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Kansas Wesleyan University encourages applications from students who seek a liberal arts education in which responsible development is the highest priority, where emphasis is placed on a strong foundation to meet future challenges, and where there is a commitment to both the Christian faith and community service.

Students are encouraged to visit the campus to meet faculty, administrators, and current students. Private, scheduled campus visits are encouraged, but regularly scheduled campus visitation days are planned. Arrangements should be made through the Office of Admissions.

Application can begin at the Kansas Wesleyan University website at www.kwu.edu.

Admissions Procedure

A student will be considered for admission to the University when his/her file is complete with the following credentials:

  • A completed application for admission along with the non-refundable $20 application fee.
  • An official copy of the high school transcript or GED scores, or all college transcripts (transfers).
  • Composite ACT (no writing) or SAT (Math & Critical Reading, no writing) scores (required for first-time freshmen and all applicants with less than 24 college hours past high school)

Applicants must graduate from a state-accredited high school or complete the equivalent of a high school education, and must be in good standing both academically and socially. Applicants may be accepted based on a partial high school transcript, which must include at least six semesters, and the ACT/SAT scores. A final, official high school transcript is required to verify that remaining credits were completed at a satisfactory level. The final transcript must include the date of graduation. Students may not attend classes without verification of the final transcript.

Home educated students must submit transcript documentation from the primary instructor demonstrating completion of the basic credit hours for high school. The transcript should not only demonstrate academic completion, but should also include a short, written evaluation from the primary instructor. Kansas Wesleyan University reserves the right to request additional portfolio or performance-based assessments, if necessary, to document competency for admission.

Convictions of offenses under statutory law may be a consideration for evaluation of applicants for admission into the University or any of its programs. Evidence of successful rehabilitation from such offenses must be provided from applicants who may be included in this category. In addition to a letter of recommendation from a law enforcement or judicial representative, a complete copy of the court file will be required for consideration by the Enrollment Committee.

Non-Native Speakers of English must also provide official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores. A minimum TOEFL score of 61 (internet based) is required for regular admission to the undergraduate program, and a score of 79 (internet based) is required for admission to the M.B.A. program. This requirement will be waived if the applicant graduated from a high school in which the primary language of instruction was English or if the student completed 24 or more transferring graded hours from an accredited college or university in which the primary language of instruction was English.

Notification of Admission to the University

When all required official credentials have been received, the student will be notified of the decision for admission by letter on a rolling basis. All accepted full-time students must pay a $100 deposit prior to registration. This deposit is made to reserve a residence hall room, scholarships or aid award, and/or to allow registration in classes. The deposit will be refundable upon written request after graduation or departure from the University after completion of at least one term. Financial assistance cannot be used to pay the deposit.

Freshman Applicants

Freshman Applicants Include

  • Those students who have never attended college previously.
  • Students with fewer than 24 graded transferring credit hours from other colleges or universities.
  • High school seniors who took college courses during high school or the summer immediately following high school graduation.

Requirements for Regular Admission
(Full and Part-Time Degree-Seeking):

  • A completed application for admission along with the non-refundable $20 application fee.
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, a GED average score of at least 550, or rank in the upper 50% of their senior class.
  • Applicants must have either an ACT composite score of 18, or an SAT score of 860 (critical reading and mathematics scores combined).

Requirements for Provisional Admission
(Full and Part-Time Degree-Seeking):

Applicants who do not fulfill requirements for regular admission may be considered for provisional admission. To be considered for Provisional Admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A completed application for admission along with the non-refundable $20 application fee.
  • Applicant must reside in Kansas.
  • A minimum high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a minimum GED average score of 500.
  • A minimum ACT composite score of 15; a minimum SAT score of 700 (critical reading and mathematics scores combined).
  • A letter of appeal which should provide general information about the applicant and any pertinent details which will assist in making a decision.

Applicants who do not meet these minimal standards will not be accepted to the University.

