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The University of North Carolina at Pembroke 2018-2019 Catalog 
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke 2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Admissions

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is committed to the recruitment of a diverse, achievement-oriented, and socially responsible student body that will enrich the intellectual, cultural, and social community of the University and the community at large. UNC Pembroke welcomes applications from persons who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent and whose academic preparation and aptitude predict success in higher education. No single consideration dictates admission decisions; instead, numerous factors and their relationships to one another enter into such decisions. All applicants demonstrating that they can profit from and succeed in undergraduate studies qualify for admission to the University.

Any student who supplies false or misleading information or conceals pertinent facts in order to secure admission to UNC Pembroke may be denied admission or, if admitted, may be immediately dismissed from the University. Such a student may be ineligible to receive any credit from the University.

Qualified applicants are admitted in the following categories:

  1. New Freshmen
  2. Transfer Students
  3. Re‑Enrolling Students
  4. Special Readmission Students
  5. International Students
  6. Special Students
    1. Enrichment (Non-degree)
    2. Teacher Licensure/Renewal
    3. Second Degree
    4. Transient
    5. Joint Enrolled

Students may enter at the beginning of any semester or summer term. The application priority deadlines for undergraduate admissions are as follows: the fall semester is July 15; the spring semester is December 1; summer terms I and II are May 15 and June 15 respectively. Applications are processed on a rolling basis; however, students who apply early will receive priority in scholarships, financial aid, and housing. The freshman admission deadline for fall semester is July 31.

Requests for general information, brochures, and application forms should be addressed to the Office of Admissions. Completed application forms and all supporting documents such as test scores, official high school transcripts and/or college and university transcripts, and a non‑refundable $45.00 application fee, should be forwarded to the Office of Admissions, PO Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28372. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application online by going to the apply now link at http://www.uncp.edu. The office may be reached by phone at (800) 949-UNCP or 910-521-6262. Students may contact the Office of Admissions through email at admissions@uncp.edu or visit the UNCP home page at www.uncp.edu. The fax number for the Office of Admissions is (910) 521- 6497.

All new students, and all re‑enrolling students who have been out of UNCP for one year, who plan to take 4 or more credit hours during their initial semester are required to complete a medical history form. This form may be obtained from the Office of Admissions and returned to Student Health Services prior to registering for classes.

New Freshmen

Applicants for the freshman class must be graduates of an approved or accredited high school or home school. Non‑graduates must possess a high school equivalency certificate and present evidence of maturity and the potential to achieve success in a university environment.

An application for admission, a $45 nonrefundable application fee, an official high school transcript, and SAT or ACT scores with writing must be received before an application is considered complete, and the file must be complete before an admission decision can be made. Students who are dual-enrolled at community colleges must also submit official transcripts of any college work. The Admissions Policy requires one of three possible decisions for each applicant:

  • Applicants who have satisfactory high school records, including course selection and class rank, appropriate SAT or ACT test scores, and who meet the minimum course and admissions requirements may be accepted for admission.
  • Applicants whose records and test scores do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied admission.
  • Applicants whose records and/or test scores meet many, but not all, of UNC Pembroke’s regular admission standards may be offered admission to the University’s College Opportunity Program. (A detailed description of this program is in the Special Programs  section of this catalog.)

Minimum Course Requirements (MCR) at the 16 University of North Carolina Campuses

The following courses will be required for admission, in addition to each UNC institution’s specific requirements:

  • In English, four course units emphasizing grammar, composition, and literature;
  • In foreign language, two course units of language other than English (required of Dec. 2003 and later high school graduates);
  • In mathematics, four course units including algebra I, algebra II, geometry, and for December 2005 and later high school graduates, a higher level mathematics course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; or successful completion of three Integrated Mathematics courses and a course for which Integrated Mathematics 3 is a prerequisite:
  • In science, three course units including:
    • at least one unit in a life or biological science (for example, biology),
    • at least one unit in a physical science (for example, physical science, chemistry and physics) and
    • at least one laboratory course; and
  • In social studies, two course units including one unit in U.S. history, but an applicant who does not have the unit in U.S. history may be admitted on the condition that at least three semester hours in that subject be passed by the end of the sophomore year.

