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Admissions

Husson University believes all individuals should have the opportunity to further their education. Undergraduate candidates approved for admission prior to fulfilling the requirement of high school or the equivalent thereof are accepted contingent upon successful completion of all academic work and the receipt of a final transcript of grades. The University reserves the right to refuse the acceptance of a degree candidate. Admission to the University or to particular programs may also be refused to applicants where academic record provides doubt as to the candidate’s ability to make reasonable academic progress. It invites applications from secondary school graduates or students having received a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and qualified international students without regard to age, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, level of family income, or physical ability. While the information below elaborates general policies for undergraduate admissions, candidates should refer to selected undergraduate and graduate programs for specific requirements on admittance.

When a student begins study at the University leading to a degree, he or she must meet the curriculum requirements in effect at that time. However, without prior notice, the University may at any time replace or update curricula and courses. All courses may not be offered during a given academic year. If a student should drop out of school for a calendar year (12-month period), he or she is obligated to meet any new curriculum requirements imposed by the University subsequent to the student’s initial enrollment. Nonattendance in summer school sessions does not constitute a break in enrollment.

 Applicants for admission to Husson may receive guidance and assistance from the Admissions Office on the Husson campus. The Admissions Office provides materials to help applicants learn more about the University. They also invite applicants for personal interviews and campus tours.

Application Information

Husson University’s rolling admission program allows applications to be reviewed as soon as they are complete. Applications are accepted for consideration for September, January or May semesters. There is a $40 application fee. All applicants should have copies of their transcripts sent to the Admissions Office as soon as possible after applying for admission.

Admission is competitive and applicants to the first year of college study are admitted on the strength of their secondary school curriculum, grade-point average, class rank, counselor recommendations, and SAT or ACT scores in relation to their intended major. Completion of college preparatory courses at the secondary level with a “C” or better, or its equivalent, is recommended. This includes four years of English, three years of math, two sciences, social studies, and other elective college preparatory courses.

Students whose high school transcripts show limited academic performance may be accepted on a conditional basis if they have a favorable recommendation from a high school guidance counselor or principal and show evidence of potential for success.

Transfer students are welcome and must present transcripts of their high school and college records. Transfer applicants should be in good academic standing and generally need a grade-point average of at least 2.0.

To be considered for admission, an applicant should do the following:

  1. Complete and return the application form, available through the Admissions Office or on-line at www.husson.edu.
  2. Submit an official high school transcript or GED scores.
  3. Forward SAT or ACT scores
  4. Forward to the Admissions Office official transcript(s) from any college(s) or university(s), which the applicant attended.
  5. A letter of recommendation from guidance counselor, teacher or non-family member.

Applicants should also see their program for additional admissions information.

When the file is complete and all credentials are received, the Director of Admissions will notify the applicant by letter regarding her/his admissions status.

All incoming students for September are required to submit a $250 tuition deposit. This deposit is refundable until May 1, to all incoming high school seniors. Requests for the refund must be addressed to the Director of Admissions and be postmarked no later than May 1. Deposits received after May 1 or from non high school seniors are nonrefundable. The deposit will be applied to first term tuition charges.

Candidates for the spring or summer terms must also submit a $250 tuition deposit upon notification of acceptance to the University. The spring and summer term's deposit is nonrefundable. The deposit will be applied to first term tuition charges.

The priority application deadline for all health programs is January 1st for the fall term.  Admission to most health programs is based on a competitive comparison to other applicants for the same term, therefore applicants who meet the expressed minimum admission requirements are not necessarily guaranteed acceptance.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to become familiar with Husson University. Campus tours and open house programs provide candidates with an opportunity to visit the University and experience campus life. Visits may occur at other times, and personal interviews are recommended.

All correspondence concerning undergraduate admission should be addressed to:

Admissions Office

Husson University

1 College Circle

Bangor, ME 04401

Telephone: 207-941-7100 or 800-448-7766 (toll-free)

Email: admit@husson.edu

Website: www.husson.edu

Readmission

Students who desire readmission must fill out and submit an Application for Readmission, which can be obtained from the Admissions Office or online at www.husson.edu.

