Student Handbook 2021-2022

Walsh

Admission to Walsh Degree Programs

Admission Procedures

To apply to any Walsh degree or certificate program, an admissions application must be submitted along with a non-refundable application fee. Former Walsh students are required to resubmit an admissions application, but are not required to pay a second application fee. Applications can be submitted at www.walshcollege.edu/apply-now.

Admitted students can begin their studies at the start of any academic semester. Admissions applications will be accepted until the last day to register for classes for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll.  It is recommended admissions applications be submitted minimally one week prior to the start of the semester in which they first plan to enroll. An applicant’s admission status will be determined upon receipt of all required documents. To facilitate the admissions process, applicants are encouraged to submit student or unofficial copies of transcripts from all colleges attended, along with the admissions application.

Applicants will be considered for admission upon receipt of all required documents of attainment of the minimum admission requirements. Full admission to Walsh will be granted only upon receipt of all official transcripts and required documentation. An individual may be admitted on a contingent basis upon review of unofficial transcripts. A student’s admissions status will remain contingent until receipt of all final, official transcripts and fulfillment of minimum admissions grade point average requirements. Students admitted contingently will be allowed to register for their first semester. All final, official transcripts must be received before a student will be permitted to begin their second semester at Walsh.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact all colleges/universities currently and previously attended and request that official transcripts be sent directly to Walsh. Transcripts emailed from, forwarded, mailed, or hand-delivered by the student are not considered official. Indebtedness or transcript holds at another institution may prevent processing of the admissions application and/or registration. For information on international transcript evaluation and admission to Walsh for those individuals pursuing an F-1 Student Visa, please see the section entitled International Students.

Evaluation of academic credit based upon all previous college coursework taken at the 100 or 1000 level and above will take place upon receipt of transcripts. Any discrepancy between official and unofficial transcripts will result in the adjustment of any previously noted equivalencies and/or transfer credits, and may affect eligibility for admission or change an applicant’s admissions status from “contingent” to “denied.” Transfer policies are practiced along state and federal guidelines. Upon completion of the evaluation, applicants will receive their admission letter via e-mail and the admissions portal reflecting the status of their admission to Walsh.

Applicants may contact Admissions during this process to inquire about specific policies and procedures or the status of their application. An applicant may enroll in any semester within 12 consecutive calendar months from their initial semester of admission to Walsh. Applicants will be required to follow the admissions and degree program requirements of the catalog year in which they initially enroll at Walsh. If an applicant does not enroll and complete at least one course within 12 consecutive calendar months following admission, they must reapply for admission. Applicants who reapply may be required to resubmit all official transcripts and related documentation to Walsh.

Admission Standards

Walsh reserves the right to accept or reject any application for admission. Consideration for admission is based on potential for success. Walsh’s offer of acceptance is contingent upon the student’s compliance with appropriate standards of conduct and continued academic performance consistent with the student’s performance to date. In addition, if Walsh learns of relevant omissions or misrepresentations in the application process, an applicant’s admission may be revoked.

Appeals Process for Conduct-Based Denial or Revocation of Admission

Applicants who are not granted admission to Walsh due to inappropriate conduct or whose admission is subsequently revoked due to inappropriate conduct may submit an admission appeal request. This request must include a personal statement from the student providing a compelling explanation for the inappropriate conduct and any relevant supporting materials. Admission appeal requests will be reviewed by Walsh’s Enrollment Appeal Committee.

The applicant submitting an admission appeal request is required to initiate the appeal process in writing within (10) calendar days of the notification from Walsh (as indicated by the date of the written notification from Walsh) in order to receive consideration. Unless there are extreme extenuating circumstances, if the applicant fails to follow the appeal process within ten (10) calendar days of notification from Walsh, the applicant will forfeit the right to appeal, which will result in Walsh sending written notification of administrative deletion of class registration and revocation of admission for future semesters. Please contact enrollmentappeal@walshcollege.edu for additional information.

Military Credit/Exams

Walsh will grant academic credit for military experience based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommended guidelines and requirements, including awarding of academic credit for approved DANTES/DSST exams. Walsh may determine possible equivalency to required coursework through ACE recommendations, accredited community college acceptance of credit, and/or academic department chair evaluation. ACE recommended academic credit for military credit may be listed on an official JST (Joint Services Transcript), CCAF (Community College of the Air Force), or CGI (Coast Guard Institute) transcript. Unofficial copies of transcripts may be submitted for the initial admissions evaluation process with official transcripts required for full admission as noted in the Admission to Walsh sections of the handbook. Credit hours categorized as L = Lower Level; U = Upper Level; and G = Graduate Level are acceptable and may be evaluated for possible equivalent credit.

Non-Degree Coursework

Non-Degree applicants complete an admission application and follow the same procedures as an applicant to an undergraduate or graduate degree program.

  • Undergraduate non-degree applicants (with the exception of guest student applicants) must meet undergraduate admission requirements to take courses at Walsh as a non-degree undergraduate student.
  • Undergraduate guest student applicants must submit a completed Michigan Uniform Guest Application Form to be admitted and enroll in courses at Walsh as a guest student.
  • Graduate non-degree applicants must meet graduate admission requirements to take courses at Walsh as a non-degree graduate student.

