270-762-3741 or 800-272-4678 ext. 2
|In this chapter:|
|Freshman Admission Procedures||Post-Baccalaureate Students|
|Freshman Admission Status
Admitted with Conditions
|International Student Admission|
|Mandatory Developmental Classes||Readmission|
|Non-Degree Classification||Transfer Students|
|Applications or information are available at Murray State's
website at www.murraystate.edu. Assistance with applying may be
obtained by writing Murray State University, School Relations, 500 Sparks
Hall, Murray KY 42071-0009, or by calling 270-762-2896. The toll-free telephone
number is 800-272-4678, menu option #1. Admission applications and related
transcripts should be mailed to Admissions Services, P.O. Box 9, Murray,
NOTE: Criminal justice, music, nursing, organizational communication, social work, theatre, several programs in the College of Business and Public Affairs and the Bachelor of Independent Studies program all have additional admission requirements. Review their sections in this Bulletin for more information. Students participating in NCAA sports must meet NCAA academic eligibility requirements.
Residency for Tuition Purposes. Under 13KAR2:045, the Commonwealth of Kentucky requires that all admission applications be reviewed to determine if documentation of residency is required. Each applicant is notified if documents are needed.
Freshman Admission Procedures
Your Expectations. Students have the right to expect their schools to provide them with the best possible preparation for an increasingly competitive world. Murray State University has consistently been ranked among the top 25 percent of Southern regional and liberal arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's publication of America's Best Colleges, and in 2000 was listed as one of two colleges classified as "best values."
Our Expectations. Murray State University is committed to providing the best possible educational services to help students prepare for a successful and productive future. Students who meet the following admission standards will have a greatly increased probability for success at this university.
Entering freshmen (and certain transfer students) may be admitted, or admitted with conditions. Those admitted may choose to pursue either a baccalaureate (four-year) or associate (two-year) degree. New freshmen may not apply for the Bachelor of Independent Studies program.
• must submit an application for admission with a $30 nonrefundable application fee;
• must have an official high school transcript that includes a minimum of six semesters of course work, a list of senior-year courses, and the student's class rank mailed directly to Admissions Services from the applicant's high school counselor (Admission is not complete until a final official transcript is mailed by the counselor after graduation. It must include the date of graduation, all courses and grades, and the student's final class rank.);
• and must have an official ACT score report sent to Admissions Services directly from ACT's national headquarters in Iowa City IA. (SAT scores will be considered in determining eligibility, but the ACT is required before a student may enroll.)
(Applicants who have attended any other colleges must also have official college transcripts mailed directly to Admissions Services from the Registrar's Office of each college, and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.00 on a 4.00 scale. These transcripts are required even if the student withdrew or does not want the credit transferred. Applicants who have testing credit from CLEP or AP must have official score reports mailed directly to Admissions Services from the testing service in Princeton NJ.)
To be considered for full admission each applicant must have received or be receiving a high school diploma before the term for which he/she is applying. Those individuals who were not graduated from accredited high schools may be required to have a GED. Those who have earned a GED should refer to GED Student below. Students currently in high school may be considered for early admission as part-time students. See Early High School Admission below.
A. Completion of the following pre-college curriculum:
•English I, II, III and IV (or AP English)
•Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry
•1 life science, 1 physical science, and 1 earth space science (one of these must have a lab)
•Any three of the following:
United States history, economics, government,
world geography or world civilization
•1/2 unit of health
•1/2 unit of physical education
•1 unit of history and appreciation of visual/performing arts
•2 units of one foreign language
B. Ranking in top half of graduating class or cumulative GPA of 3.00
C. ACT composite of 18 or above.
Note: Kentucky residents under the age of 21 must complete the state-mandated pre-college curriculum. All other applicants must complete a comparable college-preparatory curriculum.
All other applicants will be reviewed for possible admission as follows:
• an applicant with a minimum ACT composite of 14 who meets A and meets the requirement in either B or C will be Admitted with Conditions. These conditions include a course-load limit of no more than 16 hours a semester and a requirement to complete the following before becoming a sophomore:
-Pass FYE 098 and ENG 101
-Complete any required developmental courses or any courses required due to pre-college curriculum deficiencies.
• A resident of Kentucky or the Tennessee counties of Henry, Obion, Stewart, or Weakley with a minimum ACT composite of 14 who does not meet the criteria for "Admitted" or "Admitted with Conditions" will be considered for Admitted with Restrictions status. This is an enrollment category provided on a very limited basis during summer and spring terms only. Students allowed to enroll will be limited to 16 hours each semester and will be required to do the following:
-Satisfactorily complete an eight-hour required block of classes (FYE 098, ENG 095, REA 095 and COM 161) with no more than two (2) attempts. (If a student enrolled in these block courses completely withdraws from MSU for that term, that attempt will not be counted.) Block courses are only available in summer and spring terms on a very limited basis.
