Feb 26, 2020  
2019-2020 Edgewood College Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Edgewood College Catalog

Admissions



Student Classifications

Definition of Undergraduate Students

An undergraduate student is a student who has not earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited, post-secondary institution and is registered for an undergraduate degree or certificate program. This population includes students who meet these requirements along with the qualifications for the College Completion program.

Definition of Post-baccalaureate Students

A post-baccalaureate student is a student with an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited, post-secondary institution who is either registered for an additional undergraduate degree or certificate program, or is taking additional undergraduate-level courses as a non-degree-seeking student.

A post-baccalaureate student, as defined above, who wishes to take graduate level courses while registered for undergraduate-level courses will be allowed to take up to a total of six (6) graduate level credits as a post-baccalaureate student. A post-baccalaureate student interested in pursuing a graduate degree or certificate program at Edgewood College is encouraged to contact his/her advisor to discuss procedures for admission as a graduate student.

Definition of Graduate Students

A graduate student is a student with at least an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited, post-secondary institution who is registered for a graduate-level degree or certificate program, registered for graduate level courses as a non-degree-seeking student, or registered for a doctoral program.  Doctoral students must have earned a master’s degree.

Change of Student Classification

To apply for a change in classification, a request must be submitted to the Office of Admissions (for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students) or the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Admissions Office (for accelerated undergraduate and graduate students). Students with special classifications must have their files processed through the regular admission process before they can change their classification to a degree or license seeking candidate.

Undergraduate Admissions

Edgewood College seeks to admit students who are prepared to have a successful college experience. Grades from high school or previous colleges, test scores and life experiences may be considered in making an admission decision. The Admissions Committee may grant admission to students whose past performance does not meet direct admissions standards if there is sufficient evidence of academic potential. Priority admission deadlines are established each semester. Check www.edgewood.edu or contact the Office of Admissions for deadlines. Note that admission to the College neither guarantees nor implies course availability. For questions about admission, contact the Office of Admissions at:

608.663.2294 or 800.444.4861
admissions@edgewood.edu
www.edgewood.edu

Academic documents required for admission considerations can be found online at www.edgewood.edu.

Transcripts must be sent either electronically direct from the institution or in a sealed envelope via postal mail:

Edgewood College
Office of Admissions
1000 Edgewood College Dr.
Madison, Wisconsin 53711-1997

Admission for First-time Students

Candidates for admission to Edgewood College are expected to present a minimum 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative high school grade point average, rank in the upper half of their graduating class, and present a minimum composite score of 18 ACT or 940 SAT.

Students who submit a GED are expected to present a minimum composite score of 628 with a score of no less than 157 in each content area.

Candidates will also present at least sixteen units of high school study, twelve of which should be chosen from among the following fields: Natural Science, Speech, Social Science, English, Foreign Language, History, Religious Studies (one unit only), and Mathematics. Two years of the same foreign language in grades 9-12 with grades of C or better are also recommended; if not completed in high school, the equivalent will be required at Edgewood College.

Admission to Edgewood College does not imply or guarantee admission into certain schools or programs. Additional entrance requirements may be required for programs including, but not limited to, Nursing, Business, and Education. Contact the Office of Admission for details.

Admission for Transfer Students

Candidates are expected to present a minimum college grade point average of a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in a minimum of 12 academic-level credits from a regionally accredited institution. Admission for students who do not meet the 12-credit minimum will be reviewed based on the admission requirements for freshmen.

Admission to Edgewood College does not imply or guarantee admission into certain schools or programs. Additional entrance requirements may be required for programs including, but not limited to, Nursing, Business, and Education. Contact the Office of Admission for details.

Failure to report previously attended institutions in the admission process may result in action, including dismissal, from the College. Students dismissed from a previous college must wait one full year prior to applying to Edgewood College. After that time, students must submit additional materials (personal statement, letters or recommendation) for review by the Admissions Committee.

Admission for Post Baccalaureate Students

Candidates who have earned a bachelor’s degree and wish to be admitted to work toward certification, a second major, or a second baccalaureate degree will be considered post-baccalaureate students.

