Program Admission

The prospective applicant must apply to Hampton University Graduate College and meet initial requirements for admission. The prospective applicant's completed admission package is forwarded to the Department of Counseling for review. All fulltime faculty members within the Department of Counseling form the Admission Committee and individually review the prospective applicant's admission package using the admission rubric. The Admission Committee reviews the following areas:

  1. GRE scores (as required by specific program);
  2. Undergraduate GPA;
  3. Personal Statement;
  4. Two letters of reference (at least one letter from an academic source);
  5. Types of undergraduate courses taken;
  6. Student's potential for success in forming effective interpersonal relationships in individual and small group contexts;
  7. Student's career goals and objectives and their relevance to the program;
  8. Student's openness to self-examination;
  9. A current resume

During the admission process, the potential student will be viewed holistically with an emphasis on the potential student's personal statement. The potential student's personal statement should provide insight on the individual's reasons for being a counselor and experiences that led the potential student to this career choice. Also, the applicant's personal statement, letters of reference, and resume must provide indications of the applicant's potential success in forming effective and culturally relevant interpersonal relationships in individual and small-group contexts.

The admission rubric is based on a five point Likert scale ranging from 1 (very poor) to 5 (outstanding). If required, the applicant will be contacted by a faculty member for an interview, either in person or by telephone, to inquire about the applicant's potential success in forming effective and culturally relevant interpersonal relationships in individual and small-group contexts. The interview results will be considered in the process of considering the applicant for entry into the program. If the reviewer scores the prospective applicant below a total of 10 points and still recommends admission, the Admission Committee meets to discuss the prospective applicant. If there is not a total consensus about admitting the prospective applicant, the Admission Committee meets to discuss the prospective applicant with a majority vote to determine the recommendation to the Graduate College. The Graduate College is notified of the admission recommendation. The Graduate College notifies the prospective applicant of the admission decision. The prospective applicant can discuss the admission decision and may re-apply if additional information is provided.