The Director of Admissions will consider the application for readmission on the basis of space availability, program availability, and past academic performance. Upon review of the student’s request and examination of the required data, the student will be notified by letter of the decision regarding his/her readmission to the University.

Non-Degree Admissions

Space permitting, Husson allows students who do not have the intent of completing a degree at the University to enroll in a limited number of courses in any given semester. Such students may include those seeking to take a special course offering, those seeking professional recertification, or those who may need to take one or two courses as a prerequisite to further studies at other institutions. Students wishing to register for courses under this status must complete a Non-degree Admissions application and submit a $40.00 application fee. Please note that acceptance of admission for courses is contingent upon the availability of space and the demonstration that the applicant is appropriately qualified to take the particular offering.

Veterans

Admissions criteria for veterans include graduation from an approved senior high school or a high school equivalency certificate recognized by the applicant's State Department of Education. Husson also accepts a General Educational Development Certificate administered under the United States Armed Forces Institute and subsequently recognized by the applicant's State Department of Education. Veterans Administration paperwork for new students requires four to six weeks for processing.

The University may recognize applicable credit based on the American Council on Education's Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services. Interested applicants must provide a DD 214, a DD 295, AART, SMART, JST, and/or other appropriate credentials for evaluation.

International Students 

Husson University welcomes international students who meet all established University admission criteria.  Since admission requirements vary among areas of study, applicants are advised to read carefully the criteria for their program of choice (see program descriptions at www.husson.edu/schools-and-degrees).  In addition, international applicants must comply with rules established by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and follow the process for acquiring and maintaining an F-1 Visa (See "F-1 Visa Information" at www.husson.edu). 

Both first-year and transfer international applicants are admitted through July 1 for entry in September and through December 1 for entry in January.  Transfer applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 at the time of application.  Applications are reviewed by a Selection Committee as soon as they are complete, and applicants are typically notified of a decision within three weeks.  Because some programs fill early, it is advisable to complete applications by January 31 for September entry.  Candidates for programs in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Pharmacy must be aware that these programs are highly competitive, have a small number of openings each year, and may be filled before January 1.  Please refer to specific programs for admission deadlines at www.husson.edu.  Applicants applying to graduate programs should follow the application instructions for their specific program, found at www.husson.edu/graduate.

For undergraduate admission consideration, applications must include the following:

  1. A completed application found online at www.husson.edu
  2. Official transcripts - one from every high school attended in grades 9 through 12.  All applicants must submit transcripts translated in English or submit transcripts to a credential evaluation service which holds a membership in NACES (www.naces.org/members).  Evaluation reports must be course-by-course.  All transfer candidates must submit transcripts to a credential service. 
  3. Test of English Proficiency.  Husson accepts TOEFL (minimum score 75, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and graduate programs minimum score 80), IELTS (minimum score 6), or iTEP (minimum score 6).  Applicants who have been studying in an English immersion environment for two or more years may replace the test of English competency with SAT or ACT scores or comparable exam results.
  4. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or non-family member.
  5. Affidavit of Financial Support with accompanying proof of finances ( a bank statement indicating resources for one complete year of attendance) and dated within six months. http://www.husson.edu/assets/husson-admissions_InternationalApp-FinancialDeclaration_08142014-fillable.pdf
  6. Interview in person or via Skype is optional but encouraged.
  7. Copy of passport ID Page
  8. Optional photo (no larder than 2x3" - 6.35x7.62cm)
  9. There is no application fee for international applicants.

All accepted students must submit an enrollment deposit of $500 by June 1 for September admission.  Students accepted after May 1 must submit the deposit of $500 upon receiving their acceptance. 

International Student Scholarships

The President's Global Scholarship is available to all undergraduate international students.  Students may be eligible for awards of up to $10,000.  Every applicant is screened for eligibility based upon merit criteria that include grade point average, test scores, strength of program of study, leadership, and service.  Scholarships are renewable based upon maintaining a 2.5 grade point average and good school citizenship.  Students must submit all application materials by January 31 to be considered for any level of the President's Global Scholarship.

Contact Information

International students and their families are encouraged to explore Husson University through our website, visits, and personal contact with our staff.  We welcome your questions and the opportunity to showcase our programs.

