Admission to the Jacksonville University undergraduate degree program does not constitute admission to other programs with more specific admission requirements such as the Accelerated Degree Program, the Davis College of Business, the Teacher Education Program and the Nursing Program. Specific admissions requirements to these programs can be found later in this section of this Catalog.
Jacksonville University offers degree completion programs specifically designed for persons who are working or who, for other reasons, are unable to attend classes during the weekday. The Accelerated Degree Program offers undergraduate degree options for nontraditional adult students in an accelerated format. Admission requirements and information may be found later in this section of this Catalog.
For prospective students with hearing or speech-related disabilities who use TDD equipment, contact the University through the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 for TDD assistance.
A personal visit to the campus is strongly recommended. Interviews are scheduled throughout the year, except on holidays. Guided campus tours are conducted during weekday business hours and on scheduled Saturdays. Appointments with professors and class visits can be arranged by the Office of Admission.
For further information and appointments candidates should visit our website at: Visit Central
Or contact the Office of Admission:
(Toll free USA) 1-800-225- 2027 ext. 7428
New undergraduate students are considered for admission prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and the summer sessions.
- Applications for the fall semester should be received no later than June 1.
For freshman and transfer applicants, priority will be given to applicants whose files are complete by March 1. Applications received after this date are considered as long as space is available. For transfer applicants, the application for admission and all supporting papers should be submitted at least 30 days before the date of registration for any term to allow adequate time for processing. Due to U.S. Department of State regulations governing the issuance of the student visa, international students should submit a completed application and supporting documents by the following deadlines:
- June 1 for the fall semester
- October 1 for the spring semester
- February 1 for the summer semester
Exemptions include applicants who are in the United States on another visa or who are awaiting test results, final grades, NCAA Eligibility Center final ruling or other supporting documents that are beyond the student’s immediate control. The applicant may be accepted to JU in such cases, but a Form I-20 will not be sent until all documentation required by Immigration has been received.
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- A completed application
- $50 nonrefundable application fee
- Official copy(ies) of secondary school transcript(s)
- Official copy(ies) of SAT or ACT test results
- A counselor recommendation or letter of recommendation (if requested)
- A writing sample (if requested)
Additionally, for prospective fine arts majors, art students must undergo a portfolio review and dance, music and theatre students must audition. Information on these programs may be found under the appropriate department in the College of Fine Arts section of this Catalog.
Applicants who have not earned a high school diploma, but who have received a high school equivalency diploma or certificate from their state by satisfactory performance on American Council of Education’s Tests of Educational Development (GED), must submit a copy of their GED certificate along with the application for admission.
Every freshman applicant must submit scores on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the American College Test (ACT) of the American College Testing Program. Information regarding these tests may be obtained from a high school guidance office or by contacting the appropriate testing agency:
The applicant must ensure that the secondary school record, standardized test scores, final academic transcript(s), and any statements and recommendations are sent to the Office of Admission.
Admission to Jacksonville University is competitive. JU seeks students from a variety of backgrounds with strong academic preparation who can contribute to and benefit from the University’s many academic and co-curricular programs.
JU seeks to admit students who have the background necessary to be successful academically. The most important factors in the admission decision are the academic record and standardized test scores. The student’s academic record carries more weight than standardized test scores. Jacksonville University considers courses taken, grades attained, and class standing as parts of a student’s academic record. Other factors which may be considered include recommendations, leadership potential, extracurricular and service-related activities, special talents, and the ability to contribute positively to the campus community. Jacksonville University does not discriminate against applicants based on ethnicity, creed, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, national origin or disability.
Interviews with an admission counselor are strongly encouraged during an arranged visit to the campus. To be considered for admission, students must satisfactorily complete, or be in the process of completing, a standard college preparatory program. Students applying for admission must complete the following minimum requirements:
- Four (4) units of English
- Three (3) units of mathematics (algebra I and II and geometry)
- Three (3) units of natural science (preferably, two (2) units as lab sciences)
- Three (3) units of social sciences (history, civics/government, political science, psychology, sociology, economics)
- Two (2) units of the same foreign language is strongly recommended
Students who accept admission to JU agree to abide by all University rules, regulations, and policies. Attendance is a privilege that may be forfeited by anyone whose conduct is inconsistent with the traditional policies or regulations of the University. Students under disciplinary suspension or dismissal are prohibited from visiting the campus or using University facilities.
