Admissions

Are you accredited?

Yes, Hallmark is accredited through the ACCSC(Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges).

How long are your programs?

Our programs are typically 14 months for an associate degree and 28 months for a bachelor degree. This will also vary based on a student completing the required courses on track and also if there were any transfer credits.

How long are your class semesters/terms?

9 weeks

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES

Hallmark University is a nationally accredited, co-educational facility with two campuses, both located in San Antonio, Texas. Both schools are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Texas Veterans Commission approves Hallmark University to train veterans. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approves Hallmark University, College of Aeronautics. Hallmark University does not deny admission to or participation in programs and activities or discriminate against students enrolled at the university on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, disability (including students who have Hepatitis B in medical, nursing, and any health-related programs), national origin, or religion.

All admissions documentation must be received by the university before the school’s acceptance of the student and execution of the enrollment agreement. A parent/guardian’s signature is required for any applicants under the age of 18. Graduate program applicants must also provide an official transcript showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from an approved accredited institution.

General Requirements

Undergraduate applicants are required to submit one of the following for verification of high school or equivalency completion:

  • An official high school diploma or transcript indicating high school graduation date
  • Official GED certificate or scores
  • A certificate of release or discharge from active military duty (DD Form 214) indicating high school graduation or equivalent
  • A certificate of Record of Military Processing, U.S. DD Form 1966/1 indicating high school graduation or equivalent
  • An official college transcript that indicates the applicant has graduated from high school
  • A degree from an accredited college or university or official transcript conferring degree earned

All application requirements will be reviewed and evaluated on a case by case basis to determine whether or not the applicant can be academically successful at Hallmark University. Applicants will be notified of acceptance once he/she has been approved by the Acceptance Committee. Applicants denied entrance by the Acceptance Committee, will be refunded all paid application fees.

  • Associate and Bachelor of Science Degrees

    In addition to the general admission requirements (see General Requirements), in order to be considered for admission into the Bachelor of Science and/or Associate of Science programs, an applicant must meet one of the following requirements:

    • Graduated from high school within the top 25 percentile of their graduating class.
    • Taken the ACT or SAT within 12 years of submitting their admission application and met one of the minimum standards listed below:
    High School RankACTOld SAT*New SAT*
    Top 25%No MinimumNo MinimumNo Minimum
    Second 25%17 or above800 or above880 or above
    Third 25%19 or above900 or above980 or above
    Forth 25%21 or above1000 or above1080 or above
    Home school or GED StudentsThere is no minimum SAT/ACT score, but scores must be submitted from the testing agency.
    • Verification of completion of a minimum of 9 college credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on an official transcript from an accredited college or university and determined to be college-ready in Texas.
    • Verification of completion of at least an associate degree program on an official transcript from an accredited college or university.
    • Bachelor of Science programs will allow the applicant to take the admission assessment Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam published by Wonderlic Personnel Test, Inc., to be considered for admission. Scores of 15-17 on the Wonderlic will be acceptable for conditional admission. Scores of 18 and above will be granted full acceptance.
    • Texas Ready Passing Scores:
    AssessmentMathReadingSentence Skills/WritingWriting Sample
    THEA2302302206
    ASSET3841406
    Compass3981596
    TASP2302302205
    • Hallmark University Gateway Scores
    • If students receive the following scores on the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam, then they will receive the following status:
      Score: 15-17 passed.
      Result: Acceptance into the Gateway Program.
  • College of Aeronautics

    In addition to the general admission requirements (see General Requirements), Aviation applicants must achieve a minimum score of 70 on the Aviation Assessment for entrance into the degree level program. Each candidate for admissions will only be allowed to take the assessment two (2) times per recruiting period. All applicants must be able to clear the FAA requirement for a Background Check to be an active student at Hallmark University. Students must meet this requirement within thirty (30) days of the enrollment date. If the necessary verification is not met, the student may be dismissed from Hallmark University.

  • School of Information Technology, Undergraduate Degrees and Certification Program

    In addition to the general admission requirements (see General Requirements), a minimum score of 15 must be achieved on the admission’s assessment Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam published by Wonderlic Personnel Test, Inc., for entrance into the Information Technology program. An applicant who has earned at least nine college credit hours with a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA on an official transcript from an accredited college or university, or who has earned a degree, may be exempt from the Wonderlic entrance requirement. If an applicant does not initially pass the assessment exam, a second assessment may be taken on the same day. The assessment process for admission to Hallmark University may be completed once per start date and a maximum of three times in a one-year period.

