Ozark Catalog

Certificates of Proficiency

Technical Certificates

Associate of Applied Science

Associate of General Studies

Admission

Individuals who meet the admission requirements listed below may apply to Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus. The University reserves the right to reject the application of any individual. Every student must submit an application for admission. Applications and additional information about Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus are available from the Office of Student Services, Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus, 1700 Helberg Lane, Ozark, Arkansas, 72949.

Students may apply on-line from the Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus web site at http://atu.edu/ozark or e-mail for additional information via atuozark@atu.edu.

Tech will provide equal opportunity in admission to all persons. This applies to all phases of the admission process. Any demographic information collected through the Admission Application is on a voluntary basis and is to be used in a nondiscriminatory manner consistent with applicable civil rights laws for reporting and statistical purposes only and cannot affect eligibility for admission.

Arkansas Tech is subject to and endorses both the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Disabilities Coordinator can be contacted by calling (479) 667-2117.

Beginning June 1, 2007, all students at Arkansas Tech University are assigned a permanent, randomly generated, student identification number, known as a "T" number. Students' social security numbers will be used only on applications for admission and solely for the purposes of State and Federal reporting requirements and determination of eligibility for Federal financial aid.

All students must provide proof of immunity (2 inoculations) against measles, mumps and rubella by way of an official record from another educational institution, certificate from a licensed medical doctor, or an authorized public health department representative. Students seeking enrollment at Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus must provide proof of appropriate immunizations prior to enrollment in classes.

Entering freshmen must comply with the following admission requirements and freshman placement standards. This includes students who enter with college credit earned prior to high school graduation, during summer following high school graduation, or by advanced placement.

Residual college entrance exams, taken on other college campuses, will not be accepted for admissions.

Entering Freshmen / New Student

New students to Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus must submit an application for admission, college entrance exam scores, a record documenting completion of secondary requirements, and proof of immunization. If you have concurrent college credit, an official transcript from that institution is required. For Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, an original or certified copy from your high school will need to be submitted prior to credit being awarded. Detailed course articulation for AP, CLEP, and IB can be located under Credit by Exam. A minimum criterion for exam scores and grade point averages is listed below:

  1. Completion of graduation requirements from an accredited public or private secondary school, a non-accredited private secondary school, or a home school program documenting a minimum 2.0/4.0 cumulative grade point average, and completion of the university's secondary school core curriculum, OR minimum GED score of 450.

  2. Composite ACT score of 15 or above, composite SAT score of 1060 or above, or a composite COMPASS score of 47 (averaging scores in algebra, writing, and reading) or above for students who graduate from an accredited public secondary school; or composite ACT score of 19 or above, composite SAT score of 1330 or above, or composite COMPASS score of 68 or above for students who graduate from private secondary schools, were home schooled, or received a GED. Note: The ACT Writing exam is not required for admission purposes.

1 American College Testing Program's ACT Assessment Test
2 College Board's Scholastic Aptitude Test
3 College Board's Test of Standard Written English

Secondary School Core Course Recommendation

A minimum of twenty-two earned core course credits is required from grades nine through twelve for admission purposes. Two additional units of foreign language are recommended for college preparation. Asterisks indicate core courses required by Act 1290 for unconditional admission:

*English - 4 units, with emphasis on writing skills, but not to include oral communications, journalism, drama, or debate.

Oral Communications - 1/2 unit of oral communications.

*Science - 3 units with laboratories, chosen from physical science, biology, chemistry, or physics. Only one unit may come from a life science.

*Mathematics - 4 units, including algebra I and algebra II, geometry, and an advanced math course. The fourth unit may be college algebra or a higher level college math course, as long as three college credit hours are earned. College credit will show on a high school transcript as a half-unit of credit, but will still be considered the fourth unit for unconditional college admission purposes. The student must present a college transcript along with his or her high school transcript when applying for unconditional admission. It is strongly recommended that students take a math course during their senior year.

*Social Studies - 3 units, to include 1 unit each of American history (does not include contemporary American history), world history (not to include world cultures, world geography, or global studies), and 1/2 unit of American government, or civics and 1/2 unit of social studies (not to include courses in practical arts).

Physical Education - 1/2 unit of physical education.

Health and Safety - 1/2 unit of health and safety.

Fine Arts - 1/2 unit of fine arts.

Foreign Language - 2 units in one foreign language.

Electives - 4 units of electives.

Freshmen Placement Standards

In accordance with Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated, paragraph 6-61-110, first-time entering undergraduate students (including students who entered college the summer of 1995 or thereafter and students who enter with advanced standing) who enroll in baccalaureate degree programs or associate degree transfer programs must meet the following placement standards prior to enrollment in college-level mathematics or English composition courses.

