Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
3.4.3 The institution publishes admissions policies consistent with its mission. (Admissions policies)
 
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Narrative:  

Troy University is in compliance with this comprehensive standard. The University’s admissions standards are standardized across all campuses and locations including eCampus and are consistent with the University’s mission statement that follows below:

Troy University is a public institution comprised of a network of campuses throughout Alabama and worldwide. International in scope, Troy University provides a variety of educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels for a diverse student body in traditional, nontraditional, and emerging electronic formats. Academic programs are supported by a variety of student services which promote the welfare of the individual student. Troy University’s dedicated faculty and staff promote discovery and exploration of knowledge and its application to life-long success through effective teaching, service, creative partnerships, scholarship, and research.

A comprehensive review of multiple publications used in admissions and recruiting demonstrated that admissions policies are consistently stated throughout print and electronic publications and are communicated widely throughout the University and to its constituents, including international audiences. In addition, the review confirmed that Troy University’s admissions policies are consistent with widely accepted standards for undergraduate and graduate applicants, that admissions policies receive appropriate internal review and approval, and that admissions requirements are consistently applied to all applicants. Enrollment Management Committee, comprised of faculty, staff and administrators from throughout the University, regularly reviews admissions policies and practices and make recommendations for change. The purpose of the Enrollment Management Committee is stated as follows:

This Committee reviews policies and procedures related to the area of enrollment management (admissions, retention, financial aid, and registration) and makes appropriate recommendations to the Academic Council and administration. This committee will forward all recommendations concerning changes to admission standards to the Academic Council.

Undergraduate admissions policies are based on widely accepted best practices, used by peer institutions, that blend prospective students’ previous academic success (high school and postsecondary) with their success on standardized, nationally normed examinations. Levels of undergraduate admission to the University, including unconditional and conditional, denote the University’s recognition that not all students enter the collegiate universe at the same starting place. Such levels provide opportunities for a broader range of students to enter the University. These levels of undergraduate admission are noted below.

As an example of how the University engages in review and revision of its admission policies, the Enrollment Management Committee in 2007 brought forward a proposal to raise the unconditional admission standards for entering students. This unconditional admission policy change proposal documented in the attached materials was subsequently approved by the Undergraduate Academic Council and adopted by the University for its 2008 Undergraduate Catalog (detailed in the section below).

Publication of Admissions Policies

Undergraduate Catalog

Undergraduate admissions policies are clearly stated in the Undergraduate Catalog as shown in the following excerpt from the 2008-09 edition:

Troy University seeks to admit students who possess the intellectual capacity, maturity, previous training, and motivation necessary for success in educational programs. Troy University welcomes applications from a variety of students including traditional college age students, adults who will combine their educational pursuits with work, or life-long learners who are simply seeking enrichment. Programs and courses are offered for full-time and part-time students, and are offered in a variety of formats and times including traditional day classes, night classes, and weekend classes. Programs or classes are also available online and through other alternative methods of educational delivery.

Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of proposed start dates. The University reserves the right to investigate and review the records of any applicant to determine the applicant’s eligibility to enroll.

All applicants who are graduates of accredited high schools must submit an official transcript showing graduation and a minimum of fifteen Carnegie units, with three or more units in English. Of the units presented, eleven must be in academic courses.

Undergraduate licensure programs will have additional admissions requirements. These requirements are provided in the Undergraduate Catalog.

The Undergraduate Catalog statement of admissions policies continues to define requirements for beginning freshmen as shown below:

Beginning freshmen are defined as applicants who have attempted less than 24 credit hours of coursework at other colleges or universities.

A. Unconditional Admission

Beginning freshmen who are graduates from an accredited and /or state approved high school may be granted unconditional admission with proof of an acceptable test score (19 on the enhanced ACT or 910 on the SAT-1) and a minimum high school GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale. Students at least 21 years of age are not required to submit ACT/SAT scores.

B. Conditional Admission

Any applicant who does not qualify for unconditional admission may enroll at Troy University as a conditionally admitted student by meeting the following criteria:

If the high school GPA is less than 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale), the applicant must have a minimum composite score of 19 on the ACT or 910 on the SAT-1.

If the applicant’s composite score on the ACT is less than 19 (but at least 16) or less than 910 on the SAT-1 (but at least 780), the cumulative high school GPA must be at least 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale).