Students may earn a second undergraduate (Post-Baccalaureate) degree, by completing additional major(s)/minor(s), in addition to the following general education requirements: COR 2, COR 3, Two-Semester Foreign Language Sequence, as well as the Religious Studies requirement (R tag). Edgewood College has a 32-credit residency requirement which must also be met in order to earn an additional degree.

Post-Baccalaureate students may instead opt to complete an Add-on Major or Minor, which would be earned in addition to their initial bachelor’s degree. Add-on Majors and Minors require completion of major and minor coursework only, and do not earn another distinct degree.

Post-baccalaureate students are expected to present an official transcript confirming completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Failure to report previously attended institutions in the admissions process may result in action, including dismissal, from the College.

Admission for International Students

Edgewood College is authorized to issue the required Certificate of Eligibility for Admission (I-20 Form) necessary to obtain a student visa. In addition to the required academic documents to be considered for admission, international students seeking an I-20 Form from Edgewood College are required to present the following:

  1. Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose primary language is not English). Applicants must prove English proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:
    • TOEFL score of 71 or higher on the internet-based test (IBT) or 525 or higher on the paper-based test (PBT) (for more information, visit www.toefl.org).
    • IELTS overall band score of 6.0 or higher (for more information, visit ielts.org).
    • Letter of recommendation from an approved ESL instructor (such as WESLI or MESLS).
    • A transcript demonstrating successful completion of 1 year of college-level work in English.
  2. Proof of financial support for the duration of study at Edgewood College. Students who are seeking an F-1 or J-1 student visa must show sufficient funds on deposit for at least one year. Financial documents must be original letters or statements from a financial institution with original ink signatures and stamps, be written in English or accompanied by official English translation, indicate unit of currency, include both the sponsor’s name and the student’s name exactly as it appears on the student’s application, and must be dated within six months of application date.
  3. If college-level work has been completed, applicants are required to present all transcripts, certificates and diplomas pertaining to this work. To receive transfer credit from international institutions, students must submit a detailed “course-by-course” evaluation of credits from an approved international credential evaluator.

Applicants will not be considered until after May 1 for the start of the Fall semester or November 1 for the start of the Spring semester. All priority admission deadlines also apply to international students. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as it may take weeks or months after the issuance of the I-20 Form to receive a visa. General admission deadlines apply to students who do not need I-20 forms (i.e., they are here on another visa, are permanent residents, etc.) and re-entry students.

Admission for Students Not Seeking a Degree

Students may be admitted to Edgewood College to take courses without pursuing a degree. All non-degree students are subject to the priority admission deadlines set by the Office of Admissions. Overall institutional registration may impact eligibility for non-degree-seeking students. Instructor approval to take a specific course does not constitute permission to register for courses at the College and will not influence a student’s admission.

Admission for Undergraduate Re-entry Students

All students interested in returning to Edgewood College must complete the online reentry form available at www.edgewood.edu. Undergraduate students must complete this form if stopping-out for one or more semesters. Reentering students are expected to present official transcripts from all institutions attended since taking courses at Edgewood College. Failure to report previously-attended institutions in the admission process may result in action, including dismissal, from the College.

Students previously dismissed from Edgewood College who wish to return must follow the process specified in their official dismissal letter from the College.

Students serving in the military who must withdraw from courses for an extended period of time due to being activated for duty or who are deployed may reenter by completing the reentry form without penalty. For more information about policies as they relate to student veterans, please contact Veterans Services at Edgewood College via email at veterans@edgewood.edu or by phone at 608.663.4266.

Initial matriculation carries a five-year statute of limitations. If a student reenters after an absence of five or more years, he/she will be responsible for completing all admission requirements in the Catalog in effect at the time of reentry.

Auditing Courses as an Undergraduate Student

Courses offered for credit are available for audit at the discretion of the instructor. Instructor approval is required for auditing and the instructor will also determine the student’s level of participation in the course. Overall institutional enrollment may impact eligibility of auditors. Instructor approval to take a specific course does not constitute permission to register for courses at the College and will not influence a student’s admission as an auditor. Not all courses can be audited. Please see the “Auditing a Course” section in this catalog.

