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I. Freshmen and freshmen transfers with less than 20 semester credits.
A. Requirements
1. An application
2. Official High School Transcripts
3. ACT Score Report
4. Admission criteria
a. Fiftieth (50th) percentile rank or higher from an accredited high school or an
equivalent e.g. General Education Development Test (GED)
b. ACT composite score of 19, and no sub-score below the 20th percentile
c. High school grade point average of 2.00 or higher, and college cumulative
grade point average of 2.00 or higher (if applicable)

B. Procedural guidelines for new freshmen and freshmen transfer applicants who do not meet
the university’s admission criteria and who will be referred to the Admission Committee.
1. An official ACT profile
ACT composite score of no less than 13, sub-scores in English, math, and reading
above the 16th percentile and scaled scores above the 6th percentile in English
Usage/Mechanics, Rhetoric Skills, Pre-Algebra/Elementary Algebra, Algebra/
Coordinate Geometry, Social Studies/Science, and Art/Literature
2. Acceptable credits equivalent of “C” or better in these types and numbers of courses
on a high school transcript or an equivalent, such as GED
English 4 Years
Math (Algebra, Geometry) 2 Years
Science (Biology and either Chemistry or Physics) 2 Years
History/Social Science 2 Years
Fine Arts 2 Years
Health/Physical Education 1 Year
3. Two satisfactory letters of recommendation: one from a high school official,
preferably a guidance counselor or another source if graduated from high school more
than two years ago, and one from a reliable reference (employer, clergy person, etc.).
4. A writing sample
a. Applicants with a composite ACT score lower than 19 are required to provide
a writing sample.
b. Writers must demonstrate fair writing ability (64-74) on “Interpretive Guide
for College and University Placement,” as cited in Testing ESL Composition: A
Practical Approach by Jacobs et al.

II. For transfer and post-baccalaureate applicants with 20 or more semester credits
A. Requirements
1. An application

2. Admission criteria
a. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 from previous accredited
college(s)
b. If an applicant fails to meet the CGPA criterion, admission criteria for
freshmen will be used
i. Fiftieth (50th) percentile rank or higher from an accredited high school
or an equivalent, e.g. General Education Development Test (GED)
ii. ACT composite score of 19, and no sub-score below the 20th
percentile
iii. High school grade point average of 2.00 or higher

B. Procedural guidelines for transfer applicants with 20 or more semester credits who do not
meet admission criteria and who will be referred to the admission committee.
1. Acceptable credits of “C” or better in these types of courses on college transcripts:

English
Math (Algebra, Geometry)
Science (Biological and Physical)
History/Social Science
Fine Arts
Health/Physical Education

2. High school transcript with “C” or better in above mentioned courses
3. Two satisfactory letters of recommendation: one from the dean of students of the
last institution attended and one from a reliable reference.
4. Personal Essay; 1-2 typed pages addressing the following prompt:
Explain why you feel you will be a successful student at Concordia and address the steps
you will take to ensure success. Please comment specifically on any of the following
areas that may apply to your situation: Academic record, standardized test preparation
and performance, gaps in educational career, personal experiences

III. International Students
A. Additional Requirements
1. International applicants with less than 20 semester credits must have one of the
following:
TOEFL score of at least 500 on the paper-based test
TOEFL score of at least 173 on the computer-based test
Michigan test score of 70
Completed level 109 from the English Language Services (ELS)
2. International transfer applicants without an ACT must have one of the following:
CGPA of 2.0 from a U.S. college
TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based test
TOEFL score of 173 on the computer-based test
Michigan test score of 70
Completed level 109 from the English Language Services (ELS)

3. International students must also submit the Certification of Finances Form
B. Procedural Guidelines
1. All international applications will be reviewed by the Director of English for Speakers
of other Languages (ESOL).
2. Applicants who do not meet the institution’s admission criteria and additional
requirements will be referred to the Admission Committee.

IV. Admission Committee
A. Membership and Structure
1. The Admission Committee for Traditional Undergraduate applicants shall be
composed of these voting members who will accept or reject applicants:
a. Associate Vice President for Traditional Enrollment Management, chair
b. Two approved full-time teaching faculty members, appointed by the
Associate Vice President for Traditional Enrollment Management
c. Director of Student Success, or designee
d. Assistant Director of Academic Advising, or designee
2. These nonvoting advisory committee members will be invited to attend meetings
when student issues related to particular professional expertise is needed. The input of
these professionals will be strongly considered by the committee:
a. Director of Undergraduate Admission
b. International Student Academic Advisor
c. Director of Student Accessibility Services

B. Roles and responsibilities:
1. The committee will decide approval or denial of all applicants who do not meet
admission criteria.
2. The committee will admit applicants who demonstrate college potential.
3. The committee will actively support programs to ensure that students who are
referred to the Admission Committee persist and succeed at Concordia University.
4. The committee will monitor relevant data concerning admitted students for the
purpose of assessment of criteria met, retention, and subsequent success.
5. The committee will annually review and submit to the Faculty Senate, through the
Undergraduate Policy Committee (UPC), any changes in admission policies, procedures,
standards and guidelines their experience and expertise determine necessary.

Last modified: March 15, 2018