Feb 27, 2021  
School of Arts & Sciences 2014-2015 Catalog 
School of Arts & Sciences 2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Campus Visits

The best way to become acquainted with Crown College is to visit the campus. Crown provides prospective students and their families with up to four meals in the College Dining Center or Storm Cafe and transportation to and from the airport, bus, or train station. One night’s lodging in a residence hall is also provided for visiting students; an area lodging and services brochure is available for parents and family members. For the best possible visit, guests should contact the Office of Admissions at least two weeks prior to their visit so that appointments (chapel, class visits, faculty/ coach meetings, music auditions, etc.) and hospitality arrangements can be made. Admissions Office hours are weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Since these are also the hours for classes and chapel, it is preferred that visits be scheduled during these times. We have a variety of overnight visits, preview days, and personalized visits. Call 1-800-68-CROWN, or visit www.crown.edu/visit for additional information.

Who Can Apply for Admission?

Crown College welcomes all applicants who are personally committed to faith in Jesus Christ regardless of race, color, sex, age, handicap, and national or ethnic origin.

All applicants must give satisfactory evidence of Christian conversion by both demonstrating quality Christian character in home and community and by making a positive contribution to the ministry of a local church.

All applicants must have either graduated from high school, received a certificate of high school equivalency (GED), or be anticipating the completion of one of the above before registration day of the academic term for which application is made. To be eligible for on-campus housing, students must be 17 years old before the first day of orientation of the academic term for which application is made.

Applicant Classifications

  1. New applicants have not previously earned college credits at Crown College. This includes students who have earned college credit while in high school through post-secondary education programs, AP, CLEP, etc.
  2. Special applicants may take one or two classes for credit or audit (maximum of six credit hours) per semester. Special students who decide to enroll for more than six credits for any given semester, or to enter a degree, certificate or licensure program, must submit a standard application and be accepted prior to registration.
  3. Transfer applicants have earned college credit at another institution and have never attended Crown College. An applicant who has been suspended by another college or university because of low academic achievement will not be permitted to enroll at Crown College for a period of not less than one full semester from the time of dismissal from the other college. Students who have been dismissed because of lifestyle violations at another college shall meet with the Vice President/Student Development.
  4. Re-admission applicants have previously attended Crown College but have ceased enrollment for one semester or longer. They must apply for re-admission and be accepted before registering for class. Students applying for re-admission must not have an outstanding balance on their school account, must be in good academic standing, and must by up-to-date with chapel credits. An interview with Student Development personnel will be required of individuals who have been dismissed from Crown College for disciplinary reasons.
  5. Cooperative applicants have attended institutions which are members of the Crown College Cooperative Program. Crown College, as a regionally-accredited institution, establishes contractual agreements with non-accredited Bible colleges and post-secondary institutions to enable students to complete their degrees with a minimal loss of credit in transfer. Please contact the Crown College Registrar’s Office for additional information on participating schools and the benefits of the Cooperative Program.
  6. International applicants are not citizens of the United States of America and need a student visa to reside in the United States.
  7. Minnesota Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) applicants are Minnesota residents who have not yet graduated from high school but show exceptional academic ability and may apply to take classes through the state of Minnesota’s Post Secondary Enrollment Option. College work will be credited toward high school graduation requirements (see below for more information).

How to Apply for Admission

Applicants submit the following items before an acceptance decision is made:

  1. Application for Admission including spiritual life essay, response to the Community Covenant, and application fee of $20. For those completing the application online, credit card payment is required to complete the process.
  2. Official Transcripts from high school and all previous post-secondary education. Transfer students who have earned 24 or more college level credits are not required to submit a high school transcript for admission. However, if the college credits were earned as a high school student, then a high school transcript is required (Special students need only submit their most recent transcript.) Transcripts are official only when sent by an institution in a sealed envelope directly to the Crown College Office of Admissions.
  3. ACT (preferred) or SAT College Entrance Exam Scores (waived for applicants who have earned a C or better for 16 college semester credits and international students submitting TOEFL scores). Crown College codes are: ACT code—2152, SAT code—6639.

International Student Admissions

Application Process

  1. Follow the steps outlined in “How to Apply for Admission”.
  2. International students must apply for admission at least two months prior to beginning studies at Crown College (i.e. apply by June 1 for fall semester, November 1 for spring semester).
  3. Transcripts must be written in English (translated when necessary) and must bear the official seal of the educational institution. Recommendations must also be written in English.
  4. Please submit an official bank statement from your sponsor/s that has been printed within the last three months. The bank statement must show the equivalent of US $24,000.00. (Both the financial statement and the bank statement must be from the same individual.) Photocopies are acceptable; however, they must be attested as a certified true copy. Students should expect an increase in costs of approximately 4-6% each year at Crown College.