Home-Schooled Freshman Application
Jacksonville University recognizes and appreciates students who have been educated in a home school setting. In order to make an informed admission decision, all home-schooled students will be reviewed by the Admission Review Committee (ARC) under the following guidelines:
- SAT or ACT scores are required.
- Two (2) letters of recommendation evaluating the student’s academic potential from qualified educators or evaluators outside of the home-school environment.
- An official academic transcript.
- An interview with the Office of Admission is strongly encouraged.
The Admission Review Committee (ARC) will review the application materials of each home-schooled applicant and determine the admissibility of the applicant. The Office of Admission will notify the applicant of the ARC’s recommendation.
A student of unusual maturity, whose high school record shows excellent academic performance through the junior year in a college preparatory program and whose scores on a standardized aptitude test are high, may apply for admission to the University for enrollment after the junior year in high school. A strong recommendation from the high school is expected, and the candidate must interview with the Office of Admission either in person or by telephone.
Dual Enrollment Program
The dual enrollment program is designed primarily for high school seniors who, along with their guidance counselors, feel that their academic program would be enriched by college-level courses. The non-degree application for admission to JU is required with the indication that the student is applying for dual enrollment.
The following supporting data must be submitted with the application:
- Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) of the College Board (PSAT may be submitted) or the American College Test (ACT);
- An official copy of the secondary school transcript, including grades through the junior year; and
- Guidance counselors’ recommendation, including a statement in support of allowing the student to attend both high school and college at the same time.
Consideration of the application will follow receipt of all required and/or requested materials. Applicants are notified of their admission on a rolling basis. Applications received after June 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.
Students who are enrolled in high school or college at the time of their admission to JU are expected to maintain the same level of academic achievement throughout the remainder of the school year. If a student’s academic performance falls below a satisfactory level after the student has been admitted to JU, the acceptance may be rescinded.
Final high school or college transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admission as soon as possible after completion of the school year or term.
Admission Decision Appeal
Appeals of admission decision must be made in writing directly to the Director of Undergraduate Admission. Appeals must be made within 30 days of the initial admission decision. The Admissions Review Committee will consider appeals based only on additional academic or personal information provided by the student. Appeal decisions are final.
Admitted new undergraduates are required to pay $300 enrollment deposit to confirm their plans to attend JU. Upon matriculation and registration for classes, the new undergraduate student’s enrollment deposit is applied to that student’s account. In the case of students who reside in University residence facilities, $100 is applied as the student’s residence hall damage deposit, and $200 is applied to the student’s account.
Deposits should be paid by major credit card, check, or money order payable to Jacksonville University. International students must pay their enrollment deposits by major U.S. credit card, international money order or make arrangements to pay the deposit by wire transfer.
Requests for deposit extensions or deposit waivers should be made in writing to the Office of Admission. Partial waivers may be available for students who demonstrate significant financial need as determined by the financial aid process.
Once the enrollment deposit is received, the University will provide information about residential life, new student orientation, academic advising and registration.
JU adheres to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) enrollment deposit deadline of May 1. Priority is given to students who submit their enrollment deposit by March 1. Admitted new students should pay their enrollment deposit by May 1 for the fall semester, or within two weeks following notification of acceptance if admitted after May 1 for the fall semester, or if admitted for the spring or summer semester.
Deposits received prior to May 1 for the fall semester are fully refundable if the University is notified in writing prior to May 1 that the applicant is canceling his or her enrollment. Deposits made after May 1 for the fall semester are nonrefundable. Enrollment deposits for the spring semester and/or summer semester are nonrefundable.
Students admitted to Jacksonville University may defer their enrollment for up to one calendar year provided they do not attend another regional accredited college or university during that time. Students who do complete course work at another college or university must submit official transcripts of that work for review and approval before being allowed to enroll.
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TRANSFER STUDENT APPLICATION
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Application for admission may be obtained online or directly from the Offices of Admission in the Howard Building. Jacksonville University encourages applications from students who have attended regionally accredited colleges and universities. To be considered for admission as a transfer student, the student must have completed the equivalent of at least two (2) semesters (24 semester credit hours) of academic work following graduation from high school. Students who are concurrently enrolled in high school and college are not considered to be transfer students.
