Welcome from Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management
Welcome to Antioch University and thank you for exploring the unique and exciting variety of educational experiences delivered across our AU campuses and programs. We encourage you to engage with us to learn all that our community has to offer and determine the path that fits you best here at AU.
Antioch University celebrates a rich history of providing social justice-focused curriculum, experiential learning, collaborative coursework and individualized attention to our students. Whether you are considering a program at AU in New England, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Online, or our Graduate School of Leadership & Change, you will find an experience rooted in progressive values and a mission to educate the next generation of those determined to win victories for humanity.
Our goal in Enrollment Management is to provide you with informative and personal support at every step of your journey. Feel free to reach out to us at any time. We welcome the opportunity to share our incredible institution and vibrant community with all of those interested in learning more.
Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
Prospective students are encouraged to attend an information session, to communicate with an Admissions Counselor (by email, telephone, in person), and to refer to the AU website for current application deadlines and requirements.
To apply to any of the degree or certificate programs at Antioch University, prospective students follow these steps:
- Complete the Application. This includes submission of the application, application fee, and the Admissions Essay, Dialogue or Self-Reflective Statement. The application can be completed online and is available on the university website at https://www.antioch.edu/apply-to-au/
- Request official transcripts of every accredited institution from which college credit was earned. Official transcripts from previous institutions should be sent directly to the AU campus you are applying to, in a sealed envelope by standard mail or electronically to the campus admissions email address available at antioch.edu. It is the general policy of Antioch University that an applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or international equivalent to be admitted to an Antioch University master’s program. However, the campus Chief Academic Officer may waive this requirement. Consideration of such applicants, if allowed by the campus, is the purview of the program based on guidelines established by the campus and program. See Admissions Policy 5.607.
- Submit the required supplemental application materials for a specific degree or certificate programs; such as resume, or writing samples as specified in the application. Specific degree and certificate programs will have their own material requirements that are unique to that program.
All materials should be sent to the Admissions Office on or before the application deadline. Application files are not complete until all required documents are submitted to the appropriate AU campus Admissions Office. Application files that do not meet required deadlines may be considered for a subsequent term. All submitted application materials become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
Alternate Admission Policy
In highly exceptional circumstances, Antioch University graduate programs may consider applications from individuals who do not have the required prior degree. At a minimum, applicants who have not completed their undergraduate degrees must have at least two years (90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits) of transcripted, transferrable, undergraduate credits plus significant educational and professional training to be considered for admission. Applicants must demonstrate that they have the skills, knowledge, and experience to complete graduate-level work.
If a program chooses to consider alternative admissions applicants, the specifics of each program’s expectation shall be clearly stated and must be made readily available to all students and the general public. Specifically, the guidelines will include the following:
- The minimum number of required years of academic achievement, as demonstrated in college level transcripted undergraduate credits with a grade of C or better (or equivalent), as well as any specific required coursework.
- The minimum number of required years of sustained professional experience as well as the specific fields in which the experience must have been acquired.
- Required knowledge of the professional field of proposed graduate study.
- Required academic skills, such as written and oral communication and critical thinking.
In addition to satisfying the above Alternative Admissions requirements, Alternative Admissions applicants are expected to meet any regular admissions criteria beyond educational requirements.
Accelerated Admission to Graduate Programs
Some Antioch University graduate programs offer accelerated admission to Antioch undergraduates who are well-prepared to start their graduate work early. Under certain circumstances, students may start a graduate program before finishing their undergraduate program, and may use the first set of graduate courses to complete undergraduate requirements. Not all graduate programs offer accelerated admission, and those that do vary in how many credits may be applied in this way. Information on programs that offer these pathways are detailed in program information later in the catalog.
Full and Provisional Acceptance
Offers of provisional or full admissions are sent out via email and are also available to applicants in their application portal. Full admission means that the applicant is admitted into the program without any conditions or provisions. Provisional admission is granted for applicants who lack one or more elements of preparation or who need to fulfill particular academic or administrative requirements for full admission.
If a student is provisionally admitted, provisional requirements are specified in the admissions letter and the student must satisfy these by the stated deadlines and/or prior to registering for a second term. A provisional admission often is contingent upon successful completion of the first term, with no incompletes or no-credits or fulfillment of outstanding admission requirements such as receipt of final transcripts. Students are responsible for working closely with a faculty advisor and with either the Admissions Office or the Student Services to ensure that provisions are satisfied within the assigned time frame. Once outstanding provisions are satisfied, the student will be fully admitted.
Denial of Admission
If an applicant does not meet Antioch University’s criteria for admission, the applicant will be notified by letter. Admissions decisions may not be appealed. The University does not provide information about the reasons for denial of admission. An applicant who has been denied admission may reapply for the same program after one year.
