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Walden selects adults who can benefit from online learning and who are most likely to make significant contributions to their classes and their professions. All applicants are required to have earned, at a minimum, a recognized high school diploma, high school equivalency certificate (e.g., GED, HiSET), or other state-recognized credential of high school completion. Applicants who have completed their secondary education from a country outside of the U.S. will need to submit an official evaluation report completed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Global Transcript Evaluation (GTE) service offered by Walden showing comparability to a U.S. high school diploma along with a copy of their academic credential. If selected for verification, candidates may be asked to provide official documents showing evidence of high school completion or equivalent. Each admission decision is based on a careful, holistic review of the applicant’s school and work history.
The Office of Admissions may consider exceptions, depending on a student’s background and circumstances (see the Conditional Admission policy).
The following are required for admission to Walden’s undergraduate programs:
For candidates who have fewer than 12 college credits, one of the following is required:
- Official transcript showing conferral of a high school diploma from a school approved by the Department of Education in the state for which it is approved to grant diplomas.
- Official transcript showing completion of high school equivalency (e.g., GED and HiSET).
- Official transcript showing state-recognized credential of high school completion.
- Official evaluation report from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or from the Global Transcript Evaluation service offered by Walden showing the comparability of a non-U.S. secondary education completion credential to a U.S. high school diploma and a copy of the academic credential.
For candidates who have 12 or more college credits, the following is required:
- Candidates who have completed previous college work of 12 quarter credits (or more) will be reviewed as transfer candidates and, as such, must have attained a 2.0 cumulative (overall weighted) GPA from prior institution(s) attended. Candidates with less than 2.0 cumulative (overall weighted) GPA may be considered for conditional admission.
- An official collegiate transcript from any institution(s) that is (are) accredited by a regional, professional/specialized, or national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education, or from an appropriately accredited non-U.S. institution.
- Transcripts from ALL previous institutions must be submitted at the time of admission for review. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admission; however, if admitted, a condition of admission will be required to have all official transcripts on file by the end of the first period of enrollment. Official transcripts are needed for continuing enrollment and for transfer of credit to be considered. GPA requirements for transfer of credit are different from admission GPA requirements; please refer to the transfer of credit policy for additional details. Candidates with less than 2.0 cumulative (overall weighted) GPA may be considered for conditional admission.
2. In addition to meeting the above criteria, candidates must meet at least one of the following:
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Be less than 21 years of age with 60 quarter credit hours.
- Be active military or a veteran (must provide documentation of service).
- Be concurrently enrolled in an approved partner institution with an articulation agreement with Walden.
3. Completed application form
4. Access to a computer and the Internet
5. If applying to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, please refer to the School of Nursing section in the catalog for admission requirements.
6. If applying to the Master of Arts in Teaching program, please refer to the Additional Academic Unit/Program Requirements section in this Walden University Student Handbook.
Note: Any documents received by Walden University will not be returned to the applicant/student and cannot be re-issued to the applicant/student or to another institution. Students may request copies of their student file in accordance with the policies set forth in the Walden University Student Handbook.