Policy of Nondiscrimination
Neumann University admits and offers financial aid to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, religion, national/ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, or military status in the administration of its financial aid programs.
Neumann University is committed to serving all qualified students who choose to pursue an education as described in the University’s Mission Statement. At Neumann University, admission of all students is coordinated through the University’s Office of Admissions.
General admission requirements for all applicants to the University’s graduate programs are as follows:
- Prospective students are encouraged to submit their application online through the Neumann web site at www.neumann.edu or to send a completed Graduate Student Application for Admission to the Office of Admissions.
- Provide official transcripts from each regionally accredited institution attended including that of a baccalaureate degree.
- Meet any additional admission requirements as specified by the program for which application is being made. Specific admission requirements for each graduate program are found in the individual program sections of this catalog.
For additional information, please contact the Graduate and Adult Admissions Office at 610-361-5208.
Neumann University encourages the admission of qualified students from foreign countries in accordance with the following procedures:
- Submit the Graduate Student Application for Admission to the Office of Admissions.
- College-level course work completed at duly recognized higher education institutions outside of the United States may also be presented for possible transfer credit acceptance. Applicants who wish to have these completed credits considered for transfer acceptance by Neumann University must have their foreign transcripts evaluated by an international evaluation service recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A complete list of NACES member evaluators is available at: http://www.naces.org/members.htm. The evaluation service must provide Neumann University with a course-to-course assessment which identifies United States college-level course equivalencies. All costs for these evaluations are to be paid by the student. Neumann University agrees to accept these evaluated credit recommendations and to apply those credits to the student’s academic program, as applicable. The sole exception to this evaluation process would be for those foreign institutions with which Neumann University has previously established articulation agreements. For additional information, please contact either the appropriate Division Dean or the Admissions Office.
- Arrange to take the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if from a non-English-speaking country. Neumann requires a minimum score of 70-75* on the TOEFLexam. Neumann also accepts a minimum score of 109 from the ESL Language Centers Exam. For additional information about these examinations, please contact the Educational Testing Services at www.ets.org
*The Nursing Program requires a minimum overall score of 84 with a minimum score of 26 on the verbal subtest on the Internet-based TOEFL, or a total passing score of 81 and a speaking section score of 3 on the Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments (CaMLA) MELAB. This test is required for students from a non-English speaking country or for whom English is a second language.
*The Physical Therapy Program requires a minimum overall score of 89, with a minimum score of 26 on the verbal subtest on the Internet-based TOEFL or its equivalent on either the computer-based or paper and pencil test. This test is required for students from a non-English speaking country or for whom English is a second language.
- For graduate Nursing students only, request that an evaluation of credentials be forwarded to Neumann University from:
Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, International
3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651 USA
- Complete the Affidavit of Support. (Financial aid is not available to international students.)
- Submit proof of medical insurance.
The University issues the I-20 form after all credentials are on file, and the student has been accepted. The deadline for completing this application is two months prior to the start of classes.
A non-matriculated student is one who has not been formally admitted to the University. A maximum of nine graduate credits may be taken as a non-matriculated student.
Permission of the appropriate Division Dean or Program Coordinator/Director is required for enrollment in any graduate-level course as a non-matriculated student. For information regarding the formal admissions process, interested students should call the Office of Admissions.
Students may be conditionally accepted, with approval of the Division Dean and Program Coordinator/Director, into all of the University’s graduate programs when the following criteria apply: (1) application materials are not complete, or (2) a specified cumulative GPA has not been achieved. In either instance, the student must attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (“B”) for the first nine credits after which a decision will be made relative to the student’s formal acceptance.
A graduate student, who has a period of non-attendance for more than a calendar year, must reapply to the University in order to be considered a candidate for readmission. To initiate this process, the student must download the Readmission Application Form, which is located on the Admissions web page at www.neumann.edu. The Office of Admissions, when notified by either the Division Dean or Program Coordinator/Director, sends the student an Application for Readmission, which must be completed and returned to the Office of Admissions. This completed Application for Readmission must include the reason(s) why the student was not registered and why the student wishes to return to the University. No readmission fee is required of the student.
In the case of academic and/or disciplinary dismissal from Neumann University, the decision to readmit rests solely with the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Students who have been dismissed from Neumann University for either academic or disciplinary reasons will not be permitted either to register for or attend any classes at Neumann University as a non-matriculated student or to apply for readmission to the University for a period of at least one year from the date of their academic/disciplinary dismissal.
Those students who have been dismissed for academic/disciplinary reasons and are readmitted to Neumann University are placed on a one-semester probation period, after which their academic performance will be evaluated by the Academic Probation Committee. If, at the conclusion of that semester, the student fails either to maintain satisfactory academic progress in the particular graduate program and/or fulfill other conditions of readmission, dismissal from the University will be automatic and permanent.
At the time of readmission, the student is bound by the current academic year edition of the Neumann University Graduate Catalog. Requests for exceptions are made to the appropriate Division Dean.