-Be recommended for advancement by the director of MSU's Community College.
-Complete the requirements for "Admitted with Conditions" as stated above.
Mandatory Developmental Courses
ENGLISH Students admitted with restrictions must first enroll in ENG 095; all students with an English ACT score below 18 must enroll in ENG 100.
MATH All students with a mathematics score below 18 must enroll in MAT 100; MAT 105 is still strongly recommended for students with a mathematics score of 18 or 19.
READING Students admitted with restrictions must first enroll in REA 095; all students with a reading ACT score below 18 must enroll in REA 100 and REA 120.
Early High School Admission. A student who is currently in high school may be granted permission to enroll for courses prior to graduation. Inquiries should be directed first to the student's high school counselor and then to Admissions Services. Students seeking early admission must be able to succeed without remediation.
Home Schooled or Non-accredited High School Student. A student who is graduated from a non-accredited high school or one who is home schooled, may be considered for admission. The same admission documents and test are required; however GED testing may be required.
GED Student. An applicant who is at least 19 years of age and has earned a GED diploma will be considered for admission on the basis of an application for admission accompanied by a $30 nonrefundable fee; an official report of the student's GED scores, mailed directly to Admissions Services from the center where he or she was tested; an official ACT score report mailed directly to Admissions Services from ACT National Headquarters in Iowa City, Iowa; and any additional diagnostic testing deemed necessary by the director of Admissions Services.
Admission Appeals. A new freshman or transfer applicant who is denied admission and would not qualify for Admitted with Restrictions status, and is a U.S. citizen may obtain information on appealing that decision by contacting School Relations at 800-272-4678, ext. #1, for the appeals procedure.
Undergraduate Non-Degree Classification
Most non-degree students are considered "lifelong learners" and include the following groups: Donovan Scholars, students who have already earned degrees, employees wanting to gain new skills, and others who have special interests. (See information about visiting students and high school students with exceptional ability in this section.)
Non-degree applicants must submit to Admissions Services:
1. an application for admission including a list of all postsecondary institutions attended;
2. a non-refundable $30 application processing fee; and
3. any records requested by Admissions Services to determine residency and/or eligibility for non-degree status. Diagnostic testing may be required before enrolling in courses that require a minimum level of competency.
Refer to the University Calendar for general admission deadlines.
To be admitted as a non-degree student, an applicant must meet the following criteria:
1. The high school class of a non-degree applicant must have graduated at least two years prior to the applicant's anticipated semester of enrollment.
2. An applicant who has enrolled at any other college must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (4.00 scale), as calculated by Murray State.
3. Applicants who have been denied admission as degree-seeking students may not in turn be admitted as non-degree seeking students.
4. Former Murray State degree-seeking students generally will not be readmitted as non-degree students.
5. Murray State students under academic or disciplinary suspension may not be admitted as non-degree students.
6. Students currently under suspension at other institutions may not be admitted as non-degree students. Failure to disclose a current suspension may result in forfeiture of eligibility for future enrollment.
7. Students are strongly encouraged to submit transcripts of high school or prior college work at the time of admission to facilitate advising about appropriate course work.
The following rules govern enrolling as a non-degree seeking student:
1. Non-degree students fall under the same fee, academic and grading policies as degree-seeking students, are expected to participate fully in class, and must meet course prerequisites or obtain the consent of the instructor to enroll in a course. (See the section on auditing below.)
2. Students classified as non-degree pre-schedule with students who are classified as freshmen.
3. No one may continue to enroll as a non-degree student after earning 24 semester hours in this status without the special permission of the dean of the college in which the student is registered.
4. No transfer, military, AP, CLEP or other testing credit will be recorded on the record of a student classified as a non-degree student. An enrolled non-degree student may apply to take departmental challenge examinations.
5. If a non-degree student decides to apply for degree status, the student must contact Admissions Services for the appropriate form, and must meet the admission requirements in effect at the time of the request for review of status. Although successful completion of courses taken while a non-degree student does not ensure admission, to be considered for degree-seeking status, the student must have a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative GPA on those courses.
6. Credit earned as a non-degree student will be evaluated for applicability toward a degree by the chair of the academic department in which the student will be enrolled. No graduate or professional credit is awarded for courses taken while a student is enrolled as an undergraduate non-degree student. Acceptance of non-degree credit for transfer is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
Graduate Admission for MSU Seniors
Students who fail to complete all undergraduate requirements during their first semester as graduate students will be denied graduate credit. All courses taken during that term will be treated as undergraduate, with no refund of graduate tuition. Students in dual-degree programs such as the MPAc, need to refer to the specific admission requirements and conditions for those programs.
