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POL 02.20.01 - Admissions Requirements and Exception Policy for Regular and Special Admission

Authority: Board of Trustees

History:

  • First Issued: April 17, 2015

Additional References:

Contact Information: Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 910-521-6211


1. POLICY STATEMENT

1.1 To qualify for admission to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) a student must meet all course and academic requirements set by both the University of North Carolina system and UNCP. These requirements fall into two categories, Minimum Course Requirements (MCR) and Minimum Admission Requirements (MAR) for high school GPA and test scores.

1.2MCR: The UNC system sets MCR for all constituent campuses. To be admissible, a student applying as a freshman must have four years of English; algebra I, algebra II, geometry(or their equivalents), and one year of advanced mathematics beyond algebra II; three years of science including a year each of physical, biological and laboratory science; two years of social studies including one of U.S. history, plus two years of a foreign language.

1.3MAR:The UNC minimum MAR for all constituent campusesare a high school GPA of 2.5 and SATof 800 (17 ACT).

2. EXCEPTIONS

2.1. Minimum Course Requirements (MCR)

2.1.1 An executive MCR exception may be granted for students who are missing ONE of the required MCR based on academic merit if their high school GPA is above the University average and SAT score is above the University average.

2.1.2 An executive MCR exception may be granted for students who are missing ONE of the MCR based on merit in a special talent area.

2.1.3 MCR executive exceptions in the categories above will be approved by the associate vice chancellor for Enrollment.

2.1.4 Other MCR executive exceptions may be forwarded to the Admissions Review Committee.

2.2 Minimum Admission Requirements (MAR)

2.2.1 First-time undergraduate students admitted with less than a 2.5 GPA or 800 SAT (17 ACT) will be reported to UNC General Administration and counted as Chancellor’s Exceptions; each campus is allowed to admit 1% of its total number of admitted students as Chancellor’s Exceptions. All such applications must be examined by the Admissions Review Committee, and the final admission decision is made by the provost.

2.2.1.1Admissions Review Committee: The purpose of the Admissions Review Committee is to review candidates for first-time undergraduate admissions with special talent and/or circumstances that indicate potential for success but require further documentation and/or an alternative method of evaluation. The director of Admissions chairs the committee and it has four other members approved by the Provost, including the director of Academic Advising and/or the director of the Academic Support Center, and at least one full-time UNCP faculty member.

2.2.1.2Procedure for Committee Review: A student who does not meet UNC-GA’s MAR is denied admission. When a faculty member, Admissions recruiter, or athletic coach encounters a student who is below UNC MAR, but whose special talent or circumstances might warrant admission as a Chancellor’s Exception, that person may file an appeal of the denial with the director of Admissions (for athletes, the athletic director must support the appeal). The student’s entire file, any supporting documentation provided by the nominating recruiter, a plan for academic support during the student’s time at UNCP written by the nominating recruiter, and a statement from the student will be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee. The committee may vote to grant the appeal and recommend the student for admission as a Chancellor’s Exception, or the committee may vote to deny the appeal. The committee’s decision is forwarded to the associate vice chancellor for Enrollment, who will forward it to the provost along with his or her recommendation on whether to admit or deny the student. The provost will make the final decision about whether to admit or deny the student.

2.2.2 The Chancellor will have the authority to develop a sliding scale to allow students who do not meet MAR in one area, but exceed it in the other, to be admitted into special programs (College Opportunity Program or Raising the BAR). Exceptions using this scale will count into the institution’s 1% limit, but will be approved by the associate vice chancellor for Enrollment.

2.2.3 Responsibility for reporting all admissions under this provision to the chancellor and ensuring that the institution remains under the 1% cap each year lies with the provost.

3. TRANSFER APPLICANTS

3.1 Transfer Applicants who are under 21 and do not meet MCR and/or MAR

3.1.1 According to section 700.1.1.2[R] of The UNC Policy Manual, transfer applicants who are under the age of 21 with fewer than 24 hours of transferrable undergraduate credit earned in a post-secondary institution must meet MAR and MCR, unless campus specific exceptions are made.

3.1.2 Transfer applicants who do not meet MCR requirements in high school will be required to complete 24 hours of college-level transferrable credit with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to be admissible. Transfer applicants who do meet MCR requirements but do not meet MAR requirements will be required to complete at least 12 hours of college-level transferrable general education credits with a 2.5 or higher GPA if deficient in only one area (GPA OR test score).  If deficient in both areas (GPA AND test score) the transfer applicant must complete 24 hours of any college-level transferrable credit with a 2.0 or higher GPA.

3.1.3 Transfer applicants who do not meet these requirements will be subject to examination and evaluation by the Admissions Review Committee following a similar procedure to that of first-time undergraduate students in order to be considered for admittance.

4. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

4.1 The Chancellor is required to submit annually a report to the Board of Trustees about any special consideration and Chancellor’s Exceptions.