Aug 24, 2019  
2018-2019 
    
2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Academic Policies


Admission

Admission to Andrews University is available to any student who meets the academic and character requirements of the university and who expresses willingness to cooperate with its policies. Because Andrews University is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the majority of its students are Seventh-day Adventists. However, no particular religious commitment is required for admission. Any qualified student who would be comfortable within its religious, social, and cultural atmosphere may be admitted. The university does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, creed, disability, national or ethnic origin, sex, marital status or handicap.

Admissions to Andrews University does not guarantee admissions to a specific department or program within a given school. Transfers from one school to another may be made when the student meets the admission requirements for that school and has the consent of the deans involved.

Application Process for All Undergraduate Students

Andrews University strongly encourages all interested individuals to apply online and submit the $30, nonrefundable fee.  The online application for undergraduate admissions is available at andrews.edu/apply and must be submitted by a:

  • First time applicant to an Andrews University baccalaureate degree program
  • Continuing AU student who has not been enrolled during at least one academic term
  • Andrews University graduate applying for a second baccalaureate degree

Apply Early

Applications for admissions, the non-refundable $30 fee, and all required documents should be submitted by the following priority deadlines:

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Session 1 Summer Session 2 Summer Session 3
July 15 November 15 March 15 April 15 May 15

Applicants may request changes to the entry term of a submitted application for up to one semester.  If changes to the entry term is for two or more semesters, a new application and fee will need to be submitted.

Freshman Admission Requirements

Students who will attend college after high school graduation are encouraged to apply before their final high school transcript is available. A preliminary 6-semester transcript (through the 11th grade) with a cumulative GPA and ACT or SAT test scores are reviewed by the Undergraduate Admissions Committee for a decision. All students are required to submit a final official high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores before they can attend classes.

Freshman Admission Required Documents

Academic Records

  • Official transcript from an accredited high school, or
  • Home School transcript showing courses taken and grades earned.  Transcript must be signed by the learning coach, or
  • GED certificate with minimum scores of 145 on each section of the test, or
  • Official academic credential from an equivalent overseas secondary school or Ministry of Education (if high school completed outside of the United States)

College Readiness Test Scores

  • PSAT
  • ACT
  • SAT
Freshman Admissions Standards

PSAT-Based Admissions

  • A minimum overall high school GPA of 3.25
  • PSAT scores at the 75th percentile.  Currently, this is a composite score of 1100

Regular Admissions

  • A minimum high school cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • ACT or SAT Test Scores at the 50th percentile.  Currently, these scores are ACT composite score of 20 and SAT composite score of 1020

Students who do not fully meet minimum requirements, but have unique circumstances may be considered for admissions after review of other appropriate evidence of ability to successfully complete academic work at AU.  The Undergraduate Admissions Committee reviews and makes a final decision on students who do not fully meet minimum requirements no later than July 15 for fall semester enrollment and November 15 for spring semester enrollment.

Students who have earned college credit while still in high school are required to have transcripts sent directly to Andrews University Undergraduate Admissions.

Mail:

          Office of Undergraduate Admissions
          Andrews University
          4150 Administration Dr
          Berrien Springs MI 49104-0740

E-Transcript: 

          undergrad@andrews.edu (accepted as official only if sent from a secure authenticated designated party)

Although Andrews University has minimum freshman admission requirements, meeting these minimum standards does not guarantee admissions. The individual admissions status of each applicant is subject to the review and final decision of the Undergraduate Admissions Committee.

Note to Home Schooled Students. Andrews University School of Distance Education operates Griggs International Academy (GIA), an accredited online secondary education program. GIA will work with home school students who take a minimum of their last six high school courses through Griggs International Academy to obtain a fully accredited high school diploma. Contact GIA at 800-782-4769 or enrollgia@andrews.edu.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

Students who have attended any type of institution of higher learning after high school graduation are considered Transfer Students. All transfer students are required to submit a final official high school transcript and official college transcripts before they can attend classes.

Transfer Student Admission Required Documents

Academic Records

  • Complete academic transcripts from all colleges attended
Transfer Student Admission Standards
  • Transfer students must have a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.50. Transfer students who have earned 25 or more semester credits before applying to Andrews are evaluated on the basis of their cumulative college GPA.  ACT/SAT scores are recommended, but not required.
  • Students who have attended a post-secondary institution since graduating from high school, but have completed less than 25 college level credits are admitted based on the same admission standards required of Freshman students.

Students who do not fully meet minimum requirements, but have unique circumstances may be considered for admissions after review of other appropriate evidence of ability to successfully complete academic work at AU.  The Undergraduate Admissions Committee reviews and makes a final decision on students who do not fully meet minimum requirements no later than July 15 for fall semester enrollment and November 15 for spring semester enrollment.

