Admission of Traditional First-Time Freshmen
Readmission of Former Students (Undergraduate)
Change of Admission Status
Admission as a Visiting Student
(1) Associate Director of Admissions (Committee Chair)
(3) Faculty, appointed by Academic Standards and Policy Committee*
(1) Faculty, appointed by Associate Chancellor for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion*
(1) Director, Academic Advising, or designee
(1) Director, Instructional Services, or designee
*A pool of four faculty will be selected to serve on the Admission Review Committee. One faculty person will be required to attend each meeting. The Admissions Review Committee will convene as needed.
Admission decisions will support SIUE's Long-Term Goal of Engaged Students and Capable Graduates:
Engaged Students and Capable Graduates - Attract a diverse student body, including traditional, non-traditional, commuter, and residential scholars, and nurture, educate, and graduate students who achieve the objectives for baccalaureate, graduate, and professional degrees.
Files with high school transcripts that do not report a grade point average will automatically be referred to the Admissions Review Committee for review and appropriate action.
The admission policy will be reviewed every three years by Curriculum Council in order to consider various factors affecting enrollment including changing demographics, student persistence and financial conditions.
Priority consideration for admission will be given to students whose applications meet minimum standards for automatic admission and are completed by the priority or final deadlines. Students who do not meet minimum standards are subject to additional review by the Admissions Review Committee. Applications completed after the priority filing date or final application deadlines will be considered as space is available.
|TERM||PRIORITY FILING DATE||FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE|
|Fall||December 1||May 1|
|Spring||October 1||November 1|
|Summer||March 1||April 1|
High School Course Requirements and Remedies
Applicants seeking admission to the University must successfully complete the following high school course requirements: 4 years of English, 3 years of mathematics, 3 years of laboratory science, 3 years of social studies, and 2 years of electives.
Applicants who have earned an ACT composite score of 25 or higher and who either are in the upper quarter of their high school class or have a grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in their college-prep courses are considered to have also met all high school subject pattern requirements.
Students are required to remedy any high school course deficiencies as determined by the Office of Admissions in one of the ways listed below:
Earn an ACT English subscore of 21, or earn an SAT verbal score of (500) or earn successful placement in English 101.
Earn an ACT Mathematics score of 23, or earn an SAT math score of (540), or successfully complete Quantitative Reasoning (QR 101).
Earn an ACT Science Reasoning subscore of 23, or successfully complete a 3 semester hour course in either physical or life science.
Successfully complete a 3 semester hour course in fine arts and humanities.
First-Time Full-Time Freshmen Minimum Standards for Automatic Admission
Students with an 18 or better composite ACT score (910 SAT) and a high school g.p.a. of 2.50 or better on a 4.0 scale will be automatically admitted to the university, as space is available.
Students with an ACT composite less than 18 (910 SAT) or a high school g.p.a. less than 2.50 will be considered for admission by the Admission Review Committee on a rolling basis, as space is available.
The candidates reviewed by the Admission Review Committee will be considered for admission based on The Committee's assessment of student's ability to succeed at the university. In addition to the required admission information, The Committee may consider information such as 7th or 8th semester grades, letters of recommendation, a graded writing sample, a personal statement or a personal interview with selected members of the committee and the success rates of previous enrollees from the candidate's high school or admission counselor recommendation.
Applicants who have a cumulative high school grade point below 2.00 or an ACT Score (or SAT equivalent) below 17 will be denied admission.
Applicants who have been out of school for more than five years that do not meet the traditional first-time criteria or have not taken the ACT (or SAT equivalent) are subject to review by the Admission Review Committee.
Applicants without a high school diploma must have completed and passed the General Education Development Test (GED), which includes passing the state and federal Constitution. Applicants must also complete the following course requirements:
Courses must be selected from Breadth General Education courses numbered below 300. These courses must be completed with a passing grade or achieve a minimum grade of C on a proficiency examination. Courses taken to meet this additional course requirement will not carry credit toward General Education or major/minor requirements. Credit will be awarded as general elective credit toward graduation, i.e., elective credits not required by the major and/or minor.
