Communication with the College Regarding Admission

Initial Contact

Requests about admission should be addressed to the following:

Admissions Department
The College at Mid-America
P.O. Box 2350
Memphis, TN 38088-2350
Telephone: 901-751-8453 or 800-968-4508
Fax: 901-259-0397

Correspondence about Applications

The admissions office responds promptly to all inquiries after initial application materials are submitted. Inquiries are welcome by visiting our website or by telephone, using the above information. Applicants are notified as soon as the College Committee has acted on the prospective student’s request for admission.

Deadlines for Application

Application deadlines are published in the academic calendar. Application for admission and all supporting documents should be received by the admissions office at least 30 days before the student’s first registration to allow processing and approval. Students may register for classes only after receiving written notification of admission approval from the registrar’s office.

Application Requirements

The College Committee considers for approval applicants whose files are complete. These items are described in detail in the following:

Your application can be completed online here or on an official form furnished by the admissions counselor. Along with the official application form, applicants answer questions acknowledging a commitment to God-controlled living over the previous 12 months. The information requested must be provided completely and accurately. It is best for the admissions office to receive these forms at least 30 days before registration.

A $35.00 application fee must accompany the application. This processing fee is non-refundable and it does not apply to tuition or other student fees.

Applicants must complete and submit an autobiographical statement on the official form provided. This statement includes a personal conversion to Jesus Christ.

Statement on reasons for seeking to study at Mid-America, water baptism, and calling to Christian ministry are required for the BACS pastoral track/associate degrees.

A passport-style, studio-quality photograph of the applicant must be submitted. This photograph should be about 2.5 by 3.5 inches.

A physician must complete the official health record form provided in the registration materials. Elements of the form include a statement of the applicant’s medical history and a record of any communicable diseases. The physician should indicate that the applicant is physically, emotionally, and mentally able to meet the challenges of college life. Appropriate supplemental medical documents may be submitted or may be requested.

Immunization records for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and chicken pox (vaccine or case documentation) are required for the state of Tennessee. Students under the age of 22 who plan to live in MASH must also show proof of meningitis immunization.

Each program has a required prerequisite minimum education, which is described fully in the section concerning each degree. In general, an applicant must submit an official high school transcript or GED. The applicant is responsible for requesting that official transcripts be sent to the admissions office and for all expenses involved. Only official transcripts will be accepted. The registrar’s office of Mid-America reserves the right to judge which transcripts are official and meet institutional requirements.

International students who apply must note the requirements concerning evaluation of their transcripts described in the section Admission Procedure for International Students.

Applicants must handle their current financial obligations, including student loans, consistent with the standards of the institution concerning financial integrity. The College will secure a report through a standard consumer credit association confirming the credit history of the applicant. Continued enrollment requires continued financial integrity, including acceptable credit standing.

Applicants must complete and sign a criminal and financial background check authorization form. This form authorizes the College to utilize a third party to search for criminal and financial records.

The applicant’s pastor must send a letter of personal recommendation, which must affirm the prospective student’s Christian character and suitability for college study. If the applicant is a pastor of a church, the letter may come from another pastor qualified to evaluate the applicant or from a denominational worker, such as the applicant’s associational director of missions. A telephone number and basic contact information must be provided.

The clerk, or other authorized person, from the church of which the applicant is a member must complete and sign the official church endorsement form in the registration materials. This form certifies that the church has endorsed the applicant for study at the College.

A bank statement is required from international students indicating financial responsibility in accordance with current immigration law. (See section on Admission Procedure for International Students.)

Time Limitation for Admission

Once applicants have been notified of approval for admission, they have one year from the date of notification in which to register for classes. After one year the application expires, and the applicant must begin the process again.

Personal References

The College reserves the right to request letters of reference in support of an application for admission. Personal references must be individuals who have known the applicant for at least a year; previous teachers are acceptable for this purpose.