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    Johnson State College
   
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-18 Undergrad Catalog

Admission



Johnson State College has a “rolling admissions” policy, which means we do not have an application deadline. We review applications throughout the year and within two or three weeks of receiving the application and supporting credentials an admissions decision will be made. In considering students for admission to JSC, the Admissions Office looks at a wide range of factors. We start by carefully evaluating each candidate’s academic preparation, as reflected in transcripts, course selection, letters of recommendation and personal essay.

We recommend that students complete a college preparatory curriculum that includes:

  • 4 years of English;
  • 2 years of college-preparatory mathematics (3 years of college-preparatory mathematics including Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II are strongly recommended);
  • 3 years of social sciences;
  • 2 years of science (one course with a lab).

First-Year Students

All candidates for admission who have not attended a college or university are considered to be first-year students. To be considered for admission to Johnson State College, First-Year students can apply electronically by using the Common Application at commonapp.org or www.jsc.edu/Apply; a $50 application fee is also required.

To be considered for admission, students must complete an application and submit the following materials:

  • An official high school transcript or GED test scores;
  • SAT or ACT test scores (optional);
  • $50 non-refundable application fee;
  • A 300- to 500-word essay;
  • One letter of recommendation (preferably from a guidance counselor).

Home-Schooled Students

To be considered for admission to Johnson State College, Home-Schooled students must apply electronically by using the Common Application at www.commonapp.org; a $50 application fee is also required. If applying online, the application fee can be paid with a credit card or electronic check through the secure Common Application online system.

All candidates for admission who have participated in a home schooling program must complete an application and submit the following materials.

  • A Proof of Graduation*;
  • SAT or ACT test scores (optional);
  • $50 non-refundable application fee;
  • A 300- to 500-word essay;
  • One letter of recommendation (from someone other than a family member).

* Acceptable “Proofs of Graduation” include:

  • Official GED test scores;
  • A Certificate of Completion if the home schooling program is recognized by your home state;
  • Report of annual approval of your program as required within your home state (an official transcript of any course work taken at a local high school is also required);
  • High School Diploma (if area high school offers a diploma for home-schooled students).

Transfer Students

Transfer students should have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0. We accept credits from courses taken at accredited institutions with a grade of C or better. To be considered for admission, Transfer students must complete an application at www.jsc.edu/apply and submit the following materials:

  • Official transcript(s) from all colleges previously attended with current Semester Progress Report;
  • Official high school transcript or GED scores (waived for students transferring 18 or more credits);
  • $50 non-refundable application fee (waived for students transferring from another VSC institution or who have at least 12 credits within the VSC)
  • A 300- to 500-word essay;
  • One letter of recommendation (preferably from an academic advisor or professor);
  • College Official’s Report (included in application packet).

Non-Traditional Students

An applicant who has been away from formal education for a year or more is considered a non-traditional student. Recognizing the diversity of academic and life experiences that such a student brings, the application process is highly individualized. Non-traditional students also must complete an application at www.jsc.edu/apply and submit the following:

  • Official high school transcript or GED test scores;
  • $50 non-refundable application fee (waived for online applications);
  • A 300- to 500-word essay;
  • One letter of recommendation from a person who can speak to the applicant’s motivation and academic potential;
  • Highly recommend: Personal interview with an admissions counselor.

External Degree Program (EDP) Students

Admission to the External Degree Program requires the transfer of at least 60 credit hours (with a C or better) from a previous college(s). This credit may be earned in traditional college study, by completing standardized tests, or through assessment of prior experiential learning. All credit for experiential learning will be accepted for purposes of admission but must undergo a separate evaluation for applicability to degree requirements. Students in the EDP program can apply for Admission for the fall, spring or summer semesters.

All EDP applicants must submit an application for admission found on the JSC website at www.jsc.edu/EDP.  Along with the application, the following materials must be submitted for the application to be reviewed:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities students have attended;
  • If awarded credits for life experience, an official transcript from the Vermont State Colleges Office of External Programs;
  • Resume (optional)

JSC Online

Admissions to the JSC Online Program offers multiple start dates for summer, fall, and spring semesters with 7-week accelerated course modules.  All JSC Online applicants must submit an application for admissions, found at the JSC website at www.jsc.edu/Apply.  Along with the application, the following materials must be submitted for the application to be reviewed:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/ universities you have attended;
  • High School Transcript (If less than 18 college credits earned)
  • If awarded credits for life experience, an official transcript from the Vermont State Colleges Office of External Programs;
  • Resume (optional)

JSC Online students living outside Vermont receive a scholarship that effectively lowers the tuition they pay to the in-state rate for online courses they take from Johnson State College. The in-state rate does not apply to any face-to-face JSC courses or to courses of any type taken from other Vermont State College institutions.

