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Associate of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design

Wade College adheres to a policy of open admissions for high school graduates from an accredited high school, graduates from a nontraditional secondary educational program (home school), or those holding a Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED). This policy precludes admitting students on the basis of qualitative selection procedures.  The philosophy of admission is that an educationally motivated individual is entitled to the opportunity for improved professional and personal success.  The college provides a supportive educational environment so that an individual with a sincere interest will have the opportunity to meet the educational rigors placed upon them and successfully progress through course requirements.

Prospective students may apply for admission as early as one year in advance of the desired class starting date.  Since annual enrollment is limited by facility space, interested students are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.  Wade College does not have an application fee for the Associate of Arts degree program.  All applicants are required to complete a  Wade College Application for Admission: Associate of Arts Degree Program and interview with a representative from the Admissions Office prior to the start of classes.  It is highly recommended that this interview take place at the college; however in circumstances where the applicant’s home is a great distance from the college, the interview may be conducted by telephone or via the Internet. During the admissions interview, the applicant’s educational and career goals are discussed, along with the goals and objectives of the college’s educational program.  If a beneficial situation exists, the prospective student will be invited to enroll in the college.

Applicants are expected to register within 30 days of their acceptance by paying a $125.00 registration fee. Prior to matriculation, all accepted applicants must, at a minimum, verify high school graduation or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) by submitting a copy of their final high school transcript showing a final grade point average and date of graduation or copy of their GED certificate, whichever is applicable, or by submitting a homeschool transcript that meets the Texas State Graduation Requirements as approved by the State Board of Education (per the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 74).

International transcripts must be in English or be accompanied by an official English translation. International transcripts must be translated by a NACES (www.naces.org) certified foreign educational credential evaluation service into a format utilizing the 4.0 grade standard.

Direct-Entry Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design

Students eligible for admission into the Direct-Entry Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design must meet at least one of the following requirements: the successful completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours at higher education institutions accredited by an organization recognized by either the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.25; or the successful completion of a standardized testing score (1000 on the SAT or 22 on the ACT); or a confirmed top 20% high school graduation rank; or a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.5 or above, based on a 4.00 scale or higher, on an official high school transcript.

Prospective students may apply for admission as early as one year in advance of the desired class starting date.  Since annual enrollment is limited by facility space, interested students are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.  Wade College does not have an application fee for the Direct-Entry Bachelor of Arts degree program.  All applicants are required to complete a  Wade College Application for Admission: Direct-Entry Bachelor of Arts Degree Program interview with a representative from the Admissions Office prior to the start of classes.  It is highly recommended that this interview take place at the college; however in circumstances where the applicant’s home is a great distance from the college, the interview may be conducted by telephone or via the Internet. During the admissions interview, the applicant’s educational and career goals are discussed, along with the goals and objectives of the college’s educational program.  If a beneficial situation exists, the prospective student will be invited to enroll in the college.

Applicants are expected to register within 30 days of their acceptance by paying a $125.00 registration fee. Prior to matriculation, all accepted applicants must, at a minimum, verify high school graduation or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) by submitting a copy of their final high school transcript showing a final grade point average and date of graduation or copy of their GED certificate, whichever is applicable, or by submitting a homeschool transcript that meets the Texas State Graduation Requirements as approved by the State Board of Education (per the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 74).

International transcripts must be in English or be accompanied by an official English translation. International transcripts must be translated by a NACES (www.naces.org) certified foreign educational credential evaluation service into a format utilizing the 4.0 grade standard.

Post-AA Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design will be required to meet additional admission requirements.

All applicants seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design will be evaluated on the basis of their previous education at Wade College, background, and stated or demonstrated interest in merchandising and design.  Minimum requirements for acceptance include:

  1. Candidate must be a graduate of Wade College, having earned the Associate of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design.
  2. Candidate must have earned a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.25 or above, based on a 4.00 scale, for coursework completed at Wade College. Candidates earning less than a CGPA of 2.25 may file a written appeal with the Office of the President; submission of supplementary materials to enhance the candidate’s admission file will be required to evaluate a candidate’s potential for academic success.

A student entering the Post-AA Bachelor of Arts degree program in the concentration areas of either fashion or interior design must have earned credit in all prerequisite courses offered in such respective concentration area of the Associate of Arts degree program prior to matriculating into either concentration at the baccalaureate level; students wishing to transfer to these concentrations at the baccalaureate level must complete all necessary prerequisite courses prior to baccalaureate matriculation.

Accepted students may enter in the fall, spring, or summer trimesters.   A completed Wade College Application for Admission: Post-AA Bachelor of Arts Degree Program and a Tuition and Enrollment Agreement* must be completed and signed by the candidate and parent or guardian (if applicable) and delivered with a $25.00 application fee to the Admissions Department at least two weeks prior to matriculation. With their Wade College Application for Admission and a Tuition and Enrollment Agreement*, candidates are required to submit an official copy of their Wade College transcript, portfolio, and official transcripts from other postsecondary college(s) not previously submitted.

It is the goal of Wade College to notify all candidates within three (3) working days as to their application status: accepted, rejected, or for the need to supply additional information. 

Assessment

Matriculating students into either the Associate of Arts degree or the Direct-Entry Bachelor of Arts degree programs will be required to complete ACCUPLACER placement exams, and/or other college-level standardized tests, for purposes of ascertaining whether or not college preparation courses in the areas of mathematics and/or English composition are necessary in order to be successful in other required coursework.  If college preparation courses are necessary, students are required to register for those courses in addition to the regularly-scheduled courses required for graduation. 

Placement exams must be taken prior to or during new student orientation; the student’s schedule is planned accordingly at that time. Additionally, an adjusted schedule of courses required for graduation may be necessary.  A student is encouraged to meet with an appropriate Academic Advisor to ascertain the effect college preparation course(s) may have on his or her degree plan and/or normal time for degree completion.



Before filling out an Application for Admission, please read the respective Tuition and Enrollment Agreement.

Tuition and Enrollment Agreement – Associate of Arts Degree

Tuition and Enrollment Agreement – Direct-Entry Bachelor of Arts Degree

Tuition and Enrollment Agreement – Post-AA Bachelor of Arts Degree

 

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