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CWUP 5-90-060(2) Alternative Admissions

(A) Applicants who do not meet initial admission criteria may be considered for alternative admission through the comprehensive review process. Such applicants include, but are not limited to, applicants who have been home-schooled; persons who are 18 or older and have neither completed high school nor 40 credits of college work elsewhere but have earned the GED; and applicants who are 25 or older who have poor academic histories and who have not attended school recently.

(B) Minimum alternative admission requirements are established by the HECB. Additional alternative admissions criteria may be established by the Academic Affairs Committee in consultation with the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The comprehensive review process looks first at cognitive, then non-cognitive factors:

1. The cognitive score for freshmen looks beyond HS cumulative GPA, test scores, and core requirements, and evaluates quality of the coursework, as well as grade trends. For transfer students, the cognitive score evaluates cumulative college GPA, quality of coursework, basic skills completion and grade trends.
2. Non-cognitive factors are all other factors that may affect a person's ability to perform to their fullest potential. This includes, but is not limited to traits such as positive self-concept; realistic self-appraisal; understanding and navigating systems; long-range goal planning; successful leadership experience; demonstrated community service; and special talents, skills and/or acquired knowledge.

(C) The Admissions Review Committee may request personal essay statements; updated transcripts or test scores; letters of recommendation; and/or other supporting documents.

(D) Students who are admitted through this process may either be admitted regularly, or with conditions as recommended by the Admissions Review Committee or Director of Admissions. Conditions may include:

1. Taking courses during first year of study to address missing core requirements.
2. Requirement to participate in intrusive academic support programs, such as the Wildcat Transitions program, Student Support Services, or the College Assistance Migrant Program.
3. Admission on Warning or Probationary status.
4. Meeting regularly with an academic advisor.

(E) Applicants without an associates degree must satisfy the foreign language admission requirement prior to completing a total of 135 credits.

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