Bachelor’s Admissions Requirements
If you are seeking admission to an online bachelor’s program (with the exception of the RN to BSN), you must meet the following three levels of admission requirements in order to be fully admitted to Ashford University:
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The Conditional Admission period is intended to ensure that you are familiar with classroom expectations, time and technology requirements and other factors that may impact your experience as a student. It also allows you time to determine, risk free, whether Ashford is the right university for you. If you are seeking admission to a bachelor's degree program you must meet the following admission requirements prior to the start of your first course at Ashford University:
- Have a regular high-school diploma earned through college preparatory or regular high school courses, a GED or state certificate awarded after passing an authorized test that the state recognizes as equivalent to a high school diploma, completed secondary school through home schooling as defined by state law, or earned an equivalent to a US high school diploma at an international high school according to approved Foreign Evaluation services.
- An earned IEP or Special Education Diploma or Certificate of Completion based upon IEP goals does not meet the regular high school diploma requirement for admission to Ashford University.
- Qualified applicants will self-certify as to their high school education on the application for admission. Ashford University may also require, at its discretion, that you provide a high school transcript, high school diploma, and/or evidence of passing the GED or state certificate awarded.
- If no high school diploma was earned, if you have successfully completed at least a two-year program or have earned a minimum of 60 transferable credits that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution, as defined by Ashford University transfer credit policies, you may be admitted.
- Ashford University may also require, at its discretion, that you provide a high school transcript, high school diploma, and/or evidence of passing the GED or state certificate awarded.
- Have access to a computer with an Internet connection for the Web-based programs and meet the minimum technology and minimum computer skills, abilities, features, system configurations, hardware, and software outlined in the Catalog.
- Be 22 years of age or older, or be exempt from this requirement by meeting one of the following criteria:
- Earned a minimum of 20 transferable credits* as defined by Ashford University transfer credit policies;
- Earned 0-19 transferable credits and successfully completed the Student Success Orientation course;
- Seeking readmission to Ashford University after withdrawal from a degree program;
- Current degree-seeking student at Ashford University requesting to change majors; or
- Former Clinton Campus student requesting to transfer to the online modality.
Due to the accelerated, adult-learner focus of the academic programs offered in the online modality, if you are under the age of 18 generally you will not be admitted.
* If satisfying the Under 22 exemption with 20 transferable credits, unofficial transcripts must be submitted with the Application for Admission.
- Have the ability to study English indicated by one of the following**:
- Achieved a recognized high school diploma or equivalent in which the primary language of instruction was English***
- Received a GED that was taken in English***;
- A minimum of 30 credits have been earned from regionally or approved nationally accredited colleges/universities in the United States or equivalent in which the primary language of instruction was English; or
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination taken within the past two (2) years. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 500 paper-based or 61 Internet-based is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6 is required. Copies of official scores must be submitted prior to provisional enrollment, and official scores must be submitted for full admission.
**Satisfying the English Language Requirement does not exempt a student who earned his/her high school diploma outside of the United States from the additional admission requirements for applicants with international academic credentials.
***If satisfying the English Language Requirement through a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent not completed in the United States, additional documentation may be required. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for further information.
If you have international credentials, or are a resident in the state of California, Mississippi, or Tennessee, requirements are outlined separately. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for additional detailed requirements for Conditional Admission.
You must meet the following requirements in order to be provisionally admitted to a bachelor's degree program at Ashford University:
- Successfully complete Student Success Orientation, if required*;
- Attain a cumulative grade of C- or better by Day 6 of Week 3 in the course; and
- Attend week 4 of the first course.
Attendance in week 4 constitutes your confirmation of your intention to continue in the program as a regular student. Please refer to the Ashford Promise in the Academic Catalog for additional information.
*You are required to successfully complete Student Success Orientation if you a) have zero (0) traditional college-level transferable credits at the time of application, or b) are under age 22 and have 0- 19 transferable credits.
