2018-2019 University Catalog

Admission

Multnomah University welcomes applications from all qualified prospective students – regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability – who are personally committed to faith in Jesus Christ and whose standards and lifestyle are in line with the mission, goals, and core values of Multnomah.

Residential Undergraduate Application Procedure

The priority deadline to apply for undergraduate admission is March 1 for the Fall Semester and November 1 for Spring. Applications will continue to be received and processed on a space-available basis after this time provided it is possible to complete the admission process prior to the start of classes.

In general, the Admission Committee makes admissions decisions upon completion of an application file. Applications are considered complete upon receipt of:

  • A signed Application for Admission
  • $40 application fee
  • Spiritual Life Reference Form
  • Personal Reference Form
  • Any required academic documents

Freshman applicants must submit an official high school transcript through at least the junior year (or GED Score Report). Official ACT or SAT Reasoning Test Results are optional unless a student is homeschooled. Although the admissions process is test optional, students are encouraged to submit test scores if available for scholarship eligibility. Official college transcripts from each college or university attended or from which the applicant has received or will receive credit must also be provided.

Online Undergraduate Application Procedure

The priority deadline to apply for undergraduate admission is March 1 for the Fall Semester and November 1 for Spring. Applications will continue to be received and processed on a space-available basis after this time provided it is possible to complete the admission process prior to the start of classes.

In general, the Admission Committee makes admissions decisions upon completion of an application file. Applications are considered complete upon receipt of:

  • A signed Application for Admission
  • Personal Reference Form - To be completed a supervisor, teacher, or mentor. This reference should not be completed by a relative.
  • Any required academic documents

References are reviewed to gain an understanding of the applicant’s personal circumstances and compatibility with the mission of Multnomah. In some cases, an applicant may be asked to provide an additional Professional Reference.



Undergraduate Academic Requirements for Admission

Freshmen


  • High School Coursework
  • Multnomah recommends that freshman applicants have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better; however, applicants with a GPA below 2.5 will be given full consideration. It is recommended that freshman applicants have completed 14 college preparatory units, with no individual course grades below C- in the 14 recommended courses.

    The core college preparatory recommendations are:

    • English – 4 years
    • Mathematics – 3 years
    • Science – 2 years
    • Social Studies – 3 years
    • Other College Preparatory Courses – 2 years
  • Home School students must submit a transcript showing completion of a college preparatory curriculum. This transcript can be prepared and submitted by a parent but must be presented in an organized, legible manner so that it can be understood and interpreted by the Admission Committee. There is no standard, required format for this. Freshmen applicants who graduated or will graduate from a home school, and are under the age of 21, are required to submit an SAT or ACT score report.
  • Applicants who have not graduated from high school and who are applying based on GED scores must submit test results showing a minimum battery average score of 570 (57 on GED exams administered prior to 2002) with a minimum score of 400 on each GED subtest (40 on subtests administered prior to 2002).

Transfer Students

A transfer student is any student who has previously earned credits at another regionally accredited institution of higher education. In many cases, Multnomah University recognizes credit earned at institutions with national accreditation, including ABHE accredited institutions.

To be considered for admission based on a college record alone, a student must have earned a minimum of 24 college-level semester credit hours, or 36 quarter hours. Transfer students may be admitted with fewer than 24 semester credits, but will be required to submit high school transcripts or GED scores in addition to college transcripts. As a general rule, a transfer applicant should have a cumulative 2.25 GPA or better in college-level classes.

Qualitative Requirements

Personal Faith

To qualify for admission, Multnomah requires that a student provide a written testimony of a personal faith, having committed his/her life to Jesus Christ as personal Savior.

Admission Essays

The Admission Essays (or Personal Statements) are carefully examined to gain an understanding of the applicant’s personal circumstances, relationship to Christ, academic capability and compatibility with the mission of Multnomah.

References

  • Spiritual Life Reference – To be completed by a minister or spiritual mentor, ideally from the applicant’s home church. This reference does not have to be on staff at the church, and should not be completed by a family member.
  • Personal Reference – To be completed an employer, teacher, counselor or other adult in a leadership role. This reference should not be completed by a family member.

