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    Here are the answers to the most frequently asked admission questions.

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    Q:

    English is not my first language. Is an English proficiency test required?

    A:

    Yes, we do require an English proficiency test if you are not a citizen from an English-speaking country or in the U.S. taking courses.

    Q:

    How many students attend Ursuline College?

    A:

    Ursuline enrolls approximately 1,100 students. Approximately 96% of full-time undergraduate students are women.

    Q:

    How many first-year students typically enroll at Ursuline College?

    A:

    In most years, approximately 100 first year students will enroll at Ursuline.

    Q:

    What is the admission profile to Ursuline?

    A:

    The average G.P.A. for the 2018 incoming class was approximately 3.4. The middle 50% of a typical incoming class had a standardized test scores ranging from 970-1160 on the new SAT, or ACT ranging from 19-25.

    Q:

    Does Ursuline College have Admission requirements?

    A:

    Ursuline does not have specific admission requirements but strongly recommends the following high school course work: four years of English, three years of Math, three years of Lab Science, two or three years of Social Studies (History/Government), two years of a Foreign Language, and one year of Fine Arts. There is no minimum required grade point average, SAT score, or ACT scores.

    Q:

    What does Ursuline College consider for admission?

    A:
    • Weighted high school grade point average (G.P.A.).
    • Academic rigor in high school, demonstrated by course selection such as Honors, AP or IB courses if available.
    • Writing: Ursuline uses the Common Application Personal Essay.
    • Teacher and Counselor Evaluations.
    • Activities and honors in and during high school. These include athletics, clubs, community service, music, theater, dance, debate, leadership, political and religious activities as well as employment.
    • The ACT or the SAT. Ursuline does not have a preference between the ACT or SAT and will superscore both the ACT or SAT.
    Q:

    Can extra recommendation letters be sent?

    A:

    Yes, students can send more than one recommendation.

    Q:

    What are the application deadlines?

    A:

    Ursuline is on rolling admission. Priority deadlines are November 1, December 1 and March 1 to ensure the best access to scholarships and financial aid.

    Q:

    Are interviews required?

    A:

    Interviews are optional, but recommended. Interviews can be helpful in discerning the match between the student and the College. The interview is a conversation in which both the interviewer and the prospective student can share information and ask relevant questions. Interviews also provide students with a way of explaining the information presented in the application more vividly. Interviews, like attending other events sponsored by the College, demonstrate the applicant's interest in Ursuline.

    Q:

    Are campus visits possible and what do they include?

    A:

    Absolutely. In fact, we strongly encourage campus visits. Assessing whether or not Ursuline is a "fit" can best be determined after time on campus. There are a number of options during the visit: a campus tour, an interview with an admission officer, visit a class, meet with a faculty member or coach, and the opportunity to stay overnight in one of our residence halls with a current student. To schedule a campus visit, go to ursuline.edu/visit.

    Q:

    How does Ursuline look at AP course work? Can a student receive College credit?

    A:

    Ursuline College grants advanced placement credit to entering first-year students who have earned a score of 3, 4, or 5 on a College Advanced Placement Examination. Enrolling students should have a report of the examination scores sent directly to the Office of Admission. Use our AP chart to see which AP courses will count for Ursuline College credit.

    Q:

    How does Ursuline look at IB coursework? Can a student receive college credit?

    A:

    Ursuline College encourages students to take the strongest high school curriculum available, and applauds the effort of students who choose IB when it is an option. Ursuline awards credit for scores of 5 or higher on HL exams. As with AP credit, student must have an official copy of their score sheet sent to Ursuline College.

    Q:

    How does Ursuline look at College Credit Plus in the High School Courses?

    A:

    High school students enrolled in college courses at regionally accredited institutions of higher education will have the opportunity to transfer their college credit to Ursuline as long as that credit appears on an official college transcript.

    For credit to transfer to Ursuline, it must:

    • Be college-level (not remedial). At most colleges and universities this means that the course number is 100-level or higher.
    • Be issued from a college or university with regional accreditation.
    • Carry a grade of C or higher.

    If a direct equivalency to an Ursuline course can be established, the transferred credit may satisfy a specific requirement for your Ursuline degree program. If the equivalent course is not offered or required by Ursuline, the course will transfer in as elective credit, counting toward the total number of credits needed to earn a degree, without satisfying a specific course requirement.

    Q:

    How can I check the status of my application?

