Cumulative GPA (High
Transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended and show date of graduation, GPA, and all courses taken must be
received by CIU. Documentation of any program-specific admissions requirements must also be received. Any test scores (e.g.
GRE, Praxis Core, MAT) or other documentation required must come directly from the testing agency.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required of all applicants who have not completed a degree in
which English was the medium of instruction. The TOEFL exam is available through American consular offices at
CIU’s code number is 5116.
International applicants from institutions outside the United States need to provide an International Credential Advancement
Package (ICAP) evaluation of their degree by the World Education Services (WES). All academic records not written in English
must be accompanied by a certified translation. Please contact the Admissions office for further information. More information
on this process is also available at
International applicants must complete a Financial Certification form appropriate to their degree program. Acceptance for
study does not imply the availability of scholarship or other financial assistance. Please contact the Admissions office for
Before being considered for acceptance into an undergraduate program, undergraduate applicants for whom English is not
their first language are required to take the TOEFL exam and must score a 70 on the internet-based examination, a 195 on the
computer-based examination, or a 525 on the paper-based examination. International applicants are not required to take the
Scholastic Aptitude Test (College Boards) or the American College Testing Program (ACT). However, international students
who have completed high school in the United States are required to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or ACT.
Gradu te-level Applicants
Before being considered for acceptance into graduate programs of CIU, graduate-level applicants for whom English is not their
first language are required to take the TOEFL exam and must score a 79 on the internet-based examination, a 213 on the
computer-based examination, or a 550 on the paper-based examination. International applicants for the M.A. in TEFL/ICS
program must have a score of 100 on the internet examination, 250 on the computer-based examination, or 600 on the paper-
based examination. (This requirement includes internationals transferring to CIU from another graduate school in the United
States unless the student has completed a degree in which English was the primary medium of instruction.)
Entering undergraduate students who have a deficiency in their academic qualifications may be admitted on a provisional
basis. Such students must meet two of the three stipulations within each category in order to qualify. (For example, a student
with an ACT of 16, a GPA of 2.5, and a class rank in the top 60 percent qualifies for provisional acceptance.)
Probationary/provisionally accepted students are usually restricted to a maximum of 15 semester hours of coursework and
should earn a GPA of at least a 2.0 by the end of their second semester as a student in order to continue their education at CIU.
Provisionally admitted students may also be required to take ENG 1000 Basic Writing Skills.
Admissions decisions are not made solely on an academic basis; an applicant’s spiritual and emotional maturity, character
references, and life experiences are also considered. No more than five percent of any admissions class will be accepted at the
provisional level collectively in the undergraduate programs.
A limited number of graduate-level applicants may be accepted on a probationary basis if they have received an accredited
baccalaureate degree but do not meet the academic requirements for their desired degree programs. Students who have not
met the minimum GPA/GRE requirements for the program may be granted probationary acceptance. After one regular
semester of study (9 hours), the work of students who were admitted on probation is evaluated to determine whether the
probationary status should be removed or whether enrollment should be terminated.
When mitigating circumstances warrant, qualified applicants who have not completed an accredited baccalaureate degree may
be accepted provisionally into designated Ministry Leadership degree programs.
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