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Policy 8108

ADMISSIONS POLICY

I.  Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish a comprehensive undergraduate admissions policy.

II. Policy

The Admissions Office selectively admits (to reach each year’s enrollment goals) applicants who are the most suited for Longwood University based on their qualifications and potential.  Admissions decisions are complex and involve numerous variables and situations.  Therefore, this broad policy is used in conjunction with more specific guidelines within the Admissions Office. 

The Admissions Office is committed to enrolling the academically strongest class possible; enrolling the most diverse class possible; complying with the University’s anti-discrimination policy; portraying the institution accurately and honestly; and utilizing the Faculty Admissions Committee for difficult cases.

III. Procedure:

Freshman Admissions: Qualifications and potential are determined by a thorough review of the following areas:

  1. Primary:
    1. High school curriculum – level and types of courses
    2. Grades in core curriculum – (subject followed by number of units required) English – 4; Math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II) – 3; Science (at least 2 laboratory courses) -3; Social Sciences – 3; Foreign Language or American Sign Language – 2; Fine or Practical Art - 1; and Health and PE - 2
    3. Cumulative GPA
    4. GED scores – if applicable
    5. Consistency and trends of grades
    6. Industry standard test scores (e.g. SAT, ACT, TOEFL or IELTS)
    7. Class rank – if available
  2. Secondary: (not in any particular order)
    1. Community service
    2. Co/extra-curricular activities
    3. Veterans
    4. Legacies
    5. Children of Longwood faculty and staff
    6. First generation
    7. Personal statements
    8. Recommendations
    9. Special talent (e.g. art, music, theatre, athletics, leadership, etc.)
    10. Geographic origin – Southside Virginia, out-of-state, international
    11. Underrepresented populations – gender, race, age
    12. Unusual circumstances and/or hardships
    13. Males interested in a female dominated major
    14. Females interested in a male dominated major
    15. Application date 

Transfer Admissions:Qualifications and potential are determined by a thorough review of the following areas:

  1. Primary:
    1. Articulation Agreements
    2. Grades in college-level English, math, science and history/social science courses
    3. Cumulative college GPA
    4. High school curriculum – level and types of courses
    5. Grades in core curriculum
    6. Consistency and trends of grades
    7. GED scores -  if applicable
    8. Industry standard test scores (e.g. SAT, ACT, TOEFL or IELTS)
    9. Class rank – if available
  2. Secondary: same as Freshman secondary criteria.

Nursing Admissions: The Nursing Admissions Committee selectively admits (to reach each year’s enrollment goals) applicants who are the most suited for the Nursing Program at Longwood University based on their qualifications and potential.

Qualifications and potential are determined by a thorough review of the following areas:

  1. Primary:
    1. High school/college curriculum – level and types of courses
    2. Grades in core curriculum – (subject followed by number of units required) English – 4; Math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II) – 3; Science (at least 2 laboratory courses) -3; Social Sciences – 3; Foreign Language or American Sign Language – 2     
    3. Cumulative GPA (high school and/or college)
    4. Grades in and level of math and science courses
    5. Consistency and trends of grades
    6. Industry standard test scores (e.g. SAT, ACT, TOEFL or IELTS)
    7. Class rank - if available
  2. Secondary: (not in any particular order)
    1. Nursing or related experiences
    2. Community service
    3. Personal statements
    4. Geographic origin – Southside Virginia – Tobacco Commission Region
    5. Underrepresented populations – gender, race

Appeals: An applicant denied admission may submit to the Admissions Office a written appeal with updated and/or additional information.

Fees: Each applicant for admission or readmission shall be assessed a non-refundable application fee or be granted a fee waiver.
Each newly admitted student shall be assessed an Admissions Deposit to indicate their intent to enroll. 

Approved by the Board of Visitors, December 7, 2012.