College Completion Program Admissions

Edgewood College seeks to admit students who are prepared to have a successful college experience. Grades from high school or previous colleges, test scores and life experiences may be considered in making an admission decision. The Admissions Committee may grant admission to a student who submits documents that show that their past performance does not meet direct admissions standards if there is sufficient evidence of academic potential. Priority admission deadlines are established each semester. Check www.edgewood.edu or contact the GPS Admissions Office for deadlines. Note that admission to the College neither guarantees nor implies course availability. For questions about admission, contact the GPS Admissions Office at:

608.663.3297 or 608-663-4861
gps@edgewood.edu
www.edgewood.edu

Academic documents required for admission considerations can be found online at www.edgewood.edu. Transcripts must be sent either electronically direct from the institution or in a sealed envelope via postal mail

Edgewood College
GPS Admissions Office
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53711

Admission for College Completion Students

Candidates accepted into the program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Minimum age of 22.
  2. Minimum of two (2) years full-time work experience or equivalent.
  3. Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA):
    • First time college students: high school cumulative GPA of 2.5 or present a GED with a minimum composite score of 628 with a score of no less than 157 in each content area. 
    • Transfer students: 2.0 on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate coursework.

Students with a cumulative grade point average ranging between 1.5 and 1.99 may be considered if they can demonstrate experience, achievement and maturity appropriate for success in an accelerated academic program.

In order to be considered for acceptance into the program, a degree-seeking student must submit:

  1. A completed application with the non-refundable application fee.
  2. Official transcript(s) from high school and from every post-secondary school attended.

In order to be considered for acceptance into the program, a non-degree-seeking student must submit:

  1. A completed application with the non-refundable application fee.
  2. Official high school transcript or an official transcript from the college most recently attended.

Note: Failure to report previously-attended institutions in the admission process may result in action, including dismissal from the College. Students dismissed from a previous college must wait one full year prior to applying to Edgewood College. After that time, the student must submit additional materials (personal statement, letters of recommendation) for review by the Admissions Committee.

College Completion Admission Deadlines

Admission materials for degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students must be submitted within at least two weeks prior to the first day of class for the session in which the student applies.

Admission for College Completion Re-entry Students

All students interested in returning to Edgewood College must complete the online reentry form available at www.edgewood.edu. College Completion students must complete this form if stopping-out for two or more sessions. Reentering students are expected to present official transcripts from all institutions attended since taking courses at Edgewood College. Failure to report previously-attended institutions in the admission process may result in action, including dismissal, from the College.

Students dismissed from Edgewood College who wish to return to the College must submit to the GPS Admissions Office an essay, all transcripts of recent college work, and two letters of recommendation in addition to completing the reentry form. The Admissions Committee will consider the student’s application.

Students serving in the military who must withdraw from courses for an extended period of time due to being activated for duty or who are deployed may reenter by completing the reentry form without penalty. For more information about policies as they relate to student veterans, please contact Veterans Services at Edgewood College via email at veterans@edgewood.edu or by phone at 608.663.4266.

Initial matriculation carries a five-year statute of limitations. If a student reenters after an absence of five or more years, he/she will be responsible for completing all admission requirements in the Catalog in effect at the time of reentry.

Auditing Courses as a College Completion Student

College Completion courses cannot be audited.

Graduate Admissions

Edgewood College seeks to admit students who are prepared to have a successful college experience. Grades from high school or previous colleges, test scores and life experiences may be considered in making an admission decision. The Admissions Committee may grant admission to a student who submits documents that show that their past performance does not meet direct admissions standards if there is sufficient evidence of academic potential. Priority admission deadlines are established each semester. Check www.edgewood.edu or contact the GPS Admissions Office for deadlines. Note that admission to the College neither guarantees nor implies course availability. For questions about admission, contact the GPS Admissions Office at:

608.663.3297 or 800.444.4861
gps@edgewood.edu
www.edgewood.edu

Academic documents required for admission considerations can be found online at www.edgewood.edu. Transcripts must be sent either electronically direct from the institution or in a sealed envelope via postal mail to:

Edgewood College
GPS Admissions Office
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53711

Graduate Student Classification

Upon application, candidates request admission under one of the following five student classifications:

  1. Degree candidates are applicants seeking a graduate degree from Edgewood College.
  2. License candidates are applicants seeking a license through a School of Education program approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
  3. Certificate candidates are applicants seeking a graduate certificate from Edgewood College.
  4. Degree and license candidates are applicants seeking both a graduate degree from Edgewood College and a DPI license.
  5. Non-degree students are applicants who are taking courses for personal reasons and are not seeking either a degree or license.