Advanced Placement Examination Credit

Johnson State College will grant course credit to students who have completed examinations through the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program. A grade of 3 or higher must be achieved to receive credit for the corresponding academic course.

College-Level Examination Program

Johnson State College considers for credit the scores received on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Six credits may be given for each area of the General Examination on which a student scores satisfactorily. Three credits may be given for subject examinations on which a satisfactory score is achieved.

International Baccalaureate

Johnson State College recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and will award credit on an individual basis to students who pass with grades of 4 or above on higher level exams (JSC does not award credit for standard level IB exams). It is not necessary to have completed the entire IB curriculum [the diploma] to qualify for transfer credit. Please submit an official IB transcript along with your application for admission.

Accepting the Offer of Admission

Students who have been accepted for the fall semester can reserve a space in the entering class and in the residence halls by submitting a non-refundable $200 deposit by May 1 with a Candidate Reply Form at www.jsc.edu/reply. Students applying for the fall semester who are accepted after May 1 should send in the deposit no later than two weeks after receiving notification of acceptance. Students accepted for the spring semester should send their deposit by December 1 or, if after December 1, no later than two weeks after receiving notification of acceptance and before registration. All admission deposits are credited to the student’s account for the semester of entrance to the College. Students who have paid the deposit will receive information regarding the next steps of enrollment process, including housing, class assignments, orientation and student health documentation and insurance.

New England Award

Johnson State College is a member of the New England Board of Higher Education, which provides for special tuition rates (50 percent over in-state tuition) for students enrolling in academic programs not offered in their home state systems. Participation in this program is based on the student’s primary intended program of study as indicated on their application. The discount is contingent upon the student’s enrollment in a participating major. Students who do not enroll in the participating major, or who change majors during their college career, will no longer be eligible for the New England Award discount.

Further information can be found at http://www.nebhe.org/.

Following is the list of programs eligible for the New England Award discount at JSC. The list of eligible programs of study changes periodically. Check with the Admissions Office for the most current list of New England Award programs.

Programs Eligible for the New England Award

Out-of-state students in New England who enroll in the following majors at JSC are eligible for the New England Award, which lowers the cost of tuition to 50 percent over the cost of in-state tuition:

A.A.    Technical Theater: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI

B.A.    Business, Hospitality & Tourism Management track:  RI

B.A.     Business, Social Entrepreneurship:  CT, MA, ME, RI

B.A.     Communications & Community Media:  ME, NH

B.A.     Musical Theater:  MA

B.A.     Outdoor Education:  CT, MA, ME, RI

B.S.     Wellness & Alternative Medicine:  CT, MA, ME, NH, RI

B.F.A.  Creative Writing:  CT, MA, NH, RI

B.F.A.  Media Arts:  MA, RI

M.F.A.  Studio Arts:  ME, NH, RI

Good Neighbor Award

If you are a student who is a resident of one of the following counties in New York, New Hampshire or Massachusetts, or any province in Canada, you qualify for a special tuition rate of 50 percent over in-state tuition:

  • Massachusetts: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire
  • New Hampshire: Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Sullivan
  • New York: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Warren, Washington.

Once enrolled, students receiving the Good Neighbor Award will continue to receive the discounted rate for up to eight semesters as long as they maintain continuous full-time enrollment during that time and remain in good academic standing.

Readmission to Johnson State College

Former JSC students returning within one year of exiting need not reapply if an official Leave of Absence was granted by the Registrar’s Office. All other JSC students seeking readmission are required to submit an application for readmission at www.jsc.edu/apply.

International Students

Johnson State College is a welcoming and supportive community for students from all over the world. We’re happy that you are considering pursuing your college education with us, and we look forward to working with you.

Applying for Admission

Students from other countries may apply for admission into Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree programs at the college. To be considered for admission to Johnson State College, International students must apply electronically by using the Common Application at www.commonapp.org. There is a $50 application fee, which may be paid by credit card or electronic check through the secure Common Application online system.

In addition to the completed Common Application, international students must submit the following credentials in order to be considered for admission:

Academic Credentials

  • Academic records in the original language and a certified English translation;
  • Official secondary school transcripts and an official leaving certificate or diploma;
  • Results of secondary external examinations, if applicable; and
  • Official transcripts of any university-level studies already completed.

In order for Johnson State College to consider accepting transfer credits from foreign institutions, students must have their post-secondary academic transcripts evaluated by an official foreign credential-evaluation service. Students are responsible for the credential evaluation and translation fees. A list of approved credential-evaluation services is available at www.edupass.org.

