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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Freshman Admission Transfer Admission Dual Enrollment Guest Status International Students

Freshman Admission

Admission is based on review of academic credentials, personal qualifications, and potential for college success. Application for admission to the freshman class should be made as early as possible in your senior year of high school. Aquinas College has "Rolling Admissions". This means that applications are reviewed and decisions are made on a "rolling" basis or quite simply as we receive them. Therefore, Aquinas does not have an "official" deadline for submitting an application for admission. For optimum scholarship consideration, we recommend that you file your application as early as possible during your Senior year of high school.
You should present the following credentials:
1) A complete application form. There is NO FEE for filing an on-line or standard paper application. The application is obtained by writing, calling the Aquinas Admissions Office or by filing our on-line application for admission. Applications are also available in high school guidance offices and counseling centers at community colleges.
2) An official high school transcript.
3) The results of the ACT or SAT.
4) You must submit a minimum of 15 acceptable academic units from an accredited high school.  The distribution of the 15 units should represent a reasonable coverage of the areas usually included in a college preparatory curriculum. The Admissions Office reserves the right to review applications on a case-by-case basis. Curriculum, extracurricular activities and any extenuating circumstances are considered in the admission decision. Letters of recommendation are encouraged but not required.
In the case of an exceptional student, the requirement of graduation from a secondary school may be waived at the discretion of the Committee on Admissions.

Transfer Admission

From Two-Year Colleges:
To be admitted to Aquinas, you must have earned at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average at your previous college in all acceptable college coursework. All previous credit applicable to your degree program, excluding that earned in vocational, secretarial, or technical courses, is accepted upon your transfer. Aquinas accepts up to 64 semester hours of credit from an accredited community or junior college.
If you hold an Associate of Arts degree, you will automatically have fulfilled the liberal education requirements at Aquinas, with the exception of one course from the religious dimension of human existence category and a global perspective capstone course in your senior year. This will allow you to concentrate on your major and those electives which best complement your selected program of study.
If you hold an Associate of Science degree, you may have also fulfilled the liberal education requirements if your course distribution reasonably approximates the distribution requirements of Aquinas College.

You may also transfer to Aquinas anytime before you have completed an associate's degree if you wish.

*Michigan Transfer Network

From Four-Year Colleges
If you transfer to Aquinas from an accredited four-year college, you may transfer all liberal arts and science credits earned at your previous school(s) and applicable to your degree program. You must also complete all distribution requirements and any core requirements specified as being completed in or after the year in which you transfer to Aquinas College. However, at least 30 semester hours must be earned in residence at Aquinas, and certain departments require at least half of the major course work to be completed here. Prospective transfer students from other colleges cannot be admitted if they have been dismissed from or are currently on academic probation at another college. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in previous academic courses is required.
There is NO FEE for filing an on-line application for admission. Official transcripts must be sent to Aquinas College from each institution attended whether or not any academic credit was actually earned. An official high school transcript showing the student's date of graduation must be submitted as well. Specific questions about the transfer process should be directed to the Coordinator of Transfer Admissions.

Guest Status

Students from other colleges may be admitted to Aquinas as "guest" students by obtaining a guest application from their home institution and submitting it to Aquinas. Students should request an official transcript to be forwarded to their home institution upon completion of the course.

International Students

Aquinas College provides a receptive environment for those students from other countries who wish to purse their higher education for the Bachelor's degree at Aquinas College. While admission requirements vary from country to country, the student should generally be above-average in his/her secondary academic preparation for university-level education.
Requirements include:
1) A completed International Application for Admission.
2) There is NO FEE for filing an application for admission.
3) Official certified mark sheets from secondary education institution ("Higher Secondary Certificate," etc.).
4) English language proficiency as determined by the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for those students from countries where English is not the official language. A minimum score of 550 is required for admission (a minimum of 79 on the Internet based test) . Aquinas does not offer an English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
5) Evidence of financial support is required. While a partial limited scholarship is offered to some qualified students, applicants must have demonstrated adequate resources to cover nearly all of their expenses. Students should submit the College's financial assistance forms completed by their sponsor(s) and an official bank letter indicating the amount of support available. No financial assistance is available for international graduate students.
6) Completed materials should be received in the International Admissions Office by May 1 for the fall semester, which begins in August, and by October 1 for the spring semester, which begins in January. Specific questions about the admission process for international students should be directed to the Coordinator of International admissions.
NOTE: If you are an international student and would like more information on Aquinas College, please visit our International Students website.