Graduates of a regionally-accredited community college or university who earned an Associate of Arts (AA) degree or Baccalaureate degree (in the case of a second-degree seeking student) should contact the JU Office of Admission for details about the transfer of college credit. In most cases, a regionally-accredited AA or Baccalaureate curriculum satisfies JU’s general education, or core curriculum, requirements.
Transfer applicants must submit to the Office of Admission:
- A completed application
- $50 nonrefundable application fee
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, regardless of grade point average earned or number of credits completed
- Official high school transcripts will be required if transfer credits are less than 24 semester hours.
- Additionally, for prospective fine-arts majors, arts students must undergo a portfolio review. Dance and music students must audition. Information on these programs may be found under the appropriate department in the College of Fine Arts section of this Catalog.
Concealment of previous course work completed at a college or university, whether intentional or not, is cause for cancellation of admission and registration.
Applications must be returned to:
- Office of Admission, Jacksonville University
2800 University Boulevard North
Jacksonville, Florida 32211-3396
- Academic courses completed at institutions which are approved by a regional accrediting agency are acceptable in transfer provided they are comparable to courses offered at JU and were completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better. Classes with a grade earned of “C-” with quality points of fewer than 2.0 are not accepted for transfer credit.
- Grades recorded as “P” for Pass, “CR” for Credit, etc., will be transferred only if the previous institution’s registrar provides verification that the work was completed with a “C” (2.0) or better grade. A “P” grade will be accepted for transfer for Physical Education Activity classes. Students desiring transfer credit for courses completed at another institution may be required to provide a copy of the catalog from that institution so that an evaluation of transfer credit may be made. Transfer credit for nursing courses counted toward BSN major requirements must be approved by nursing faculty.
- Credit may be granted for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation certificates if the holder is enrolled in one of the aviation programs. Occupational/vocational college-level courses are not generally accepted as transfer credit at Jacksonville University.
- Any work transferred to Jacksonville University will be entered on the JU transcript as hours earned only and will not be used in computation of the grade point average.
- A maximum of 60 semester hours or 95 quarter hours of transfer credit will be accepted from community college
- The final 30 semester hours toward a bachelor’s degree must be completed at Jacksonville University.
When an undergraduate student applies for admission and submits official transcripts, they are evaluated for transferability to Jacksonville University. Each graduate program director evaluates transfer credit for students in their program. If admission applicants have a question concerning transfer credit, they should contact the Admission Office at (904) 256-7000.
Limited or provisional credit also may be accepted from specialized or special purpose institutions, including the United States Armed Services, provided the work is applicable to JU undergraduate degree programs and is recommended in appropriate publications of the American Council on Education.
For further information, see Credit for Military Service below in this section.
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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT APPLICATION
International students must meet similar requirements as freshmen or transfer candidates, as the case warrants. Additionally, international applicants, including transient students, need to submit the following materials:
- A completed International Student Application and Confidential Financial Statement - International transient students currently attending U.S. institutions need to submit the following materials:
- The Transient Student application.
- An official letter of good standing from the Academic Dean or Registrar of the college or university in which the student is enrolled.
- A photocopy of the front and back of the current Form I-20 or DS-2019, visa and I-94
- International transient students sponsored through a Jacksonville University approved program need to submit the following materials:
- Academic Records - Certified true copies of the original, official transcripts and diploma or leaving certificate are required, accompanied by original, certified true English translations where necessary. Records must include a copy of the official grading scale used at each institution.
- An official letter of English proficiency from the Chair of the English Department at the host institution.
- Academic Records
- Certified true copies of the original, official high school transcripts and diploma or leaving certificate are required, accompanied by original, certified true English translations where necessary. Records must include a copy of the official grading scale used at each institution. Selected international transcripts may need to be submitted by the applicant to a professional evaluation service.
- Demonstrated English Proficiency
- Demonstrated English proficiency is required of all international students. Students whose first language is not English or who are from a country where English is not the official first language may demonstrate proficiency by submitting official copies of score reports, certificates or transcripts of the following:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of either 540 on the paper-based exam or 76 on the Internet-based exam.
- The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of a band six (6).
- Exceptions to the English language proficiency testing requirements described above may be made on an individual basis. English language proficiency may be demonstrated through a combination of other assessments, including, but not limited to the following:
- Completion of high school (secondary school) where English is the language of instruction and at least one year of English was completed with grades of “C” or higher.
- Completion of at least 24 semester credits at an accredited college or university in the United States.
