Whether you're a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) student, or a College of Graduate and Extended Studies (CGES) student, CMU will challenge you, and provide opportunities to develop skills that will pay off in your professional journey.
We would love for you to join us and experience an education that gives you more. There are just a few requirements to keep in mind regarding the admission process.
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
To receive unconditional admission to Central Methodist University,
applicants have two pathways:
1) Unconditional admission with a high school GPA of 2.5 and an ACT composite score of
18 or SAT Concordance of 960.
2) Unconditional admission with a high school GPA of 2.75 with a college preparatory
high school transcript as outlined below and no required ACT or SAT score (the high
school GPA will be determined by the weighted GPA, if that GPA is noted on the high
Students falling below the minimum standards may be admitted on conditional admission
status. An offer of acceptance is made to a student with the condition that he or she remains in
College Preparatory High School Curriculum for unconditional admission with a high school GPA
of 2.75 and no required ACT or SAT score
Students must complete the following high school unit requirements (one unit = one year):
|Subject/Units||Acceptable Courses||Unacceptable Courses|
1 unit may be speech, 2 units must focus on writing/composition
All must be Algebra 1 or above
Algebra 1, Algebra 2
One unit must be a laboratory course
|Social Science-3 units||
Principles of Democracy
Homeschooled students must submit a valid homeschool
transcript that includes their grade point average, and they may receive unconditional
admission by meeting the criteria established for students graduating from a traditional high school.
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
least 2250 and an ACT composite score of 18 or above (SAT 960 or above).
Transfer applicants must have a 2.0 or higher GPA for all previously attempted college course work and be eligible to return to the last college attended. Those who do not meet these criteria must present a letter of appeal to the Academic Standards and Admission Committee which will determine whether the student will be admitted.
All transfer applicants must submit official transcripts of their high school records clearly indicating GPA and class rank. Transfer applicants must also submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. These transcripts are part of the student's permanent college record.
Dr. Megan Hess Nursing Scholar (Nursing Program Early Acceptance)
Save your spot in the competitive CMU Nursing program. Every year at least 15 high-achieving high school students are selected as Dr. Megan Hess Nursing Scholars. Scholars who meet the selection criteria of a minimum comprehensive ACT score of 24 and a 3.5 or higher high school GPA are reserved a seat in the next BSNG cohort after they have completed all programmatic pre-requisite courses.
To be able to claim the reserved seat, the individual student must have:
- a minimum 3.5 collegiate GPA;
- a minimum 3.0 sub-cumulative GPA for BI101, BI204, BI305, CH107 or CH111, and BI305. Labs are required with all science courses except CH107; and
- a criminal background check that is negative for felonies; and
- While Central Methodist University currently does not require students to be vaccinated for COVID-19, area healthcare providers who provide clinical experience opportunities for health professions students may require the vaccination in order for students to be on their premises. Therefore, all pre-licensure nursing students must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Students seeking an exemption would need to contact CMU's clinical coordinator to receive the process on requesting an exemption. Exemptions from the vaccine are only granted by the clinical facility.
College of Graduate & Extended Studies
Undergraduate - Transfer Student
Students must have completed 24 hours or more from an accredited college or have an associates degree and have at least a 2.0 GPA in transferable courses. Students with fewer hours apply as first-time freshmen. Official transcripts from all colleges attended must be sent to CMU.
Students with less than a 2.0 grade point average may be considered for admission on a provisional basis. Certain degree-completion programs have additional, specific requirements.
Undergraduate - First Time Students
First-time Freshmen are those who are entering college for the first time or have successfully completed 11 or fewer college credit hours other than dual credit. Official transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended must be sent to CMU as well as ACT or SAT scores.
Accelerated Nursing Program
All ABSN applicants must have completed a minimum of 53 credit hours of required general education and prerequisite coursework prior to being considered for admission to the ABSN Program. See the program requirements for additional information.
See your program of interest for the specific admissions requirements for that degree.
- Master of Education
- Master of Music Education
- Master of Health Professions Education
- Master of Science in Athletic Training
- Master of Science in Clinical Counseling
- Master of Science in Education Administration
- Master of Science in Information Technology Management
- Master of Science in Mathematics
- Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader or Nurse Educator