Admissions Policies

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Kentucky Wesleyan College welcomes students who have prepared themselves for success at a competitive college. Applications for admission are reviewed individually upon receipt of all appropriate academic credentials. Students are notified of their admission status as soon as possible. Kentucky Wesleyan College is committed to admitting those applicants who demonstrate the potential for academic success at the College.

Undergraduate students who  plan to attend Kentucky Wesleyan College must submit an enrollment deposit according to their status.  Students who are part of our online programs or commute to campus should submit a $100 deposit, residential students must submit a $200 enrollment deposit, and international students submit a $600 enrollment deposit at the completion of the admissions process. The enrollment deposit is refundable by written request submitted to the Admissions Office no later than May 1 for Fall applicants.  Spring and Summer term deposits are nonrefundable.

Any student accepted whose documentation is not complete will be required to sign a letter acknowledging that admission is provisional and that it is their responsibility to submit the required documentation prior to the deadline outlined in the letter. If the documentation is not received by the deadline, the student’s classes may be cancelled and they risk being administratively withdrawn from the college.

Applicants who do not meet admissions standards and are denied admission have the right to appeal the decision. A letter of appeal detailing why the decision should be reconsidered in addition to new supporting documentation must be submitted to the Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Kentucky Wesleyan College does not discriminate in its admissions policies on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Application for Admissions SubmittedHigh School Transcript or GED CertificationAll College TranscriptsACT or SAT ScoresLetter of Good Standing or PurposeEnrollment Deposit Required
Transfer (24 or more hours completed)YESYESYESYES
Transfer (Less than 24 hours completed)YESYESYESOPTYES
First Semester TransferYESYESYESOPTYES
Re-Entering StudentYESYESYES
Non-Degree SeekingYESYESYES
Senior CitizensYESYES


 Anyone may enroll at Kentucky Wesleyan College to complete coursework to apply toward a degree. Students and must complete an application for admission, and any specific items included below in the appropriate status.

Institutional scholarships are available to students in a degree seeking status.

Degree seeking students have various statuses

  • Freshman
  • Home-Schooled
  • International
  • Non-Traditional
  • Transfer
  • First-Semester Transfer
  • Re-Entering

Freshman Admission

Students planning to enter the College immediately following graduation from high school are encouraged to submit an application for admission during the Fall semester of their senior year. A student must submit a completed application, official high school transcript, a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, or Certified Adult High School Diploma, and Official ACT or SAT scores to finalize admission. Applications will be accepted as long as the College has space to accommodate students.

Admission to the College will be based on an evaluation of all materials required for admissions (see above) and may include any additional documentation requested by the Admissions Office in addition to the student’s extracurricular involvement. Applicants may be reviewed by the Admissions Committee at the recommendation of the Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Applicants who do not meet admissions standards but who are reviewed favorably by the Admissions Committee will be accepted into the First Year Success Program which is designed to prepare them for successful completion of an undergraduate degree. Before making a decision the committee will consider the student’s high school program of study, grades, class rank, ACT or SAT scores, and extracurricular activities. In some instances, the Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid or Admissions Committee may request additional information before making a decision, including requesting an on campus interview.  Students admitted into the First Year Success Program are required to take a reduced course load during the first year.

Although an on-campus interview is not required, the College believes that such an interview is beneficial to students and parents and strongly encourages applicants to contact the Admissions Office to schedule a campus visit.

Transfer Student Admission

Students wishing to transfer from a regionally-accredited college will be reviewed based on their completed college level work if the student has completed 24 hours or more toward required General Education or major specific requirements. A combination of high school course work and college level work, ACT or SAT official score report, will be used If the student has less than 24 hours of college level work completed.

All students are required to submit a completed application, final official high school transcript, a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, or Certified Adult High School Diploma, and final official transcripts from all colleges attended, and must be academically and socially eligible to return to the institution they are currently attending and all previous institutions attended.

Students transferring from an accredited four-year college may transfer up to 90 semester hours, while students from accredited two-year colleges may transfer up to 60 semester hours. The maximum number of credit hours that can be transferred from two- and four-year institutions combined is 90 hours. Grades earned at other colleges will not be computed in determining students’ grade point average at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Kentucky Wesleyan College recognizes completion of its General Education program for those students who have graduated with an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System who transfer to Wesleyan. Students who graduate from a Kentucky Community and Technical College with an Associate in Applied Arts degree in Business and an Associates of Arts degree may transfer up to 86 semester hours. Only twelve hours may be transferred from any summer semesters per academic year.

All decisions on the transfer of courses and course equivalencies will be made by the Registrar of the College in consultation with the appropriate program director. All transcripts are evaluated course by course. Classes must be comparable in content to courses in the Kentucky Wesleyan College curriculum to qualify as transferable credit. Wesleyan will accept liberal arts courses that we do not teach, such as all languages and other areas if they support the student’s liberal arts curriculum. Kentucky Wesleyan College will grant credit for all appropriate course work in which a minimum grade of C or above has been earned. An exception to this rule occurs if a student has completed an AA, AS, or AAS degree at a regionally accredited school with a 2.0 cumulative GPA; then courses with D grades will be accepted up to the maximum number of transferrable hours. Additionally, some programs require a C or better for courses that are applicable to their program requirements. Any course with a grade below a C would not be transferrable into these programs.

