Frequently Asked Questions

1. What’s the best way to navigate the college application process?

Understand the importance of starting the application process early in order to meet all of the institution’s deadlines. Make sure to follow all of the directions of the application, which includes submitting all transcripts and references. Start visiting colleges that you might be interested in during your junior year and, once on campus, ask hard questions. Faculty and students tend to be honest about their experiences and this will provide you an excellent perspective from which to solidify your college choice.

2. How many credits should I take in average semester?

Most full-time students take between 12 and 17 credits per semester. You might want to consider taking a lighter class load in the first semester of your freshmen year and use that semester to discover how many classes you can realistically manage. Students should pay special attention to any academic requirements attached to scholarships to understand what is expected of them.

3. How important is it to decide on a major before I start college?

Since this question has an important bearing on what school you will choose, it is recommended that you decide your academic path during your college investigation process; students who choose their major early in college are able to complete their program’s requirements more efficiently. However, at schools like CCU, our College of Biblical Studies allows you to complete the required general education and biblical studies courses in your first year, giving you a little more time to make a decision about your major.

4. What is the admission process to enroll at Cincinnati Christian University?

Click here to discover the admissions process. We encourage you to apply early to meet scholarship deadlines and save you from later stress.

5. What are CCU’s acceptance guidelines?

There are two levels of acceptance: Full or Conditional.

Full Acceptance:

  • High school Grade Point Average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • ACT composite score of 17 or higher OR SAT Reasoning Test combined score of 1210 or higher

Conditional Acceptance

Students who do not meet the Full Acceptance criteria may be granted Conditional Acceptance if they meet the following standards:

  • High school G.P.A. of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • ACT composite score of 14 or higher OR SAT Reasoning Test combined score of 990 or higher

6. Can I get credit for my advanced placement classes taken in high school?

CCU awards three hours of credit for a score of 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement Exam in a discipline matching a degree requirement or for a general elective. A score of 5 on the A.P. exam in English will entitle the student to six credit hours of college English. A score of 5 on an AP exam in a natural science yeilds six hours of credit for natural science. Additionally, for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams in appropriate subject areas, CCU will permit three credit hours in English, science, mathematics, history, psychology or sociology (for scores over 500 for paper-and-pencil exams or 50 for computer-based exams). Students may not receive more than three hours of credit in one discipline by taking multiple CLEP exams.

We highly recommend that you contact your Admissions Counselor for more details. All Admissions policies and procedures are subject to change without prior notice.