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Admission to the PLUS Program

Selection of students for admission to the PLUS Program is carefully directed by the program's administrators. Students with specific learning disabilities comprise the largest number of students served. However, any qualified disabled student is eligible for support. PLUS participants are assessed a program participation fee depending on the level of services requested.

There is great demand for the services provided through Muskingum’s PLUS Program. As such, admission is targeted to applicants who submit documentation that (1) adequately substantiates a disability that impacts learning and (2) indicates a reasonable chance of student success for degree completion at Muskingum University.

Students may apply to Muskingum University and the PLUS Program after completing the junior year of high school, or they may transfer from other postsecondary programs. Qualified students may apply for PLUS Program services either when applying for admission to the University or following their enrollment. Space in the PLUS Program is limited, and students are encouraged to apply early. Students should have a strong college preparatory secondary school curriculum. Generally, four years of English, three years of college-preparatory mathematics, and at least two years each of laboratory science and social sciences are recommended for admission.

  1. All applicants for admission must submit the following standard admission materials:
    1. A completed application for admission to Muskingum University
    2. An official copy of the high school transcript
    3. Official transcripts from each University or college attended (for transfer students only)
    4. Official results of the ACT or SAT
    5. A completed Secondary School Report Form
    In addition, students with disabilities which impact learning, such as specific learning disabilities (SLD) or attention disorders (ADD/ADHD) must submit a recent (within three years) comprehensive neuropsychological or psycho-educational evaluation, conducted by a qualified professional, which provides clear and specific evidence of the disability in the diagnostic summary statement. The qualified examiner should discuss the functional limitation(s) and recommendations for specific accommodations.
  2. In order to be considered eligible for accommodations and services, the assessment must be recent, conducted by a certified and/or licensed professional, and include the following:
    1. Aptitude Testing (must include subtests with standard scores)
      Preferred measure:
      • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Third Edition (WAIS-III), including subscores
    2. Achievement Testing (must include subtests with standard scores)
      Preferred measures:
      • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test - Second Edition (WIAT-II)
      • Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-educational Battery III: Tests of Achievement (W-III);
      A school plan such as an individualized education program (IEP) or a 504 Plan is helpful for accommodation clarification and can be included as part of a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation.
  3. Based on careful evaluation of admission materials and documentation, applicants are invited to the campus for a personal interview with a member of the PLUS Program staff. At this time they can also talk with the Admission staff, members of the faculty, and other students.

Admission to the University and the PLUS Program is based on the complete set of application materials and the personal interview. Each applicant is evaluated by a committee of PLUS and Admission staff members to determine the student’s potential for successfully completing degree requirements.

For Muskingum University and PLUS Program admission materials, or for more information about admission into the PLUS Program, please contact our office by phone at 740-826-8280, by e-mail at jlapp@muskingum.edu, or by mail at Walter Hall, Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio 43762-1199.

For Additional Information about the PLUS Program

Additional information may be obtained from the PLUS Program by phone at 740-826-8280, by e-mail at ethenry@muskingum.edu, or by mail at Walter Hall, Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio 43762-1199.

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