St. Edward's University Transfer Guide 2013-2014
Create your future at St. Edward's University. On this hilltop campus, you find the place where your heart and mind agree: This is my purpose.
where will YOU find your purpose? Transfer Guide Create your future at St. Edward’s. QUICK FACTS We welcome more than 400 transfer students each year. 5,095 Total students 3,555 Undergraduate sTUDENTS 900 Undergraduate transfer students 18 Average class size 13:1 Student-faculty ratio 50+ Areas of study Countries represented 44 International partner universities 14 Maybe you want to pursue your bachelor’s degree after completing community college. Or maybe you began your studies at another university and want to change to a school that’s a better fit for you. Here, you discover your path and join a vibrant, international academic community that’s as passionate about learning as you are. You’re surrounded by people who understand what it means to be a transfer student — 400 new classmates transfer to St. Edward’s each year. Inspired by your professors, you push yourself to go beyond your limits. Your studies give you a global perspective. So does the opportunity to study abroad. You jump at the chance to participate in innovative research, internships and service. And you develop the critical thinking, writing and speaking skills employers look for when they hire. 86% 80% 93% 100+ Transfer students who receive scholarships and grants Students who participate in internships before graduating Alumni who feel St. Edward’s prepared them for the demands of their jobs Employers and organizations that recruit students on campus each year during job and internship fairs Interested in a part-time program? This guide explains our traditional daytime undergraduate program. Learn about our evening and weekend classes for adult learners at stedwards.edu/academics/newcollege. On this hilltop campus, you find the place where your heart and mind agree: this is my purpose. 1 Foundational skills (21 hours) St. Edward’s Rhetoric and Composition I (3) Equivalents Any freshman Rhetoric and Composition I Any freshman Rhetoric and Composition II Two semesters in the same contemporary foreign language Speech (fundamentals/principles of public speaking) Rhetoric and Composition II (3) Foreign Language (6) Oral Communication (3) College Mathematics (3) College Algebra or higher Computational Skills (3) Computer Science (problem solving) or Statistics Foundations for values and decisions (15 hours) St. Edward’s Equivalents Any ethics course; some majors require an ethics course in the major discipline to satisfy the requirement Any course in Religious Studies or Philosophy, excluding ethics Ethics (3) Religious Studies/Philosophy (3) Science in Depth (3) and A transfer student may satisfy these requirements Science in Perspective (3) by taking two three-hour science courses in Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics. The two courses must be in two different sciences. Capstone (3) No equivalents. Must be taken at St. Edward’s. Bring your credits (and passion) to the hilltop . We accept up to 66 hours of community college credit and up to 90 hours of university credit. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or better to transfer. The last 30 hours of your degree and at least half of the coursework required for your major must be taken at St. Edward’s. Cultural foundations (18 hours) St. Edward’s Literature and Human Experience (3) Understanding and Appreciating the Arts (3) Equivalents Literature course (in English) A course in the history, appreciation or criticism of art, music, film or theater Transfer Credit for General Education Requirements St. Edward’s has established a 54-hour block of general education requirements for all students, regardless of major, which serves as a foundation for your undergraduate degree. At left is a list of equivalent courses that may be taken in part or in full at another college or university to meet our core curriculum requirements. Please contact the Office of Admission each academic year for updated information. The American Experience (3) Choose two: U.S. History I and II or Minorities in the United States I and II American Dilemmas (3) No equivalents. Must be taken at St. Edward’s. History and Evolution of No equivalents. Must be taken at St. Edward’s. Global Processes (3) Contemporary World Issues (3) No equivalents. Must be taken at St. Edward’s. UP FOR THE CHALLENGE? Learn more at stedwards.edu/academics 2 Invest in yourself and Your Success. Generous Scholarships and Financial Aid With scholarships, grants and loans, St. Edward’s is committed to making college an affordable investment for you. Last year, we awarded our students $64 million to help finance their education. In 2013–2014, 86% of transfer students at St. Edward’s received scholarships and grants, with an average award of $17,885 — not including loans and campus jobs. Applying for assistance early will increase your chance of receiving funds. Traditional U.S. transfer students are automatically reviewed for scholarships during the application process. These scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis for up to three years. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, successful full-time enrollment and 30 hours of college credit at the time of application qualify for consideration. Our academic scholarships include: • Transfer Scholar Award: $7,000 per year • Transfer Distinguished Achievement Award: $9,000 per year • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship: an additional $2,500 per year Additional scholarship opportunities are available to students who establish a strong GPA at St. Edward’s. Applying for Financial Aid When you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we’ll review your file for federal and state grants, university grants, campus jobs and student loans. Apply at fafsa.ed.gov and be sure to list the St. Edward’s federal school code, 003621, in the school release section. Spring semester enrollment: Fill out the FAFSA by Oct. 15, 2013 Fall semester enrollment: Fill out the FAFSA by March 1, 2014 Our financial aid offer for your first year at St. Edward’s becomes your base offer for subsequent years. Normally, you can receive a similar grant package for up to three additional years if you file an updated FAFSA and meet other university requirements. 