Admissions

admissionzzThe chief factors considered by the Admissions Committee are scholastic achievement, moral character, financial support, and good health.  The application form supplied makes provision for all of these factors and should be completed in full,

 

Application Procedure

applyFormal application for admission to the University is required on a form supplied from the Office of the Registrar or downloaded from here undergraduate,graduate. The application should be completed in full, and submitted together with uncertified copies of the applicant’s secondary school certificates and necessary recommendations.

 

 

  • All documents submitted to complete this application for admission become the property of Solusi University and are not returnable or transferable to another institution.  It is important to submit copies of permanent documents, and not the original document itself. 

  • Documents are  subject to verification at the time of interview or first registration. Original documents must be presented to the Registrar for comparison with the copies.  Lost documents must be verified by the relevant examination board.  Documents with erasures or alterations of any kind are unacceptable.  Falsified documents are forwarded to the original issuing authority for appropriate action. 

  •  Where application is being made on the basis of grade transcripts rather than General Certificate of Education (GCE) or similar certificate, such official transcripts must be mailed by the school directly to the Registrar of Solusi University, and must be signed and sealed by the headmaster of the secondary school or the Registrar in the case of a college or university. 

  •  Limited residence halls and married students’ accommodation presently place severe constraints upon admission to Solusi University.  The Registrar’s Office will notify the applicants upon receipt of all relevant documents the decision of the Admissions Committee regarding the applications received accordingly. 

  •  Applications for admission to Solusi University post-graduate programmes are processed through the Solusi University Registrar’s Office. However, for more information regarding admission requirements for graduate programmes, please refer to the relevant Postgraduate Sections of this Bulletin.  

 

Admission to a Solusi University programme is obtained in two possible ways: (1) Regular Undergraduate and Graduate Admission, and (2) Provisional Admission Status – both of which are discussed below.

 

 1. Regular Undergraduate Admission

Applicants from Zimbabwe must:

1.    Have satisfied the General Requirement of five non-overlapping ‘O’ Level subjects passed with a ‘C’ or better.
2.    Have the English Language or its approved equivalent as one of the five “O” level subjects passed with a “C” grade or better, and
3.    Have at least two ‘A’ Level subjects passed with a minimum symbol of ‘E’.
4.    Have satisfied additional course requirements prescribed for entry to the particular degree programme chosen for example, students who wish to enter the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programme should present an O-level credit in Mathematics.
5.    Applicants who meet the requirements 1 and 2 but without requirement 3 above may be admitted on the basis of appropriate and relevant professional qualifications; for example, holders of a National Diploma (ND) or a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business Studies from a Polytechnic College may be accepted for entry into the BBA programme.

(2 Provisional Admission Status for International & Mature Age Students

The Regional nature of Solusi University should be recognized.  The International Students who have completed their secondary school education in a country where A-level courses are not available are expected to fulfil those countries’ university entrance requirements.  Where those requirements do not include two A-levels, provisional acceptance may be approved on the basis of five O-level credits, including English language and the completion of the Pre-University requirements before being admitted into degree programmes. Pre-University courses must be done and completed during the first and second semesters of the First Year. Students should not take any regular degree courses before completing the Pre-University Programme.

Provisional acceptance may also be granted to a limited number of students on the basis of Mature Age.  In determining admission based on Mature Age, consideration is given to academic background, age, relevant experience or evidence such as official certificate and transcripts of further studies after O-level, letters of recommendation, and an acceptable score on the Solusi University Mature Age Entry Examination. 

Students applying for the Solusi Mature Age Entrance Examination are expected to have fulfilled the following conditions. Students should:
1.    Have passed a minimum of five non-overlapping and approved subjects, including English Language at O-level.
2.    Not be less than 25 years of age at the date of beginning provisional status.
3.    Have a minimum of 4 years of relevant experience and/or evidence of further studies since completion of O-level.
4.    Have satisfied additional course requirements prescribed for entry to the particular degree programme chosen; for example, students who wish to enter BBA programme should present an O-level credit or better in mathematics. The same applies to some Bachelor of Science Degrees.

To receive regular admission status, students accepted provisionally must earn a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00 for at least 32 credits during the two semesters.  For Pre-University students these 32 credits should be in basic courses like English, History, mathematics and the like.  To remain in school, the provisional status of students must be regularized not later than the end of the second academic year of admission.  Regular admission status may be granted only when all requirements are met.

Mature Age candidates may write and be permitted to re-write twice only and the results for the examination are valid for 3 years beyond which candidates may not be allowed to write another examination with regards to the admission requirement. Please take note of the following information in relation to ‘O’ level grades:

However, symbols D and E obtained at ‘O’ level are not acceptable at Solusi University. 

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APPROVED SUBJECTS FOR ADMISSION PURPOSES

The following subjects (offered by the Associated Examining Board, and /or the Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate and /or the London General Certificate of Education and the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council) are acceptable for admission purposes.  Other subjects and other examining boards may be accepted after approval by the Admissions Committee.

Interviews

Interviews are normally conducted at Solusi University campus or other designated sites to be advised through the press during the months of February or March.  All prospective students from Zimbabwe are expected to call in person for these interviews during the stated times or as advertised in the press.  Those from other countries should mail their applications in time for these to be processed. Applicants coming for interview should bring all original and uncertified copies of academic and professional certificates including birth certificates and national identity documents together with the stipulated application fee.