Transfer of Credits

Students who have attended any college or university classes are required to have transcripts sent directly to Andrews University Undergraduate Admissions.  Official transcripts must be requested at the time of admissions in order to ensure a timely evaluation of the credits.

In order for college-level courses to be accepted at Andrews University, they must have been taken at an accredited institution and have received a grade of C- or higher.

Transfer credits will not appear on an official Andrews University transcript.

Documents Needed for Transcript Evaluation

  • Complete college official transcripts from each institution attended.
  • If a student attended an international school, an official WES evaluation is required.  (This does not apply to students who have completed at least one semester abroad as part of their studies at a US Institution or for those who have attended an accredited Seventh-day Adventist Institution.)
  • Additional student documents may be needed for international transfer.

Limit on Number of Transfer Credits.

  • The university allows up to 70 semester hours to be transferred from two-year institutions and applied to a baccalaureate degree. More may be approved by the dean as part of a major course of study.
  • Remedial/precollege courses are not acceptable for transfer.
  • ESL/EFL/ELL courses are not acceptable for transfer.

Transfer of Credits from an Unaccredited School. Students who have attended an unaccredited post-secondary institution are admitted based on regular admission criteria for Freshman students. Transfer credits may be accepted as elective credits based on an evaluation of the institution issuing the credits. The credits may then be applied to a program of study when approved by the department chair/program director and/or ACE director as appropriate. On occasion, Andrews University may create an articulation agreement with an unaccredited institution based on prior history with the success of students from the institution.

Review of Credit for Prior Learning Granted by Other Institutions. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) credits on transcripts are not transferable. Students may present the original documentation (transcripts, certifications, portfolios) to the Prior Learning Coordinator for evaluation in accordance with Andrews University CPL policies and procedures.

International Student Admission Requirements

International Student Admission Required Documents

Academic Records

     First Time In Any College (Freshman)

  • International Students applying as First-time In Any College or University (freshman) must submit official documentation of completion of upper secondary high school.  To know which document is required for the country in which high school studies was completed, see the International High School US Equivalency Document. (International students studying outside the U.S. will be required to take the ACT/SAT if offered at their secondary schools.)

     Transfer Student

  • Students that have completed college or university course work at an international institution must submit an official WES ICAP evaluation. (This policy does not apply to students who have completed at least one semester abroad as part of their studies at a US Institution or for those who have attended an accredited Seventh-day Adventist Institution.)

English Proficiency

Students who did not complete all years of upper secondary high school or two years of college or university level courses at an English-medium institution must demonstrate adequate English proficiency to be admitted into a degree program.

International Students Admission Standards
  • International freshman students must meet the minimum required cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a complete high school transcript or meet the minimum passing marks with a 2.5 or higher GPA based on AACRAO on the secondary school certificate required for the country in which high school studies was completed.
  • Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. Transfer students who have earned 25 or more semester credits before applying to Andrews are evaluated on the basis of their cumulative GPA.
  • Students who have attended a post-secondary institution since graduating from high school, but have completed less than 25 college or university level credits are admitted based on the same admission standards required of freshman students.  ACT/SAT scores are recommended, but not required.

Students who do not fully meet minimum requirements, but have unique circumstances may be considered for admissions after review of other appropriate evidence of ability to successfully complete academic work at AU.  The Undergraduate Admissions Committee reviews and makes a final decision on students who do not fully meet minimum requirements no later than July 15 for fall semester enrollment and November 15 for spring semester enrollment.

English Proficiency Requirement. The table below shows the minimum requirements for the different English Proficiency Exams accepted, including the requirements for the minimum components. Exams must be taken within two years prior to enrollment on any campus.

* Paper-based TOEFL is only accepted when administered by our Center of Intensive English Program or through a partner institution that holds an official agreement with Andrews University.

Concordance Table: Minimum Composite Score
AU Admissions MELAB

TOEFL

iBT

TOEFL

ITP*

IELTS

[Academic]

PTE [Academic]
80 80 550 6.5 54
Concordance Table: Minimum Component Scores
MELAB TOEFL iBT TOEFL ITP* IELTS   PTE
80 Reading 15 all components (except Writing and Speaking) 55 Reading 6 48
Listening 15 Listening 6
Writing 17 Writing 80 Writing 5
Speaking 18 Speaking 3 Speaking 6
Two applicants with the same total score may have very different abilities. Minimum component scores help to ensure that admitted students have the profile of language abilities necessary to be successful in their department. For more information, contact the CIEP at 269.471.2260.

