HSSU 2018-20 CATALOG
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Admissions Policies and Regulations

General Information 

Admission decisions are made at Harris-Stowe State University without regard to race, color, age, creed, gender, marital status, religious beliefs, disability or national origin.

An applicant for admission to Harris-Stowe State University must complete an admission application form. As early as possible, the following must be requested to be sent to Harris-Stowe State University:

  • An official high school transcript (or GED scores)
  • Official results on the American College Test (ACT)
  • or on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges or universities previously attended. (The official transcripts must be mailed directly to the Harris-Stowe State University Office of Admissions.)

These official documents must be received by the University’s Office of Admissions before the applicant’s admission to the University can be completed. Applicants are urged to contact the Office of Admissions regarding application deadlines.

Missouri’s college-bound curriculum requirements for admission to public four-year colleges and universities include:

  • English: at least four high school units, one of which may be in speech or debate. Three units must be in courses that emphasize composition or writing skills
  • Mathematics: at least four units of algebra and beyond
  • Social Studies: at least three units, including American history and at least one semester of government
  • Science: at  least three units (excluding  general science) selected from biology, chemistry or physics and one of these must be a laboratory course
  • Visual and Performing Arts: at least one unit of fine arts courses in visual arts, music, or dance
  • Specified Core Electives: seven units, with at least three units in foreign language or in additional courses from other core areas
  • Three Units of Additional Course Work: required units established by the State Board of Education in practical arts, physical education, health and personal finance
STUDENT CATEGORIES
 
Harris-Stowe has three (2) categories of students:
  • Degree-seeking students: Those working toward a degree in any of the University’s baccalaureate programs
  • Non-degree seeking students: Students who do not fall into either of the two categories defined above and are taking course work for personal or professional development only
About Application Information

Some of the information requested on the Harris-Stowe admission application is required by Title VI of the Federal Civil Rights  Act of 1964, or Title IX of the Federal Educational Amendments of 1972 or of Sections 503 and 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Additional required information is for the purpose of reporting to compliance agencies concerning equal educational opportunities and for records required by federal or state agencies.
 
Notice of Admission
 
After the Office of Admissions has reviewed the required documents, the student will be informed whether he or she has been admitted. The University will then indicate whether the student is required to take HSSU’s diagnostic placement tests and the dates and hours of the forthcoming registration periods.
 
Freshman Student Admission
 
A first-time college student is a first-year freshman who has not earned any college credit hours post high school graduation. A freshman is one who has earned fewer than 30 credit hours. Students who scored below an 18 on the English and reading subsections of the ACT, or below a 22 on the ACT mathematics subsection, must take the HSSU placement tests in those areas.

Note: First-time college applicants who graduated from high school in May 1996 or after, and who apply for admission to a Missouri public four-year college, must have completed the Missouri “college-bound” core curriculum. Equivalent core substitutions are determined by the University’s Director of Admissions. GED recipients and international students are exempted from the college-bound core curriculum requirement.

All prospective Harris-Stowe students are urged to visit the University. To schedule a visit, call the Office of Admissions at (314)340-3300.

Transfer Student Admission

A transfer student is a student who has attended a regionally accredited college or university following high school graduation and earned college credit hours. A transfer student is one who has earned 30 or more transferable credit hours. Students that transfer with less than 30 earned credit hours, who scored below an 18 on the English and reading subsections of the ACT, or below a 22 in the ACT mathematics subsection must take the HSSU placement tests in those areas.

Note: Transfer applicants who require high school transcripts for admissions, who graduated from high school in May 1996 or after, and who apply for admission to a Missouri public four-year college, must have completed the Missouri “college-bound” core curriculum. Equivalent core substitutions are determined by the University’s Director of Admission. GED recipients and international students are exempted from the college-bound core curriculum requirement.

Harris-Stowe welcomes transfer students and encourages all persons who are considering transferring to the University to discuss their transition with the Office of Admissions. Early discussions help facilitate the transfer process and may enable the student to arrange to take courses that fit well within the student’s anticipated degree program. It is the policy of the University to award credit for courses taken at institutions accredited by a regional accrediting agency that have been approved by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation. However, the student’s last 30 credit hours toward his or her degree program must be completed in residence at Harris-Stowe State University.

Transfer students with fewer than 30 transferable credit hours must submit their high school transcripts and ACT/SAT exam scores. Eligibility for the admission of transfer students is determined by the number of credit hours completed with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale. When evaluating submitted transcripts, Harris-Stowe State University will calculate a transfer grade point average based upon all credits. That transfer GPA will only be used to determine the applicant’s admissibility to HSSU. The student will begin their matriculation at HSSU based solely upon their HSSU GPA.

Transcript Evaluation

Harris-Stowe prepares a course evaluation of all courses presented to the University for transfer credit. All questions regarding these evaluations must be referred to the Office of Admissions. Transfer credit concerns remaining thereafter must be stated in writing during the semester of University admission and presented to the chair or dean of the department in which the contested course is offered. The chair or dean will respond in writing to the student and forward a copy of that response to the Office of Admissions. If that response favors the student, an updated evaluation related thereto will be made by the Office of Admissions. If the chair’s response supports the evaluation originally made by the office, the student may submit a written appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for review and decision. The decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs is final.

