Admissions Criteria #admissions #criteria #for #colleges


Graduate Admissions Criteria

The NYU School of Professional Studies Office of Admissions carefully weighs each component of your application during the admissions review process. We use this approach to evaluate your ability to benefit from and contribute to the dynamic learning environment and the challenging curriculum that the School offers.

The following criteria will help you to better understand the admissions process and the types of information that are required to be submitted to the Office of Admissions in addition to your completed online application.

Meet the Admissions Team

Evaluated for evidence of an applicant’s motivation for admission and fit for the program. Key indicators include:

  • Demonstrable progress in your academic and/or professional career
  • Clearly articulated goals and objectives that align with the mission of the program

Evaluated for experience and skills, which would allow for academic and professional success. We consider the following when assessing your field-related experience:

  • Professional experience—either full-time or part-time job in the industry or relevant internship(s)
  • Career changers also are evaluated for the transferrable skills they have developed in their current profession
  • Public service engagements
  • Professional associations/affiliations

Specifically the GRE or GMAT. are not required upon submission of your application. However, submission of these test scores:

  • Is optional should you wish to provide further evidence of academic potential.
  • May be required for a thorough evaluation. The Admissions Committee therefore reserves the right to request a test score.

Note: Successful candidates have met the recommended combined score of 310 or 1100 on the GRE or 550 on the GMAT.

Recommendations (two letters)

Evaluated for evidence of potential success during your course of study at the NYU School of Professional Studies and after graduation. Key indicators include:

  • Professional achievements
  • Contributions made on the job
  • Skills developed and knowledge acquired on the job as well as challenge areas
  • Professional and/or academic recommendations

Evaluated by reviewing your transcripts from all prior colleges and universities attended.
Performance in relevant course work is evaluated as well as achievement levels in your academic career.

Note: Successful candidates normally meet the recommended 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.

Are not required. However, the Admissions Committee may request an interview after reviewing your application. If you are invited for an interview, it will then be a required component of the application process.

Of $150 must be included with your application. The fee for an online application can only be paid by major credit card.

International applicants greatly enrich our community and are encouraged to apply. Additional criteria for international students include:

Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials

If requested by the Office of Admissions, each foreign transcript must also be evaluated for equivalency to the US educational system for admission and transfer credit purposes. Evaluations are acceptable only from evaluation services recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services . Please request a course-by-course evaluation.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores

TOEFL scores are required for applicants who did not complete an undergraduate degree in the United States or in a country where the only primary language is English.

  • Minimum scores are 110 on the Internet-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 600 on the paper-based test.
  • IELTS can be submitted in place of the TOEFL; the recommended minimum score is a 7.0.

NYU School of Professional Studies English Language Assessment

International applicants who do not meet the minimum TOEFL scores are required to participate in the English Language Assessment consisting of an online test and an interview administered by the NYU School of Professional Studies Office of Assessment. Participation in this assessment will result in scores, which will be reported to the Office of Admissions. International applicants must have submitted an application in order to register for the English Language Assessment; the fee to register for the assessment is $150.

Based upon your score on the English Language Assessment, one of three possible outcomes will occur:

  • You will satisfy the NYU School of Professional Studies English Proficiency Level requirement and will qualify to register for full-time degree study.
  • You will be conditionally admitted and you will be permitted to enroll in part-time degree course work as you complete the required English language support courses.
  • You will not meet the minimum score requirements or the School’s other admissions criteria and you will be required to reapply at a later date.

Please review the English Language Assessment Procedures for information on how to register for the test.

Please Note. The NYU School of Professional Studies reserves the right to request a TOEFL, IELTS, or English language assessment conducted by ALI from a US citizen or permanent resident if their primary language is not English.

College of DuPage – Adult Fast Track #adult #fast #track, #21 #and #over, #degrees #and #certificates, #admission #criteria, #enrollment, #busy #lifestyle


Adult Fast Track

Accelerated Programs for Motivated Adults

The College of DuPage Adult Fast Track program (AFT) is an accelerated program for adults 21 years and older who are seriously committed to continuing their education, but require accommodation for their busy lifestyles. While the Adult Fast Track program is intensive and rigorous, it is manageable for individuals who are highly motivated and self-disciplined. Students may take individual selected courses or complete an entire degree in this alternative format.

Degrees and Certificates Available

Students may earn an Associate in Arts (AA) degree, an Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) degree in Management, and a Certificate in Management, Supervision, Entrepreneurship or Organizational Leadership. More degrees and certificates will be available in the future. Students may also enroll in a variety of core general education and/or elective courses that can then be used to satisfy the requirements of other degrees or certificate programs.

