Jun 05, 2023  
2010-2011 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Undergraduate Programs | Volume 1, Issue 3 
2010-2011 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Undergraduate Programs | Volume 1, Issue 3 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Section Five, Admission Policies

Admission Procedures and Conditions

The Admissions Department of each Argosy University campus is available to assist prospective students with the process of submitting an application for admission. Individuals interested in information about Argosy University, its programs, and the application process are invited to contact the Admissions Department at the Argosy University campus of choice. Argosy University reserves the right to limit enrollment in any of its programs, and requirements may vary from program to program.

See college/program descriptions in this catalog for admission requirements and procedures by program. Individuals interested in applying to Argosy University should contact the Admissions Department with additional questions.

Admissions Decisions

Argosy University does not discuss committee decisions regarding an applicant’s file. Admissions decisions are final and are not subject to appeal.

Applications to Multiple Campuses

Applicants who are undecided with respect to the location they wish to attend should submit an application and full set of application materials to their location of first choice. Applicants who are accepted into their location of first choice and who, prior to beginning the program, determine they want to complete the same program at a different location, should notify the initial location of record of that intent. Provided that the same program is available, all previous approvals and credits accepted will remain in force. If an individual requests to change programs, he or she will need to meet all admission requirements of the new program.

Late Admission

Argosy University recommends that applicants apply well before their expected program start date to allow sufficient time to complete all necessary requirements for admission.  Argosy University may allow a student to start classes after the beginning of an academic session if the student completes all admission requirements and begins class within the add/drop period.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be granted to an applicant pending receipt of official transcripts or other equivalent official documentation such as a diploma. Students must also submit additional basis of admission documentation based on their program of study. To be eligible for conditional admission to matriculate into the program, unofficial transcripts must show receipt of the degree required for admission to the program. Students who are conditionally admitted to a program are not eligible to receive financial aid until documentation is provided and the conditional status removed. Campus-based students who fail to submit all official transcripts by the last day of their first session (for a 7.5 week class) or semester (for a 15 week class) will be withdrawn from the program, credits will not be transcripted, and tuition will be refunded.

Students enrolled in Argosy University Online Programs have 10 weeks from the first day of their first class to provide all official transcripts. Failure to provide official transcripts will result in the student being withdrawn from the program, credits will not be transcripted, and tuition will be refunded.

Exceptions to Admission Requirements

Applicants with grade point averages lower than the stated minimum may be considered for admission in accordance with the policy stated within the admission requirements section of the Academic Catalog for each program. An admission by exception must be approved by the program chair. Exceptions must be justified, documented, signed, placed, and retained in the student’s academic file. Students admitted on an exception basis will be assigned “Provisional Status” in accordance with Argosy University policies regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students enrolled in campus-based programs will have a maximum of one semester to meet the standards for academic progress. Students enrolled in Argosy University Online Programs have a maximum of four sessions to meet the standards for academic progress. Provisional status does not impact a student’s eligibility for financial aid. 

Reapplication for Admission

Applicants who have been denied admission to a given program may reapply to that program after the passage of one year from the date of denial by submitting all documents required of a new applicant. Individuals who intend to reapply for admission are strongly encouraged to contact the Admissions Department prior to reapplying.

Readmission Process After Withdrawal/Dismissal

Students who have been dismissed from Argosy University based on failure to meet standards of academic progress for a period of greater than one year must reapply for admission. Students who have been dismissed from Argosy University may apply for readmission one year after the dismissal but must provide demonstrable evidence of likely academic success to be considered. Students who have been dismissed from Argosy University and not readmitted to a program of study are prohibited from taking coursework at any Argosy University campus or online. Students who are readmitted after an absence of one year or more must complete all requirements of the program in the catalog for the year of readmission. This may require additional course work, replacement of courses that have been substantially modified, and/or other academic requirements.


Students who are administratively withdrawn from Argosy University for failing to remain continuously registered may petition for reinstatement if the period of absence is less than one year. If the petition for reinstatement is granted, students will continue in their existing program of study unless changes required by accrediting or regulatory bodies have been enacted during the period of absence. In such cases, the student will be required to complete the program with any such modifications.

