Admission Policies and Procedures

Central Methodist University 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

Contact the Site Coordinator (or the contact person) for the appropriate location.

Application and Enrollment Fee

At the time of application, a prospective undergra­duate student must pay a non-refundable $20 application fee; online applications are free. Admission and application information is available on the CMU website.

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 11 or fewer non-developmental, post-high school college credit hours other than dual credit. Those with 12 or more such credit hours may apply as transfer students even if their enrollment is on a part-time basis.

  • Application for Admission. Applicants must send to the appropriate Site Coordinator (see page 12) a completed application for admission with a non-refundable $20 application fee; Online Application
  • Academic Transcripts. All applicants must submit official transcripts from high school and all colleges previously attended as required for admission. Official transcripts are sent directly from institution to institution, not delivered by the student. Provisional admission may be withdrawn if official transcripts are not received or do not confirm the student's eligibility for admission. Home-schooled students should submit a state-certified transcript. All transcripts are part of the student's permanent college record. In addition, all transcripts must be received in the Office of the Registrar 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]
  • Deadline. New students (both first-time freshmen and transfer students) who meet CMU's published admission standards (and, in the case of transfer students, who have copies of all official transcripts) will be accepted for admission through Friday of the first week of classes for both the Fall and Spring semesters, as long as there is a clear assurance that they will be in their classes the following Monday. (NOTE: This policy specifically excludes [a] students who would have to be admitted by committee action, and [b] readmission of students who have been previously suspended—since the deadline for appeals would already have passed.)
  • 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 an ACT score of 21 (or above) or 1500 (or above) on the SAT examination. Students falling below the minimum standards may be admitted on provisional status. See description of Provisional Admission. 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 Office of the Registrar. For further information, contact the Office of the Registrar at 660-248-6210.
  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.

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 of International Students

CMU has permission to host international students only on the Fayette campus.

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 Credit Hour: $75

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.
Other Admission Information


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.

Provisional Admission

Applicants not meeting the criteria for unconditional admission will be considered for provisional 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 provisional admission must comply with all conditions and requirements specified in writing by Central Methodist University in the acceptance letter.

Degree-Completion Programs Admissions

The minimum admission requirement for the degree-completion programs is either [1] satisfactory completion of sixty (60) or more semester hours from an accredited college, or [2] graduation from an accredited community college or senior college with an Associate's degree. Admission may be denied to any student who does not meet all admission standards.

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 provisional basis.

The degree-completion programs in Education and Nursing (RN-to-BSN) have additional, specific entrance requirements. Please consult the appropriate degree section of this catalog for each program's specific admissions and graduation requirements.

Readmission to the Program

Students who have interrupted their studies and wish to return must apply for readmission through the process outlined above. Students are readmitted if they left in good standing. Official transcripts must be submitted from any other college or university attended during the period of absence. Students who have interrupted their studies for two or more sessions, or have attempted 20 semester hours at another institution, must meet the catalog requirements at the time of re-admission.