3 Sources of aid include: • University grants • State grants, such as the Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) • Federal grants, such as Pell • Low-interest student and parent loans, such as Stafford and PLUS loans Personalized Support When you’re accepted to St. Edward’s, you are assigned a personal advisor in the Office of Student Financial Services who will help you plan how to finance your education. Costs for 2014–2015 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Tuition (12–18 credit hours) $18,075 $18,075 Technology fee $200 $200 $800 Health insurance (optional) (estimated) $800 Car permit (optional) (estimated) $250 prorated Books and supplies, estimated at $550 per semester, will be purchased separately. Students who live on campus will have the following expenses: Residence hall (estimated with roommates) $2,300–$3,510 $2,300–$3,510 $850–$2,550 $850–$2,550 Meal plan (estimated) About half of our transfer students live on campus. Apply early to increase your chance of getting campus housing. Estimate your scholarships and grants at stedwards.edu/transfercalculator QUESTIONS? Student Financial Services 800-555-0164 firstname.lastname@example.org 512-448-8523 stedwards.edu/admission/transfer/financialaid 4 Join a community that inspires your best. Review Our Admission Requirements Transfer admission decisions can be made up to one year before you plan to attend St. Edward’s. We encourage you to apply at the beginning of the last semester you plan to attend another college. This allows time for us to review your application and for you to apply for financial assistance if necessary. Start Your Transfer Plans — the Sooner, the Better Our goal is to build a relationship with you as early in your academic career as possible. That way, we can assist you in selecting transferable courses. As a ﬁrst step, make an appointment with one of our transfer admission counselors. The Office of Admission is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 5 p.m. on Friday. In the first counseling session, we’ll learn more about your educational goals and transfer plans, provide a degree audit, and establish a timeline for your transfer to St. Edward’s. What We Consider: • Your complete academic history, including cumulative grade point average and percentage of attempted college-level courses successfully completed • Part-time and full-time coursework, and we prefer to see completion of at least one full-time semester with solid performance (12–15 hours with a 2.5 or higher semester GPA) NOV. 15 Spring entry May 1 Summer entry FEB. 1 Fall priority decision JULY 1 Fall regular decision What to include with your application St. Edward’s has a rolling admission policy, making admission decisions as files are completed. To apply, please send: • Your application • $50 nonrefundable application fee • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended • Official high school transcript with SAT or ACT scores — if you have fewer than 30 college-level hours. SAT or ACT scores are not required if you have successfully completed college-level English Composition I and II. • Essay 5 READY TO APPLY? We make it simple. Apply online at stedwards.edu/apply or applytexas.org. Need more information? Set up an appointment to meet with one of our transfer admission counselors. Call 512-448-8500 or 800-555-0164. Get a taste of life at ST. EDWARD’s. VISIT. Tour. Explore. Many of our students will tell you that the first time they set foot on the hilltop, they felt at home. Chances are, you’ll feel the same way. Visiting campus is the best way to get to know St. Edward’s. Take a student-led tour that begins with an amazing view of Austin’s skyline from the red doors of Main Building. If you’d like a more in-depth visit, please contact us at least two weeks in advance. We can arrange for you to attend a class, meet with a professor and an admission counselor, and have a preliminary degree plan evaluation. Throughout the year, you can take part in several campus visit events that share information about admission, transfer of credits and financial assistance. You can also explore Austin while you’re here. It’s a dynamic city with a growing job market and a creative culture that thrives on innovation. It’s easy to imagine your future here. SEEING IS BELIEVING Schedule your campus visit. Go to stedwards.edu/visit, or call the Office of Admission at 512-448-8500 or 800-555-0164. 6 WHAT’S YOUR DREAM? Find and follow it within our 50+ majors. Get details on each at stedwards.edu/majors MAjorS Accounting* Accounting Information Technology Acting Art* Biochemistry Bioinformatics Biology* Business Administration* Catholic Studies* Chemistry* Communication* Computer Information Science Computer Science* Criminal Justice* Criminology* Digital Media Management Economics* English Literature* English Writing and Rhetoric* Entrepreneurship Environmental Chemistry Environmental Science and Policy* Finance Forensic Chemistry Forensic Science* French* Global Studies* Global Studies and Asia Pacific Studies** Graphic Design*† History* Interactive Games Management Interactive Games Studies International Business* International Business and Business Administration** Kinesiology* Latin American Studies* Liberal Studies Management Marketing Mathematics* Medical Laboratory Science Philosophy* Photocommunications* Political Science* Psychology* Religious and Theological Studies* Social Work Sociology* Spanish* Theater Arts* MinorS Art History German Jewish Studies Journalism Multimedia Music Music Theater Professional Ethics Teacher Education Women’s Studies *Also offered as a minor **Dual degree program with Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Japan † CERTIFICATION AND PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS Global Understanding Teacher Certification Early Childhood–Grade 6 Early Childhood–Grade 12 Grades 4–8 Grades 8–12 Special Education Pre-Dental Pre-Engineering Pre-Law Pre-Medical Pre–Physical Therapy This major generally requires four years in residence at St. Edward’s. For more information, contact the School of Humanities at 512-448-8620. St. Edward’s University 3001 South Congress Avenue Austin, Texas 78704-6489 512-448-8500 or 800-555-0164 stedwards.edu