Proof of Proficiency in the English Language

Success at Johnson State College, for all students, requires proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English. For this reason, English Language Learner (ELL) students seeking admission to Johnson State College must demonstrate their proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson tests.

Score Requirements for Undergraduate Applicants
  • TOEFL score of 70 or better; IELTS score of 5.5 or better; or Pearson test score of 45 or better
  • You may be required to expand your proficiency in English. Typically you will need to enroll in a two-semester sequence of ESL courses in writing, reading, grammar, listening and speaking during your first year at JSC.
  • Exceptions to the TOEFL requirement may be made for students who have had the opportunity to use spoken and written English for a sustained period of time either through life experiences or through post-secondary education.

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For all students, success at Johnson State College requires proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English. For this reason, international students seeking admission must demonstrate their proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or by taking the language proficiency test offered through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Official TOEFL score or IELTS test scores must be sent directly to Johnson State College from the testing agency; photocopies of test results are not accepted. The TOEFL institutional code for Johnson State College is 3766. For information regarding the submission of IELTS scores, please contact the Admissions Office at Admissions@jsc.edu or 800-635-2356.

Applicants who score between 500 and 549 on the TOEFL paper-based test or 61 and 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL test, or whose IELTS scores are marginal, will need to improve their English proficiency if they are offered admission at Johnson State College. Typically these students will be required to enroll in a sequence of ESL courses and/or tutorials for English language learners (ELLs) during their first year at JSC. These courses and tutorials focus on Academic English: the writing, reading, listening and speaking skills necessary for success in college.

Applicants who have had the opportunity to use spoken and written English for a sustained period of time either through life experiences or through post-secondary education may ask to be excused from taking the TOEFL or IELTS test. If these applicants are accepted at Johnson State, they may still be required to enroll in ESL coursework and/or ELL tutorials depending on their level of proficiency as determined by the ESL academic skills coordinator and the director of the Academic Advising & Career Center.

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Financial Documentation

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau requires Johnson State College to obtain documentation from prospective international students demonstrating their ability to cover the cost of their JSC education. The cost of education includes tuition and fees, living expenses and miscellaneous expenses such as books, supplies, health insurance and other incidentals.

Each international student must demonstrate that he/she can meet these costs for the first year of study and, barring unforeseen circumstances, for subsequent years.

Demonstrating Your Ability to Pay for JSC

  • If you will be supported by your government or a sponsoring agency, you may submit an official copy of your sponsorship award letter.
  • If you will be supported by a private benefactor (such as a relative or a business person), your sponsor must submit supporting documents demonstrating that sufficient funds are available to cover your educational expenses. Documents must bear an official seal or be printed on official letterhead. Examples of appropriate documents include:
    • A certified letter from a bank stating available funds
    • Official bank statements
    • Official tax documents
    • Official proof of personal or family savings

If support is to come from a sponsor within the United States, the sponsor should complete INS form I-134 (Affidavit of Support). You can find this form by going to www.uscis.gov/i-134.

Figuring Out Your Ability to Pay

Use the following table to determine the amount for which you must demonstrate the ability to pay:

2017-18 Costs for Canadian & Other International Students
  Canada International
Tuition $15, 948 $23,592
Mandatory Fees $1,448 $1,448
Living Expenses $10,290 $10,290
Health Insurance $2,140 $2,140
Books, Supplies $2,950 $2,950
Subtotal $32,776 $40,420

*Tuition for Canadian students is reduced through the “Good Neighbor” award program.

**All students at Johnson State College are required to have health insurance. If you can show proof of other health insurance, the cost of college insurance will be waived. This price is the cost for one year of health insurance during the academic year. It does not include coverage for dependents.

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Johnson State College is required by federal law to verify the financial resources of all international students. International students must demonstrate that funds exist at least for the student’s first year of study and, barring unforeseen circumstances, that adequate funding will be available from the same or equally dependable sources for subsequent years. International applicants must complete the financial documentation form included in the International Application for Admission, and supply official financial documents, on official letterhead or with an official seal, in support of the form.

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Demonstrating Financial Support

International applicants may demonstrate financial support the following ways:

  • If you will be supported by your government or sponsoring agency, you must submit an official copy of your sponsorship award letter.
  • If you will be supported by private funds, your sponsor (e.g., parents, relatives, businesses or other benefactors) must complete the Foreign Student Certification of Finances and submit supporting documents demonstrating that sufficient funds are available to cover your expenses while studying in the U.S. If your sponsor is in the U.S., the sponsor also must complete INS form I-134 (Affidavit of Support), which is available at www.uscis.gov.

Appropriate documents for financial verification include:

  • Official proof of personal or family savings;
  • Bank-issued certified letters stating available funds;
  • Official bank statements;
  • Bank books; and
  • Official tax documents.