In addition, it is recommended that prospective students take one foreign language course unit and one mathematics course unit in the twelfth grade. Course units as defined in these requirements may include those high school level courses taken and passed by an applicant while enrolled as a high school student with all courses reflected on the high school transcript. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to individual programs; individual program admission requirements are described in specific academic sections.

Exception Procedures for Normal Admissions Requests:

The Chancellor, with the recommendation of the Director of Admissions and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment, may allow a Special Talent Waiver to a student who does not meet UNC minimum requirements but has otherwise demonstrated promise for academic success, as measured by grades, class rank, SAT or ACT scores, when compared with other students admitted to the University.

Transfer Students

  • Students must submit a completed application for admission.
  • Students seeking to transfer from other collegiate institutions must furnish an official transcript from each institution attended. The transcripts must indicate a cumulative “C” (2.0) average on all work attempted prior to admission to UNC Pembroke. Courses satisfactorily completed at regionally accredited institutions are evaluated in terms of courses offered and academic programs available at UNCP.
  • An official high school transcript and a nonrefundable $45 application fee are required.
  • The student must attain at least a grade of “C” (2.0) in a course in order for that course to be allowed for transfer credit. Grades from transferred courses will not count toward the student’s cumulative quality point average at UNC Pembroke, except for honors designation upon graduation.
  • Transfer applicants who are under the age of 24 must meet the minimum course requirements outlined in the previous section (See Minimum Course Requirements-MCR). For those students who do not meet these requirements, six (6) college transferable semester hours must be earned at an accredited college or university in the following areas-English, Math, Science, Social Science, Foreign Language-before admission is granted. Applicants 24 years old or older may be admitted as non-traditional freshmen or transfer students without meeting MCR.
  • All transfer students entering UNC Pembroke must attend a transfer orientation session to acquaint the student with the academic, co‑curricular, and social life of the University and to gather information to assist in the student’s academic advancement.

Because of differing admission requirements, transfer applicants who are candidates for teacher licensure degrees should refer to the admission requirements stipulated for the Teacher Education Program.

The classification of transfer students (freshman, sophomore, junior or senior) is determined by the number of transfer credit hours accepted by UNC Pembroke. A minimum of 25 percent of semester hours applied toward a bachelor’s degree must be earned through regular enrollment in UNC Pembroke courses, and students must satisfy all UNC Pembroke degree requirements for their chosen major.

UNC Pembroke is an active participant in the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA), which governs the transfer of credits between N.C. community colleges and public universities in North Carolina. UNC Pembroke accepts all credit under the guidelines of the agreement for courses in which a grade of C or better is earned. A link to full details on the CAA may be found at http://www.uncp.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate-admissions/transfer-students/ transferring credits.

Re-Enrolling Students

Students who have interrupted their course of study for at least two semesters must apply for readmission through the Center for Student Success ($25 readmission fee). Students who are seeking readmission to UNC Pembroke after completing additional work at another institution must reapply through the Center for Student Success. Transcripts of any academic work completed in the interim at any other institution must be provided prior to approval for readmission, along with an application, $25 application fee, and university questionnaire from the last school attended if other than UNCP.

Special Readmission Policy

Any former UNCP student who was academically dismissed, suspended, or placed on academic probation at the end of his/her final semester and has not attended UNCP for a period of two (2) academic years may apply for readmission under the Special Readmission Policy. All students admitted under this policy return on probationary status and must follow the policies and procedures outlined under “Academic Probation” in the Academic Policies section of the UNCP catalog and on the website of the Registrar. In order to qualify for the Special Readmission Policy, students must earn a 2.0 or higher in their first 12 hours after being readmitted. Students may apply for readmission under this policy one time. Once approved, the decision will not be reversed.

