Admission Requirements

Core Requirements


We know academics and atmosphere both matter to you when you choose a university. So, when you apply to CIU, we keep in mind that you’re more than just your grades and test scores.

We want to know about your dreams and goals and what you’re looking for in a Christian university experience. We want to learn about your relationship with Christ and with other people, and your desire to serve them and Him.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application essay demonstrating a strong Christian character
  • Submit a transcript from an accredited high school, a certificate of high school equivalency or a GED certificate or home school transcript
  • Submit an SAT or ACT score (Test scores are not needed if you’re over age 24 or have attempted more than 24 hours from an accredited institution after high school graduation.)
  • Submit a reference from a church leader

We also recommend a thorough background in English grammar and composition, two or more foreign language courses, two units each of math and history, and one unit of natural science.

We do accept transfer credits and undergraduate standardized test credits (CLEP and AP). We follow the College Board’s acceptance and test score criteria.

Applicants should also meet all deadline and fee requirements.