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Undergraduate Admission Requirements and Procedures

All communications regarding entrance to the University should be addressed to the office of adult and graduate studies. Eligibility for admission will be determined when the application, any required fee, and transcripts have been received by the University.

Belhaven University seeks students who desire an excellent education combined with a meaningful student life experience and who will have a reasonable chance of academic success at Belhaven University. Applicants providing evidence of completion of an accredited academic high school curriculum, scholastic achievement, and sound moral character conducive to contributing to the total premium of the University are admitted.

Belhaven University does not discriminate in the administration of its education policies, applications for admission, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and extracurricular programs. The rights, privileges, programs, and activities at Belhaven University are made available to all students who are enrolled regardless of sex, religion, color, national origin, handicap, or age.


First-time Admission

A student who has never attended any college/university will submit an application for admission, the nonrefundable application fee of $25.00, and an official transcript from the high school from which he/she graduated. The student must have a minimum high school grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Admission by Examination (GED)

A student who has not graduated from high school may be admitted but first must take all five tests of the high school level General Education Development (GED). Subscores must be 45 or higher or an average standard score of 50 or higher. The applicant must submit an application for admission, the nonrefundable application fee of $25.00, and provide evidence that a high school equivalency certificate has been issued by providing an official transcript of the GED from the state department of education of the state which issued the certificate.

Admission of Home-schooled Students

A student who has been educated at home (home-schooled) must submit a transcript outlining courses taken and ACT or SAT scores; OR meet the requirements for students applying with a GED.

Transfer Application Process

International Application Process

Any student applying for financial aid should complete ALL financial aid forms. For more information concerning financial aid, please call our Jackson campus at (601) 968-5933 or toll free number (800) 960-5940.


Belhaven University is approved for veterans who qualify for education under the privileges provided by federal laws. A veteran who wishes to be assessed for military credit or who will use veteran benefits must submit a copy of Form DD214 and/or DD295 to Belhaven University and contact the VA certifying official at their appropriate campus.

Admission Requirements

Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended. Students applying with fewer than 12 semester hours of transferable college credit must also submit an official high school transcript showing the date of graduation. A 2.0 grade point average (GPA) is required.

*Age Waiver
In rare cases, the admission committee may waive the age requirements under the following guidelines:
a. The student must show significant work experience.
b. Cumulative transfer GPA must be at least 2.5
c. The committee may request an interview with the applicant.

Provisional Admission

Students who provide unofficial documentation (such as transcripts) but are missing official documentation may be admitted provisionally. These students will be given 30 days from the beginning date of the first course to provide official documentation to the office of adult studies or risk being removed from class. A student cannot be certified for financial aid until he/she is officially admitted to the University.

Conditional Admission

Students who have transferable hours but whose cumulative entering grade point average is lower than a 2.0 may be referred to that program's admission committee for consideration.

The admission committee, when admitting a student with a substandard GPA, may make further recommendations based upon a student's previous record.
The student may be asked to submit an essay or recommendations for review by the program committee.

Conditions - If, by the end of the first term of attendance, the GPA is below requirements, the student will be dismissed.  If the student is already enrolled in the next term, he/she will be administratively withdrawn and will not be charged for the course.

Students who have been withdrawn because they did not meet the conditional admit requirements may petition for reinstatement. Reinstatement is not automatic, and students must show cause and correction for academic deficiencies. If severe extenuating circumstances can be shown, a student may appeal to the academic appeals committee for immediate reinstatement.

A quality point index is calculated at the end of each semester to determine a student’s academic standing: warning, probation, suspension or dismissal.

Deferred Admission

Applicants may have admission deferred for one or more of the following:


A student who has previously withdrawn and desires reentry into the program will:

A student who has been out of the Adult Studies program for six months or longer must fill out an attest form, and will reenter under all current program policies. A student who has been out for one year or longer must reapply.

Transfer Credits

Transfer of credit is controlled by the receiving institution and accreditation does not guarantee transferability. Belhaven University usually allows full credit to transferring students for work completed at other regionally-accredited institutions; however, some courses which are not regarded as consistent with a liberal arts curriculum (to be determined by the provost) may not be credited toward a degree. Also, remedial courses are not transferable. A grade of D will be accepted for credit if the student has an overall average of C on all courses transferred from that school. Only grades of C or better can be accepted for transfer credit in English Composition I and English Composition II, and College Algebra or a higher level math.  In the case of transcripts submitted from more than one institution, each transcript is evaluated as a separate unit in chronological order.

A student pursuing an associate of arts degree may transfer a maximum of 53 semester hours of credit. A minimum of 17 semester hours of credit must be earned in residency at Belhaven University for the A.A. degree.

Once a student has earned 64 hours of junior and/or senior college credit, he/she may not transfer in any more junior or community college hours. A minimum of 60 semester hours of credit must be earned at Belhaven University or another senior college. A maximum of 50% of the bachelor's core curriculum may be transferred into the bachelor's curriculum with remaining curriculum to be completed at Belhaven University.

Non-degree seeking, Special Student Application Process

NOTE: Only 12 hours taken as a non-degree student may be applied toward a degree.