Crete Campus Admission & Enrollment
Lincoln Campus and Online Admission & Enrollment
Crete Campus Admission & Enrollment
General Admission Policy
The overarching goal of Doane University is to attract engaged students who can benefit from our superior educational program, graduate, and use their education to serve and lead in the state, the nation, and the world. We seek students who want to be actively involved in the intellectual enterprise and the community and who embrace the ideals of high expectations, personal responsibility, leadership, and free inquiry.
High School Seniors and First-year Students
Full-time students and part-time students requesting financial assistance must apply for admission.
On the student's application, they will have an opportunity to mark their self-reported academic information. Without having to provide their high school transcripts, students can gain admittance if they meet admission requirements. If a student does not meet the admission requirements, they follow a different process.
An official transcript of credits from the high school (and/or other educational institution) and results of the ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) must accompany a completed application. Students should consult their high school counselor for ACT and SAT test dates and registration. Information on ACT and SAT testing is also available from the Office of Admission at Doane University.
The Doane University Office of Admission must receive a new student's official FINAL high school transcripts prior to registering for the semester following the offer of admission.
Doane University's selective admission program is based on the following criteria:
- rank in high school graduating class, college preparatory coursework, and high school grade point average (GPA),
- scores on ACT or SAT, and
- individual character and personal abilities.
Every applicant is considered equally without reference to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age, marital status, or sexual orientation. Successful applicants to Doane will
complete a strong college preparatory program. Preference is given to applicants who have taken four years of English, and three years of each mathematics, science, and social studies. Two years of a foreign language is also encouraged.
First-year students who have been out of high school more than five years are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores. Students may be admitted on the basis of a GED score.
Students who wish to enter Doane University from a home-schooling environment must complete the application for admission and submit the following:
- Official ACT or SAT results.
- Satisfactory transcript documentation. In lieu of a transcript, a completed "Home School Credit Evaluation Form" is accepted (contact the Office of Admission to obtain a form).
High school students are encouraged to submit an application for admission during the first semester of their senior year. Applicants must have at least six semesters of completed coursework evident on their high school (secondary) transcript. Incomplete or false information is grounds for denial of admission or subsequent dismissal from the university. The steps for applying for admission are to:
- complete an application for admission online and submit it to the Office of Admission,
- provide official academic transcripts and financial aid information from all secondary (high schools) and post-secondary (colleges and/or universities) institutions from whom you have received college credit, and
- request standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) be mailed directly to Doane University from the testing services if not already provided on transcript.
Upon receipt of all application materials, the Faculty Admission Committee will review the application file and notify the applicant of a decision within two to three weeks. If accepted, the applicant must send a $200 enrollment deposit--refundable through May 1--to confirm placement in the incoming class.
Students transferring from another post-secondary institution (college or university) must follow the steps listed below for applying for admission to Doane University.
- Complete an application for admission and submit it to the Office of Admission.
- Provide official academic transcripts and financial aid information from all secondary (high schools) and post-secondary (colleges and/or universities) institutions attended.
The Registrar makes an evaluation of credits earned at other institutions. Transfer applicants who have attempted less than 24 transferable semester credit hours of post-secondary coursework must defer to the admission standards for the high school seniors and first-year students and may also be evaluated by the Faculty Admission Committee.
Doane University's selective admission program for transfers is based on the following criteria:
- evaluation of official collegiate transcripts,
- rank in high school graduating class and grade point average (when necessary),
- scores on ACT or SAT admissions tests (when necessary), and
- individual character and personal abilities.
Incomplete or false information is grounds for denial of admission or subsequent dismissal from the university. Final transcripts from institutions previously attended must be received prior to census day, or the student will be dropped from courses. Upon receipt of all application materials, the Faculty Admission Committee will review the file for admission and notify the applicant of a decision within two to three weeks. If accepted, the applicant must send a $200 enrollment deposit--refundable through May 1--to confirm placement in the incoming class.