A readmitted post-baccalaureate student who has below a 2.00 cumulative GPA on all undergraduate post-baccalaureate course work will be readmitted on probation and must comply with all probation policy regulations.
Documents to verify residency will be required.
International Student Admission
English as a Second Language Program Admission. Graduate and undergraduate students who have not taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or who have a TOEFL score below the admission standard of the graduate or undergraduate program for which they wish to apply, may enroll in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. The ESL program offers students seven levels of English language instruction to prepare them for university study.
A student who enters the ESL program is tested and placed into the appropriate level of language study, ranging from level one (beginner) to level six (high advanced). Each level of study consists of a seven-week course in skill areas which include the following: applied grammar, computer-assisted composition, error analysis, oral skills workshop, university orientation, American culture seminar, listening comprehension, conversation, speech development, and academic reading. In total, students take 20 hours of classes per week over a seven-week term. A student who begins the ESL program at level one should expect to study English for six terms (three semesters). Level seven is a bridge level, a support program, consisting of three semester-long courses, academic writing, academic reading, and oral skills. These courses are designed to prepare those ESL program students who plan to study in a graduate program that has a higher English proficiency requirement. The language courses are supplemented by activities outside of class, which are intended to assist students in learning English and in adapting to American university life.
In order to advance through and complete all levels of language study in the ESL program, students must maintain the ESL program academic standards, which include satisfactory grades in ESL courses, appropriate exit proficiencies, and mandatory attendance.
Graduate or undergraduate applicants who satisfy all admission requirements other than English proficiency may apply for a combination of intensive language instruction and course work toward a degree. Upon successful completion of level six, and the recommendation of the ESL program coordinator, an ESL student may enroll in full-time university course work if all other admission requirements have been met.
For more information on the ESL program and fees, write to English as a Second Language, Institute for International Studies, 115 Woods Hall, Murray KY 42071-3304, USA; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; call 270-762-3265, or visit Murray State's web site at www.murraystate.edu/qacd/cip/esl.htm
A student who was in good academic and financial standing when he or she left the university, who has a complete admission file, and who has not attended any other regionally accredited colleges since last enrolling at Murray State, is eligible for readmission. An application for readmission will not be processed if a student has any indebtedness to any university or to student loan programs. If a student left Murray State on disciplinary or academic probation, suspension or dismissal, and has no new transfer credit, the applicant may be considered for readmission on an individual basis. If the student is readmitted, any conditions will be specified in the letter of admission. Students previously admitted under an admission status that imposed conditions or restrictions who did not complete the requirements for removal of that status will be re-evaluated based on the current admission requirements and probation policy. Refer to the section on admission level requirements that appears earlier in this chapter.
A student who has been enrolled at other institutions since last attending Murray State must request that an official transcript be mailed directly to Admissions Services from each college. Eligibility for readmission will be determined after evaluating the transfer credits. Failure to furnish such official transcripts as required will delay readmission and may affect the student's academic standing at Murray State. A student who withholds or gives false information or documents can be denied admission or withdrawn from school. (Note: A student must be currently enrolled at Murray State before any transfer, military, or testing credit will be recorded on a permanent record.) A readmission applicant who has transfer work and is in good standing academically, financially and in all other respects at both Murray State and any other colleges attended will be admitted as long as the student's cumulative grade point average on all courses is at least a 2.00 on a 4.00 scale. All other applicants will be considered on an individual basis. A readmission applicant who is denied admission may appeal that decision to the Academic Appeals committee. Contact Admissions Services for that procedure. Academic bankruptcy declared at another college does not apply at Murray State. If the student is readmitted, any conditions of admission will be specified in the letter of admission. Refer to the sections in this catalog on transfer and probation policies for additional information. A student who is on academic suspension or dismissal from Murray State may not receive credit at Murray State for any courses taken at other colleges during the period of suspension.
A student who withholds or gives false information or documents can be denied admission or withdrawn from school and denied a degree.
A student who has 30 semester hours of transferrable degree credit with a minimum of a 2.00 (C) cumulative grade point average on all previous courses, as calculated by Murray State, and is in good standing academically and financially at all colleges previously attended, is eligible for admission to Murray State. An applicant who has a minimum of a 2.00 (C) cumulative GPA but who has fewer than 30 semester hours of transferrable degree credit will be considered for admission on the basis of his/her college credit, and the freshman admission requirements stated earlier. If the student is accepted, conditions of admission will be specified in a letter of admission. Academic bankruptcy declared at another college does not apply at Murray State.
A student who is enrolled in courses at the time of application must request that a final official transcript be mailed directly to Admissions Services from the college last attended. If the final record shows ineligibility because of the lowering of the grade point average, suspension or dismissal, the student's admission and registration may be cancelled. Failure to furnish official transcripts as required may result in dismissal and loss of credit earned at Murray State University subsequent to the transfer.
