Admission Policies & Procedures

Central Methodist University – College of Graduate & Extended Studies (CGES) seeks men and women who aspire to enter an exciting and challenging world through a high-quality, liberal arts education which promotes character and leadership through learning, social responsibility, and service. CMU's admission standards are intended to identify those who are most likely to succeed in a university program of studies. Central Methodist University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual preference, religion, gender, national origin, age, or federally defined disability in its recruitment and admission of students.

Central Methodist University reserves the right to restrict, deny, or revoke an offer of admission or the admission of any person otherwise eligible for reasons determined to be in the best interest of the institution by the officers thereof. These reserved rights shall be administered in a manner strictly consistent with state and federal non-discrimination laws.

Application Procedures for Admission

Admissions Staff

The CGES Office of Admission at CMU is staffed with experienced professional admission representatives and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Inquiries and requests for information can be made online or by email to cgesadmissions@centralmethodist.edu

Application Fee

There is no fee to submit a paper or online application for admission.

Admission as a Full-time, First-time Degree-Seeking College Freshman

First-time freshmen are those who are entering college for the first time or have successfully completed 23 or fewer non-developmental, post-high school college credit hours other than dual credit. Those with 24 or more such credit hours may apply as transfer students even if their enrollment is on a part-time basis.

  • Application for Admission. All applicants must submit a completed online or paper application for admission to the CGES Office of Admission.
  • Academic Transcripts. All applicants must submit official transcripts of their high school records clearly indicating their grade point average and class rank to verify eligibility for admission and financial assistance. Home-schooled students should submit a state-certified transcript. Those who have attempted any college and/or post-secondary courses (including dual credit) must also submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. All transcripts are part of the students' permanent college record. In addition, all official transcripts must be received in the CGES Office of Admission before a student will be eligible to attend classes and receive financial assistance.
  • Test Scores. All first-year applicants must submit results of the American College Testing (ACT) program (use code 2270 to submit your ACT scores to CMU) or Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) (CMU code:6059)
  • Admission Standards. To receive unconditional admission to Central Methodist University, applicants are expected to have completed a college preparatory program (as defined by the State of Missouri) with at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale and have a 21 or above on the ACT or 1500 or above on the SAT) examination. Students falling below the minimum standards may be admitted on conditional status. See description of Conditionall Admission (page 30). An offer of acceptance is made to a student with the condition that he or she remains in good standing.
  • High School Equivalency. Applicants without a high school diploma may qualify for admission by passing the test of General Educational Development (GED) with a score at or above the 50th percentile or by passing the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) and an ACT score of 21 or above (SAT 1500 or above).
  • Advanced Standing. Central Methodist University awards credit for scores of 3 (three) or higher on some of the Advanced Placement (AP) tests available through the College Entrance Examination Board. Each AP exam must be reviewed and approved by the Office of the Registrar and department chairperson. CMU will consider granting credit for a limited number of subject examinations available through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). CMU recognizes the high achievement and academic excellence of students who have participated in the International Baccalaureate degree program. Usually, a score of 4 (four) or above on the Higher Level IB exam or a score of 5 (five) or above on the Standard Level IB exam will be assessed as equivalent credit for specific courses. Specific course equivalents will be designated in consultation with the appropriate Division Chair, Dean, and Registrar. Students must provide an official copy of the score report from IB, sent directly to the CGES Office of Admissions. For further information, contact the Office of the Registrar at 660-248-6210.

Admission As a Full-time Degree Seeking Transfer Student

Transfer students are those who have successfully completed 24 or more non-developmental, credit bearing, post-high school college credit hours. Those with fewer hours apply as first-time freshmen. The University subscribes to the transfer of credit guidelines set by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education of the State of Missouri.

  • Application for Admission. All applicants must submit a completed online  application for admission to the CGES Office of Admission. Online Application
  • Academic Transcripts. To verify eligibility for admission and financial assistance, transfer applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions previously attended (including dual credit courses) clearly indicating cumulative GPA. Applicants must provide a copy of their high school diploma or official transcript (with completion date, GPA, and class rank), GED, or state certified copy of home school transcript. An ACT or SAT score must also be submitted. All transcripts are part of the students' permanent college record. In addition, all transcripts must be received in the Office of Admission before a student will be eligible to attend classes and receive financial assistance. When CMU accepts associate's and bachelor's degrees from other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning, we honor the means by which those institutions granted credit (including credit granted by internal testing-out procedures, Advanced Placement scores, International Baccalaureate scores, CLEP scores, etc.). [12/11]
  • Admission Standards. Transfer students with 24 or more transfer credits must have a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale for all previously attempted college course work and be eligible to return to the last college attended. Transfer applicants with 24 or more transfer credits who do not have a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale must have a 21 or above on the ACT (1500 or above on the SAT examination). Students not meeting those standards may be considered for conditional admission as described below. All official transcripts must be received by the CGES Office of Admission verifying the applicant's eligibility for admission prior to class attendance.

