Special Application to 5 Year B.S./Ph.D. Program
For Home School Applicants, Alternative Education Applicants, and Applicants Who Are At Least 16 Years Old
Homeschoolers and students that have followed alternative education pathways, as well as students seeking advance placement or early admission are welcome. You must be 16 years or older to Apply.
Homeschoolers are students that have followed one or more homeschool formats. We recognize that there are many different home school regimens that students may follow, and many have used different formats along the way. Some may have documentation from the curriculum and text provider, or school district, some may have followed their own course of study without being affiliated with any homeschool provider. It is not necessary to provide a high school diploma or certificate of completion of a home school program unless you have one to show us. A high school diploma or certificate of completion is not required.
Alternative Education Students and other non-traditional students may have followed altogether different educational pathways, and may not have even followed a homeschool curriculum, or in fact any curriculum. They may have followed their own interests and studied what was important to them. Such students are likely to have no “paperwork” whatsoever.
Advance Placement Applicants are students at least 16 years old seeking early admission. Such students are those who have generally completed the USA Tenth Grade in a regular school or have attained what might be considered equivalent education via homeschooling or via alternative education formats. Such applicants must be 16 years old or greater.
(A) Although we have a rather informal application procedure, the burden is on the applicant to demonstrate or describe in what respects he/she is prepared to meet the challenge of our 5 year fast-track program. We strive for everyone to be successful and consequently, we need applicants who have the necessary skills to succeed in the selected program.
(B) Math aptitude and training should be described, as well as writing ability, and science studies.
(C) Computer skills are necessary, especially since this a virtual university. You should be comfortable with internet searching, email procedures, and downloading procedures. Your equipment (hardware and software) should allow the use of one or more of the latest web browsers, although, one is free to use internet cafes, local libraries, or local colleges which usually have such equipment available for anyone to use.
(D) Our 3 Year Doctoral Program is not open to the above applicants. If you are seeking a doctoral degree, you must select the combined Bachelor Degree/Doctoral Degree program in stem cell science.
(E) Your Application Package must be fully complete as we will not accept a piecemeal approach. Because we have an informal application procedure, your entire presentation of your application package, in terms of organization, completeness, presentation style, and factual material presented, are all considered in determining whether to grant admission.
(F) Any documents submitted MUST BE IN PDF FORMAT ONLY, and if not, your application will not be acknowledged. Except for Email text, all material must be in pdf form, the international standard for documents, and “.doc” documents are not acceptable at any time.
Start Dates (and cut-off times)
We operate on a trimester schedule and therefore have three normal Start Dates:
January 1 (for students that have applied, been accepted, and paid a tuition payment by November 30)
May 1 (for students that have applied, been accepted, and paid a tuition payment by March 30)
September 1 (for students that have applied, been accepted, and paid a tuition payment by July 30)
Specific Application Instructions
(A) This is Your Checklist for a Complete Application. Please E-mail These Items as an Application Package:
_____(1) Cover Letter: Submit a Cover Letter as an email or as a pdf attachment containing the following information:
a. Contact Information including:
Full legal name
Country of Residence
b. Date of Birth: It is essential that you supply your date of birth in the format: mm/dd/yyyy. Your date of birth is used as your password for accessing your transcript and education record, which is permanently maintained online and accessible to you, or to anyone such as an employer, you choose to give your password, at any time at no charge. We do not discriminate whatsoever regarding age, but our Board determined that in setting up the permanent online records procedure and database, that your date of birth would be the best password for students to use. This will be your permanent password and CANNOT be changed. So please provide the date of birth that corresponds to your other legal records so that YOU can remember it.
c. Citizenship: Please state your citizenship
d. Education: Please describe fully your educational background. The more information you can give us, the better able we are to consider you for admission. If you have attended any formal education classes, please describe fully. If you attended a college or university but did not complete the program, please summarize the level of studies achieved.
e. Special Additional Training or Experience: Please summarize any special training, work experience, or other education or activities you believe are relevant to being successful in our program.
f. Internet Connection: Please summarize the availability to you of a high speed internet connection, broadband not required, but at least ADSL or DSL needed. Please also describe the availability to you of computer hardware and software that permits use of one or more of the latest web browsers.
_____(2) Proof of Who You Are and Your Age: Please supply a copy of your Birth Certificate, Passport or other Evidence of Identity and Age. You must prove that you are at least 16 years or older.
_____(3) Photo: Unless included in a photo ID for Item #2 above, please supply your photo (head shot, passport type photo acceptable).
_____(4) Copies of Academic Records: Please supply copies of any records you may have which evidence the course of study you have pursued or which evidence any advance placement courses you may have completed. Homeschoolers and alternative education students may or may not have much in this category, but send what you can. If you are registered for homeschooling, please send those documents. You must scan your records and convert to pdf before sending to us. This will be a good exercise to test whether you meet the technology requirements of our programs.
_____(5) Additional Supporting Documents: Please add any other documents, previous academic examples, or independent work you would like us to consider, pdf format only, or other media. You must scan your appropriate items and convert to pdf before sending to us. Media not relevant to pdf such a sound files or video may be forwarded in any way convenient to you, including providing links to online video.
_____(6) Essay: Please submit an Essay summarizing in what way you feel prepared to handle your selected program. There is no particular length required, we would just like some input from you, after your having reviewed the curriculum, in what respects you feel prepared to complete our program successfully.
Submit your completed application to:
(B) WHEN TO APPLY
New Rolling Admissions. Applications are considered all year long, so you may apply anytime, you may enroll anytime. Upon enrollment, you will begin your studies on one of the start dates listed above (September 1, May 1, or January 1), or possibly on an earlier month depending on our schedule and when your payment is received. In any case, once your tuition payment is received, we will let you know the the earliest month you can begin, following our completion of your Private Student Portal, which takes a month or so to complete. In no cases may a student start December 1, due to end of year wrap-up and staff holidays.
(C) EVALUATION OF APPLICATION
When your Application Documents are received, we may contact you for further information. We will then consider your Application,
a. to determine, based on your submissions, whether we feel you will be able to complete the program successfully
b. to determine, whether or not to issue an Acceptance Letter. If you receive a non-acceptance letter and you disagree, you will have the opportunity to comment on the reviewer’s concerns, in which case, if a satisfactory response is received, you will be accepted to the program.
We hope to complete all reviews within about 10 business days.
(D) WHAT TO DO AFTER ACCEPTANCE
When you receive an Acceptance Letter, you will be told your trimester starting date. We estimate that 30 days is required for a student to organize his/her internet connection, to obtain applicable texts, and to arrange for tuition payment. Plus, the College needs time as well to assign available faculty to your courses, and also to assign you a Faculty Mentor.
In order to complete your enrollment, please make a tuition payment as directed in your accompanying Invoice.
Please direct any questions to:
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