The University of the West Indies
Open Campus is implementing a rolling admissions policy for the next academic
The new policy comes into effect
immediately for the 2010/2011 intake period.
According to a press release from
the university, this is a policy used by universities to invite to candidates
to submit applications anytime during the academic year.
“What this means for prospective
UWI Open Campus applicants is that they will not be confined by deadlines. They
will be able to apply to the campus at any time as the application online
portal will always be open,” the release stated.
However, students are still urged
to submit their applications early as this improves their chances of being
University officials say this new
policy means students have a larger window of time during which to apply to the
Also, unlike with the traditional
admissions process which has a firm application date, rolling admissions
applicants are notified of admission decisions continuously throughout the
enrollment period and, if applications cannot be processed in good time for a
given semester, they will be deferred to the next intake period.
The Open Campus has two current
official intake periods which are August (Semester 1) and January (Semester II)
of each academic year. The target dates for the processing of Semester I
(August) applications is the end of the fourth Friday in May and for Semester
II (January) applications is the fourth Friday in November.
Students have to submit all their
supporting documents within at least a week of applying for a place.
The Open Campus is an amalgamation
of the previous Office of the Board for Non-Campus Countries and Distance
Education, the School of Continuing Studies, the UWI Distance Education Centre,
and the Tertiary Level Institutions Unit.
It offers multi-mode teaching and
learning services through virtual and physical site locations across the
Caribbean region and has 42 site locations in the region, serving 16 countries
in the English-speaking Caribbean.