Capable high school students will be permitted to enroll as degree-seeking students for University courses to be taken concurrently with their senior year of high school work. These students must meet the high school admission requirements for first-time freshmen in Group A and are subject to review by the Director of Admissions. A letter of support written by the high school principal or guidance counselor is required.
Applicants are considered a transfer student when they present course work from accredited two-year and four-year institutions, unless all hours were earned in college courses while still in high school.
The transfer average (i.e., the cumulative grade-point average in all course work from all accredited institutions previously attended) is used only in determining the applicant's eligibility for admission. Once a student is admitted, the student's SIUE record will reflect the total number of acceptable transfer credit hours (hours earned in transferable courses with grades of A, B, C, D, pass, satisfactory, etcetera), but the only grade-point average calculated will be for work completed at SIUE.
Applicants wishing to be considered for admission as transfer students must complete their admissions files at least four weeks prior to the beginning of the term for which admission is sought. For applicants with at least 30 semester hours of course work as stipulated above, a complete file consists of an application for undergraduate admission, an official transcript from each institution previously attended, and the application fee. For applicants with fewer than 30 semester hours, a complete file consists of an application for undergraduate admission, an official transcript from each institution previously attended, credentials prescribed by the appropriate admission category for entering freshmen, and the application fee. (An official transcript must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by each institution. All transcripts become the official property of the University and will not be returned or issued to another institution.) Any questions about the acceptability of specific courses for admission and/or for transfer credit should be directed to the Office of Admissions.
Applicants are expected to satisfy appropriate academic requirements, demonstrate English language proficiency, and provide acceptable evidence of adequate financial resources. Applicants with US educational credentials will be reviewed for academic eligibility under the same standards applied to domestic students. Standard reference materials published by recognized organizations such as (but not limited to) the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the NAFSA: Association of International Educators will be used as general guidelines to evaluate foreign academic credentials for academic eligibility, level of placement, and acceptability of transfer credit. In individual cases, appropriate faculty will be consulted for clarification of student credentials.
F-1 applicants whose recognized first language is not English must provide acceptable verification of their English language proficiency.
Verification must be on file by the appropriate deadline stated below. Details are found under the heading "Students Whose First Language Is Not English."
All F-1 applicants must submit proof of adequate financial resources to the Office of Admissions in advance of admission. A financial certificate and instructions for its completion are included in the application packet. Financial arrangements must be approved by the appropriate deadline below. Questions regarding financial matters should be directed to the Office of Admissions.
The Office of Admissions will change the deadlines as needed.
Health Insurance Requirement
In support of the Immigration requirements for F-1 and J-1 visa holders, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) requires that international students purchase and maintain coverage with a University approved International Student Insurance Plan for the duration of their studies at SIUE. Students who do not maintain this coverage will be blocked from registration. Ultimately these students can be dropped from their classes, thus jeopardizing their visa status.
The regulations (22.C.F.R. § 62.14) state that J-1 students and their dependents must have adequate coverage for the duration of their studies in the United States. Federal regulations require F-1 students to verify adequate funds for living expenses. Such living expenses should include health insurance. The University in compliance with federal regulation has set the following as minimum insurance requirements for international students:
All exchange students (both J-1 and J-2) are required to have sickness and accident insurance and medical evacuation and repatriation insurance in effect for the duration of their exchange visitor status. A written copy of the policy in English must be provided to Health Service.
A representative from Health Service will be scheduled to speak to the international students during their Orientation Week, which precedes the start of each semester. The purpose of this will be to inform the students about the insurance policy requirements and procedure. It will include which insurance policies are acceptable for the J1 students, the procedure for obtaining insurance for the F1 students, how to show compliance, and penalties for non-compliance.
A hold will be placed on registration for all international students until proof of medical health insurance has been provided for the semester. Holds will not be lifted for any reason, including add/drop of classes. By the first day of the semester, those international students who do not provide proof of medical health insurance will be dropped from their classes. Such list for class cancellation will be compiled and sent to the Dean of Students, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, the Director of the Career Development Center, and the Director of International Student Services.
