Admission

Admission

United Westminster University has a non-discriminatory (race, color, gender, age, handicap, national or ethnic origin) admissions policy. The school’s policy is to admit students to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities at the school and to make no discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, handicap, national or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, applications for admission, scholarship, and extracurricular programs.

United Westminster University’s admissions policy, therefore, is in compliance with the following federal statutes prohibiting such discrimination:

 

  • Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Application for admission is reviewed for, and admission is granted into specific programs of study offered by the school. Admission to one program of study does not imply admission is being granted to another program of the school.

Applicants to programs of the seminary are evaluated on the basis of academic preparation and potential for ministry. Application for admission should be made at least three months prior to the date of enrollment. New students may enroll in the fall, winter, spring, or summer terms. The following materials should be addressed to the Director of Admissions:

  • A completed application form.
  • References from three individuals, including the applicant’s pastor.
  • Non-refundable application fee $50.00.
  • A statement of Christian faith.
  • A statement of reasons for wishing to pursue a particular degree.
  • Official transcripts from all previous academic work (a B.Th. degree or its equivalent from an accredited school with a 2.5 GPA is ordinarily required).
  • Two recent photographs.

Admission may be granted on the basis of these credentials alone, or the seminary may require a personal interview with the applicant.

Any admitted student who defers enrollment more than one year beyond the initial entrance date must submit another completed application form, the application fee, and other material that may be requested by the Director of Admissions.

All documents and supporting data required for admission become the property of United Westminster University and will NOT be returned to the applicant.

Completed applications are considered on a ‘rolling’ basis, and admission is offered as long as space is available. Applicants will be notified of an admission decision soon after their files are complete.

Students who desire to transfer from other institutions should apply for admission in the usual way, submitting with their application a transcript of their institution work.

A request for transfer credit should be accompanied by a catalog containing the course descriptions from the previous institution. If courses apply to the UWU curriculum, credit may be granted for work completed in accredited schools and receiving satisfactory grades (C). No credit will be given for work that received a grade below C.

Grade point averages on UWU transcripts will be determined on the basis of work done only at UWU. Transfer students may be required to take more than the minimum requirements for graduation because courses taken elsewhere may not be equivalent to those in the UWU curriculum. In any case, the last year of residence work must be completed at UWU for transfer students.

In selecting students for admission, UWU looks for evidence of Christian commitment and for the capacity and desire to learn. Students who are interested in the Christian perspective and curriculum of UWU and who show an interest in its aims are eligible for consideration.

 

It is usually advisable for a student to be growing Christian for at least one year before applying to UWU. Each applicant should give evidence of a Christian life that is clearly recognizable by fellow Christians.

No period of time is specified before students dismissed for poor academic per­formance are eligible to petition for readmission. The school’s admissions and standards committee, however, will readmit a student only when there is clear evidence that the difficulties previously encountered can be overcome and that eventual completion of degree requirements can reasonably be expected.

Most courses may be audited by individuals who want to learn more about the Word of God, but do not desire a degree. In addition, most courses may be audited by regularly admitted students with permission of the instructor and subject to availability of classroom space. Audited courses are recorded on the transcripts of all students as “Audit.”