Course Scheduling

AFT courses start and end on uniform dates during both the first and second eight-week segments of the fall and spring semester. (One eight-week segment is offered during the summer semester, as well.) Classes typically meet in the evenings or on Saturday mornings. AFT courses are offered at five convenient locations: the main campus in Glen Ellyn, the Addison, Carol Stream, Naperville and Westmont Centers.

Admission Criteria

  • Students must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Students enrolled in traditional COD programs may enroll in AFT courses if they meet the age requirement.
  • Students of other colleges or universities attending COD are also invited to enroll in AFT courses if they are at least 21 years of age.

Adult Fast Track students are subject to placement testing and prerequisite requirements. We encourage all AFT students to begin working toward the completion of their degree-level math requirement(s) early in their studies, and to complete a degree-level math course(s) by the time they have earned 30 college credit hours.


If you are a current or returning COD student, or have already applied and been accepted to COD, you can self-register (online) using myACCESS. You must be at least 21 years of age. (Note that you cannot register prior to your assigned registration date.)

To register, go to log in, click on myACCESS for students, and follow the instructions provided under Registration. starting with Search/Register for Sections. This will take you to the Search/Select Classes page.

To view all AFT classes offered during a particular term:

    1. Go to the Term drop-down menu and select the term in which you’re interested
    2. Go to the Course Types drop-down menu and choose Adult Fast Track
    3. Go to the Academic Level drop-down menu and click on Undergraduate

If you are an adult student interested in AFT but have not yet applied for admission to COD, you can do so quickly and easily at Just follow the step-by-step directions. (If you have admission-related questions, please call Admissions at (630) 942-2626. Once notified of your acceptance, you may self-register using myACCESS.

Office Location
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3B11
Glen Ellyn Campus
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137


Angel Kearns Adult Fast Track

“None of this would be possible without the dedication College of DuPage has for its students. I feel smarter. I feel like a better person. I’m going to contribute something. This experience has taught me that I’m stronger than I thought. Coming in, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do this. It has made me a better, stronger woman and a role model for my children.”

  • Rita Kuzmenko Adult Fast Track

    “The Fast Track program is created to better fit into the schedule of working adults. However, the courses are not easier and, in fact, students are often doing the work of an entire semester in one eight-week course. Prioritization is crucial,” Rita Kuzmenko said. “But when a person finishes the program, they have truly earned their degree. The Fast Track Program prepared me well for the degrees I earned afterward.”

  • Susan Neustrom Adult Fast Track

    “The lesson I learned from my experience at COD is that the value of education is not only what you learn in the textbooks. Book knowledge is great, but the real value of education is that it opens your mind to possibilities, allows you to reflect on your inner self, and helps you to discover your true potential and purpose in life.”

  • 27 models win 2010 Top Safety Pick with new criteria #used #car #warranty

    #best cars 2010

    27 winners of 2010 Top Safety Pick award; new requirement to win is good rating for protection in rollovers

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Nineteen cars and 8 SUVs earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick award for 2010. For the first time, good performance in a roof strength test to measure protection in a rollover is required to win. Top Safety Pick recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now rollover crashes based on good ratings in Institute tests. Winners also must have electronic stability control, which research shows significantly reduces crash risk. This is the second time the Institute has tightened criteria since announcing the first recipients in 2005.

    Subaru is the only manufacturer with a winner in all 4 vehicle classes in which it competes. This automaker earns 5 awards for 2010. Ford and subsidiary Volvo have 6 winners, and Volkswagen/Audi has 5. Chrysler earns 4 awards, continuing a recent trend of improving the crashworthiness of its vehicles. Two new small cars, the Nissan Cube and Kia Soul, join the Top Safety Pick list for 2010.

    “With the addition of our new roof strength evaluation, our crash test results now cover all 4 of the most common kinds of crashes,” says Institute president Adrian Lund. “Consumers can use this list to zero in on the vehicles that are on the top rung for safety.”

    Good rollover ratings

    A new requirement for strong roofs winnows the list of Top Safety Pick winners from a record 94 in 2009. The addition of this criterion recognizes manufacturers with vehicles that provide good protection in rollovers, which kill more than 9,000 people in passenger vehicles each year. The first rollover ratings were released in March. Vehicles rated good have roofs more than twice as strong as the current federal standard requires. The Institute estimates that such roofs reduce the risk of serious and fatal injury in single-vehicle rollovers by about 50 percent compared with roofs meeting the minimum requirement.

    “Cars and SUVs that win Top Safety Pick are designs that go far beyond minimum federal safety standards,” Lund points out.

    Missing the mark

    Not a single model from the world’s biggest automaker by sales is represented among this year’s winners. Toyota and its Lexus and Scion subsidiaries had a strong showing in 2009 with 11 winners but were shut out for 2010. Four other manufacturers whose vehicles have earned Top Safety Pick in the past didn’t have a qualifying vehicle for 2010: BMW, Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Saab. The Honda Accord picked up the award the past 2 years, but the 2010 didn’t earn the required good roof strength rating to qualify (the roof is rated acceptable). The Ford Fusion is another midsize car that dropped off the list for the same reason.

