Personal Interest Admissions
Welcome Personal Interest Students
Holy Apostles College and Seminary is thrilled you are interested in joining our academic community as a Personal Interest student. Please select the appropriate tab below.
Undergraduate Personal Interest
1. What is a personal interest student?
Personal Interest students at Holy Apostles College and Seminary are non-degree seeking students who are taking undergraduate or graduate-leveled courses for credit.
2. Where can Personal Interest Students study?
Personal Interest students have the flexibility to take classes on-campus, 100% online, or both.
3. I completed high school, but have not taken any college courses, can I apply as a Personal Interest Student?
Yes. If you will have graduated high school by the start of the semester you are applying for you, you may apply as a Personal Interest Undergraduate Student. We encourage you to consider earning your Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Arts degree at Holy Apostles as well!
4. How many courses can a Personal Interest Undergraduate Student take each semester?
There is an 18 credit/semester maximum for all Undergraduates, including Undergraduate Personal Interest Students. Please keep in mind that we suggest to dedicate a 7-8 hours per week, per course.
5. I have completed some college work but have not yet earned an undergraduate degree. Can I apply as a Personal Interest student?
Yes. Students who have earned college credit can apply to the Personal Interest program. If you decide to matriculate into an Undergraduate degree program at Holy Apostles, any credits you earned as a Personal Interest student may be applied to your program of study. Please follow the transfer policy to transfer credits from other accredited institutions to your degree program at Holy Apostles.(hyperlink)
6. Can I apply for Financial Aid as a Personal Interest Student?
No. Personal Interest Students are not eligible to receive financial aid. For more information about the financial aid policy, please click here
7. I’m a current Undergraduate student at another college and I need a course to graduate but it is not currently offered at my college. Can I apply as a Personal Interest student and have the credits transfer to my college?
Yes, Holy Apostles College and Seminary will allow students to join us as a Personal Interest student to earn credits for another program. Please note that it is the responsibility of the student (and not Holy Apostles College and Seminary) to research their current college’s policies on transfer credits. It is also the responsibility of the student to speak with their current Academic Advisor and/or college Registrar to ensure that the credits will transfer into their existing program prior to applying or enrolling in a course at Holy Apostles College and Seminary.
8. How do I apply as a Personal Interest Undergraduate Student?
1. Complete the 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.
2. Submit Official Transcripts
High School and College, if applicable
3. Pay the $25 Undergraduate Application Fee (non-refundable)
Graduate Personal Interest / Continuing Education Program
Holy Apostles College and Seminary offers an outstanding online Graduate Continuing Education Program for non-degree seeking adults who have already earned an undergraduate degree but who are interested in taking one or more online, graduate courses in Philosophy, Theology or Pastoral Studies.
Graduate Personal Interest Students may want to take one or more courses for a variety of reasons: for personal enrichment; as a way to fulfill pre-requisite courses for other programs; in order to earn graduate transfer credits for a graduate degree program being taken at another college or university; or perhaps to discern the possibility of pursuing a graduate degree online or on campus at a later date.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. May a Graduate Personal Interest Student study online and on campus?
Most of our graduate courses are offered only online. However, some graduate-level Theology courses are offered on campus and may be taken by Graduate Personal Interest Students who are able to commute to campus.
2. I have an undergraduate degree, but I have never taken a Philosophy or a Theology course, may I still apply to your Continuing Education Program?
Yes. Holy Apostles College and Seminary will offer you guidance in selecting graduate courses in Philosophy and Theology that are designed as introductory level courses.
3. I am currently enrolled in another graduate degree program, but I am interested in taking one or two graduate courses online at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Is that possible?
Absolutely. We welcome graduate students who wish to earn transfer credit.
4. Can I apply for Financial Aid as a Graduate Personal Interest Student?
No. Unfortunately only degree-seeking students are eligible for financial aid.
5. How do I apply as a Graduate Personal Interest Student?
1. Complete Application HERE
2. Submit an Official Transcript for your Undergraduate Degree & any Graduate Degrees
3. Submit Two Letters of Recommendation
From a Priest, Deacon, Religious, or Minister
From a Professor, Supervisor, or Mentor
4. Submit Your Personal Essay
Whereas the mission of Holy Apostles College & Seminary is “to cultivate lay, consecrated and ordained missionary disciples for the purpose of evangelization”, please submit a typed essay of approximately 500 words expressing your motivation to become a member of the academic community.
5. Pay Your $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
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 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?
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.
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Important Deadlines & Dates
2022 Spring Semester
December 3 - Admissions & FAFSA Recommended Deadline
November 15 - Spring Registration Opens
December 23 - Priority Registration Closes
January 3 - Online Orientation Begins
January 10 - Spring Semester Classes Begin
2022 Summer Semester
April 8 - Admissions & FAFSA Recommended Deadline
March 21 - Summer Registration Opens
April 29 - Priority Registration Closes
May 2 - Online Orientation Begins
May 9 - Summer Semester Classes Begin
2022 Fall Semester
July 22 - Admissions & FAFSA Recommended Deadline
July 11 - Fall Registration Opens
August 19 - Priority Registration Closes
August 22 - Online Orientation Begins
August 29 - Fall Semester Classes Begin