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2012 - 2013 College Catalog 
2012 - 2013 College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Undergraduate Admissions Policies and Procedures

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 Committed to supporting a diverse community of learners, Mount Ida College admits students of varied backgrounds, interests, and talents who project an ability to succeed through participation in the academic programs, leadership development opportunities, and support services offered by the College.

Admission Procedure


Applications for admission to Mount Ida College are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year for both fall and spring semester; candidates for dental hygiene are admitted for fall semester only.

Applicants should submit the following documents to the Admissions Office:

  • Application form completed and signed along with $45.00 application fee; students are encouraged to apply online at www.mountida.eduThere is no fee for applications submitted online.

  • Official transcript from their high school or official copy of GED; students graduating from a Massachusetts public high school after 2002 are required to submit proof of successfully passing the MCAS based on standards put forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • Official copy of SAT or ACT scores, if not provided on the high school transcript (see “Standardized Testing: SAT, ACT, and TOEFL” in this section of the Catalog for more information).

  • Official copy of TOEFL scores if English is not applicant’s native language.  Applicant may also choose to participate in an interview with a representative of the College’s ESL program.

  • Minimum of one recommendation: guidance counselor, teacher, or personal recommendation.
  • Admissions Essay.
  • Official transcripts from each college attended along with relevant course descriptions.

  • List of current college courses in progress, if applicable.

  • In addition, the College reserves the right to require transfer applicants to submit the following:  Proof of high school graduation and a letter from the dean of students of the college or university currently attended or most recently attended by the student, stating that the transfer applicant is/was in good standing and eligible to return to that institution.

In addition, international applicants must submit the following:

  • Declaration of Financial Support and accompanying bank statement guaranteeing funds to cover the cost of education and living expenses for one year.

Additional credentials may be required for admission. Proof of high school graduation or equivalent is required prior to enrollment at the College.  


Admissions Policy and Entrance Requirements


Freshman Applicants

The College accepts and evaluates applications from high school graduates for direct admission to bachelor degree majors or associate degree majors, taking such items as the following into consideration: grades in high school and, if applicable, in college-level course work; prior academic record in relation to the degree level (baccalaureate or associate) and/or demands of a particular major; essay, letter(s) of recommendation; SAT or ACT (writing section recommended); personal interview (optional); extracurricular activities; and leadership, community service, and related life experiences.

It is strongly recommended that students applying as freshmen be enrolled in college-preparatory course work including, but not limited to:

  • 4 Carnegie units of English

  • 3 Carnegie units of mathematics

  • 3 Carnegie units of science (w/laboratory)

  • 2 Carnegie units of social science

  • 2 Carnegie units of foreign language

(Students applying to Applied Forensic Science, Biology, Pre-Dental Hygiene, and Veterinary Technology should complete high school biology and chemistry with labs; additional science courses are strongly recommended. Students applying to Management, Sports Management and Business Administration should complete algebra I & II and geometry; a senior level math is strongly recommended).


Transfer Applicants

Mount Ida College welcomes applications from transfer students from other four-year colleges or two-year institutions and from graduates with a two-year degree whose aspirations now include a baccalaureate degree. The College grants advanced standing for applicable courses completed with the requisite grades at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. In a select few cases, the College accepts transfer credit from institutions that are accredited by a specialized accrediting association.

Transfer students applying for admission will be evaluated based on their most current college course work as well as any previous credits attempted at an accredited college or university. In addition, the admissions committee may consider a transfer applicant’s cumulative academic record including high school performance. In order to qualify for admission to certain programs, transfer students may be required to complete pre-requisite course work at an accredited college or university. Final transcripts  from all educational institutions where the student has been previously enrolled must be submitted to the admissions office prior to a transfer student enrolling at Mount Ida College.


Continuing Education


Certificate Applicants

Candidates interested in applying for admission to Continuing Education certificate programs are required to submit an application for admission, an application fee and, if applicable, transcript(s).  In some instances, candidates may be required to interview with faculty of the program prior to admittance.


Non-degree, non-matriculating:

Students interested in enrolling at Mount Ida College as first time to the College part-time, non-degree-seeking  students are required to register through the Office of Continuing Education.  Non-matriculating students without an associate or bachelor degree are limited to no more than two classes for academic credit.

Degree seeking:

Part-time degree-seeking students who are applying to the College for the first time are required to meet all criteria and conditions for admission to the College. See the requirements under Freshman Admissions or Transfer Admissions as they apply to the student’s current situation.


