Admissions • 22The following ranges indicate how many ESL credits, along with undergraduate creditswithin their program, admitted students may expect to take:TOEFL /SAKAE/IELTS ESL credits coursework credits61 to 65/10 to 12/5.5 9 3 to 666 to 70/13/6.0 with any subset below 5.0 6 6 to 9Entering undergraduate students who do not meet the minimum requirementsspecified above may be admitted only to the English as a Second Language Certificateuntil reaching the levels specified for provisional admission to a program.Undergraduate students must meet all ESL requirements within one calendar year ofinitial enrollment at Shenandoah University, or prior to graduation, whichever comesfirst. Failure to meet this requirement may result in suspension from the university.Specific guidelines for completing ESL requirements may be obtained from the ESLDepartment.When an application file is complete, the applicant will usually be notified of theadmission decision within three weeks by the executive director of recruitment andadmissions. For additional information, see the heading “Notification of AdmissionDecision” in this section.Inquiries regarding financial aid should be directed to the university’s Office of FinancialAid. Financial aid for international students is extremely limited since federal and statesources are unavailable. International students should seek to obtain educational fundsfrom their native country and should not rely on aid being available from ShenandoahUniversity.Issuance of I-20 for International ApplicantsTo be eligible to receive a SEVIS I-20 form from Shenandoah, applicants must send financialdocumentation explaining how they plan to cover their educational and living expenseswhile a student at Shenandoah. To document financial resources, applicants may completethe Supplemental Application for International Students and include support materials asindicated.Once an application is accepted and finances documented, applicants will be issued a SEVISI-20 form which is needed to apply for an F-1 student visa. It is important that internationalstudents receive their F-1 visa from the U.S. Consulate Office in their native country priorto their arrival in the United States. This procedure is subject to change due to revisions andproposals of changes to the Federal Regulations governing issuance ofI-20s for International Students.Admission of Certificate StudentsApplicants for admission as a certificate student are those applicants interested in obtainingtraining in a specific area that is recognized by the awarding of a certificate rather than adegree and/or applicants interested in completing the Elementary or Secondary EducationVirginia Licensure requirements. (The actual teacher licensure is granted by the VirginiaDepartment of Education after review of credentials.) Certificate programs are academicprograms. Generally, a certificate student is enrolled on a part-time basis.
Admissions • 23Certificate applicants must complete and submit the Undergraduate Application forAdmission directly to the Office of Admissions. A non-refundable application fee of $30must be submitted and is not credited to tuition and fees.Certificate applicants are required to submit the same materials as degree-seeking students.See previous sections on requirements for freshman and transfer students. Anundergraduate certificate applicant must have a high school diploma. Certificate studentsare held to the same academic standards and judged in the same way as students enrolledin degree programs.Once the application has been received and processed, the applicant will usually be notifiedof the admission decision within three weeks by their admissions counselor. Certificatestudents are eligible for limited types of financial aid.High School SeniorsQualified seniors in area high schools who will not be taking a full academic load in theirhigh school senior year can apply to Shenandoah as a visiting student. Under this program,students are permitted, with the approval of high school officials, to undertake courseworkat Shenandoah University concurrently with coursework undertaken at their high school.Under certain conditions, credit earned at Shenandoah University may be applicable tograduation requirements from Virginia high schools. Credit and grades earned become partof the student’s permanent academic record at Shenandoah University.Admission After the Junior YearThis program, in which the student enters as a full-time, degree-seeking freshman after thejunior year in high school, is designed for a small number of exceptionally qualified students.To be considered, a student must have all required credits in mathematics and science. Mostcommonly at the end of the junior year, the student will have only one unit in English tocomplete.Students applying for this program need all the materials required of a candidate for regularadmission, and, in addition, the high school counselor and principal will be asked to speakdirectly to the question of the student's maturity, academic ability, personality, sense ofpurpose, and ability to handle responsibility independently. Credit and grades earnedbecome part of the student’s permanent academic record at Shenandoah University.The admission procedure is the same as for those students seeking regular admission,except that generally students seeking admission after the junior year submit theirapplication during the spring of their junior year in high school. Students applying for thistype of admission must submit the regular application for admission, the non-refundableapplication fee of $30, an official high school transcript, and the results of the ScholasticAptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) and the recommendations fromthe high school guidance counselor and principal.Visiting Students (Non-Degree-Seeking)Visiting students (non-degree-seeking) are most often applicants who are not interested ina degree but in a specific course; applicants who did not follow an academic program inhigh school; or students at other institutions who will earn credits to transfer back to theirown institutions. Generally, a visiting student is enrolled on a part-time basis.