University Regulations

ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY

A. Application for Admission

B. General Admission Requirements


A. APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

1. The final dates for the submission of applications for each semester, as well as Summer Session, are listed in the University Diary. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

2. Applications received or bearing a mailing date later than those stated in the University Diary will be processed as time and resources permit.

3. Each application must be accompanied by a $40.00 application processing fee. This fee is not refundable nor will it be credited to the applicant's financial account in any circumstances. [See B.5.a)i. or B.6.a)ii. for additional processing fee for international or transfer applicants.]

4. All students may be required to furnish medical evidence of their fitness to pursue university studies.

5. Students who have previously attended Memorial but who have not registered for courses for the past two consecutive semesters (Fall, Winter or Spring) and who wish to apply for readmission are required to complete a new Application for admission/Re-admission. This application must be accompanied by the appropriate application fee.

NOTES: 1) The University may set its own matriculation examinations either in separate subjects or in all those required for matriculation, and may refuse admission to any student failing to attain a satisfactory standard in these examinations.

2) The University reserves the right to refuse admission to any student.

3) Admission to certificate courses and programmes is covered by a separate set of regulations. However, in certificate programmes including degree credit courses, students must also be admitted as undergraduate students and comply with the General Regulations for Undergraduates. Students should refer to the appropriate publication of the School of Continuing Education for information.

4) Where circumstances warrant, students not meeting the General Admission Requirements outlined below may be admitted to the University with the approval of the Committee on Admissions. Such students must submit a letter to the Committee outlining the grounds for requesting special consideration and they must provide a letter from a responsible person (for example, school principal, guidance counsellor, employer) substantiating those grounds. In order to allow sufficient time for reasonable and consistent consideration of special cases, supporting letters must be received at least one week before the beginning of the semester to which admission is being sought.

5) Limitation of Enrollment. Admission to some courses, programmes and/or the University may be limited by the University when it deems the facilities and resources available to it are not adequate to provide for additional students. Consequently, possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee that an applicant will be granted admission to a course, a programme and/or the University.

B. GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

1. ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

a) Since English is the primary language of instruction in all faculties/schools at this University, all applicants seeking admission to undergraduate programmes must possess an adequate knowledge of written and spoken English as a prerequisite to admission. Regardless of country of origin or of citizenship status, applicants will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. This demonstration may take one of the following forms:

i. Successful completion of the equivalent of three years of full-time instruction in an English language secondary institution as recognized by Memorial University of Newfoundland including successful completion of at least two courses in English Language and/or Literature at the Grade XII (or equivalent) level. Please note that these courses must be other than E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) courses.

ii. Successful completion of the equivalent of 30 credit hours including six transferable credit hours in English from a recognized post-secondary institution where English is the language of instruction and from which transfer credit is normally allowed by Memorial University of Newfoundland.

iii. Submission of official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an acceptable score. Applicants submitting a TOEFL score of 550 (or higher) will be considered as having demonstrated English language proficiency for admission purposes only. (For information on placement in introductory English courses see b) and c) below.) Applicants submitting a TOEFL score of less than 550 will be considered as not having met the English language requirements of this University and will not be admitted to the University until English proficiency can be demonstrated.

iv. Submission of the official results of the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with an acceptable score. Applicants submitting a Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) result of 85 (or higher) will be considered as having demonstrated English language proficiency for admission purposes only. (For information on placement in introductory English courses see b) and c) below.) Applicants presenting a Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) result of less than 85 will be considered as not having met the English proficiency requirements of this University and will not be admitted to the University until proficiency in English can be demonstrated.

v. Submission of the official results of the Carleton Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment with an acceptable band score in each of the four skills tested (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking). Applicants submitting CAEL Assessment results with a minimum band score between 50 and 60 in each of four skills tested, with at least 2 band scores of 60 will be considered as having demonstrated English Language proficiency for admission purposes only. (For information on placement in introductory English courses see b) and c) below.) Applicants presenting CAEL Assessment scores below this requirement will be considered as not having met the English proficiency requirements of this University and will not be admitted to the University until proficiency in English can be demonstrated.

vi. Other forms that may be acceptable to the Committee on Admissions.