The following requirements must be met prior to the conclusion of the fourth (4th) attempted Ashford University course in a degree seeking program. To start the fifth (5th) course, you must complete all the requirements subsequently outlined.
- Official TOEFL or IELTS scores, if required for admission If you meet the English Language requirement with 30 transferable credits, you must submit the official transcript(s) where these credits were earned.
- If you were provisionally admitted with completion of a two-year program from an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution as defined by Ashford University transfer credit policies you must have official transcripts of those credits on file to meet full admissions requirements.
Note: Additional requirements for residents of California, Mississippi, and Tennessee and for students seeking admission based on credentials earned outside of the United States are outlined separately.
Students who do not meet all requirements will not be fully admitted and will be withdrawn from the program. Students may be readmitted to Ashford University at such time that all requirements for full admission have been met. If the aforementioned required documentation does not apply, you are fully admitted at the time of their transfer credit evaluation, in accordance with the Transfer Credit Evaluation policy. If you have no history of postsecondary education you are fully admitted upon successful completion of the Conditional Admission Period. Please see the Academic Catalog for additional detailed requirements for Full Admission.
Put your college credits to work at Ashford! You can transfer up to 90 semester credits (135 quarter credits) to help fulfill your degree requirements.* That means all your past hard work may not be wasted. Your first course at Ashford will be EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education. If you enter the program with 0-19 traditional college-level transferable credits, you will also be required to successfully complete an online orientation prior to enrolling in EXP 105 as your first course. Unsuccessful completion of EXP 105 will result in the rescheduling of the course and may require a revision of the future course sequence.
* The transferability of credits is subject to Ashford University’s transfer credit policies and requires the submission of official transcripts. The official transcripts will be evaluated to determine the credits that will officially apply toward an Ashford University degree program.
Transfer Credit Evaluation
Upon being granted provisional admission to your chosen degree program, the Records Management staff will begin requesting transcripts of your prior postsecondary education using the signed Transcript Request form.
The Records Management Department will request official transcripts of all prior postsecondary education, as provided by you in the application for admission, as well as any school appearing in your National Student Clearinghouse record. This request includes:
- College or university transcripts from any regionally or approved nationally accredited postsecondary educational institution attended
- Military credits evaluated for equivalency to college credits
You are responsible for submitting official documentation of any postsecondary credit previously earned through examination or credit earned through non-collegiate instruction to be evaluated for applicability to Ashford University program requirements.
Once transcripts of all prior postsecondary education have been received, the Registrar’s Office staff will complete your transfer credit evaluation. At the conclusion of the fourth (4th) attempted Ashford University course in a degree seeking program, if any transcripts of prior postsecondary education have not yet been received, the Registrar’s Office staff will proceed with the transfer credit evaluation of any transcripts of postsecondary education received to date. You are then admitted on Academic Watch due to failure to provide confirmation of a combined cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all prior traditional postsecondary education. Additional transcripts may be submitted for evaluation at a later date, should they become available.
If it is determined prior to the conclusion of the fourth (4th) attempted Ashford University course that certain transcripts are unable to be provided, you may sign and submit an Authorization to Close File form thereby waiving potential transfer credits from previously attended schools, in order to expedite the transfer credit evaluation process.
If you sign an Authorization to Close File form, thereby waiving potential transfer credits from previously attended schools, you are admitted on Academic Watch due to failure to provide confirmation of a combined cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all prior traditional postsecondary education. These transcripts may be submitted for evaluation at a later date, should they become available. You are responsible for reviewing your transfer credit evaluation as well as your scheduled courses with your Academic Advisor and informing the Advisor of any courses that you feel are duplicative or equivalent in content to previously completed coursework or non-traditional learning. You may submit official transcripts to Ashford University for review of transfer credits at any time.
Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation
Information regarding cohort retention, persistence, and graduation data for online bachelor’s degree-level students can be found at the following link: Online bachelor's Data. Additional disaggregated views of cohort retention, persistence, and graduation for students in all degree levels and modalities are also available.
If you haven’t found the information you need, please call 866.711.1700 to speak to an Ashford representative.