Mathematics - Students scoring 19 or above on the mathematics section of the ACT, 460 or above on the quantitative portion of SAT-1, may enroll in college-level mathematics courses. Students who take the COMPASS and score a 41 or above on the mathematics section may enroll in college-level mathematics courses. Students not meeting the standard must successfully complete a developmental (precollege level) mathematics program, demonstrating achievement at least as sophisticated as intermediate algebra, in order to be placed in college-level mathematics courses.

English Composition - Students scoring 19 or above on the English section of the ACT or 470 or above on the writing section of SAT-I may enroll in college-level English courses. Students who take the COMPASS and score a 75 or above on the writing section may enroll in college-level English courses. Students not meeting the standard must successfully complete a developmental program.

Reading - Students scoring 19 or above on the reading section of the ACT, 470 or above on the reading section of SAT-1 will be considered to have met minimal reading skill requirements. Students who take the COMPASS and score an 82 or above on the reading section will be considered to have met minimal reading skill requirements. English composition may be taken concurrent with or subsequent to any required developmental reading program.

Students who are required to complete developmental program(s) in mathematics, English, and/or reading, must enroll in the appropriate course during their first semester and in each subsequent semester until the developmental program is completed. A grade of “C” or better is required in all developmental courses before the student may advance to higher level courses.

ACT 971, passed by the Arkansas legislature during the 2010 session, requires that all students who are required to complete ENGL 0203, ENGL 0303, MATH0903 and/or READ 0103, must take the COMPASS examination before being allowed to progress into the next course(s). The COMPASS examinations will be scheduled near the end of each semester and all students participating in one or more of the courses listed above must take the examination(s) before the end of the semester.

Former Students

Students who have interrupted their attendance at Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus must reapply for admission. Additional documents may be required for readmission. Notification will be sent. Academic clemency may be granted in accordance with the clemency policy detailed in the Regulations and Procedures section.

Degree Completion for Returning Students

Technical course work taken after July 1, 2003 will be considered for application toward a degree, contingent upon the grade requirements for the major as well as overall GPA.

Technical course work taken prior to July 1, 2003 will be considered at the recommendation of program faculty.

Students returning to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree who have not yet earned a degree and meet requirements to earn the Associate of Applied Science degree by having previously taken all required technical course work and general education requirements either at Arkansas Tech University or an accepted accredited transfer institution may earn the Associate of Applied Science degree by successfully completing a minimum of 3 additional hours at an Arkansas Tech University campus.

Students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree who have previously earned a degree must complete an additional 30 hours and meet all requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree.

Transfer Students

Transfer students making application for admission to Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus must submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities where they were officially registered. Students seeking transfer of credit from other institutions may be asked to provide a catalog or course description from the transfer institution.

Students with fewer than 24 semester hours of earned college-level credit must also submit an official high school transcript and must request current transferable ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores be sent to the University. ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores will not be required if the English and mathematics general education requirements have been satisfied with grades of "C" or better.

In the event that receipt of a student's transcript is unavoidably delayed, as may frequently occur at midyear, a transfer student may be admitted provisionally pending receipt of the transcript. However, the University reserves the right to require immediate withdrawal if the transfer transcript does not meet admission requirements. Students should be aware that receipt of official transcripts is required for transfer work to be articulated and to comply with scholarship application deadlines.

Degree Completion for Transfer Students

To earn a degree, student must complete at least 50% of technical course work at Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus. Transfer credit will not count toward the overall GPA.

Students returning to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree who have not yet earned a degree by having previously taken all required technical course work and general education requirements either at Arkansas Tech University or an accepted accredited transfer institution may earn the Associate of Applied Science degree by successfully completing a minimum of 3 additional hours at an Arkansas Tech University campus.

Students pursuing an Associate of Applied Science who have previously earned a degree must complete an additional 30 hours and meet all requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree.

Transfer Credit

The following policy is effective July 7, 2010. ATU will recognize transfer credit from the same U.S. regional accreditation associations; along with, additional colleges listed by ADHE in ACTS. The ACTS courses will be the only transfer credit accepted from that institution. Acceptance of the course credit will be determined by the date the institution was formally recognized by ADHE, and the student's matriculation term that must coincide or follow the date of that recognition. Credit from U.S. colleges and universities not accredited by one of the six regional accreditation associations or listed by ADHE in ACTS will not be accepted for transfer credit. Credit from colleges or universities outside the U.S. presented for transfer credit will be considered on an individual basis. Transfer credit, although accepted by the university, is not guaranteed to be applicable toward meeting degree requirements for all programs offered by the university. Applicability of transfer credit to meet degree requirements depends on the major selected by the transfer student.

Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS)

The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) is designed to assist in planning the academic progress of students from the high school level through the adult workforce. This system contains information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas public colleges and universities. Students are guaranteed the transfer of applicable credits and equitable treatment in the application of credits for admissions and degree requirements. Students may complete specified General Education courses anywhere in the public system as well as many courses in the degree/major that have been pre-identified for transfer. Course transferability is not guaranteed for courses listed in ACTS as "No Comparable Course." Transferability of courses taken prior to January 1, 2007, is at the discretion of the receiving institution. The Arkansas Transfer System can be accessed at http://acts.adhe.edu/.