Spring Term Applicants
First-year and transfer students applying for admission to Doane University's Spring term must meet applicable admission standards as stated in the "first-year" and "transfer" sections. Upon receipt of all application materials, the Faculty Admission Committee will review the file for admission and notify the applicant of a decision within two to three weeks. If admitted, the applicant must send in a $200 enrollment deposit--refundable through February 1--to confirm his/her place in the class.
Early Enrollment of High School Students
Students seeking early enrollment can apply to the High School Senior Advantage Program. Students must 1) have completed three years of high school and/or attained senior status; 2) have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; and 3) complete an application for acceptance. Tuition is waived for students admitted under the Senior Advantage Program, but they do pay a $50 processing fee at registration.
Students who do not meet the High School Senior Advantage Program guidelines but want to enroll should contact the Admissions Office for assistance. The normal tuition rate and fees will be charged.
Doane is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. More information is available in the Office of Admission.
Doane University was one of the first institutions in the nation to initiate a four-year graduation guarantee. The guarantee is available to all first-time students who enter the Crete Campus in the fall semester.
Doane agrees to offer all required courses necessary to complete one major, the Doane Core Connections, and the university's graduation requirements within four years. We will provide a qualified academic advisor to assist students in scheduling classes. Doane will provide academic support services to assist students in successfully completing their degree.
The student will enroll in eight consecutive semesters as a full-time student earning an average of 15 credits per term and will need to maintain a cumulative GPA to remain in good academic standing. The student will declare their major before their fourth semester. In addition, the student has to meet at least once per semester with their assigned academic advisor.
If the student is unable to complete their chosen major in four years and all the requirements have been met, Doane University will assume tuition costs for up to 18 credits per semester during the next two consecutive semesters of the courses needed to complete an undergraduate degree.
Doane University faculty have created a number of academic program plans that outline a course schedule and plan for a student to graduate in 3 years after the start of full-time enrollment on the Crete campus. Students apply into the program prior to enrollment and once accepted, agree to stay true to their plan. At that same time, Doane University commits to making sure the scheduling components of the plan are available to the student.
High school applicants must have at least a 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale and also have an ACT Composite Score of at least 23 (SAT 1620 combined score), an ACT Reading Subscore of 22 (SAT 530 Critical Reading Score). Students must apply for the program prior to enrollment. Eligibility and acceptance is based on credits earned prior to enrollment at Doane University as well as high school GPA and ACT/SAT score. Doane University requires a minimum of 9 transferable credits with at least a "B" grade prior to enrollment. Individual programs may require a specific course as part of the 9 credits for acceptance.
In the event that a student meets all expectations of the 3-year program and is unable to graduate in three years as a result of a university mistake, the university will waive tuition for the remaining courses required to graduate.
A readmitted student is defined as a student who has matriculated at Doane University, Crete campus, but does not enroll in consecutive terms, in effect, stepping out of the educational process, who then decides to re-enroll on the Crete campus. The readmitted student could also be a graduate of the Crete campus who decides to return for another degree.
Readmitted students will be required to complete a short form in the Admission Office. After the student completes the form, the Admission Office will check with the Registrar's Office, Financial Aid Office, Student Leadership Office, Business Office, and the Athletic department, as well as its own records, to determine if the student is eligible to be readmitted.
Higher Education Life Planning Systems (HELPS) is a program designed for graduates of Doane's Crete campus who wish to return to the Crete campus to seek further education that prepares them for better career opportunities. Candidates must demonstrate that by returning for a specific progression of courses, career advancement is possible.
HELPS participants must be full-time students. They can earn tuition-free undergraduate credit during two academic terms (summer excluded) not to exceed 36 credits. If their program exceeds two academic terms, they must pay for the additional credit hours required. Graduates must have completed their Doane degree at least two years prior to eligibility. A maximum of six to eight hours of pre-approved credit can be transferred to count toward a major pursued in the HELPS program. This transfer may be accomplished with approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs prior to beginning the program at Doane, or subsequent to the completion of work on campus. Credits from the Lincoln, Omaha or Online programs, when applicable, are accepted, as well as those from other institutions. An application for admission and detailed guidelines are available from the Admission Office.
Lincoln Campus and Online Admission & Enrollment
Requirements for Admission
The following steps are required for admission consideration:
- Submission of an application for admission.
