Frequently Asked Questions
Why am I considered for the LEAP Program but not fully admitted to Winthrop University?
The standards for admission to Winthrop University are reviewed and approved by the executive officers of Winthrop University. Standardized test scores such as the SAT and ACT and a candidate's high school grade point average are among the criteria for admission. Candidates whose test scores or class rank fall outside Winthrop University's approved range of scores can be offered provisional admission if they agree to participate in LEAP. Winthrop University believes that each candidate who is offered provisional admission by the Office of Admissions is capable of gaining full admission into Winthrop University by participating successfully in LEAP.
What does "Provisional Admission" mean?
The State of South Carolina allows up to 15% of freshmen to be admitted provisionally but allows each institution to define "provisional" – especially since all GPAs and test scores (SAT and ACT) of incoming freshmen must be included in reports/averages.
Students who are fully admitted to Winthrop University must meet minimum academic requirements (2.000 GPA prior to earning 24 credit hours) to avoid being placed on academic probation or suspension.
Students who are provisionally admitted must:
- Meet the same requirements for fully admitted students; AND
- Participate successfully in LEAP
What does "Participate successfully in LEAP" mean?
To participate successfully in LEAP, the student must do the following:
- All LEAP students are required to attend either Orientation Session I, Orientation Session II, or Orientation Session lll. The dates for each session will be posted as soon as they are available. Each student will be academically advised through LEAP during Orientation. Students and families will meet with the LEAP Director and LEAP faculty during special sessions.
- Each student will participate in the Early Launch component of LEAP.
- Each student must enroll in and successfully complete one of the designated sections of the course ACAD 101: Principles of the Learning Academy.
- Each student must attend all classes and all required LEAP study sessions. Only the LEAP Director may excuse an absence. Each student must be on task and use time effectively in all study sessions.
- Each student must complete a minimum of 24 hours of credit in their first year at Winthrop. Each student must register for no less than 12 credit per semester. A student may not drop a course without permission from the LEAP Director.
- Students who attain a GPA of 3.000 or higher for the fall semester may be considered exempt from participation in LEAP study sessions and other LEAP activities in the spring semester. Exemption from spring LEAP activities for students achieving a 3.000 GPA or higher in the fall semester is at the discretion of the LEAP Director. Students offered exemption may attend study sessions and other LEAP activities if they so choose. Exempt students with spring mid-semester grades indicating a decline in academic performance will be required to return to the evening LEAP study sessions.
At the conclusion of the spring semester, the LEAP Director and the Dean of University College will review each student's academic performance and their participation in LEAP in consultation with the Associate Vice President for Admissions Operations. The Associate Vice President for Admissions Operations will then make the decision on whether a student should be fully admitted to Winthrop University.
What is the Early Launch component?
Early Launch begins at 3:00 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the start of classes. LEAP students are able to move into their residence halls the morning of that day. Early Launch continues through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. During Early Launch, LEAP students will be engaged in programming designed to assist LEAP students in preparing for the rigors of university work.
What happens in the fall component of LEAP?
LEAP students are required to attend and participate in specially designed study sessions three nights per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All LEAP students will have access to tutorial help in the core areas of writing, history, and mathematics. All students will be required to submit drafts of papers due in WRIT 101 or HMXP 102. These drafts will be read by LEAP staff and discussed with the student. Other tutors in courses such as MATH, BIOL, CHEM, HIST, PSYC, PLSC and Foreign Language will be available to the LEAP students. Attendance and engagement in study sessions counts as a percentage of the grade assigned in the ACAD 101 course for LEAP students.
What happens in the spring component of LEAP?
In the spring, required study sessions will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Students who, at the discretion of the LEAP Director, are not required to attend spring study sessions are invited to participate in them if they choose to do so.