Transfer Credit Evaluation Criteria
Each graduate student is given individual attention at Neumann University. Typically, one of the criteria for admission into any of the University’s graduate programs is receipt of official documents which verify the successful completion of the baccalaureate or master’s degree (if applicable) from regionally accredited, degree-granting institutions. These degrees are then accepted in toto by the University. All official transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar, who may consult with the appropriate Division Dean and/or Program Coordinator/Director, to determine the Neumann course equivalencies and how those courses are to be applied to a specific graduate program.
When specific courses are evaluated for their equivalency to specific graduate program requirements, the following criteria are utilized:
- Grades of “B” or better are generally accepted from any regionally accredited, degree-granting institution; from the Department of Defense (DANTES); or from corporations offering courses which have been previously evaluated for academic credit by the American Council on Education. For graduate-level course work completed outside of the United States that is being presented for possible transfer credit acceptance, World Education Services must be utilized for a course-to-course evaluation which identifies United States college-level course equivalencies. Instructions for obtaining this evaluation from World Education Services can be found at www.wes.org or by writing to World Education Services, Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087. For nurses who have been educated outside of the United States, credential and course evaluations from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, International are required. The sole exception to this evaluation process would be for those foreign institutions with which Neumann University has previously established articulation agreements. For additional information, please contact either the appropriate Division Dean or the Registrar’s Office at 610-558-5524.
- Grades of “P” (Pass) or “S” (Satisfactory) are not acceptable for transfer credit. Exceptions to this policy occur only when the originating institution officially documents that a grade of “P” or “S” is the equivalent of at least a grade of “B.” Academic credits which have been earned through challenge examinations taken at another institution(s) are not transferrable.
- When specialized courses or major courses are being considered for transfer credit, consultation with one or more appropriately designated Neumann faculty member(s) may be necessary before a final transfer determination is made.
- Once accepted into a program, a maximum of nine graduate credits may, with the approval of either the Division Dean or Program Coordinator/Director, be transferred from another regionally accredited institution. In cases where the student demonstrates advanced course work in another graduate program, the Division Dean or Program Coordinator/Director may, on a case-by-case basis, accept more than nine credits to be transferred.
- Since applicants to the University’s graduate programs have their undergraduate degrees accepted in toto, the student’s cumulative GPA does not transfer to Neumann University. The student’s grade point average at the time of graduation is determined solely by the grades earned in completed course work at Neumann University.
- For the most part, there is no time limit with regard to the acceptability of transfer credits to Neumann University. However, specific divisions within the University may establish such limitations or exceptions, if it is determined that the content area(s) in a specific graduate program require(s) the acquisition of the latest advancements within a given academic discipline. The Division of Nursing and Health Sciences, for example, requires that all Nursing transfer credits be completed within the past five years; selected courses may also require the successful completion of Challenge Examinations. Additional information can be found in specific program sections of this catalog, or the student can contact the appropriate Dean or Program Director. Additional information can be found in specific program sections of this catalog.
- Neumann University endorses the Joint Statement on Transfer and Award of Academic Credit originally developed and reaffirmed in April of 1990 by the American Council on Education (ACE)/Commission on Educational Credit; the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO); the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA); and approved by the American Association of Community/Junior Colleges.
For further information about Neumann University’s transfer credit policy and those institutions with which the University has articulation agreements, contact the Registrar’s Office at 610-558-5524.
Students with Disabilities
Neumann University, consistent with its Mission Statement, is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to all qualified students with disabilities. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Neumann University will provide appropriate and reasonable accommodations which allow equal access to its educational programs.
A student with disabilities is defined as anyone having one or more physical or mental impairments that limit major life activities. Some examples would be vision impairments, hearing impairments, learning disabilities, and orthopedic or mobility impairments.
Students are responsible for declaring their disabilities to the University in order to be eligible for accommodations or special services. A student declares her/his disability to Neumann University by providing the Disabilities Services Coordinator of the John C. Ford Academic Resource Center (ARC) with current documentation of the disability by a recognized authority. The declaration remains confidential unless the student provides the Coordinator with written permission to release this information.
Once the documentation of the disability is on record, Neumann University will provide reasonable accommodations to assist the student in fulfilling her/his academic pursuits. By law, the University is not responsible for making special accommodations for a student who has not declared and documented her/his disabilities. If a student wishes to appeal a decision regarding an academic matter, the student must follow the grievance procedure as stated in the Academic Information and Policies section of this catalog.
Once the documentation of the disability has been filed, the student is also responsible for communicating her/his particular needs to the Disabilities Services Coordinator prior to the start of each semester. At this time, the student may fill out and sign a Disclosure and Notification Form, which gives ARC personnel permission to contact the appropriate faculty member(s) regarding the student’s particular needs. Students are also invited and encouraged to discuss their needs with their teachers, the Director of Counseling, and the Director of Health Services.
Currently, Neumann University is able to offer a number of academic services to students with disabilities, such as taping lectures, extending time on tests, providing alternative testing arrangements, and others on a case-by-case basis. There is no charge for any of the above services provided to Neumann University students. For additional information, call 610-361-5471.