Feb 27, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-24 Undergraduate Catalog

Admission & Enrollment


Crete Campus Admission & Enrollment

Lincoln Campus and Online Admission & Enrollment


Crete Campus Admission & Enrollment

General Admission Policy

https://www.doane.edu/admission-and-aid/apply

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. Must submit an unofficial high school transcript, 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). 

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:

  1. rank in high school graduating class, college preparatory coursework, and high school grade point average (GPA), and
  2. 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.

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:

  1. 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:

  1. complete an application for admission online and submit it to the Office of Admission, and
  2. 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

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.

Transfer Applicants

Students transferring from another post-secondary institution (college or university) must follow the steps listed below for applying for admission to Doane University.

  1. Complete an application for admission and submit it to the Office of Admission.
  2. 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:

  1. evaluation of unofficial collegiate transcripts,
  2. rank in high school graduating class and grade point average (when necessary), and
  3. 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 their place in the class.

Dual Credit

Dual-credit courses are those that are taught to high school students for which the students receive both high school credit and college credit.  Dual-credit courses, regardless of location (main campus, high school) or modality (on-ground, hybrid, online) maintain the same rigor and learning objectives of Doane University’s academic offerings.  

Dual-credit courses completed with a satisfactory grade can be applied to a bachelor’s degree at Doane University.  Dual-credit courses may be transferred to other higher education institutions, but it is the student’s responsibility to determine how that credit will be accepted.  

High school students who maintain a sophomore, junior or senior status and residents of Nebraska are eligible to enroll in Doane University’s dual-credit program or by special permission of the Director of Extended Learning.

Dual-credit students are subject to the same academic policies and procedures of a Doane University student.  For more information about Doane University’s dual-credit program visit www.doane.edu/dual-credit.

Dual-credit students cannot apply or be awarded financial aid.

International Applicants

Doane is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. More information is available in the Office of Admission.

Four-Year Guarantee

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.

Three-Year Guarantee

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. Students must apply for the program prior to enrollment. Eligibility and acceptance is based on credits earned prior to enrollment at Doane University. 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.

Readmit Process

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.

HELPS Program

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 Chief Academic Officer 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

www.doane.edu/apply

The following steps are required for admission consideration:

  1. Submission of an application for admission.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 recruitment process you will work with a member of the recruitment team. The recruiter reviews transfer credit, discusses your work and life experience, and explains the program. The recruiter will also ensure a smooth transition once accepted into the university to your personal advisor.   

You will be assigned to an academic advisor who is the first point of contact for questions about your academic program, classes, registration, and resources needed from orientation, first registration until a successful graduation. You and your advisor will explore career possibilities and make an outline of courses leading to your 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. 

Readmission

Returning to Doane-Lincoln?  If you are looking to return and have been out of enrollment for five (5) consecutive terms your student status is no longer active. The Returning Student Application is necessary to reactivate your status. 

Open Learning Academy

Open Learning Academy is for non-degree seeking students interested in completing standalone courses or professional certificates.  No application is required and financial aid may not be applied to cover the cost of tuition and fees associated with Open Learning Academy courses and certificate programs. 

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

  1. demonstrate English language proficiency,
  2. provide official transcripts required for program admission which have been evaluated and translated by a NACES approved member organization,
  3. submit official proof of financial responsibility, and
  4. 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.