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2017-2018 Evening, Weekend, Online Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Evening, Weekend, Online Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission (Undergraduate)

Enrollment Prior to Admission

A student may enroll in up to three courses (9 semester hours of coursework) on a provisional basis without having been accepted for admission. A student intending to complete a degree at Lakeland University is required to be accepted for admission before registering for his/her tenth semester hour of credit. A student who does not intend to seek a degree from Lakeland University is also required to be officially admitted as non-degree-seeking student before enrolling in his/her tenth semester hour of credit.

Criteria for Admission

While no single factor determines an applicant’s successful admission to Lakeland, the university seeks adult learners of good character with (a) a high school diploma with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above or (b) the equivalent of a high school diploma. In addition, the university accepts transfer students who have earned at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA and are in good standing at other accredited institutions of higher learning. Admissions decisions are not based solely on academic information.

Exceptions to the above admission criteria may be granted by a Kellett School Admissions Committee. Letters of appeal, personal recommendations, and the application to Lakeland University are required. Additionally, typically students with a cumulative GPA range from 1.75 to 1.99 will only be considered if the academic experience that resulted in the less than 2.0 GPA was more than two years ago. Furthermore, typically students with a cumulative GPA range from 1.50 to 1.75 will only be considered if the poor academic performance experience that resulted in the less than 2.0 GPA was more than five years ago. Students receiving an exception will be admitted conditionally.

Policy on Non-Discrimination

Lakeland University provides equal educational and employment opportunity without regard to sex, race, age, religion, national origin, marital/parental status, sexual orientation, disability, or handicap. All equal opportunity questions should be referred to the Lakeland University’s President.

Lakeland University is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

Application for Admission

When applying for admission to the university, an applicant is required to submit the following credentials to his/her Kellett School advisor:

  1. A completed Application for Admission along with a $35.00 non-refundable application fee.
  2. An official high school transcript-if a student has fewer than (12) transferable semester hours or if pursuing an Education major.
  3. American College Test (ACT) scores or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores—if it has been fewer than three years since completing high school education or its equivalent, as demonstrated by the GED or HSED. Students with (12) twelve or more semester hours of transferrable college credit need not submit ACT or SAT scores.
  4. Official transcripts from all post-secondary colleges or universities, if any.
  5. Military transcripts, if applicable.
  6. Evidence of English proficiency. This may be demonstrated by completion of a high school degree or its equivalency in English, or an earned minimum of twelve (12) semester hours of transferable post-secondary coursework taught in English. If the applicant does not have evidence of English proficiency, refer to the information outlined in the international student admission section under letter a. below.

Note: By submitting an application for admission, you are granting permission to Lakeland University to verify any information on the form. Inaccurate information may affect enrollment, tuition or financial aid status.

Decisions are made on applications once they are complete. Applicants are notified promptly by mail.

An international applicant is required to follow steps 1 through 4. Foreign university transcripts must be accompanied by an official course-by-course evaluation of all academic coursework translated in English. Approved foreign credential evaluation organizations, such as Educational Credential Evaluators (ece.org) and World Educational Services (wes.org) can be used for evaluation purposes. The course-by-course evaluation, English translation, and official transcripts are required as part of the admission process. The evaluation must include cumulative GPA. The evaluation can take several weeks to complete, so please plan accordingly.

An international student applying for admission must also complete the following:

  1. Submit, if his/her native or first language is not English, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. The minimum TOEFL score for undergraduate admission is 500 (173, for the computer-based test; 61, for the internet-based test). Under certain circumstances an international student who completes the language preparation of the university’s own English Language Institute may be admitted with scores lower than 500. TOEFL scores must be no more than two years old at the time of application.
  2. Provide financial documentation (certification of finances) that shows the student’s ability to pay for college and living expenses while studying and residing in the United States.

Note: An international student will be sent the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) form required to obtain a student F-1 visa.

Application Deadlines

The following admissions deadlines apply to students seeking admission to the Kellett School undergraduate program.

Student Application Deadline
New student 2 business days prior to the first day of the new term
New student seeking conditional admission 5 business days prior to the first day of the new term
Student seeking readmission to the university 2 business days prior to the first day of the new term
Student seeking conditional readmission 2 business days prior to the first day of the new term
Student seeking to return after suspension 10 business days prior to the first day of the new term

Conditional Acceptance Policy

Kellett School students who are admitted conditionally will be placed on probation for the first 12 credits completed at Lakeland University, and this includes credits take prior to admission. During the duration of probation, a student is required to continuously meet all of the following conditions:

  • Meet the attendance requirements for the class(es) he/she is taking
  • Receive no grades of “F” for the 12 probationary credits
  • Meet with his/her advisor a minimum of one time per semester during probation
  • Receive a cumulative Lakeland University GPA of 2.0 or higher at the completion of the probationary credits

Upon successful completion of the conditions of probation, the student will be fully admitted. A letter will verify this status. If any one of the conditions of probation is not met, at any point during the duration of the students first 12 credits, the student will be denied admission to Lakeland University.