Language proficiency must be met before enrolling full–time in regular course work. Students who score below these levels may complete language requirements by enrolling in Intensive English Program courses (ENSL) on campus and passing the Exit Exam for English as a Second/Foreign Language. Degree programs with higher admissions requirements may also have higher English proficiency requirements.

Students with a score lower than the required minimum may be eligible for the Language Bridge Program which allows students to take a limited number of degree program courses while completing language proficiency requirements in Center for Intensive English Program courses.  Students in the Language Bridge Program must demonstrate language proficiency within three semesters in order to continue in the degree program.  Not all degree programs allow students to participate in the Language Bridge program.  Please contact the Center for Intensive English Programs (CIEP) for additional information at 269.471.2260 or ciep@andrews.edu.

Concordance Table: Minimum Composite Score
  MELAB

TOEFL

iBT

TOEFL

ITP*

IELTS

[Academic]

PTE [Academic]
Language Bridge 69-79 61-79 500-549 5.5-6.0 43-53
ESL Only 68 or below 60 or below 499 or below 5.0 or below 42 or below

The ENSL course work for a student is formulated on the basis of the results of MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English) and placement test results, and the student’s course load is adjusted accordingly. Students are required to take English language studies until English language skills are at an acceptable level. Students who need to take ENSL courses will need to budget for additional costs.

The Counseling & Testing Center in Bell Hall offers the Internet–based TOEFL and MELAB by appointment. The Center for Intensive English Programs (CIEP) in the College of Arts & Sciences offers the Institutional paper–based TOEFL (ITP).

Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status (I-20).  International students who will be living in the US while studying online or on the main campus must provide all required admissions documents and receive admissions to Andrews University in order to begin the process of obtaining an I-20.  The following information is required in order to have an I-20 processed:

  1. Academic acceptance into a degree program
  2. Balanced estimated budget sheet
  3. Support for all personal funds and/or sponsorship (bank statement or letter of sponsorship)
  4. Current bank documentation (last three months)
  5. One-time, non-refundable International Student Fee of $100.
  6. Advance deposit of $3,000 (Citizens of Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada & Mexico are exempt from paying the international deposit)
  7. Copy of Passport
  8. Mailing Address (No P.O. Box Addresses) and telephone number

International students who reside in the US and have a current I-20 and wish to enroll in online or main campus classes for more than one semester must provide Andrews University with copy of the F1 or J1 visa, copy of valid passport and copy of current I-20 or DS-2019.

Required Medical Records

In accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the Michigan Health Department and the American College Health Association, all first-time students attending the Main Campus must supply certain medical records to the school they plan to enter before registration can be completed.

Tuberculosis Screening. All students must submit proof of a negative TB skin test taken any time within six months prior to registration. Students with a previous positive TB skin test must submit a report of a chest X-ray taken anytime within 12 months before registration.

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (German Measles) (MMR) Immunization. Any student born after December 31, 1956, must show proof of immunity to the diseases by one of the following means:

  • Two MMR vaccines received after 12 months of age
  • One MMR vaccine received within the two years before registration
  • A blood test proving immunity to the diseases.

Dual Enrollment Status

Dual enrollment status is available to advanced undergraduate students who wish to begin work on a graduate program. However, taking graduate courses does not guarantee or imply future admission to a degree program. Dual enrollment will affect your financial aid package. Be sure to speak to a financial aid advisor prior to a dual enrollment semester.

Requirements for Undergraduate Students Dual Enrollment. To be eligible for dual enrollment status the student must satisfy all of these requirements:

  • Be an undergraduate student at Andrews University
  • Be within 12 credits of finishing an undergraduate degree
  • Be in the process for admission to a graduate program and meet all other regular admission standards for a graduate program
  • Be enrolled in no more than 12 credits (combined graduate and undergraduate) each semester.
  • Be sure to see your Financial Aid advisor, this may affect your award eligibility.

Limitation on Graduate Credits. The limitations on graduate credits taken while a student has dual enrollment status are the following:

  • Credits may not be used to satisfy undergraduate requirements.
  • A maximum of 16 credits of graduate courses may be reserved and applied to a subsequent graduate degree at Andrews University.

Guest Student Status

Guest Student is a temporary enrollment status, not an admission category. Enrollment as a guest student is no guarantee of admission as an undergraduate degree seeking student. Guest Student enrollment status is valid for one semester and students must submit an enrollment form for each semester they want to attend.

International students who reside in the US and have a current I-20 and wish to enroll in online or main campus classes for more than one semester must provide Andrews University with copy of the F1 or J1 visa, copy of valid passport and copy of current I-20 or DS-2019.