Upon meeting the requirements for this policy, the student’s GPA will be computed excluding all previous grades below C (2.0). All grades will remain on the student’s transcript, but only those previous courses in which a grade of C or better was earned will count toward graduation. All course work, however, will count toward attempted hours, and all grades, including those from the student’s previous GPA, will be calculated for honors purposes.

Students admitted under the Special Readmission Policy may not make use of the grade replacement policy and must continue to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00. Failure to maintain this minimum GPA will result in a two-semester suspension.

Departments with more rigorous GPA standards than the general University requirement of 2.0 have the right to deny admission to a program. Any student readmitted under this policy must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at UNCP after readmission in order to qualify for graduation.

Students must apply for the Special Readmission Policy through the Registrar’s Office.

International Students

Applicants from non‑English-speaking countries must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language with their applications for admission to UNC Pembroke. Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required. For students born in non‑English-speaking nations but educated in senior high schools in the United States, scores on the SAT or ACT can substitute for scores on the TOEFL or IELTS. Each student must submit official verification of financial resources sufficient to cover educational expenses. Certified translations by a licensed or professional translator must accompany academic documents not written in English. For transfer students, the Admissions Office requires that all international college transcripts be evaluated by an accredited transcript evaluation agency. The courses will need to be translated into the U.S. equivalencies. The international undergraduate admissions application and other information relevant to prospective international students may be accessed at www.uncp.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate-admissions/international-students. It is preferred that all documents be sent to the Admissions Office six months prior to date of entry. All documents must be received and evaluated before a DS-2019 and I-20 can be issued.

Special Students

Persons applying for admission as Special Students should meet the qualifications described in one of the following categories: Enrichment, Teacher Licensure/Renewal, Second Degree, Transient, and Joint Enrolled. A $45 nonrefundable application fee may be required.

Enrichment: Applicants not enrolled in a degree program at another institution who wish to complete courses at UNC Pembroke for personal or professional enrichment may qualify for admission as special students. Such applicants must submit an application for admission, a $45 nonrefundable application fee, and a final high school or college transcript. Students in this category cannot earn more than 15 semester hours. Continuation of enrollment in additional courses will require the approval of the Director of Admissions. These students enroll without entering degree programs, and they may not later become degree candidates unless they have been admitted as regular students. Students under academic suspension from any university are not eligible to enroll as special students.

Teacher Licensure/Renewal: Individuals who have a baccalaureate degree may be admitted to earn teacher licensure or take courses for renewal purposes. An application for admission, $45 nonrefundable application fee, and a copy of the transcript reflecting the baccalaureate degree awarded must be submitted prior to admission to the University. In addition to applying to UNC Pembroke through the Admissions Office, individuals must also contact the Director of Teacher Education (and submit any additional required documentation) to design an individualized education plan. All licensure candidates must meet the admission and retention standards of the Teacher Education Program and the National Teachers Examination requirements established by the State Board of Education. (See Teacher Education Program .)

Second Degree: Applicants who wish to enroll at the University to complete a second undergraduate degree must submit the application for admissions, a $45 nonrefundable application fee ($25 if applying for readmission), and transcripts from all colleges attended. (See Requirements for a Second Baccalaureate Degree .)

Transient Students: Transient students are students enrolled in a degree program at another college or university who qualify to study for one semester or summer session at UNC Pembroke and plan to transfer credits earned back to the institution at which they are pursuing a degree. To gain admission as transient students, applicants must be in good academic standing and be eligible to return to their parent institution. They must also have permission from their institution to study at UNC Pembroke. Students may retrieve the transient applicaton from the following site: www.uncp.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate-admissions/visiting-students. Transient students are not required to pay an application fee.

Joint Enrolled: The Joint Enrollment Program is designed for high school students who have excelled academically in high school and prove ready for college-level work. Students may register for no more than one course per semester while completing their high school curriculum, and they cannot take courses that are offered at their high school. Interested students must submit a special Joint Enrollment Application, an official high school transcript, SAT/ACT scores, and class rank. Permission must be granted from the student’s high school principal or guidance counselor and the Director of Admissions, prior to admission as a Joint Enrolled student. An application fee is not required.