Admission for Graduate Students

Applicants for any of the student classifications except non-degree must meet all of the requirements for admission to the graduate programs. For admissions information, please see the specific program pages in this Catalog.

Admission for Non-degree Graduate Students

Non-degree students must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a scale of a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited, post-secondary institution.
  2. Complete and file an application to one of the graduate programs.
  3. Have paid the application fee.
  4. Submit an official copy of the transcript that shows completion of a baccalaureate degree.

Graduate Admission Status

There are three types of graduate admission statuses at Edgewood College: regular, provisional and contingent.

Regular Status

The status of regular admission to the graduate programs at Edgewood College is awarded to applicants who meet the requirements for their classification.

Provisional Status

When applicants have a cumulative entering GPA, computed on the highest degree held at the time of admission, less than what is required by the program, they may be admitted with provisional status. If accorded provisional status, the student must attain a 3.00 GPA for the first nine credits in courses numbered 600 and above taken at Edgewood College, or the student will be dismissed from the College. Applicants must still meet the minimum GPA requirement of their selected program. Please refer to the specific program for minimum GPA and other program specific admission requirements.

Contingent Status

Contingent status is accorded to individuals who are admissible to the College based upon the admission requirements for his/her program of interest; except that one or more original pieces of admission information (or specific School or department requirements) are missing from the student file. This status is used only in cases where it is clear that the student will be admissible with regular or provisional status when the missing information has been received. Contingent status is applicable for one semester only. Students will not be allowed to register for a second semester while on contingent status.

Graduate International Students

International students seeking admission to Edgewood College for the first time must submit the following in addition to individual program requirements:

  1. Graduate application to Edgewood College.
  2. Official copies of all college/university transcripts and certified translation into English of all transcripts not originally in English. Transcripts from universities outside the United States must be accompanied by a course-by-course evaluation of credits from an approved international credential evaluator.
  3. Provide two letters of recommendation from college or university professors, supervisors and/or professional colleagues who can focus on the probability of the student’s success in graduate school. Letters of recommendation must be in English. Go to www.edgewood.edu for more information.
  4. Submit a written statement in English listing the reasons why you think you will be successful in graduate school; cite how specific background experiences will aid in your success as a student.
  5. For non-native speakers of English, verification of English proficiency through one of the following ways:
    1. TOEFL scores of 80 or higher on the internet based test (IBT).
    2. IELTS score of 6.0 or higher (www.ielts.org).
    3. A transcript demonstrating successful completion of a year (24 credits) of college-level work in English (both instruction and textbooks in English).
    4. Completing coursework at one of Madison’s English Language Institutes:
      1. Wisconsin ESL Institute (www.wesli.com). Successfully completing WESLI’s 700-level requirements.
      2. Madison ESL School (www.mesls.org). Successfully completing MESLS Level Six (302) core courses.
  6. Students applying to the MBA program must submit a GMAT score of 430 (suggested minimum). See the GPS Admissions Office for specific details.
  7. Students applying to the MSN program must provide proof of a valid Wisconsin nursing license by passing the NCLEX exam prior to admission in the Edgewood College.
  8. Proof of financial support for the duration of study at Edgewood College. If educational expenses will be paid by a sponsor, a notarized affidavit of support signed by the sponsor is required.

Students must supply verification of ability to pay for the cost of attendance for at least one full academic year (both direct costs such as tuition, fees, and books and indirect costs like insurance, transportation, etc.) This figure is determined annually.