Conditional Admission

Students who have been denied admission may file a written appeal addressed to the Chief Student Officer seeking conditional admission. The appeal should be made within ten calendar days from the date admission was denied and should state applicant's grounds for appeal. Students granted conditional admission will be admitted on academic probation.

Conditional (Prep) Admission / Ability-to-Benefit

Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, a first-time AAS degree seeking student with a high school diploma or GED who scores below 15 composite on the ACT or 62 on the COMPASS Reading exam may be admitted as a conditional-prep student. Students admitted to Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus as conditional-prep will:

Students admitted as conditional-prep must demonstrate satisfactory progress to be able to continue enrolling in courses on the Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus. A freshman cannot be admitted as conditional-prep after the term begins.

Non-Degree Admission

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus serves the general public by allowing individuals to enroll in classes for professional development and self-fulfillment without meeting regular admission requirements. The student admitted under this policy, who later chooses to pursue a degree, must reapply for admission as a degree seeking student and meet standard admission policies. A maximum of 27 credit hours earned as a non-degree seeking student may be applied to a degree program. Financial Aid benefits may not be granted to students admitted as non-degree seeking. For more information, call the Office of Student Services at (479) 667-3433.

High School University Admissions

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus welcomes the opportunity to serve area schools by complementing their programs with special opportunities for students to enroll for courses and earn college credit by attending Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus during summer sessions or by attending on a part-time basis during the regular academic year, concurrent with enrollment in secondary school. In accordance with the Arkansas Code of 1987 Annotated, paragraph 6-18-223 makes provisions whereby a student who is enrolled in a public school in Arkansas and who has completed the eighth grade is eligible to enroll at Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus upon approval of the appropriate public school official, provided the student does not need developmental courses in mathematics, English or reading and has a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.00 or greater on a 4.0 scale.

Upon completion of a course(s), students may choose whether or not to have course(s) and grade(s) recorded for college credit. Students who do not wish to have course(s) and grade(s) recorded for college credit must notify the Office of Student Services in writing within thirty days of the end of the term or semester. Once admitted and enrolled, concurrent students do not need to reapply for the concurrent program unless there is a break in fall/spring enrollment. Concurrent students must reapply when changing admission status, for example, from concurrent to entering freshmen. The course(s) agreed upon by the student and their high school must also be approved each term by a university official.

Testing for Admissions and Placement

Entering students are required to provide Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus with American College Testing (ACT) Assessment or Computerized-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS) scores for purposes of admission and academic placement. Entering students, who have been out of an educational setting for three or more years and who have not taken the ACT or COMPASS prior to arrival at Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus, are encouraged to take the COMPASS. The COMPASS is administered on the computer and consists of three tests: writing, math, and reading. Information about the COMPASS can be obtained by calling (479) 667-2117.

Academic Advising and Selecting a Program of Study

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus encourages students to meet with an academic advisor for help in selecting a major field of study. The Ozark Campus Academic Advisor works closely with faculty in order to provide assistance to our students. The Academic Advisor is available to discuss major areas of interest, assist in planning for registration, and maintain a degree checklist of requirements to complete for graduation. While an academic advisor can guide the student, it is the student's responsibility to take an active role in their educational process by knowing what courses are required; complying with requirements for graduation application and degree audit; and gaining a general knowledge of requirements to complete their program successfully.

Students who are pursuing a program of study where admission is limited (Cosmetology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies until admitted into their selected program.

Undecided Study

Some students entering the University have not chosen a major. Students enrolling as "undecided" majors will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies and will be advised by the Office of Student Services. The Office of Student Services is located in the Student Services and Conference Center and can be contacted by calling (479) 667-3433.

Procedure for Scheduling Courses

Procedures for registration are available on the university Web site at http://atu.edu/ozark. Prior to enrollment, students, in consultation with an academic advisor, will prepare a class schedule and officially register for classes and pay tuition/fees.

Course Information

All courses taught at Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus can be found under course descriptions by subject area at: Course Descriptions. Course symbols, the four-digit numbers used to identify courses within a department, have the following significance: the first digit of the number denotes the year level at which the course is given; the second and third digits differentiate the course from others in the department; the fourth digit shows the number of credit hours given. Typically an "hour of credit" requires one hour of classroom work per week for the duration of a semester.

Degree Completion

Degree-seeking students enrolled at an Arkansas Tech University campus must complete their degree as follows:

Students who fail to complete their degree or certificate requirements within the time allotted will be ineligible for continued or future enrollment at any Arkansas Tech University campus unless special permission to enroll is granted by the Chief Student Officer. Such permission shall be granted only upon a showing of good cause.

Student Retention and Graduation Rates

For information about retention and graduation rates at Tech, please contact the Office of Institutional Research.