General Information

Concordia University Wisconsin admits qualified students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin to all programs and activities and is nondiscriminatory in the administration of its policies and programs.

To be considered for admission to Concordia University Wisconsin a student must be a graduate of a regionally accredited high school or one approved by its state university. Requests for exceptions to this requirement may be submitted by candidates who are otherwise qualified.

Entrance Requirements

Each entering student must submit evidence of adequate preparation for college. A minimum of sixteen (16) units of secondary school work is required of which at least eleven (11) should be in basic liberal arts areas and should be distributed as follows:

  • English: At least three units of English but four are strongly recommended.
  • Mathematics: Two units of college preparatory mathematics, preferably, one each in algebra and geometry.
  • Social Studies: Two units in social studies, preferably one each in world history and American history.
  • Natural Science: Two units of science, preferably, one each in biology, physics or chemistry.
  • Liberal Arts Electives: Two units of the same foreign language or additional units in one or more of the areas above or in fine arts.
  • Miscellaneous Electives: Five units from any area of academic study. The student will find it to his/her advantage if the majority of this work is additional work in the areas listed above. German or Latin is recommended for the preseminary student.

Required is a minimum entrance grade point average of 2.5 which is based on at least:

  • 3 units of English
  • 2 units of Mathematics (Algebra and Geometry)
  • 2 units of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • 2 units of Social Studies (American History plus one elective)

However, certain programs require a higher grade point average. The University accepts the ESL Academic Report as satisfaction of English language proficiency for international students.

Procedure for Admission

An application should be filed during the student’s senior year in high school; however, later applications may be considered if space is available. Students may enter at the beginning of any term. The formal application can be completed online through our website at www.cuw.edu/apply .

The application consists of the following documents and information:

  1. The completed application form.
  2. Official secondary transcript (6 or more semesters) including test records. A FINAL TRANSCRIPT IS TO BE SUBMITTED AFTER GRADUATION.
  3. Official transcript from each college attended.
  4. Report of ACT scores from American College Testing Program. Information concerning this program may be obtained by writing American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52240, or may be available from the high school guidance department. The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) may be accepted in lieu of the ACT. Please note, International Students are not required to take the ACT or SAT tests.
  5. International students must present a minimum TOEFL score of 61 on the internet based test or an overall band score of 6 on the IELTS for regular acceptance. Any International Student who can not present a 61 TOEFL or 6 IELTS must test through the English Language Institute for placement and may be required to enroll in the English Language Program. International students may still be considered for conditional admission without TOEFL or IELTS results.

Conditional Admission

An applicant whose overall grade average and test scores indicate areas of academic concern and are not eligible for regular admission (2.5 CPGA/18ACT). However, upon the recommendation of the Vice President of Enrollment Services and with the approval of the Admissions Committee, an applicant may be granted Conditional admission. Specific program progression requirements may additionally apply to this status.The individual is considered to be on academic probation. Failure to attain a C average (2.00 G.P.A.) during the conditional semester may result in dismissal.

Special Admission

  1. Individuals registering on a full or part-time basis for courses without the intention of receiving a degree are classified as non-degree students. The work can be for audit or for credit but does not automatically apply toward a degree program.
  2. A person still attending high school may enroll as a special student in a course for audit or for credit after securing the appropriate approvals.

Non-degree students who desire to make application for acceptance into a degree program must follow the regular application procedures for degree students. At the time of such application, credits earned as a non-degree student will be reviewed and the student apprised of how the credits can be used in meeting degree requirements.

Advanced Standing

The University will recognize unusual secondary school work by means of advanced placement, and will grant credit to those who have taken especially enriched or accelerated courses before entering college or who have appropriate vocational or professional experience. Applicants qualify for such credit by satisfactory achievement on college-approved placement examinations, including the College Board Advanced Placement Tests, CLEP (College Level Examination Program), or faculty-authored challenge examinations. College credit total a maximum of 30 semester credits may be earned by satisfactorily completing such examinations.

Retroactive credit is available in foreign languages, wherein credit may be given for pre-college foreign language study if the student takes the next highest level of the foreign language at this university and achieves a C or better. The student must request credit for the lower level course(s) that were bypassed.

For further information please contact the Registrar.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students applying for transfer credit at Concordia University Wisconsin are subject to the following requirements:

  • They must furnish the Admission Office with an official college transcript from each college attended. They must complete one semester satisfactorily at Concordia University Wisconsin before the award of transfer credit becomes final. Transfer credit may be awarded for each course in which the student received a grade of ‘‘C-’’ or better provided that the course is similar to one being given at Concordia University or is one which could be considered an elective. A student may receive a waiver of a course in which a grade of ‘‘D’’ was received at another college, but credit will not be granted. The Office of the Registrar will issue a statement showing the transfer credit allowed, established on the basis of an individual review of each student’s transcripts.
  • Normally only credits from a regionally accredited institution will be considered for transfer. Any exceptions will be made on an individual basis. In some cases there are articulated agreements that govern the transfer of credits.
  • Transfer students must take entrance and other examinations in the same way as entering freshmen. Transfer credits are not used in calculating the student’s grade point average.
  • A maximum of 70 semester credits will be accepted in a transfer from a two-year college. A maximum of 84 semester credits will be accepted in transfer from a four-year college/university. Some programs may have different requirements. Transfer students may be required to submit scores from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the American College Test. They may also be required to submit their official high school transcript.
  • Questions not answered by the above may be addressed to the Registrar.
  • Graduate and Adult Education undergraduate students are admitted under policies and procedures articulated in their individual catalogs.