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UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS



Office of Admissions
5414 Brittany Drive
Baton Rouge, LA  70808
(225) 768-1700
Fax (225) 768-1762
Email •OLOLC info@ololcollege.edu
Website • www.ololcollege.edu

Our Lady of the Lake College  welcomes applications from all interested students without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, sexual orientation or veteran's status. The College is committed to making fair and timely decisions on applications submitted.

The Admissions Office actively encourages the referral of prospective freshman and transfer students from alumni, OLOLC  faculty and staff, high school counselors and community contacts. The office makes available special contact forms for these referrals, to maintain records regarding personal contact with prospective students.

Applications will be considered by evaluating prospective students’ likelihood of success at OLOLC .

The College operates on a two-semester plan with an additional multi-term summer semester. Qualified applicants may initiate their studies at the beginning of any semester or term.

Note: The printed version of the catalog is subject to change. The official catalog of Our Lady of the Lake College  is the online version, which is updated as necessary and may be accessed at www.ololcollege.edu.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is an essential component of a student’s educational experience. The College is committed to providing guidance to each student as she/he works to achieve her/his educational goals.

Applying for Admission

All applicants are encouraged to apply well before the deadline dates and to send transcripts of all college work attempted, if any, as soon as possible. High school students should ask their schools to send transcripts of all work to date at the time application is made. Complete transcripts will be required after high school graduation.

A nonrefundable application fee of $35 must accompany the application for admission or re-entry. This fee may be submitted using the online payment options or via check or U.S. money order drawn on a U.S. bank, and showing the name of the applicant for whom payment is made. The College is not responsible for cash sent by mail. The application fee is used to help cover the cost of processing admissions; it is neither refunded if admission is denied, nor is it applied against other costs when a student subsequently enrolls. All former OLOLC  students who have not been enrolled for one or more semesters must submit an application for re-entry.

Arrangements for admission, scholarships and need-based financial aid are made separately through the offices of admissions and financial aid. Filing an application for admission does not entitle an applicant to financial aid; nor is the award of financial aid a commitment of admission to the College.

Application deadlines: (All deadlines are subject to change.) (Application deadlines for clinical programs vary; please contact the Admissions Office for these dates.)

July 1 for the fall semester
December 1
for the spring semester
May 1 for the summer semester

OLOLC  enforces the application deadline for all applications. In addition, all credentials (transcripts, test scores, etc.) for applicants must be in the Office of Admissions by the published deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for admission to OLOLC  is encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate Admissions

Freshman Applicants

OLOLC  will consider for admission the total high school record: rigor of courses completed, grades, test scores, educational objectives, school leadership and experiences in and out of the classroom. Admission is based on a review of the high school record and official standardized test scores. The requirements for consideration are a minimum 2.5 high school grade point average or a minimum GED score of 500, and an ACT composite score of 20 or SAT composite score of 950.  A student entering Our Lady of the Lake College  as a freshman must have completed the basic TOPS Core Curriculum with a minimum 2.5 GPA computed on core courses only.

 

TABLE OF HIGH SCHOOL UNITS REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION 

Category 1

ENGLISH COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE (4 units)
English I, II, II, IV 
 

Category 2

COLLEGE PREPARATORY MATHEMATICS (3 units)
Algebra I, algebra II, and one additional unit consisting of courses such as geometry, trigonometry, advanced mathematics or calculus 
 

Category 3

NATURAL SCIENCES (3 units)
Biology, chemistry and one additional from the following: earth science, physical science, environmental science, biology II, chemistry II or physics 
 

Category 4

SOCIAL STUDIES (3 units)
One unit in American history; one unit in world history, world geography or history of western civilization; and one unit consisting of courses such as civics, free enterprise, economics, sociology, psychology or American government 
 

Category 5

FOREIGN LANGUAGES (2 units)
Two units in a single language 
 

Category 6

COMPUTER STUDIES (1/2 unit)
Computer science, computer literacy, data processing or business computer applications 
 

Category 7

ADDITIONAL COURSES (2 units)
1 additional unit in math or science

1 additional unit from categories 1-6 above and/or certain courses in the visual and performing arts (e.g., fine arts survey) 

An applicant who otherwise qualifies for admission, but has an ACT composite score below 20, will be evaluated by the Admissions Office on a case-by-case basis and may be admitted provisionally. Students admitted provisionally may register for no more than thirteen (13) credit hours [of which one must be Academic Seminar, ACSM 1110] in their first regular semester; or no more than seven (7) credit hours [of which one must be Academic Seminar, ACSM 1110] in their first summer semester. Academic Seminar and developmental courses may count as part or all of these hours.