    A:

    After you have submitted your application through Common App or Ursuline App, you will receive an email giving you login instructions for the application portal.

    Q:

    Is Ursuline affordable?

    A:

    Yes. Nearly 100% of 2017 first-year students received scholarships or institutional grants. The average student financial aid package was $29,873 last year.

    The average net price to attend Ursuline is the lowest of all private liberal arts colleges in the state of Ohio, according to the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard (2017).

    Q:

    How many students attend Ursuline College?

    A:

    Ursuline enrolls approximately 1,100 students total with 525 being graduate students. Many of the graduate students take classes on a part time basis.

    Q:

    How many graduate students typically enroll at Ursuline College?

    A:

    Approximately 225 new graduate students start every year.

    Q:

    Does Ursuline College have admission requirements?

    A:

    Yes. Students applying for admission must meet both the general requirements for admission to all graduate programs and the specific requirements of the particular program of study. For individual program admission requirements, refer to the program's web page.

    Q:

    Can extra recommendation letters be sent?

    A:

    Yes, students can send more than the required number of recommendations.

    Q:

    Do I need to send all transcripts with my application?

    A:

    Yes. Students need to submit all transcripts including one for a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, and any additional undergraduate or graduate academic coursework whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.

    Q:

    Does Ursuline accept electronic transcripts?

    A:

    Yes. Ursuline will accept electronic transcripts from other institutions through a third-party transcript service. Transcripts scanned directly by a student will only be accepted as “unofficial.”

    Q:

    What are the application deadlines?

    A:

    Ursuline College admits graduate students on a rolling basis. We recommend applying for fall semester by July 1; spring semester by December 15; and summer semester by May 1. For the Counseling and Art Therapy program: June 1 for fall semester; October 1 for spring semester; March 1 for summer semester.

    Q:

    Are interviews required?

    A:

    Interviews are required for some graduate programs.

    Q:

    Are campus visits possible and what do they include?

    A:

    Absolutely! In fact, campus visits are strongly encouraged by Ursuline College. Assessing whether Ursuline is a "fit" can best be determined after a visit. There are several options: a campus tour, a meeting with a graduate admission counselor and/or faculty member, and program-specific information sessions. To schedule a campus visit, go to www.ursuline.edu/visit.

    Q:

    How can I check the status of my application?

    A:

    After you have submitted your application, you will receive an email giving you login instructions for the application portal.

    Q:

    Is financial aid available?

    A:

    Yes, students working toward a master’s degree at Ursuline College may borrow through the Federal Direct Stafford Student Loan programs to assist in financing their graduate education. The form must be completed each year and must list Ursuline College's School Code of 003134 to ensure our receipt of the processed results.

    Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 per year through the Stafford loan program based on enrollment and eligibility. Repayment of these student loans is deferred if students maintain at least half–time enrollment (at least 3 credits per semester) and for six months after enrollment on at least a half–time basis is ceased. For more details, visit the financial aid page.

    Q:

    Does Ursuline accept my employer’s tuition reimbursement?

    A:

    Yes. Students eligible for tuition reimbursement from their employers who elect to use the reimbursement to pay their tuition and fees must complete a Tuition Deferment Form/Application found in the Student Service Center. Funds must be paid to the college within 30 days following the conclusion of the semester to which the deferment is applied. There is a $25 Enrollment Fee for the semester and students must provide credit card information on which the semester’s fees will be charged if payment is not received by 30 days after the last class of the current semester in which the deferent is set up for. For more information, visit the Student Service Center or call 440 646 8309.

    Q:

    Is on-campus housing available to graduate students?

    A:

    Yes, graduate students can reside on campus in Smith Hall. Please contact Gina DeMart-Kraus, Director of Residence Life, for more information.

    Q:

    I graduated from high school 20 years ago, do I still need to submit my official transcripts?

    A:

    Possibly. You only need to submit your official high school transcript/GED if you are transferring in less than 24 semester hours and/or have less than a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

    Q:

    When I first went to college, I was pursuing a degree in Education so I know none of my credits will apply for my degree in Accounting. Do I still need to request my transcript from that school?

    A:

    Yes. Ursuline College requires that you submit official transcripts from all schools that you previously attended. Even if the school wasn’t accredited or you failed all of the classes.

    Q:

    I’m looking at a couple of schools, are you able to tell me what might transfer before I submit official transcripts?

