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Admission Requirements

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Traditional Undergraduate Students

To be considered for acceptance to Graceland, an applicant must be a high school graduate or have a GED high school equivalency certificate/diploma and qualify in two of the following three criteria:

  • Rank in upper 50 percent of your high school class.
  • Have a 2.50 grade point average or above based on a 4.00 system.
  • Have either a minimum composite ACT score of 21 or a minimum combined SAT I score of 1060.

GED students, please submit 2 letters of recommendation along with official GED paperwork.

For athletic eligibility, the test results must come from official test centers on the national testing dates.

A placement test will be required to determine proper placement in English and math if ACT or SAT scores are not submitted.

Applicants who do not meet 2 out of the 3 criteria may be considered individually. Please review the Alternative Procedure for Acceptance for more information. If accepted, they may be required to take developmental courses.

Submit the following items

  • An online application
  • An official high school transcript with ACT or SAT scores
  • Students completing GED exams, all GED tests

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ACT/SAT Requirement:

Effective November 14, 2020, ACT & SAT test scores are permanently optional for undergraduate Admissions. Please contact your Admissions Counselor with any questions.

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Non-Traditional/Transfer Students

Non-Traditional Students, all applicants who have been out of high school for one or more years and have completed 23 or less college credit course. For acceptance guidelines, please refer back to traditional student guidelines. When applying, please complete transfer application.

Transfer students, to be considered for admissions an applicant has to have attended college full-time for at least two semesters and/or has accumulated 24 semester hours or more of credit with a 2.0 GPA or higher.

Submit the following items:

  • An online application
  • Official high school transcripts (if college work totals less than 24 semester hours)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended

Transfer students, including community and junior college transfers, who have earned 56 transferable semester hours with a grade point average of 2.00 based on a 4.00 point system, if accepted, will enter Graceland at junior standing.

Courses accepted for transfer will be accepted as credit only and will not carry grade points. Credit will be accepted for courses in which the student earned a grade of D- or better.

Credit or waiver through College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) will be determined by Graceland upon receipt of the scores from the College Board and will not necessarily correspond with what the previous school may have awarded.

A detailed statement on transfer policies is available in the Registrar’s Office or you may click here.

Home School Students

Refer to the requirements listed in the catalog.

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International Students

Applicants from countries outside the United States are considered by the Admissions Office on an individual basis.

In order to be considered for acceptance to Graceland, an applicant most provide the follow official documents containing the listed information:

  1. Show academic proficiency. Have a grade point average of 2.50 or above based on a 4.00 system.
  2. Competency in the English language. A TOEFL score of 62 (internet-based); or an IELTS equivalent score of 6.0; or a DuoLingo equivalent score of 90, is required for applicants whose primary language is not English. If you are unable to access a testing location due to COVID-19 in your country, please contact your Admissions Counselor regarding alternative English proficiency assessment options.
  3. Rank in upper 50% of the class.
  4. Optional – either a minimum composite ACT score of 21 or a minimum combined SAT score of 1060.
  5. Show Financial Support. If applying for financial aid, an International Financial Aid Application is required. Advising and support services are provided by the Intercultural Office and the academic advisor. All forms are available through the Admissions Office or online.

Read more about the admissions process for international students.