Individuals who meet the admission requirements listed below may apply to Arkansas Tech University. The University reserves the right to reject the application of any individual. Every student must file an application for admission. Applications and additional information about Arkansas Tech are available from the Office of Admissions, Arkansas Tech University, 1605 Coliseum Drive, Suite 141 Doc Bryan, Russellville, Arkansas 72801.
Students may apply on-line from the Tech web site at www.atu.edu or e-mail for additional information via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Tech is subject to and endorses both the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Director of Disability Services serves as the coordinator for these federal programs. The Office of Disability Service is located in Bryan Hall 103, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR 72801, and can be contacted by calling (479) 968-0302 or FAX (479) 964-0375.
Beginning June 1, 2007, all students at Arkansas Tech University will be assigned a permanent, randomly generated, student identification number. A student’s social security number 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 two measles, one mumps and two rubella immunizations by way of an official record from another educational institution, certificate from a licensed medical doctor, or an authorized public health department representative. Proof of the appropriate immunizations must be presented to the Office of Admissions prior to admission to the university.
All students who hold a resident alien status must provide a copy of their resident alien card documenting an unexpired status.
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.
New students to Arkansas Tech University 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:
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 - ½ 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 ½ unit of American government, or civics and ½ unit of social studies (not to include courses in practical arts).
Physical Education - ½ unit of physical education.
Health and Safety - ½ unit of health and safety.
Fine Arts - ½ unit of fine arts.
Electives - 6 units of career focus electives.
In accordance with A.C.A. § 6-61-110, first-time entering undergraduate students (includes 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. For students who take the COMPASS, those scoring a 41 or above on the algebra section may enroll in college-level mathematics courses. Students not meeting the standard must successfully complete a developmental (pre-college 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-1 may enroll in college-level English courses. For students who take the COMPASS, those scoring 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. For students who take the COMPASS, those scoring 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 at Tech 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.
Students who have interrupted their attendance at Arkansas Tech University for more than one year or who have attended another university in the interim must reapply for admission. Additional documents are 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.
Transfer students making application for admission to Arkansas Tech University must submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities where they have been 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 a high school transcript and must request current transferable ACT or SAT 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 official transcript. However, the University reserves the right to require immediate withdrawal if the previous record does not meet admission requirements.
Applicants for transfer must have earned a GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) on all college-level courses attempted and be eligible to re-enroll at the last college or university attended.
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.
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/.
The International and Multicultural Student Services Office (IMSSO) is pleased to serve as the admissions office for international students studying at Arkansas Tech University (Tech). Any student who is not a United States citizen or a permanent resident of the United States is considered an international student. International students are subject to out-of-state tuition rates and an international student services fee as well as additional admission requirements. International students interested in applying for admission to Tech must submit the following documents:
The application for international admission and all supporting documents should be submitted by May 1 for the fall semester, October 1 for the spring semester and March 1 for both summer sessions for priority consideration. Applications are still accepted after the priority dates. Admission will not be granted until all supporting documentation as listed above has been received and evaluated. Upon acceptance, notification will be sent to the student along with an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility).
Students seeking to defer admission to a future term must submit a $25 USD deferral fee along with updated evidence of financial support. Please send a written request for deferral to the IMSSO along with the fee and updated financial support documentation within 60 days of the start date of your last admission.
Full payment of tuition and fees must be paid at registration each semester. International students are required to purchase a health insurance policy provided by the university. Tech receives no remuneration as a result of international student enrollment in the health insurance plan.
More detailed information regarding international student admissions may be obtained by contacting the International and Multicultural Student Services Office, Tomlinson 29, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Arkansas, 72801-2222, USA; telephone 479-964-0832; fax 479-880-2039; web http://www.atu.edu/imsso.
First-time entering freshmen and transfer students who have been denied admission may file a written appeal addressed to the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management seeking conditional admission. The appeal must 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.
Arkansas Tech University 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 Admissions at (479) 968-0343.
Arkansas Tech University welcomes the opportunity to serve area schools by complementing their programs with special opportunities for students to enroll for college courses and earn college credit by attending Tech 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 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 the course(s) and grade(s) recorded for college credit. Students who do not wish to have the course(s) and grade(s) recorded for college credit must notify the Registrar 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. The application for concurrent enrollment can be found at http://www.atu.edu/admissions/index.shtml.
Entering freshmen are required to provide Arkansas Tech University with American College Testing (ACT) Assessment scores for purposes of admission, academic placement, and the awarding of academic scholarships. Entering freshmen who have not taken the ACT prior to arrival at Arkansas Tech or whose score report is more than five years old are required to take the Residual ACT preceding their first semester. The ACT, which covers English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning, is administered six times per year at test centers, such as high schools, colleges and universities, across the nation. ACT information and registration forms may be obtained from local high schools, colleges, or universities.
You may also contact the Arkansas Tech University Testing Center for ACT information and registration materials. In addition, you may correspond directly with ACT at American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243.
|The 2012-2013 ACT national test schedule is as follows:|
|Test Date||Registration Deadline|
|September 8, 2012||August 17, 2012|
|October 27, 2012||September 21, 2012|
|December 8, 2012||November 2, 2012|
|February 9, 2013||January 11, 2013|
|April 13, 2013||March 8, 2013|
|June 8, 2013||May 3, 2013|
|Please check the ACT Website for the 2013-2014 test schedule at http://www.actstudent.org.|
Entering freshmen are required to provide Tech with American College Testing (ACT) Assessment, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or Computerized-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS) scores for purposes of admission and academic placement. COMPASS is administered on the computer and consists of three tests: writing, math algebra, and reading. Please contact the Arkansas Tech University Testing Center for ACT or COMPASS information at (479) 968-0302.
For information about retention and graduation rates at Tech, go to http://ir.atu.edu or contact the Office of Institutional Research.
Arkansas Tech University encourages students to give serious thought to the selection of a major field of study. They should determine the academic pursuits that lead to the vocations most attractive, not only in financial gain, but in interest as well. Then they should examine the program of study most closely related to their interest areas.
Many students entering the University have not chosen a major. The individual who has not decided on a major may enroll in general education courses which are required of all candidates for the baccalaureate degree (see General Education Requirements. Students enrolling as “undecided” majors will be assigned to the Academic Advising Center. The Academic Advising Center is located in Rothwell Hall, room 107, and can be contacted by calling (479) 964-0843. Students enrolled as “undecided” may select a major at any time; however, a student must select a major during the semester in which the student earns 45 credit hours.
Detailed procedures for registration/preregistration are contained each semester in the schedule of courses. Prior to enrollment, students, in consultation with an academic advisor in their major field of study, prepare a class schedule and officially register for classes, pay fees and, if living on campus, pay room rent and board.
All courses taught at Arkansas Tech University are listed alphabetically by subject area in the Course Descriptions section. 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.
The requirements for the degree of master of education, master of science in education, master of liberal arts, master of arts, master of science, master of science in nursing, master of engineering, and educational specialist degree are set forth in the publication entitled “Graduate Catalog”. Information may be obtained by contacting the Dean of the Graduate College, telephone (479) 968-0398.