All persons, whether regularly enrolled in the University or seeking to take a course for enrichment, who desire to audit a course must secure the permission of the instructor and the Office for Academic Affairs. Audits may not be added to a student’s schedule after the last day to add a class. The fee charged for auditing a course will be the same as if the course were taken for credit. Students who are regularly enrolled at the University must file a copy of the permission letter from the Office for Academic Affairs with the instructor at the beginning of the course. Audited classes are listed on the permanent record and are designated by the letters “AU.” Class participation by and requirements of auditors are at the discretion of the instructor.

Graduate Admissions

Inquiries concerning graduate admissions should be directed to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Admissions requirements are stated in the The Graduate School   section of this catalog.

Degree Completion Program for Military Personnel

UNC Pembroke provides educational programs for veterans, active military personnel, and retired military personnel who wish to continue their career development in higher education and to complete an educational program leading to a college degree.

The University of North Carolina Pembroke is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and the SOC Degree Network System.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium: Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), established in 1972, is a consortium of national higher education associations and more than 1,700 institutional members. SOC Consortium institutional members subscribe to principles and criteria to ensure that quality academic programs are available to military students, their family members, civilian employees of the Department of Defense (DoD) and Coast Guard, and veterans. A list of current SOC Consortium member institutions can be found on the SOC Web site at www.soc.aascu.org/.

SOC Degree Network System: The SOC Degree Network System (DNS) consists of a subset of SOC Consortium member institutions selected by the military Services to deliver specific Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs to servicemembers and their families. Institutional members of the SOC DNS agree to special requirements and obligations that provide military students, their spouses and college-age children with opportunities to complete college degrees without suffering loss of academic credit due to changes of duty station.

SOC operates the 2- and 4-year Degree Network System for the Army (SOCAD), Navy (SOCNAV), Marine Corps (SOCMAR), and Coast Guard (SOCCOAST). Refer to the SOC Degree Network System-2 and -4 Handbooks to view Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs, location offerings, and college information. An electronic version of the Handbook is posted on the SOC Web site, http://www.soc.aascu.org, on the SOCAD, SOCNAV, SOCMAR, and SOCCOAST home pages.

In recognition of the educational experience gained by military personnel in their regular training, in service school courses, in USAFI or DANTES courses, and through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), UNC Pembroke will accept transfer credit toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

  • Men or women who have served one or more years in the armed services will be awarded two semester hours credit for each year of service, up to 12 semester hours of credit, as elective credit. In addition, military members will receive credit for physical education courses. A copy of the student’s DD-214 form and AARTS or SMART transcript must be submitted with the application in order to receive credit.
  • Credit may be awarded for service school courses comparable to those offered by UNC Pembroke. The amount of credit granted will be according to the recommendations of the American Council on Education as listed in the most recent edition of A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. These recommendations are evaluated in terms of courses offered and curriculum accepted at UNC Pembroke.
  • Credit may be granted for work completed with an acceptable rating in USAFI courses that are parallel to courses offered at the University, provided a transcript of the work is sent directly to the Director of Admissions.
  • Credit may be earned through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

In addition to the special provision for granting credit to military personnel for their educational experience, the University will accept transfer credit toward a Bachelor’s degree:

  1. All transferable work completed in residence at accredited institutions of higher education provided the student has an overall cumulative quality point average of 2.0;
  2. Up to 24 semester hours of work completed through correspondence and/or extension courses from regionally accredited institutions (with no more than 12 semester hours by correspondence). Work completed in courses offered by UNC Pembroke’s Continuing Education Division at cooperating technical institutes is not counted as extension work.