    To be approved for Distance Learning in Information Technology or Cybersecurity, applicants must demonstrate I.T. experience through at least one of the following:

    • An associate degree in IT or equivalent (A.S. or A.A.S. acceptable),
    • 9 hours of Information Technology coursework completed within the last five years with a 2.5 GPA or better,
    • Hold Information Technology certification in network, security, programming, data management, operating systems, or hardware management earned within the last five years; or,
    • Submit a resume showing one-plus years of IT work experience, and
    • Meet with the Dean of the School of Information Technology
  • B.S. Aviation Maintenance Management

    In addition to the general admission requirements (see General Requirements), to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science Aviation Maintenance Management degree program, an applicant must meet all of the following additional entrance requirements:

    • Verification of completion of an undergraduate degree program on an official transcript from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 or higher.
    • Have a current Airframe and Powerplant certification issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FAR Part 147.
    • Verification of completion of at least 36 credit hours in General Education that must include:
      • 15 hours in Behavioral & Social Studies
      • 6 hours in Composition/Rhetoric
      • 6 hours in college-level Math above the remedial Math level
      • 3 hours in Natural Science
      • 6 hours in Speech & Communication
    • Verification of completion of at least six credit hours of lower-division accounting with a grade of C or better.
  • BSN for RNs

    In addition to the general admission requirements (see General Requirements), to be considered for admission to the BSN degree program for prospective students with an RN license, an applicant must meet all of the following additional entrance requirements:

    • Have earned a current unencumbered registered nursing license in the United States
    • Applicants are required to submit a typed essay stating their purpose for pursuing a bachelor’s degree, personal goals as a student in the program, and as a future graduate.
    • BSN students with an RN do not need to provide evidence of insurance, drug testing, shots, and a CPR card for admittance.

     

    The BSN program for RNs expands knowledge in areas of research, theory, leadership, community concepts, healthcare policy, therapeutic interventions, and current trends in healthcare. The program offers coursework that is specifically designed for students to increase their understanding of advanced nursing roles. Students pursuing this completion degree must have a current unencumbered registered nursing license in the United States. The RN license entitles the student to be awarded 57 credit hours toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Hallmark University.

    The RN license grants credit for the following Hallmark courses:

    • BSN 2530
    • BSN 4345
    • BSN 2510
    • BSN 3510
    • BSN 3720
    • HPRS 1402
    • BSN 4315
    • BSN 2720
    • HPRS 1337
    • BSN 4520
    • BSN 1505
    • BSN 3530

     

    Students are required to take a minimum of 33 hours (these courses cannot be transferred into the program) which include the following:

    • HPRS1435 Healthcare Informatics
    • BSN3455 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
    • HPRS2435 Cultural Health
    • HPRS1335 Health Promotion and Nutrition
    • HPRS1425 Pathophysiology
    • BSN3540 Community Health Nursing with Clinical
    • HPRS2450 Leadership for Health Professions
    • BSN4535 Management of Care

     

    The remaining 30 hours of coursework may be granted as transfer credit, AP, CLEP, military credit, or taken at Hallmark, which, when combined with 57 credits for the RN license, and the 33 required nursing course credits, will result in a total of 120 credit hours. The remaining 30 hours must include a course in:

    • English – 3 hours
    • Psychology – 3 hours
    • Math – 3 hours
    • Speech – 3 hours
    • Philosophy/Humanities – 3 hours
    • General Education Elective – 3 hours
    • Anatomy and Physiology – 8 hours
    • Microbiology – 4 hours

     

    *Students with an RN license can transfer in Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology regardless of when those courses were taken, and the five-year limitation on the transferability of these courses is not applicable for these students.

  • B.S. Nursing

    In addition to the general admission requirements (see General Requirements), to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science Nursing degree program, an applicant must meet all of the following additional entrance requirements:

    The competitive selection process is designed to give all qualified applicants an opportunity to be a member of the class while ranking the individuals that have the best potential for success. Initially, each applicant is interviewed by an admissions representative, provided detailed information about the program, and screened regarding their qualifications for the nursing program. Minimum qualifications for application include minimum scores of 60% on Composite, Math, and Reading on the TEAS entrance exam and a minimum GPA of 2.0 on any prerequisite courses already completed. When all prerequisite courses are completed, they must have a GPA of 2.5.

