Admissions Requirements

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

Incoming Freshmen

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
school transcript).

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
good standing.

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

English-4 units

1 unit may be speech, 2 units must focus on writing/composition

English Literature

Speech

Debate

Yearbook

Acting

Theatre

Drama

Business English

Media

Math-3 units

All must be Algebra 1 or above

Algebra 1, Algebra 2

Trigonometry

Calculus

Geometry

Analytical Geometry

Math analysis

Computer Math

Programming

Consumer Math

Prealgebra

Basic Math

Technical Math

Computer Science

Personal Finance

Science-3 units

One unit must be a laboratory course

Earth Science

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

General Science
Social Science-3 units

World History

American History

American Government

Principles of Democracy

Psychology

Sociology

Economics

Personal Finance

 

Homeschooled Students

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 Students

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.

Nursing Students

Reserve your spot in the competitive CMU Nursing program. On a first come, first served basis, 15 entering freshmen admitted to CMU with 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:

  1. a minimum 3.5 collegiate GPA;
  2. 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
  3. at or above the minimum composite score on the programmatic entrance exam (determined by the department and subject to revision)
  4. a criminal background check that is negative for felonies; and
  5. urine drug testing, at the expense of the student, that is negative and must be completed prior to starting the program. If a urine drug screen comes back with a positive result, clinical placement is not possible and that student will not be allowed to start the program. Urine drug testing may be required prior to the start of any new clinical experience, depending on the policies of the health provider institution.
  6. While Central Methodist University does not currently require students to be vaccinated for COVID-19, area health care providers who provide clinical experience opportunities for health professions students DO require the vaccination in order for the students to be on their premises and to come into contact with patients in their facilities. Therefore, all pre-licensure nursing students must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Unvaccinated students will not be able to participate in required clinical experiences. Due to this clinical restriction, unvaccinated applicants will not be accepted into the BSN program.

If you are interested in early admission to the nursing program, please complete the Early Entrance Nursing Agreement form and return to CMU Admissions, 411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, MO 65248.

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.

Graduate Programs

See your program of interest for the specific admissions requirements for that degree.