Home Schooled and Unaccredited or Unapproved High Schools

Individuals applying for admission to OLOLC  after completing home-schooling or graduating from unaccredited or unapproved high schools will be evaluated on the basis of qualifications outlined above.

Joint Enrollment (Program of Excellence) and Early Enrollment Admission Requirements

The Joint Enrollment Program (Program for Excellence) is designed especially for high school students who demonstrate the maturity and scholastic ability to be successful in college work. This program is designed to allow superior high school students to utilize OLOLC  resources to provide extra enrichment and challenge to their senior year, provided they fulfill these minimum requirements: completion of the 11th grade with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all high school courses, and a minimum ACT score of 20.  Students must also have completed the following high school courses with a minimum grade C: English I, II and II; Algebra I and II; one additional math course, such as geometry, trigonometry, advanced mathematics and/ or calculus; biology; and chemistry. Recommendation for enrollment by the high school principal or counselor is required. All schedules are subject to the approval by the appropriate high school official and the OLOLC  Office of Admissions.

The Early Admission Program permits an academically-outstanding high school student to forego his/her senior year and receive a high school diploma by completing 24 semester hours at OLOLC . All schedules are subject to approval by the appropriate high school official and OLOLC .  Students applying for early admission must demonstrate a high degree of academic potential and maturity. The following documentation is required and must be submitted to the OLOLC  Office of Admissions: a letter of recommendation from the high school principal, a six-semester high school transcript indicating at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale); a minimum 25 ACT composite score or 1140 SAT score; and proof of immunization prior to registration.  After 24 semester hours are earned, OLOLC  submits to the high school principal a recommendation for issuance of a high school diploma. The high school diploma will be awarded by the high school. The student is responsible for providing an official high school transcript to OLOLC 's Office of Admissions as verification of graduation.

Students admitted to either of the two programs are subject to the same fees, rules and regulations as other OLOLC  students.  A student enrolled simultaneously at the College and a high school is also subject to any rules and regulations imposed by that high school. All students are required to earn a high school diploma on or before their original high school graduation date.

College Admissions Planning Session

Participating in a College Admissions Planning Session (CAPS) is one of the best ways to find out about Our Lady of the Lake College , its programs and admission requirements. CAPS is an information session designed to allow prospective students to learn about the College, the application process, financial aid options and College academic requirements. Additionally, students are able to participate in a question and answer session with an admissions representative. The Admissions Office conducts CAPS every Wednesday (except holidays) at 4:00 pm in the College Administration Building at 5414 Brittany Drive. Appointments are not required. For more information, call (225) 768-1700.

Campus Tours

Campus tours may be scheduled on request. Tours provide an opportunity for students to obtain first-hand, accurate information about OLOLC  and its facilities.  A guided campus tour includes visiting the library, classrooms, laboratories, campus bookstore, administrative offices and student services. Additionally, students are able to participate in a question and answer session with an admissions representative.  We understand that a college visit is an important experience for any prospective student.  To schedule a campus tour, please call (225) 768-1700.

Freshman Orientation and Registration

All newly admitted freshmen must attend a mandatory orientation session. During this orientation, students will receive important information about the College, meet the OLOLC  staff, meet with an advisor, and schedules their classes. Information about orientation sessions is mailed to students approximately one month prior to an orientation date.

Credit by Examination

Our Lady of the Lake College  accepts a maximum of 15 AP/CLEP credits toward an Associate degree and a maximum of 30 AP/CLEP credits toward a Bachelor’s degree.  A list of CLEP and AP examinations with course and credit equivalencies accepted by Our Lady of the Lake College  is provided below. 

AP—The Advanced-Placement Program of the College Board • About one-fourth of American secondary schools currently participate in the Advanced-Placement Program of the College Board. Each May, AP examinations are administered (by the College Board) to students who have participated in the program. Advanced-Placement credit will be granted in appropriate subjects to freshmen who earn a grade of 3, 4, or 5 on Advanced- Placement subject examinations, as specified in the chart provided. Departmental recommendations are subject to change. Contact the Office of Admissions for current recommendations.

