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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 pieces 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 Students who fail to submit the appropriate documentation by this deadline may become administratively withdrawn from the university.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 COMM 1001.
Conditional Admission for NTU Certificates
With their admission application, students submit a certificate course proposal using a provided template, in which they state their objectives and program rationale. Upon admission, students work with academic personnel to confirm or modify the course program.
Students cannot apply for a certificate program retroactively (e.g., complete eight courses in a degree program, then stop work on the degree and apply for one or two certificates). No transfer courses are accepted into certificate programs. No matter what courses students have already taken, at least four new courses from the NTU School must be completed to obtain a certificate.
Students must show progress and maintain performance in a manner identical to a degree program. Students track their progress in their program of study, similar to degree-seeking students. Students must receive a B or better in each course.
Note: A grade of B– is not acceptable.