English Proficiency

All students, regardless of national origin, must demonstrate English proficiency. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will be required of all international applicants from countries whose national language is not English. This test must be taken in the applicant’s home country. The minimum score for a standard acceptance is 500 for the paper-based exam and 61 for the Internet-based exam. A conditional acceptance may be granted for those whose scores are between 450 and 500 for the paper-based exam and 45-60 for the Internet-based exam. The TOEFL will be waived for students who earn a score of 18 or higher on the Reading and Writing subject tests of the ACT or a 435 or higher on the Critical Reading subject test of the SAT. Applicants should write to: Test of English as a Foreign Language, CN 6155, Princeton, NJ 08541–6155, U.S.A.; www.toefl.org; or email: toefl@ets.org for information on testing locations, dates, and procedures. The Crown College code is 6639.

In the United States, the College Board offers the SAT II The English Language Proficiency Test which is available through local high schools.

Students for whom English is a second language may be required to attend intense English instruction until English proficiency is attained.

Certificate of Eligibility (I-20)

The United States Department of Immigration requires individuals applying for a student visa to submit Immigration Form I-20, indicating acceptance and resources to finance an education at a given college. Under no circumstances should an applicant prepare to enter the United States until both the letter of acceptance and the I-20 form have been received. Crown College will mail an I-20 to International applicants who meet the following requirements:

  1. The applicant must be formally admitted to the College as a full-time student. No student should assume that acceptance to the College has been granted until a formal letter of acceptance has been received.
  2. The applicant must demonstrate adequate financial support for the entire length of study. An applicant with dependents must demonstrate adequate resources for the support of those dependents. Applicants outside Canada and the United States and its territories whose sponsors are not U.S. citizens will be required to submit an advance deposit. Further information regarding this deposit may be obtained from the Office of Admissions.

Types of Acceptance

Standard Acceptance

New students applying for admission to the College who meet all of the admissions requirements of: GPA of 2.0 or higher and scoring a composite of 18 or higher on the ACT or 880 or higher on the SAT may be accepted as Standard Acceptance. No restrictions are placed upon the applicant’s study and work loads or eligibility for co-curricular activities. Students are considered in good academic standing.

Transitional Acceptance

New students applying for admission to the College who do not meet the admissions requirements (GPA of 2.0 or higher and scoring a composite of 18 or higher on the ACT or 880 or higher on the SAT) may be granted a Transitional Acceptance upon review by the Admissions Council. Students who are granted transitional acceptance are in good academic standing; however, they must adhere to the following requirements which are designed to help them succeed.

  1. Students are permitted to participate in no more than one co-curricular activity per semester (see Co-curricular Activities for an explanation of what these include).
  2. Students are required to attend the Crown Study Lab for a minimum of two hours per week.
  3. Students are limited to 15 credits per semester.
  4. Students are required to achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 1.70 or above in their first semester in order to continue to the next semester.

After the first semester, students will be re-evaluated by the Academic Action Review Committee to determine whether or not acceptance for the second semester will be recommended. Transitional status may be removed for second semester based on exceptional success in the first semester upon the Committee’s recommendation to the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs. The same procedure will be followed at the end of the second semester in order to determine acceptance and status for the next school year.

Students accepted for the second semester will need to continue fulfilling the Transitional Acceptance requirements which will include another evaluation at the end of the second semester by the Committee. Students who are denied acceptance for the next semester will be informed by letter. The Registrar will send letters via US Mail no later than one week after the College’s final exam week.

Any Student who is denied acceptance may appeal by submitting a letter of appeal to the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs prior to the next semester’s closing date of registration. After considering extenuating circumstances, the committee may recommend retention of a student who violates any of the Transitional Acceptance requirements. Students who are accepted for the second year of school and are not on academic probation will be placed under the normal curricular requirements and will have access to all campus privileges, including co-curricular activities and higher credit loads.

Provisional Acceptance

Students accepted prior to the completion of the application file (specifically missing an official high school/ college transcript) are accepted provisionally. Their registration for second semester is contingent upon the receipt of the missing items by six weeks into their first semester.

Probationary Acceptance

Transfer and re-admission applicants who have not made good academic progress in previous college experiences (see General Information, Standards of Progress) may be granted Probationary Acceptance. Students suspended from Crown College because of unsatisfactory progress may apply for re-admission after one semester. Consideration of each applicant will be based on the merits of the individual case and will take into account whether the applicant is or is not prepared to do an improved quality of work.

What Happens After Acceptance?

Financial Aid Awarded

The Office of Financial Aid is able to make awards to accepted applicants whose financial aid file is complete.

Admission Deposit

Applicants confirm their intent to attend Crown College by submitting their $150 admissions deposit within 30 days of their acceptance notification. The admission deposit is applied toward expenses of the first semester, securing housing and services. Deposits may be transferred from fall to spring semester, but not from one academic year to another. If the student decides to delay attendance to the following academic year, the deposit may remain as a credit to his/her account for up to one year; however, a new deposit will be required to secure housing and services for the next academic year. Either transaction may be accomplished by providing a written request to the Office of Admissions on or before the final day of fall semester registration. Once the original refund deadline is past, the deposit becomes non-refundable regardless of when notification is received.

Admissions Deposit Refund

The deposit is refundable when a written request to withdraw a student’s application for admission has been received by May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.