A student who has attended only colleges that are not regionally accredited will be treated as a first-time admission. For additional information, see the freshman admission requirements presented earlier in this section.
Admission Appeals. A new transfer student who is denied admission and is a U.S. citizen, should contact School Relations at 800-272-4678, menu option #1, for the appeals procedure.
Transfer of Credit. Degree credits earned at other regionally accredited (as recognized by Murray State) American institutions of higher education may be transferred to Murray State and applied toward a degree. The Transfer Credit Practices report published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers will be the reference used for determining an institution's accreditation status. Determination of upper-level and lower-level credit is based on the course level at the sending institution. All work is converted to semester hours and a 4.00 grading scale. Murray State's probation and repeat policies are applied as required. Transferred incomplete grades do not carry hours attempted; i.e., they do not affect the student's grade point average.
All acceptable transfer credit is formally evaluated, with a copy of the Murray Academic Plan (MAP) report provided to each transfer student and to his/her advisor.
A student must be currently enrolled at Murray State before any transfer, military or testing credit will be recorded as part of a permanent record. There is no limit to the number of hours that may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution. However, it is important to remember that a certain number of hours must be completed at Murray State, and that courses taken at a two-year institution cannot be used to meet Murray State's requirement for upper-level (junior or senior) courses. At least 20 of the last 32 semester hours required for graduation must be earned in residence at Murray State. (See Chapter 4, Academic Programs, for specifics.)
Credit for courses taken in military service schools is evaluated according to recommendations in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services published by the American Council on Education. Courses listed in two other American Council on Education publications, the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs and the Directory of the National Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI), are evaluated for credit on an individual basis.
Credits earned through educational institutions located outside the United States will be considered for acceptance after an appropriate evaluation. Students may contact Admissions Services for information regarding the evaluation procedure.
University Studies. Transfer students who have, prior to initially entering Murray State, completed reasonable communication and basic skills, science and mathematics, humanities and fine arts, and social science courses for the same number of hours as required at Murray State, will be credited with completion of the University Studies component of degree requirements. Any deficiencies at the time they first enroll at Murray State must be fulfilled according to MSU regulations. See Chapter 4, Academic Programs, for the University Studies courses required for each degree offered at Murray State.
Transfer Students with an Approved Associate Degree. A transfer student who has completed, as of May 1995 or later, an approved baccalaureate-oriented Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at a Kentucky Community and Technical College System community college will (a) be accepted with junior class standing and (b) be considered to have completed the baccalaureate University Studies requirements. However, additional University Studies courses may be needed if they are required for the student's major and/or degree and an equivalent course has not been transferred. Associate degrees completed before May 1995, and those earned at two-year institutions other than K.C.T.C.S community colleges, will be reviewed by the Registrar's Office. If the degree is determined to be baccalaureate-oriented and to have comparable content and credit hour criteria, the same benefits will be extended to those graduates.
Transfer Students Who Do Not Have an Approved Associate Degree. Students seeking a baccalaureate degree who, prior to initially enrolling at Murray State, transfer fewer than six semester hours in University Studies social science courses will be required to take CIV 101 and/or CIV 102 toward completion of that block, unless their transfer credit includes courses which are clearly equivalent to Murray State's CIV 101 and/or CIV 102 (i.e. world history or world civilization). If six hours of approved social science courses are transferred, the remaining course may be chosen from the list of approved social science electives (see Chapter 4, Academic Programs).
Students seeking any of the bachelor of science degrees or the Bachelor of Arts in Business degree who, prior to initially enrolling at Murray State, transfer fewer than six hours of University Studies courses in humanities and fine arts will be required to take HUM 211 toward completion of that block, unless their transfer credit includes courses which are clearly equivalent to Murray State's HUM 211.
Students seeking any of the bachelor of arts degrees (except the Bachelor of Arts in Business) who, prior to initially enrolling at Murray State, transfer fewer than nine hours of approved University Studies humanities courses will be required to take HUM 211 and HUM 212 toward completion of that block, unless their transfer credit includes a course that is clearly equivalent to Murray State's HUM 211 and/or HUM 212. If nine hours of approved courses are transferred, the remaining course may be chosen from the list of approved humanities and fine arts electives (see Chapter 4, Academic Programs).
Kentucky General Education Transfer Agreement
To be Fully Certified a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (4.00 scale) and have met each of the following criteria at the time of transfer:
1. earned at least 60 hours of college-level credits;
2. completed at least 48 hours of University Studies courses;
3. completed the 33 hour core transfer component.
Transfer Frameworks. The Baccalaureate Program Transfer Frameworks identify 12 hours of course work in a major which may be successfully transferred in addition to the general education block. Each framework represents a specific guide to the exact courses a student needs. For more information about the Transfer Frameworks or the Kentucky General Education Transfer Agreement, contact the Registrar's Office.