Requirements for admission to the Undergraduate program in Communication Disorders
Formal application to the undergraduate program in communication disorders is required of all students working toward the Bachelor of Arts degree in CDIS. Application is made through the departmental office in Jersig 120, when the following requirements have been met:
- Completion of, including concurrent enrollment in, a minimum of 60 semester hours and the following foundation courses: ENGL 1313, ENGL 1314, three semester hours of sophomore level literature, MATH 1304, PSYC 1305 and BIOL 1421. Completion or concurrent enrollment in the following courses in the major: CDIS 2400, CDIS 3412 and CDIS 3320.
- No grade lower than a “C” in any foundation course. Students may not take foundation courses pass-fail.
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
- A grade point average of 3.0 or better for all completed CDIS coursework.
Procedure for Applying to the CDIS undergraduate program
Each candidate for admission must submit a portfolio for review by the CDIS faculty with materials arranged in the following order:
- Completed data card. (Form provided)
- A current unofficial transcript showing all completed coursework, providing evidence of a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum CDIS GPA of 3.0 with no grades lower than “C” for foundation courses.
- A one-page typed description highlighting college, volunteer or community experiences that influenced the applicant’s interest in speech-language pathology.
- Names and e-mail addresses of faculty members expected to submit letters of recommendation.
The candidate will request written recommendation from two faculty instructors. The candidate will provide recommendation forms to the instructors, and the instructors will submit the completed forms directly to the CDIS Department.
Portfolios and letters of recommendation will be due in the CDIS departmental office on the second Monday in October for spring semester entry into the undergraduate program. Portfolios submitted after this date may not be accepted. If students fail to meet the deadline, they may be required to reapply the following year. Late portfolios will only be accepted with written permission from the chair of the CDIS department. Students will be informed before early registration as to their status.
Standards for Remaining in the CDIS undergraduate program
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.75
- No grade lower than a “C” in any CDIS course
- A minimum CDIS GPA of 3.0
- Students may not take foundation courses or courses in the minor pass-fail.
Students who fail to meet the minimum standards for eligibility will be withdrawn from the CDIS program by the CDIS undergraduate advisor. A student may retake a class to improve a grade only once and will not be allowed to enroll in any additional CDIS classes until all eligibility requirements are attained. A student who is able to regain eligibility must reapply for admission and will be reaccepted only after demonstrating commitment to the standards established by the CDIS Program. Applications for readmissions will be accepted in both fall and spring semesters. Application materials for fall readmission must be submitted by the second Friday in March.
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.