- Completion of English composition or an equivalent course, with a grade of "C" or higher, at an accredited college or university in the United States.
- Completion of the College Board SAT writing and critical reading tests with acceptable scores.
- SAT or ACT Scores
- Scores are requested but not required of students whose first language is not English.
- Official SAT or ACT score reports are required of students whose first language is English. Exemptions to this requirement include transfer students who have completed at least 24 semester credits at an accredited college or university in the United States.
- Applicants intending to play intercollegiate sports at JU must submit SAT scores and the Educational History Form.
- Letter of Recommendation
- One letter of recommendation may be submitted by the headmaster, principal, director, president or dean of students at the previously attended institution, or by another educator able to evaluate the applicant’s ability to succeed at Jacksonville University. All recommendations must be in English or be accompanied by an original, certified true English translation.
- Transfer Verification Form
- A photocopy of the front and back of the student’s I-20 or DS-2019, F-1 visa, I-94 card, and identification page from the passport are also required.
- U.S. high school transfer (Extension of Stay) – Immigration regulations concerning Extension of Stay require that applicants who are on a student visa (F-1), with a “date-certain” period on their I-94, at a high school in the United States, should either depart the United States after their high school program or submit an application for an extension of stay and transfer of schools to Immigration before the ending date on their I-94.
- Confidential Financial Statement
- International students at JU are required to show financial resources of slightly more than the minimum cost for tuition, living expenses and insurance during an academic year (nine months). Also, international students are not permitted by U.S. law to work off campus. This restricts international students to on-campus jobs that pay only minimum wage. However, JU does offer scholarship awards to new international students for academic excellence. No application for financial aid is necessary. A determination of award is made after a review of transcripts and test scores. Some scholarships are also available to international students excelling in art, dance, music, theater and athletics.
Transfer of Credit from Foreign Institutions - To transfer credits from a foreign institution, applicants must submit official transcripts or certified true copies from each institution attended and an original, certified true English translation, if necessary. In addition, transcripts must be accompanied by an original, official transcript evaluation.
The outside agency of choice for evaluation of foreign credentials is World Education Services (WES). Applicants may, however, use the services of any member of the National Association for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The applicant is responsible for the cost and the timeliness of the credential evaluation.
Applicants should note that all documents become the property of Jacksonville University and will not be returned to them.
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NON-DEGREE AND TRANSIENT STUDENT APPLICATION
Students who wish to take courses for college credit as non-degree students should complete the Application for Admission to Undergraduate Study: Non-Degree (Audit) or Transient Students form. Transcripts from previous high school(s) and college(s) attended should be forwarded to the Office of Admission to determine eligibility for non-degree status at JU.
A student who is a degree candidate at another institution and who wishes to attend JU to earn credits to apply to the degree program at the institution in which they are matriculated is termed a transient student. The same Application for Admission to Undergraduate Study: Non-Degree (Audit) or Transient Students form is used in these circumstances, and such a student must arrange for college transcripts or a letter of good standing to be forwarded from the Registrar at the institution at which they are pursuing a degree. Any non-degree or transient student who decides to become a degree candidate at JU must reapply for admission and meet the admission requirements to matriculate into a degree program.
International students seeking to study at Jacksonville University as a transient student should refer to preceding “International Student Application and Admission” information in this section.
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Information for students applying for readmission to the University:
- A former JU student who was not enrolled at the University during the most recent fall or spring semester must apply for readmission. Applications for readmission must be submitted as early as possible to the Office of the Registrar.
- A student, who has not completed classes in a year, will be moved to the current catalog and must complete the Core and Major requirements of the new catalog.
- If an undergraduate student was enrolled at another institution during the period since last enrolled at JU, an official transcript of all courses attempted must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Students will be allowed to register for one semester to submit their transcript. During the semester, a Registrar Hold will be placed on the student’s record that will prevent future registration and release of the JU transcript. The Hold will be removed upon receipt of the official transcript from the institution.
- A student who terminates enrollment at JU while in a probationary or suspended status and who subsequently completes course work at another institution prior to being readmitted does so at the student’s own risk. Such course work will be used to determine whether or not to readmit the student. If the decision is made to readmit the student, appropriate transfer credits will be awarded at the time of readmission. In the case of a suspended student, transfer credit will not be awarded for course work completed during the period of suspension from Jacksonville University.
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