    There are two levels of Acceptance into this program: Full Acceptance (will be given one of 30 seats in Fundamentals of Nursing 1 (FON 1) without having to rank and compete), and Conditional Acceptance (will have to rank and compete for any of the 30 seats still available).

    • FULL ACCEPTANCE (Exceptional levels are TEAS Composite of 70 and above, TEAS Math of 75 and above, AND TEAS Reading of 75 and above, plus a GPA of 3.0 on prerequisite courses, if taken.):
      • The student applies initially without completing any or all of prerequisite courses, but scores in Exceptional levels on all three
        areas of TEAS and has a 3.0 GPA for all prerequisite courses if any have been taken. They must be scheduled for an ASAP panel interview before the Acceptance Committee. They must maintain a GPA of 3.0 during prerequisite courses.
      • The student applies initially with ALL prerequisite courses completed, scores in Exceptional levels on all three areas of TEAS, and has a 3.0 GPA for all prerequisite courses. They must be scheduled for an ASAP panel interview before the Acceptance Committee.
      • A student who is doing one or more prerequisite courses with us did not meet exceptional levels at admission but does later. Example: They were “conditionally accepted,” and after taking most or all of the prerequisite courses, they retake the TEAS and score in the exceptional level and have a GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite course, then they would be changed to “full acceptance” and not have to rank. They must be scheduled for an ASAP panel interview before acceptance status changed.
    • CONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE:
      • The student applies initially without completing any or all of prerequisite courses, and scores above minimum requirements of TEAS Composite, Math, and Reading of 60 or higher and GPA of 2.0 if all prerequisite courses are complete, but NOT at exceptional levels in all areas. The student would have to sit for a panel interview and “rank” to get “full acceptance” after all prerequisite courses are completed.
      • The student applies initially ALL prerequisite courses completed and scores above the minimum required in all areas of TEAS and GPA, but NOT an exceptional level in all areas. The student would have to sit for a panel interview and “rank” to be accepted into the program.

     

    NOTE: Any student that applies initially without all prerequisite courses that are given a “full acceptance initially,” but must maintain a GPA of 3.0, can be changed to “conditional acceptance” if that does not occur. They would then have to ‘rank’ to be accepted into the program.

    Once the applicant with “Conditional Acceptance” completes or is near completion of the prerequisite courses, they are ranked using a weighted formula that includes TEAS scores in Composite, Math, and Reading, their GPA on prerequisite courses, and the nursing interview score. A waiting list will be maintained in the order of ranking for those not given a seat in FON 1.

    The class size is determined by a combination of variables, namely the number of clinical groups that can be accommodated by the various healthcare facilities, the instructor’s workload and teaching schedule, and the availability of classroom and skills laboratory space. Those with Exceptional Qualifications will be placed first, and any additional seats will be filled from those according to ranking. Applicants who apply to re-enter school after a previous drop or termination, for whatever reason, must be approved by the Re-entry Committee and the Dean of Nursing. They can be readmitted on an individual and space-available basis with final approval determined by the Dean of Nursing.

  • Master of Science in Nursing

    In addition to the general admissions requirements (see General Requirements), for favorable admissions consideration to the Master of Science in Nursing program, an applicant must meet all of the following entrance requirements:

    • Provide verification of completion of a bachelor’s degree program on an official transcript from an accredited college or university.
      • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher may be admitted in good standing.
      • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5-2.99 may be admitted under caution; NOTE: If potential students have earned a minimum of 12 hours of graduate coursework, this may be used to evaluate a student’s initial academic standing.
    • Licensure as a Registered Nurse
    • It is recommended that applicants have a minimum of two (2) years of full-time clinical nursing experience.

    Admissions personnel will evaluate previously completed coursework for eligibility to transfer credit. See Transfer Credit for Previous Education and
    Residency Requirement. The Dean of the School of Nursing has the authorization to make exceptions to the Master of Science in Nursing requirements
    on a provisional case-by-case basis.