First Semester Transfer Student

If a student applies for admission to Kentucky Wesleyan College for the term (semester) following their first semester in college and they don’t yet have a recorded cumulative college GPA, they are considered to be a first semester transfer. In this case; the student’s academic merit award and admissions decision will be conditionally based on the high school academic course work and ACT and/or SAT score(s). If the student fails to achieve a 2.0 cumulative college GPA from their first semester college work, the admissions decision and academic award will be reevaluated. The final result could be a denial and/or a reduction in the academic award at the discretion of the Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Re-Entering Student Admission

Students who have previously attended Kentucky Wesleyan College and have not attended any other accredited college or university since leaving Kentucky Wesleyan are able to apply for re-admission to the College. At the time of application, the admissions office will contact various departments across campus in order to determine the student’s eligibility to return. All previous financial balances owed to the College must be paid.

International Student Admission

Kentucky Wesleyan College welcomes students from throughout the world. International students must submit an application, an English translation and native translation of their secondary school transcript and ACT or SAT scores. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test is required for all nonnative speakers of English with a minimum score of 520 (paper based), 70 (internet based), or 200 (computer based) or Duolingo scores meeting the minimum TOEFL equivalency. International students must also submit a certification of finances attesting to the willingness and ability of their parent(s) or guardian(s) to offer financial support while attending Kentucky Wesleyan College. Upon being granted admission to the college, international students are required to submit a $600 enrollment deposit. Once the student’s enrollment deposit is received, Kentucky Wesleyan College will issue the student an I-20 immigration form. In order to determine if an International Student qualifies for academic merit awards the student can elect to submit official ACT or SAT scores.

Home-Schooled Student Admission

Home-schooled students are required to submit an application for admission, ACT or SAT I scores, and transcript documenting performance in secondary-level coursework, and any other relevant curriculum information including any dual credit or college level courses completing during the program.


Anyone may enroll at Kentucky Wesleyan College to complete coursework that does not apply toward a degree. Students and must complete an application for admission, and any specific items included below in the appropriate status. Institutional scholarships and discounts do not apply to non-degree seeking students.

Non-degree seeking students have various statuses

  • Auditor
  • Dual Credit
  • Dual Enrollment
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Non-Degree Seeking
  • Senior Citizen
  • Transient

Post-Baccalaureate Student Admission

Students who have successfully earned a baccalaureate or higher degree and wish to take additional undergraduate courses will be admitted as a post-baccalaureate student. Students with a degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College need to submit only an application for admission. Any other student must have an official transcript mailed directly to Admissions from the college that conferred his or her degree.

Transient Student Admission

A Transient student is a student who is currently enrolled at another regionally accredited institution and wishes to enroll for specific classes for the purpose transferring the coursework to a degree at their home institution. A transient student must complete an application for admission and must submit an official statement of good standing and permission to enroll at Kentucky Wesleyan College from their home institution.

Dual Enrollment Admission

Students who wish to attend classes and earn Kentucky Wesleyan College credit while still in high school may do so as dual enrolled students. Dual Enrollment students do not earn high school credits. High school students must submit a high school transcript and a letter of permission from their high school principal or guidance counselor.

Dual Credit Admission

Students who wish to earn both high school and college credit from Kentucky Wesleyan College while still in high school may do so as dual credit students. High school students must submit an application to the Office of Admissions and be evaluated and approved to participate by their high school. Schools eligible to participate in dual credit programs with Kentucky Wesleyan College are certified by the Office of Academic Affairs.

Non-Traditional Student Admission

Students who are 23 or older have not previously attended a regionally accredited college or university are considered non-traditional. In order to be considered for admission, non-traditional students must submit a completed application, a secondary school diploma or hold a General Educational Development Test Certificate. In either case, the applicant must submit appropriate verification of his or her status. Additional information including, but not limited to ACT or SAT scores, COMPASS Test, and other evidence of academic potential may be required upon evaluation of the application.

Senior Citizens

Anyone who is 62 years of age or more may enroll at Kentucky Wesleyan tuition free (all other fees will be payable by the student) and must complete an application form obtained in the Admissions Office and a senior citizen tuition form obtained in the Financial Aid Office. Classes may be taken for credit up to a maximum of 15 hours; at that point, the student must apply for admission and be admitted as a degree-seeking student. Tuition will then be reduced by 50%. If classes are audited (no credit is awarded – thereby no degree can be earned), senior citizens may take unlimited hours tuition free. The Technology Fee still applies to senior citizens.


Anyone may choose to take classes at Kentucky Wesleyan College without receiving academic credit, on a space available basis by paying $50 per credit hour plus fees if applicable. Auditors must complete and application for admission and submit a letter of purpose for the course they are taking. If the student is a senior citizen, please refer to the Senior Citizen status details.

Auditing is not available for individualized personal instruction.

Full-time students may audit a class without charge, assuming they do not exceed 18 hours with the addition of the audit course. Audit hours do not affect a student’s enrollment status. With the permission of his or her advisor and the instructor of the course, a student may switch from credit status to audit status in a course before midterm. After midterm, the instructor, the advisor and the Dean of the College can approve such a change in status only under extraordinary circumstances. A change to audit status will not result in a change in a student’s account unless the change is made during the designated drop/add period for that semester.