Provisional students must receive a minimum grade point average of at least 1.5 at the conclusion of the first semester of academic work. Failure to do so will result in academic di dismissal.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer Applicants Include

  • Full or part-time degree-seeking students who have taken 24 or more transferring graded college credit hours since high school graduation or completion of the GED.

Requirements for Regular Admission

Kansas Residents

  • A completed application for admission along with the non-refundable $20 application fee.
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for 24 or more transferable graded credit hours.
  • Applicants must submit an official transcript from each college attended demonstrating they have left the institution “in good standing.”
  • Applicants must be a high school graduate or have a GED.

Out of State Residents

  • A completed application for admission along with the non-refundable $20 application fee.
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for 24 or more transferring graded credit hours. 
  • Students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 to 2.499 may apply for probationary admission by providing a letter of appeal and two letters of recommendation (one from an instructor), which should provide general information about the applicant and any pertinent details which will assist in making a decision. The Enrollment Committee will consider all probationary applicants for admission.

Students who have less than 24 transferring graded credit hours must meet the requirements specified for freshman applicants.

Transfer applicants from regionally accredited institutions of higher education may be considered for admission based on their previous college academic records. All candidates must submit a final official transcript of all previous work taken. The Enrollment & Financial Services Office compiles official equivalencies for any course not taken at KWU. All final evaluations of transcripts are completed by the Enrollment & Financial Services Office.

Note:   Grades earned on the quarter-term system do not transfer at the full credit listed on the transcript. Quarter-term hours compute at two-thirds of KWU credit hours; e.g., 4 quarter-term hours will equal 2.67 semester hours.

Any course identified as remedial is not transferable to meet graduation requirements.. Any course identified as a workshop, seminar, practicum, field experience, work experience, continuing education, or weekend-type course work will be carefully evaluated by the Enrollment & Financial Services Office to determine transferability toward graduation requirements.

At least 63 of the 126 credit hours required for the Baccalaureate degree must be earned at a four-year institution. A maximum of 63 credit hours will be transferred from two-year institutions.

Pre-Freshman Applicants

Pre-Freshman Applicants Include

  • Currently enrolled high school students.

Requirements for Admission

  • Submission of a completed application with the signed authorization of the high school counselor, the non-refundable $20 application fee.
  • A high school transcript showing a GPA of at least 2.5.

Students who have completed at least five semesters of high school course work and are currently enrolled in a state-accredited high school may register for courses at Kansas Wesleyan University under the Pre-freshman Program.

High school students admitted as pre-freshman must pay the tuition and fees stipulated by Kansas Wesleyan University and are ineligible for financial assistance. Pre-freshman are eligible to receive the tuition discount for a maximum of nine credit hours.

All courses taken for credit will be placed on regular KWU transcripts.

Acceptance of credits at Kansas Wesleyan University upon admission as degree-seeking students will be at full value and be usable to fulfill any and all degree requirements as described in the University catalog.

Transfer of pre-freshman credit to other institutions will be under the control of those institutions, but Kansas Wesleyan University will assist students in obtaining credit at other institutions for courses taken under the Pre-freshman Program.

Credits do not count toward high school graduation unless arrangements have been made in advance with both high school and Kansas Wesleyan University officials.

Pre-freshman students are limited to six credit hours of course work or audit per term. Enrollment in more than six hours requires a 3.00 or higher high school grade point average and favorable recommendation from the high school counselor. However, no more than nine credit hours may be taken per term.

Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

Non-degree-seeking applicants include those students not seeking a degree from Kansas Wesleyan University.

Requirements for Admission

  • Submission of a completed application along with the non-refundable $20 application fee.

Note:  Non-degree-seeking student enrollment is limited to six credit hours per semester with a total accumulation of 24 credit hours. Once this limit is reached, students wishing to continue at Kansas Wesleyan University must make application for admission to degree-seeking status. To change to degree-seeking status, students must meet the requirements for that status. Non-degree-seeking students are ineligible for financial assistance from Kansas Wesleyan University.