Proficiency in The English Language

Since all class work at Solusi University is done in English, remedial English classes and/or private tutorials are scheduled as needed, subject to availability of teaching staff.  Prior to or during registration, all international students may be required to take a competency test in English, unless:
1.     Their Primary and Secondary Education was in English Language medium.
2.    They come from countries where English is the language commonly used in Government and business.
3.    They have earned an O-level grade of  “C” or better in the English Language.
Students whose secondary school instruction was not in the English Language, and others who know that their English Language proficiency is below university level, are expected to participate in the intensive English Language programme during the first two semesters.  This is considered to be a full academic load for financial purposes.  At the completion of each semester, the students’ English language proficiency is assessed by the Department of Languages & Communication.  Students can proceed with their studies only when they have achieved the prerequisite English Proficiency for University level studies and are permitted to enrol in the programme for which they were originally admitted.
It should be noted that students who have not used the English Langauge extensively before coming to Solusi University, frequently need a full year or more to reach the required level of proficiency before proceeding with their chosen programmes.  Students and sponsors must take this into account in the financial planning.
Please note that remedial English classes are normally offered during the first two semesters.  To avoid disappointment, delay and unnecessary expense, beginning students who know that they are weak in English Language usage should confirm in advance with the Registrar that the required classes are offered at the time they wish to begin classes.

International Students

Students who come from outside Zimbabwe must be in possession of a valid passport or travel document and must submit evidence that they are able to pay their fees in a foreign currency acceptable by the government of Zimbabwe.

When international applicants have been accepted by the Admissions Committee, have received financial clearance from the Business Office, have been assigned accommodation by the Residence deans, and have submitted passport details to the Registrar’s office, a request for a Student Permit is submitted to the Zimbabwe Immigration authorities.

Zimbabwe law requires that within three months prior to entry into Zimbabwe, students must obtain a chest x-ray and a radiological certificate attesting to freedom from active pulmonary tuberculosis (a doctor’s certificate is not accepted).  Student permits are kept in the Solusi University office of Admissions.  Assistance with the renewal of entry permits and passports is given to students as required.

Non-Zimbabwean married applicants who have children of school going age accompanying them to Solusi University, should write directly to the Head of Solusi Adventist Primary or Solusi Adventist Secondary School or a school of their choice requesting a place for the children.  The Head of the school provides instructions on the procedures for obtaining scholars’ permits, which Zimbabwe regulations require for children of extra territorial students.  There is a fee charged by the Immigration Office for this service.

Admission of Transfer Students

In order to be considered for admission, transfer students must be in good social, academic, and financial standing at all tertiary institutions previously attended.  Student who transfers from approved institutions of higher education may have credits earned in these institutions accepted without validating examinations by submitting complete and official transcripts from each Degree Offering college or university attended.  Transcripts are not regarded as valid unless they are sent by the Registrar of these institutions directly to the Office of the Registrar of Solusi University.  Acceptance of credit for university-level coursework from another institution is subject to the following limitations:
1.     All previous college/university work must meet a minimum  grade of C and a GPA of 2.00.
2.    Not more than 76 semester hours of credit are accepted towards a Bachelor’s Degree programme at Solusi University, and not more than 32 semester hours towards a two-year Diploma programme.
3.    The maximum amount of credit accepted from a junior college is 64 semester hours, and does not include upper division credit.
4.    Credit transferred from an unaccredited college or junior college is evaluated and accepted only after students have earned 16 semester hours of credit at Solusi University with a grade of C and a GPA of 2.00 or better.  Students are required to write validating examination wherever deemed appropriate by the Dean of their faculty or the Pro-Vice Chancellor.
5.    Remedial credits earned at another institution are not transferable to Solusi University.
6.    Zimbabwean University students with O-level or equivalent obtained in Zimbabwe, but who studied at the university level outside the country are considered for admission if they have earned at least 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) with a GPA of 2 .25 or better.  Such credits cannot be transferred for Solusi credits.
7.    All credits presented for university transfer credit must be relevant to the students’ particular programmes at Solusi University. Transfer credit is approved only for courses in which the grades earned are C or better.
8.    Application for transfer credits should be submitted during the first year of study at Solusi University.

Classification of Students

Applicants who are admitted to Solusi University are placed in one of the following classifications.

First Year
Students who fulfil all entrance requirement for their chosen courses of study for a degree.

Second Year
Students who have met the entrance requirements for their chosen courses of study and have completed a minimum of 32 semester hours of credit with a GPA of at least 2.00.

Third Year
Students who have completed a minimum of 72 semester hours of credit with a GPA of at least 2.00, and who can complete all degree requirements during the current school year.

Fourth Year
Student who are pursuing final year of studies and who will be finishing all the degree requirements by the end of that particular academic year with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.

Special
Students who do not meet university entrance requirements but wish to take certain courses for personal growth may, with the permission of the instructor and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, enrol in specified courses in which they have an appropriate background.  Such students are not admitted into a programme and may not register for any classes not specifically authorized by the instructor/s and the Pro-Vice Chancellor.  Special students are registered on an “audit only” basis and not receive academic credit for such classes.