Nov 30, 2020  
2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College 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:

  • A completed application form, either online or hard copy. There is no application fee.

  • Official transcript from their high school or official copy of GED.

  • 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 the 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 letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor is strongly encouraged.
  • An admissions essay is strongly encouraged.
  • Official transcripts from each college attended along with relevant course descriptions.

  • 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


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 prerequisite 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, 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, and transfer students who have earned fewer than 12 (11 credits or fewer) credits of college-level course work.

Applicants who have graduated from high school or earned a high school equivalency diploma more than 5 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.






Admission to Dental Hygiene



The dental hygiene program operates in compliance with the current Recommended Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings -2003, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Atlanta.

Enrollment in the Dental Hygiene Program is limited to up to a capped number of 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.

Pre-Dental Hygiene: The Path to Dental Hygiene
Students who are just graduating from high school and others desiring to prepare for possible admission to the Dental Hygiene Program are typically first admitted directly into Mount Ida’s one-year Pre-Dental Hygiene Program to complete prerequisite courses as well as selected general education requirements that can be applied toward the 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 or other 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.