Financial documents must be original letters or statements from a financial institution with original ink signatures and stamps, be written in English or accompanied by official English translation and indicate unit of currency, include both the sponsor’s name and student’s name exactly as it appears on student’s application and be dated within six months of application date. Students should request additional original documents to present to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy when requesting a student visa, and to present to immigration officials when entering the United States.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as it may take weeks or months after the issuance of the I-20 form to receive a visa. General admission deadlines apply to students who do not need I-20 forms (i.e., they are here on another visa, are permanent residents, etc.) and reentry students.

I-20 Form

Edgewood College is authorized under federal law to issue a Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant [F-1] Student Status) to international student applicants who meet all criteria for admission. All international applicants who require an I-20 Form from Edgewood College are required to demonstrate sufficient financial resources. No scholarship aid is available to international students, and employment opportunities are limited. Students should not expect either scholarships or employment to pay for educational expenses.

Health Insurance Requirement

All international students are required to purchase health insurance through Edgewood College, unless the insurance is waived because the student is registered for an equivalent plan. In addition, students may wish to purchase insurance to cover their travel from their home country up to the start of their first semester at Edgewood College.

Admission for Graduate Re-entry Students

All students interested in returning to Edgewood College must complete the online reentry form available at www.edgewood.edu or contact the GPS Admissions office. Graduate students must complete this form if stopping-out for three or more semesters. Reentering students are expected to present official transcripts from all institutions attended since taking courses at Edgewood College. Failure to report previously-attended institutions in the admission process may result in action, including dismissal, from the College.

Students previously dismissed from Edgewood College who wish to return must follow the process specified in their official dismissal letter from the College.

Students serving in the military who must withdraw from courses for an extended period of time due to being activated for duty or who are deployed may reenter by completing the reentry form without penalty. For more information about policies as they relate to student veterans, please contact Veterans Services at Edgewood College via email at veterans@edgewood or by phone at 608.663.4266.

Initial matriculation carries a five-year statute of limitations. If a student reenters after an absence of five or more years, he/she will be responsible for completing all admission requirements in the Catalog in effect at the time of reentry.

Auditing Courses as a Graduate Student

Courses offered for credit are available for audit at the discretion of the instructor. Instructor approval is required for auditing and the instructor will also determine the student’s level of participation in the course. Overall institutional enrollment may impact eligibility of auditors. Instructor approval to take a specific course does not constitute permission to register for courses at the College and will not influence a student’s admission as an auditor. Not all courses can be audited. Please see the “Auditing a Course” section in this catalog.

Academic Policies for Admission

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Examinations

A high school senior who has completed one or more Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in high school and has taken the corresponding exams is encouraged to forward the results of the tests to the Academic Dean’s Office. Edgewood College grants credit to students who have successfully completed AP and higher level IB exams.

Transfer Credits for Undergraduate Students

Edgewood College accepts academic credit from recognized regionally accredited post-secondary institutions.

Courses with grades of “D+” or lower cannot be accepted as transfer credit. Courses taken as pass/fail or “for credit only” do not transfer without official documentation from the institution verifying that the grade is equivalent to a “C” or better. A maximum of 64 credits may be transferred from all combined coursework earned at two-year institutions including two-year UW College campuses and UW Extension coursework.

The Registrar’s Office determines acceptability of courses for transfer and fulfillment of General Education requirements in accordance with policies of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Association. Academic departments determine whether transferred courses fulfill requirements in the major or minor.

Current Edgewood College students are strongly encouraged to receive prior approval to register at another institution for the purposes of transferring courses back to Edgewood College by submitting a Pre-Approval for Transfer Coursework form to the Registrar’s Office or by checking the transfer equivalency table (https://www.edgewod.edu/admissions/transfer-students/transfer-equivalences).  Students must send transcripts to Edgewood as soon as their transfer courses are completed to ensure expected transfer credits are awarded.

A minimum of 32 of semester credits must be earned at Edgewood College to fulfill the general residency requirement, including work in the major. Each academic department determines the number of Edgewood College credits that must be earned in the major or minor.

International students or students who have studies abroad must submit a report from a foreign credential evaluation service in order for courses taken abroad to transfer. Contact the Registrar’s Office for information.