  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity

    In addition to the general admissions requirements (see General Requirements), for favorable admissions consideration to the Master of Science in Cyber Security (MSCS) program, an applicant must meet specific criteria outlined in the following entrance requirements:

    • Graduates of Hallmark University’s BSIS or BSCS degree programs with at least a C cumulative average have no additional requirements
    • Other-than Hallmark University IT/Cyber graduates; verification of completion of a technology degree from an accredited university such as computer information systems, computer science, information sciences, database administration, and software engineering will need a minimum of two years experience preferably in one of the eight CISSP domains of
      • (1) security and risk management
      • (2) asset security
      • (3) security architecture and engineering
      • (4) communication and network security
      • (5) identity and access management
      • (6) security assessment and testing
      • (7) security operations and
      • (8) software development
    • For MSCS candidates not having one of a technology undergraduate degree, experience in one or more of the technology domains in #2 above needs to be for a period minimum of three years.
    • For MSCS candidates who do not meet the experience requirements, they must possess and present one or more active intermediate or higher-level technology certifications that can be substituted for work experience.
    • A current resume is required.
    • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher may be admitted in good standing
    • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 – 2.99 may be admitted under caution; NOTE If potential students have earned a minimum of 12 hours of graduate coursework, this may be used to evaluate a student’s initial academic standing.

     

    Admissions personnel will evaluate previously completed coursework for eligibility to transfer credit. See Transfer Credit for Previous Education and Residency Requirement. The Dean of the School of Information Technology has the authorization to make exceptions to the Master of Science in Cybersecurity requirements on a provisional case-by-case basis.

  • M.S. Business Administration/M.S. Strategic Leadership

    In addition to the general admissions requirements ( see General Requirements), for favorable admissions consideration to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) or the Master of Science in Strategic Leadership (MSSL) degree program, an applicant must meet specific criteria outlined in the following entrance requirements:

    • Graduates of any Hallmark University bachelor’s degree (with any or no concentration) program with at least a C cumulative average has no additional requirements.
    • No evidence of a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score is required.
    • Applicants with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher may be admitted in good standing.
    • Applicants with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 – 2.99 may be admitted with caution.
    • Applicants with graduate school credits:
      • If candidates for MBA/MSSL admission have earned 12 credit hours or more of graduate coursework from an accredited university with a cumulative graduate GPA of 2.5 or higher, they may be admitted in good standing.
      • If candidates for MBA/MSSL admission have earned fewer than 12 hours of graduate coursework from an accredited university with a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, they may be admitted in good standing.

     

    Graduate admissions personnel will evaluate previously completed coursework for eligibility to transfer graduate-level credit hours, considering the provisions in paragraph 5. The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies is authorized to make exceptions related to MBA admissions to the above-identified requirements, on a case-by-case basis.

  • Active Duty Service Members

    Service members should speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service prior to enrolling into the institution.

    For more information visit our Active Duty Services Members section of our Financial Aid Page.

Admission of Non-traditional High School Students

A non-traditional high school student is a person enrolled in home school programs or a student from a high school that is non-accredited or not recognized by the Texas Education Agency. An applicant applying for admission based on the completion of an independent study equivalent to the high school level in a non-traditional setting (rather than through a public high school, accredited private high school, or state equivalency exam) will be considered for individual approval for admission provided is he/she complies with Hallmark University’s entrance testing requirements and presents an official transcript for homeschool education that states the student’s name, date of graduation, and is signed by the person who is responsible for the homeschooling.

Associate and Bachelor of Science Degrees

In addition to the general admission requirements (see General Requirements), in order to be considered for admission into the Bachelor of Science and/or Associate of Science programs, an applicant must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Graduated from high school within the top 25 percentile of their graduating class.
  • Taken the ACT or SAT within 12 years of submitting their admission application and met one of the minimum standards listed below:
High School RankACTOld SAT*New SAT*
Top 25%No MinimumNo MinimumNo Minimum
Second 25%17 or above800 or above880 or above
Third 25%19 or above900 or above980 or above
Forth 25%21 or above1000 or above1080 or above
Home school or GED StudentsThere is no minimum SAT/ACT score, but scores must be submitted from the testing agency.
  • Verification of completion of a minimum of 9 college credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on an official transcript from an accredited college or university and determined to be college-ready in Texas.
  • Verification of completion of at least an associate degree program on an official transcript from an accredited college or university.
  • Bachelor of Science programs will allow the applicant to take the admission assessment Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam published by Wonderlic Personnel Test, Inc., to be considered for admission. Scores of 15-17 on the Wonderlic will be acceptable for conditional admission. Scores of 18 and above will be granted full acceptance.
  • Texas Ready Passing Scores:
AssessmentMathReadingSentence Skills/WritingWriting Sample
THEA2302302206
ASSET3841406
Compass3981596
TASP2302302205
  • Hallmark University Gateway Scores
  • If students receive the following scores on the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam, then they will receive the following status:
    Score: 15-17 passed.
    Result: Acceptance into the Gateway Program.
Transfers to Hallmark University