International Applicants

Kansas Wesleyan University accepts international students on a regular basis. This is done to provide a genuinely cross-cultural educational experience for both international and domestic student populations. Kansas Wesleyan University’s goal is to secure intelligent and outgoing students who desire an educational experience in the United States. While deserving respect for their own cultural backgrounds, international students must also be willing to absorb and participate in national and local cultures of the United States. While being respected as an individual, the international student must understand that he or she will be treated as an equal to all other students with regard to academic and social policies.

KWU is authorized by law to enroll non-immigrant-alien students. An international student will be considered for admission to the University when his/her file is complete with the following credentials by July 1 for the fall semester or November 1 for the spring semester:

  • A completed international application for admission.
  • A non-refundable U.S. $30 application fee.
  • An official transcript from a four-year high school or its equivalent.  Note: It may be necessary for the applicant to send transcripts from foreign high schools, colleges and universities to a credentials evaluation agency (World Education Services, WES) for evaluation at the expense of the applicant. A copy of the results must be sent to the KWU Enrollment & Financial Services office.
  • Official TOEFL scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if English is not considered your primary language. A minimum TOEFL score of 61 (internet based) is required for admission to the undergraduate program, a score of 79 (internet based) for the M.B.A. (see Nursing for TOEFL iBT requirements pg. 239)
  • Three letters of recommendation from previous instructors.
  • An official bank letter demonstrating the applicant’s ability to pay.
  • A signed certified affidavit of sponsor’s ability to pay (page 4 of application).

International students from countries where English is considered the primary language must meet the regular admission requirements. The American College Test (ACT) or Student Achievement

Test (SAT) must be taken in countries where either test is available. Official scores of the test must be sent to the University.

International students will be required to live in campus housing for a minimum of one regular semester (Fall or Spring) upon entry. Following the initial semester, international students will be subject to standard housing policy (page 60).

Return After Absence (from KWU) Applicants

Return After Absence Applicants

Return after lapse applicants include those students who were last enrolled at Kansas Wesleyan University at least one full semester ago.

Students returning after an absence of two or more full semesters (excluding summer term) from Kansas Wesleyan University are considered to have departed the institution and must reapply for admission.  The academic requirements at the time of re-entry will apply (not those of their earlier catalog).

Students returning after an absence of only one semester may be readmitted by completing a readmission application. The student’s entire educational record is considered for a readmission decision.

Requirements for Admssion

  • Submission of a completed readmission application.
  • Official transcripts from each school attended since last enrollment at Kansas Wesleyan University.

Athletic Training Applicants

Requirements for Admission to the Athletic Training Program

In addition to the general requirements for admission of freshman and transfer students to the University, other requirements must be met by students applying to the Athletic Training Education Program.  Please see section on Athletic Training Major, page 270.

M.B.A. Applicants

Admission Process

All individuals must complete the following formal application process for admission to graduate study.

  • An application for admission to graduate study must be completed. A non-refundable $30 application fee must accompany the application. This application fee will be waived for Kansas Wesleyan University seniors and graduates.
  • Applicants must possess an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • An official transcript is required from the college from which the student received his/her undergraduate degree.
  • Non-native English speaking applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency to speak and read English. Such proficiency may be determined by scoring 79 on the internet based test or by obtaining an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

Nursing Applicants

Requirements for Admission

In addition to the general requirements for admission of freshman and transfer students to the University, other requirements must be met by students applying to the Nursing Program (please see section on Division/Department of Nursing Education, page 239, for complete description). Applications are available in the Nursing Division/Department or online at ww.kwu.edu/nursing.

Teacher Education Applicants

Requirements for Admission

In addition to the general requirements for admission of freshman and transfer students to the University, other requirements must be met by students applying to the Teacher Education Program (please see section on Department of Teacher Education, page 287, for complete description).  Applications are available in the Office of Teacher Education.