department. Please consult the departmental sections for specific program transfer requirements.

Bachelors-to-Masters Programs

Bachelors-to-Masters degree programs allow transfer students to complete a bachelor’s and master’s degree at an accelerated pace. The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission to a Bachelors-to-Masters program cannot be less than 3.0; beyond the GPA minimum, individual programs will set their own admissions criteria. Students admitted to an approved Bachelors-to-Masters program can share a maximum of 16 graduate credits between a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Programs may choose to allow fewer shared credits.

After admission to a Bachelors-to-Masters degree program, students must maintain an institutional undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and earn a B or higher in graduate courses taken for shared credit. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, students who meet those requirements will be guaranteed admission to the master’s program with shared credits. Students who do not meet those requirements would need to apply for admission to the master’s degree program without the benefits of Bachelors-to-Masters shared coursework.

Marylhurst Graduate Credit Earned Prior to Admission

Graduate credit earned at Marylhurst University and not applied toward an undergraduate degree may be applied toward a graduate degree upon admission, subject to department policies. Graduate credit will not be granted retroactively for a 400-level course for which graduate credit was not designated during the term of original registration.

General Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions Information

Proof of English Proficiency

Any applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of language proficiency.  All test scores must be official, submitted to the Office of Admissions directly from the testing company, and the test results must have been taken within the last two years. The following are acceptable proof of English proficiency:

  • IELTS test score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL score of 79 iBT or higher.
  • PTE score of 53 or higher.
  • Transcripts showing successful completion of all Level V courses from Pacific International Academy.
  • Transcripts showing completion of a degree or successful completion of two college-level English Writing classes from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
  • Submission of transcripts showing a conferred Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer or equivalent transfer degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
  • Submission of transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom.
Regional Accreditation

Acceptable U.S. regional accrediting agencies are:

  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Official Transcripts

To be considered “official,” transcripts must be received by Marylhurst in the sealed original envelope or through approved electronic means from the issuing school. If you have questions about electronic transcripts or official documents, please contact the Office of Admissions.

An official transcript is not:

  • a document that has been authorized by an official notary or government office.
  • a photocopy of a document.
  • a document that arrives at Marylhurst University without an envelope or in an open envelope.
  • a translation of a document.
  • a transcript emailed as an attachment.

All official transcripts submitted become the property of Marylhurst University and cannot be copied or returned to the student. Students are encouraged to obtain unofficial copies of their transcripts from prior institutions for advising or personal purposes.

International Transcripts (non-U.S. Institutions)

Undergraduate applicants with credit earned at international institutions must obtain a course-by-course transcript evaluation report from an outside transcript evaluation service at their own expense. Marylhurst requires that students use either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), Foreign Credential Services of America (FCSA) or World Education Services, Inc. (WES). The Office of Admissions can provide guidance on the process for obtaining such evaluations. Students with coursework from Canadian institutions may not be required to obtain a course-by-course evaluation, at the discretion of the university. Consult with the Office of Admissions prior to requesting a course-by-course evaluation.

Graduate applicants with an undergraduate degree from an international (non-U.S.) institution must obtain a professional transcript evaluation showing course-by-course evaluation, degree equivalency to a regionally accredited U.S. degree and GPA on a 4.00-point scale.  Marylhurst requires that students use either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), Foreign Credential Services of America (FCSA) or World Education Services, Inc. (WES). The Office of Admissions can provide guidance on the process for obtaining such evaluations.

Admission Notification

Applicants are notified of the admission decision in writing. Admission decisions are sent on a rolling basis once all application review is complete.

Incomplete Applications

Applicants may change their application start term to any of the four terms following the initial term to which they applied without needing to reapply. Applications not completed by the first day of the term for which the applicants are applying will be canceled.

Students who choose not to complete their application for admissions may request to have their application canceled at any time. Application files are held for two years.

Admission on Probation

Applicants who have not met minimum requirements but are granted admission based on an individual exception will be admitted on probation. Students will be notified in writing of probationary status and will need to meet with an academic adviser to identify appropriate coursework for which to register. Once enrolled, students will be monitored based on the university’s Standards of Academic Progress.

Deferring an Application or Admission

Admitted or applied students wishing to change the term of initial enrollment may defer their application for up to four academic terms without needing to reapply by notifying the Office of Admissions. This must be done prior to the start of the term of admission.

Admission Withdrawal

Students who have been admitted to the university, but choose not to attend, should withdraw their admission. Please contact the Office of Admissions for formal withdrawal procedures.

Activating Admission Through Enrollment

Students are eligible to enroll in classes for the term they are admitted as is indicated on their application. Students will have their admission cancelled if they do not begin their coursework in the term they are admitted and fail to defer admission with the Office of Admissions.

If students do not begin coursework in the term for which they are admitted, the application for admission must be re-activated. Please note that the file will be re-evaluated if any additional coursework is completed.

Admissions Appeals

All denied applications go through an extensive review. For an appeal to be considered, it must include new academic or personal information that was not present in the original decision. To appeal an admissions decision, you must send the following:

  • Letter to the Director of Admissions explaining the new information to be considered.
  • Documentation of new information (new transcripts, doctor’s notes, etc.).

Please send both to:

Director of Admissions
Marylhurst University
17600 Pacific Highway
PO Box 261
Marylhurst, OR  97036

Measles Immunization Form

Students born on or after January 1, 1957, who are enrolled full-time in on-campus must provide proof of two doses of measles immunization or complete the Measles Immunization Form. Failure to provide this information by end of the first term of enrollment will result in a hold on the student’s registration.

Full time enrollment is defined as 12 credits per term for undergraduate students; 8 credits per term for graduate students.

Non-Degree Enrollment Status

Non-degree enrollment status is designed for students who wish to take courses for enrichment, continuing education or lifelong learning but do not plan to pursue a degree. Non-degree students do not qualify for financial aid. Individuals who want to take courses at Marylhurst but do not desire a degree program should complete an Application for Non-Degree Enrollment Status understanding the following criteria:

  • Non-degree students must meet the stated prerequisites for coursework prior to enrollment.
  • Coursework taken for credit as a non-degree student may apply towards a Marylhurst University degree subject to review by the academic program adviser.
  • A high school student may enroll in Marylhurst University classes as a non-degree student after appropriate approval. Such students must submit the signature of their parent or guardian and a written recommendation from their high school adviser with their non-degree application. These students will also need approval from the course instructor or department when they register for classes. High school students are typically in the top quartile of their class and their enrollment will be limited to 100- and 200-level courses.