Undergraduate Admissions Process
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout each month of the year. There is no official deadline for applications. The admissions staff evaluates a completed application once all required materials have been submitted. Notification letters are normally sent out as soon as an acceptance decision has been made. Financial Aid decisions and awards are made when an admissions offer is made or an applicant’s financial aid application is complete, whichever is later. Continued below...
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Students are encouraged to complete their applications for admissions and financial aid as early as possible to maximize their opportunities for receiving financial aid awards. Early application is encouraged. In order to be considered, students should submit all of the following:
1. A completed
online or paper Holy Spirit College Application.
2. An official high school transcript.
3. SAT or ACT test scores. (SAT code: 6551. ACT code: 6829.)
4. Official college transcripts if applicable. (See Transfer Student section.)
5. The required essay.
6. Two letters of recommendation from persons not related to the applicant. At least one recommendation must be from an academic source.
7. A one-time, nonrefundable fee of $25.
After these materials have been submitted, a personal interview is required for all applicants. Applicants residing outside Georgia may arrange a telephone interview.
Application forms are available through the Office of Admissions and online at www.holyspiritcollege.org.
Applications should be mailed to:
Holy Spirit College
4465 Northside Drive
Atlanta, GA 30327
To prepare for the type of liberal arts education offered at Holy Spirit College, it is recommended that high school applicants follow these guidelines for their high school studies:
• 4 credits in each of the following:
o Social Studies
o Foreign Language (ancient or modern)
• 2 credits in Art (performing and/or visual)
Undergraduate Admissions Standards
HSC considers several factors in admissions decisions. No single factor eliminates consideration or guarantees admission. In general, applicants are considered for regular admission based on the following:
• High school grade point averages of 3.25 or above on a 4.0 scale
• SAT or ACT scores (SAT code: 6551. ACT code: 6829.)
• Two letters of recommendation
• Required essay
To prepare for the type of liberal arts education offered at Holy Spirit College, it is recommended that high school applicants follow the following guides for curriculum:
• 4 credits in English
• 4 credits in Mathematics
• 4 credits in Social Studies
• 3 credits in Science including two Laboratory Sciences
• 2 credits of Foreign Language (Ancient or Modern)
• 2 credits of Art (Performing and/or Visual)
• 4 credits of Electives
Students from homeschool programs are encouraged to apply to Holy Spirit College. Homeschool students need to refer to the Admissions Process section of the Catalogue. A special Homeschool Transcript Form has been created by Holy Spirit College and provides a template for required information. All homeschool students seeking admissions must provide a transcript from their homeschool program or documentation of high school courses that fulfill the requirements of Holy Spirit College.
Admissions for Holy Spirit Preparatory Students
All students registered at HSPS must meet the published academic requirements in order to matriculate into Holy Spirit College. Transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and must provide at least two letters of recommendation from current or past faculty members. Students must also prepare a two-page “Statement of Intent to Study at Holy Spirit College” and submit the letters of recommendation and the Statement of Intent to the Provost. For students applying to transfer as freshmen, the application process must include requirements set out for freshman admission and their high school record will significantly influence the admissions process.
Junior and Senior Applicants - HSPS applicants are encouraged to submit their application for admission no later than May 1st if they seek admissions for Michaelmas Semester.
Upon receiving the required application materials, the Provost, along with the Admissions Committee, will consider each student's application. Within two weeks of an application, HSC will notify the student of the applicant's status. The Committee may decide to deny the applicant, grant regular admission or grant a provisional acceptance. An applicant who is provisionally accepted must satisfactorily meet the conditions set forth in his acceptance letter. (See below.) The Committee may also vote to defer making a final decision until more information may be obtained about the student. Once a decision is made, full-time students are required to deposit $500 in order to reserve their space in the upcoming class. The deposit is credited to the student account toward the first semester charges and is to be submitted within 30-days of acceptance. A student may request additional time beyond the 30-day period, but requests are to be made in writing. After a written request is received, a final date known as the Candidate’s Reply Date will be determined for the student to make a decision.
Applicants who do not meet the standard admission criteria (as a result of previous grades or standardized test scores) but show promise for academic success may be admitted as provisional students. Such students are referred to the Admissions Evaluation Committee for further evaluation of their potential for successful college work. Students who are provisionally admitted may be required to participate in a college skills training program designed to develop academic and college organizational skills. These students may also be restricted in the number of credit hours for which they may enroll within their first semester.
Holy Spirit College admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Holy Spirit College admits students of any religion provided that they are supportive of the school’s mission and programs but may afford priority to wait-listed Catholic students in its admissions process.
Academic Probation, Dismissal, & Reenrollment
Students that fail to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of any semester may be placed on academic probation for one semester. Academic probation shall only be removed when the student completes a semester with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students that fail to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.0 at the end of any semester will be placed on academic suspension for one semester and terms may be imposed for their return to active enrollment. Students returning from academic suspension must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the semester of their return or shall be subject to academic dismissal and may only return to the college (if at all) following a de novo application process. Students may not visit the campus or the residential complex while suspended for any reason without consent of the Provost or President. Student serving academic suspension may be required and / or choose to pursue academic studies at another institution. Students serving academic probation may be required to follow directions that may inter alia include elements of the various disciplinary sanctions set out above.
Readmission to Holy Spirit College
Students who leave HSC may be readmitted by completing a new application for admission. This application and an official transcript from any other institution attended must be submitted to HSC admission office. All grades and course credits earned at HSC within the two years prior to the application for readmission will remain a part of the student’s academic record. A student seeking readmission may request that the college, at its direction, give credit for all prior work at HSC but may not select individual courses while seeking to extinguish others.
The request for readmission must be in writing and must be accompanied by a new application for admission and official transcripts of all college work completed.
For admissions purposes, Holy Spirit College will consider only the college transcripts of students who have taken twenty-four hours or more college-level courses. However, if less than twenty-four hours of college credit have been earned; high school records will also be considered along with other required admissions materials. Holy Spirit College accepts transfer credit from accredited or approved institutions only after a course-by-course evaluation of courses in which a grade of C or better has been earned.
Advanced Placement and CLEP Credit
Holy Spirit College accepts student scores from both the Advanced Placement (AP) and the College Level Examination Placement (CLEP) examinations for credit toward a student's undergraduate graduation requirements. A maximum of four courses will be accepted for exemption. At the discretion of the Provost, courses in excess of the four permitted for credit may allow a student to exempt a core course and select an elective or non-core course required for the student's major.
Advanced Placement Policy - A minimum score of three is accepted in all AP subject areas except U.S. Government & Politics, which requires a minimum score of four. Advanced Placement credit will not be accepted for Western Civilization.
Students planning to complete their degree at Ave Maria University should request that the Registrar of Holy Spirit College verify prevailing policies at that institution.
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