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Admissions Requirements

The most important factors in the admissions decision are the academic record (including courses taken, grades attained, and class standing) followed by SAT or ACT scores. We also consider the extracurricular activities, community involvement, and a student's potential to contribute positively to the Campbell campus environment.

For transfers, previous college work is the primary factor, followed by high school performance and SAT or ACT scores.

Applicants are encouraged to pursue a rigorous program of study throughout their four years of high school. Campbell requires incoming students to have taken the following courses as part of their high school curriculum:

High School Course Requirements

Subject Area Number of Credits
English 4
College-Prep Math (must have Algebra II and Geometry) 3
Social Sciences (one must be US History) 2
Natural Sciences (one must be a laboratory science) 2
Foreign Language (recommended but not required) 2

Campbell recommends taking 2 credit hours of a foreign language in high school. Students with no background in a foreign language have a more difficult time passing college-level language courses.

Standardized Test Requirements

Campbell University accepts either the SAT or ACT college entrance exams. You must take one of these tests to be considered for admission to the University.

Students who indicated that they planned to attend Campbell in the fall of 2014 had an average two-part SAT score of 1,002 (Critical Reading, Math). This is comparable to the average two-part SAT score among all North Carolina students of 1,001. The average composite ACT score among the same group was 22. This is higher than the average ACT score among North Carolina students of 18.7.

SAT scores among entering Campbell students in the fall of 2013:

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 430 655
Math 410 645
Writing 400 650

ACT scores among entering Campbell students in the fall of 2013:

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 19 27

Transfer Students

In addition to the above requirements, transfer students must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. For admissions purposes, the Admissions Office requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on all college work.

For transfer students, more consideration is given to college coursework than high school grades and SAT/ACT scores. The Admissions Office does reserve the right to waive the SAT/ACT requirement for transfer students, which happens on a case-by-case basis. In order to waive the SAT/ACT requirement, a student must be at least one year removed from his/her high school graduation date. Note: Waiving the SAT/ACT requirement may cause students to be automatically placed in developmental math and English courses. These developmental courses can only be bypassed if required SAT/ACT scores are submitted, or a student transfers in credit that is equal to or greater than our math and English requirements. SAT/ACT scores may also result in higher scholarship awards for transfers.

Campbell University does not require a minimum number of hours in order to transfer. An applicant is considered to be a transfer student if they have completed any number of college credit hours after their official high school graduation date. Transfer students must be in good academic and social standing at the school from which they are transferring.

Transfer applicants must request official transcripts from all schools previously attended. Campbell University accepts transfer credit from accredited junior and community colleges, as well as four-year institutions. Campbell University will accept semester hours only from all transfer work. Campbell University accepts course content only for "D" grades. Consequently, a student will not earn hours toward graduation for "D" work completed at another college or university.

A transfer student will be considered on the basis of their overall college record. Work attempted and/or completed at the two-year institutions may receive up to 64 hours of credit. Transfer students from four-year institutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for credit. The final 32 hours of a degree must be taken at Campbell University.

The classification of a student depends upon the number of hours accepted in transfer. A student is classified as a senior with 98 semester hours transferred, a junior with 64 semester hours transferred, and a sophomore with 24 semester hours transferred.

Home Schooled Students

Campbell welcomes applications from home schooled students. Although they currently make up a small portion of the applicant pool, applications from home schooled students continue to increase. We recognize that your experience as a home schooled student will be somewhat different from students in traditional schools. We'll look at your academic record and non-academic interests and commitments within the context of your particular home school curriculum and experience. We understand that for many home schooled students there is not as clear a distinction between academic and non-academic activities as there might be for students in a traditional high school.

The more you can document for us and describe what you have done during your high school years, academically and otherwise, the better. Feel free to go beyond the questions on our application forms if they don't cover everything you think is important for us to know. There may also be questions that simply don't apply in the case of a home schooled student. You and others completing forms on your behalf may leave those questions blank.

Academic Preparation and Transcript for Home Schooled Students

In general, we look for students who have challenged themselves with rigorous study in a range of academic areas during their high school years, but the exact course of study varies among our successful applicants. Please provide us with detailed information about the academic program you have pursued. If you are not able to provide a traditional transcript of course grades, include an outline of your high school curriculum. If you have taken any courses at a school, college, online or by correspondence, please be sure to have official transcripts sent to the Campbell Admissions Office.

SAT and ACT for Home Schooled Students

All applicants, including home schooled students, are expected to take the SAT or the ACT.

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