Freshman Exceptions and Allowances

APPLICANTS WHO ARE ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

An English language learner or limited English proficient student is defined as a student who does not speak English (or whose native language is not English) and is not currently able to perform ordinary classroom work in English, or a student who was identified as an English language learner or limited English proficient student at any point during his or her high school career. Students who were English language learners during high school must complete all required high school level academic courses with two exceptions:

  1. They may substitute up to two electives for the two required foreign language courses; and
  2. They may substitute up to two years of English as a Second Language courses for English courses.
APPLICANTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES

Applicants with professionally diagnosed and documented learning disabilities (documentation must include diagnostic test results) are exempt from taking standardized tests for admission to any public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth. However, these applicants must complete all required academic courses and earn a minimum average GPA of 3.0 or present other evidence of the potential for academic success.

An applicant with learning or other disabilities may substitute two electives for the two required foreign language courses if s/he has submitted to the high school the results of an evaluation, completed within the past three years, that indicates a specific diagnosis of a learning disability that affects the ability to learn a foreign language.

APPLICANTS ENROLLED IN CAREER/VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Applicants enrolled in career/vocational technical high school programs must complete the required number of college preparatory courses, distributed in the same manner and with the same minimum grade point averages required of other high school graduates, with the following exceptions.

  1. Two vocational and technical courses may be used to fulfill the two required electives.
  2. Applicants who do not complete the two required foreign language courses must complete an additional elective course, for a total of three such courses, and also satisfy one of the following options:
  • Complete at least one full academic year of study of foreign language or
  • Complete a fourth full academic year of study of science technology/engineering, which need not be a laboratory course; or
  • Complete one full academic year of study of computer science.