Every college looks for high school graduates who are best prepared for college and career success. To find the right fit for you and the university, CUW looks for three things:

1. Academic Coursework in High School

A minimum of 16 units of high school (secondary school) work is required, of which at least 11 should be basic liberal arts areas.

Units should be distributed as follows:
  • English: At least three units, but four are strongly recommended.
  • Mathematics: Two units of college-prep math, preferably one each of Algebra and Geometry.
  • Natural Science: Two units, preferably one each in Biology, Physics, or Chemistry.
  • Social Studies: Two units, preferably one each in world history and American history.
  • Liberal Arts: Two units of the same foreign language or additional units in one or more of the other listed subjects or in fine arts.
  • Other Electives: Five units from any area of academic study, but ideally from the areas listed above. German or Latin is recommended for pre-seminary students.

2. Grade Point Average

  • A minimum GPA of a 2.5/4.0 (C average) or higher

3. Standardized Test Scores

  • ACT composite of 18 or above
  • SAT equivalent of 940 or higher for combined math and evidence-based reading and writing (for tests taken after March of 2016)

Admissions Standards

We admit qualified students of any race, color, or national or ethnicorigin to all programs and activities and are nondiscriminatory in the administration of our policies and programs.

To be considered for admission, 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 students who are otherwise qualified.