Transfer Credits for Graduate Students

At the discretion of the program director or School dean to which the applicant is applying, graduate-level credits from regionally-accredited post-secondary institutions may be considered for transfer to a graduate certificate or degree program at Edgewood College. The credits from these courses cannot be used to fulfill graduate program residency requirements and the grades from the courses will not be included in the Edgewood College graduate cumulative GPA. The residency policy states that a minimum of 2/3 of the coursework credits (to the nearest multiple of 3) presented for a graduate certificate or degree must be taken at Edgewood College. It is at the discretion of each program director or School dean to determine transfer credits up to a maximum of 1/3 of the graduate certificate or degree requirement credits.

Courses taken through Edgewood College Professional Development will be treated as transfer courses for the purposes of calculating graduate student GPA, but can be applied to meeting the program residency requirements. At the discretion of the program director or School Dean to which the applicant is applying, students may transfer up to six (6) graduate-level credits from the Professional Development Program coursework toward their graduate degree or certificate.

To consider coursework for transfer, it must have been completed within the acceptable timeframe as determined by the School or Department, not to exceed five (5) years. See program pages in this catalog for more information. The coursework must have a “B” or better grade for grades received using an A-F grading system. If the grade is “P,” the equivalency is determined by the appropriate School or Department, and must be relevant to the program to which it is being applied.

Articulation Agreements with UW College, Madison College, and Nicolet College

Students who receive an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Liberal Studies from one of the University of Wisconsin Colleges or who have received an Associate of Arts or Sciences Degree from Madison Area Technical College (Madison College) or Nicolet College will be considered to have fulfilled all of Edgewood College’s General Education requirements except COR 2, COR 3, World Languages (L) and Religious Studies (R). All requirements except COR 3 may be met by previous coursework. COR 3 (which is typically met in the major) must be taken at Edgewood College. This policy does not apply to students who registered at Edgewood College prior to attending these institutions or who start taking courses at Edgewood College prior to finishing their Associate Degree.

Reverse Transfer Credit Policy

Reverse Transfer is for students who transferred from Madison College to Edgewood College before earning an associate degree. Credits that have been completed at Edgewood College will be transferred back to Madison College and will be used to satisfy degree requirements for an associate degree while also satisfying degree requirements for the bachelor’s degree at Edgewood College. There is no cost for students to participate in Reverse Transfer. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more information.

Curriculum Requirements for Post-baccalaureate Students

Degree-seeking student who enter Edgewood College with a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally-accredited institution will be considered to have fulfilled all of Edgewood College’s General Education requirements except COR 2, COR 3, World Languages (L) and Religious Studies (R). All requirements except COR 3 may be met by previous coursework. COR 3 (which is typically met in the major) must be taken at Edgewood College.

Credit for Prior Learning

The College offers several ways of obtaining credit for prior college-level learning, as described below. All credit for prior learning for General Education requirements must be completed before the term in which the student graduates. This includes proficiency exams, nationally standardized exams and portfolios. Credits earned through Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) or proficiency exams may not be used in fulfillment of the 32-credit residency requirement. Contact the Coordinator of the Credit for Prior Learning Program for more information.

Nationally Standardized Examinations

The College offers credit for satisfactory scores on three types of national exams:

  • The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Board
  • Excelsior Examinations
  • Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DSST)

The College policy for granting proficiency and awarding credit on the basis of these examinations is based on national recommendations. For specific information, contact the Coordinator of the Credit for Prior Learning Program.

Credit for Prior Learning Portfolio Program

Edgewood College offers a Credit for Prior Learning Portfolio Program to supplement the other alternative routes to credit. The Credit for Prior Learning Program provides a means of awarding credit for such learning if it matches actual courses or the learning outcomes for general education tags the College offers.

With special assistance from the Coordinator of the Credit for Prior Learning Program, candidates prepare a portfolio that describes, documents and discusses the candidates’ prior learning as related to the course or tag for which the student wishes to earn credit. The portfolio is used as part of the assessment process in awarding credit or judgments of proficiency. Any student registered at Edgewood College may apply for credit through the Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator (contact the Academic Deans’ Office for more information). Awards for credit become part the student’s permanent record after the student has completed at least one semester of full-time study or 16 credit hours of part-time study at Edgewood College.