International Baccalaureate Course Equivalencies

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke awards college-level credit for acceptable completion of the following International Baccalaureate courses:

IB Area Level IB Grade UNCP Course Equiv. Sem. Hrs.
Chemistry HL 5+ CHM 1300, 1310, 1100, 1110 8
Computer Science SL 5+ CSC 1550 3
Computer Science HL 5+ CSC 1550, 2150 6
Cultural Anthro. SL/HL 5+ SOC/AIS 1050 3
Economics HL 5+ ECN 2020, 2030 6
Economics A1: Resource Mkt. HL 5+ ECN 1000 3
  20th Century World HL 5+ Elective Credit 3
  Islamic History HL 5+ Elective Credit 3
Language A1 HL 5+ ENG 1050, 2060 6
Geography HL 5+ GGY 1010 3
Mathematical Studies:        
  Pt. I core + Pt. II Opt. 7 SL 5+ MAT 1180 3
  Pt. I core + Pt. II Opt. 8 SL 5+ MAT 2100 3
  Pt. I core + Pt. II Opt. 9 SL 5+ MAT 2150 4
Mathematics HL 5+ MAT 1090, 2210 8
Further Mathematics SL 5+ MAT 2200 3
Music SL 5+ MUS 1020 3
Music HL 5+ MUS 1140, MUSL 1140 4
Physics HL 5+ PHY 1500, 1510, 1560, 1570 8

College Level Examination Program

UNC Pembroke participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and accepts CLEP examinations which measure mastery of college-level, introductory course content in a variety of subject areas. Students meeting the credit-granting score on CLEP Examinations may earn up to 30 semester hours of college level credit. Transfer students may earn credit through prior CLEP exams provided the following criteria are met: 1) their scores must meet UNCP’s credit-granting standards, 2) their scores must be sent to the UNCP Admissions Office, and 3) their exams must be among those listed below. CLEP credit will not be granted for previously failed courses.

CLEP Examinations may be taken prior to or during the student’s enrollment with the following exception: no CLEP examination credit will be accepted during the final 25 percent of a student’s course work. Successful completion of each Examination earns three to twelve semester hours of credit and may exempt the student from certain General Education (as defined below) or major requirements. In some cases, only general elective credit will be awarded.

CLEP Examinations Min. Score Sem. Hrs UNCP Course Equivalent Gen. Ed.
Algebra, College 50 3 MAT 1070 yes
American Government 50 3 PLS 1010 yes
American Literature 50 3 ENG 2240 yes
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 3 ENG 2030 yes
Biology 50 3 BIO 1000 yes
Calculus 50 4 MAT 2210 yes
Chemistry 50 6 CHM 1300/1310 yes
English Composition with Essay 50 3 ENG 1050 yes
English Literature 50 3 ENG 2470 yes
French 50 6 FRH 1310/1320 yes
French 62 12 FRH 1310/1320/2310/2320 yes
History of U.S. I, Early Colonizations to 1877 50 3 HST 1010 yes
History of U.S. II, 1865 to present 50 3 HST 1020 yes
Human Growth and Development 50 3 PSY 2050 no
Humanities 50 6 ART 2050 and MUS 1020 yes
German 50 6 GER 1310/1320 yes
German 63 12 GER 1310/1320/2310/2320 yes
Mathematics, College 50 3 MAT 1050 yes
Natural Sciences 50 6 BIO 1000 and PHS 1100 yes
Precalculus 50 4 MAT 1090 yes
Psychology, Introductory 50 3 PSY 1010 yes
Sociology, Introductory 50 3 SOC 1020 yes
Spanish 50 6 SPN 1310/1320 yes
Spanish 66 12 SPN 1310/1320/2310/2320 yes
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3 elective no
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 50 3 elective no

Students interested in information regarding CLEP testing centers should contact the College Board by:

phone: (800) 257-9558;
mail: CLEP, P.O. Box 6600, Princeton, NJ 08541-6600;
email: clep@info.collegeboard.org; or
Web: www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/scores.html

Incoming freshmen may also obtain this information from their high school counselors.

Advanced Placement

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke participates in the Advanced Placement program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Credit may be earned in various subject matter areas. UNC Pembroke especially welcomes applicants with preparation in Advanced Placement courses. It awards University credit for such preparation according to the following table. For general information about Advanced Placement programs call 609-771-7300.