Standard reference materials published by recognized organizations such as (but not limited to) the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the NAFSA: Association of International Educators will be used as general guidelines to evaluate foreign academic credentials for academic eligibility, level of placement, and acceptability of transfer credit.
Applicants are responsible for making all appropriate arrangements for providing official academic records attesting to all secondary and post-secondary education. Credentials not available in English must be submitted with an original and an attested translation prepared by a professional translator. University-level academic work will be considered for transfer of credit as appropriate.
Secondary and post-secondary school transcripts of applicants' academic records (including certification of graduation and the title of the diploma or certificate awarded when appropriate) must be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions by the registrar or principal of each school attended. Each transcript must bear the official's signature and the school's official seal. Photocopies of educational records and documents are acceptable only if they bear an original certification of authenticity from the issuing school or examination board. The submission of notarized copies of educational records and documents and other exceptions to the above stated foreign academic credentials policy will be considered when recommended by recognized organizations such as AACRAO and NAFSA. Original educational documents not issued in confidence to the University will be returned upon request. The University reserves the right to verify the authenticity of applicants' academic records with the issuing institutions.
The undergraduate application materials for students whose first language is not English include a detailed explanation of procedures and required credentials and fees, and are available on-line at www.siue.edu. Materials will be mailed upon request. F-1 applicants must complete their admission application file by the deadline stated in the section on "Students Holding or Requiring F- Visas." Other applicants for spring or summer must complete their admission application file no later than the published deadline.
All applicants with F-1 visas and/or foreign academic credentials whose first language is not English must demonstrate adequate English language proficiency in advance of admission. English language proficiency must be verified in one of the following ways:
Former students who have not attended SIUE for one calendar year (i.e., registered and paid fees) must apply for readmission.
The readmission criteria for former students are as follows:
Former SIUE undergraduate students approved for readmission after six years of absence (from their last term of enrollment) from SIUE under one of the following conditions will have the option to be treated as transfer students for the purpose of calculating their SIUE grade point average (GPA) earned after reentry:
Students wishing to change from visiting to undergraduate degree-seeking status must submit an application at least four weeks prior to the requested term and meet the appropriate admission criteria. Performance in courses completed at SIUE will be taken into consideration.
Applicants who have at least a high school diploma or equivalent and wish to take undergraduate courses for credit, but who are not interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree at SIUE, may be admitted to the University as a visiting student. These students must submit an application to be a visiting student. Students admitted as a visiting student will be allowed to enroll in undergraduate courses for which they have met the prerequisites. Applicants still in high school may be considered for admission as visiting students by the Director of Admissions.
Applicants wishing to be considered for admission as visiting students must complete their admission files at least four weeks prior to the beginning of the term for which admission is sought.
Students in this category are not eligible to receive financial aid. However, if a visiting student is currently pursuing a degree at another post-secondary institution, the student may be eligible for VA benefits or student employment. Students wishing to apply for student employment or receive VA benefits will need to submit appropriate documentation confirming their degree-seeking status at a parent institution.
Students in this category may not accumulate more than 30 semester hours of credit at the University. If a student who has accumulated 30 semester hours of credit wishes to continue enrollment at SIUE, he/she must apply to the University as a degree-seeking student and satisfy appropriate criteria. Continued enrollment will not be permitted until the student satisfies admission criteria or appeals to the Director of Admissions.
Applicants previously denied admission in degree-seeking categories are not admissible as visiting students.
Refer to Section J for the admission policies of the professional programs, including the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Pharmacy.
Prospective students may apply for admission as classified or unclassified students. Classified students are those admitted to a specific master's, specialist's, or doctoral degree program; unclassified students are those not seeking a degree. Applicants for masters' programs, whether degree-seeking or applying for admission in unclassified status, must present evidence that they hold a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution. Applicants for doctoral programs must present evidence that they hold the requisite degree(s) from accredited institutions specific to the doctoral program.
