CATALOG • 2009-2010
Admission of Students
Students are admitted to Cedar Crest College on the basis of individual qualifications. In addition, some majors require special course preparation and/or grade-point averages. Admission to the College does not indicate admission to a desired major.
The Admissions Committee may require and/or Academic Services may highly recommend special courses, including remedial courses and/or special course sequences. These requirements and recommendations are intended to improve a student's chances of academic success.
Requests for Information–All Students
Requests for application materials and all correspondence relating to admission should be addressed to:
Cedar Crest College
100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104-6196
Campus Visits–All Students
Students are encouraged to visit the campus to discuss their educational plans with an admissions counselor. A campus visit generally includes a student-guided campus tour, and an opportunity to meet faculty and to attend classes. Visits are easily scheduled by calling the admissions office weekdays 8:30 a.m. Ð 4:30 p.m. at 800-360-1222 or 610-740-3780 or schedule a visit online at www.cedarcrest.edu. Adult students should call the Center for Lifelong Learning on weekdays Monday Ð Thursday 8:30 a.m. Ð 7:30 p.m., Fridays 8:30 a.m. Ð 4:30 p.m. or Saturdays 9:00 a.m. Ð 12:00 p.m. at 610-740-3770 or 800-360-1222.
Students can visit the College on the worldwide web at www.cedarcrest.edu.
College Visit Days and Open House programs also are held frequently throughout the academic year. Please call for a complete schedule.
Admissions counselors are better able to counsel students who bring test records, secondary grade reports, or college transcripts when visiting the campus.
Cedar Crest College seeks to enroll students who have shown academic achievement and promise in combination with varied interests, talents and backgrounds. The high school record is an important factor in the selection of candidates.
A good foundation for the Cedar Crest curriculum includes a college preparatory program of four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years of laboratory science, three years of social studies, two years of international language, and three or four academic electives. In individual cases, the College is willing to consider a good student whose preparation does not include all of these subjects.
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the College, candidates for the nursing and nuclear medicine programs should include two years of laboratory science (biology and chemistry) in their high school curriculum. Candidates for the nuclear medicine program also should include one year of physics in their high school curriculum.
Both women and men may apply for admission to the nursing and nuclear medicine programs.
To apply for admission, all candidates should submit a completed admissions application, an official transcript of their high school record, a one-page typed essay (topics are listed on the application), results from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Board or the American College Testing Program (ACT), teacher recommendations and a $30 non-refundable application fee. Students may also apply online at www.cedarcrest.edu. In individual cases the Admissions Committee may request additional information. All students are encouraged to visit the College for a personal interview and campus tour.
In keeping with the College's philosophy of encouraging students to develop individual talents, candidates are invited to submit any additional evidence of readiness for college. Such evidence may include works of art, original musical scores, independent projects, photographic essays, reports on scientific work, original poetry or prose, or other items of the student's choice.
A completed health form also must be submitted to Cedar Crest's center for health and counseling services prior to a student's enrollment.
Early admission is available to high school students who have completed their junior year, have permission from their schools, and wish to enroll in college a year early. In addition to a strong academic record, an early admission candidate must demonstrate a high degree of emotional and social maturity. SAT or ACT scores and an interview are required. Application procedures for early admission are identical to those for regular admission.
Early admission candidates are asked to identify themselves to the admissions office at the outset so that proper counsel may be provided.
A rolling admissions policy is in effect at Cedar Crest; applications are reviewed on a continuing basis. Students may apply at the conclusion of their junior year in high school. Applicants are usually notified of the Admission Committee's decision a few weeks after the receipt of all application materials. Acceptance will be made with the understanding that the student will satisfactorily complete the senior year.
To reserve a place in the incoming class, an accepted student is asked to send an enrollment deposit. The deposit is $200 for a resident student and $100 for a commuting student. The deposit is credited toward the bill for the first term. All deposits are refundable prior to May 1 for students seeking admission in the fall and prior to December 1 for students seeking admission in the spring. Students who would wish to receive a deposit refund must submit a written request to the admissions office prior to the above dates.
Students desiring advanced placement credit should submit the results of all tests taken through the Advanced Placement Tests of the College Entrance Examination Board. Generally, a score of 4 or 5 will earn credits and/or advanced course placement for most test subjects. A publication listing each subject and the credit available is obtainable from the Admissions Office.
For further information about other credit by examination see page 40.
The Cedar Crest Honors Program is a stimulating and enriching accompaniment to the college experience for traditional students and Lifelong Learners. Honors courses are cross-disciplinary in nature, at times team-taught, with an emphasis on developing the talents of unusually gifted students and promoting understanding of diverse approaches to the questions and problems inherent in the human condition. See page 115 for Honors Program description, guidelines and courses.
Students who are likely to benefit from a review of learning essentials for success in college are enrolled in the Support Toward Educational Progress (STEP) Program.
The program focuses on study skills (note-taking, test-taking and preparing research papers) and an understanding of and experience with critical reading, thinking and writing.
Students have an opportunity to work daily with the logical organization of their ideas and the ideas of others, as well as with the analysis of written and spoken information.
To apply for admission, an international student should submit the following documents:
- A completed International Student Application.
- Official transcripts of any secondary school or post-secondary study translated into English. Course descriptions in English should be sent for college- or university-level work.
- Results of the TOEFL Examination or an equivalent test if English is not the first language.
- An English writing sample in the form of a one-page typed essay.
- Statement of finances. There are several scholarships available to international students. Eligibility is based on academic achievements. In recognition of the rigorous requirements of the International Baccalaureate, students who hold an IB diploma will be granted sophomore standing. Exact credits granted will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Cedar Crest welcomes qualified transfers from other colleges and universities. To apply for transfer admission, students should submit a completed Admissions Transfer Application. An official transcript from each school attended since high school is required. Transfer applicants should also submit official high school transcripts and a non-refundable $30 application fee.
Evaluation of transfer credit is determined on a course-by-course basis by the registrar after an evaluation of official college transcripts. Up to 90 semester hours of credit may be transferred. A maximum of 60 of these may be from two-year institutions. Most courses in the liberal arts taken at an accredited college or university with a grade of C or better will be given equivalent Cedar Crest credit. Transfer students receive a statement of advanced standing listing all accepted credits from previous institutions attended. The CollegeÕs policies for evaluating courses for transfer credit follow the guidelines established by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Credits transfer; grades do not.
Some departments may require a minimum number of Cedar Crest credits in the major subsequent to being accepted to study in the department.
All transfer credits that a student intends to apply toward a major must be approved by the department chairperson.