For information about general program data and policies, contact The College Board, collegeboard.com; or the Office of Admissions, ololcollege.edu.

ADVANCED-PLACEMENT PROGRAM FOR ENTERING FRESHMEN

Examination

Minimum Score

OLOL Course Equivalent

Credit hours

Art History

3

ART 1310

3

English Language & Composition

4

ENGL 1310

3

English Literature & Composition

4

ENGL 2310

3

American History

3
4

HIST 1315
HIST 1315, 1316

3
6

World History

3
4

HIST 1311
HIST 1311, 1316

3
6

Music Theory

3

MUSI 1310

3

Psychology

3

PSYC 1310

3

Spanish

3
4

SPAN 1310
SPAN 1310, 1311

3
6

Biology

3
4

BIOL 1315, 1316
BIOL 1315, 1316, 1315L, 1316L

6

8

Calculus AB

3

MATH 2310

3

Calculus BC

3

MATH 2310

3

Chemistry

3
4

CHEM 1315, 1316
CHEM 1315, 1316, 1315L, 1316L

6

8

Physics B

3
4

PHYS 1310
PHYS 1310, 1310L

3
4

Physics C
Mechanics

3

PHYS 1310, 1310L

4

Physics C
Electricity &Magnetism

3

PHYS 1311, 1311L

4

Statistics

3

MATH 2315

3

CLEP – Subject examinations of the College Level Examination Program. Policies governing minimum required scores and the acceptance of credit are established by academic departments. OLOLC  allows credit on CLEP subject examinations in nine subject areas. (Credit is not allowed for CLEP general examinations.) Departmental course credit recommendations for satisfactory scores on CLEP subject examinations are included in the table below. Departmental recommendations are subject to change. Contact the Office of Admissions for current recommendations and information on general program data and policies.

CLEP SUBJECT EXAMINATIONS

CLEP Subject Examination

Minimum Score

OLOLC  equivalent

Sem. Hrs.

History of the United States I

50

HIST 1315

3

History of the United States II

50

HIST 1316

3

Calculus 

56

MATH 2310

3

College Algebra

50

MATH 1315

3

Freshman English Composition

58

ENGL 1310 & 1311

6

Human Growth and Development

52

PSYC 2330

3

Introductory Psychology

55

PSYC 1310

3

Introductory Sociology

46

SOCI 1310

3

Trigonometry

50

MATH 1320

3

Biology

50

BIOL 1315 & 1316

6

Spanish Language, Level 1

50

SPAN 1310 & 1311

6

Spanish Language, Level 2

63

SPAN 1310, 1311, 2310 & 2311

12

Exception: If a student takes a CLEP exam in a course for which the College does not accept credit, a prerequisite waiver may be granted with approval from a faculty member and the dean.

Transfer Applicants

Students with previous college or university work from regionally-accredited institutions may be considered for admission if they have an overall 2.0 grade point average or better on all college work attempted.  Transfer applicants who have earned less than 30 semester hours, or less than 46 quarter hours of college-level academic course work attempted at one or more regionally- accredited institutions must meet the requirements for freshman admission.

A prospective transfer student should submit an admission application and a complete official transcript from each college or university attended, whether or not credit was earned or is desired. A student enrolled in college at the time she/he submits an application should have transcripts sent when she/he applies for admission, to be followed by supplementary records at the close of the semester. 

“Official transcript" is defined as an official record prepared by the issuing institution and sealed in the institution's official envelope.

All of the following minimum requirements must be met in order for an applicant to be considered for admission: a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all college-level courses attempted (excluding developmental/remedial courses) from all accredited institutions attended; receipt of official transcripts from all institutions attended; and eligibility to re-enroll at the last institution attended.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into your major or clinical program.

All students will be considered for admission based on an evaluation of their likelihood of success at OLOLC . OLOLC  will consider college grade point average, pattern and quality of courses taken, grade trends, educational objectives, significant life and career experiences, membership in groups under-represented in the student body, or special circumstances.

Provisional admission, pending receipt of supplementary records, is approved by the Office of Admissions only under special circumstances. An applicant who meets the criteria for admission based on unofficial transcripts or who is currently enrolled at another institution at the time that admission is determined may be admitted provisionally on the basis of unofficial or incomplete transcripts. Official and complete transcripts must be received within 30 days of the first day of class of the semester in which the applicant enrolls, in order for the student to continue enrollment and to be removed from provisional acceptance. The applicant who does not submit complete official college transcripts will be placed on hold and will not be allowed to re-enroll until these transcripts have been received by OLOLC .

