Undergraduate Program

  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts & Media
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Technology & Business Leadership
  • BA-to-Graduate Program Pathways

Applications are accepted throughout the year for all four academic quarters. Applicants are encouraged to meet with an Admissions Counselor to gain preliminary knowledge about transfer credit, prior learning credit, estimates regarding the residency required to complete degree requirements, and to learn more about Antioch’s unique approach to undergraduate education.

Criteria for acceptance to the undergraduate programs include: adherence to admission deadlines, strength of previous college work, writing skills, and interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. The required essay(s) are used to assess writing skills and other qualities such as self-understanding. While grade point averages and the quality and content of previous academic work are evaluated for admission, the programs also consider life experience and interpersonal qualities that support successful participation in a small, discussion-oriented learning environment.

The BA-to-Graduate Program Pathways allow applicants to simultaneously apply for admission into the undergraduate program and provisional admission into one of four graduate programs offered at the Santa Barbara campus: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MACP), Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Contemporary Media (MFA), and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD), pending successful completion of the undergraduate program with final recommendation from the Undergraduate Academic Advisor and Undergraduate Program Chair. In addition to the standard undergraduate application documents, the Pathway programs also require additional documents and a mandatory interview with the graduate program faculty.

Admission Requirements for the
BA, BS, & BA-to-Graduate Pathway Programs

Entrance Terms All four quarters: Summer (July), Fall (October), Winter (January), Spring (April)
Online Application X X X X X
Admission essay(s) X X X X X
Official, sealed transcripts or eTranscripts X X X X X
≥ 36 quarter (24 semester) of transferable credit X X X X X
Desired minimum undergraduate GPA 2.5 3.0 2.8 3.0 3.2
Resume X X X
Two letters of recommendation X X X X
Interview with the Academic Program As needed X X X X

It is required that applicants complete a minimum of 36 quarter (24 semester) units of transferable credit prior to applying. Students may transfer with as many as 90 semester units (135 quarter units) of lower-division work for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree and for the Applied Studies degrees. The following credits may be used to meet the undergraduate program minimum transferable unit admission requirement, and can be applied as transfer credit toward the degree program:

  • Credits for institutions accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (Grade of ‘C’ or better, Pass, or Credit)
  • Credits from academic institutions accredited by national accrediting bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (Grade of ‘C’ or better, Pass, or Credit)
  • Learning demonstrated through equivalency exams (CLEP, DANTES, ACT, PEP) which have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Learning demonstrated through portfolios which have been evaluated by Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and are listed on an ACENET transcript
  • College Board Advanced Placement (AP): Antioch will award credit for one standard course unit (or 3 semester hours if there is no standard course unit as a reference) for an AP score of 3 or more
  • U.S. Military experience, listed as recommended for credit at the lower-division or upper-division level on a Joint Services Transcript
  • International coursework determined to be the equivalent to a U.S. accredited undergraduate education
  • Successful completion of Upper-Secondary Education (Gymnasium/Abitur) from the following countries: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, and Germany. Official transcript in English required.

AUSB also has established articulation agreements for transfer credit purposes with the following institutions:

  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Ventura College
  • Moorpark College
  • Oxnard College

To learn more about the acceptable sources of transfer credit, or for assistance in determining whether or not you meet admission requirements, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions.ausb@antioch.edu or 805.962.8719 ext. 5301.

Once admitted, students are required to attend a pre-registration appointment with his/her Academic Advisor. Attendance at these events is required for admission, and failure to complete these activities may result in an applicant’s admission being revoked.

Some students are admitted as non-matriculated students, which allows them to take the Educational Foundations course. This course is also offered to members of the community-at-large as a pre-enrollment option to learn more about Antioch University and how the undergraduate program might fit with personal and career goals. Non-matriculated status is sometimes appropriate in order to assure a good match between the student’s skills and the program requirements.

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