- Submission of the official high school transcript or proof of GED. If the high school transcript or GED is deemed unattainable, this requirement can be waived for students who've completed an associate degree. Students who wish to enter Doane University from a home-schooling environment must submit a transcript or GED certificate.
- Receipt of official transcripts from all schools attended since high school graduation (including trade or technical schools). All transcripts must be sent directly from the transcript issuing institution to Doane University.
- Payment of an enrollment fee of $20 for degree and non-degree seeking students and an additional program development fee of $65 for degree-seeking students prior to the first term of enrollment.
Every applicant is considered equally, without reference to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or marital status.
All transcripts must be received prior to the end of the student's first term of enrollment. Until all transcripts are received, a student remains in "non-degree-seeking" status. Once the items listed above have been received and reviewed, the student will receive a letter indicating admission status. Submission of all materials does not guarantee admission.
If an applicant is currently on academic suspension or has a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 from another college or university, the applicant must inform their enrollment counselor of their status at the previously attended institution(s). The applicant's full academic record is reviewed to determine admission status or if additional requirements are needed for admission. If the applicant is not admitted, they may enroll as a non-degree-seeking probationary student.
If admitted with a provisional admission status, the student must complete a minimum of 6 semester credits within a minimum of two consecutive terms. The student may not enroll in more than 6 credits in their first term. The student must follow guidelines set forth by the Academic Support Center and achieve a GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to maintain their provisional admission status. After completion of the 6 credits, the applicant's record will be reviewed to determine admission status. Upon full admission, all credits successfully completed during the probationary period may be applied to degree requirements. A student is eligible to receive financial aid as a provisionally admitted student.
If admitted with a probationary admission status, the student must complete a minimum of 6 semester credits within a minimum of two consecutive terms, beginning with the first available term. These credits may be completed through Doane as a non-degree seeking student, or any appropriately accredited college or university. After completion of the 6 credits, the applicant's record will be reviewed to determine admission status. Upon full admission, all credits successfully completed during the probationary period may be applied to degree requirements. A student is ineligible to receive financial aid as a non-degree-seeking student or as a probationary student. Financial aid is not available for the credits taken prior to full admission as a degree-seeking student.
Incomplete or false information is grounds for denial of admission or subsequent dismissal from the university.
Enrollment and Advising
Throughout the admission and orientation process, a student works with a member of the enrollment team. The enrollment specialist reviews transfer credit, discusses the applicant's work and life experience, and explains the program. The specialist will also ensure a smooth transition into the classroom through an online orientation experience to prepare the student for long-term success.
Students are assigned to an academic advisor who is the first point of contact for questions about their academic program, classes, registration, and resources needed from their first registration through a successful graduation. The student and advisor explore career possibilities and make an outline of courses leading to their degree completion. The advising staff works to build personal relationships with students, maintaining flexibility to meet the scheduling needs of students and encouraging them to seek help at any time.
Students who discontinue enrollment for a year or more are no longer active students. To activate your status so you can enroll in courses, contact your Academic Advisor or the Associate Registrar.
International Students - F1
Doane University is authorized under federal law to accept non-immigrant alien students.
In addition to the general requirements for admission, international students must
- demonstrate English language proficiency,
- provide official transcripts required for program admission which have been evaluated and translated by a NACES approved member organization,
- submit official proof of financial responsibility, and
- submit passport information.
Other information for International Students:
- The non-residential campuses are not full service; there is no dormitory, cafeteria, library, and very limited student services.
- Students must arrange their own accommodations, meals, transportation, and activities.
- Government regulations require F-1 students to enroll for one full academic year before taking a term off for vacation. For non-residential students this is equal to 4 consecutive terms.
- Government regulations require F-1 students to be enrolled full time.
- Government regulations require a Doane University DSO to approve students to have a course load below full time.
- Government regulations limit the number of online classes F-1 students may take.
Early Enrollment of High School Students
A student who has completed three years of high school and is of senior standing may apply for admission as a special student at Doane University. The recommendation of the high school principal is required. This student will pay the normal tuition rate and any additional fees.