College Application Qualifications & Policies

Christian Life & Mission: CCU’s mission is expressed as “building Christian leaders to serve the church and shape the world.” Applicants to CCU must therefore be willing to participate in that mission, by possessing a desire to serve Christ, a commitment to live according to His teaching, and a willingness to learn and grow in their knowledge and faith.

Academic Credentials: To be granted acceptance into a CCU degree program, applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school, have completed an accredited GED program, or have completed an accredited home school curriculum. A final official high school transcript that identifies class rank (when applicable) must be submitted directly from the respective school(s) to the College Admissions Office.

Academic Achievement: To be granted acceptance into a CCU degree program, applicants must have demonstrated minimum levels of academic achievement in high school or previous college coursework. Refer to the Additional Application Procedures section to learn the academic achievement criteria for each applicant status.

Admissions Policies

The Undergraduate Admissions Committee reviews completed applications and respective credentials. Applicants who meet the qualifications for acceptance (noted above) are granted admission to CCU. Applicants whose scholastic records show deficiencies (e.g., low GPA, class rank, or ACT/SAT scores) may be granted Conditional Acceptance based on outstanding lifestyle and leadership qualifications.

Acceptance into CCU is valid for one year. Students who defer enrollment for more than two semesters after the term of acceptance will forfeit the admissions status and be required to reapply.

CCU has a rolling admission policy whereby candidates are notified of acceptance or rejection approximately ten days after all application documents have been received.

Students who do not enroll in courses for three or more consecutive semesters will be required to reapply to the university before enrolling for additional coursework.

Conditional Acceptance

Applicants who are granted Conditional Acceptance enter the university on Academic Probation. Students granted Conditional Acceptance are required to meet with the Academic Support department, complete a non-credit class titled Strategies for College Success, and complete placement requirements for certain classes. Students who are granted Conditional Acceptance will be required to take a remedial English course unless a score of 17 has been earned on the English section of the ACT, a score of 450 has been earned on the English section of the SAT, or a passing score has been earned on the CCU English Proficiency Test.

Students granted Conditional Acceptance may enroll for no more than thirteen credit hours and are in some cases restricted from participating in certain extra-curricular activities until Good Standing is achieved.

Good Standing is achieved by earning a 2.00 GPA during the first year of enrollment. Students on Academic Probation who do not earn a 2.00 GPA will be placed on Academic Suspension and will not be permitted to register for courses for at least one semester.

Application Deadlines

Applications may be submitted up to one year prior to enrollment and should be submitted as early as possible in that window.

Appeals for Exception

Students who believe extenuating circumstances exist that warrant an exception to the published policies on admission to CCU may write a letter of appeal to the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee. Appeal letters to this committee should be addressed to the Registrar’s Office.

Policy for Veterans 

CCU is approved by the State Approving Agency for education of active duty service personnel, veterans, and their eligible dependents. Veterans seeking admission to CCU must adhere to the printed admission policies but should also contact the Registrar, who serves as the Certifying Official, as early as possible to expedite Veteran’s Affairs forms and processes. Official Acceptance is required to qualify for benefits.

Certification for Assistance

To be eligible for assistance under the laws administered by the Veterans Administration, the Social Security Administration, or another governmental agency, applicants must obtain a certificate of eligibility for training from the nearest office of the respective agency and send it to the Registrar’s Office.