Qualifications for Guest Student Status. Guest Student status is assigned to any of the following:

  • Current regular students at another school but wanting to take courses at Andrews without seeking to earn a degree.
  • Individuals who need certain courses to qualify for certification or admissions to an undergraduate program of study.

High School Students Taking College Classes. High School students are eligible to take Courses Approved for High School Registrations if they meet the following criteria:

  • Students are enrolled in Grade 10, 11 or 12 or equivalent education levels.
  • Students have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 from an accredited high school.  If a transcript from an accredited high school cannot be submitted, standardized test scores are required.
  • Students must also maintain a 3.0 GPA in their Andrews University courses.
  • Students whose first language is not English or who have not completed the last four years in schools where English is the language of instruction must provide evidence of English proficiency.
  • Signed approval is required from a parent and the school registrar (unless home schooled).

Financial limitations apply:

  • To qualify for the high school tuition rate, a student must register for and start the course(s) prior to graduating from high school or taking the GED or equivalent high school completion test.
  • A maximum of two courses per semester will be approved at the high school tuition rate. Students must meet any prerequisites.

Students will be responsible:

  • As each school makes its own decision about whether university courses fulfill high school diploma requirements, the student is responsible for clarifying credit status with their school counselor before registering.
  • High school students taking Andrews University courses are held to the same academic policies, procedures and deadlines as university students. These students will be personally motivated and responsible for their college level studies, requesting support as needed.

Delivery of courses. Andrews University college courses are available to eligible high school students in the following formats:

  • On-campus courses taken by an individual student or by groups of students through the Berrien RESA or area high schools, taught by Andrews University faculty or adjunct faculty.
  • Interactive online courses taken by individual students or by groups of students through Adventist Academies or Griggs International Academy affiliate schools, taught by Andrews University faculty or adjunct faculty.
  • Concurrent enrollment courses taken by groups of students attending an Adventist Academy, taught by approved academy teachers who serve as Andrews University adjunct faculty.

More information for high school students, parents and advisors, as well as schools interested in concurrent enrollment, is available through www.andrews.edu/precollege

Limitation of Credits Taken on Guest Student Status. Students who eventually apply and receive regular admission, may ask that up to 30 of the Andrews undergraduate credits taken as a Guest Student be applied towards the proposed degree. A minimum grade of C must be received in each course to be accepted for degree credit.

Students Accepted with Prescribed Intervention

Some freshmen who do not meet regular admissions standards but whose high school performance or test scores indicate a possibility of success may be accepted. They are advised through the Student Success Center. They will receive skills assessments and will be placed in classes selectively to enhance their academic success. Many will be required to take skills building classes. Our goal for students accepted with intervention is to have them improve skills deficits and achieve satisfactory academic performance to progress in their academic program.

Refusal or Annulment of Admission

Applicants may be refused admission

  • when they do not meet the admission standards
  • when they submit transcripts or records found to be fraudulent. Admission status may be canceled or annulled
  • when students do not meet the conditions specified for continuing enrollment
  • when the admission status was based on documents later found to be fraudulent.
  • when information that differs from the expectation of integrity agreed to in the Andrews University application is disclosed.

Undergraduate Academic Information

Planning Programs

Advisors. Students are assigned academic advisors based on the major chosen. Advisors function as academic guidance counselors to help students to schedule their courses, to learn how to follow academic rules and regulations, and to make decisions regarding their future. Although advisors assist students, the responsibility for meeting degree requirements and knowing the rules which govern academic matters always rests with the individual student.

Required Placement Tests. Before registration, all new students must take two placement tests for use in academic advising:

  • ACT or SAT
    The ACT or SAT is required for admission and should be taken before arriving on campus. (International students studying outside the U.S. will be required to take the ACT/SAT if offered at their secondary schools.)
  • TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS, or PTE International students that have not had four years of secondary school that was taught in English are required to take the TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS, or PTE.
  • Mathematics Placement Test
    The Mathematics Placement Test is given on campus.

Direct questions concerning advising, tutoring and student success to the Student Success Center. (phone 269-471-6096, e-mail: success@andrews.edu).

Declaration of Major. Students are encouraged to declare their major field of study by the start of their sophomore year. Special advisors are assigned to students yet undecided. Assistance in exploring majors/careers is given through the Student Success Center and the Counseling & Testing Center.

How to be Well-Prepared Academically

If you want to be well prepared for your university studies at Andrews University, we recommend that you take the following courses during your high school/academy/secondary home school years (or the equivalent of grades 9 through 12 in the U.S. educational system):

  • Three years of math, including algebra I and II;
  • Three years of lab sciences courses, with biology, chemistry and/or physics recommended;
  • Four years of English courses, including ones that emphasize writing and vocabulary;
  • Two years of a foreign language if your plans include a Bachelor of Arts degree at Andrews;
  • One year-long computer course, including development of skills in database, web page development and other advanced skills; and
  • Two years of social studies courses, including world or U.S. history (or history for your country of residence) and geography.