Transfer students must submit official documents, as identified in the Admissions General Policy section of this document. Additionally, in order to be eligible for admission to the University, transfer students must satisfy the same cumulative grade point average (CGPA) requirements related to satisfactory academic progress, as are required for all Harris-Stowe students who have the same number of college credit hours.

Note: Transfer credit is awarded and posted to transcripts ONLY for students who enroll at Harris-Stowe subsequent to completing course work at other institutions. Admission to Harris-Stowe does not, in and of itself, guarantee admission to a specific degree program. Students must refer to the appropriate sections of this document (The University Catalog) for degree-program admissions and requirements.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION 

Students from foreign countries are identified as international students and are required to provide the same academic credentials as domestic students. Further, international students are admitted under the same policies. 

Note: Certified translations of high school and college transcripts from foreign institutions must be provided in English.

Students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency in English by scoring 500 or higher, on paper-based; 173 on computer-based, or 61 or higher on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The official score must be sent directly to Harris-Stowe State University from the Educational Testing Service. Additionally, Harris-Stowe will issue the I-20 Form, required by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) upon receipt by the University of the following official documents related specifically to the applicant: 

  • A completed application for admission to Harris-Stowe
  • All official high school, college, or university transcripts and their translations
  • Applicable test scores
  • A notarized statement indicating that the applicant has adequate financial support available to them during their attendance at Harris-Stowe 
  • Proof of receipt of the international student deposit

Note: Adequate financial support is defined as funds sufficient to cover all University and personal living expenses. Included also in the definition is proof of the deposit of funds at Harris-Stowe to cover all tuition and fees at the rate required for non-Missouri residents for at least one semester. 

CONTINUING STUDENTS 

Students who were enrolled at Harris-Stowe during its previous semester (excluding summer sessions) and who did not withdraw from the University during that semester before the census date of that semester, are called continuing students. Continuing students do not have to be re-admitted to the University. 

RETURNING STUDENT ADMISSION 

Students who stop out for one semester (spring or fall) and have not attended another recognized accredited college or university since their last attendance at HSSU may enroll without reapplying for admission. These students would be readmitted under the same classification and degree program requirements, as set forth under the HSSU Catalog which was in effect at the student’s initial enrollment. Students who desire to change their major/degree program shall be readmitted under the academic policies and degree requirements of the current HSSU Catalog, including meeting the general education requirements for their baccalaureate program. 

Students who stop out for the period of one semester (spring or fall) and have attended another recognized accredited college or university since their last attendance at HSSU, will be readmitted under the same classification and degree program requirements, as set forth under the HSSU Catalog which was in effect at the student’s initial enrollment. Students who desire to change their major/degree program shall be readmitted under the academic policies and degree requirements of the current HSSU Catalog, including meeting the general education requirements for their baccalaureate program. Readmitted students who have earned college credit from another recognized accredited college or university must have official transcripts sent from the transferring institution, prior to readmission. A course evaluation of transfer credits will be prepared and equivalents determined and applied to the student’s degree program curriculum, if applicable. 

A student who sits out for two consecutive semesters or more is required to reapply for admission. Students shall be readmitted under the academic policies and degree requirements of the current HSSU Catalog, including meeting the general education requirements for their baccalaureate program. All official transcripts, of all course work completed since the student’s previous enrollment at HSSU, must be sent from the transferring institution(s), if applicable.

ADMISSION OF STUDENTS POSSESSING A BACCALAUREATE OR HIGHER 

Persons who already possess a baccalaureate or higher degree often seek admission to Harris-Stowe for various reasons, including teacher certification. 

In such cases, the student must apply for admission to the University under the appropriate non-degree-seeking categories identified in the General Policy statement of this section. These categories are: 

  • Students already in possession of a baccalaureate degree or higher or who are seeking teacher certification
  • Students taking course work for personal or professional development only

VISITING STUDENT ADMISSION 

A student in good standing with another college or university may be enrolled at Harris-Stowe as a visiting student for a specified academic period. The student must provide evidence of completion of prerequisites, prior to enrollment into any course which requires prerequisite fulfillment. 

ENROLLMENT DEPOSIT 

As a token of a student’s intent to enroll at Harris-Stowe State University, an enrollment deposit of $100 is required of each accepted applicant. The deposit also secures any scholarship offered. Applicants who plan to enter for the fall term must forward their $100 deposit by August 1st. Applicants who plan to enter for the spring term must forward their $100 deposit by Dec. 15th. If a scholarship offer is made after May 1st for the fall term, the student will need to submit the deposit by the date indicated on the letter, unless the deposit was submitted prior to the scholarship offer. A second deposit, in this case, is not required. 

HOUSING APPLICATION FEE 

The Housing Application Fee for first-year students is $175. It is important to note that room assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Housing applications can be found online on the Residence Life page of the Harris-Stowe State University website. Priority is given to those that have paid the fee with their application and submitted appropriate immunization records. Each student must be enrolled as a full-time student in order to reside on campus.