Direct Inquiries to the following:

Director of International Initiatives - Colleen Grover

Phone: +1 207.404.5640 or email: groverc@husson.edu

Coordinator of International Initiatives - Andrius Ksikvas

Phone: +1 207. 941.7014 or email: ksikvasa@husson.edu

Coordinator of International Student Immigration Affairs - Steve Egland

Phone: +1 207.941.7085 or Email: eglands@husson.edu

Professional Clinical Licensure and Certification Notice

Students who are pursuing degrees leading to application for professional licensure or certification, and/or who will be participating in clinical placements, internships, or practica through their Husson program of study should be aware that their host facility may require a criminal background check, finger printing or drug screening. In such situations, students are responsible for obtaining and paying for the background check or other screening processes and for delivering required documentation to the facility. Although Husson will make reasonable efforts to place admitted students in field experiences and internships, the host facility will determine whether a student will be allowed clinical access at that facility. Students should be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize completion of their coursework and degree requirements, as well as licensure by the state professional regulating body. Students may consult the licensure and/ or certification organization corresponding to their intended major for more details. Successful completion of a program of study at Husson does not guarantee licensure, certification or employment in the relevant occupation.

Student Classification

Degree Status

Students in this category are those enrolled in doctorate, master, bachelor or associate degree programs. Undergraduate degree status students are eligible for financial aid. Degree students may defer their declaration of a major until the end of the first year.

Non-degree Status

Students in this category are pursuing courses for personal enrichment, professional certification, or to fulfill prerequisites at other institutions. Non-degree status students are not eligible for financial aid.

Special Status

Students in this category may have specific academic needs and may not meet the University admissions requirements. They will be assigned an advisor who will monitor their progress. Special students in good academic standing may apply for admission to a degree program. It should be noted that students taking courses without regard to a future academic major may take courses that are not transferable for degree credit. It is to a student’s advantage to declare a degree objective as soon as is practical. As a guideline, a decision should be made after (24) credit hours have been successfully completed. Special status students are not eligible for financial aid.

Conditional Status

Students in this category are those considered to have academic deficiencies, for which a longer time may be required than is shown in the catalog to complete degree requirements. For those students, an individual academic plan may include a reduced course load. Conditional status students are eligible for financial aid.

Advanced Standing Test Programs

Depending upon the program of study, entering students may be awarded advanced standing to a maximum of thirty credit hours on the basis of advanced placement examinations. College credit can be earned through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP) through testing with the College Board or the International Baccalaureate (IB). Students must attain a minimum of 3 or better on the AP and 4 or better on the IB. Six (6) credit hours per subject area may be awarded for the American Council on Education based on recommended passing scores attained on the CLEP as administered by ETS. Other recognized college-credit granting programs may also provide a student advanced standing at Husson. Students are encouraged to present earned credit for evaluation when applying for admission.

ECAP

Husson University recognizes the desire of high school students to take college courses for credit in order to enter college with advanced standing, thereby bypassing selected introductory level courses. In order to address this need, Husson University has created the Early College Access Program. Students must currently be in their junior or senior year of high school. Students are allowed to take a maximum of two classes a semester. Contact the Admissions Office for additional information.

Proficiency Exam

Proficiency examinations developed by departments and divisions within the University are also used to assess attained competencies and provide for advanced standing. These examinations are used to measure student attainment of specific learning normally provided through regular Husson courses. Successful performance results in the awarding of credit for specified courses. The departments and schools of the University designate the courses for which proficiency examinations are available to students.

Proficiency examinations are intended for the purpose of recognizing the already attained skills and knowledge of persons who are enrolled at Husson. Students may challenge any course at Husson with the following exceptions:

  • If a course has a prerequisite, the student must have met the prerequisite requirement before challenging the course;
  • Those courses restricted by catalog statements on eligibility or otherwise not approved by the separate university departments or divisions;
  • The most advanced-level course in a sequence of courses where skills and knowledge attained are closely related to potential job performance; and
  • Graduate courses. Some graduate nursing courses are open to challenge by examination. For information, contact the Office of the Dean of the College of Health and Education.