If it’s available at your school, also plan to take a Bible/religion course each year. Music/fine arts, physical education and practical arts also help build a well-rounded secondary education.

To find out more on how to take the right academic steps to succeed when you attend Andrews University (as well as other information on attending Andrews), please consult www.andrews.edu/future/.

Class Standing

At the beginning of the autumn semester, undergraduate students are classified according to the number of semester credits earned.

Freshman 0–24 Sophomore 25–56
Junior 57–86 Senior 87+

Areas of Study

Specific requirements for majors, minors, and professional-degree programs are listed under each department section. Courses in other departments which are needed for a degree program also may be required as related cognate requirements.

All courses used to meet major requirements must be selected in consultation with the major professor or advisor.

Honor Lists

Dean’s List. Students with a minimum semester GPA of 3.50 are eligible to be on the Andrews University Dean’s List. They must carry a load of at least 12 letter-graded credits, have no letter grades below a B (3.00), and have no incompletes. Receipt of a DG does not affect eligibility for the Dean’s List as long as letter grades are earned in at least 12 credits, excluding those with a DG. Each semester this list may be published or posted.

Study-Work Loads

Course Load. The course load is expressed in semester credits. Each semester credit represents one fifty-minute class period or equivalent per week for one semester. Preparation time of approximately two hours for each class period is assumed. Thus a 4-credit class meets four times a week. A laboratory or practicum experience of 3 hours is considered equal to one regular class period unless otherwise noted in the course syllabus.

The normal undergraduate class load is 15 to 16 credits per semester. Those wishing to register for more than 17 credits must secure permission from their dean. If good scholarship has been demonstrated by the student, the dean may permit a freshman to register for a maximum load of 17 credits; sophomores, juniors, and seniors for 18 credits. Adding to the course load by receiving private instruction, by correspondence work, or by registering in another university or college while being currently registered at Andrews University is not allowed. Exceptions must have permission from the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled. If permission is granted, the total study load per semester must not be greater than the maximum load permitted in residence. A student is not permitted to earn more than 20 credits during one semester.

Work Load. The course load of students who engage in part-time employment must be adjusted to provide a reasonable balance of work and study. In determining the proper balance, the student’s intellectual capacity and previous academic record are considered. Students taking 12 to 16 credit hours are recommended a maximum work load of 20 hours per week.

Students should consult with their advisors in planning a proper balance of study and work. Exceptions to the above guidelines require approval by the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled and the Employment Office before the work is undertaken. On-campus employment is limited as specified in the financial section of this bulletin.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students are expected to maintain the following minimum academic performance standards:

  • Successfully complete at least 66% of all courses attempted following initial enrollment.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.00 (average grade of C).

If a student fails to maintain an overall GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 system), his/her enrollment category is changed to probationary.

Academic Probation Procedures

Academic Probation. A student is classified as on Academic Probation when one or more of the following three conditions apply:

  1. the cumulative AU GPA falls below 2.00,
  2. the semester GPA is 1.75 or below,
  3. a combination in a semester of three or more of Withdrawals (W), Incompletes (I), or grades lower than a C.
  • Students on academic probation are removed from probation when their academic status changes to good academic standing.
  • Part-time employment should be no greater than 12 hours per week and extra-curricular activities should be limited:
    • Students on academic probation status shall not be allowed to:
      • Be a member of Andrews Gymnics or Cardinals sports teams
      • Be a member of any performing group that requires frequent absences from campus
      • Hold an officer position in AUSA or any departmental club.

UG Academic Dismissal. Students are subject to academic dismissal from the University in one of the following ways:

 

  • Earning during a given semester a GPA of 1.25 or less
  • Two consecutive or three total semesters on academic probation
  • Violations of the Academic Integrity Code as outlined in the Andrews University Academic Integrity Policy

Students may also be dismissed from a department or program if the specific requirements for a degree are not met by that individual.

Dismissal in December.

Students may be dismissed in December if they:

  • Were admitted on academic probation as a transfer student from another institution, and were listed on academic probation at Andrews based on Fall Semester grades
  • Were dismissed at the end of their most recent semester at Andrews and had their dismissal revoked on appeal, but failed to achieve Good Academic Standing based on Fall Semester grades
  • Were readmitted for Fall Semester after an academic dismissal but failed to achieve Good Academic Standing based on Fall Semester grades

Dismissal in May.