Students newly admitted to programs who wish to defer admission to a future term should notify the Office of Admissions in writing prior to or during the first week of classes for the term, or prior to the specified deadline. Entering students who register for classes and do not follow this procedure will remain enrolled in classes and incur administrative and tuition costs for the term. Programs may set limits on the number of times that an applicant may defer admission.
International Student Admission
The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Antioch University as an institution of higher education in which non-immigrant students may enroll. A student from another country who wishes to study at AU on a student visa must comply with all applicable U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rules and regulations in order to be considered for admission. Applicants from outside the United States are required to apply at least twelve weeks before the start of term. All application materials must be submitted by the International Application deadline. If materials are received after the deadline, then, upon completion, an application may be reviewed for consideration for admission in a subsequent term.
Applicants to all Antioch University undergraduate and graduate programs must be able to understand and communicate in English with a high level of proficiency in order to succeed in coursework.
Although writing support is available, Antioch University does not have ESL courses as part of the curriculum.
An international student applicant who wishes to attend Antioch University on an F-1 student visa must furnish the following when applying:
- Demonstration of English language proficiency - International Applicants must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS, or CELSA exam results. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), or 214 (computer-based), or 79 (internet test) is required; a minimum IELTS score or 6.5 is required; or a minimum CELSA score of 70 is required. If an applicant has completed at least one year of education in the United States or Canada, demonstration of English language proficiency requirement may be waived
- Academic credentials - Academic credentials received outside of the United States must be formally evaluated for equivalency by an approved foreign credentials evaluation agency and by AU. Foreign credentials evaluation providers generally charge a fee for this service. Applicants with foreign credentials not provided in English will be required to provide an Official English Translation through an approved secondary agency
- Demonstration of sufficient financial support for a minimum of one year of study at the University
- Applicants are required to complete and submit any required forms documenting an applicant’s ability to pay the educational and living expenses for an AU educational program, and providing Antioch with the information required to process an I-20
- For applicants already in the United States on a visa - Applicants already in the United States must provide evidence of student status and eligibility to transfer to AU on a student visa. An international student on an F-1 visa transferring from another U.S. school must submit the “Transfer In” form for F-1 Students after having been admitted in writing to Antioch University
- Valid passport and visa information
- Upon arrival in the U.S. a copy of the F1 Visa and a copy of the passport page with D/S stamped to the Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) or Designated School Official (DSO)
- Any additional information that may be required by federal, state, and/or local governments
- If an international student is accepted for enrollment in one of the degree or certificate programs at Antioch University, the AU designated school official will provide guidelines on U.S. immigration forms and steps to apply for a student visa through the U.S. consulate in the applicant’s home country. Admission to Antioch University does not guarantee that an admitted international student will receive a student visa. If a student visa is not issued in time for the program start, admission may be deferred until the following term.
Designated School Officials at Antioch University are empowered to issue and sign I-20’s for admission and for travel outside the United States. AU does not provide visa services, but will vouch for student status.
Federal and/or State financial aid is not available for F-1 visa students. However, various private lending institutions offer private or alternative educational loans to international students. Most lending institutions require a student to have a co-signee who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a valid social security number in order to qualify. Some information on funding available to international students may be found at https://educationusa.state.gov/.
Evaluation of Transfer Credit
Antioch University seeks to maximize its students’ previous academic achievements through its transfer credit policy. As a degree completion program, all undergraduate programs require a minimum amount of transfer credit. Transfer of graduate-level coursework is based on faculty determination of equivalency with Antioch coursework. Credits used to earn degrees at the same academic level at other institutions are generally not eligible for transfer to Antioch. Protocols regarding the acceptability and applicability of transfer credit are detailed in Antioch’s Transfer and Intra-University Credit Policy.
Return from Leave, Re-enrollment and Readmission
Students returning from an approved Leave of Absence may register and resume their studies without additional approval.
Students who have withdrawn or who have been withdrawn due to non-attendance for three years or less may request re-enrollment through the Registrar’s office. Students gone for three or more years, or who wish to change to a new academic program after an absence of any length must submit a new application through the Admissions Office. Neither re-enrollment nor re-admission are automatic, and both require approval of administrative offices as well as the academic program. Applicants may be required to submit new application materials or schedule an interview. Students may need to adhere to changes in academic program requirements, and previous coursework (both Antioch credit and credit previously accepted in transfer) is not guaranteed to be applicable.
Visiting or Non-Matriculated Students
Visiting or “non-matriculated” students may enroll in some courses for credit without intending to pursue a degree, or in courses to fulfill degree program prerequisites. Visiting students generally register after matriculated students. Class admission is limited to selected courses and is based on space availability and instructor or program approval. Visiting students are not eligible for financial aid or loan deferments. Limits may be placed on the applicability of credits earned as a visiting student to degrees or certificates. If visiting students subsequently wish to enroll in a degree program, regular application procedures apply.
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