All admission requirements must be met to apply for a Walsh degree. Non-degree coursework will be applied and moved to the student’s undergraduate or graduate transcript dependent upon the level of the coursework completed. Non-degree graduate coursework that is not part of a graduated certificate will be applied and moved to the student’s graduate transcript, including all dual listed courses and all attempts. Time limitations for transferability as determined by each academic area may apply.

Program Changes

A student desiring to change their degree program or major must complete a Change of Program form in the Walsh Student Portal. A complete evaluation will be required before the student is admitted into the desired degree program. Undergraduate and graduate courses already completed at Walsh will be evaluated for appropriateness for the new degree/major. The student will then be placed on the most current program of study and a new Program Plan will be created. All current admission requirements and policies will apply. If a student wishes to change their status from graduate degree seeking to non-degree or any other status, they must complete a new application. Applications can be submitted at www.walshcollege.edu/apply-now.

Readmission to Walsh

If a student has not enrolled in any courses (as designated by the last semester attended on the student’s Walsh transcript) for 12 consecutive calendar months, the student must reapply for admission. At the time of readmission, all coursework will be evaluated based on current admission requirements; required coursework and acceptable transfer equivalencies; minimum grade requirements for transfer and graduation. Time limitations for eligibility/transferability as determined by each academic area may apply.

Readmitted students will be responsible for the degree requirements outlined in the Catalog year that they are readmitted and will receive a Program Plan detailing their degree requirements.  Students can only be admitted to programs that are in effect at the time of readmission. Students who are granted credit for previously completed courses at Walsh may be required to complete their program in a period of time not to exceed a maximum of 60 months from initially starting at Walsh. Transcripts of students who have been readmitted to Walsh will reflect all courses taken, credit hours attempted, and grades received while at Walsh.

Veteran students who were deployed or dependents of veterans that reapply for admission may petition to be readmitted under the same academic program and graduation criteria in effect at the time of deployment. A copy of the student’s deployment paperwork and length of stay will be required as part of the readmission process. Students in this situation should contact the executive director, admissions and enrollment services or designee, to provide the deployment paperwork so that their academic file may be updated. Upon return from duty, it is highly recommended that the student review the current and former programs with an academic advisor to see which program best benefits the student. If the student opts to move to the newest program, all admission requirements and policies of the newest catalog will apply and the student may not switch back.

Students who have been academically dismissed or placed on academic probation will be readmitted and must meet with their academic advisor to discuss eligibility to meet academic standing requirements. Please refer to the section on Academic Standing prior to reapplying for admission. Consideration of all prior activity, including student conduct, will be reviewed during evaluation and may be grounds for denial of readmission.

Admission on a Student Visa

Any individual seeking admission to Mervyn B. Walsh International University (Walsh) as an international student on an F-1 Student Visa must meet the general admission requirements for undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree programs at Walsh. The online Admissions Application must be submitted along with the non-refundable application fee. In addition, these individuals must also meet the following requirements:

  • Provide proof of English language proficiency if applicable. This must accompany an admissions application from individuals who speak English as a second language (ESL). However, if the student meets the written communication requirement, the English language proficiency requirement is waived.

  • Provide official statements of financial support through personal or sponsored funds. Additionally, an international student must submit an international packet. This can be found on the Walsh Website at www.walshcollege.edu/internationalstudents or one can be mailed.

  • Purchase health insurance through Walsh or provide proof of personal coverage. Please visit our Website at www.walshcollege.edu/internationalstudents for more information.

  • Arrange for their own living accommodations and transportation to and from locations. Walsh does not offer residential facilities or transportation to classes.

  • Have international transcripts evaluated on a course-by-course basis by an approved agency such as World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) and submitted along with the admissions application. The applicant is responsible for all related costs.  Approved agencies can be found at www.NACES.org.

  • Have maintained good standing of their previous F-1 status (applicable to transfer students) according to United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) regulations.

  • All application materials should be available for consideration by the international student advisor/DSO at least eight weeks prior to the first date of the semester for which the applicant is seeking admission. Only upon full admission to Walsh will an I-20 be issued. All student visa holders are required to maintain full-time standing as defined in the Student Enrollment Classification section and pursue their designated program of study.

Fast Track Program

The Walsh Fast Track program allows students the ability to complete graduate-level or doctoral-level courses as part of their undergraduate or graduate degree requirements.

Undergraduate students taking graduate level courses must  successfully complete the approved courses with a grade of “C” (2.000) or higher in order to be considered for advanced standing credit in the chosen graduate degree, if applicable. A maximum of 12 semester credit hours of advanced standing credit is allowable for graduate degree programs. A student must be in good standing to pursue the Fast Track program.  Completion of graduate level courses does not guarantee admission to graduate level programs.

Graduate students taking doctoral level courses must  successfully complete the approved courses with a grade of “B” (3.000) or higher in order to be considered for advanced standing credit in the doctoral degree, if applicable. A maximum of 12 semester credit hours of advanced standing credit is allowable for doctoral degree programs. A student must be in good standing to pursue the Fast Track program.  Completion of doctoral level courses does not guarantee admission to doctoral level programs.