The Admission Process


Becoming a student at Ancilla is based on a simple admissions process. Your academic credentials are evaluated admission is granted to those with the potential for success. To be admitted to Ancilla College, you must:

  • have graduated from either high school or home school,
  • have attained passing scores on the general equivalency diploma (GED) as set by the state where you obtained your GED,
  • or be considered a transfer student from another college, university, or Armed Forces educational institution.

1. You must complete an Application for Admission (it’s free!)

Ancilla College applicants may apply online or request a paper application and are encouraged to apply as early as  possible. The application can be filled out online here or by requesting one from the college:

Ancilla College
Office of Admissions
PO Box 1
Donaldson, IN 46513

If you need assistance with any part of this process, see the Office of Admissions, or call (574) 936-8898 ext. 330.

2. Apply for Financial Aid

All students interested in receiving any type of financial assistance, including loans, athletic scholarships, and Indiana grants, must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The application is available online at  Ancilla College’s school code is 001784. To be considered for an Indiana State Grant, the FAFSA must be filed by March 10 prior to the academic year in which you plan to attend.

3. Take a Placement Test

The purpose of a placement test is to determine a student’s entry level in reading, writing and math. The tests are given in the Center for Student Achievement. The test assesses your basic academic skills in reading, writing, math, and computer literacy. Placement tests are important. Based on your educational goals, an adviser will use the results of this test to help place you in the appropriate student success or college level courses.

Students will receive a copy of their test results and students’ advisors will discuss the results with them as well as assist them in selecting classes based on their placement.  Students who have taken the SAT or ACT exams may request those scores be used for course placement.  Free guides to placement testing can be found here.

4. Meet with an Advisor

Students will discuss their educational goals with their advisors and receive help in completing their class schedules. Students who are unsure of their educational goals can receive help from advisors to determine a college concentration and career goal.

5. Register for Classes

Students must see their advisor prior to registration each semester. Advisors will help students determine appropriate level courses and a schedule of days and times. Registration forms are processed in the Office of the Registrar.

6. Pay for classes

Current tuition and fees are listed here.  Payment in full, or in a payment plan, is required at registration. Financial aid students should verify their funding through the Financial Aid Office. Be sure to have your financial aid in order four weeks prior to the start of the semester to avoid a delay in funding.

7. Purchase your textbooks and learning materials

The Ancilla College Bookstore carries new and used books and computer accessories. (There are also option to rent textbooks and purchase access to eBooks for some courses.)

High School Graduates:

First time freshman – a student who is a high school graduate, home school graduate or GED recipient with less than 12 attempted college credit hours.

  • Should apply after the completion of the junior year of high school unless applying for the Early Bird Program
  • Must provide official high school transcript, home school transcript or GED scores
  • Should submit official SAT/ACT scores if available; the SAT or ACT is required for REAch Scholarship consideration
  • Must complete the application for admission

Transfer Students:

Transfer student – a student with 12 or more attempted college credit hours (excluding developmental).

  • Students with fewer than 12 attempted credit hours are required to meet the standards of a first time freshman
  • Must provide official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Must complete the application for admission
  • Students with less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA or who were academically dismissed from their last school must also submit a letter to the Office of Admissions describing the steps they have taken to prepare themselves to be successful at Ancilla.

Nursing Students – In addition to the steps stated above, formal admission to the Nursing Program requires a separate application and placement testing process. The Division of Nursing may be contacted at Ancilla College.

Guest Students

Guest students are students taking classes at Ancilla while attending another college of university.

  • Must complete the non-degree/guest application for admission
  • Must provide verification of good standing and current attendance at another post-secondary institution

NOTE: Guest students are not eligible for financial aid through Ancilla

Returning to Ancilla

Returning student – a student who returns to Ancilla after a minimum of one semester of non-attendance (not including summer).

  • Must complete the re-entry application for admission
  • Must provide official transcripts from all colleges attended since last enrollment at Ancilla (if applicable)
  • Must contact the Center for Student Achievement for an academic advising assignment
  • Students who were academically dismissed from Ancilla must also complete the readmission process through the Office of Admissions

NOTE: A student whose enrollment has been interrupted by three years or more will be readmitted under the current course catalog

International students

Students from outside the United States can attend Ancilla with a few added requirements.

  • Must complete the application for admission
  • Must provide official copies of educational records as well as copy translated into English if necessary
  • Must have foreign transcripts evaluated for course-by-course transferability
  • Must provide financial documentation showing ability to pay cost of attendance for plan of study as approved by the Business Office
  • If the primary language of the home country is other than English, the applicant must provide official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based is required. Other tests may apply.

NOTE: No action on the formal application for admission will be taken until all required application materials are received

Current High School Students

Early Bird” student – an above-average high school student interested in taking college level classes while finishing high school requirements.

  • Must complete the Early Bird application for admission
  • Must provide official high school transcript
  • Must obtain approval from their high school guidance counselor

NOTE: Early Bird students receive a discount off regular tuition prices and are not eligible for financial aid.


The Admission process takes into consideration a number of criteria for acceptance to Ancilla College. All new student applicants to Ancilla College are considered individually. Ancilla College is committed to the success of its students. To ensure success and maximize the talent and effort of each student certain guidelines are followed. These guidelines and interpretations of evidence are the basis for an admissions decision.

New Students

The Office of Admissions considers the following as standards for first time freshmen:

  • High school transcript
  • A background of secondary school subjects leading to a college program is preferred: 4 years of English, 3 years of Math, 2 years of Science, and 2 years of Social Studies
  • Performance as measured by grades in the above courses
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Ancilla uses an Academic Index, a “grade point average,” on a 4.0 scale

NOTE: Students who do not meet the above requirements may be admitted if their placement test scores warrant admission.

GED Scores

  • A GED recipient who has met state requirements will normally be granted admission after taking the Ancilla placement test.

Transfer Students

The Office of Admissions considers the following as standards for a transfer student:

  • College transcript
  • Successful completion of college level coursework at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Ancilla uses an Academic Index, a “grade point average” on a 4.0 scale
  • Students with less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA or who were academically dismissed from their last school attended must also complete a petition application for admission through the Office of Admissions Student Transitions in Educational Performance (STEP)

If a student places into Reading Concepts, DEVE 010, he or she will be enrolled in the STEP program. As part of the STEP program the following guidelines must be followed:

  1. If a student places into a developmental course the student must enroll in the course(s) during his/her first semester
  2. Student must enroll in Freshman Foundations
  3. Student must maintain weekly contact with his/her academic advisor in person, by phone, or email.


All students planning to enroll at Ancilla are encouraged to attend one of the ‘new student orientation’ sessions. Orientation is designed to assist a student in the transition from high school, college, work, or home to student life at Ancilla College. At orientation, the student will learn more about the College including his/her academic area of interest, as well as register for classes.

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