An applicant must request that an official transcript be forwarded to the Office of Admissions from the institution granting the baccalaureate degree or master's degree, or where the baccalaureate degree or master's degree is in progress, and from all institutions at which post-baccalaureate or master's level coursework has been completed or is in progress. Any applicant who has obtained more than one year (30 semester hours or the equivalent) of transfer credit from the baccalaureate-degree-granting institution must request that an official transcript from each college, university, or professional school from which the transfer credit was accepted be forwarded to the Office of Admissions. Recording of one institution's grades upon the transcript of another institution does not meet this requirement.
Students with three-year degrees from Bologna member institutions will be considered for admission to the Graduate School at SIUE. Three-year degrees, other than degrees from a Bologna member institution, will be evaluated by the Office of Admissions and the Graduate School using current best practice standards to determine equivalence to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate. Any noted deficiencies or pre-requisites would need to be completed prior to acceptance.
The completed application and supporting transcripts should be submitted by the appropriate deadlines. Delay in forwarding of transcripts will result in delayed processing of an application. Applicants who owe transcripts to the Office of Admissions cannot be admitted to degree programs. Admission to a program becomes effective only after approval by the appropriate program faculty and the Dean of the Graduate School.Admission as Classification Pending
On recommendation of the department chair or program director, applicants to graduate degree programs may be assigned for one academic term to the status of Classification Pending while waiting either for an official degree-bearing transcript for admission to the Graduate School or for acceptance to a degree program. In this status, applicants may register for graduate level courses and hold graduate assistantships.
Students admitted in Classification Pending status while awaiting acceptance into a specific program, and who do not complete all admission requirements during their first academic term of attendance, or who are denied admission to that program to which they applied, will have their status changed to Unclassified. Credits earned under Unclassified status will not be applicable to a degree program except under conditions as stipulated in the regulations for transfer of credit.
Students admitted in Classification Pending for whom the degree-bearing transcript is not received may not register for subsequent terms. Credit hours earned may be transferred if the student is at a later date admitted to the Graduate School.
If the student is admitted to a degree program, credit earned in appropriate courses while the student was in Classification Pending status ordinarily will be counted as classified graduate credit.
International students who are enrolled in U.S. State Department recognized Intensive English Language classes may be accepted in Conditional Admission status to allow for the completion of all requirements for admission. Conditional admission may be authorized for two academic terms. Time extensions for conditional admission may be authorized by the Dean of the Graduate School for unusual circumstances.
For admission to master's degree programs, the following conditions apply:
Applicants to off-campus master's degree programs must meet Graduate School and academic unit admission criteria that are identical or equivalent to requirements for admission to on-campus programs.Admission to Specialist's Degree Programs
Applicants must have completed a master's degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 (A = 4.0) or higher for all graduate level work, and must have had at least two years of experience relevant to the specialized field. Credentials of applicants whose cumulative grade-point average for graduate work completed is less than 3.25 may be considered individually. Prospective students must also satisfy requirements established by the graduate faculty of the major.
Delay in complying with special departmental program requirements will delay final admission.
Admission to a degree program is final only after an application has been processed by the Graduate Admissions Office and approved by the appropriate program faculty and the Dean of the Graduate School.
Applicants may request to be assigned to the status of Classification Pending for one academic term while awaiting acceptance to the degree program. Students admitted in Classification Pending status and who do not complete all admission requirements during their first academic term of attendance, or who are denied admission to the Graduate School or to the graduate program to which they applied, will have their status changed to Unclassified. Credits earned under Unclassified status will not be applicable to a degree program except under conditions stipulated in the regulations for transfer of credit.Admission to Doctoral Studies Degree Programs
Graduates of accredited colleges and universities with a baccalaureate and/or master's degree who have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 (A=4.0) in the highest attained degree and sufficient training to undertake advanced study in their chosen fields are eligible to apply for admission to doctoral degree programs. An extensive evaluation of college records and supporting materials is made by the doctoral program and department representatives. Initial admission to a doctoral program takes effect only after approval by the doctoral program and the Dean of the Graduate School.