Information regarding the TOEFL programme is available from the Educational Testing Service, TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A., 08541-6151, from U.S. embassies or consulates, or from offices of the U.S. Information Services. Information on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) testing programme may be obtained from the Testing and Certificate Division, University of Michigan, 2001 North University Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A., 48109-1057. In extenuating circumstances and with the approval of the University Committee on Admissions, applicants may be permitted to provide proof of proficiency in English based on a proficiency test designed and administered by the Department of English at this University.

b) All applicants who are admitted to the University under Clause B.1.a.i., or B.1.a.iii. or B.1.a.iv. or B.1.a)v. will be required to write a placement test in English prior to their initial registration at the University to determine the appropriate course in English for which they should register.

c) All students whose performance in the placement test in English indicates that appropriate placement is in English 102F will be required to register in, and successfully complete, English 102F before registering in higher level courses in English.

2. STUDENTS WHO HAVE FOLLOWED THE HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM OF THE PROVINCE OF NEWFOUNDLAND

Candidates shall have completed Graduation Requirements for high school as set down by the Department of Education and they shall have obtained credits in the following subjects, as outlined below, with an overall average mark of not less than 70% in those courses at the 3000 level:

a) English. Students will be expected to have obtained a suitable level of proficiency in both language and literature. In particular they will be expected to have examined critically each of the major forms of literary expression in English (prose fiction, including the short story and novel, drama, poetry, and prose non-fiction) and to be familiar with the various techniques and devices used. Additionally, students should be able to write narrative, descriptive, expository and argumentative essays and book reports, in which the basic rules of grammar, syntax, capitalization, spelling and punctuation are observed. Further explanatory detail is available from the University.

i. English Language - Language 3101 (1 credit)

and

ii. English Literature - one of Thematic Literature 3201 (2 credits) or Literary Heritage 3202 (2 credits)

b) Academic or Advanced Mathematics. Students will be expected to have obtained a suitable level of proficiency in: arithmetic operations including computations, estimation, ratios and an ability to apply these to real-life situations; algebra including real numbers, functions, rational expressions, radicals, exponents, logarithms, complex numbers, linear and quadratic functions; trigonometry and geometry including the circle, the trigonometric functions, fundamental trigonometric identities, solution of triangles, trigonometric equations, graphs and basic Euclidean geometry. Further explanatory detail is available from the University.

i. Mathematics 2200, 2201 or 2203 (2 credits)

and

ii. Mathematics 3200, 3201 or 3203 (2 credits).

c) Laboratory Science. Four credits in Laboratory Science (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Physics, Earth Systems), including at least two credits at the 3000 level chosen from:

-Biology 3201 (2 credits)
-Chemistry 3202 (2 credits)
-Geology 3203 (2 credits)
-Physics 3204 (2 credits)
-Earth Systems 3213 (2 credits)

d) Either: Social Science. Two credits at the 3000 level in a Social Science area

Or: Modern or Classical Language. Two credits at the 3000 level in a Modern or Classical Language

e) Electives. Two credits at the 3000 level in elective courses chosen from the subjects included in paragraphs a) to d) above or from additional courses approved by the Department of Education for offering at the 3000 level for certificate purposes, as outlined in the Senior High School Certification Handbook.

NOTES: 1) Courses in a), b), c), and d) above should be courses designed for students who intend to seek post-secondary education at the University or any other institution whose programmes demand levels of proficiency equivalent to those required by the University.

2) PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE: Students in their final year of high school who have completed or who are completing a slate of courses which meets the course requirements as specified in Clause 2 above may be granted provisional acceptance prior to the writing of their final examinations. This provisional acceptance will remain valid until the final examination results are released by the provincial Department of Education at which time a final determination of each applicant's admission status will be made. Provisionally accepted applicants who meet all requirements of Clause 2 above will be granted formal acceptance whereas applicants who fail to meet all requirements of Clause 2 above will have their provisional acceptance revoked.