Advanced Placement


Advanced Placement and College Level Examination Programs of the College Board
Mount Ida College supports the Advanced Placement (AP) Program and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Board. Please see “Advanced Placement Credit” policies in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this Catalog.

International Diploma Program of the International Baccalaureate Organization
Mount Ida College recognizes the academic challenge inherent in the successful completion of course work in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Please see “Advanced Placement Credit” policies in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this Catalog.

Students must have an official AP, IB, and/or CLEP transcript sent to Mount Ida College for advanced placement credits to be considered by the Office of the Registrar. Please note that in art and design subject areas, a portfolio may also be required to assist the art and design faculty in determining the exact course(s) for which any advanced credit should be considered.


Standardized Testing: SAT, ACT and TOEFL (Or Other English Language Proficiency Tests)


SAT or ACT scores are required for all students seeking admission to a degree program at Mount Ida College, including students seeking an associate degree, international students, transfer students who have earned fewer than 24 (23 credits or fewer) credits of college-level course work and transfer students with a CGPA below a 2.00.

Applicants who have graduated from high school or earned a high school equivalency diploma more than 10 years from the year of intended enrollment may waive the SAT/ACT requirement.

TOEFL, IELTS, or other tests of English as a foreign language, will be required for all candidates for whom English is not their native language.  In certain circumstances, students whose native language is not English may be exempt from submitting a TOEFL score.  Students can choose to interview with a member of the College’s ESL program instead of sitting for the TOEFL exam.

The following conditions may excuse a student from submitting proof of English language proficiency:

  • Student receives a grade of C or higher in a college-level English course. (International students may waive the TOEFL requirement if the primary language of instruction at the college or university is English.)

  • Student enrolls in and successfully completes English Language School (ELS)  through level EN 112.

Students who receive a TOEFL test score of 525 (197 computer-based/70 internet-based) or higher OR complete one or more of the above criteria may be eligible for full-time degree study at Mount Ida College.

Students who receive a TOEFL test score between 450 and 525 may be required to enroll in ESL-Plus at Mount Ida College. ESL-Plus allows students to enroll simultaneously in English language skill development courses and two courses for their degree.  Additional testing for proof of proficiency may be required in order for a student to be cleared for full-time study.


Conditions for Admission to Applied Forensic Science, Biology, and English


Students applying to the College’s programs in Applied Forensic Science, Biology, and English will be evaluated for admission based upon higher standards than students for other majors at Mount Ida College. Students not admitted to their preferred program may be offered admission to an appropriate related program. After successful completion of one semester, students may petition for change of program; approval of a petition for change of program is not guaranteed.  (See “Program Change Policy” in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this Catalog.)

Conditions for Funeral Home Management Online Degree Completion Program

Students applying for admission to the Funeral Home Management Online Degree Completion Program will be evaluated based on credentials submitted during the application process.  Applicants for this program must submit the NEI Online Application located on the Mount Ida website.  In addition to completing the online application, applicants must also submit a professional resume, proof of graduation from a funeral service program accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) and licensure with a minimum of three years of active practice in funeral service.

Admission to the Guided Studies Program


An acceptance to the Guided Studies Program may be granted to students whose potential for success is recognized by the College admissions committee. Guided Studies will help bridge the transition to college while allowing students to continue to develop the skills necessary for academic success. Students accepted to Guided Studies must demonstrate the ability to undertake college-level work in order to progress in their intended program of study. A signed agreement and a required program of academic support services facilitate the effort to pursue a college degree.

In order to successfully complete the Guided Studies Program and transition to regular acceptance status, a student must:

  • Meet the criteria required of first-year students.

  • Achieve at least the minimum CGPA required for satisfactory academic progress, as outlined in the College Catalog, by the end of the Guided Studies semester.

  • Attend a one-hour weekly Guided Studies Seminar.
  • Register for a specially-designated section of PS101, Introduction to Psychology.
  • Attend tutoring sessions at the Academic Success Center if referred by an instructor.


 Admission to the Honor Scholars Program

Students may apply to the Honor Scholars Program at two different entry points in their academic career. Entering freshmen and transfer students are identified by Admissions staff based on demonstrated academic potential and their applications are reviewed by the Honor Scholars Program Director. Acceptance into the Honor Scholars Program is determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Honor Scholars Program Director. Current students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance after a semester may also apply for admittance into the Honor Scholars Program on a space available basis if they can meet program requirements. Current students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance (CGPA of 3.5 or above) may complete an application that includes an essay, a recommendation from a faculty member and an interview with the Honor Scholars Program Director. 