Transfer applicants who are on academic probation and who have not been dismissed from another college or university will be placed on academic probation at OLOLC . Applicants who are in good standing at their previous institutions, but who do not meet OLOLC 's standards of academic progress will be placed on academic probation. Applicants admitted on academic probation must perform under the academic policies of OLOLC . (See “Progression Status" and “Academic Probation" sections in this catalog.)

Transfer applicants who are on academic suspension or "not in good standing" at another college or university will be denied admission to OLOLC  until they qualify for re-admission to the school from which they were suspended or last attended.

Transfer Student Orientation and Registration

All newly-admitted transfer students must attend a mandatory orientation session. During this orientation, students will receive important information about the College, meet the OLOLC  staff, meet with an advisor, and schedule their classes. Information about the orientation sessions is mailed to students approximately one month prior to the orientation date.

Re-entry Students

Re-entry students who have not enrolled in the College for one or more regular semesters must apply for re-admission. Students who have attempted semester hours at other accredited colleges or universities since last attending OLOLC  must have a grade point average of at least 2.0 on all college work attempted.

Students applying to re-enter the College must submit an application and a complete official transcript from each college or university attended since leaving OLOLC , regardless of whether credit was earned, desired or transferable.

Applicants who were in good standing when last enrolled at OLOLC  will be re-admitted in good standing, unless they are not in good standing at another college.  Applicants who were on probation when last enrolled at OLOLC  will be re-admitted on probation. 

Applicants who were placed on suspension when last enrolled may petition to the Office of Admissions for re-admission; if not granted, they may petition to the executive vice president for academic and student affairs.

Acceptance of Credit from Other Collegiate Institutions

The Office of Admissions evaluates credit from other institutions after the student's complete application and all official transcripts from each college and university attended have been received. Credit earned in colleges and universities accredited by regional accrediting associations is generally accepted; however, courses taken at the lower (1000- 2000) level cannot be given upper (3000-4000) level credit.

Students who are placed on probation or made ineligible to continue at the institution where they were previously enrolled, based on grades earned in coursework recorded on transcripts received after registration, will have the appropriate academic action applied immediately.

Transfer credit allowed by the Office of Admissions, in all cases, subject to review by the dean of the appropriate school with regard to its applicability toward a particular degree.  Questions relating to the acceptance of credit toward a degree program and the length of time required for completion of degree requirements should be referred to the Office of Admissions.

OTHER ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Post-Baccalaureate Applicants

Post-baccalaureate applicants are those who hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally- accredited institution and who wish to enroll in undergraduate courses without being admitted to a second undergraduate degree program.

In order to be considered for admission as a post-baccalaureate student, an applicant must submit by the appropriate deadline 1) an application for undergraduate admission, 2) a non-refundable application fee, and 3) an official transcript from the degree-granting institution.

 If a student wishes to change to “degree-seeking status" after enrolling at OLOLC  as a post-baccalaureate student, conditions for acceptance as a transfer student must be met. An application for admission, the non-refundable application fee and required transcripts from all institutions attended must be filed with the Office of Admissions by the established application deadline for the intended semester of entry.

Transient Students

Students enrolled in another accredited college or university, and who are in academic and institutional good-standing at that institution, may be admitted as transient students for only one fall or spring semester.  Attendance as a transient student during the summer semester is unlimited. Transient students must submit official transcripts of all college work previously taken. Transcripts must include the total number of semester or quarter hours of credit earned.

A transient student must submit an application for undergraduate admission, a non-refundable application fee, a transcript from the home institution and an official statement from the home institution granting permission for the student to enroll at OLOLC . The academic official at the home institution must send this statement directly to the Office of Admissions. Students who do not enroll the semester for which they were accepted and wish to attend later must submit a new application, a new official statement from the home institution and updated official transcripts.

A student admitted as a transient student who also wishes to be considered for regular admission must complete a new application for admission and must supply official transcripts of all college work previously taken. The student will be evaluated on the admission standards in place for transfer students at the time of her/his application for regular admission. Transient students who gain admission to the College as regularly admitted students are subject to the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of their admission.

A new re-entry application and a new transient letter are required for each subsequent term of enrollment at OLOLC .