Armed Services and Organization-Sponsored Learning

Courses taken in the Armed Services and other non-collegiate organizations may be recognized for credit at Edgewood College when they are related to College programs and are listed in the American Council on Education’s national guides. These credits cannot be applied to degree requirements, but will be counted towards general elective credits.

Non-native English/Heritage

Non-native speakers of English may earn proficiency credit in their first language for courses offered at the 400 level in literature and culture. Ordinarily, the Foreign Language Department will request a portfolio for evaluation. Students who wish to earn credit in languages not taught at the College may do so depending on the availability of a qualified individual to assess proficiency. Contact the Academic Dean’s Office to initiate the process. Students may not earn retroactive credit for high school courses in their native language or for the study of English.

Foreign Language/Retro-active Credits

Edgewood College’s Department of Foreign Language offers the opportunity for students to receive credit toward the degree for high school courses in foreign languages (see FOREIGN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT).

Academic Support Programs

Traditional freshman admitted conditionally to the College are required to participate in a program that offers study skills assistance, special courses and mentoring by College staff during their first year. The College Achievement Program is coordinated by the Academic Dean’s Office, Admissions, and the Academic Success and Career Development Center (ASCDC).

All students may receive support for academic performance through the ASCDC, Student Accessibility and Disability Services (for documented disabilities), or through academic departments. Students are encouraged to be proactive in seeking help when they need it. In addition, the Academic Dean’s Office may require some students to gain support for academic performance as a condition of continuing registration.

Course Restrictions

Some courses in specific programs are restricted to students who have either declared that major or who have applied to that degree/program or by permission of the course instructor and the director of the program offering the course. Please refer to the REGISTRATION POLICIES section for information on undergraduate or post baccalaureate students enrolling in graduate courses.

Academic Policies for Student Veterans

For more information about policies as they relate to military/veteran students, please contact Military & Veterans Services at Edgewood College via email at veterans@edgewood.edu or by phone at 608.663.4266. 

Priority Registration

Traditional undergraduate veterans with Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior standing will receive a registration time that allows them to register after traditional undergraduate seniors and before traditional undergraduate juniors.  All other veterans will register with their respective groups, as these groups have an earlier registration time.

Credit Load

For more information about credit load, see Credit Load under Registration Policies in the Academic Policies & Information  section.

Financial Aid

Student financial aid awards may be adjusted if the student’s tuition is covered 100% by outside scholarships or benefits/programs. Veterans in this situation are eligible for Edgewood College Academic Scholarships. 

Active Duty Policy

If an Edgewood College military/veteran student is called to active duty while currently enrolled; the student must present a copy of the official orders to the Director of Military & Veteran Services. Students have three options depending on the length of the activation: take a temporary leave of absence, withdraw completely, or take incompletes for their courses.

  1. If the student is being temporarily activated for duty, including annual and/or monthly training, or mobilized the student may take a leave of absence from the course.
    1. The student will need to inform their professor of absence dates ahead of the absence.
    2. Students will not be penalized for classroom time, but are responsible to complete any coursework that was assigned during the dates of the absence.
  2. If the student is being mobilized or deployed for an extended period of time or is being reassigned or transferred permanently, the student may withdraw from classes immediately.
    1. Edgewood College will not hold the student accountable for tuition-related expenses for the term, session or semester.
    2. Edgewood College will return any tuition received to the VA as soon as the withdrawal is completed. No payment will be made to the student by Edgewood College during this refund.
    3. The student will be responsible for the repayment of any funds the student received from the VA while currently enrolled as a result of the withdrawal.
    4. A “W” will be represented on the student’s official transcript to show the withdrawal.
      -OR- the student may request a grade of “incomplete” from their current professors.
    5. If the student has completed a substantial portion of the course and required course work, the professor may approve the student request an “incomplete” in the course as long as a timeline to complete the work has been established.

An extension for the “incomplete” grade may be requested by the students, which requires approval from the professor, if the student’s active duty requirement extends beyond the normal time limit for “incomplete” grades to be completed. Please refer to the incomplete guidelines in this Catalog for more information.