The College selects for admission those applicants who seem best qualified to benefit from the educational opportunities that it offers. The admissions committee and the Provost does not admit an applicant to the College on the basis of a single criterion, but on all of his or her qualifications taken as a whole. There are six degree programs in the curriculum structure of the College (See Programs of Study). An applicant for admission should indicate on the application form the program for which he or she is applying. Only those applicants who are fully qualified educationally will be admitted to the appropriate degree programs.
Although not required for admission, the College encourages that all prospective students take the SAT or ACT. It will be used to determine academic strengths and weaknesses. These scores are also used to determine eligibility for state grants and scholarships.
SECONDARY SCHOOL PREPARATION
An applicant for any of the College’s degree programs must have graduated from an approved high school or present an equivalence certificate from having passed the General Education Development (GED) Tests: high school level.
The following distribution of high school subjects is recommended for all applicants for the degree programs:
- English 4 units
- Mathematics (including Algebra and Plane Geometry) 3 units
- Latin or a modern foreign language 2 units
- World History and American History 2 units
- Natural Science 2 units
- Electives 3 units
While past scholastic performance are important criteria in admitting applicants to the College, other important factors enter into the consideration of the admissions committee. Character, health, seriousness of purpose, breadth of interests, and achievements of the applicant are considered. Whenever possible, it is advisable for an applicant to visit the College and talk with one of the administrative officials. In this way, he or she makes himself or herself known to those who are considering the application. The candidate must submit a brief well-written autobiography of himself or herself providing pertinent information on the following:
- the formative influences in one’s life;
- the breadth of oneâ€™s experience (employment, travel, etc.);
- one’s interests and hobbies;
- one’s working philosophy of life; and
- one’s reasons for seeking admission to this institution.
All applicants for admission are expected to share the spiritual objectives of the College and willingly subscribe to the social and moral regulations set forth in the Student Handbook.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
High school graduates must follow these steps in making application for admission to the College:
Request application forms from the admissions office or go online to www.abcnash.edu and print the application and (3) student recommendation forms. (front and back copies)
Upon receipt of the forms, fill in the requested information; attach your brief autobiography (maximum 300 words, preferably typewritten) to the form; and enclose $30.00 ($40.00 for international students) in check, or money order, for the application fee, and mail to the Director of Admissions. Give the Student Recommendation forms to three responsible persons who are willing to complete them and return them by mail to this office. These should include your high school principal or guidance officer, employer and a minister. Acute, constructive appraisals are considered to be of more value than responses that are lavish in praise of the applicant. Request your last high school attended to send an official transcript of all your high school work.
All forms and transcripts must be in the Admission Office prior to the deadline for applications indicated in the academic calendar. The normal processing of an application requires from two to four weeks. Applicants whose qualifications are satisfactory will be notified of their acceptance.
A student desiring to transfer from another college must follow all of the steps outlined above in applying for admission. In addition to his or her high school record, the student must request the registrar of each college attended since high school graduation to send an official transcript of his or her academic work. A transfer student from an accredited college will be admitted upon evidence of satisfactory work from the college previously attended. A student entering from another college who desires to transfer credits earned there to this institution must submit his or her records as early as possible for evaluation. The student must state in a letter accompanying the application that a transfer of credits is desired.
The applicant must also request each college from which he or she wishes to transfer credits to send the Admissions Officer of American Baptist College a catalog describing the academic program of that school. All courses taken at another college that is accredited may be applied toward graduation at American Baptist College if they are directly comparable to courses offered at American Baptist College. Only the grade of â€śCâ€ť or above may be transferred. However, residence requirements described later in this section must be met. â€śAccredited Collegeâ€ť refers to undergraduate institutions which are either regionally accredited or which have â€śaccreditedâ€ť status with the Association for Biblical Higher Education.