Admission to Dental Hygiene


Enrollment in the Dental Hygiene Program is limited to up to 24 new students per year. Because enrollment is selective, special admissions criteria and procedures are necessary to ensure that students who are accepted have the potential for successfully completing the Program. A strong candidate will have completed a secondary school curriculum that includes English, algebra, one year of chemistry and biology, with laboratories in the same, and social studies. All applicants must have completed prerequisite course  work,  including anatomy and physiology I & II, college chemistry and microbiology with a grade of  B- or higher (16 credits), at a college or university prior to entering the Program.

In addition, candidates will provide the following as supplement to all standard application materials:

  • Proof of 10 or more hours of documented observation with a registered dental hygienist
  • Proof of current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/First-Aid

Successful completion of prerequisite course work and criteria does not guarantee admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.

Pre-Dental Hygiene: An Option to Prepare for Possible Admission to Dental Hygiene
Students who are just graduating from high school and others desiring to prepare for possible admission to the Dental Hygiene Program may be given the option of full-time enrollment in a one-year Pre-Dental Hygiene Program to complete prerequisite courses as well as selected general education requirements that could be applied toward a degree in dental hygiene, should they later qualify for acceptance to the program.

A limited number of seats for the fall class in the Dental Hygiene Program are reserved for students who complete all requirements of the Pre-Dental Hygiene Program with the highest CGPA and meet all other requirements for admission in the Program. Students must meet with the director of the Dental Hygiene Program, who - if the program change meets with the director’s approval  - will initiate the procedures for change of program for the student.

In some cases, a candidate for Pre-dental Hygiene or Dental Hygiene may be offered admission to the College as an undecided major. Students admitted to programs other than Dental Hygiene or Pre-dental Hygiene may pursue prerequisite courses for consideration for a program change into Dental Hygiene. In such cases, however, all policies relating to a general change of program take precedence and admission to Dental Hygiene is not guaranteed.


Intent to Enroll at Mount Ida College


Students offered admission to the College prior to April 1 have an intent to enroll deadline of May 1.  Intent to enroll is indicated with a $200 tuition deposit (applied to the student’s financial account) and a completed Intent to Enroll form.   

Students admitted after April 1 for the fall semester and all students admitted for the spring semester will receive intent to enroll deadlines with their acceptance packets based upon appropriate dates.  

Any student who submits a tuition deposit prior to May 1 for the fall semester, and decides not to enroll at the College, may request a deposit refund if the request is post-marked no later than May 1; deposits are non-refundable after May 1.  Students enrolling for the spring semester must make a request for a deposit refund prior to the first day of classes in said semester. All deposit refund requests must be received in writing by the Admissions Office.


Deferring Enrollment and Reactivating Applications


Deferring enrollment means that accepted students may hold their place at Mount Ida College and their major for a future semester. (Please note that financial aid awards and scholarships do not defer with enrollment. Students must apply for financial assistance for the semester in which they intend to enroll.)  This option may not be available for every major.

Accepted students wishing to defer their enrollment at Mount Ida College may do so for up to one year from the original intended semester of enrollment. Students must put in writing to the Admissions Office a request for deferment and submit a non-refundable deposit of $200.  (Note:  The $200 deposit will be applied to the student’s financial account).

Accepted students may defer in order to engage in non-academic activities; students may not enroll in another institution of learning and defer enrollment at Mount Ida College.  Once the written request is received, the Admissions Office will notify the student if the deferment has been approved.

Accepted students who wish to delay enrollment at Mount Ida College and attend another institution of learning but intend to enroll in the future must reactivate their application for admission.  Students who reactivate their application will be evaluated for admission based on all relevant/required credentials, including any additional, new information.

For more information about deferring and/or reactivating an acceptance for admission to Mount Ida College, students should contact the Admissions Office.


Academic Support Programs that Require Separate Applications


Mount Ida College offers support programs for students with documented disabilities. A separate application to the learning disabilities support programs is available from the Admissions Office upon request or by checking the appropriate box on the Application for Admission. Students interested in applying for these support programs should submit documentation describing their specific learning challenges. Testing must include current (administered within three years of application to the College) subtest scores of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-R) or a Woodcock Johnson III assessment and documentation of the specific disability by a professional diagnostician. Materials submitted are not used as part of the admissions decision but only for qualification and placement in the appropriate support program.

Note: The College reserves the right to rescind any offer of admission based on new information that contradicts the basis of the original offer of admission.

Note: All applicants who plan to apply for financial assistance should indicate their intention with a check mark on the appropriate section of the Application for Admission.