Readmission of Former Students

Former students who wish to return to CMU must apply for readmission. Students who left CMU in good academic standing and in good standing with the Business Office are routinely readmitted. Students who left CMU under academic or financial probation or suspension will be considered for admission on an individual basis. Former students attending other institutions during their absence from CMU must submit an official transcript from each college attended. All transcripts must be received in Office of the Registrar before a student will be eligible to attend class and receive financial assistance.

Central Methodist University reserves the right to restrict, deny, or revoke an offer of admission or the admission of any person otherwise eligible for reasons determined to be in the best interest of the institution by the officers thereof. These reserved rights shall be administered in a manner strictly consistent with state and federal non-discrimination laws.

Readmission of Former Students

Former students who wish to return to CMU must apply for readmission through the CGES Office of Admission. Students who left CMU in good standing academically and in good standing with the Business Office are routinely readmitted. Students who left CMU under academic or financial probation or suspension will be considered for admission by the Extended Studies Committee on an individual basis. Former students attending other institutions during their absence from CMU must submit an official transcript from each college attended. All transcripts must be received in the CGES Office of Admission before a student will be eligible to attend class and receive financial assistance.

Admission of Part-time/Non-Degree Seeking Students

Part-time students, those registered for fewer than 12 semester hours, and students who are not seeking a degree are required to apply through the Office of Admission. Students who decide to continue their education at CMU in a full-time, degree-seeking capacity are required to follow the admission guidelines for full-time admission. Entering students who are turned down by the Extended Studies Committee but who choose to enroll part-time, must be treated as non-degree-seeking students and are ineligible for financial aid. Any part-time student who wishes to receive financial aid must petition the Financial Aid Committee in order to receive or keep financial aid.

Admission and International Students

CMU’s College of Graduate & Extended Studies (CGES) is not authorized to enroll students in the U.S under an F-1 VISA.   Those with an F-1 Visa who wish to be considered for admission to Central Methodist University in Fayette, must apply to the Fayette campus and adhere to all requirements set forth for international applicants.  

Admission for First Class at CMU (Dual Credit)

The First Class at CMU (dual credit) program provides the opportunity for qualified high school students to enroll in approved classes that are taught in their local high school in compliance with the Coordinat­ing Board of Higher Education guidelines for dual-credit programs. When students successfully complete a course, they receive both high school and college credit. The program allows students to get an early start in fulfilling college requirements.

Credit earned in the program will be applicable at Central Methodist University and is generally transferable to other accredited colleges and universities. It is the student's responsibility to ascertain the transferability of any course taken through the program. Students can best accomplish this by directly contacting colleges and departments to which they are considering transferring credit.

Administrative Information

Cost Per On Ground Credit Hour: $80
Cost for Online per Credit Hour: $120

Student Requirements for Admission to CMU First Class (Dual Credit)

  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (or equivalent) on a 4.0 scale
  • High school Junior or Senior standing
  • Satisfactory completion of course prerequisites
  • High school transcripts must be sent in with the application for enrollment.
  • Parental permission

Other Admission Information

Veterans: Military veterans may receive limited credit for military training as recommended in the Handbook of the American Council on Education. Please consult CMU's Office of the Registrar for more information. All credit will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Conditional Admission: Applicants not meeting the criteria for unconditional admission will be considered for conditional admission on an individual basis. This consideration will be conducted by the Extended Studies Committee (undergraduate applications) or the Graduate Studies Committee (graduate applications). Students admitted under conditional admission must comply with all conditions and requirements specified in writing by Central Methodist University in the acceptance letter.

Degree-Completion Programs Admissions: Students transferring work from other colleges or universities must have a 2.0 grade point average for regular admission. Students with less than a 2.0 grade point average may be considered for admission on a conditional basis.

The degree-completion programs leading to certification have additional, specific entrance requirements. Please consult the appropriate degree section of this catalog for each program's specific admissions and graduation requirements.