DEPOSIT REFUNDS 

The Housing Application Fee is non-refundable, regardless of the submission date. The Enrollment deposit may be refunded when a written request for a refund is received in the Admissions Office by May 1st for the fall term or Dec. 1st for the spring term. In special cases, when a written request is received by the Director of Admissions after the referenced dates, but before the beginning of the semester, refunds may be granted, provided that: 

1. The circumstances involved are deemed beyond the student’s control and warrant such action

2. The student forwarded the deposit based upon a conditional acceptance that was subsequently rescinded

3. The student is withdrawing to enter military service

MIDWEST STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM STUDENT ADMISSION 

Under the provisions of the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), students from states that are members of this program may enroll in courses at Harris-Stowe. MSEP students will pay no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate. In addition, MSEP students must pay, in full, any other fees that Harris-Stowe students are required to pay, including: 

  • The admission application processing fee
  • Installment payment processing fee
  • Transcript processing fee, among others
All requests for additional information regarding MSEP should be sent to the Harris-Stowe Director of Admissions.
 
CREDENTIALS RECEIVED 
 
All credentials submitted to Harris-Stowe State University in support of an application for admission to the University become the property of the University and will not be returned. If, after a period of two years, the student has not enrolled in Harris-Stowe State University, the documents will be discarded. 
 
ADMISSION TO DEGREE PROGRAMS 
 
Important Notes
  • Admission to the University does NOT, in and of itself, constitute admission to a degree program
  • Admission to a degree program must be applied for and approved
  • Each of the University’s degree programs has its own admission requirements. Therefore, students are required to consult the appropriate sections of the University Catalog in order to keep abreast of the admission requirements of his or her degree program
  • Students should consult the catalog to determine which catalog applies to whom, and under what circumstances
ACADEMIC SUCCESS 
 
The Office of Academic Success (OOAS) is the central advising unit for all students at Harris-Stowe State University. Academic Success offers comprehensive advising services and resources that assist students in achieving their academic and career goals, using proactive advising and a Student Success Coach Model. 
 
The Office of Academic Success is committed to empowering students to develop and implement an individualized plan for academic success, while making a successful transition to the university, with the understanding that the most important aspect of any student’s academic career is his or her academic program. 
 
All degree-seeking students at Harris-Stowe State University are assigned a Student Success Coach to provide them with holistic academic advising, guidance, programming, and resources to successfully manage the college experience and achieve their academic goals. While Student Success Coaches offer advice and guidance to all students, the initiative, decision and final organization of the student’s academic program, including direction and intensity of study, rests solely with the student. All students are encouraged to seek advising in course selection, prior to registering for courses. Students are not obligated to follow the Success Coach’s guidance, except within the academic regulations of the University, relative to prerequisites and curriculum requirements. 
 
The Office of Academic Success, in cooperation with the Office of Admissions and the Office of the Registrar, serves as a general contact point for information, regulations, clarification and general discussion regarding aspects of a student’s academic career, including, but not limited to, the following topics: 
  • Available degree programs 
  • Degree Audits / Curriculum 
  • Selection of area of specialization or option areas
  • Dropping/adding courses 
  • Academic problems or concerns 
  • Grade forgiveness policy 
  • Graduation and or certification requirements 
  • Program admission information 
  • Standards of academic progress 
  • Relationship between financial aid and standards of academic progress 
  • Sources of academic assistance
  • Program admission information
  • Standards of academic progress
  • Relationship between financial aid and standards of academic progress
  • Sources of academic assistance
Declaration of Change of Major/Specialization
 
A student enrolled at the University may change his or her major, specialization area, option area or declare a major by completing and submitting the form through MYHSSU. 
 
Transfer Credit After Enrollment at Harris-Stowe 
 
Once a student has been admitted to Harris-Stowe State University and enrolled in one of its degree programs, that student is expected to complete the required courses at Harris-Stowe. However, occasionally, a student may find it necessary to request permission take a course at another institution. In order to take a course at another institution, students must complete the Petition for Authorization for Course Work at Other Colleges/Universities. The petition must be approved, in writing, by the program chair or dean of the department involved, as well as the Vice President for Academic Affairs, prior to the student’s enrollment in the course. Failure to receive prior written permission may negate the transferability of the particular course to Harris-Stowe State University. 
 
CLEP/AP/IB Transfer Policy 
 
Harris-Stowe State University will accept up to a total of 42 college level credit hours in equivalency of CLEP, Advance Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework satisfactorily completed by exam. Transfer students must submit official CLEP transcripts, AP or IB scores, prior to admission for evaluation. Prior to taking the CLEP Exam, continuing students must submit the Petition for Authorization for Completion of Coursework at Other Colleges/Universities, for approval from the appropriate associated dean of their area of academic study and the Office of Academic Affairs. 
 
Coursework credit through CLEP, AP and IB is limited to coursework in the general education block. Students can reference the Admissions website for the most up to date equivalency chart. The credits will be counted as earned in the semester during which the exam was taken and successfully passed (CLEP). The student must request that the official score report from College Board be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions for evaluation.
 

 

 
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