College Application Procedures & Requirements

Requirements for All Applicants

Every candidate for acceptance to CCU must complete the following requirements. Additional requirements must be fulfilled based on the candidate’s status (see Additional Application Procedures).

  1. Complete and submit the Application for Admission. An application may be submitted as early as one year prior to enrolling at CCU.
  2. Submit a $40 non-refundable application fee (click here to pay online).

Traditional Applicants

Submit an official transcript covering the most recently completed term that includes course work, grades, and class rank. A final official transcript must be submitted upon graduation from high school. Transcripts must be delivered in a sealed envelope and contain appropriate seals, markings, signatures, and date of issuance. A GED certificate may be submitted in lieu of a high school diploma.

The following categories outline the relationship between acceptance standards and the applicant’s academic achievement:

Full Acceptance

  • High school GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • ACT composite score of 17 or higher OR SAT Reasoning Test combined score (critical reading, writing, and math) of 1210 or higher.

Conditional Acceptance

  • High school GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • ACT composite score of 14 or higher OR SAT Reasoning Test combined score (critical reading, writing, and math) of 990 or higher.

Submit official transcripts from every college where courses have been attempted. High school transcripts are required unless 24 semester hours of college coursework has been completed.

Submit scores for every attempt of the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT. Scores may be submitted by The College Entrance Examination Board (SAT) or The American College Testing Program (ACT) directly to CCU or via your high school transcript. Speak to your school’s Guidance Counselor for more information about the respective test or contact the testing organization directly.

The College Entrance Examination Board (SAT)
PO Box 6200
Princeton, NJ 08541-6200
609-771-7600

The American College Testing Program (ACT)
PO Box 414
Iowa City, IA 52243
319-377-1270

Additional Requirements for Specific Applicants 

The CCU Bridge Academy Applicants (Dual-Credit/Post Secondary Education Option Students)

Submit an official transcript covering the most recently completed term that includes course work, grades, and class rank. A final official transcript must be submitted upon graduation from high school. Transcripts must be delivered in a sealed envelope and contain appropriate seals, markings, signatures, and date of issuance. A GED certificate may be submitted in lieu of a high school diploma.

In order to gain acceptance into The Academy, applicants must

  1. Submit a Guidance Counselor Reference form
  2. Have achieved 2.67 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  3. Have an ACT composite score of 17 or higher

Note: If the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT has been taken, submit scores for each attempt. Scores may be submitted by The College Entrance Examination Board (SAT) or The American College Testing Program (ACT) directly to CCU or via your high school transcript. Speak to your school’s Guidance Counselor for more information about the respective test or contact the testing organization directly.

The College Entrance Examination Board (SAT)
PO Box 6200
Princeton, NJ 08541-6200
609-771-7600

The American College Testing Program (ACT)
PO Box 414
Iowa City, IA 52243
319-377-1270

Home-Schooled Applicants

  • Submit a letter signed by the applicant’s parent(s) confirming the completion of a high school equivalent home-school curriculum.
  • Submit a diploma and transcript from a recognized home-schooling association or a state diploma based on the GED.
  • Submit official transcripts from every college where courses have been attempted. Home school credentials are required unless 24 semester hours of college coursework has been completed.
  • Submit scores from one of the following tests: ACT, SAT Reasoning Test, or other approved standardized test (i.e., Stanford, California, etc.). Acceptance will be based on test scores.

Transfer Student Applicants
Submit official transcripts from every college from which courses have been taken. To qualify as a transfer student, a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework must be completed at an institution that is accredited and recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Transfer students are not required to submit a high school transcript. If fewer than 24 semester hours of college credits have been earned, applicants must fulfill the requirements outlined for Traditional High School Students.

The following categories outline the relationship between acceptance standards and the applicant’s academic achievement:

  • Full Acceptance: College GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Conditional Acceptance: College GPA of 1.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

If requested by the College Admissions Office, submit a reference letter from the Dean of Students or designate from the applicant’s former college(s). Transfer students must be in good standing at all previous colleges attended. Good standing must be demonstrated in areas including but not limited to academics, discipline, and finances. Previous academic probation, disciplinary probation, or outstanding financial obligations at prior colleges may negatively affect or preclude admission to CCU.

For more information, please see the Transferring College Credit Policy page.

International Applicants

Please note: International applicants must complete the above requirements and the College Application Form available on our website as a first step. For all other requirements, please see our International Student Application page (link here*) for helpful information and guidance.

Advanced Placement and College Level Examination Program Credit

Accepted students will be granted three semester credit hours in a discipline matching a degree requirement for a score of 3 or higher on a corresponding Advanced Placement (AP) exam. Six semester credit hours of College English will be granted for a score of 5 on an AP exam in English. Six semester credit hours of natural science will be granted for a score of 5 on an AP natural science exam.

Accepted students who earned College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores over 500 (paper-and-pencil exams) or 50 (computer-based exams) on corresponding exams will be granted up to three semester credit hours of English, science, mathematics, history, psychology, or sociology. CLEP exams cannot be taken to earn more than three semester credit hours in any given discipline.

Credit for AP or CLEP courses will be evaluated upon entrance to CCU or when test scores are submitted to the Registrar’s office. However, AP and CLEP credits are not applied to the CCU transcript until the student has accumulated eighteen hours toward the CCU degree. To count toward graduation, official AP and/or CLEP scores must be received by the CCU Registrar’s Office before April 1 of the graduation year.

Please note: Policies, requirements and procedures are subject to change without prior notice.