If the transfer applicant’s GPA is at least a 1.70 to 1.99, conditional admission is granted. Students under a suspended status from a transferring institution are not eligible for admission.

Conditional admission must be cleared at the campus/site where conditional admission is granted.

The conditionally admitted student will be permitted to carry a maximum course load of 13 credit hours per semester (seven hours per accelerated semester) for a maximum of 24 hours of Troy University work.

Conditionally admitted students will be granted unconditional admission status within, or upon completion of, 24 semester credit hours at Troy University with an overall 2.00 GPA. Credits earned by a conditionally admitted student are recorded on the permanent record of the student and will apply, if applicable, toward a regular undergraduate degree program. Any conditional student who fails to attain a 2.00 GPA upon completion of 24 hours attempted at Troy University will be dropped from the program.

A conditionally admitted student whose academic performance results in being dropped from the program may appeal for readmission to the University, after a period of 12 months, through the campus-specific Conditional Appeals Committee (CAC) where the original conditional admission was granted. Students who have transferred to accredited universities after being dropped from the program and wish to return to Troy must apply for admission through the Office of Admissions.

C. Unclassified

Unclassified admission applies only to active duty military personnel or dependents of active duty military personnel. The status must be appealed to the Dean of Enrollment Management, or the appropriate campus designee, for unclassified admission status to Troy University.

To be designated an unclassified student, the military member/dependent must submit a valid military identification card at the time of application. Students attending under unclassified admission are not eligible for temporary admission and must submit all required documentation prior to completing the first semester (two accelerated semesters), or they will not be allowed to enroll in subsequent semesters or terms. No financial aid will be awarded by Troy University to students in this status.

The maximum load for an unclassified student is 13 credit hours (7 hours in an accelerated semester). In the event the final records indicate the student is not eligible for admission, the student shall be administratively withdrawn from all coursework for the semester/accelerated semester.

A student admitted under the unclassified admission status may move his or her academic program to any of the campuses of Troy University upon completion of one semester (two accelerated semesters) with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.

D. Other

  • Early Admission

    Admission granted to the University concurrent with secondary school enrollment where academic credit is awarded only by the University. Applicants desiring early admission should be at least 10th graders in high school with at least a 20 ACT/ 950 SAT and a 3.00 GPA. Additionally, applicants must submit a letter from a school official authorizing their enrollment under this status.
  • Dual Enrollment

    High school students enrolled in college courses in an attempt to concurrently receive college and high school credit for equivalent coursework. This program is a cooperative effort on the part of the various high schools and Troy University. Applicants desiring admission should be at least 10th graders in high school with at least a 20 ACT/950 SAT and a 3.00 GPA. Additionally, applicants must submit a letter from a school official authorizing their enrollment under this status.

In addition to this clear statement of requirements for beginning freshmen, the Troy University Undergraduate Catalog clearly defines admissions requirements for transfer applicants and international applicants, as well as requirements for readmission to the University, post-degree status, temporary admission, and admission for students graduating from non-accredited institutions.


Graduate Catalog

Graduate admissions policies are clearly stated in the Graduate Catalog as shown in the following excerpt from the 2008-09 edition:

Unconditional Admission - Master's Degree

To qualify for unconditional admission to a master's degree program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a master's or higher degree from a regionally accredited university. No test score or letter of recommendation is required for those who hold a master’s or higher degree from accredited institutions. All official transcripts must be provided.

    OR

  2. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 grade point average on the last 30 semester hours. All hours attempted in the term in which the 30 semester hours were reached will be used to calculate the grade point average. Students entering licensure and professional programs must meet specified grade point average requirements.

    OR

  3. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an unaccredited or otherwise accredited college or university with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 grade point average on the last 30 semester hours. All hours attempted in the term in which the 30 semester hours were reached will be used to calculate the grade point average. (See Unaccredited or Otherwise Accredited Baccalaureate Degree Holders - Student Admission Requirements.)

    Note: Students seeking advanced degrees in teacher education programs must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

            AND

  4. Have an acceptable score on the appropriate entrance exam (official test score required). Note: Students entering licensure and professional programs must meet specified grade point average requirements and stated test score minimums. Consult the specific program for admission score requirements. Note: Please consult the individual program test score requirement prior to taking exam. Exam requirements vary by program.

