Catalog of Abilene Christian University, 2005-2006 Page: 15
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University Admission Procedures and Policies/Academic Information 15
Former fully-admitted students should see the Office of the Registrar
for re-admission to the university. Students who were suspended
at the time they left the university should refer to the "Academic
Suspension" policy on page 19.
Former intercollege, transient, special, junior-scholar and other
non-degree students must apply through the Admissions Office as a
freshman or transfer student. Former non-degree students should
contact the Registrar's Office to continue as a non-degree student.
and Welcome Week
Newly-admitted freshmen receive their tentative fall schedule after
registering online for Passport. Transfer students may register by
contacting the academic department of their declared major.
All admission records, transcripts, test scores, fees and deposits, and
student health records must be on file prior to Passport. Incomplete
admission records, test scores, and/or health records will prevent
students from registering.
Freshmen students must be registered in required first-year university
core courses in Bible, freshman English and UNIV 100, unless they
have already completed these courses.
International Student Registration
International undergraduate students must be registered for at least
12 hours. Undergraduates whose native language is not English are
required to enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) unless they
can demonstrate acceptable English language skills by making a score
of at least 525 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
or 197 on computer based TOEFL. ESL courses are added to other
graduation requirements; they do not count toward graduation. For
more information, please see the Institute of Intensive English section
in Foreign Languages (page 66).
Passport is a summer orientation program for entering freshmen,
transfers and their parents. All new students are required to attend
one of two Passport sessions. During the two-day Passport session,
students will receive important information about starting their
journey at ACU and will meet fellow students and professors.
They will also complete placement testing, receive comprehensive
academic advising and confirm their fall schedule. Transfer students
with 22 or more eligible ACU hours may register for courses prior
to Passport through their academic departments, but are still
required to attend Passport.
Lifetime memories start at this five-day program preceding the
first week of the fall semester. The journey for freshmen and
transfer students begins by developing close relationships with
fellow students, faculty and staff. Many activities keep students
busy learning about each other and ACU's traditions, school spirit
and educational opportunities. The candlelight devotional on
opening night creates a lasting bond among the new class and
upperclassmen. Students engage in a variety of small and large
group activities such as service projects, devotionals, academic
meetings, technology sessions, games and meetings with
University Seminar classmates or fellow transfer students.
Welcome Weekend is an orientation program for students entering
in the spring semester, including freshmen, transfers and their
parents. All new students who are beginning in the spring semester
are required to attend the Welcome Weekend sessions. During
the two-day program, students will receive important information
about starting their journey at ACU and will meet fellow students
and professors. There will also be opportunities to complete
placement testing, receive comprehensive academic advising
and confirm their schedule.
The information provided in this catalog is subject to change
without notice and does not constitute a contract between Abilene
Christian University and a student or an applicant for admission.
The information in this catalog is current as of fall 2005. The Degree
Plan Notebook for associate and baccalaureate degrees (located in
the academic deans' offices, the library and the Registrar's Office)
has details for all undergraduate degree plans approved by the
faculty and the University Undergraduate Academic Council.
For graduate programs, consult the Graduate School section of this
catalog (page 118).
Abilene Christian University follows the college calendar set by the
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The college year consists
of two 16-week semesters (or terms) and one summer term with
sessions ranging in length from three to five weeks.
Enrollment Terms of a College Year
* Fall - a 16-week term that is completed before the
* Spring - a 16-week term that is completed in early May
* Summer - beginning mid-May and ending before the fall
* Intensive Courses - courses taught in an intense format
within a term (e.g. January, weekends and other courses of
variable length that are taught within one of the above terms)
Definitions and Explanations
Semester Hour (Credit Hour)
The semester hour (or credit hour) is the basic unit of college credit.
The general rule is that a student receives one semester hour of credit
for each class hour per week for a semester. However, two or three
hours in laboratory, in studio work or in special activity classes may be
required for 1 semester hour of credit.
Most classes meet three hours each week and give three semester
hours of credit. Students should expect to spend an average of two
hours of preparation outside of class for each hour of lecture or
discussion in class.
Classification of Students
A student's classification is determined by the number of semester
hours successfully completed toward a degree program:
Classification Hours Earned
Sophomore ....................... 30-59
Junior ........................... 60-89
Senior ............................ 90+
A graduate student is one who has completed a bachelor's degree and
is taking courses toward a graduate degree. A post-graduate student
is one who has completed a bachelor's degree and is not applying
courses taken toward a degree. A special undergraduate student is
one who is taking courses that do not apply toward an undergraduate
degree program at ACU; such students may be taking courses for
enrichment or for use on a degree program at another institution.
Full-time and Part-time Status
An undergraduate student must be enrolled for at least 12 hours
in fall or spring to be considered a full-time student at ACU.
Undergraduate students enrolled in fewer than 12 hours and
graduate students with fewer than 9 hours in a long term are
classified as part-time unless they are enrolled in student teaching
or completing final graduation requirements in fewer than 12 hours.
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