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2014-2015 Academic Catalog (August 2014 - July 2015) 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog (August 2014 - July 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission Requirements and Information

Concord University welcomes applications from men and women who are willing to work conscientiously and to regard the opportunity to attend a university as a serious challenge. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications 60 days prior to the semester in which they are to enroll. Even though an interview is not required, prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus. Online visits to the campus are available at


Advanced Admissions

High school students may be granted provisional admission to the University and be granted permission to enroll for full-time study without completing the normal high school program. Applicants in this category will be expected to fulfill the following qualifications:

At least a senior classification (completed at least 12 units in the college preparatory curriculum);

Grade point average and an ACT or comparable SAT score which yield a prediction factor indicating that each student has at least a seventy percent chance of earning a C or higher at Concord; and

Written recommendation of the high school principal or counselor.

Advanced Placement

West Virginia’s system of higher education has implemented policies that enable students who have successfully completed any advanced placement exams to receive credit at Concord and all other public undergraduate institutions in the state system. Provisions of the policies include:

  1. High school students completing Advanced Placement Examinations of The College Board with a minimum score of 3 will receive appropriate examination course credit at any institution in the public higher education system in West Virginia;
  2. When the examination is in the area of the student’s major, the institution will award credit toward the major or core curriculum;
  3. An academic department within the institution, upon the approval of the institutional faculty, may require a higher score than 3 on an Advanced Placement Test if the credit is to be used toward meeting a course requirement for a major in the department; and,
  4. Credits awarded by regionally-accredited institutions of higher education for successful completion of advanced placement exams are transferable to institutions in the higher education system in West Virginia, in accordance with the advanced placement policy of the receiving institution.

Listings of awards of advanced placement credit, minimum scores, number of credits awarded, and available course equivalents for each institution in West Virginia’s Higher Education System are available in the Office of the Registrar.

Credits are awarded after an official report is received and the student enrolls in the receiving institution. 

High School Students 

Concord University is authorized to allow talented and superior high school students to earn university credits prior to their graduation from high school. The credits earned will be held for the students until they become regular students at Concord, or the University will forward, upon request, transcripts to other colleges or universities.

Students who intend to continue their high school programs may seek conditional admission and request permission to enroll in university courses either during one or both summer terms or during the academic year.

High school students may enroll during the summer for a load of no more than seven hours each term.

Qualifications for this program include the following criteria:

  1. Completion of at least the sophomore year (8 units in the college preparatory curriculum) of high school;
  2. A grade average of 3.00 or better in all academic subjects completed in high school; and
  3. Recommendation of the high school principal or counselor.

High school students enrolling during the academic year, thus combining high school and university study, may enroll for no more than twelve hours each semester, depending upon the total student load. Qualifications for this program are as follows:

Completion of at least the sophomore year (8 units in the college preparatory curriculum of high school;

Grade average of 3.00 or better in all academic subjects completed in high school; and,

Written recommendation of the high school principal or counselor.

Home School Students

Concord’s admissions policy for those students educated at home is the following:

All home school students must submit a transcript from an accredited secondary organization or institution demonstrating completion of the following:

  • 4 English (including courses in grammar, composition and literature);
  • 3 Social Studies (including U.S. History);
  • 4 Mathematics (three units must be Algebra 1 or higher);
  • 3 Laboratory Science (all courses to be college preparatory laboratory science, including at least two units from biology, chemistry, and physics);
  • 1 Arts;
  • 2 Foreign Language (two units of the same foreign language)

Home school students unable to supply such a transcript must present the General Educational Development (GED) diploma. Such a student must attain a standard score of 45 on each of the five parts of the GED test, or have an average standard score of 50 or above on the entire test.

Home schooled students must have an overall grade point average of at least a 2.00 (C) or higher or a composite score of 18 on the American College Testing Program (ACT) or 870 (critical reading and mathematics score only) on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT).

International Students

Concord University considers qualified applicants from schools and colleges located outside the United States. International students may be admitted if they have earned a certificate of completion that enables the student to be admitted to a university in their home country.

All freshman international applicants, are required to take the following tests:

(1)  American College Test (ACT), composite score of 18 or higher.


       Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), composite score of 870 (critical reading and mathematics combination only)

       (Residual, or campus-scored ACT or SAT examination scores are acceptable for Concord University admission).

(2)  The student must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if English is not the first language
       of the applicant’s country.

       The TOEFL score requirement is 500 or higher on the paper test, 61 on the internet-based test, and 173 on
       the computer-based test.

       The student must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if the applicant has a
       verbal score of 399 or lower on the SAT or 17 or lower on the ACT whether English is the first language or not.

All freshman international applicants, are required to submit the following:

High school transcripts; if the student has attended a previous college or university (higher education), official transcripts in English must be provided by the college or university.

Documentation that indicates the student can meet the financial responsibilities during the period of time they expect to be in residence including an affidavit of financial support, current bank statement, and employer statement.

An official copy of immunization record.

Transfer students with more than 30 hours transferring are not required to submit the high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores. All other documentation is required. If the applicant attended a college or university outside the United States, a course by course evaluation in English must be submitted.

Concord offers an ESL (English as a Second Language) program for students scoring less than the minimum score on the TOEFL or international students who do not have an SAT score. An international applicant must pass the Concord ESL requirements and attain a TOEFL score of at least 500 before being permitted to matriculate as a full-time, regularly-admitted student. With the permission of the Concord University ESL Administrator, an international student with a TOEFL score of at least 480 may be permitted to take up to six (6) hours of Concord University coursework concurrent with enrollment in the ESL Program. 

