Requirements for Admission
Non-degree Seeking Student
A student desiring to take classes without working toward a program is welcome to do so up to 12 credits. A non-degree seeking applicant is required to submit an application, personal essays, and recommendation forms.
Upon completion of 12 credits, a student must request a change of status to degree-seeking and complete their application by submitting all official transcripts from schools previously attended. Students changing their status to degree seeking must complete or enroll in BSPM 150 Dynamics of the Christian Life and ENGL 101 English Composition I before taking additional courses. If students desire to continue taking courses for personal enrichment rather than matriculating, they must change their status to auditor and any additional courses taken will be for no academic credit.
Degree Seeking Student (Matriculating)
A matriculating student is a student working towards a certificate, Associates or Bachelors degree. Degree-seeking students follow the recommended course outline, according to their program, to graduate within a timely manner.
Upon acceptance to the College, all degree-seeking students (including LEAD students) will be asked to sit for an English Placement Exam. This will assist us in assessing a student’s proficiency in English writing to ensure academic success. Pillar reserves the right to require remedial, non-credit courses in English if a degree-seeking student demonstrates deficits in these areas. Those students taking remedial, non-credit courses in English may be able to enroll in other courses as deemed appropriate by the College. These students will not be allowed to enroll in LEAD courses until they have successfully completed the English Composition I course.
A transfer student is one who has attended and/or graduated from another institution of higher education. Students with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher (4.0 scale) and in good standing are encouraged to apply.
Transfer students are expected to complete a minimum of 30 credits from Pillar for the Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 15 credits from Pillar for the Associate's degree. The registrar will evaluate academic transcripts once the student is accepted to Pillar. Upon acceptance to the College, transfer students will be asked to sit for an English Placement Exam. This will assist us in assessing a student’s proficiency in English writing to ensure academic success. Pillar reserves the right to require remedial, non-credit courses in English if a degree-seeking student demonstrates deficits in these areas. Those students taking remedial, non-credit courses in English language may be able to enroll in other courses, as deemed appropriate by the College.
Applicants with previously completed college level course work are required to submit official transcripts from all institutions previously attended as part of their application packet.
For transfer of credit
- Course work must be completed at an accredited institution.
- Pillar must offer a similar course or program of study.
- Only courses in which a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher is earned will be considered for transfer. Course work completed on a Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis typically will not be transferred.
- Courses transferred do not affect the Pillar average and grades received for those courses do not appear on the Pillar transcript.
- Courses at Pillar carry semester hours of credit. Courses evaluated for transfer from colleges and universities with different credit systems (quarter hours, units) are converted to semester hours of credit.
- Course work can transfer either as a specific course (i.e. ENGL 101) or as elective credits in a subject area.
PLEASE NOTE: Evaluations for transfer of credit by the Office of the Registrar are based upon the best available information at the time. Revisions to a course evaluation may be made based on the receipt of new information and no evaluation is officially complete until credits appear on the student’s Pillar transcript.
Admission into the LEAD Program
In addition to the above requirements for transfer students, applicants desiring to enroll in the Life Enhancing Accelerated Degree (LEAD) Program must demonstrate completion of at least 48 credits of transferable college level academic work. Applicants for the LEAD Organizational Leadership major may submit an Employer Recommendation Form in place of the Pastoral Recommendation Form.
Applicants occasionally express interest in taking a class for personal enrichment, not earning credit at Pillar. Auditors do not accumulate credits toward a degree, nor have access to faculty evaluation and advising. Audit students must submit an application and pastoral recommendation form to the admissions office for approval. Individual course instructors reserve the right to prohibit class from audit options. It is recommended that students obtain instructor approval prior to admittance. Students wishing to change their auditor status to degree-seeking must submit a general recommendation form and official transcripts of schools previously attended. Audit students are not guaranteed admission to the college.
All full time degree-seeking students as well as graduates with a degree from Pillar College may audit one class without tuition charge per academic year. Registration fees may apply. All other students may audit classes at the stated per credit hour rate. If there is an overflow in the class, current students auditing the course may be asked to give up their space to accommodate for credit seeking students.
Students who previously attended Pillar and have not enrolled for three or more consecutive semesters must apply for readmission under degree requirements in effect at the time of their readmission. Official academic transcript(s) of all college work completed during the interim may be requested. All financial obligations and academic requirements must be met for re-admittance.
Pre-College “Concurrent” Student
A high school student in their junior or senior year upon acceptance may enroll in select 100 or 200 level courses at Pillar College for college credit. Students demonstrating the ability to successfully complete college-level academic work are welcome to apply by submitting a complete application packet.
The student may be asked to take a placement exam for admission purposes. (See Academic Policies for complete program details)
Presently, Pillar does not grant student visas for non-resident international students.