Students may be dismissed in May if they:

  • Have had two consecutive semesters, or three total semesters, on academic probation status and failed to achieve Good Academic Standing based on Spring Semester grades
  • Were dismissed at the end of their most recent semester at Andrews and had their dismissal revoked on appeal, but failed to achieve Good Academic Standing based on Spring Semester grades
  • Were readmitted for Spring Semester after an academic dismissal but failed to achieve Good Academic Standing based on Spring Semester grades
  • Received notice in December that their academic probation status would result in dismissal at the end of Spring Semester unless their GPA improved significantly based on Spring Semester grades (Deferred Dismissal)

Appeal Process:

  • A dismissal that follows Andrews University policy will not normally be eligible for an appeal. Students who feel there are extenuating circumstances that override policy may appeal a dismissal decision to their Academic Dean. Consultation with the Director of the Student Success Center, departments, and/or academic advisors may be necessary before appeal decisions are made.
  • Academic Deans will communicate decisions on appeals to students and copy these decisions to Student Success.

International Collegiate Programs

The following apply to transfer credit from institutions outside of the United States.

Evaluation of Transfer Credit

Transfer credits from institutions outside of the United States must be evaluated by the World Education Services International Credential Advantage Package (WES ICAP). Students are required to submit official transcripts in the original language accompanied by an authorized translation to the World Education Service for WES ICAP evaluation.

This does not apply to students who have completed at least one semester abroad as part of their studies at a US Institution or for those who have attended an accredited Seventh-day Adventist Institution.

Advanced Credit
Students who have attended schools in systems of education extending beyond the equivalent of 12 years of elementary and secondary school in the United States may be awarded advanced credit.

A-Level Passes. Students with A-level passes may be awarded up to 10 credits for each A-level pass. These credits may be used as applicable toward graduation requirements, including major, concentration, minor, Andrews Core Experience and general electives.

European Advanced Standing. Andrews University may grant varying amounts of advanced standing credits (0 to 32 semester credits) in general education only, to students graduating from countries with high school completion standards at the level of select European gymnasiums. Students are required to submit official transcripts in the original language accompanied by an authorized translation to the World Education Service for WES ICAP evaluation.

Cambridge Pre-U
Credit is awarded for Pre-U grades of M3 or higher.

International Baccalaureate Exam
A score of 4 (Higher Level) or better will be accepted for general education credits. A score of 5 (Higher Level) or better will be considered by departments for credit towards major requirements.

Credit For Prior Learning

Andrews University approves credit for prior college-level learning earned through recognized advanced standing, standardized and department exams, validation and portfolio assessments. Other options are reviewed by the Articulation Council.  For information about evaluation of transfer credits, see Bulletin Undergraduate Academic Policy: Transfer of Credits.

No form of credit for prior learning will be approved to replace grades earned through Andrews University.

In order for credit to be assessed and articulated:

  1. The student must have matriculated and be in good and regular standing at the time prior learning credit is requested.
  2. Prior learning credits must be evaluated prior to registration in the last 12 credits required for program completion.
  3. The total of all credit awarded for prior learning, excluding credits transferred from accredited institutions must not exceed 30% of the total credits required for program completion.

Before first registration, students should discuss all prior college-level learning (documented and undocumented) with their academic advisor and the Prior Learning Coordinator.  Assessed prior learning is assigned a pass or fail grade.  Only passing grades are recorded as prior learning credit.

Advanced Placement Exams. Credits for advanced high school learning may be applied toward major, concentration, minor, core experience and elective requirements. The following options are currently recognized:

Cambridge Pre-U

See International Collegiate Programs policy.

College Board (AP)
Credit awarded for Math, Science and English scores of 4 or 5; credit awarded for scores of 3 or higher for all other subject exams.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

See International Collegiate Programs policy.

High School Advanced Standing

See International Collegiate Programs policy.

Standardized Exams. Recognition for prior learning may be achieved through credit by exams taken through standardized examining bodies such as College Level Exam Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST), and Excelsior College (UExcel).

CLEP – College Level Exam Program 
Transfer credit awarded for scores of 62 or higher in Science and Language subject exam; and scores of 50 or higher in all other subject exams.

DSST – DANTES Subject Standardized Test 
Transfer credit awarded for scores of 434 or higher in science and language subject exams; and scores of 400 or higher in all other subjects.

UEXCEL – Excelsior College
Transfer credits awarded for scores of B or higher on listed Language and Science exams; scores of C or higher will be accepted on all other approved subject exams.

Scores meeting departmentally established minima will be articulated as transfer credit with a passing grade.  

Students may take standardized exams at any approved testing center, including the Andrews University Counseling and Testing Center.