    “Honda and Ford would have to make only minor changes to achieve good ratings for roof strength, as the Accord and Fusion just missed the mark,” Lund explains.

    The midsize Toyota Camry would have qualified with good ratings, except for its rear crash evaluation. This car’s seats and head restraints are rated marginal for protection against whiplash injury. A change to good would have earned the Camry a Top Safety Pick for 2010. Other automakers have improved head restraints to win. For example, inadequate head restraints kept earlier Chrysler models from earning awards, but in 2010 the Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger and Journey, and Jeep Patriot all earn good ratings and Top Safety Pick. Likewise, General Motors upgraded the seats and head restraints in the Chevrolet Malibu to win.

    Volvo glitch

    The Institute identified a problem with the Volvo XC60 in the side test. A piece of plastic trim on the driver seat pushed against a service release button for the safety belt, which then detached from its anchor during the test.

    “This would be a serious issue if it happened in a real crash, but it’s not likely to happen and it’s fixable,” Lund explains. “Still, belts shouldn’t come loose in a crash test. Volvo is fixing the problem so it won’t be an issue with XC60 models produced after November 2009. Top Safety Pick applies only to these modified XC60s.”

    Consumers who own 2010 XC60s already on the road should see their Volvo dealer for repairs, Lund advises.

    Improved protection

    Front and side impacts and rollovers killed 24,056 passenger vehicle occupants in 2008. Rear-end crashes usually aren’t fatal but result in a large proportion of crash injuries. Neck sprain or strain is the most commonly reported injury in two-thirds of insurance claims for injuries in all kinds of crashes.

    “In safety terms, we’ve come very far, very fast in just the past decade,” Lund says. “When the Institute began conducting frontal tests for consumer information in 1995, few vehicles earned top ratings. Now almost all do. Most cars failed the side tests we added in 2003. Test results in that initial round were so bad we nearly broke our budget for repairing the crash test dummy, but now most vehicles ace the side test thanks to side airbags and stronger side structures. Factor in improved head restraints to protect against whiplash and electronic stability control to prevent crashes, and consumers are the clear winners.”

    Safety equipment is increasingly standard. Ninety-two percent of 2010 model cars, 99 percent of SUVs, and 66 percent of pickup trucks have standard side airbags with head protection. Electronic stability control is standard on 85 percent of cars, 100 percent of SUVs, and 62 percent of pickups.

    “Now that roof strength is a priority, we think manufacturers will move quickly to bolster roofs to do well in our roof strength test. This means consumers likely will have more Top Safety Pick choices for 2011,” Lund predicts.

    Keep in mind vehicle size and weight, he adds, because larger, heavier vehicles generally afford better protection in serious crashes than smaller, lighter ones. Even with a Top Safety Pick. a small car isn’t as crashworthy as a bigger one.

    The Institute awarded the first Top Safety Pick winners to 2006 models and then raised the bar the next year by requiring good rear test results and electronic stability control as either standard or optional equipment. Early this year the Institute alerted auto manufacturers to the new criteria for roof crush and asked them to nominate candidates for testing.

    How vehicles are evaluated

    The Institute’s frontal crashworthiness evaluations are based on results of 40 mph frontal offset crash tests. Each vehicle’s overall evaluation is based on measurements of intrusion into the occupant compartment, injury measures recorded on a Hybrid III dummy in the driver seat, and analysis of slow-motion film to assess how well the restraint system controlled dummy movement during the test.

    Side evaluations are based on performance in a crash test in which the side of a vehicle is struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph. The barrier represents the front end of a pickup or SUV. Ratings reflect injury measures recorded on 2 instrumented SID-IIs dummies representing a 5th percentile woman, assessment of head protection countermeasures, and the vehicle’s structural performance during the impact.

    Rear crash protection is rated according to a two-step procedure. Starting points for the ratings are measurements of head restraint geometry — the height of a restraint and its horizontal distance behind the back of the head of an average-size man. Seat/head restraints with good or acceptable geometry are tested dynamically using a dummy that measures forces on the neck. This test simulates a collision in which a stationary vehicle is struck in the rear at 20 mph. Seats without good or acceptable geometry are rated poor overall because they can’t be positioned to protect many people.

    In the roof strength test, a metal plate is pushed against 1 side of a roof at a constant speed. To earn a good rating for rollover protection, the roof must withstand a force of 4 times the vehicle’s weight before reaching 5 inches of crush. This is called a strength-to-weight ratio. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. A marginal rating value is 2.5. Anything lower than that is rated poor.