3) English Proficiency Requirements as stated in B.1. above will apply to all applicants.

3. a) STUDENTS WHO HAVE FOLLOWED THE ADULT BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAMME

Candidates shall have completed the Level III Adult Basic Education Certificate with the approved combination of thirty-six credits set down by the Department of Education, and they shall have successfully completed, with an overall average of at least 70%, the following courses as outlined below:

Communication Skills: (i) IC 3112 and
(ii) one of IC 3321 or IC 3222

Mathematics: (i) The group of: IM 3115, 3211, 3212, 3213, 3216
or
(ii) IM 3218, 3219, 3221 (Advanced Mathematics)

Science: One of the following patterns:

Physics: IP 3111, 3112, 3213, 3215, 3216

Chemistry: IH 3111, 3112, 3113, 3114, 3116, 3117, 3118, 3215

Biology: IB 3113, 3115, 3211, 3212A/B, 3214, 3316

Geology: IS 3212

NOTE: English Proficiency Requirements as stated in B.1 above will apply to all applicants.

b) MATURE APPLICANTS

An applicant of mature age (21 years or older within one month after the beginning of the semester or the session to which admission is being sought), who has not fulfilled the Matriculation Requirements laid down in Clause 2 above, may be admitted to the University with the approval of the Committee on Admissions. Such applicants are required to submit

i. Proof of age
ii. Two letters of reference from persons competent to assess the candidate's ability to proceed with university studies.
iii. A letter from the mature applicant outlining the grounds for requesting special consideration.
iv. high school marks and marks from post-secondary institutions, if applicable.

NOTES: 1) Mature applicants may be required to show through an interview that they possess the potential to proceed with university studies.

2) Since admission as a mature student is not on the grounds of age alone, the Committee on Admissions reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.

3) English Proficiency Requirements as stated in B.1. above will apply to all applicants.

c) SENIOR CITIZENS

Applicants who have reached the age of 60 years or older within one month after the beginning of the semester/session to which admission is being sought, may be admitted to the University upon submission of a birth certificate or other proof of age.

4. ADMISSION: STUDENTS WHO HAVE FOLLOWED THE HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULA OF OTHER PROVINCES OF CANADA

a) i. Students from other provinces of Canada are required to have successfully completed Grade XII in the University Preparatory Program (in the case of Quebec students, Secondary V Certificate) with a passing mark in the appropriate course in each of the five areas specified for Newfoundland and Labrador students (University Calendar, Clause B.2.a-e.) and an overall average as required for those students. For further information concerning specific provinces, please contact the Admissions Office.

ii. PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE: Students in their final year of high school who have completed or who are completing a slate of courses which meets the course requirements as specified in Clause 4.a.i. above may be granted provisional acceptance prior to the writing of their final examinations. This provisional acceptance will remain valid until the final examination results are released by the appropriate authorities at which time a final determination of each applicant's admission status will be made. Provisionally accepted applicants who meet all requirements of Clause 4.a.i. above will be granted a formal acceptance whereas applicants who fail to meet all requirements of Clause 4.a.i. above will have their provisional acceptance revoked.

b) The University may recognize certain Grade XII enriched courses and certain Ontario Grade XIII/OAC subjects for introductory (normally first-year) credits where applicable provided that:

i. the subjects claimed for credit are recommended as equivalent to Memorial University courses by the relevant University Departments
AND
ii. the candidate has obtained an average of not less than 65% with a passing grade in each subject claimed for credit
OR
iii. has obtained a mark of not less than 65% in individual subjects claimed for credit where the overall average requirement of 65% has not been met.

Students seeking credit for enriched Grade XII courses or for Ontario Grade XIII/OAC courses are advised to follow procedures outlined in Section B.6, Transfers From Other Universities/Colleges.

