Admission to the College

Holmes Bible College welcomes applications for admission from academically and spiritually qualified men and women who seek an education for professional ministry.  It is open to any qualified student without regard to race, sex, color, creed, ethnicity, or national origin.

Application Procedures

The following items must be submitted to Holmes Bible College prior to admittance:

  • Completed Application with Essays
  • $35 Application Fee
  • 1 Pastoral Reference
  • 2 Personal References
  • High School Transcripts or GED Scores
  • ACT/SAT Scores
  • College Transcripts, if applicable
  • Photo (optional)
  • Physical Examination Form (optional, highly recommended)

International Applicants must also submit the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Scores
  • Proof of adequate financial sponsorship while in the United States submitted on INS Form I-134
Admissions Policy 

Applications are examined for the academic and spiritual qualifications necessary for collegiate study.

Minimum Academic Standards

  • High School Grade Point Average of 2.0
  • ACT score of 15/SAT score of 720

Holmes does not automatically accept students who meet these requirements, but applicants must indicate scholastic achievement in all prior studies.

Veterans Refund Policy

Holmes Bible College will use and provide the following refund policy for all veterans and other persons eligible for VA education benefits under Title 38, U.S. Code:

  • In the event that a veteran student does not enter either a program of study or a course, all tuition and fees paid will be fully refunded.
  • In the event a veteran student withdraws or is discontinued therefrom a program of study or a course prior to the completion of the program/course, his/her tuition and fees paid will be refunded pro rata the portion that the length of the completed portion of the course/program bears to its total length.
  • Refunds will be made promptly (within 40 days).  Veteran students will not be required to file an application for his/her pro rata tuition and fees refund.
  • In the event a veteran student withdraws completely from course-work during his/her initial semester of enrollment, their Application Fee to Holmes Bible College will be refunded pro rata the portion that the length of the completed portion of course-work bears to its total length.
Transfer Applicants

It is the policy of the College to consider for transfer, credits earned in a regular college or university, a Bible College, or other institutions of collegiate level.  Only those credits which carry a grade of at least “C” or its equivalent may be transferred.  Holmes does not accept in transfer course work taken elsewhere unless the student was a high school graduate at the time the work was taken.  All transfer students must carry a minimum of twenty-four (24) semester hours of course work in Bible at Holmes Bible College.

Transfer Application Procedures:

  • Secure an “Application for Admission” from the Admissions Committee, Holmes Bible College, P.O Box 14188, Greenville, SC  29610.
  • Fill in the application form completely, and return it to the Admissions Committee.
  • Furnish an official transcript(s) of all college work to the Admissions committee.
  • Have a physician fill out the physical examination form and mail it directly to the Admissions Committee. (Optional, highly recommended)

Transfer student must be in good standing at the college from which he/she is transferring.  The academic status of each transfer student will be determined by the Dean of Academics.  When a transfer applicant does not meet the academic criteria, he/she may be admitted on academic probation.

Concurrent Enrollment

Students may enroll concurrently at another local college if the course desired is not available at Holmes.

Class Attendance Policy

Regular class attendance as a personal priority and as a part of consistent Christian discipleship is required of all Holmes students.  It is to the students; personal advantage to be involved in the maximum number of class sessions.  Students are expected to attend every class and be on time.  Class attendance is considered in determining the final grade of the student.  For example, four absences in a three-credit hour course is considered excessive.  When, or if, absences exceed twice the number of credit hours for a course (that is 2 x 3 = 6) then each absence will lower the final grade one letter grade.  The maximum number of absences in a three-hour course that meets two days a week is four.  The maximum number of absences for a three-hour course that meets once a week is two.  Students are responsible for maintaining their own class attendance record.  No Holmes student is allowed to have class cuts.

Excused and unexcused absences count toward final grade computation.  An excused absence gives teachers prerogative to allow make up work missed due to absence.

Teachers at their own discretion may give bonuses to students who maintain perfect attendance.

Academic Year

The Holmes Bible College academic year is divided into two semesters of 16 weeks each.  The semester hour is the unit of credit.

Late Registration

Students may register for courses through the first five class days.  No student may register for a course later than five days after the semester begins.

Student Course Load

A normal full-time resident student’s course load is 14-18 hours per semester.

Adding and Dropping Courses

After registration, students may make the necessary adjustments in their course schedule for up to five days according to the following procedure:

  • Obtain the Drop/Add form from the Registrar’s Office.
  • Fill out the form completely, and obtain all signatures.
  • Return the form to the Registrar.

Adding courses after five class days is not permitted.  During the first eight weeks of a semester, a student may withdraw from a course using the withdrawal procedure and receive a W on his/her transcript.  Students failing to follow the above procedures may receive a grade of F on their transcript.

Withdrawal from the College

To withdraw from the college, a student must fill out a withdrawal form obtained from the Registrar.  Students withdrawing during the first eighth weeks of the semester receive a grade of W.  Students may not withdraw after the completion of the eighth week.

Grading System

A            Outstanding                    4 Grade Points per Semester Hour

B            Good                                   3 Grade Points per Semester Hour

C             Average                            2 Grade Points per Semester Hour

D            Poor                                    1 Grade Point per Semester Hour

F            Failure                                0 Grade Points per Semester Hour

I            Incomplete

W          Withdrawn

R           Repeated

P           Pass

AU        Audit

Grade Reports

Students receive a grade report at the end of each semester.

Incomplete Work

Holmes expects students to complete all of the work required for a course before the end of the semester.  In exceptional circumstances, the instructor may grant an extension for completion.  If all work is not completed within four (4) weeks after the conclusion of the semester, a grade of “F” will be recorded automatically.  Students should first contact their instructor and then the academic affairs office regarding incomplete policy.

Repeating a Course

A student may repeat any course that he or she wishes.  Credit will be awarded only once, but the grade for the second attempt will be the one figured into the GPA.  The first grade will be listed with an “R” beside it but will not be used in GPA computation.

Graduation Honors

Valedictorian – Given to the graduating senior with the highest GPA.

Salutatorian – Given to the graduating senior with the second highest GPA.

Summa Cum Laude (with Highest Honor) – 3.9 – 4.0

Magna Cum Laude (with High Honor) – 3.75 – 3.89

Cum Laude (with Honor) – 3.5 – 3.74

Academic Honors

President’s List – Lists students carrying at least twelve hours and maintaining a 4.0 GPA (all A’s) in a given semester.

Dean’s List – Lists students carrying at least twelve hours and maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA in a given semester.

Academic Probation and Dismissal

A student who falls below a “C” average (2.0 GPA) in any given semester is automatically placed on academic probation the following semester.  Students on academic probation are forbidden to work more than 8 hours per week off campus, take part in any leadership activities, or represent the school in any public forum.  Failure to obtain at least a “C” average (2.0 GPA) the following semester will result in automatic dismissal from the college.  Students dismissed for academic reasons will be allowed to reapply after one semester’s absence.

Academic Honor

Plagiarism, the use of another’s words or ideas without proper credit, is totally unacceptable at Holmes.  So, too, is cheating.  Either offense may constitute failure on an assignment or for a class.  A student who practices academic dishonesty may forfeit the opportunity to continue at Holmes.  Anyone who has questions or concerns about the nature of plagiarism or cheating should speak with his or her instructor.

Classification of Students

Freshman:                            0 – 31 credit hours

Sophomore:                        32 – 63 credit hours

Junior:                                  64 – 95 credit hours

Senior:                                 95 or more credit hours