Admission Process and Credit Transfer

The Admission Process
 
Apollos University (Apollos) is committed to working with students through the application and admission process in a way that helps articulate individual goals within the context of the academic program.
 
The curriculum of Apollos is designed as a distant learning online method of study for students who desire to integrate advanced academic study with their professional lives in order to attain personal and professional goals. The Apollos programs are based upon the belief that success in our studies relates closely to the applicant’s past experience and present motivational goals. For this reason, the application process focuses on assessing the student’s unique academic and professional history in determining whether Apollos is an educational fit.
 
The Admissions Committee considers all aspects of an applicant’s background credentials in determining whether or not to recommend admission. As such, students who do not specifically meet all admission criteria are encouraged to apply and discuss their particular situations with an Admissions representative.

NOTE:  Applicants accepted on a conditional acceptance must provide official transcripts and or required documentation to Apollos within one enrollment term (not to exceed 12 semester credits in the one term), or the student will not be accepted into the program.

Questions about the application process can be addressed by contacting the Admissions Office by sending e-mail to admissions@apollos.edu.
 
Application Documents


Step 1: Complete the online Application Form found on the Apollos homepage under “Apply Now.” In addition to the application form, please submit the following materials to the Admissions Office:
  • Digital Picture (Passport style)
  • Digital copy of a current government identification document.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV): In the case of adult students, a record of professional accomplishment often provides an equal and sometimes better indication of the student’s capacity for college study than an academic record from years past. The Admissions Committee views the applicant’s professional background and achievements as a significant indicator of potential success in Apollos University programs.
Step 2: The applicant must provide official transcripts from all high schools for the undergraduate programs and universities or colleges attended including the highest degree, if applicable, awarded by an Institution accredited by agencies that are recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or, for no-U.S. Institutions, an accepted foreign equivalent that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities. Transcripts are to be sent directly to Apollos University. This is accomplished by contacting the Registrar at the institution and making a request for the transcript to be forwarded to APOLLOS. Usually such requests are accompanied by required transcript fees to each institution.
Note: Apollos requires applicants to submit additional transcripts in the following cases:
  • Applicants seeking consideration of prior credit for transfer are required to submit official transcripts indicating award of that credit. The applicant may be required to provide additional information such as a school catalog or syllabus to support the request for transfer.
  •  Applicants whose highest degree transcript does not indicate all courses completed in pursuit of the degree may be required to submit additional transcripts to substantiate credit.
Undergraduate Programs (Associate and Bachelor)
  • An official high school transcript or its equivalent as follows:
    • Military service members and veterans may provide:
      • DD Form 1966 - Record of Military Processing.
      • DD Form 214 - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
      • Military Branch records that document high school graduation or equivalent.
    • Homeschooled students must provide an official transcript issued by a governmental authority or school supervisor that attests to the successful completion of a state approved program considered to be equivalent to an accredited high school diploma or GED certificate.
    • Transfer students may provide an official transcript from an accredited postsecondary institutional in which at least twelve (12) semester hours have been successfully completed with a grade of “C” or higher in each course. Apollos University reserves the right to verify high school completion and can still require proof of the completion.
  • Transcripts of previously earned credit to be evaluated for possible transfer to an Apollos program. NOTE: unofficial transcripts will be accepted to expedite transfer credit evaluation. Official transcripts must be submitted within the first semester by students who are admitted to the University.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Successful completion of the AU Orientation Program Class
Conditional Status Undergraduate Programs: All undergraduate applicants are reviewed by qualified evaluators. Those who do not meet the specific requirements above or who only have documents provided by a family source may be eligible to enroll conditionally as a non-degree seeking student. While on conditional status, students will be required to successfully complete all of the following courses with a minimum grade of “C” in each, or the student will be subject to academic dismissal:
  • ADM 1000 Skills for Academic Success
  • ENG 1301 English Composition I
  • MTH 1301 Algebra I
  • HIS 1310 US History I
 
Master’s Programs
  • Possess a baccalaureate degree awarded by Institutions accredited by agencies that are recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or, for no-U.S. Institutions, an accepted foreign equivalent that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities.
  • Undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent from an international institution.
  • Graduate courses with grade of B or higher (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) from an Institution as defined above can be considered for transfer. A maximum of 6 credits can be transferred into the master’s level program.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Successfully complete the AU Orientation Program Class
 