Students may not take a proficiency exam in any course for which credit has already been accepted in transfer by Husson University. Husson University will accept proficiency credits from other colleges and universities that are regionally accredited. A student must be registered in a degree program at Husson University to be eligible to take a proficiency exam (with the exception of high school students enrolled in the ECAP).

If the student’s proficiency examination score meets the minimum standard required for “C” work in the course, credit for the course will be entered on the student’s permanent record by the University Registrar. Such credit will be shown as “credit by proficiency.” No grade will be recorded, and the credits will not be included in the computation of the student’s grade-point average. If the student’s examination does not meet the standard required for “C” work, no credit shall be granted. A student may take a proficiency examination for a given course only once.

Candidates for advanced standing who wish to enroll in a degree program must complete their last thirty (30) credit hours at Husson.

Advanced Standing - Transfer Credit

Students who have attended other accredited institutions and who wish to transfer to Husson are admitted to advanced standing on the quality of their credentials. Such transfer students should have the institution(s) attended send official transcripts of the course work completed to the Husson Admissions Office for evaluation. This should be done as part of the process of applying for admission to the University. Invitations are extended to all transfer students to arrange interviews with the Admissions Office.

Transfer students should follow the regular admission procedure outlined in this catalog. It is recommended that application be made at least one month before the semester in which the student wishes to enter Husson.

The essence of the transfer policy is an evaluation of the individual’s complete official transcript(s) from the institution(s) previously attended. It is the transferee’s responsibility to have these transcripts forwarded to the Husson Admissions Office. Upon admission to the University, a copy of the evaluation of transfer credit is forwarded to the transferee.

A transfer student who is admitted to Husson from an accredited institution is granted academic credit for acceptable transfer courses with the following guidelines:

The transfer student with an associate degree may be granted advanced standing, i.e., junior status with sixty (60) credit hours accepted from the transcript. The student must be aware that more than two additional academic years at Husson may be necessary to complete the degree requirements for a specific Bachelor of Science degree program. Earning degree credits in the summer sessions at Husson may shorten the length of time.

The transfer student, after becoming a resident student at Husson, cannot transfer additional credits from any other institution into a Husson degree or certificate program. A transfer student without an associate degree is granted academic credit for courses in which a “C” or better grade had been attained, or demonstrates academic performance which is acceptable to the Chief Academic Officer and Director of Admissions.

Students who transfer into Husson University must complete their final 30 credit hours at Husson University and a minimum of 15 credits must be specific to the major.

Students who wish to transfer credit into Husson University after having been admitted must follow the policy under Academic Policies.

English and Math General Education Policy

All students are required to demonstrate competency in Math and English. Before starting in their first year, all students that do not have AP or Transfer credits in College Algebra will be required to complete an online math placement exam.  The test results and SAT scores will determine class placement for math.  Students are placed in English courses based on their previous transcripts and verbal SAT score as well as an initial diagnostic given once classes begin. Placement changes may take place during the add/drop period.  

Undeclared Major

Most Husson students declare their intended major when applying for admission to the University. Students may, however, choose to defer their declaration of a major until the end of the first year of study. For those students, the University provides a basic first-year curriculum composed of general education and foundation courses. The student develops a schedule in conjunction with an academic advisor from Academic Services. Subsequent approval of first-year courses for transfer into a degree program rests with the School or academic department offering the degree.

Dual Major – Undergraduate

A student who seeks a second or additional major for his or her baccalaureate degree must meet all General Education requirements for the original major and complete all degree requirements for both majors. A student seeking a second major should complete a “Request for Second Major” form and submit it to his or her original advisor, the new advisor within secondary major, and the department head and dean where the new major is housed. A completed transcript evaluation must be attached and submitted along with the form to the registrar’s office.

Dual/ Second Bachelor’s Degree

A student who seeks a second or additional Bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 30 additional semester hours at Husson beyond the requirements for the first degree and complete all the requirements in the second degree area.

Dual/Second Master’s Degree

If the graduate program allows, a student who seeks a second or additional graduate (Master’s) degree must meet admissions requirements, complete a minimum of 15 additional credit hours at Husson University beyond the requirements for the first graduate (Master’s) degree and must complete all required course for the second gradate (Master’s) degree.