Admissions Requirements

Admissions policies are consistent with the mission of the institution. Admission is open to all persons who show the potential for college-level work, who subscribe to the philosophy and purpose of Morris College, and who meet admissions requirements. Students of all races, creeds and national origins are welcome. Some students come to the college immediately upon graduation from high school; others come after job or military experiences. A few mature adults come to continue their education, to prepare for a new career or to make up for the college education they missed in their youth. New students are admitted in the fall, spring and summer.

Admission of Freshman Students

Applicants may gain admission to the freshman class by meeting one of the following requirements:

  1. Presenting evidence of graduation with a diploma from an accredited high school, ranking in the upper 3/4 of the high school class, and successfully completing a curriculum which includes the following standard 24 units:

    English 4 Economics 1/2
    Mathematics 4 Physical Education 1
    Natural Sciences 3 Computer Science 1
    U.S. History 1 Foreign Language 1
    Social Studies 1 Electives 7
    Government 1/2    

  2. Presenting evidence of graduation with a diploma from an accredited high school, achieving an overall grade average of at least "C", and successfully completing the 24 standard units above.

  3. Presenting evidence of graduation with a diploma from an accredited high school, successfully completing the 24 standard units above, and achieving either a combined verbal and mathematics score of 700 or higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or a score of 18 or higher on the American College Test (ACT).

  4. Presenting evidence of having successfully passed the General Educational Development (GED) Test.

  5. Presenting evidence of having scored no less than thirty-five (35) on any part of the Army General Development Test.

  6. Presenting evidence of having graduated from a high school under the eleven year plan prior to the 1947-1948 school year.

  7. Applicants who do not meet one of the above stated requirements for admission but who can present evidence of graduation with a diploma from an accredited high school and who have successfully completed the standard 24 units above are still eligible for admission to the College. Such applicants are admitted on academic probation, may not enroll for more than thirteen (13) credit hours during each of the first two consecutive semesters, and are required to attend assigned study sessions and tutoring sessions.

Admission of Special Students

Any person who enrolls at Morris College without becoming a candidate for a degree is referred to as a "Special Student." Special Students include:

  1. Persons who have not finished high school but who desire to enroll in courses for self-improvement without receiving college credit for the course work completed.

  2. Persons who have met entrance requirements and are qualified to do college work but are not seeking to earn a degree from the college.

  3. Persons who have earned a college degree but desire to enroll in additional college courses for self-improvement.

Special Students must give evidence of preparation and ability to pursue college level courses successfully. They may later become candidates for a degree by meeting all of the college's entrance requirements. They will be subject to the same rules and regulations governing scholarship, class attendance, conduct and health that apply to regular students. All applications for admission as a Special Student will be subject to review and approval by the standing committee on admissions.

Admission of Foreign Students

Foreign students seeking admission to Morris College must meet all entrance requirements described above. Application should be made at least 90 days prior to the expected date of entrance. Except in countries where English is the official language, the applicant is required to show proficiency in oral and written expression as evidence by satisfactory achievement on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Probationary admission will be considered for applicants who lack proficiency in English. Such students will be given special instruction in English before admission as a regular student is granted. The applicant is also required to provide sufficient evidence that adequate financial resources are available to defray the cost of his/her educational expenses while attending Morris College.

Admission of Transient Students

A student enrolled at another institution of higher learning may apply for admission to Morris College as a transient student provided such student is in good academic standing at his/her home institution and provided the program of study to be pursued at Morris College has been approved by the appropriate official of the home institution. Application fees must be paid prior to admission.

Admission of Transfer Students

A student who previously attended another college may enter Morris College as a transfer student; and according to the nature of the academic record, some or all of the credits earned may be transferred to Morris College. All transcripts from other colleges and universities must be received two months prior to registration for the term of entrance.

A transfer student may be admitted to Morris College without restriction provided the student's grade point average at the previous institution is either sufficient to allow the student to continue at the previous institution or to place the student in good academic standing at Morris College. The grade point average at Morris College differs according to whether the student is seeking to transfer as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, and the required averages for each category are listed elsewhere in this catalog.

A transfer student who has been dismissed from another college for academic deficiencies and whose grade point average is not sufficient to place the student in good standing at Morris College must delay transfer to the College for at least one semester. After a one-semester delay, the transfer student may be admitted to Morris College on academic probation. To remain enrolled after the initial semester, a transfer student must meet the same standards for scholastic eligibility as all other students in the same classification.

In evaluating professional military education and other non-credit course work, the college adheres to the guidelines established by the American Council on education and published in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. The College does not award credit for experiential learning.

Admission Procedures

Every candidate for admission must make formal application to the Office of Admissions and Records, Morris College, 100 West College Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29150. Application forms are available from he Office of Admissions and Records. These forms must be completed and returned to the college together with an application fee of $20.00 which is not refundable.

  1. Freshman applicants who have not previously attended any college must follow these procedures:

    1. Request application materials from the Office of Admissions and Records.
    2. Have "Medical Examination" form completed by a licensed physician.
    3. Request a transcript of secondary school records to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Records.
    4. Send completed application, medical certificate and application fee to the Office of Admissions and Records.
    5. Complete the placement examination in English and mathematics prior to registration in order to be placed in appropriate English and mathematics classes.

  2. Transfer applicants who have not previously attended Morris College should follow the same procedures outlined above for Freshman applicants. In addition they must

    1. Submit an official transcript from each college previously attended.
    2. Submit evidence of honorable release from the college from which the applicant is transferring.
    3. Request a transcript of secondary school records to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Records.

    Any course in which a transfer student has made a grade below "C" will not be accepted for transfer credit.

  3. Former students of Morris College whose attendance has been interrupted for one or more semester(s) must apply for readmission and should follow these procedures:

    1. Submit a new application for admission together with a $20.00 application fee.
    2. Submit a new "Medical Examination" form completed by a licensed physician.
    3. Submit an official transcript from any college attended since last attending Morris College.

    Any student readmitted to the college after an interruption of two or more consecutive semesters must meet all graduation requirements in effect at the time of reentry in accordance with the catalog in effect at the time of reentry. Previous cumulative grade point average will determine readmission status.

  4. Any student suspended from the college for any reason must apply for readmission.

  5. Any student whose record shows a break in attendance from high school or college must complete a "Whereabouts Form." Students should contact the Office of Admissions and Records for details.