Departmentally Administered Assessments. In some programs, challenge or performance exams can be arranged to waive requirements, place into courses (meet prerequisites), or earn credits meeting program requirements. Departmentally-constructed tests may be written, oral or skill assessments, or external exams administered by the department for internal evaluation.  

Validation of Non-Traditional Learning. Professional certifications or performance exams may be evaluated for alignment to Andrews University course outcomes.  Credit awarded does not meet residency requirement. Andrews University recognizes college-level learning validated through entities such as the American Council on Education (ACE), the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), and Joint Services Transcripts (JST).  Some transfer credits from unaccredited entities not recognized by American Council on Education may be approved by the Chair of the Department and the respective Dean.

Portfolio Assessment. When none of the above methods apply, prior learning may be validated and credit granted through review of a portfolio of evidence demonstrating achievement of a specific course’s learning outcomes. Students begin the prescribed portfolio process by contacting the Prior Learning Coordinator and their academic advisor. 

Students must complete at least 12 credits in their current program prior to applying for Andrews University portfolio assessment. Portfolios may be assessed through the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).  Credit that may be awarded does not meet residency requirement.

Credit for Off-Campus Study/Experience - After Admission to AU

In keeping with the Andrews mission statement, many opportunities are available for students to engage in changing the world during their degree program. Academic credit is available for some of these experiential learning commitments.

Adventist Colleges Abroad Studies. Andrews University co-sponsors Adventist Colleges Abroad, a program in which qualified students study overseas while completing requirements for graduation at Andrews. This language and cultural immersion is available in eight locations: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, England, France, Italy, Singapore, and Spain.

Andrews degree-seeking students earn Andrews University credit for courses listed in the current Andrews bulletin which are available on ACA campuses. Working with both Andrews and ACA advisors, students may be able to transfer additional credits offered by the ACA college which are not listed in the Andrews bulletin. More information is available at http://www.aca-noborders.com/ or https://www.andrews.edu/cas/inls/programs/aca.html

Educational Tours.Tours enrich required classes.

Internships/Practicum/Externships/OPT. Work opportunities may be offered for professional programs that require an internship for degree completion. They contribute to preparation to obtain a license. Externships may be arranged through departmental connections for new graduates. No grade is assigned.

Student missions. Students may volunteer to serve in another culture or state, breaking their full-time study for one or more semesters. In addition to co-curricular mission-preparation, students may arrange to complete one or more courses through distance learning or independent study at special tuition rates. Students may wish to discuss options with their academic advisor to maximize the global learning during this mission experience.

Transient credit. Students may take and transfer credit from another college or university after being admitted to an Andrews degree program. A transient form should be completed prior to taking courses elsewhere to ensure credits meet degree requirements.

Transferring Correspondence Courses from Another Institution. A maximum of 16 semester credits by correspondence, other than credits taken through Andrews School of Distance Education, is accepted toward a baccalaureate degree. However, correspondence credit may be applied on a major or a minor only with the approval of the department chair. Normally, students do not take correspondence courses while in residence. They may be allowed to do so because of a schedule conflict. Permission must be obtained in writing from the dean of the school in which the credit is to be accepted. Correspondence work is counted as part of the regular college load. Courses should be completed within six months from the time of enrollment.

Only 6 transfer credits, including correspondence credits, may be applied toward the last 36 semester credits of a baccalaureate degree. Correspondence courses cannot be used to replace failures or other low grades earned in residence. All transcripts for correspondence work must be in the Office of Academic Records at least 15 days prior to commencement weekend.

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

The general requirements are the minimum required to receive a baccalaureate degree. Departments often have higher standards and additional requirements. The minimum, general standards are listed below.

Credit Requirement

  • A minimum of 124 semester credits must be earned and applied toward the degree.

Course Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees. Students must complete required courses including the following: General Education requirements plus the requirements for a major, a minor (if required), and specified cognates (or related courses).
  • Professional baccalaureate degrees. Students must complete all required courses including the following: General Education requirements plus the specific requirements for a degree as outlined in the appropriate section of this bulletin, including core, major, emphasis, and cognate requirements.
  • All baccalaureate degrees. Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester credits from courses numbered 300 or above.

Residence Requirements

  • A minimum of 30 of the last 36 semester credits applied to a baccalaureate degree must be earned on campus OR a minimum of 50% (62 credits) of undergraduate credit requirement. Before a student takes non-Andrews University courses for any part of the other 6 semester credits, the dean of the college/school in which the student is enrolled must approve.
  • A minimum of one-third of the credits required for a major, and 3 credits required for a minor must be earned on campus and in courses numbered 300 or above.
  • School of Business Administration students seeking a BBA must complete at least 50% of the core and major (33 of the total 66 credits) in residence.

