Admission Criteria

The admission process begins once a completed application is submitted. This includes the application for admission, transcript, and any important test scores like your ACT or SAT. The goal of this stage is for Concordia to get an understanding of who you are before any decisions are made.

Application

Your completed application is important in that it establishes your admission file and provides details about your academic, co-curricular and community accomplishments.

Transcript

Your academic performance in high school matters – with your core academic courses having the most impact on your admission decision.

We will recalculate a core GPA and give extra consideration for any college-level and honors classes.

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Test Score(s)

Standardized test scores are taken into consideration after your high school transcript. 

Students can self-report scores on the application instead of sending official copies. Admitted students who plan to enroll must provide official scores by June 15, 2019.

You can provide the ACT (Concordia code 2104) or SAT (Concordia code 6113) or both.

If you take a test more than once, we will use the best subscores among your tests to calculate a composite "superscore."

New in 2018: Concordia College now utilizes self-reported scores from national college entrance exams.  This policy was designed to lessen the burden on students in their college application process and accelerate our ability to communicate an admission decision in a timely manner.  Concordia reviews scores from college entrance exams in order to determine college readiness and evaluate students for merit scholarships.  Because the use of the national test scores is crucial to student success, the College does require students to provide official test scores prior to the first day of class.  This allows both the College and the student confidence in their final eligibility for merit and academic course placement in the first semester of study.  Any discrepancies between official and self-reported scores could result in a change of admission status or scholarship eligibility.


Due to the bias that exists in standardized tests, there is no minimum score requirement for determining admissibility to Concordia. Instead, the admission office relies more on the high school transcript to assess college readiness and predict future success. 

Process Timeline

Application

Our online application opens on July 1 each year. Students are encouraged to apply early for priority scholarship consideration.

A student's financial aid award can be increased by applying by one of the following deadlines: 

Cobber Edge (Nov. 1)

The Cobber Edge Award of an additional $1,000 per year is given to admitted students who have a complete application on file by Nov. 1, 2018.

Priority Cobber (Jan. 1)

The Priority Cobber Award of an additional $500 per year is given to admitted students who have a complete application file by Jan. 1, 2019.

Acceptance Notices

Acceptance Packet DeliveryStudents who have met the admission requirements and been accepted to attend Concordia will be notified by mail starting Oct. 1.

The acceptance packet includes: letter of admission, the amount of the student's Excellence Scholarship (automatic academic scholarship), information about the enrollment deposit and an enrollment checklist. 

Financial Aid

The timing of the financial aid award notification depends on the student's eligibility for certain scholarships. The majority of awards are sent in February.