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Admission Standards for Transfer Students

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Policy on Admission Standards for Transfer Students

An application for admission consists of the components listed below. Credentials that are reviewed include: high school and other college academic records, standardized test results or graded papers, completed application form including evidence of extracurricular involvement, and a personal essay. The Dean of Enrollment may use discretion in waiving any requirement for good cause, placing in the record for the admitted student the basis for the waiver.

High School and College Transcripts

For students that have completed at least 27 hours of college work, their college transcript(s) will be evaluated to determine qualification of admission and the degree to which the college credits satisfy specific course, departmental and graduation requirements at Juniata.

For those applying to transfer with fewer than 27 hours of college work, the decision to admit will be made based on both the college work that has been completed and their high school transcript.  A high school program will normally consist of at least 16 college preparatory courses completed or anticipated from an approved public, private, or parochial school.  These courses should demonstrate adequate grounding and academic performance in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities and the appropriate level of proficiency in the English language to be a successful college student.  Except for students for whom English is a second language or with impediments affecting the ability to participate effectively, applicants should have completed two of the courses in a second language.

A complete high school transcript must be sent from the applicant’s guidance counselor, noting all courses taken and grades received noting graduation date with guidance counselor signature or raised seal.  

College transcripts must be sent by the registrar from all colleges attended and must reflect credits and grades for courses completed and the courses in which the transfer applicant is enrolled at the time of application.

Juniata provides alternatives to the high school transcript requirement for homeschoolers.  In some areas, a homeschool evaluation agency will provide a transcript and diploma that the College can use. In areas that don't provide a transcript the College requires extensive information on the student's curriculum, along with a "portfolio" of the student's work. Often homeschoolers will take classes at a local college, in which case an official college transcript is required. In cases where a secondary school diploma is not awarded by an accredited educational agency or school, a GED or other external exam may be necessary before the student can receive financial aid. 

Standardized Test Results

Results of the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT-I) or the American College Test (ACT) taken in the junior and/or senior year are required if the applicant has earned less than 27 college credits, has been out of high school for less than five years and if the tests were required for admission to the applicant’s current college. Applicants whose native language is not English also must provide results of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or scores from an approved English language program.  

Application Form and Fee

Juniata uses the "Common Application" and the "Universal Application." Application forms may be obtained from the Enrollment Center, the Juniata website, or at www.commonapp.org or www.universalcollegeapp.com. The application requires a listing of extracurricular activities in both school and community, Juniata Supplement form and an essay which answers one of the essay questions listed in the application for admission.  

The applicant should complete the form and return it to the Enrollment Center. A check or money order in the amount of $30.00 (made payable to Juniata College) must accompany the application. This non-refundable fee covers part of the cost of processing the application. The application fee is waived if the student applies on-line and may be waived as part of other special promotions.

Admission Standards

The conditions most likely to result in a decision to deny a student are a grade point average (GPA) of less than 3.0, especially when the GPA has not shown signs of improvement in recent semesters.    Scores on standardized tests may be considered in combination with the GPA in making an admission decisionwhen the GPA is less than 3.0.

Admission Committee

The Admission Committee will consist of the three most senior members of the Enrollment staff.  The Dean of Enrollment or their designee shall convene the committee as necessary to review applications that fail to meet one or more of the Admission Standards. Applicants are approved by a majority vote of the Committee.


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