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Social Work Admission Criteria

Students are made aware of the admissions criteria to the Social Work Program at the time of their initial interview, when they are inquiring about the social work major. Students and prospective students have access to the Student Handbook for the Program on the Program website. The faculty identifies for the prospective student that there is a specific entry point into the professional aspect of the social work major. For their reference, the admissions criteria are identified and referenced for them in the College Catalog. When the student enters course work in the major at the SW 101 Introduction to Social Work and in the SW 318 Policies, Programs & Issues course, the instructor discusses the fact that there are admissions criteria and reviews them, using the Social Work Student Handbook.

The faculty instructor of SW 302 Generalist Practice I takes the students through all of the application processes, the forms, and the requirements to apply formally for admission to the Social Work Program. All of this information is in the Social Work Student Handbook. At this point in the Program, students make formal application to the professional aspect of the major.

In order to qualify for admission to the Program, students should:

  1. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in general education coursework and an average of 2.50 in courses designated as part of the Social Work Program.
  2. Evidence good moral character, emotional maturity and commitment to the ethical code of the social work profession.
  3. Evaluate physical stamina in relation to demands of the social work profession.
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation supporting the candidate's abilities, motivation and suitability for the social work profession to the Program Director.
  5. Make formal application to the Social Work Program.
  6. Interview with the faculty designated by the Program Co-Directors.