Doctorate Program
  • Possess a master degree awarded by Institutions accredited by agencies that are recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or, for non-U.S. Institutions, an accepted foreign equivalent that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities, hereafter, referred to as appropriately accredited institution(s).
  • Graduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent.
  • Doctoral level courses with grade of B or higher (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) from an Institution as defined above can be considered for transfer. A maximum of 9 credits can be transferred into the doctorate level program.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Successfully complete the Orientation Program Class
 
Applicants whose Native Language is other than English
 
Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must demonstrate college-level proficiency in English through one of the following:
 
  • Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test (IELTS)
    • Undergraduate: A minimum score of 500 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 61 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), a 6.0 on the International English Language Test (IELTS) or 44 on the PTE** Academic Score Report;
    • Master’s Degree: A minimum score of 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT) or 71 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS) or 50 on the PTE Academic Score Report;
    • Professional Doctoral Degree: a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 80 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), a 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS), or 58 on the PTE Academic Score Report.
  • A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test;
  •  A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam;
  • A minimum B1 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge;
  • A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit with an average grade of “C” or higher at an appropriately accredited accredited college or university where the language of instruction was English; “B” or higher for Master’s or Professional Doctoral Degrees. or
  • Undergraduate only: A high school diploma completed at an appropriately accredited/recognized high school (where the medium of instruction is English).
 
Admissions Committee Review
When the applicant's admissions file is complete, the Director will notify the Admissions Committee and the review process will begin. The Admissions Committee will assess two key factors:
  1. The potential for successful completion of the applicable degree program based upon the applicant’s prior academic work and the successful completion of the Orientation Program.
  2. The ability of Apollos University’s program to help the student reach his or her goals.
Within 15 days of completion of the file, applicants will be notified of the admission decision. If there are specific questions about a file, the applicant will be given the opportunity to respond before a decision is made.
 
Credit Transfer Agreements and Associations
 
Transfer Credit Policy
The applicant can request that credits previously completed at other universities be considered for transfer into Apollos University. The applicant seeking the transfer of credits will need to provide written notification to the Admissions office containing the title and name of each course along with a copy of the course description and the name of the university where the credit was earned. Credit transfer request are processed using a standard that attempts to match possible transfer credits to degree program requirements at Apollos. In order to accept transfer credits the Registrar will review official catalogs from the institution where the courses were taken for credit. If necessary, the Registrar will request the applicable department chair to review the material to help ensure there is a match between the potential transfer credits and the requirements of the Apollos degree program. Credits requested for transfer should have been completed no more than seven years prior to being requested for transfer into Apollos. The Registrar may require the applicant to provide additional information in order to help support the evaluation process. In addition to an official transcript from the previous university, additional types of information may be requested including but not limited to the following:
  1. Syllabi of courses being considered for transfer credit
  2. Official catalog(s) covering the dates the courses were taken
The number of possible transfer credits allowed is based upon the following requirements.
 
Associate degree programs:
  1. Associate courses with grade of C or higher (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) from an Institution as defined above can be considered for transfer.
  2. A maximum of 45 credits of graduate level courses may be transferred into an associate program.
Bachelor degree programs:
  1. Bachelor courses with grade of C or higher (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) from an Institution as defined above can be considered for transfer.
  2. A maximum of 90 credits of graduate level courses may be transferred into a bachelor program.

Masters degree programs:
  1. Graduate courses with grade of B or higher (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) from an Institution as defined above can be considered for transfer.
  2. A maximum of 6 credits of graduate level courses may be transferred into an AU master’s program.

Doctoral degree program:
  1. Doctoral level courses with grade of B or higher (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) from an Institution as defined above can be considered for transfer.
  2. A maximum of 9 credits can be transferred into the doctorate level program.
 
Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits and Credentials Earned at Apollos:

The transferability of credits you earn at Apollos University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree you earn in Apollos University is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the degree that you earn at this institution is not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Apollos University to determine if your degree will transfer.

The award of credit for coursework completed at any other institution is at the sole discretion of Apollos University.