Over the past years, the Graduate Council has approved "early entry" (EE) procedures for various graduate programs. The concept of early entry is common at many universities and has been around for years (see Villanova). Having such programs at VU would permit VU undergraduate students to apply for early entry into select VU graduate programs and enroll in graduate level coursework (6 credits for most programs, but up to 12 credits for programs 60 credits or more) during their senior year. This graduate level coursework would then be applied to both the student's undergraduate (the component of this petition that is relevant to CAPS) and graduate degrees. Early entry programs provide strong time, cost ($3200), and planning incentives for our own high quality undergraduates to consider VU as their graduate school of choice.
At VU, we currently have early entry-type programs approved for:
Graduate programs that should consider 6 cr of early entry programs include:
Early-entry applicants must have a 3.3 GPA or higher. The 6 graduate credits applied to the graduate program must be beyond those required for the undergraduate major of any program, but would count toward the 124 cr required for graduation. The student must also meet with the Program Director for advisement before submitting an application.