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Does Acceptance Differ From State to State?

We are approved in every state for all of our programs with the following exceptions:

We are approved for all programs in New York, with the exception of Professional Counseling and all Nursing programs.

We can accept students for all programs in North Carolina, with the exception of Nursing students. However, for Nursing students we can request a "teach out" plan.

We are unable to accept students from New Mexico at this time.

International Students Admissions & Requirements

Undergraduate

A GPA equivalency of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and a proof of English language proficiency with a minimum score of 61 on TOEFL or 5.5 on IELTS.

Graduate

A GPA equivalency of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and proof of English language proficiency with a minimum score of 81 on TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS.

Provisional Admission / Probation for ESL Students

This applies to international students who have completed the ESL program, but failed to meet TOEFL requirements. In order to qualify for provisional admission, the following criteria must be met:

  • The student must have received A’s and B’s in their ESL classes.
  • The student must obtain 2 letters of recommendation from non-ESL faculty.

The student’s request for probation must be approved by the ESL faculty. During a student’s term of probation, the student will be allowed to take regular classes (12 credit hours is recommended). The student must also continue to prepare for the TOEFL and demonstrate that a reasonable attempt has been made to pass it. If, after a semester of probation, a student still has not met TOEFL requirements, the student’s status will be evaluated by the ESL faculty.


International students should visit www.cuw.edu/international to view additional admission information.

Accelerated Learners Admissions & Requirements

Accelerated Programs

Programs in Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Liberal Arts, and Theology

Admission Requirements

1. Submit the online application along with a non-refundable $50 application fee at www.cuw.edu/apply.

2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be sent directly to the CUW Center at which you are enrolling. In cases where the student has less than 12 transferable credits, an official high school transcript or proof of GED must also be submitted. Generally students will be required to have a 2.00 GPA.

3. International students should visit www.cuw.edu/international to view additional admission requirements.

Admission Decisions

When an applicant’s file is complete, the file is forwarded to the Admission Committee for review. The Admission Committee can make one of four decisions. An official decision letter is sent to the applicant, giving the decision of the Admission Committee.

1. The student is fully admitted to the program.

2. The student is admitted as a conditional student, whose admission and/or continuation in the program is contingent upon meeting certain conditions that are stipulated in the acceptance letter the student receives.

3. The student is admitted as a Special Student Status –Non Degree Seeking. This applies to students who wish to enroll in courses but do not plan to seek a degree. Students enrolled in a certificate program will be admitted as Special Status.

4. The student is denied admission.

Medical Assistant Program

Applicants must be high school graduates or have earned an HSED or GED.

Admission Requirements

1. Meet with the Program Director for a personal interview.

2. Pass the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam with a score of 18 or higher, given three attempts.

3. Provide official GED, high school, or college transcripts.

4. Submit an application and a $40 non-refundable application fee.

5. Pass a background check.

6. Complete a physical prior to beginning Clinic and Lab classes.

Admission Decisions

The applicant will be sent an official acceptance letter after they have passed the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam and the Program Director receives the application, fee, and official transcripts.

1. Anyone who does not pass a background check may be admitted into the program, but must sign a waiver that they are aware that they may have difficulty being placed at a practicum site.

2. Students may transfer up to 12 credits into the Medical Assistant program. The official transcripts and course descriptions need to be provided to the Program Director for approval.

BS Completion for Registered Nurses

Students must already be a licensed RN to apply to the BSN Completion program. An exception applies in the special circumstance of those applying under the Dual Admission program.

Admission Requirements

1. An online application completed at www.cuw.edu/apply.

2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. These must be sent directly to the CUW Center at which you are enrolling. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better.

3. An essay regarding your interest in obtaining the BS-Nc degree as well as self-identified professional and academic areas of strength and weakness, professional area of interest, and current area of employment.

4. One work related letter of recommendation.

5. Copies of current WI nursing license and CPR card.

6. An online background check at a cost of $38.00. Instructions will be provided upon application.

When an applicant’s file is complete, the file is forwarded to the Admission Committee for review. The Admission Committee can make one of three decisions. An official decision letter is sent to the applicant, giving the decision of the Admission Committee.

1. The student is unconditionally admitted to the program.

2. The student is provisionally admitted, admission and/or continuation in the program is contingent upon meeting certain conditions that are stipulated in the acceptance letter the student receives.

3. The student is admitted as a non-degree seeking student.

4. The student is denied admission.

Graduate Programs

Admission Requirements

1. Submit the online application along with a non-refundable $50 application fee at www.cuw.edu/apply.

2. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s ability to pursue graduate work.

3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Generally students will be required to have a cumulative 3.00 GPA in their undergraduate work.

4. Current résumé including educational and work experience.

5. An essay stating the reasons for choosing to enroll in Concordia’s graduate studies and for selecting the particular program.

6. International students should visit www.cuw.edu/international to view additional admission requirements.

*Students should contact the program Admission Counselor for information on where documents should be mailed for graduate programs.