Readmission after Extended Absence

Students who have been withdrawn from the school for three years or more will be required to have all prior coursework re-evaluated for determination of relevancy to current practice. Faculty members appointed by the campus dean or program chair will conduct the evaluation of coursework.

Early Acceptance

Early Acceptance may be granted to an applicant who is otherwise qualified for admission, but who has not yet earned the degree required for admission (e.g., a student currently enrolled in high school who is applying for an associate’s or bachelor’s program)  or completed the TOEFL® examination. To qualify for early acceptance, the applicant must provide a transcript or other documentation that he/she is in the final year of the required degree program. Prior to starting classes, the applicant must demonstrate that all admission requirements have been satisfied and provide a transcript documenting receipt of the degree.

Deferral Policy

An applicant admitted to Argosy University who finds that pressing and unforeseen circumstances prevent him or her from matriculating during the semester for which he or she was admitted, may request a deferral of admission for up to one year from the semester for which he or she was admitted. Deferrals are not automatic. A student who wishes to request a deferral should send a letter to the Admissions Department indicating his or her special circumstances. If deferral is granted, an additional non-refundable deposit may be required. Applicants should consult with the campus Admissions Department.

Veterans Administration Benefits

All Argosy University campuses are approved for training of veterans and eligible veteran’s dependents.  Students should contact each campus directly for further information.

Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning to assist with tuition costs exceeding the GI Bill’s current maximum benefit rate, based on the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate in the applicable state. Argosy University campuses will contribute an additional amount to eligible veterans to offset those expenses and The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will match the amount contributed by the school. The amounts available and conditions depend on the Argosy University campus and the state in which it is located. Argosy University has agreed to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program at the undergraduate level as well as at in the master’s degree level for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The Yellow Ribbon program provides funding to veterans who have served at least 36 months of active duty following September 10, 2001, veterans who were honorably discharged from active duty for a service related disability and who served 30 continuous days following September 10, 2001, and dependents eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post- 9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under one of the first two criteria.

Argosy University admits unlimited number of students into our programs using this benefit, but has capped the master’s in the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences to a total gap of $4000, and a total gap of $3200 in all other master’s degree programs.

In addition, eligible students can use their existing VA benefits to include the Montgomery GI Bill, Post 911 GI Bill, vocational rehabilitation, and other qualifying VA programs to attend Argosy University.

Eligible veterans may contact the Student Financial Services department at the Argosy University campus they are interested in attending to learn more about Argosy University’s military inclusive program and Yellow Ribbon participation.

To learn more about the Post 911 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program, visit www.gibill.va.gov.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Argosy University is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a consortium of national higher education associations that functions in cooperation with the Department of Defense, the military services (including the National Guard), and the Coast Guard to help meet the voluntary higher education needs of servicemembers. Working in cooperation with the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, this consortium includes more than 1500 participating SOC colleges and universities that have agreed to accept for admission new Army and Army Reserves recruits at the time of their enlistment in the service. Students should contact the Admissions Department at the campus for further information on participation and eligibility. Argosy University complies with all state and federal directives regarding active duty military personnel enrolled at the University and will make all reasonable accommodations possible.

Military Application Fee Waiver

Application fees will be waived for active duty, reserve, and national guard from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Argosy University is recognizing the military by waiving their application fee in appreciation for service to our country.

Active duty servicemember must include the following documentation when submitting their application for admission:

  • Application Waiver Form
  • Leave and Earning Statement (LES)
  • Letter from their command as evidence that they are in good standing with the military

International Admission Policy

All international (nonimmigrant) applicants to Argosy University must meet the same admission standards as all other students (see Section Five, “Admission Policies”). Not all programs at all campuses are available to international students requiring an F-1 visa. Interested international students should confirm with the campus admissions department the availability of any particular program.