References are reviewed to gain an understanding of the applicant’s personal circumstances, relationship to Christ, academic capability and compatibility with the mission of Multnomah. In some cases, an applicant may be asked to provide an additional Personal Reference.

Health

Accepted applicants complete a self-report furnishing information on required immunizations and testing.

Enrollment Deposit

Accepted applicants are encouraged to submit their $100 enrollment deposit by the May 1 priority deadline for Fall semester, and December 1 for Spring semester. This deposit is applied toward the first semester of tuition, and must be paid prior to class registration.

Online, undergraduate students are not required to submit an enrollment deposit.


Graduate & Seminary Application Procedure

It is always best for students to apply for admission well in advance of the semester they wish to start. For the Fall Semester, applicants may apply after they have completed at least the junior year of their undergraduate studies. The priority application deadline to apply is March 1 (November 1 for Spring enrollment).

Applications will continue to be received and processed on a space-available basis after this time provided it is possible to complete the admission process prior to the start of classes.

To complete the admission process, students need to submit the following:

  • Application for Admission, including the admission essays.
  • $40 nonrefundable Application Fee.
  • Spiritual Life Reference Form – To be completed by a minister or spiritual mentor, ideally from the applicant’s home church. This reference does not have to be on staff at the church, and should not be completed by a family member.
  • Two Personal Reference Forms. Reference form requirements vary for some graduate programs. These forms should not be completed by a family member.
  • Official Transcript from each college or university the applicant has attended, is currently attending, or from which she or he will receive credit.
  • An admission interview with a program director or the dean must be completed.
  • Additional items as listed for specific degree programs.

Graduate & Seminary Admission Requirements

Spiritual

Admission to all programs requires a statement of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Students are expected to be in essential agreement with Multnomah’s Doctrinal Statement, including a firm commitment to the inspiration, authority, and inerrancy of Scripture.

Academic

Academic qualifications are listed in the catalog’s program descriptions for each degree.

Professional Experience

Some graduate programs require students to have attained a prescribed level of professional experience prior to admission.

Health

Accepted applicants complete a self-report furnishing information on required immunizations and testing.

Special Student Status

A limited number of applicants without the requisite bachelor’s degree may be accepted through a provision called ‘exceptional admission’ in the professional degree programs (M.A. in Christian Leadership, M.A. in Applied Theology, and Master of Divinity, MATESOL, & MAGDJ). Exceptionally admitted students may constitute no more than fifteen percent of any program and will be considered on the basis of spiritual maturity, work experience, ministry involvement, and potential for academic and ministerial success. The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) may be required. Applicants should complete the regular application forms and request consideration for exceptional admission status.

International Student Admission

In addition to the admission requirements that are applicable to all applicants, international students typically must provide the following information:

  • A score of 79 or better on Internet-based version the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is equivalent to a 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or a score of 6.5 for undergraduate programs and 7.0 for graduate programs on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. This requirement may be waived for some students based on English fluency, or whose primary language is English.
  • For university course work done outside the USA, transcripts must be reviewed by an evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www. naces.org). A “course-by-course evaluation” or a “detail report” is needed. In some cases, it will be necessary to have your secondary (high school) transcript evaluated as well.
  • Evidence of ability to meet educational expenses.

Please contact the Admissions Office for further guidance.

Readmission

Former Multnomah students returning to complete their program need to contact the Registrar’s department as opposed to the Admissions department. Official transcripts from all schools and colleges attended in the interim need to be sent to the Registrar.

Admission Decisions

Completed application files are reviewed by the Admission Committee on a rolling basis. Official notification is sent by mail, though applicants also are often contacted by phone or email.

New Student Registration

New undergraduate students starting classes in the fall will have the opportunity to attend one of three New Student Registration Day events offered May through August, or register online. It is strongly encouraged that new college students attend the on-campus Registration Day Event if possible, as it offers opportunities to receive advising on academic programs and finalize details of financial aid & payment plans. These dates are detailed on the academic calendar, and students may register at www.multnomah.edu/registrationdays.

New graduate and seminary students will receive instructions from the Registrar’s office about the on-line registration process after they have been admitted and paid their enrollment deposit.