In addition to these general admission requirements, each program may have other requirements. All students enrolling in a graduate degree program must have an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Decisions

When an applicant’s file is complete, the file is forwarded to the Graduate Admission Committee for review. The Graduate Admission Committee can make one of three decisions. An official decision letter is sent to the applicant, giving the decision of the Admission Committee.

1. The student is unconditionally admitted to the program.

2. The student is admitted as a conditional student, whose admission and/or continuation in the program is contingent upon meeting certain conditions that are stipulated in the acceptance letter the student receives. If there are conditions to be met prior to admission, the candidate must provide documentation of having met those requirements to the Graduate Admission Counselor.

3. The student is denied admission.

Readmission Policy - Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Students who wish to resume their studies after an absence of one year or more must submit a new application. Students will re-enter the program under the rules and regulations of the current catalog. A new evaluation form will be completed at that time. Any new course requirements in either the major or the core must be met.

Registration and Course Guidlines

Once you register for an online course, you will have four weeks in which to order your textbooks and turn in your first assignment. If the first assignment is not turned in within the first four weeks, a non-refundable $50 drop/ withdrawal fee will be charged to your account and you will be given an administrative withdrawal for the course. Each course is to be completed in 6 weeks. You have up to 12 weeks from registration to finish the course. Please note the following timetable:

4 weeks after registration: students must have started class. An administrative withdrawal will be given if there is no record of the first assignment turned in and the $50 drop/withdrawal fee will be assessed.

12 weeks after registration: A failing grade (F) will be assigned if course is not completed by this time. The student must request an extension from their instructor for special circumstances. Up to 4 weeks more can be granted.

Orientation

Once you have passed admissions you will receive an invitation to Blackboard in your email. Blackboard is the platform we use to facilitate all of our online classwork and material to our students. Before you jump into your classes, you must go through a short online orientation into how it all works. The directions will instruct you to read through the important material then guide you through a series of quizzes, to make sure you got it all down. Once you've passed all 5 short quizzes you are ready to begin class as a CUW Falcon!

Undergraduate Admissions & Requirements

1. 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, preferable, 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.

2. 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.

5. International students must present a minimum TOEFL score of 173 on the computer based test for regular acceptance. Any International Student who can not present a 173 TOEFL must test through the International Office for placement and may be required to enroll in the ESL program. International students also need to submit two recommendation letters from previous teachers.

3. 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.

4. Orientation - Once you have passed admissions you will receive an invitation to Blackboard in your email. Blackboard is the platform we use to facilitate all of our online classwork and material to our students. Before you jump into your classes, you must go through a short online orientation into how it all works. The directions will instruct you to read through the important material then guide you through a series of quizzes, to make sure you got it all down. Once you've passed all 5 short quizzes you are ready to begin class as a CUW Falcon!

Graduate School Admissions & Requirements

Admissions Requirements for Professional Programs 

Admission requirements are specific to professional programs including: Nursing and Occupational Therapy.

Admission requirements and admission process information is located on individual program pages of the Graduate School course catalog

Admission Requirements for Graduate Programs

General requirements for admission to Graduate Studies are:

Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 for full acceptance Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. In addition to these general admission requirements, each program may have other requirements.

The Admissions Process - Graduate School

1. Application (Please Submit the Following):

  • Application form available at: www.cuw.edu/apply
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • One page essay describing your reason for obtaining a graduate degree
  • Résumé of your education and employment experience
  • Two recommendations
  • All official transcripts leading to your bachelor’s degree
  • Please note:
  • Graduate entrance exams such as the GRE are not required
  • If you have completed graduate level classes in the last seven years and wish to have them evaluated for possible transfer, please submit these transcripts
  • International students should contact the Office of International Student Services at international.admissions@cuw.edu for additional application requirements The University Graduate Policies CUW

2. Evaluation- When an applicant’s file is complete, the file is forwarded to the Admission Committee.

  • The Admission Committee will make one of four decisions:
  • The student is unconditionally admitted to the program
  • The student is admitted as a conditional student, whose admission and/or continuation in the program is contingent upon meeting certain conditions that are stipulated in the acceptance letter the student receives If there are conditions to be met prior to admission, the candidate must provide documentation of having met those requirements to the Graduate Admission Counselor
  • The student is admitted as a provisional student, whose admission allows them to take prerequisite courses only. Upon completion of prerequisite courses admission status is changed to conditional or unconditional acceptance
  • The student is denied admission to Graduate Studies. A letter is sent to the applicant, giving the decision of the Admission Committee

3. Admission- If the student is admitted an acceptance letter will be mailed to the student, along with the name and contact information of the student’s Advisor, and the student’s Falcon One Student ID number. Password information to access my.cuw.edu will be sent separately from the Information Technology office. Students should contact their advisor prior to registering for courses.

4. Orientation - Once you have passed admissions you will receive an invitation to Blackboard in your email. Blackboard is the platform we use to facilitate all of our online classwork and material to our students. Before you jump into your classes, you must go through a short online orientation into how it all works. The directions will instruct you to read through the important material then guide you through a series of quizzes, to make sure you got it all down. Once you've passed all 5 short quizzes you are ready to begin class as a CUW Falcon!