FAQs

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What do I need to submit besides an admissions application?

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The following items are required:
° ADP application
° Essay
° Official high school transcript
° Offical college transcript, if applicable

All transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to Wilson College. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.

Once an admission application file is complete, the applicant will receive a decision within ten days. The academic advisor may request additional information before rendering a decision.

We realize that some adult students have been out of school for many years. Adult students often times are more motivated to do well in college than they were in high school. Our Admission staff will meet with prospective students to review their academic record, activities and employment since high school, and discuss career goals. Admission counselors/academic advisors work with students to develop an academic plan.

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Will my credits transfer to Wilson?

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Yes, if earned at an accredited institution.

Transfer students receive credit for courses equivalent to Wilson courses, other liberal arts or major courses as determined by the Registrar. Technical, vocational and career development courses will not transfer. Previous academic work must be completed with a grade of C or better. Wilson accepts credits from schools accredited by the Regional Association of Colleges and Schools.

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How many credits transfer to Wilson?

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Students may transfer in up to 22 course credits towards a Baccalaureate Degree. A maximum of 9 course credits can be applied toward an Associate Degree. Wilson course credits are equivalent to 3.33 semester hours. This means that a student might be able to transfer in up to 73 semester hours towards a degree.

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How long will it take me to complete my degree?

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It depends on major, transfer credits, attending full or part time and degree sought.

A minimum of 36 courses is required for a Baccalaureate Degree and 18 for an Associate Degree. Since transfer credits can be counted towards a degree, the number of courses remaining varies from student to student. A preliminary transcript evaluation and plan of study can be provided by the Adult Degree Program advisor as part of the admissions process.

Students attending full time may complete a Baccalaureate Degree in four years. Those attending part time, year-round could finish within 5-6 years, sometimes longer due to course rotations. Students may attend classes year round, part time or full time. There is no time limit requirement for degree completion. Wilson acknowledges that adults have busy lives and many responsibilities.

Occasionally students need to take a semester or year’s leave of absence before returning to complete the degree.

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Am I able to Study Abroad or do any other special program through Wilson?

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Yes! Study Abroad programs are becoming increasingly popular for our students. The Study Abroad Faculty Coordinator, Dr. Melanie Gregg, works closely with students who want a global experience. Some Wilson faculty take groups of students to other countries for classes and exchange activities.

Wilson College has partnership exchange programs with Ewha and Seoul Women's Universities in Korea; Effat College in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and the Business Education Initiative (BEI) with colleges in Northern Ireland.

Wilson students may also participate in the Washington Semester consortium program which includes an internship and coursework in Washington DC. Students have special housing and are eligible for scholarships for this program.

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Will I be able to do an internship as part of my program?

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Yes, if an internship is required.

Many majors require students to complete an internship program such as Veterinary Medical Technology or Education. Students have been able to work in zoos, at the National Cancer Institute, Dupont, Literacy Council, for international business consultants and as journalists for newspapers. The Director of Career Development works with students who want internships as well as those seeking employment.

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How well do adult students compete with traditional aged students?

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Very well!

It is very common for adult students to be anxious about being in a classroom with younger students. Students right out of high school have the advantage of recent classroom experinece. Adult students have the advantage of experience that often is valuable in relating to the course.

After the first exam and the first paper, adult students find that they can do very well in the classroom. For students who do have some difficulties, the Academic Support Center has tutors for most courses.

Adult students will quickly discover that Wilson faculty and staff are very supportive.

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Do I have to attend full time or part time?

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It is your choice.

Students may take as many or as few courses as can fit within their schedule. Students who want to receive financial aid must take at least two courses in a semester.

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Can I start an Associate’s degree and then change to a Bachelor’s degree?

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Yes!

Sometimes students are unsure if they can achieve a Bachelor’s degree and start the coursework for an Associate’s degree. Or their goal is to earn an Associate's degree - and once earned - decide to continue to earn a Bachelor's.

Your academic advisor will work with you to develop a plan to help you achieve your goals. Most, if not all, of the courses taken for an Associate’s degree will also apply to a Bachelor’s degree.

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Will I be the only adult in my classes?

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No! You will see many adults in classrooms and on campus due to programs offered in the areas of undergraduate, graduate and the Teacher Intern Program (TIP).

Students taking classes during the evening will have a majority of other adults in the class. Classes during the daytime have mostly traditional aged students as well as several adults.

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Is there any testing required to be admitted to Wilson?

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Testing such as the SAT or ACT is not required for admission to Wilson for adult students. After a student is admitted, placement testing for mathematics might be given if no math credit was transferred in.

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Am I able to complete my degree in the evening?

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Yes, if you pursue one of the five majors that can be completed exclusively with evening classes:
° Accounting
° Business & Economics - Management
° Business & Economics - Management Information Systems
° Elementary Education
° English

Students may also complete Associate Degrees in Elementary Education, Liberal Studies, Management, Accounting and Management Information Systems entirely in the evening.

Wilson College

Useful Resources

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Contact Information

Office of Admissions
800-421-8402
717-262-2025
degrees@wilson.edu

Beverly Evans
Director of ADP Admissions
800-421-8402
717-262-2025
bevans@wilson.edu