Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Follow the application instructions to stay ahead in your admissions process and meet general application requirements.

Undergraduate Application Instructions

These step-by-step instructions will help you complete the application process easily:

Step 1. Complete the online application.

Step 2. Pay the $45 application fee.

Step 3. Submit your Application Essay through our online form.

If you were previously enrolled at CIU, you’re required to only answer the questions provided on the Previously Enrolled Application Essay form.

Step 4. Submit one Church Leader Reference Form. The reference should have known you for at least two years and be able to speak to your Christian character and growth. Church Leader references will not be accepted from a spouse or other family member. Note: No reference is required for non-degree seeking applicants.

Step 5. Request official transcripts from your high school and all colleges or universities you have attended to be sent to the Admissions Office. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope.  A 2.0 minimum high school or college grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale is required. Final official transcripts are required prior to registering for courses. 

Note: Academic records not written in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. If you attended a school outside of the United States, transcripts need an International Credential Advancement Package (ICAP) evaluation by World Education Services (WES).

Step 6. Submit official SAT or ACT test scores. You may request test scores from College Board or The ACT. Scores may also be submitted along with your official high school transcripts. Admissions test score minimum:

SAT: 940 New format; SAT school code 5116.

Note on the redesigned SAT:

Applicants should take the new test, but can also submit scores from the old test.  CIU will convert the old scores to the new test format using the College Board SAT Score Converter.  A minimum score of 940 is required for admission.

ACT: 18; ACT school code: 3848

If you choose to postpone your enrollment more than one year, you will be required to complete the application process in its entirety.

The CIU Admissions Office will evaluate your file after it has been completed.

Note: Additional requirements are needed for non-US citizens.  See the International Student Information page for more information on how to apply and the additional requirements needed for international applicants.

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