    A:

    Yes. We understand that returning to school is a big decision. If you have an unofficial transcript from all schools attended, the admission counselor would welcome the opportunity to review your transcripts and let you know what you would have remaining at Ursuline.

    Q:

    It’s been a long time since I was last in school, I worry that I won’t be successful.

    A:

    You are likely the typical student that UCAP supports! Whether you have been out of school 1 month or 20 years, we have support services in place to help you every step of the way. Ursuline offers academic advising, career counseling, career exploration, one-on-one tutoring, accommodations assistance, personal counseling, and the list goes on. We are here for you!

    Q:

    How quickly can I start class?

    A:

    With nine starts per year, there are plenty of opportunities for you to jump in to take a class. How quickly you start really depends on how quickly you can complete the application and submit your transcripts. While we can get you started with your unofficial transcripts, you will have one semester to secure your official transcripts.

    Q:

    How can I check the status of my application?

    A:

    After you have submitted your application through Common App or Ursuline App, you will receive an email giving you login instructions for the application portal.

    Q:

    Is Ursuline affordable?

    A:

    Ursuline College offers students taking UCAP classes a reduced tuition rate. The average net price to attend Ursuline is the lowest of all private liberal arts colleges in the state of Ohio, according to the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard (2017).

    Q:

    Are scholarships available?

    A:

    Since the UCAP tuition is already discounted, internal scholarships are not available. But, we do encourage and welcome students to seek outside scholarships to help defray their costs. The UCAP admission counselor can provide you links to resources that will help you with your search.

    Q:

    My employer offers tuition reimbursement, how can I apply that?

    A:

    If you submit the tuition deferment form, a copy of your company’s policy, along with a check for $25, the College will defer your need to make a payment until the course has ended. Tuition is due in full 30 days after class ends.

    Q:

    How does Ursuline College define an international student?

    A:

    International students are defined by their citizenship. If you are not a citizen, dual citizen or permanent resident of the United States then you are an international student.

    Q:

    Can you waive the application fee for an international student?

    A:

    There is no application fee for our undergraduate application. There are fees that apply to our graduate programs, reach out to your counselor about waiving your fee.

    Q:

    Is there a separate application for international students?

    A:

    There is not a separate application for international students. As part of your application you will indicate your citizenship status and any additional international student requirements will be added to your materials list.

    Q:

    As an international student, do I need to complete and submit additional application forms or materials?

    A:

    Yes, it will depend on your student type (first-time, transfer, second degree, etc.). In general, we will need a transcript evaluation for all international transcripts and an English language proficiency test for students who do not live or study in an English-speaking country.

    Q:

    English is not my first language. Is an English proficiency test required?

    A:

    Yes, we do require an English proficiency test if you are not a citizen from an English-speaking country or in the U.S. taking courses.

    Q:

    What if I’m an international student and wish to apply for financial aid?

    A:

    There are not any need-based scholarships for international students. Ursuline offers Academic Merit Scholarships at time of admission for traditional first-degree programs. Ursuline’s athletic department also offers scholarships to those students who they wish to have as a part of their NCAA II athletic roster. To contact athletics, go over to UrsulineArrows.com and fill out the “Become an Arrow” form for the sport which you wish to speak to the coach about.

    Q:

    How do I receive an Academic Merit Scholarship from Ursuline?

    A:

    Apply to the college. Your application is also your application for scholarship. Upon admission into the college, you will be notified of your academic scholarship.

    Q:

    When does Ursuline determine Academic Merit Scholarships for international students?

    A:

    Ursuline has a wholistic review process, for determining Academic Merit Scholarships we review to see what English Proficiency Test or College Readiness Test the student has taken. If a student has taken an ACT or SAT, then they will be considered for our traditional first-year scholarship bracket. If a student took an ILETS or TOFEL, then they will be considered for our transfer scholarship bracket.

    Q:

    Are international transfer students required to take the ACT or SAT?

    A:

    If you have over 30 credit hours from a college or university from an English-speaking country or have taken English as a Second Language courses, or English then you are not required to provide us an ACT or SAT test score. For student from non-English speaking countries they can submit an ILETS or TOFEL in lieu of an ACT or SAT test score.

    Q:

    Do I have to declare a major at the time of my application?

    A:

    Students can apply and come into Ursuline as an undecided if they are unsure of which major to choose. During your academic orientation an academic advisor will help you to find some introductory classes that might be a good fit for a major option based off your interests.