Health History and Records

A medical health history form must be completed by the applicant and returned to the Office of Admissions. This medical form is to be completed by all new students and by those who are returning to Crown College following an absence of more than two calendar years. Up-to-date immunizations and records are required by Minnesota State Law and must be documented before a student may register for classes. A doctor’s physical examination within six months prior to enrollment/participation is required if the student par tic i pates in intercollegiate athletics, is seeking exemption from physical education courses, or has chronic or serious conditions that present any potential need for health care. The health form can be found at our.crown.edu.

New Student Registration Days

Several days during the spring and summer are set aside for accepted students to visit campus in order to aid in the transition to College life. Opportunities are available to meet with an academic advisor, register for classes and take care of other details. Limited online registration is available in the summer to students who are unable to attend a New Student Registration Day. The average academic load per student is 14–17 semester credit hours. Students admitted transitionally are limited to 15 credits. Nineteen credit hours is the maximum load that may be carried without permission from the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs/College Registrar. Refer to the College Calendar for registration dates. All students must attend the orientation in August prior to classes beginning.


New student orientation, coordinated by the Office of Student Development, occurs at the beginning of each semester. Activities are designed to assist the entering student in preparing for academic, spiritual, and social life at Crown College. Activities include seminars, advising, meetings with faculty members and student leaders, and recreation.


Special care is taken in advising students throughout their college preparation at Crown College. Faculty members are assigned small groups of students with whom they seek to become especially acquainted. Although advisors are primarily instructors, they also offer information and encouragement relating to employment, occupational or career opportunities, and spiritual growth and development. Advisors take their responsibility and concern for students seriously, and students are urged to nurture the personal as well as professional acquaintance of their advisors.

Miscellaneous Admissions Policies

Acceptance Notification

An acceptance decision is made upon completion of the application file (i.e. transcripts, recommendations, fee) and the applicant is promptly notified.

Exceptions to Acceptance Policies

The Admissions Council is authorized to make exceptions to acceptance policies under extenuating circumstances.

Admissions Appeals Process

Students desiring to appeal an admissions decision may direct an appeal, in writing, to the director of admissions. The appeal will be reviewed by the Admissions Council and the Council’s decision shall be final. The appeal must be submitted prior to the first day of class for the student’s first semester. Any appeal submitted the first day of class or later must be directed to the dean of undergraduate studies. The dean will forward the appeal to the proper body, and their decision shall be final.

Co-Curricular Activities

Co-curricular activities include, but are not limited to: intercollegiate athletics, traveling ministry teams, chapel worship teams, choirs, student government (leadership positions), etc.

Student Records

All records become the property of Crown College and are considered a part of the student’s official file and permanent record.

High School Preparatory Courses

The College does not require a set pattern of high school subjects. A college preparatory program including four years of English, three years of social studies and math, and two years of a single foreign language is strongly recommended.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Option

Crown College offers the Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) on campus to all qualifying students who reside in Minnesota including students enrolled in public and private schools as well as home-educated high school students. PSEO is designed to encourage academically qualified high school juniors and seniors to consider completing high school requirements at the college level. By enrolling in classes at Crown College, students can complete both high school and college credits at the same time.

PSEO Admission Requirements

  1. Have signed permission of the guidance counselor of the school at which the student is enrolled and the documented assurance that the classes taken at Crown will fulfill all requirements for high school graduation
  2. Meet the academic requirement of Crown’s PSEO program—a 3.25 minimum cumulative high school GPA. If no GPA is available, the student must have taken either the ACT and received a composite score of 22 or above, or the SAT and received a combined score of at least 1020.

PSEO Application Process

  1. Complete and submit the Crown College Application for Admission.
  2. Request an official transcript be sent to Crown College from your high school.
  3. Have your high school counselor and parent complete and sign the Crown College waiver form and the State of Minnesota PSEO Notice of Student Registration.

PSEO Resident Requirements

To be eligible to live in Crown residence halls, participants must be at least 17 years old, enroll full time at Crown, and be in their senior year of high school. In order to be considered for resident status, students must complete the resident application and required recommendation forms and interview with the Crown Admissions Council.

All residential students are required to abide by the Community Covenant as outlined in the School of Arts & Sciences Catalog and the Student Handbook. Residential students are also required to fulfill the chapel attendance requirements as outlined in the Student Handbook.

PSEO Program Cost

Tuition, fees, and books for Minnesota residents enrolled in non-sectarian PSEO courses at Crown College are covered by the State of Minnesota.

PSEO students may enroll in sectarian courses (i.e. Bible, theology, or ministry related classes), but the charges for tuition, fees and books will be the responsibility of the student.

Students will be charged the regular fees for room and board (see College Costs  section).

PSEO: Additional Information

  1. Residential PSEO students will be accepted for the fall. An acceptance decision on all applications will be made on a rolling basis for the following fall.
  2. PSEO applications will not be accepted for enrollment for the spring semester.
  3. Upon graduation from high school, PSEO students may apply for admission into the Arts & Sciences program.
  4. Students desiring to attend PSEO must start classes according to the Crown College academic calendar, not their high school or homeschool academic calendar. Note: Semester start and end dates, as well as holidays, may not coincide with the high school or homeschool schedule.