Non-Degree Students

Concord does admit students on a non-degree basis. By definition, a non-degree student is not seeking a certificate or degree. Such students must complete an application process to be defined by the University.

Should a non-degree student wish to change his or her student status by matriculating into a certificate or degree program at Concord University, all applicable admission criteria must be met, including transcripts, GED, and ACT or SAT scores. After completing 15 hours of Concord University course credit, a non-matriculated/special student will be subject to regular student academic requirements.

Off-Campus Programs

The admission requirements for off-campus students are the same as for regular admission to the University. 

Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree

Admission to the West Virginia Board of Regents Degree Program is open to students who have graduated from high school at least four years prior to their application for admission to the RBA Program. Admission to this degree program does not provide automatic admission to other programs in the University.

Click here  for further information about the RBA program.

Regular Admissions

Effective August 2008, Students meet the following requirements for entrance to Concord University:

  1. Overall grade-point average of at least 2.00 (C) or higher and a composite score of 18 on the American College Testing Program (ACT) or 870 on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT).
  2. Completion of the required high school units listed below at an approved secondary school:

4 English (including courses in grammar, composition and literature);

3 Social Studies (including U.S. History);

4 Mathematics (three units must be Algebra 1 and higher);

3 Laboratory Science (all courses to be college preparatory laboratory science, including at least two units from biology, chemistry, and physics);

1 Arts;

2 Foreign Language (Two units of the same foreign language);

  1. Complete an application form;
  2. Send official copies of high school credentials, the results of the American College Testing Program (ACT) or Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and a satisfactory health form (after admission) to the Concord Admissions Office. Regarding the requirement and scoring of the American College Testing Program (ACT) or the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) writing component, please contact the Concord University Admissions Office. Applicants for admission who have been out of high school for more than five years or who meet our established GED requirements may be exempted from the specific high school curricular requirements.

    Applications from individuals who are not high school graduates will be considered only if they have attained GED scores sufficient to qualify for the State’s high school equivalency certificate or diploma (state required scores at the time of testing). Such applicants must be seventeen years of age or past the age they would have been had they remained in high school until graduation, and they must have been out of high school more than one year preceding their application.

In-state and out-of-state applicants are considered under the same admission policy.

Provisional admission may be granted in instances where institutional officials have evidence that the student has the potential to successfully complete university-level work.

Transfer Students

Students who wish to transfer to Concord from another institution of higher learning should apply as early as possible. The application must list any colleges or universities previously attended and the reasons for leaving each institution. Failure to provide this information may constitute grounds for denial of admission or for separation from Concord, should admission have been granted. A transfer student must provide the Admissions Office with official transcripts of all previous university or college work. The Registrar’s Office will determine how many hours may be accepted in transfer, and what qualitative standards apply. A decision on admission will be made after a thorough evaluation of the student’s record, including consideration of any deficiency in quality points represented by grades at previous institutions.

Transfer students shall not be admitted if they are deficient twenty or more quality points in their work at the institutions which they previously attended unless there are extenuating circumstances. If accepted, such students will be admitted on a probationary basis.

Except in unusual and extenuating circumstances, transfer students must have been in good academic and social standing and be eligible to return to the institution from which they are transferring unless the student has been out of school for five years.

A scale  in this Catalog outlines the maximum quality-point deficit permitted to avoid academic probation. Any student on academic probation at the university previously attended will be assigned a probationary status for at least one semester of admission at Concord, regardless of quality-point standing.

Once admitted to Concord, a student must have approval from the Registrar to transfer additional credits from other institutions.

A satisfactory health form must be submitted after admission.

Transfer students with fewer than 15 semester hours of university credits are required to attend a Concord University orientation session or course. Transfer students with fewer than 30 semester hours of credit must submit ACT or SAT scores and an official copy of their high school transcript.

Transient Students

Students seeking a degree at another institution may enroll for course work at Concord University. An appropriate transient approval form must be submitted to Concord University by the parent institution.


Concord University makes a special effort to serve veterans. Veterans should contact the Veterans’ Affairs Office, located in the Financial Aid Office, prior to adding or dropping a course. Veterans must be sure that the Concord course load is not reduced below the level for which they are being paid by the Veterans Administration. They are also required to enroll in courses that count toward graduation. Failure to comply with these regulations will affect veterans’ benefits, and refunds of Veterans Administration funds must be made back to the start of the semester in which the Veteran has dropped out of compliance.

Veterans may qualify for admission by achieving General Education Development (GED) test scores sufficient to qualify for the state’s high school equivalency certificate or diploma. Veterans are under the same grading practices as other enrolled students.

Academic probation and academic suspension procedures are the same for all students. Persons receiving veterans’ benefits must maintain satisfactory progress as outlined by law (38 USC 1674 or 1724).

A veteran must declare his or her major field of interest upon the completion of the sophomore year at the university (59 hours). Otherwise, they will not be able to make satisfactory progress toward graduation. A permanent record of the veteran’s academic record is maintained by the Registrar’s Office. This record is updated at the end of each semester. Veterans may check their records during posted working hours of the appropriate office or online with ELLIE. Enrolled veterans come under the same guidelines regarding conduct and conditions for dismissal for unsatisfactory conduct as other students. Classroom conduct and responsibilities are set forth in the Academic Catalog.

Students with more than one year of military service shall be granted a maximum of four semester hours as general electives in the field of physical education, of which two hours can be used to satisfy the General Studies requirement. In addition to credit awarded for physical education, credit may be awarded upon evaluation of the Army American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) or the Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART) military transcripts.  Veterans should submit the AARTS or SMART transcript by requesting that an official copy be mailed to the Concord University Office of Admissions and Financial Aid directly from the issuing agency.