    Q:

    Can international students apply for a second undergraduate degree?

    A:

    We have one program specifically for second-degree students. It is a second-degree accelerated program (also known as SDAP) for those students who are interested in becoming a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

    Q:

    What is SDAP and how do I apply?

    A:

    SDAP is our second-degree accelerated program for Nursing students. It is a 15-month program. You can apply on our website; the application is free. There are a few different application materials that are different from our traditional programs, like a letter of graduation or anticipated graduation, completion of 8 credit hours of perquisite sciences before application review, etc. Be sure to check in with your admission counselor or this weblink to make sure you know what you need.

    Q:

    I have sent my application to Ursuline, what happens next?

    A:

    Double check that we have all your required materials submitted in your application portal. If we do, then you will hear back on a decision within two weeks of the last item submitted. If you haven’t already completed your Declaration and Certification of Finances, then you can start that process here. Or reach out to your admission counselor for a tour of campus, in person or virtual.

    Q:

    Can I study Part-Time?

    A:

    As an international student, you are not eligible to study part time in the United States. Students are required to have a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester to be considered in good standing for their Visa.

    Q:

    Can I apply to one of your online programs?

    A:

    International students are not eligible to participate in a mostly or fully online program. To keep your visa in good standing you must have the majority of your coursework to be in class.

    Q:

    Do I need health insurance?

    A:

    Yes, this will be a separate cost outside of your estimated costs noted in your Declaration and Certification of Finances form. You can check out this link to learn more about how to obtain health insurance while studying in the U.S.

    Q:

    What is campus like?

    A:

    Ursuline College’s campus sits on 62 acres. The center of campus is Lake Elissa where all our academic buildings and residential halls face. Students can have an easy walk around campus, most of the buildings are connected which is great in the winter season. The farthest walk across campus is roughly seven minutes from Smith Hall to Mullen Academic Center.

    Q:

    Where is Pepper Pike?

    A:

    Pepper Pike is located on the eastside of Cleveland, OH. We are just 20-30 minutes away from downtown Cleveland where students can venture out and try different things like: The Westside Market, A Christmas Story House, our eclectic food scene, or checking out one of our Major, Minor, or Pro sports teams. However, minutes from campus there are many local spots students frequently can be seen at like: Legacy Village, Beachwood Mall, Pinecrest, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and many of the Cleveland Metro Park Sites (also known as the Emerald Necklace).

    Q:

    How can I find more out about Cleveland?

    A:

    Check out DestinationCleveland.com for all information about living, studying in, working, and exploring Cleveland!

    Q:

    Are students required to live on campus?

    A:

    Students at Ursuline are not required to live on campus, but most of our first-year students elect to live on campus – 80% do their first year. It is a great way to get acclimated to life on campus and in the U.S.!

    Q:

    How safe is campus?

    A:

    Ursuline is actually known as the 3rd safest campus in the nation!

    Q:

    As an international student, can I participate in internships?

    A:

    Most programs at Ursuline College require some sort of internship, clinical or practicum experience for degree completion. Our office of Career Counseling Services helps students to get their OPT & CPT paperwork complete so they can be compliant with their Visa status.

    Q:

    Do I have to attend an Academic Orientation?

    A:

    All students are required to participate in an Academic Orientation, for first-time undergraduate students we offer orientations in June, July or you can request a late August date for those students who live out of state or even out of the country so they can seamlessly move-in and register for their classes in one trip. Transfer students also will attend orientation in June, July, August or you can request for a late August date. If you are an SDAP student the Nursing department will contact, you about your orientation date. First-time students and transfer students can go here to register for your academic orientation.

    Q:

    Whom can I talk to about assistance regarding my visa or complying with immigration law?

    A:

    For Undergraduate Admission, contact Assistant Director of Admission and Coordinator of International Recruitment Sam Hamilton. You can contact her by either calling within the U.S. at +1 440-646-8117 or call and text within the US at +1 440-725-4165. If you are not within the U.S. you can call or message her on Whatsapp at +1 440-725-4165. Of course, you can always email her at Shamilton@ursuline.edu.

    For Graduate Admission, contact Director of Graduate Admission Melanie Steele. You can contact her by either calling within the US at +1 440-646-8146. If you are not within the U.S., you can email her at MSteele@ursuline.edu.