            AND

    Provide an official Troy University Letter of Recommendation that addresses the individual’s potential for success in the selected graduate program as well as his/her written and oral communication skills. See Web request form. Note: A letter submitted to meet specific program requirements may be used for admission to the Graduate School to satisfy this admission requirement.

            AND

  5. Meet the unconditional requirements of a program. See specific programs for details. Some programs have higher standards.

In addition to this clear statement of requirements for unconditional admission to a master’s degree program, the Troy University Graduate Catalog defines pre-admissions procedures and establishes criteria for conditional admission, temporary admission, transient admission, transfer admission, and other admissions categories.

Other publications

The review of the publication of admissions requirements revealed that all print and electronic publications that supplement the catalogs demonstrated consistency with official catalog statements in the statement of admissions criteria as of the dates of publication. These supplemental documents include the following:

  1. Undergraduate Application for Admission Form paper format
  2. Undergraduate Application for Admission Form Web form
  3. Graduate Application for Admission Form Web form
  4. Troy University Fact Book June 2008
  5. Troy Campus View Book
  6. Montgomery Campus View Book
  7. Dothan Campus View Book
  8. Transferring to Troy brochure
  9. Admissions Web site (includes links and targeted information for Troy, Montgomery, Phenix City, Dothan, University College [undergoing a name change to Global Campus], and eCampus)

Admissions-related publications for international audiences

The Troy University Center for International Studies distributes several documents to prospective international students. These documents include information regarding admissions requirements, applications, academic programs, English as a second language, costs, tuition and fees, orientation schedules and more.

The documents are in compliance with federal regulations as stated in the 2007 release of the National Association of Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA) Adviser’s Manual sections 3.2.6 through 3.6.6.3. Online access to the complete manual will be provided upon request. The documents include information regarding financial support, admissions policies, English proficiency requirements, and visa requirements.

The following publications are used specifically for international audiences:

Admissions-related publications regarding financial aid

As admissions tools, financial aid policies are published in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs, and financial aid information and veterans’ benefit information are readily available online. The printed Scholarships and Financial Aid Brochure provides consistent information regarding financial aid.

Continuing, financial aid publications are in compliance with Department of Education regulations and Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) guides. Statements of veterans’ benefits are audited by the Veterans’ Administration (VA) to ensure compliance with VA regulations for the publication of admissions policies.

Conformity with higher education standards

Troy University’s admissions policies are consistent with widely accepted standards for undergraduate and graduate applicants. Although the state of Alabama allows the governing boards of universities to set their own admissions requirements, Troy University’s admissions policies are similar to those in other Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) universities in regard to ACT scores, placement tests, GPA requirements, dual/advanced enrollment, and conditional admission policies. In addition, Troy University’s admissions policies reflect an awareness of policies at other institutions as well as the college-readiness of students in high schools.

For example, in its 2007 publication High School to College and Careers: Aligning State Policies, the SREB reported that SREB state colleges and universities recognize the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum as a way that a student can earn college credit while in high school. Consistent with this report, the Troy University Undergraduate Academic Council in November of 2007 approved a proposal from the Enrollment Management Committee to accept IB credit.

Review and approval of admissions policies

The Troy University Enrollment Management Committee reviews policies and procedures related to the area of enrollment management (admissions, retention, financial aid, and registration) and makes appropriate recommendations to the undergraduate or graduate Academic Council and administration. This committee forwards all recommendations concerning changes to admission standards to the appropriate Academic Council that then takes action of the proposal.

The membership of the Enrollment Management Committee is made up of two elected, voting representatives from each of the five academic colleges (for a total of ten voting members representing the faculty). In addition, the committee includes the following nonvoting individuals by position:

  • Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services, Chair
  • Associate Provost/Dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • Associate Provost/Dean of the Graduate School
  • Dean of Enrollment Services
  • Dean of International Programs or designee
  • University Registrar
  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Aid
  • Dothan Campus Enrollment designee
  • Troy Campus Enrollment designee
  • Montgomery Campus Enrollment designee
  • Phenix City Campus Enrollment designee
  • University College Enrollment designee

Because of the faculty composition of the voting membership of the Enrollment Management Committee, as well as the faculty composition of the Academic Council that subsequently takes action on proposals from the Enrollment Management Committee, faculty members are directly responsible for the University’s admissions policies. The minutes of the Enrollment Management Committee are provided.