Credits earned at an institution accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) that are compatible with the student’s degree plan will be considered for transferability. Hallmark University reserves the right to deny credit for specific courses from any college or university, regardless of accreditation, and grants no credit for life experiences. All transfer evaluations should be submitted for approval by the Office of the Registrar during the enrollment process and/or within the first grading period of active attendance. A student not currently enrolled may not transfer in course credits to complete Hallmark University graduation requirements. Hallmark University does not offer credit to students for experiential learning. Students will not be awarded transfer credit for a previous practicum/externship earned at another institution.

Hallmark University requires all college-level work subject to transfer credit consideration, be submitted on an officially approved transcript from the originating institution. An officially approved transcript is one sent directly from the originating institution and/or received by the Office of the Registrar at Hallmark University in an envelope sealed by the originating institution. All Veteran’s Educational funding students to submit copies of their military and all academic transcripts for evaluation of credit. The university may not grant credit, but the university is required to evaluate the transcripts. Credits transferred will not count toward financial aid eligibility or Veterans Administration benefits.

Transfer credits may be applied under the following conditions:

  • The institution where previous credits were earned, must be accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Post-Secondary Education.
  • Aviation credits must be from an FAA-certified school.
  • Subjects or courses to be transferred must be comparable in scope and content to Hallmark University’s Units of Instruction, as described in the current catalog.
  • Grades earned must be equivalent to or greater than a “C” for consideration. Hallmark University credit earned with a “D” may transfer from one Hallmark University program to another.
  • Only credit for technical courses completed within the last five (5) years will be considered.

Final approval of transfer credits will be made only after an official transcript is received from the granting institution. Higher-level coursework may be awarded as credit for a lower-level course. The number of approvable transfer credits is subject to residency requirements. Where credit is granted, program length and cost will be adjusted as appropriate. If the student receives transfer credit, the student’s scheduling track may be affected. A Unit of Instruction comprehensive test and practical projects may be deemed necessary to ascertain proficiency for credit purposes. Transfer credits accepted from other institutions are shown on the Hallmark University transcript with the original letter grade earned and count as both attempted and earned credit hours. These credits will be used in calculating Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) (see Satisfactory Academic Progress) but will not be used in calculating the University cumulative grade point average. Any disputes regarding transfer credits will follow the Student Grievance, Complaint, or Appeals Policy.

Housing

Hallmark provides an opportunity for students outside of the San Antonio Area to utilize apartment living off campus. Hallmark University has partnered with University Oaks to give students independent, apartment style living. Apartments leased to students are located in close proximity to our Main Campus. Apartments provide exceptional convenience and pricing for students with easy and convenient access to all necessary and important parts of our beautiful city.

For current pricing click here.

University Oaks

Hallmark University housing provides students with the following:

Amenities:
Newly Renovated Club Houses
Quiet Study Rooms
24 Hour Laundry Center
Conference Room for Meetings
Ample Parking
2 Sand Volleyball Courts
3 Bbq Pavilions
3 Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs
Basketball Court
Pet Friendly

Floor Plans:
Efficiency
1 Bedroom/1 Bath
1 Bedroom Deluxe with Study
2 Bedroom/2 Bath
4 Bedroom/2 Bath

Floor plans examples for students at University Oaks
Location

Mao showing location of housing and HU campuses

Admissions

Are you accredited?

Yes, Hallmark is accredited through the ACCSC(Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges).

How long are your programs?

Our programs are typically 14 months for an associate degree and 28 months for a bachelor degree. This will also vary based on a student completing the required courses on track and also if there were any transfer credits.

How long are your class semesters/terms?

9 weeks