English Language Proficiency Policy

Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or nonimmigrant status, all applicants to Argosy University whose “first” language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Demonstration that English is an applicant’s “first” language can be satisfied if the applicant submits a diploma from secondary school (or above) in a system in which English is the official language of instruction. If English is not the applicant’s “first” language, the applicant will need to meet the minimum English Language Proficiency standard through submission of an official minimum score selected from the Argosy University pre-approved list of testing opportunities to demonstrate proficiency

See below for the current pre-approved list of testing opportunities: 

  Minimum Acceptable Scores to Demonstrate English Language Proficiency

 Degree Level
 English Language Proficiency Test Associate’s and Bachelor’s Level Degree Programs
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®)

500 Paper
61 Internet (iBT)

Listening and Reading: B1
Writing: B1
Speaking: B1
EF International Language Schools 106
ELS Language Schools 109
International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) 4.5
Kaplan Educational Centers

Successful completion of Kaplan Course Level: High Intermediate
Placement/Progress Test Score: 500
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)² 80
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Critical Reading Score³ 526
Preuba Aptitud Academica (PAA) Engilsh Proficiency Section 526
Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC®) Academic Test 700

University of Cambridge (UK) Local Exam Syndicate




First Certificate in English (FCE) aka Level III: Grade A or B
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) aka Level IV: Grade C
Certificate in Proficiency in English (CPE) aka Level V: Grade C
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Level 6.5

¹ Satisfactory completion of all three Berlitz tests is required. Tests must be completed at an authorized Berlitz testing center. Online tests must be proctored at an authorized Berlitz testing center. For more information regarding Berlitz, contact edmc@berlitz.com.

² The MELAB is also known as the Michigan Test.

³ Prior to April 2005, the Critical Reading section of the SAT was known as the Verbal section.


Admission Requirements for Nonimmigrant Students

Applicants seeking to enroll in valid nonimmigrant status must meet all admissions requirements stipulated for all students and must additionally submit each of the following items:

  • A completed and signed Application for Admission of International Students Form

  • A completed and signed Enrollment Agreement

  • Original or official copies of all educational transcripts (secondary and, if applicable, university-level academic records) and diplomas. These educational transcripts and diplomas must be prepared in English or include a complete and official English translation.

  • Official credential evaluation of non-American educational credentials, if applicable; please note that official credential evaluations must be prepared and submitted by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES); see www.naces.org.

  • Proof of English language proficiency (see English Language Proficiency Policy )

  • A completed and signed Sponsor’s Statement of Financial Support (this statement is not required if the student is self-sponsored)

  • Official Financial Supporting Document(s) (typically provided by a bank) must verify sufficient funds to cover the cost of the educational program as well as all living expenses

  • Appropriate application fee and tuition deposit

  • A photocopy of the student’s passport to provide proof of birth date and citizenship (Students outside the United States who have not yet acquired a passport will need to submit a copy of their birth certificate);

  • For all non-immigrant applicants residing in the United States at the time of application: a photocopy of the visa page contained within the student’s passport as well as a photocopy of the student’s I/94 arrival departure record (both sides);

  • For all non-immigrant applicants residing in the United States at the time of application in either F,M, or J non-immigrant classification: written confirmation of non-immigrant status at previous school attended before transferring to Argosy University;

  • Proof of Health Insurance Students who do not possess health insurance upon applying to Argosy University must be prepared to purchase health insurance through an approved provider upon commencement of studies.

If an applicant seeking to enroll in valid student nonimmigrant status is transferring from a college or university in the United States, the International Student Transfer Clearance Form is also required.

The following Argosy University campuses are authorized under federal law to admit nonimmigrant students: Argosy University, Atlanta; Argosy University, Chicago; Argosy University, Dallas; Argosy University, Denver; Argosy University, Hawai‘i; Argosy University, Nashville; Argosy University, Orange County; Argosy University, Phoenix; Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area; Argosy University, Seattle; Argosy University, Schaumburg; Argosy University, Tampa; Argosy University, Twin Cities; Argosy University, Washington DC.