NOTES: 1) In addition to transcripts of high school records, applicants from other Canadian provinces who are seeking credit for enriched courses are required to submit official course outlines of courses claimed for credit. These outlines should be obtained from the applicants' high schools.

2) English Proficiency Requirements as stated in B.1. above will apply to all applicants.

5. APPLICANTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

a) GENERAL INFORMATION

i. In addition to the $40.00 non-refundable application processing fee required of all applicants to the University, a fee of $40.00 is required of non-Canadian applicants and applicants who apply for admission with advanced standing/transfer credits.

ii. ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS as stated in B.1 above will apply to all applicants.

iii. Applicants from other countries may be required to submit with their application, a statement of satisfactory financial resources. Memorial University does not offer financial assistance to undergraduate students from outside the Province of Newfoundland.

b) UNITED KINGDOM

i. Students from the United Kingdom are required to have the General Certificate of Education or the Scottish Leaving Certificate with "Ordinary" or "Lower-Level" passes in five subjects acceptable to the Admissions Committee.

ii. The "Higher Level" subjects of the Scottish Leaving Certificate will generally be accepted for credit at the first-year level.

The "Advanced Level" subjects of the General Certificate of Education will generally be accepted for credit to a maximum of 12 credit hours in each subject, provided that the candidate:

- satisfies any particular Departmental regulation; AND
- obtains a minimum grade of 'D' in each subject claimed for credit.

c) UNITED STATES

To be eligible for admission students from the United States must have completed a High School University Preparatory Program (Grade XII) with a passing mark in the appropriate course in each of the five areas specified for Newfoundland and Labrador students (University Calendar, Clause B. 2. a-e) and an overall average, calculated from those courses, which is equivalent to that required of those students.

d) HONG KONG, MALAYSIA, WEST INDIES, WEST AFRICA

Students from Hong Kong, Malaysia, the West Indies and West Africa will be considered for admission with General Certificate of Education passes in five academic subjects at the Ordinary Level acceptable to the Admissions Committee.

NOTES: 1) Students from countries other than those listed above who require specific information regarding admission requirements should write to the Office of the Registrar.

2) Applicants from other countries should submit official matriculation certificates at least two months prior to the commencement of the semester to which they are seeking admission. Certificates in a language other than English or French should be accompanied by notarized English translations.

6. TRANSFERS FROM OTHER UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES

a) (i) Students from other universities and colleges who apply to enter this University will be considered for admission on producing satisfactory certificates. The admission of such students will be subject to the General Admission Requirements and the Regulations for Readmission. SUCH STUDENTS SHALL NOT BE GRANTED A DEGREE FROM THIS UNIVERSITY UNLESS AND UNTIL THEY HAVE COMPLIED WITH THE REGULATIONS OF THIS UNIVERSITY. In order to allow sufficient time for assessment of possible transfer credit, students should apply to the Registrar for admission to this University on or before the deadlines specified in the University Diary for the semester in which they propose to begin their studies.

(ii) In addition to the $40.00 non-refundable application processing fee required of all applicants to the University, a fee of $40.00 is required of all applicants who apply for admission with advanced standing/transfer credits from post-secondary institutions outside of Newfoundland and Labrador and/or non-Canadian applicants. The latter fee is not refundable nor will it be credited to the applicant's financial account in any circumstances.

b) (i) Students applying for transfer from other universities and colleges shall submit their High School Diploma and official transcript(s) from any universities and colleges attended. These documents must be in the Registrar's Office not later than two months prior to the first day of lectures in any semester, as stated in the University Diary. An application is not considered complete until these documents have been received.

(ii) Applicants who wish to be considered for advanced standing or transfer credits must submit, in addition to the Application for Admission, an Application for Transfer Credit Evaluation form with the following documents:

- Official transcript(s).
- Calendar descriptions of courses claimed for credit.

