Detailed information regarding Our Lady of the Lake University's undergraduate admission policies and procedures is available in the Undergraduate University Bulletin. Students may self-declare social work as their major with the Registrar. Formal application to the social work program takes place after the student has taken at least six hours of social work courses. Students can enter the social work program either through the traditional four-year program, as transfer students (generally from the community colleges), or through those Joint Admissions Program.

Students who are non-social work majors are permitted to take the following courses without being formally admitted into the BSW program:

Introduction to Social Work
Social Welfare Services and Programs
Social Welfare Policy
Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

Application to the Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) program requires:

  • A completed application form.

  • A personal statement from the student. Students are required to respond to specific questions about their interests in the program, and provide information about their suitability and readiness for the program.

  • Three recommendations (forms are provided with the application packet).
    The application form can be obtained from the Worden School Business Office. The applicant will be admitted into the BSW program provided that they have an acceptable personal statement, strong letters of recommendation, and at least a 2.0 overall grade point average, with a 2.5 in social work courses.
Joint Admission
Students may be admitted both to Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) and a participating campus of the Alamo Community College District, Laredo Community College or El Paso Community College simultaneously. Students begin study at community college, but have academic advisers both there and at Our Lady of the Lake University. Upon completion of study at the community college (normally upon receipt of the Associate of Arts degree), the participating student begins study at OLLU. Students must meet terms of the Joint Admission Agreement, including of a minimum 2.0 grade point average, semester hour requirements, and completion of a Joint Admission Agreement.

Our Lady of the Lake University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the 
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Our Lady of the Lake University that fall under one of these areas: (1) to learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or (3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement.
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