Students must be accepted by the department or other unit in which they intend to pursue degree work as indicated on the application and, therefore, must meet any requirements the department or unit establishes in addition to those of the Graduate School. Delay in complying with departmental requirements will result in a delay of final admission. Applicants should consult individual doctoral programs for different deadlines.
See Section E above for information about visa, health insurance, foreign academic credentials, and English language proficiency.
In order to be considered for admission to a master's program, all international applicants are expected to have completed the foreign equivalent of the American baccalaureate degree from an internationally recognized institution of higher learning. In order to be considered for admission to a doctoral program, all international applicants are expected to have completed the foreign equivalent of the American baccalaureate and/or master's degree from an internationally recognized institution of higher learning (See Section E.3). International students are subject to all other requirements for admission established by the University, the Graduate School, and the graduate/doctoral program to which they are applying.
Individual programs may have earlier deadlines than the Graduate School and international applicants should consult the programs to which they are applying.
Qualified undergraduate students are encouraged to submit an application when they are within one academic term of graduation. Unless attending SIUE or SIUC, applicants must have forwarded official transcripts showing the work completed and evidence of courses in which they are currently enrolled. Undergraduates are not officially admitted to graduate degree programs and they are considered undergraduate students until they have completed requirements for the baccalaureate degree and the degree has been posted to their official academic records.
Undergraduate students may take courses for graduate credit after filing an application for admission to the Graduate School and when they are within 12 semester hours (not more than one academic term) of completion of requirements for the bachelor's degree. Such students must have the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School before enrolling in courses for graduate credit. Exceptions to the 12-hour or single academic term rule may be recommended by the graduate adviser and the director of the program in which a student, during the senior year, requests permission to do graduate degree work. Such requests for exception must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. Undergraduate students utilizing this plan are expected to concentrate their efforts on finishing the bachelor's degree, taking graduate courses only where necessary to fill out their schedules.
Special arrangements are made for students pursuing approved combined baccalaureate-master's degree programs. Except under the special conditions described above, undergraduate students should not enroll for courses numbered 500 and above, which are designated in the course numbering system as being for graduate students only. Courses taken for graduate credit may not be applied toward an undergraduate degree.Admission of Unclassified Graduate Students
Unclassified graduate students are those who do not seek a graduate degree at SIUE and those who have not qualified for admission to a degree program at SIUE.
Applicants seeking admission in unclassified status submit an unclassified admission application form and present evidence of their undergraduate degrees. Their official degree-bearing transcripts must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions. Any applicant who is eligible for admission to a degree program is urged to apply for classified status rather than for unclassified status. Credit earned while in unclassified status may be used to satisfy degree requirements only under conditions as stipulated in the transfer of credit regulations.Admission to Off-campus Courses
In order to enroll in off-campus graduate courses, prospective students must have been admitted to the Graduate School in either classified or unclassified status. Applicants to graduate degree programs may enroll for one academic term in Classification Pending status while their applications are being processed.
|REQUIRED COURSES||Semester/Quarter Hours|
|* INORGANIC CHEMISTRY||8/12|
|* ORGANIC CHEMISTRY||8/12|
|* Science courses must include laboratory.|
Approved by Chancellor effective 6/24/16.
This policy was issued on June 27, 2016.
This policy was edited on September 7, 2016, replacing the June 27, 2016 version.
Document Reference: 1E1
Origin: CC 18-88/89; OC 4/4/90; OC 4/10/90; OC 7/31/91; OC 3/19/92; OC 8/27/92; OC 1/8/93; OC 9/7/95; OP 5/14/96; OC 9/10/98; CC 1-99/00; PVC 12/2/99; CC 12 & 13-99/00; CC 3-00/01; CC 23, 24 & 25-00/01; CC 18-03/04; CC 24-03/04; OC 6/30/04; GR 1-04/05; CC 23-05/06; OC 5/13/11; GR 10/12/11; CC 17-12/13 & GR 3/21/13; GR 13/14-08; CC#41-15/16