Mount Vernon Nazarene University
GPS Undergraduate Admissions
The minimum number of semester hours required for admission varies by program. Certain programs may have specific admissions requirements due to accreditation demands. Consult program-specific sections of this Catalog for information.
All semester hours earned in college-level courses must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. If you have not taken any college courses, you must submit a high school transcript or GED and complete our accelerated, adult General Studies courses.
The following basic admissions requirements must be met:
Depending on whether you are studying online or in the classroom, other expectations include:
Admission on Academic Probation
An applicant with a GPA of less than 2.00 may apply for academic probation admittance. A decision to grant probationary admittance will be made by the Admissions Committee. An interview with the Program Director may be required. Students admitted on an academic probation basis must achieve a grade of at least a B in each of the first three consecutive courses in order to be placed on regular admission status. Probationary students who do not achieve at least a B in these three courses will not be allowed to remain in the program.
Applicants with a Felony Record
When an individual with a felony record applies for acceptance, the following procedure will be implemented:
When an individual has been convicted of a violent crime, (i.e., sexual offense, assault & battery, murder, etc.) the above procedures will be followed, along with these additional procedures:
Transfer credit is granted only for those courses for which a grade of C- or better was earned. Transfer credit policies may vary by degree program. Check the Catalog for program-specific information.
Prior Learning Credit (PLC)
MVNU recognizes that adult students are afforded numerous educational opportunities outside the traditional, structured college classroom. This extra-institutional learning may be achieved through on-the-job training, life experiences, courses sponsored by businesses, government, industry, the armed forces, professional schools, and other credible associations or agencies.
To provide equitable academic recognition for college-level learning, MVNU has established policies concerning credit awards for Prior Learning. Prior learning is defined as college-level learning achieved outside the traditional college classroom and prior to any college coursework in that subject area. Prior experience, while important, will not necessarily be equivalent to prior learning. Adult students must articulate and demonstrate measurable college-level learning outcomes.
Students who request PLC will submit training records, licenses, certificates and/or letters from supervisors for evaluation. Forward these documents to the Site Operation Assistant at the site that you attend. There is no guarantee of the amount of PLC that may be awarded. Upon approval, PLC will be added to student transcripts.
Common forms of PLC accepted by MVNU are as follows:
Students may earn a MAXIMUM of 60 total undergraduate PLC semester hours, subject to the following limitations:
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)/Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) Tests
CLEP and DANTES tests are available for students who need to complete General Education Core or General Elective requirements. There is a fee for each test, plus an additional transcription fee per credit hour earned. Contact a Graduate and Professional Studies Records and Registration Specialist for specific information, academic advice and restrictions. General information may be obtained from the CLEP web site www.CLEP.com and the DANTES web site www.getcollegecredit.com. A maximum of 30 hours from CLEP/DANTES may be applied toward an undergraduate degree.
Admission requirements for graduate programs vary by program. Consult the current catalog for specific information.