NOTE: In order to allow sufficient time for evaluation, these documents should be received at least two months prior to the commencement of the semester to which the applicant is seeking admission. It is the student's responsibility to provide the pertinent documents, and until they are received, the Office of the Registrar is unable to commence an evaluation or to advise students of their standing at this University. Applicants are reminded that even if complete documents are submitted before the two month deadline, results of transfer credit evaluation may not be available before the assigned registration time for the semester in which they propose to begin their studies. The Application for Transfer Credit Evaluation form can be obtained upon request from the Office of the Registrar.

c) Course credit which may be granted to any student transferring to this University from any other recognized university or university college shall be subject to appropriate Departmental evaluation and University regulations.

d) All course work completed by transfer students during the first two years of university study taken at universities/colleges that are ordinary members of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (A.U.C.C.) will be recognized and credited for the purposes of granting degrees. In the first instance, the evaluation of such course work for appropriate credit will be conducted by academic units. In instances where appropriate credit cannot be granted by academic units or where no academic unit exists at this University for the evaluation of particular transferring credits the Registrar's Office will award the appropriate unspecified credits in an unspecified discipline. The applicability of unspecified credits in an unspecified discipline will be subject to the appropriate degree, major, minor, certificate or diploma regulations.

e) Memorial University may recognize for transfer credit certain courses offered by the College of North Atlantic, the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and certain other Community Colleges, Technical Colleges, Institutes and CEGEPs. Credit will be considered on an individual basis and shall be subject to appropriate Departmental evaluation and University Regulations.

f) Memorial University may recognize for transfer credit certain courses completed through the Advanced Placement Program offered by the College Board. Award of credit for AP courses will be subject to:

(i) the achievement of a minimum grade of 3 in each subject claimed for credit (In certain subjects a minimum grade of 4 may be required.)

(ii) evaluation and recommendation by the appropriate University Department

NOTE: Further information concerning Memorial University equivalents for AP courses may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

g) Memorial University recognizes the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for admission purposes and, where applicable, for transfer credit towards a degree programme at this University. The University will consider for transfer credit, the "higher" level subjects and certain "subsidiary" level subjects provided that:

(i) the subjects claimed for credit are recommended as equivalent to Memorial University courses by the relevant University Departments,

AND

(ii) the candidate has achieved a minimum grade of 4 in individual subjects claimed for credit. In certain subjects a minimum grade of 5 may be required.

7. CHALLENGE FOR CREDIT

Memorial University recognizes that some students may have achieved competence in certain subject areas through experience gained elsewhere which may warrant consideration for academic credit at the undergraduate level. This experience may consist of courses taken at "non-university" institutions or skills acquired from work or learning outside the university.

Since course challenge is not offered by all academic units nor for all courses within a unit, students are advised to consult with the appropriate academic unit to determine whether or not a particular course is offered for challenge. In particular it should be noted that challenge for credit is not offered for Work Terms or Internships. Where it is offered, it is available under the following conditions:

a) Challenge for credit is available only to those students who have applied for admission or who are currently registered at the university.

b) The student must apply through the Office of the Registrar and such application must receive approval from the head of the academic unit offering the course(s). The academic unit may require documentary material from the student and/or an interview before making its decision whether to accept the challenge. The academic unit involved will be responsible for deciding the scheduling and appropriate method of evaluation, which may consist of a variety of possible modes of evaluation, such as written, practical and oral.

c) A student who has applied for transfer credit evaluation may not apply for credit by challenge until the transfer credit evaluation of his/her previous university or college programme has been completed.

d) For the purpose of Residence Regulations, a successful challenge for credit shall be considered the equivalent of a transfer credit and shall be recorded on the transcript as (PAS). Challenge grades are not included in averages.

e) An appropriate fee must be paid at the time of application. If the application is accepted for consideration, the fee is not refundable nor is the student permitted to withdraw the challenge.

NOTE: Memorial University will consider for credit courses that have been granted credit through a Challenge for Credit process by another recognized University/College. Award of credit will be subject to Departmental evaluation of the course(s) and University regulations.


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