Grade Requirements

  • Overall GPA: A GPA of at least 2.00 (C) is required in all credits, and in credits earned at Andrews University. (Individual schools or departments may have higher minimum GPA requirements.)
  • Major GPA: A GPA of at least 2.25 is required in all transfer credits, and in all credits earned at Andrews University that are counted for a major. (Individual schools or departments may have higher minimum GPA requirements.)
  • Minor GPA: A GPA of at least 2.00 is required in all transfer credits, and in all credits earned at Andrews University that are counted for a minor. (Individual schools or departments may have higher minimum GPA requirements.)
  • No course with a grade below C- may count toward a major or minor.

One Degree with Multiple Majors. Students may earn more than one major for a single degree. When more than one major is chosen, all the requirements for each major must be met to include all cognates for each major. If the majors represent more than one degree the student must specify which degree he/she wishes to receive (i.e., BA, BS or Professional degree) and complete the General Education requirements for that degree. A course may be used to fulfill the requirements for more than one major or minor if at least 75% of the major/minor credits are not also counted for another major/minor. A course may not be used to fulfill the requirements of more than one major or minor used for teacher certification. Any courses that fulfill cognate requirements for one major/minor may also be counted for another major/minor. One diploma will be issued for the single degree even if there are multiple majors.

Multiple Degrees. Students who earn more than one major and the majors are in different degrees may wish to earn a degree for each major (i.e., BA, BS or Professional degree). If more than one degree is chosen the General Education requirements for each degree must be completed. A General Education course may be used to fulfill the General Education requirements for multiple degrees. All the requirements for each major must be met to include all cognates for each major. A course may be used to fulfill the requirements for more than one major or minor if at least 75% of the major/minor credits are not also counted for another major/minor. A course may not be used to fulfill the requirements of more than one major or minor used for teacher certification. Any courses that fulfill cognate requirements for one major/minor may also be counted for another major/minor. One diploma will be issued for each degree earned.

Assessment (Evaluation) Requirements. Baccalaureate-degree candidates must complete general and departmental assessment examinations administered by the Counseling and Testing Center. These senior exit testing experiences include nationally normed standardized tests for all first-baccalaureate candidates and major field exams for selected departments and majors. In addition to the senior exit tests required for graduation, some departments may ask students to participate in additional assessment activities. Results from assessment experiences are reviewed by departments, the General Education Committee, and the Committee for University Assessment as part of the university’s commitment to continuous improvement of student learning.

Request for Graduation. Degree candidates must file an Undergraduate Graduation Application with approval of the advisor and Office of Academic Records.

Second Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

If a student wishes to earn a second baccalaureate degree, he/she must

  • complete, in residence, 30 credits beyond those required for the first baccalaureate degree.
  • meet all of the published requirements of the second degree major/professional component, including prerequisites, cognates, degree core, and General Education requirements specific to the program of study for the second degree.
  • complete a minimum of 3 credits in religion if the first degree did not include a comparable General Education component in religion.

Associate Degree Requirements

Credit Requirement. A total of 62 semester credits must be earned and applied toward the degree.

Course Requirements. Students must complete the General Education requirements plus the specific requirements for the degree as specified in the appropriate section of this bulletin, including core, major, emphasis, and cognates as required.

Residence Requirements.

  • A minimum of 15 of the last 21 semester credits applied to a degree must be earned in residence. Before a student takes non-Andrews courses for any part of the final 6 credits, the dean of the college/school in which the student is enrolled must approve.
  • A minimum of 9 credits of the major must be taken in residence.

Grade Requirements. The grade requirements for an associate degree are the same as for a baccalaureate degree.

  • Overall GPA: A GPA of at least 2.00 (C) is required in all transfer credits and in credits earned at Andrews University. (Individual schools or departments may have higher minimum GPA requirements.)
  • Major GPA: A GPA of at least 2.25 is required in all transfer credits and in all credits earned at Andrews University that are counted for a major. (Individual schools or departments may have higher minimum GPA requirements.)

Request for Graduation. A degree candidate must file a request for graduation with approval by the student’s advisor and a designated records officer.

Student’s Governing Bulletin

Students may graduate under the bulletin for any school year they attend Andrews as long as that bulletin was published no more than ten years before the planned date of graduation. If students leave the university after earning at least 8 semester credits and then try to transfer more than 12 semester credits earned in the interim from another college, they are governed by the bulletin for the school year in which they return. The dean of the college in which the student is enrolled may permit exceptions.

The university reserves the right to require students (1) to take another course when a course required under an earlier bulletin is no longer offered, and (2) to graduate under a recent bulletin if they are working for certification by a governmental or professional agency.