Admissions

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Welcome to ACMin Admissions!

Calling all applicants!  We are excited you''ve decided to apply to the Athens College of Ministry!  Be sure to visit the information for Prospective Students.  Next, you'll find below everything you need for a smooth application process. Just follow the steps below to get you started. We're here to help, so if you have any questions along the way, please contact Rev. Paul Cooke, the Director of Student Affairs at 706-769-1472, or pcooke.acmin@gmail.com. 

CLICK HERE begin the online admissions application. NOTE: Once you begin your online application, please check your email to return to your in-progress application for completion. 

Admissions Deadlines:

Fall               July 1
Spring           November 15
Summer        April 1
(Contact acmininfo@acmin.org to apply after admissions deadline has passed.)

Steps to Admission

Step 1
Complete the online ADMISSIONS APPLICATION including your Personal Statement of Faith and submit the application fee of $35. Detailed instructions for completing your application portfolio are found at the link above. 

Step 2
Request all official transcripts be mailed directly to the Athens College of Ministry at PO Box 7953, Athens, GA, 30604. 
-Incoming undergraduates and undergraduate transfer students with fewer than 30 hours of credit must send official high school transcripts.
-Incoming undergraduate transfer students and graduate students must send official college transcripts from ALL institutions attended.

Step 3
Request that two letters of recommendation be submitted via the online Admissions Application (follow online instructions). One Letter of Recommendation should be faith-based, the other should address the applicant’s intellectual ability to be successful in a college-level ministry preparation program. Recommenders must have known the applicant for a minimum of one year.

Step 4
Undergraduate students must request that your official test scores be sent directly to the Athens College of Ministry. Incoming undergraduates and undergraduate transfer students with fewer than 30 hours of credit must send SAT or ACT scores. 

The Designated Institution (DI) Codes for ACMin are:
ACT: 0675
SAT: 7066
AP: 7066

Notification
Students will be notified by email when your Application for Admission and Application Fee have been received.  Students will receive a second email notification when your application portfolio is complete.  An admission decision will be made within 30 days after your portfolio is complete.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for freshman admission must be graduates of accredited high schools.*  Freshman applicants are required to submit official college entrance examination scores. Minimum scores for full admission are one of the following:

  • 480 Critical Reading and 460 Math on the SAT
  • 21 English and 19 Mathematics on the ACT

Undergraduate transfer students with fewer than 30 credits must meet freshman admissions requirements. Undergraduate transfer students with 30 credits or more must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Applicants for graduate admission must have completed an undergraduate degree at the Bachelor’s level from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

*Special cases.  If you have any questions about your transcripts, test scores, were home schooled, or have any unique circumstances, please contact the Athens College of Ministry Office of Admissions to determine the necessary admissions documentation. Students who graduated from high school more than five years prior to application may not be required to take the ACT or SAT exams if those exams were not taken previously.
 
Ability-to-Benefit

The Athens College of Ministry may admit students who do not meet the minimum academic requirements if a student demonstrates both the interest and the ability to succeed at the institution (e.g. students’ poor grades at a prior institution were the result of a significant life challenge, etc.). In the case of such students, additional letters of recommendation may be required. Such students may be admitted under academic probation and will be required to demonstrate an average G.P.A. of 3.0 or greater at the conclusion of the first 30 credit hours of study. The decision to admit students under academic probation is made in collaboration with Admissions Office and the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Director of Graduate Studies as appropriate. For students admitted under academic probation:
·         A notice of their probationary status will be made in the student’s online profile for the purpose of alerting faculty.
·         Faculty must notify the student’s Academic Advisor if at any point their course work drops below a C level of performance.
·         These students must meet with their Academic Advisor twice per semester to check on their success and to provide suggestions for improving performance as needed.
 
Transfer Credits

At the discretion of the Office of Admissions, Athens College of Ministry may accept transfer credits from accredited colleges and universities as follows:

  • up to 30 semester hours for incoming undergraduate transfer students who intend to complete an Associate's Degree;
  • up to 60 semester hours for incoming undergraduate transfer students who intend to complete a Bachelor's Degree; and
  • up to 15 semester hours for incoming graduate transfer students.
  • Transfer credits are not accepted for students who intend to complete the undergraduate Certificate in Christian Ministry.

Transfer credits may not be added to a student’s academic record until the Athens College of Ministry’s Registrar has received official copies of transcripts from the institutions attended. Credits considered for transfer should have been earned within ten years prior to the date of admission and will only be granted for coursework receiving a grade of “C” (or the equivalent) or higher. Decisions to count transfer credits towards ACMin program requirements will be made by the heads of the Graduate Studies and Undergraduate Studies programs respectively.  Credits that do not fulfill ACMin program requirements may be accepted as elective credits. Exceptions and appeals to the above-stated policies may be made to the ACMin Chief Academic Officer.

Credit by Examination 

Undergraduate students may receive credit by examination from approved sources (e.g. Advanced Placement, C.LE.P., etc.). All credit awarded by examination, on the basis of certificates, or by assessment of prior learning, must be within the guidelines of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), and documented in students’ files by official records from the credit-granting agency. Credits that do not fulfill ACMin program requirements may be accepted as elective credits Credit by examination or prior learning (except graduate-level transfer credit as described above) is not awarded at the graduate level.
 
Deferred Admissions/Enrollment

Admitted students may decide to suspend enrollment in ACMin for a period of up to two consecutive terms.  After two terms of suspended enrollment, students must reenroll or their status will be changed to inactive.  Once a student reaches inactive status, he or she will no longer have access to ACMin student privileges until a new Application for Admission has been received.  Exceptions may be made by the President circumstances related to out-of-area ministry service.
 
Equal Opportunity and Diversity Policy
 
The Athens College of Ministry is dedicated to the principle of equal opportunity – its programs, services, and policies are guided by that principle. The Athens College of Ministry will engage in a personal, individualized review of applicants’ files giving full consideration to the ways in which the applicant might contribute of the Athens College of Ministry’s environment. No policy, either explicitly or implicitly, will lead to automatic acceptance or rejection of students or faculty based on any specific diversity consideration.