Orientation is a program of planned interactive sessions that integrates new students into the Jacksonville University community. Orientation provides students the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the JU campus and to get to know some of its students, faculty, and staff. New students participate in a series of workshops led by upperclassmen, faculty and professional staff that introduces them to the JU curricular and co-curricular programs.

The University assumes no responsibility for student illnesses or accidents occurring either on campus or off campus; therefore, the University strongly encourages students to obtain and maintain health, major medical, and accident insurance coverage through either a personal or family policy. Please note that in certain instances, HMO coverage may not be sufficient or accepted by local health and medical providers. For students who do not do not qualify for coverage under a private policy, JU offers coverage through a school-sponsored plan.

JU requires that full-time traditional undergraduate students who do not have hospital/medical insurance coverage participate in this plan. International students are also required to participate in the plan and those attending JU for the first time pay the first year premium in advance with their tuition and fees.

Twelve-month coverage extends from the reporting date August 1 to July 31. Insurance coverage will be billed on a yearly basis through graduation. Any student who maintains private coverage is required to provide a waiver and proof of insurance to the Controller’s Office.

Jacksonville University requires that all new accepted Traditional Undergraduate students complete and return to the Office of Admission the University’s Medical and Immunization Form as part of the application process. The immunization portion of the form, if applicable, must be completed and signed by a licensed physician or an appropriate health care provider. Documentation is required to certify that a student’s immunizations include measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, tetanus, and diphtheria. Students living on campus are required to show documentation of a meningitis vaccination or sign a waiver declining the vaccination. Students born before 1957 are considered immune to measles. If these forms are not submitted a registration hold will be placed to prevent registration for the student’s second term at Jacksonville University.

Jacksonville University provides reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities who need such assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Disability categories can include, but are not limited to, visual, physical, hearing, speech impairments, learning disabilities, and other impairments such as cardiovascular and circulatory conditions, psychological disorders, blood serum illnesses, diabetes, and epilepsy.

A student with a visible or non-visible disability who requests “reasonable accommodation” to his or her condition should provide medical and/or psychological documentation of the disability to the Student Life Office. It is preferable and recommended that documentation be provided immediately after acceptance to the University. Notice of a disability, but not the medical documentation, may be provided by the Student Life Office to any administrator, dean, and/or professor on a need-to-know basis, but only after consultation with the student.

Specialized services are provided through the Student Life Office. Students must request “reasonable accommodations” in a timely manner so that faculty can plan for those accommodations. Students with disabilities are also responsible for maintaining the same academic levels as other students attending class, maintaining appropriate behavior, and providing timely notification of any special needs.

Services provided may include: special arrangements when needed (change of rooms, referrals to tutors), letters of classroom accommodation based on medical recommendations and student suggestions and experience, and individual counseling or referral for counseling. Recommendations for “reasonable accommodations” in the classroom may include priority seating, change of classroom, tape recording of lectures, extra time for tests, quizzes, assignments, alternative test formats, etc. Students who wish to be tested or reevaluated may arrange for testing through the Student Life Office at the student’s expense. Faculty who wish to refer students for testing also should contact the Student Life Office.

Recognizing the rigor of Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES), University of Cambridge’s Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), portfolio credit, and military credit programs, Jacksonville University awards up to 30 credits for successful work in these programs. Minimum scores are listed under each program and information on specific classes accepted for credit is available from the Admission or Academic Development offices and on the JU Website. All alternative credit must be posted to the transcript prior to completion of 90 credits.

  • Advanced Placement Program (AP) - Credit may be awarded for scores of 3, 4, or 5. Each academic department sets individual policies on which scores may be awarded credit, and how that credit will be awarded. In addition, students will receive credit applicable toward graduation with University Honors if, on applicable Advanced Placement examinations, they score one point higher than the minimum required for credit.
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - Credit may be awarded for scores of 50 or greater on each subject test and a score of 500 or greater in the general tests.
  • International Baccalaureate Program (IB) - Credit may be awarded for scores of 4, 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level Examinations. In addition, students will receive credit applicable toward graduation with University Honors if, on an International Baccalaureate examination, they score one point higher than the minimum required for credit.
  • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) - Credit may be awarded for scores of 50 or greater on each subject test. In addition, students will receive credit applicable toward graduation with University Honors for grades of ‘A’.
  • University of Cambridge's Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) - Jacksonville University will award credit for AICE. Grades of A - E may be accepted for credit.
  • Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) - Scores of 670 on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT writing and SAT critical reading) examinations, or 31 on the ACT English sub score qualify students to take additional JU-administered tests for possible credit in English composition.

Any undergraduate student officially enrolled as a degree candidate at JU may request permission to receive credit by examination. Qualified students may receive college credit or exemption from some course requirements on the basis of satisfactory performance on proficiency examinations. A student may secure specific information on proficiency examinations from the office of the appropriate division chair. A student desiring to receive credit by examination must request permission in writing, using the standard form available in division or Registrar’s Offices.

