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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Acceptance Differ From State to State?

We are approved in every state for all of our programs with some exceptions.  Our friendly admissions team can provide the specific answers you need with respect to approvals in your state of residence.



I’m an international student. What is my admissions process and requirements?

  • Undergraduate - A GPA equivalency of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and a proof of English language proficiency with a minimum score of 61 on TOEFL or 5.5 on IELTS.
  • Graduate - A GPA equivalency of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and proof of English language proficiency with a minimum score of 81 on TOEFL or 6.5 on IELTS.
  • Provisional Admission / Probation for ESL Students - This applies to international students who have completed the ESL program, but failed to meet TOEFL requirements. In order to qualify for provisional admission, the following criteria must be met:
    • The student must have received A’s and B’s in their ESL classes.
    • The student must obtain 2 letters of recommendation from non-ESL faculty.
    • The student’s request for probation must be approved by the ESL faculty. During a student’s term of probation, the student will be allowed to take regular classes (12 credit hours is recommended). The student must also continue to prepare for the TOEFL and demonstrate that a reasonable attempt has been made to pass it. If, after a semester of probation, a student still has not met TOEFL requirements, the student’s status will be evaluated by the ESL faculty.
  • International students should visit to view additional admission information.

What are the requirements to enter my program?

  • For accelerated programs - A post-secondary school cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 is necessary. If you possess fewer than 12 collegiate-level credits, a proof of high school graduation or a GED is required.
  • For undergraduate programs - Students must submit the completed application form, an official secondary transcript (6 or more semesters), an official transcript from each college attended prior (if applicable), and hold a CGPA of at least 2.5 and an ACT score of 18 or greater. (The SAT may be accepted in lieu of the ACT.) For students who do not meet this last requirement, conditional acceptance may be granted with a recommendation from the VP of Enrollment and approval of the Admissions Committee.
  • For graduate programs - Students must submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's ability to pursue graduate work, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (generally requiring a 3.0 GPA), a current résumé, and an essay stating why you'd like to be a part of the Concordia family.
  • In addition to these general admission requirements, each program may have more specific requirements. All students enrolling in a degree program should speak with their admissions representative.

Can I get college credit for my real-world or military experience?

  • Portfolio Assessment - Experiential learning allows students to document college-level knowledge and competence acquired outside a classroom setting. Portfolio Development Workshops are periodically conducted at each Learning Center; an Online Portfolio Workshop is also available. The students are guided through the process of determining what constitutes college-level learning, developing each petition for credit, and providing documentation.
    • Portfolio credits apply only to the elective area.
    • For an associate's degree, a maximum of 7 credits may be applied toward the degree.
    • For a bachelor's degree, a maximum of 21 of the required elective credits may be earned through the portfolio.
    • A per-credit fee of $55 is charged for portfolio credit requests.
    • Attendance at a Portfolio Development Workshop or completion of the Online Portfolio Workshop is required.
    • Contact your advisor to schedule a Portfolio Development Workshop or to be registered for the Online Portfolio Workshop.
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for NonTraditional Education Support (DANTES) - These programs serve students who want recognition for college-level achievement acquired outside the conventional classroom.
    • Students must complete a Transfer Request Form so that the individual record can be checked to be sure that the proposed credits will be accepted.
    • To receive credit for either CLEP or DANTES tests, students may not have credit for similar coursework on their transcripts.
    • CLEP and DANTES credits are not accepted for core credit, except in the areas of physical development, mathematics, and language with foreign language exam.
  • Military Credits - Military Credits are granted based on the evaluation of an official AARTS or SMART transcript, or for military service prior to 1981, DD 214 documentation.

How much will my degree cost?

  • First, find the program or degree you want to pursue on our webpage. Each program provides you with the estimated full cost of your education.

How long will my degree take to complete?

  • Degree program length varies on how many credits are required for completion and how many you take each semester. Consider that 15 credits or more per semester is generally considered full-time student status, and would likely be challenging in conjunction with a full-time job.

How long is each course?

  • A course (or a class) usually takes roughly 8 to 10 weeks to complete.

I have taken a few courses at another university. What is your credit transfer policy?

Credit Transfer Policy

Your previous schooling can save you time and money. Concordia has a statewide articulation agreement with the Wisconsin Technical College System, as well as many other schools.

CUW accepts up to 80 transfer credits (C- or above) from regionally accredited schools toward a bachelor’s degree.  There is no expiration date on credit transfer. This means that you may be able to apply eligible credits toward your degree, even if you earned those credits years ago.

Here’s What You Need to Do:

  • Provide a list of the schools at which you have earned credits to an admissions counselor
  • The admissions counselor will email you forms to make it easy for you to order your official transcripts
  • Once provided with the transcripts, the counselor will provide (at no charge) a Credit Transfer Estimate to assist you in your educational planning

Am I ready to study and learn online?

  • Online learning, although proven in multiple studies to be of equal or even greater impact than traditional classroom learning, is different from what you are used to. The two most common obstacles students face when seeking success are interacting with unfamiliar technology and staying motivated without an immediate classroom setting.
    • Concordia University Online has an complete web-based orientation process that prepares you to navigate Blackboard, our online classroom platform, complete with study tips and a series of quizzes to ensure you are comfortable before you begin your education.
    • Staying self-motivated is essential in distance learning. While our instructors provide support and encouragement, and our student resources are full of tips and strategies to learn most effectively, it is still up to you to do the work. Throughout a class or semester, some students stay motivated by forming an in-person study group with classmates in their area.