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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: Admissions Categories – Other
Policy Number: 5__
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Donaghey Scholars Honors Program Admission Information
The Donaghey Scholars Honors Program is an honors program with a separate admissions process. This process uses test scores, written essays, recommendations, and personal interview to determine whether the student would benefit from admission to the program. Call 501-569‐3389 for more information.

Freshman Early Admission

Students who have completed the 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade will be considered for admission provided they present a junior high or high school transcript indicating a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 and an ACT composite score of at least 21 (enhanced) or an SAT I total score of at least 990 (re-centered). The test must be taken on a national test date. Additionally, students who have not completed the 11th grade must achieve subs-cores on the ACT or SAT that meet the minimums necessary to qualify for college‐level courses in order to be eligible for admission. The Admissions and Transfer of Credit Committee must approve the admission of these students. A personal interview with the Committee and/or additional testing may be required. Students under 18 years of age must also obtain their parent’s or guardian’s permission to enroll, permission of the high school counselor or principal, and approval of the instructor of the class they plan to attend at UALR.

All students seeking early admission must obtain an advisor through University College prior to enrolling at UALR. Students who qualify may take advantage of this program by:

  • Enrollment in a summer term, then returning to junior high or high school
  • Enrollment in a summer term or fall semester as a beginning freshman
  • Enrollment in a limited number of college‐level courses while completing junior high and/or high school.

UALR is not responsible for guaranteeing high school diplomas under this arrangement; however, campus officials will cooperate with state or local school administrators concerning regulations for awarding a diploma to successful participants in this program. All college credit earned under this plan will apply toward a degree at UALR. Students in this category are not eligible for federal aid.

High School Concurrent Enrollment

Under state law UALR may concurrently admit qualified high school students to its academic programs as part‐time students. To be eligible for high school concurrent enrollment, the applicant must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Complete at least 50% of the state‐recommended college preparatory courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • Achieve a minimum overall high school grade point average of 3.0
  • Achieve a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT

Admission under these guidelines does not guarantee that a student may be enrolled in a particular course. Individual university departments may restrict enrollment into specific courses based on the following criteria:

  • Acceptable score on a departmentally‐approved placement or proficiency test
  • Acceptable sub-scores on the ACT in the specific subject area
  • Permission of the department chair or instructor

Prospective students for high school concurrent enrollment must submit a completed UALR undergraduate admission application.

Tuition and other fees for students attending UALR under high school concurrent enrollment are the same as for regular undergraduate students. Students in this category are not eligible for federal aid.

Home-Schooled or GED
Students who were home schooled or completed a GED are eligible for regular admission if they have an ACT of 21 or SAT I of 990. Otherwise they may be admitted subject to credit hour limitations.

Non-degree Seeking Students
Non-degree seeking status does not require the submission of transcripts or ACT/SAT scores, but students must submit proof of immunization. It is available on a limited basis to students who wish to enroll in courses for personal enrichment or career development and do not plan to earn a certificate or degree at UALR.
Temporary students are not eligible for student financial aid or veteran’s benefits, nor are they eligible to enroll in RHET 1311 Composition I, MATH 1302 College Algebra, or 1315 College Math.

UALR students are governed by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees’ policy on student residency status. Those classified as nonresidents of Arkansas must pay higher tuition in addition to regular registration fees. Questions about residency status and requests for the written policy should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Post-baccalaureate Students
Students who already have a bachelor’s degree who wish to take additional undergraduate courses are required to submit an official transcript from the institution that granted the degree, proof of immunization, and an application to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Post-baccalaureate students are not eligible for federal grants.

Previously Enrolled Students
Previously enrolled students who have attended another institution since attending UALR must submit an application and an official transcript mailed directly from the other institution(s) attended.

Students who have not enrolled at UALR for two years or longer must reapply for admission. Such students who have attended other institutions in the interim should apply as previously enrolled transfer students.

Students Over Age 60
Any Arkansas resident who is over 60 and has been admitted as a student at UALR shall receive a waiver of all tuition and required fees on a space‐available basis. Students qualifying for the waiver will be permitted to register only on the last day of the regular and late registration periods each academic term. If a course section has no available slots and additional students are attempting to register, students receiving the waiver may be removed from that course section. Exceptions may be granted to students who agree to forgo the waiver of tuition and required fees.

Verification of age will be required in the first semester a student qualifies for and accepts the waiver. If the student is degree seeking, transcripts are required from all institutions for transfer work. Students in this category are not eligible for federal aid.

Students Whose First Language is Not English
Any applicant for whom English is not the first language must furnish proof of English language proficiency and academic skill proficiency before starting classes at UALR. This includes refugees, immigrants, permanent residents, and citizens.
English proficiency may be demonstrated in one of four ways by all students whose first language is not English, regardless of entry status:

  • A score of at least 525 (paper‐based) or 197 (computer‐based) earned within the last two years on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a score of at least 4 points earned within the last two years on the Test of Written English (TWE).
  • A score of 85 percent or above on the institutional English language proficiency test administered by the UALR Intensive English Language Program.
  • Complete the Intensive English Language Program.
  • An ACT score of at least 21 on both the English and Reading sections of the test.

All other admission requirements must be met.

Transient Students
Students enrolled in an institution of higher education to which they intend to return who wish to take courses at UALR must submit a letter of good standing from the institution in which they are enrolled. Transient status is limited to one semester or two summer terms. Further enrollment in this status is not permitted unless the student has returned to his or her original institution or has attended another institution before reapplying. Students in this category are not eligible for federal aid.

Source: UALR Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10, p. 12
Approved By: Dr. Charles Donaldson, VCESS