Application of admissions policies

Troy University consistently applies its admissions policies. Undergraduate and graduate applicants who do not meet standards for unconditional admission may be granted admission on clearly stated conditional admission criteria. In addition, the Undergraduate Catalog and the Graduate Catalog provide students with additional ways (such as temporary admission) to access the learning opportunities offered by Troy University.

Continuing, the Troy University undergraduate and graduate catalogs both include the University’s Policy Statement on the inside front cover of the document. This statement is in compliance with federal regulations for admission policies, and an excerpt is quoted below:

Troy University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, color, race, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation in its admission, education, employment, or access to its programs. The university fully complies with the following: Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its amendments; Federal Executive Order 11246; Educational Amendments of 1972 and 1974; the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972; Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974; and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994.

Disclosure of a student’s social security number is voluntary and not mandatory, and this university is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. The university complies with guidelines and regulations established by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration of the United States Government.

The Troy University Fact Book provides student data supporting Troy University’s policy of non-discriminatory practices in its admission policies. Below is a representative table taken from the Fact Book showing the diversity among Troy University graduates in the 2006-07 academic year.

Degrees Conferred by Gender and Ethnicity

Summary

In summary, Troy University publishes admissions policies consistent with its mission, as well as consistent with widely accepted standards for undergraduate and graduate applicants. Admissions policies receive appropriate review and approval by faculty members, and admissions requirements are consistently applied to all applicants.

Troy University is in compliance with this Comprehensive Standard.

 

Supporting Documentation Location
Admissions http://www.troy.edu/admissions/
Admissions Policy Change Proposal 2007 http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/03-04-03/admission-policy-change/
Center for International Programs, Alabama: The Progress, The Promise Brochure http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/04-06/Alabama-brochure.pdf
Center for International Programs, Graduate Program http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/04-06/International-Graduate-Program-Guidelines.pdf
Center for International Programs, International Application for Admission (print document) http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/04-06/International-Application-for-Admission.pdf
Center for International Programs, International Programs: Information and Orientation Schedule http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/04-06/International-Information-and-Orientation.pdf
Center for International Programs, Troy University Center for International Programs Brochure http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/04-06/Troy-International-Program-Brochure.pdf
Center for International Programs, Troy University Tuition and Fees Flyer http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/04-06/International-Tuition-and-Fees-Flyer.pdf
Center for International Programs, Undergraduate Program http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/04-06/International-Undergraduate-Guidelines.pdf
Department of Education Federal Regulations Regarding Veterans http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?
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Dothan Campus View Book http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/04-06/Dothan ViewBook.pdf
Enrollment Management Committee http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/emc.html
Enrollment Management Committee Minutes http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/emc-minutes/
Fact Book, 2008 http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/Fact-Book-2008.pdf
Financial Aid http://www.troy.edu/financialaid/
Graduate Admissions Office Recommendation Form http://www.troy.edu/graduateschool/grsform.html
Graduate Application for Admission Web Form https://it.troy.edu/admit_grad/GradApp.htm
Graduate Catalog, 2008-2009 http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/0809grad_pdf/
High School to College and Careers: Aligning State Policies http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/03-04-03/SREB2007.pdf
Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Library http://ifap.ed.gov/IFAPWebApp/index.jsp
Montgomery Campus View Book http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/04-06/Montgomery-ViewBook.pdf
(NAFSA) Adviser's Manual, Section 3.2.6-Section 3.6.6.3 http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/03-04-03/NAFSA_2007-excerpt.pdf
Scholarships and Financial Aid Brochure http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/04-06/Scholarships-and-Financial Aid.pdf
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) http://www.sreb.org/
Transferring to Troy Brochure http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/04-06/Transferring-to-Troy.pdf
Troy University Catalogs http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/
Troy Campus View Book http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/04-06/Troy-ViewBook.pdf
Undergraduate Academic Council Minutes for November 2007 http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/03-04-03/minutesUGAC_11-2007.pdf
Undergraduate Application for Admission Form (Paper Format) http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/03-04-03/Undergraduate-application-for-admission-print.pdf
Undergraduate Application for Admission Form (Web Format) https://it.troy.edu/admit/UnderGradApp.htm
Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2009 http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/0809undergrad_pdf/

 

Last Updated: 09/03/2008