Faith Evangelical College & Seminary admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. All programs are open to men and women. It does not discriminate with regards to any of the aforementioned categories in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarships, financial assistance, and academic programs.
General Admission Procedures
Applications are accepted no earlier than one year in advance of the expected date of matriculation and must be completed at least one month prior to the beginning of the quarter for which admission is sought. The application and recommendation forms can be found online at faithseminary.edu. Applications for each program vary, but all include the following general items:
- A completed application for the degree being sought (baccalaureate, masters, or doctorate)
- A non-refundable application fee of $40.00
- Tuition payment worksheet
- Written recommendations from qualified individuals attesting to the applicant’s commitment to Christ, church involvement, leadership ability, academic performance and potential, ability to communicate, interpersonal relationships, and other significant character traits
- Official transcripts and/or test scores sent directly from all schools, colleges, universities, and other learning institutions attended and
- An autobiographical essay.
Preferred Deadlines for Applications
Acceptance of Admission
When the completed application file is received, the file is reviewed by the Admissions Committee and a decision is communicated to the applicant normally within three weeks. Once applicants have been admitted they need to confirm intentions to attend and must register for courses within one year of the acceptance letter date.
Undergraduate program applicants must possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
Equivalency is defined as a state approved Equivalency Diploma or Entrance Examination, a GED, or an approved home-school certificate. The aforementioned is not required if the applicant has completed an Associate’s Degree or holds a minimum of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours from an institution recognized by the college. Home-school students must provide academic records that include a signature of the home-school parent or administrator. Transfer students must have previous college transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions for evaluation. Since the undergraduate program may be taken online, applicants who wish to use this format must be computer literate and have access to a computer and an email account. Admission decisions are based upon the applicant’s complete application file.
Prospective freshmen, age 21 or younger, may be required to submit official copies of test results from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test I (SAT I) or the American College Testing (ACT) Examination. Applicants who fail to meet the minimum required scores (1040 SAT, 22 ACT), or who have not taken the examinations will be evaluated on other indicators of ability to perform satisfactorily at the undergraduate level and may be admitted on a probationary basis.
Graduate program applicants normally must have a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an institution accredited by a recognized regional or national accrediting body. Master of Arts applicants should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale and Master of Divinity applicants should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. All graduate applicants are expected to possess a basic understanding of the Bible and the essentials of the Christian faith and able to engage in meaningful graduate study. Admission decisions are based upon the applicant’s complete application file. For post-graduate admission please refer to the Doctor of Ministry section of the catalog.
College & Seminary Rights of Admission & Enrollment
The institution seeks students who are committed to Christ and who desire to live lives consistent with the teachings of Scripture. It is expected that such students will be emotionally suited for Christian service, intellectually capable of rigorous academic discipline, sensitive to the needs of the total community, able to demonstrate personal integrity, and willing to grow spiritually.
As such, the institution reserves the right to draw conclusions at any time regarding the Christian profession and character of all applicants and/or current students. The institution also reserves the right to deny admission or enrollment to any individual with a personal life-style not in accordance with biblical and ethical standards established and determined by the Word of God. Furthermore, the institution reserves the right to deny admission or enrollment to any individual with a theological position (or who has membership or affiliation with any organization) that is not in agreement with the institution’s Doctrinal Statement.
The final authority for biblical, ethical, moral, and doctrinal matters as related to the institution lies with the Governing Board.
Categories of Admission
The following categories of admission exist:
1. Regular Admission:
This category is applied to students who meet standard admission requirements.
2. Probational Admission:
This category is applied to students who wish to enter a program and hold a prerequisite degree from an accredited institution with a GPA below admission standards or hold a prerequisite degree from an unaccredited (yet recognized) institution. This status may be removed after the successful completion of 24 quarter hours of study at the institution.
3. Unclassified Admission:
This category is applied to students who wish to take courses at the institution but are not intending to enter a degree program. Students in this category are required to complete a general application form, submit an application fee, and are limited to enrolling for no more than two courses per quarter (maximum four quarters). Federal financial aid is not available for this category of admission.
Note: The Admissions Committee, the Doctor of Ministry Committee, and the Academic Affairs Committee of the institution reserve the right to use professional judgment when conducting admission reviews and may request additional documentation to evaluate an applicant’s record. In addition, if certain documents are not available or do not meet admission standards the aforementioned committees reserve the right to offer admission to students based on professional judgment.
If a student has earned a previous graduate degree consisting of a minimum of 60 quarter hours in a field related to Christian studies (Bible, theology, education, leadership, philosophy, history, etc.), and if the previous degree is accepted by the institution, a student may be admitted with advanced standing and enroll in a master’s program at a reduced number of hours. The reduction of hours may vary depending upon the nature of the previous degree/s.
The maximum reduction of hours for the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree or the Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree is 12 quarter hours. The maximum reduction of hours for the Master of Divinity degree is 28 quarter hours. Advanced standing is available for master’s degrees only.
Application for Readmission
If a student was accepted to the institution and either did not register for courses or withdrew temporarily, officially or unofficially, and more than one year has lapsed since the date of the original acceptance letter or date of last enrollment, he or she must submit a new Application for Admission along with the current application fee. The student also may be required to submit new application materials. If a previously admitted student drops out of the institution or becomes inactive and later returns, he/she falls under the jurisdiction of the policies and procedures of the catalog in effect at the time of return.