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Part of Walden University’s mission is to extend access to a broad group of individuals who are able to benefit personally from their educational experience, and in turn bring benefit to those they serve. Indeed, Walden values the unique educational backgrounds, life experiences and professional accomplishments of its applicants.
Walden recognizes that in some cases applicants who do not meet the admission requirements bring a wide variety of educational and professional experiences to the university that taken together may predict their success. That is, the university recognizes that a low grade point average earned for prior academic work may not be representative of an applicant’s potential for success in its programs. It also recognizes that applicants with a high GPA may have a degree or experience not directly related to the program to which they are applying.
Accordingly, applicants may be offered conditional admission to the university with a stipulation for academic performance at the level of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for master’s and doctoral students or a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate students, the successful completion of academic progress requirements during the initial term(s) of enrollment, the completion of prerequisites*, and/or other stipulations (including receipt of official records).
Additionally, applicants whose files lack official transcripts or international evaluation yet who have provided unofficial documents may be offered conditional admission. This will allow them to register for their first-term courses. The missing information must be received within the student’s first period of enrollment. Until the information is received, a hold will prevent the student from registering for classes beyond the first period of enrollment. Students who fail to submit the appropriate documentation by this deadline may become administratively withdrawn from the university. (Also see section in this Walden University Student Handbook on Administrative Withdrawal.) Walden cannot process or disburse pending federal financial aid funds until it has received all official transcript(s) or international evaluations.
*Students who must complete prerequisite course(s) as a condition of their admission must successfully complete the course(s) prior to beginning their program-related coursework. Conditional admission standards as stated above will be upheld.
Conditional Admission for First Term Undergraduate Students Pending Adequate Academic Progress
All incoming undergraduate students* are admitted conditionally until they demonstrate adequate academic progress (as determined by the university) by day 14 in their first term course, with assignment evaluation and communication completed by day 21. Students who achieve adequate academic progress and meet all other admission requirements will be fully enrolled. Any student not meeting minimum requirements at this point will be withdrawn from the university without tuition responsibility. Students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate adequate academic progress no more than two times during the year in which their admission is valid in order to satisfy the admission condition. Financial aid will not be disbursed until after all conditions are cleared.
Note: Adequate academic progress is defined as a minimum of a “D” or above based on points accumulated on all assignments through day 14 of HMNT 1001.
*Excludes students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion program.
Conditional Admission for Associate’s Degree in Nursing Students Seeking Early Admission to a Walden BSN, BSN-AIM or RN-MSN Degree Program
Walden recognizes that students may wish to apply to universities to continue their education prior to completion of their Associate’s Degree in Nursing. In order to provide these students seeking admission prior to graduation, Walden offers conditional admission options for early admission seekers.
Early admission may be granted for students currently enrolled in their last term of an accredited Associate’s Degree in Nursing program with the following conditions:
- Prior to the desired start date, an official transcript showing conferral of an Associate’s Degree of Nursing or Nursing Diploma must be submitted
- Prior to the desired start date, official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted.
- The student must start class within 1 year of conditional admission to Walden.
- Cumulative GPA from all prior college credit completed must be 2.0 or higher for BSN program, and 2.5 or higher for BSN-AIM program.The degree GPA of the Associate’s Degree or Nursing Diploma must be 2.5 or higher for RN-MSN.
- Documented proof of an active registered nurse (RN) license in the United States or its territories must be provided prior to the start of class. International nurses must have the equivalent of an RN license in their home country.
- All other admission requirements for the BSN, BSN-AIM, or RN-MSN program are satisfied.
Note: Early admission is not available for the following RN-MSN specializations: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Family Nurse Practitioner.