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Undergraduate Admissions

Discover the Value

When you attend Concordia University, you’re more than just a student. You’re part of the Concordia family. Our responsive, student-centered approach to teaching makes your goals, and your successes, our priority. Your learning experiences will be relevant to the skills employers seek and real preparation for a life of meaning and service.

First-Year Student Admission Requirements

  • Create an account and submit our online application.  Once submitted, you can follow your application process through the application portal.

  • Due to COVID-19, we will accept either official OR unofficial copies of your high school transcripts to complete your application file.

    Unofficial transcripts can be emailed to CSP at

    Official transcripts can be submitted by your school to CSP through a secure online portal or in a sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions.

  • Please submit a typed essay you would like your admissions counselor to consider in the application review process.  Minimum of 500 words suggested.  Submit as a PDF document through your application portal or email it as an attachment to

    CSP Essay Topic Options (select one):

    • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    • The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
    • Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
  • Concordia has a test-optional admissions policy, and thus, applicants are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.  Due to COVID-19, we will waive this requirement for all applicants, regardless if you requested test-optional or not on your application.

    Applicants are still welcome to send official scores (writing test not required) to CSP, but they will not be required for admission.

First-year students who do not meet initial admissions criteria may be asked to complete the academic success essay and/or an additional semester of coursework.

Test-Optional Policy

Concordia is proud to offer a test-optional admissions policy.

Test-optional Admission Policy

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • Create an account and submit our online application.  Once submitted, you can follow your application process through the application portal.

  • Due to COVID-19, we will accept either official OR unofficial copies of your college transcripts to complete your application file.

    Transcripts are required from all institutions attended after graduating high school.

    • Unofficial transcripts can be emailed to CSP at
    • Official transcripts will be required for admitted students prior to starting classes
      • When you apply, you can authorize CSP to request your transcripts on your behalf (at no cost to you), or you can elect to request them yourself
      • To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution or through secured electronic delivery

    Attended a Minnesota State school?
    If you have attended a Minnesota State college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet. Concordia accepts completed goal areas toward our general education requirements, in addition to course-by-course review. Please contact your admissions counselor with any questions.

Transfer students with fewer than 20 college credits completed will also need to submit an official high school transcript and essay.

Additional Requirement Information

  • Visit the International Admissions page for information on enrolling as an international student at Concordia.

  • Find out more about the Yellow Ribbon Program, maximizing your military credits, veteran resources at Concordia and more on our Concordia Military page.

    Undergraduate military students must submit all undergraduate admissions requirements.

  • Concordia University, St. Paul offers a variety of educational options for individuals with a bachelor’s degree who are seeking initial/additional licensure or certification.

    Please refer to the transfer student application requirements in order to be considered for post-baccalaureate admissions.

  • Visit the PSEO page for complete information about features and benefits of enrolling as a PSEO student at Concordia.

  • Concordia students need to be readmitted to the university if they have been out of classes for more than one term.

    To learn more about returning to Concordia to complete an unfinished degree please visit our readmission page.

Certification & Licensure

  • Concordia’s online B.A. in Family Science degree program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Students can choose between a certified or non-certified track, but must do so before the third course in the Family Science degree program. Upon successful completion of the program, CFLE Track students will be provisionally certified as Family Life Educators. Non-CFLE students are eligible to sit for the national exam to gain provisional certification. Provisional certification is available to applicants who have completed the program, but who have not yet earned enough work experience hours in Family Life Education to qualify for full-certification status (3200 hours)

  • Each state has different requirements for professional licensure and certifications. CSP’s educator preparation programs are designed specifically to prepare students for licensure in Minnesota, but are not approved by any other state licensing boards for licensure in those states. CSP is unable to determine whether its teacher preparation programs would meet the educational requirements for licensure in other states.  Students who want to work in a state other than Minnesota should contact the state licensing board in their state before enrolling in the program.  Please see the contact information for teacher licensing boards here.

Accepted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Concordia!  View our Accepted Students website to see the next steps for enrollment.

Transferring Credits to Concordia

You’ve done the work in high school or college – now you can bring your AP, IB, and college credit to Concordia to get a head start on your degree.

Admission Decisions

Regular admission decisions are made on a weekly basis. Our Admissions Committee will make admission decisions for students who do not meet initial admission criteria. This committee meets twice a month throughout the academic year.