If an undergraduate student can demonstrate course content mastery for any course listed in the Catalog and for which an approved measuring device is available, the number of credit hours normally earned in that course will be awarded.

In authorizing a program of credit by examination, the faculty recognizes that many students have, in certain subjects, reached a college-level of education outside the classroom. This level may have been reached through correspondence study, television courses, independent study, or other nontraditional means. Course content mastery may be demonstrated in any of the following ways, singularly or in combination:

  • Standardized College Level Examination Program
  • Professor-devised examinations, as approved by the division chair
  • Other approved placement examinations taken prior to initial matriculation

The type of examination to be given will be determined by the division chair with the concurrence of the department concerned.

Permission to Take Examination - Candidates for credit by examination must:

  • Secure permission of the instructor
  • Secure permission of the division chair
  • Secure permission of the Registrar, who will ascertain that:
    • None of the following restrictions are violated
    • The student is registered as a degree candidate at JU

Restrictions - Information on exam restrictions:

  • An examination cannot replace a failure in a course completed here or elsewhere.
  • Credit will not be awarded for a lower-level prerequisite course when an advanced course in that same field has been completed.
  • The amount of credit earned by examination shall not exceed 60 credit hours.
  • Letter-grade equivalents will not be assigned for the examination. A ‘CR’ will be placed on the transcript for successful completion. No notation will be entered if a student fails the examination.
  • None of the final 30 hours to complete a bachelor’s degree can be by examination.
  • Credit will be recorded only after a student has completed at least 12 hours of course work at JU.

Examination Cost - The student must pay a $75 per credit examination fee. If a student is enrolled in a course for which the examination awards credit, he or she is entitled to any refund of fees due as of the date the student sat for the examination. A student is allowed only one attempt within an academic year to pass the examination.

Credit Awarded - Credit by examination in foreign languages is awarded only at the 201 or higher level.

Credits awarded for the CLEP general test will be counted as 100 and 200 level courses. The general examination may not be counted as 300 or 400 level courses. A student may receive credit only once for one course, either by completing the course or by completing the examination. A student may take a course or examination more than once to improve a grade average. In counting credits toward graduation, a course may be counted only once for credit.

A student may not receive credit for any course lower than that previously completed. A student may not receive additional credit by means of a CLEP examination for a course that has already been completed, and vice versa.

Students who earn CLEP general exam credits in humanities may count the awarded semester hours as three humanities and three fine arts credits.

Credit For Military Service - A person who is serving or who has served on active duty in the United States Armed Services for a period of one year or more and who has been separated or discharged from such service under honorable conditions may be awarded credit for service experiences and training. Such awards are based on recommendations contained on the Military Smart Transcript, provided such credit is appropriate to the degree programs offered at Jacksonville University.

Students who successfully complete the Navy’s Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) or Naval Science Institute and the classes are listed on the Smart Transcript and accompanied by a BOOST or Naval Science Institute Transcript, will have the classes evaluated for credit.

The University is a member of the Service members​ Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a coalition of colleges and universities that respond to the voluntary higher education needs of military personnel and veterans and subscribes to its policies.

A decision on the number of hours to be awarded will be made only after all necessary documents and supporting information required in connection with an application for admission have been received. Credit will not be awarded for college-level occupational/vocational courses, as it is not the policy of the University to accept such courses as transfer credit (see “Transfer of Credits”). In order for credit to be awarded, the terms of military service, as well as service schools, attended must be documented on a Military Smart Transcript. If the Military Smart Transcript is not available, the student may submit a DD Form 295 (Application for the Evaluation of Educational Experience During Military Service), or a DD Form 214 (Armed Forces of the United States Report of Transfer or Discharge).

Any credits awarded for participation in the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program will be awarded and administered in the same manner as for credits awarded through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Credit for RN Licensure - See School of Nursing Admission section in this catalog.

Credit for FAA Pilot Certificates and Ratings - Academic credit will only be awarded for FAA pilot certificates obtained prior to matriculation at Jacksonville University.

For Aviation Management and Flight Operations majors, academic credit for previous FAA pilot certificates and ratings, if approved, will be awarded only upon completion of a minimum of two (2) AVO flight courses totaling three (3) or more credit hours taken in residence. In addition, Aviation Management and Flight Operations majors must complete a minimum of two (2) AVO flight courses in residence in order to graduate.

For Aviation Management majors, academic credit for previous FAA pilot certificates and ratings, if approved, will be awarded only upon completion of a minimum of two (2) AVS/AVM/AVO courses totaling six (6) or more credit hours taken in residence.

For more information, contact the Division of Aeronautics Office at (904) 256-7895.


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