Personal Interest Admissions

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Holy Apostles College & Seminary
Admissions Office
33 Prospect Hill Road
Cromwell, CT 06416

Graduate Admissions Phone :
860-632-3066

Undergraduate Admissions Phone:
860-632-3026

Admissions Email:
admissions@holyapostles.edu

Welcome Personal Interest Students

Holy Apostles College and Seminary is thrilled that you are interested in joining our academic community as a Personal Interest student.

  • Is there a course that interests you and that you want to enroll in it?
  • Are you a student or seminarian at another college and want to fulfill a degree requirement by enrolling for a specific class at Holy Apostles and transferring it back?
  • Do you need to fulfill a pre-requisite course for another program?
  • Are you interested in trying a class at Holy Apostles before enrolling in a degree program?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Personal Interest program is for you!

Visit Online Course Offerings to access the full list of upcoming courses & syllabi.

Personal Interest students may enroll for credit or to audit a class. The program is available 100% online, on campus, or a hybrid of both. Since it is not a degree program, financial aid is not available. Students may enroll in a maximum of 18 undergraduate credits or 9 graduate credits per term. Students should plan to dedicate approximately 7-8 hours per week per course.

To get started, please complete the admissions process below.

Undergraduate Personal Interest

If you have graduated high school but have not earned your Bachelor’s degree yet, then please apply to the Undergraduate Personal Interest program.

Complete your online application, HERE

Your contact information will be collected first, and then you will be redirected to the application itself. You may return to the application portal by using the log in details sent to your email.

One letter of recommendation is required and can be requested through the application portal. A brief personal statement is also required on the application.

Submit Official Transcripts

If you have not ever attended college, just submit your official high school transcript. If you have ever been or are currently enrolled in college, just submit your official college transcript.

Standardized test scores are not required.

Pay the $25 Undergraduate Application Fee (non-refundable)

 

Please keep in mind that Undergraduate Personal Interest students who intend to seek a degree at Holy Apostles should matriculate into their degree program no later than upon completion of 15 credits or two semesters, whichever comes later. Undergraduate Personal Interest students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) to remain in the program.

If you are transferring credits taken in the Personal Interest program to another institution to fulfill degree requirements, it is the responsibility of the student (and not Holy Apostles) to speak with their academic advisor and/or college registrar as well as to research their current college’s policies on transfer credits. Holy Apostles cannot guarantee that credits taken in the Personal Interest program will transfer.

Graduate Personal Interest / Continuing Education Program

If you have earned your Bachelor’s degree or higher, then please apply to the Graduate Personal Interest program.

Complete your online application, HERE

 

Submit Official Transcripts
If you have earned your Bachelor’s degree, just submit your official undergraduate transcript.
 If you have earned a Graduate degree, just submit your highest official graduate transcript.

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is strongly recommended.

Submit One Letter of Recommendation
The letter of recommendation can be requested through the application portal. Your reference should be a priest, deacon, religious, minister, professor, supervisor, or mentor.

Submit Your Personal Essay

Your personal essay can be uploaded through the application portal (Microsoft Word and PDF only).

Whereas the mission of Holy Apostles College & Seminary is to “Cultivate Catholic Leaders for Evangelization,” please write a 500-word essay providing a brief autobiography and your reasons for choosing Holy Apostles College & Seminary.

Pay Your $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)

Please keep in mind that Graduate Personal Interest students who intend to seek a degree at Holy Apostles should matriculate into their degree program no later than upon completion of 6 credits or one semester, whichever comes later. Undergraduate Personal Interest students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) to remain in the program.

If you are transferring credits taken in the Personal Interest program to another institution to fulfill degree requirements, it is the responsibility of the student (and not Holy Apostles) to speak with their academic advisor and/or college registrar as well as to research their current college’s policies on transfer credits. Holy Apostles cannot guarantee that credits taken in the Personal Interest program will transfer.

We'd love to get to know you — and your goals

An Admissions counselor will contact you soon to learn more about your goals and answer any questions about the admissions process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the online class format at Holy Apostles?

 

A: It is a great question, and one we get often! Our online learning environment allows students to pursue their education 100% online. Courses are taught asynchronously which means that there are no “live” login times required. Our online degree programs have no residency requirements which makes it easy for you to learn whenever and wherever it is most convenient for you! Students are suggested to login to their courses several times a week in order to view materials and upload assignments. In general, we suggest students dedicate approximately 7-8 hours per week per course.

The best part is that you are not alone! With undergraduate [or graduate] advisors, an online library with plenty of support, an online writing lab, and tech support, we are here to help you achieve your academic dreams and follow where God leads!

Q: I missed the admissions deadline. What can be done?
 
