Admission

Academic Preparation

Concordia University reviews the whole person and their aptitude for academic, personal, and spiritual development to determine admissibility. High school or college grades, course content, test scores, essays, extra-curricular activities, and recommendations from teachers, counselors, and principals play an important part in the admission process. All applicants are reviewed according to these criteria without discrimination on the basis of race, age, national or ethnic origins, marital or financial status, disability, gender, sexual orientation or any other non-merit factor. Concordia University reserves the right to accept or deny students for academic and non-academic reasons based upon the admission review committee’s determination of institutional fit and aptitude for success.

The best preparation for college is a solid academic foundation in high school. Concordia strongly recommends that applicants have taken the following: English (4 years), social studies (3), mathematics (3), science (3), foreign language (2), music-art (1), health-physical education (1), and computer applications.

Admission Criteria

Freshmen Admission

Concordia University offers an Early Action admission plan for Freshmen, with a deadline of November 15. After the Early Action period closes, Concordia uses a rolling admission process, reviewing applications in the order in which they are received. During rolling admission, an admission decision is generally made within two weeks of the completion of the application process. Application to Concordia University is available online at www.applytocu.com. Also, Concordia University is part of the Common Application for Undergraduate Admission and accepts applications through their website found at www.commonapp.org. High school graduates and college transfer students with fewer than 12 semester or 18 quarter credits may be eligible for freshmen admission, provided they fulfill and submit the following materials:

  • Undergraduate application for admission: Available online at: www.applytocu.com.
  • Official high school transcripts: Applicants may submit high school transcripts as early as the completion of their junior year. Following high school graduation, the final official transcript must be submitted. If the applicant has taken college-level coursework while in high school or after high school graduation, all official college transcripts must be sent to Concordia University in a sealed envelope.
  • Admission essay: Applicants are required to submit one essay. There are three different options for fulfilling this requirement. 1. Students may submit a written response to the admission essay question included in the online application process. 2. Students may request the essay portion of the SAT exam to be used to fulfill this requirement. 3. Students applying through the Common Application may use the common admission essay to fulfill this requirement. Students applying to the nursing program must submit an essay on why they want to be a nurse. Students applying to the Honors Program must submit an essay answering the prompt found in the current Honors Program Handbook.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation (at least one teacher/professor recommendation). Letters of recommendation are confidential and not available to students. A letter of recommendation form can be found on the website.
  • Standardized tests scores: The SAT or ACT may be taken to fulfill this requirement. Applicants may take standardized tests more than one time. The Office of Admission will accept the highest score on a given test for admission decision and merit scholarship.
  • GED students: High school students completing their secondary education through a GED program must earn a passing score of 145 or above on all tests. GED students are eligible for academic merit scholarships and will need to meet with an admission counselor to convert GED scores for the purpose of determining merit eligibility. GED students must complete all other documentation required for admission.
  • Home-schooled students and students graduating from non-accredited high schools: Applicants must submit official high school transcripts provided by the person responsible for instruction and completion of degree. Home-schooled students are eligible for academic merit scholarships and will need to meet with an admission counselor to assist in determining merit eligibility. All students must complete required documentation for admission.
  • Earning college credit through Running Start (Washington residents), College Advantage, Early College Credit, College Now, and other high school programs while attending high school: Students who are taking college-level courses as part of their high school diploma program may receive college transfer credit for courses completed. Students may still apply as freshmen for the purpose of receiving freshmen-level financial aid and scholarships. All transferable college-level coursework will be applied to their degree at Concordia University upon approval from the Registrar’s Office. Running Start students who complete their Washington transfer degree (Associate in Arts & Sciences - Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)) will receive transfer credit for all CU general education requirements that are (a) non-major specific, (b) non-CU specific, (c) non-religion and (d) are lower division courses. Applicants, who graduate from high school, then attend a community college or university and earn more than 12 semester hours, will need to apply to Concordia University as a transfer student. See below.

Note:  Application materials submitted during the admissions process such as letters of intent, essays, and scholarly writing samples may be used for institutional assessment and accreditation purposes. 

Transfer Student Admission

Applicants with more than 12 semester or 18 quarter credits from an accredited college or university are considered transfer students. Transcripts are reviewed by the Registrar to confirm transferability of completed coursework. Concordia University uses a 2:3 ratio to translate quarter credits from community colleges or other schools that operate on a quarter system into semester credits:

Quarter credit to Semester credit

Quarter Semester
5 3.33
4 2.7
3 2
2 1.33
1 0.7

Transferable credits intended to satisfy requirements in the student’s academic program, other than general education credits, must be graded “C” or better. Credits that are 10 years old or older may fulfill pertinent course requirements, but will not be incorporated into the cumulative GPA. To receive admission, transfer students must fulfill and submit the following materials:

  • Undergraduate application for admission: Available online at: www.applytocu.com.
  • Official transcripts: Official transcripts of all completed and in-progress coursework from each college previously or currently attended.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation (at least one teacher/professor recommendation). Letters of recommendation are confidential and not available to students. A letter of recommendation form can be found on the website.

Freshman and transfer students may apply online for free. (This is limited to one time only). Go online to www.applytocu.com.

Note:  Application materials submitted during the admissions process such as letters of intent, essays, and scholarly writing samples may be used for institutional assessment and accreditation purposes.