Outside Sources of Funding

Johnson State College encourages international students to seek financial assistance through outside sources and sponsors. The following websites provide detailed information on financial aid for foreign students:

Letter of Recommendation

International applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from someone who is not related to the student. A letter from an academic advisor or professor is preferred. The advisor or professor may complete the College Instructor Evaluation form of the Common Application or write a letter.

Writing Sample & Signature Page

International applicants are to submit a 300- to 500-word essay with their application. The essay might explain the applicant’s reason for choosing JSC, or it can address another subject of the applicant’s choosing. Finally, applicants must include a page with their signature and printed name with their application.

Priority Deadlines

Johnson State College accepts and reviews applications for undergraduate study from international students on a year-round basis. However, we recommend that applicants submit their application materials by the following priority deadlines to give themselves ample time to arrange for immigration paperwork to be processed:

  • Fall semester (August-December): March 1
  • Spring semester (January-May): November 1

Accepting the Offer of Admission

Applicants will be notified of our decision within three to four weeks of receipt of their completed application and supporting documentation. Upon acceptance to Johnson State College, a $300 deposit is required. JSC will issue INS Form I-20 (issued by the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Services) upon receipt of the deposit. This form allows international students to apply to the U.S. embassy in their country for an F-1 student visa, which is needed to enter the U.S.

For More Information

More information about obtaining a student visa is available at www.uscis.gov. The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services website at www.uscis.gov provides information about other immigration-related topics as well. The International Student Advisor in the JSC Admissions Office is available to assist as well and can be reached by emailing Admissions@jsc.edu or calling 800-635-2356.

Admission of English Language Learners from the U.S.

Johnson State College also encourages applications from U.S. residents whose first language is not English, because students from multicultural and international backgrounds and experiences enrich the campus academic community. In addition to completing the Common Application for admission to Johnson State College and following the instructions for applying (found in this Admissions section of the catalog), English Language Learners (ELLs) should be sure to request recommendation from their high school ESL teacher as well as their guidance counselor. Submission of TOEFL scores, while not required, is strongly encouraged.

Proof of Proficiency in the English Language

In order to succeed in college-level coursework and to participate fully in campus life, English Language Learners (ELLs) will need to continue to expand their proficiency in English upon admission to JSC. First-year ELLs are therefore typically required to enroll in a sequence of ESL courses and/or tutorials. These courses and tutorials focus on Academic English – the writing, reading, listening and speaking skills necessary for students pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. ELLs are assigned to this specialized, language-based coursework as determined by the ESL academic skills coordinator and the director of the Academic Advising & Career Center.

Learning More about Johnson State College

In addition to completing a formal application to the College, prospective students are encouraged to schedule a visit to campus at www.jsc.edu/visit. Applicants who have any disability (physical or learning), or who have limited English proficiency, are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office so that special needs or accommodations can be made available where appropriate throughout the admissions process. Send questions by email to jscadmissions@jsc.edu or call us at 800-635-2356.

Dual Enrollment Programs for High School Students

Johnson State College offers two non-residential programs for high school students who demonstrate the abilities and commitment to undertake college level course work:  1) Jump Start Program and 2) Early College Program. Dual Enrollment options are designed for students who show significant talent in academic area and who desire to challenge themselves on the post-secondary level. Typically, students in these programs will be permitted to register for first or second-year college courses, on a seat-available basis.

Jump Start Program

This program is available to juniors and seniors in high school, at least 16 years of age. Eligible students may take up to two free courses (8 college credits) between the end of their sophomore year and high school graduation. To be considered for admission to the Jump Start Program, students must be enrolled full-time in high school or an approved home school program and must:

  • Complete & Submit the Jump Start Application;
  • Submit at least one letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, principal or teacher;
  • Request to have a copy of the student’s high school or home school transcript sent to the program coordinator; and
  • Provide a copy of the student’s SAT or ACT scores, if the exam was taken.

Early College Program

This non-residential program is designed for high school students at least 16 years of age, who wish to complete their senior year of high school and their first year of college simultaneously. Early College students may earn a maximum of 30 credits over two semesters tuition-free. To be considered for admission in the Early College Program, students must be enrolled full time in high school or in an approved home school program and must:

  • Complete the Early College Application, including the personal essay;
  • Submit at least one letter of recommendation from the student’s guidance counselor or home-school coordinator;
  • Request to have a copy of the high school or home school transcript sent to the program coordinator;
  • Provide a copy of the student’s SAT or ACT scores, if the exam was taken;
  • Discuss & review the Assurance Form with the student’s guidance counselor and high school principal or home school coordinator; and
  • Schedule an interview with the Early College Coordinator.