A: Please contact the appropriate Admissions Office (Undergraduate or Graduate) to explain your situation and request an extension.

Graduate Admissions Phone :
860-632-3066

Undergraduate Admissions Phone:
860-632-3026

Admissions Email:
admissions@holyapostles.edu

Q: I am not Catholic. Can I still apply to Holy Apostles?
 
A: Yes! Holy Apostles is faithful to the Magisterium and teachings of the Catholic Church. If you believe you would be a good fit to learn within this framework – Catholic or not – we welcome you to apply. The mission of Holy Apostles is to cultivate Catholic leaders in every profession and walk in life for the purpose of evangelization. We ask our students to sincerely seek the truth in all things whether they are Catholic or not.

All Faculty make a Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity to remain faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Q: Who can write my Letter of Recommendation?
A: Undergraduate applicants must request one letter of recommendation from a Priest, Religious, Academic Reference, Mentor, or Supervisor.

Graduate applicants must request one letter of recommendation from a Priest or Religious. If you are not Catholic, this may come from a Pastor or other religiously affiliated reference. This person should be able to speak on your character and faith.

Graduate applicants must also request one letter of recommendation from an academic reference or mentor. It may also come from a supervisor or volunteer coordinator. This person should be able to speak on you work ethic, learning skills, and strengths.

Letters of recommendation should not be requested from a relative or from a coworker.

The letters of recommendation may be requested through the online application portal itself. Once received, your letters of recommendation will automatically be attached to your application.

Q: I am an international applicant. What is needed for my admissions process?
 
A: Thank you for your interest in applying to Holy Apostles! Because of the flexibility and convenience of our online programs, we have many international students.

If you are not living in the United States, your admissions process will be the same as outlined above.

If you are living in the United States, you must provide Holy Apostles with copies of your Visa and Passport. International students may only apply to Holy Apostles for online courses. Holy Apostles is unable to process F-1 Student Visas for international students seeking to study on campus at Holy Apostles.

Q: English is not my native language. What documents are required?
 
A: To confirm your command of English, please submit one of the following. Recommended scores are included below.
– A certificate or diploma confirming the completion of a secondary school where the classes were delivered in English
– A diploma confirming the completion of English Studies
– A document confirming graduation from a higher educational institution where English was the language of instruction
– An International Baccalaureate Diploma delivered in English
– SAT score of 510+ on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
– ACT score of 24+ on the English, Reading, and Composite.
– Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) with a score of 79+
– Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with a score of 58+
– International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.5.
Q: I have graduated from Holy Apostles with my Undergraduate (or Graduate) degree. I would like to pursue my Graduate (or second Graduate) degree at Holy Apostles. Do I have to re-apply?
 
A: Good news! You do not have to re-apply. Please complete the Additional Degree, Major, or Concentration Form. Your request will be reviewed, and any additional necessary documentation will be requested.
Q: I am part of a religious community or diocese. What is needed for my admissions process?
 
A: Welcome! Thank you for your interest in applying to Holy Apostles! Your admissions process is the same as other applicants. A brief supplemental form will also be required to complete in order to ensure any additional necessary information is included with your application.
Q: What are your online learning and technology requirements?

Please follow this link to view our Online Learning and Technology Requirements.

Speak with Admissions

Ms. Jacqueline Reiss

Director of Admissions
jreiss@holyapostles.edu
Schedule a Zoom Meeting
860-632-3026

Important Deadlines & Dates

2023 Spring Semester

Friday, December 2 - Spring 2023 Admissions & FAFSA Deadline
Friday, December 23 - LAST DAY of Priority Registration*
Monday, January 2 - FIRST DAY of Online Orientation for New Students
Monday, January 9 - FIRST DAY of Spring 2023 Semester

2023 Summer Semester

April 7 - Admissions & FAFSA Recommended Deadline
March 20 - Summer Registration Opens
April 28 - Priority Registration Closes
May 1 - Online Orientation Begins
May 8 - Summer Semester Classes Begin

2023 Fall Semester

TBA

“I was searching for a Catholic college where I could take some additional courses in Philosophy, English, and History, and where I would be sure of the Catholic orientation of the subject matter. My desires have not been disappointed; on the contrary, I have found all the courses that I have taken at HACS as a personal interest student most interesting and enriching, as well as academically challenging. The faculty, in addition to teaching their subjects and incorporating solid Catholic principles, have made themselves available for questions or guidance by email. Since tuition costs were also a factor in my search, I can say that Holy Apostles keeps its tuition competitively on the lower side with other colleges, with the advantage of quality content. I am so grateful for the online possibilities and variety of courses provided by Holy Apostles.” 
Sister Teresa Joseph

Undergraduate, Personal Interest Student

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