Subject Req. Score Hrs. Granted Course Equivalent
Art: History 3 3 Art 2050
Art: Studio Art: Drawing 3 3 Art 1320
Biology 3 4 Biology 1000, BIOL 1000
Chemistry 3 4 Chemistry 1300, 1100
Computer Science AB 3 3 Computer Science 1550
English Language/Comp. 3 3 English 1050
English Literature/Comp. 3 3 English 1050
Environmental Science 3 3 Environmental Science 1100
French Language 3 3 French 2310
French Language 4 6 French 2310, 2320
French Literature 3 3 French 3210
French Literature 4 6 French 3210, 3220
Government and Politics 3 3 Political Science 1010
History: American 3 3 History 1010
History: European 3 3 Gen. University Elective
History: World 3 3 History 1140
Mathematics: Calculus AB 3 4 Mathematics 2210
Mathematics: Calculus BC 3 4 Mathematics 2220
Music: Theory 4 4 Music 1140, MUSL 1140
Physics: B 3 6 Physics 1500, 1510
Physics C: Mechanics 3 3 Physics 2000
Physics C: Elec. & Mag. 3 3 Physics 2010
Psychology 3 3 Psychology 1010
Spanish Language 3 3 Spanish 2310
Spanish Language 4 6 Spanish 2310, 2320
Spanish Literature 3 3 Spanish 3210
Spanish Literature 4 6 Spanish 3210, 3220
Statistics 3 3 Sociology/Social Work/Criminal Justice 3600 or Mathematics 2100

*Laboratory notebooks from AP courses will be examined to determine amount of credit.

Part-time Students

A part‑time student is a student who is regularly admitted to UNC Pembroke and is registered for fewer than 12 semester hours of course work in a Fall or Spring Semester.

Students in a part‑time status taking seven or more semester hours are charged all fees; activity and tuition charge is based on the number of semester hours taken. Part‑time students taking four to six semester hours will pay a reduced student activity fee.

Esther G. Maynor Honors College

The Esther G. Maynor Honors College is designed to recognize outstanding students and to promote the scholarly growth of the students selected for the program by providing interdisciplinary around a learning community of honors students and include selected general education courses, small interdisciplinary seminars, cultural and service programs, and shared residential facilities with other honors students. The Esther G. Maynor Honors College offers an intellectually stimulating social environment, greater curricular flexibility, more personal contact and scholarly discussion with students and faculty from the various disciplines, and closer interaction with individual faculty members in the College. Each Esther G. Maynor Honors College student prepares a senior project under the supervision of a faculty mentor. For program description, see Special Programs .

Program participants are selected on the basis of class rank, high school grades, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores or American College Testing (ACT) scores, and extra‑curricular and community achievements. Esther G. Maynor Honors College students are appointed by the Dean of the Esther G. Maynor Honors College upon the recommendation of the University Honors Council.

Writing, Interacting, and Networking (WIN) Program

The Writing, Interacting, and Networking (WIN) Program (formerly known as the College Opportunity Program, or COP) is designed to admit a limited number of students who meet most, but not all, of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s regular admission standards. Students are selected on the basis of high school academic record, scholastic standing in the high school graduating class, and SAT or ACT scores. The application for admission should be filed as early as possible.

Students enter the Writing, Interacting, and Networking (WIN) Program based on recommendations from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and students enroll in courses designed to develop academic skills which will be necessary for their success at UNC Pembroke. In the Fall and Spring Semesters, the student is allowed to register for 15-17 hours of academic courses. In addition, students meet regularly with the WIN advisors for academic counseling as well as participate in special programs throughout the academic year. Students who meet the University’s academic eligibility requirements and have successfully completed the Writing, Interacting, and Networking (WIN) Program (made a “C” or higher in ENG 0104 , UNV 1000  , ENG 1050 , and ENG 1060 ) then continue at the University as other regularly admitted students.