High School / First-Year Student

High School / First-Year Student

Learn, grow, lead and make lifelong connections at Campbell University.

Campbell University Admissions considers you to be a high school or first-year student if you have never enrolled at any college or university. Dual enrolled or early college students are included in this group.

Campbell is a place where you’ll learn, grow, lead, and meet lifelong friends. Take the next steps to explore the numerous opportunities awaiting you. Schedule a visit or request information to learn more about majors and minorscampus life, our unique blend of student clubs and organizations, and Campbell traditions. View the admissions requirements and process to get started with your application.

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Test Optional for 2022

Fall 2022 undergraduate applicants have the option to be reviewed for admission and potential merit-based scholarships without submission of SAT or ACT score results. Accepted students will be notified about options for course placement in Summer 2022.

The Admissions Process & Requirements

Steps in the Admissions Process

If you have any questions during the application process, contact our Admissions team at (910) 893-1417 or admissions@campbell.edu for assistance. We’re here to assist you through the process.

1. Review the admissions application requirements.

A good first step is to review the admissions requirements and gather all of the required documents you will need to successfully submit your admissions application. Submit all required application materials including:

  • Official copies of high school transcripts
  • SAT or ACT score reports (see “ACT / SAT Requirements” below for Test Optional for 2022 ).
  • Optional items you may submit include personal essays and letters of recommendation.

Before enrolling at Campbell, you must first graduate from high school or complete an adult high school equivalency program, such as a GED.

Campbell requires incoming students to have taken the following courses as part of their high school curriculum:

Subject Area Number of Credits
English 4
College-Prep Math (must have Algebra II and Geometry) 3
Social Sciences (one must be U.S. 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.

The admissions application will ask you to distinguish the type of freshman applicant that you are. If you are planning to dual enroll in college classes during your senior year, or you have in the past, please indicate that you are applying as a Dual Enrolled Student. If you will be graduating from an Early College high school, please indicate that you are applying as an Early College student. Campbell University will not grant college transfer credit based on college courses appearing on high school or early college high school transcripts. In order to have your college credits transferred to Campbell, you must submit official transcripts from the college or university through which the courses were offered.

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 homeschooled students, are expected to take the SAT or the ACT.

Campbell University accepts either the SAT or ACT college entrance exams. All applicants must take the SAT or the ACT to be considered for admission to the University.

If you retake the SAT or ACT and score higher, send us your highest scores.

The most important factors in the admission decision are the academic record (including courses taken, grades attained, and class standing) followed by SAT or ACT scores (see Test-Flex option for Fall 2021/22 below). 

Test-Flex Option for Fall 2021

Fall 2021 undergraduate applicants have the option to be initially reviewed for admission and potential merit-based scholarships without submission of SAT or ACT score results.

Prospective students will have the option to select the Test-Flex plan while completing the undergraduate application.  Students offered admission under the Test-Flex will be required to submit SAT or ACT score results for academic advising purposes prior to enrollment in fall 2021.

Students who do not opt for Test-Flex will continue to be reviewed for admission with SAT or ACT score results included.

Test Optional for 2022

Fall 2022 undergraduate applicants have the option to be reviewed for admission and potential merit-based scholarships without submission of SAT or ACT score results.

Accepted students will be notified about options for course placement in Summer 2022.

2. Complete the free admissions application.

The application is the first big step in the application process. As soon as you’ve completed your junior year of high school, you can apply to Campbell. There’s no cost or deadline to apply, but we do encourage you to apply as soon as you know you want to attend Campbell. Apply Online →

3. Submit your high school transcript.
4. Wait for your application review and notification letter.

After your application is received Undergraduate Admissions will review it to determine if you will be accepted. A notification letter of acceptance or rejection will be sent from Undergraduate Admissions. If accepted, your application will be reviewed for scholarships and financial aid eligibility AND you will begin receiving communication for the next steps.

5. Contact the Financial Aid Office.

More than 90% of our main campus undergraduate students receive a scholarship and/or financial aid. Once accepted, and you have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you are encouraged to contact our Financial Aid Office at financialaid@campbell.edu or 1-910-893-1310 to set up an appointment to discuss your specific financial situation. Learn more about Financial Aid →

6. Pay your enrollment deposit.

Once you receive your acceptance letter, you will need to pay the enrollment deposit to confirm that you will attend Campbell University.

7. Attend new student orientation.

Once accepted, you will attend a weekend orientation session for new students. You’ll learn more about campus life, prepare for academic life,  and explore the campus.

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Visit Campus

Come visit Campbell University, explore campus, meet people, and ask questions. The community of Campbell, nestled in Buies Creek, North Carolina, will quickly feel like home. We have several options for visits, including open houses, private visits, and group visits.

Schedule a VisitTake a Virtual Tour

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Cost & Financial Aid

Once you have been accepted to Campbell and you have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we encourage you to contact our Financial Aid Office at financialaid@campbell.edu or (910) 893-1310 to schedule an appointment to discuss your specific needs.

View Cost & AidComplete the FAFSA