Academic Renewal

Academic Renewal is an effective way to enable capable and mature students to return to college when they have under achieved during an earlier attempt at higher education. The policy allows serious students who wish to restart college study to avoid having his or her previous, unsuccessful coursework count toward the OLOLC  Overall GPA.  The policy may be applied only at the point of initial admission or re-admission to the College.

The minimum eligibility requirements are:

  1. No less than three full calendar years must have elapsed between the end of the semester in which the student was last registered for credit at any college or university and enrollment at Our Lady of the Lake College .
  2. Any work used to satisfy the requirements for a previously earned associate or baccalaureate degree is ineligible for academic renewal.

The following guidelines apply:

  1. New transfer / re-entry students must submit a formal written application to the Registrar’s Office, after applying for admission and/or during the first semester the student first enrolls at Our Lady of the Lake College . The application must explain reasons for previous poor performance and explain how the conditions have changed that would provide reasonable expectation for earning and maintaining satisfactory academic performance.
  2. The Associate Registrar will evaluate each application and recommend to the Registrar only those who meet the eligibility requirements. Applying does not ensure approval.
  3. Students have the right to appeal academic renewal decisions to the Director of Enrollment Management within ten working days of the decision notification.  The appeal will include an interview or a phone conference.  The decision of the Director of Enrollment Management is final.
  4. No prior academic credit carries forward as part of a degree program: no course work included in academic renewal can be used to meet any degree requirements at Our Lady of the Lake College .
  5. The prior record must remain a part of the student's overall academic record for financial aid purposes.
  6. Academic renewal may be granted only once. Our Lady of the Lake College  will accept, in transfer, academic renewal granted at another institution. When academic renewal is accepted in transfer, the student is ineligible to apply for academic renewal at OLOLC .

If eligible and academic renewal is granted:

  • All previously attempted college earned credit hours will be included in the renewal.
  • The student has the status of an entering freshman and will enter on academic probation.
  • Academic renewal and academic probation status are entered on the transcript.
  • Previously earned credits and quality points will not be used to:

(a)    meet degree requirements;
(b)
  
compute the GPA leading toward certificates or degrees, or
(c)    determine eligibility to graduate.

Academic Renewal applies to admission to the College; admission to the College does not guarantee admission to particular programs.

It is the student’s responsibility to investigate the academic renewal policy at any institution to which they plan to transfer in the future.  Students are cautioned that many institutions and clinical programs compute the GPA on all hours attempted. Therefore, the grades earned in all courses will remain on the student's transcript even though they are not counted in the OLOLC  Overall GPA.

Other Considerations

Admission decisions are based on a previous record of satisfactory academic performance, test scores, personal qualities and circumstances, and good conduct.  Admission into the College is a selective process, and meeting the minimum standards does not necessarily guarantee acceptance. Applicants who disagree with an admissions decision may appeal the decision to the Office of Admissions.

International Admissions

International students seeking admission to OLOLC  must have a Visa that allows study in the United States (e.g., F1).  OLOLC  does not issue student visas.  International students are required to carry a full course load (12 or more semester hours) at their home institutions.

English Proficiency & TOEFL Requirement

In addition to meeting all other applicable requirements for admission, non-native speakers of English must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency. This can be demonstrated by submitting any one of the following: an SAT verbal/critical reading score of at least 430; an ACT English subtest score of at least 17; or a TOEFL score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test) or 79-80 (Internet-based test). TOEFL bulletins (including registration forms) can be obtained at United States embassies, consulates and bi-national centers or by writing to: Test of English as a Foreign Language, P.O. Box 6154, Princeton, NJ 08541-6154, U.S.A. (http://www.toefl.org/).

Applicants who are non-native speakers of English and who meet all admission requirements except the English language proficiency requirement may be granted provisional admission. To be eligible for provisional admission, applicants must have a TOEFL score of 480 (paper test), 157 (computer test) or 40 (Internet-based test). A student may remain on provisional admission status for no more than three semesters.

The College does not provide specialized services for English as a Second Language (ESL) student. The Office of Student Services does provide referrals to external resources for specialized ESL assistance.

Applicants with Non-U.S. Credentials

Our Lady of the Lake College  requires that any transcript or documentation issued in a language other than English must be evaluated formally by an independent evaluation service. A list of approved international transcript evaluation centers may be requested by contacting the OLOLC  Office of Admissions.


Graduate Admissions
For more information on graduate admissions and program specific deadlines, please review the appropriate Graduate Program section of this Catalog.