Adult Undergraduate Programs

Learning Concept

The goal of the adult undergraduate programs is to link learning directly to a student’s present or planned career activities – connecting coursework to life experience. This educational model is designed specifically with adults in mind.

  • Prior collegiate and extra-collegiate learning derived from academic, personal, and professional experiences since high school may be evaluated for college credit.
  • Past and present work experience will serve as a catalyst in the learning process. At the heart of the education model is a major project, which continues throughout the program, blends study and experiential learning.

Concordia University faculty are devoted to this educational model and fully respects students’ prior learning as worthwhile and valuable in the educational setting. Experienced in their respective fields, instructors come from Concordia University faculty ranks or are adjunct faculty who have proven expertise and enjoy working with adult students.

General Admission Information

Candidates for undergraduate admission to Concordia University, Saint Paul, must be graduates of a regionally accredited high school or home school or hold the GED certificate. Applicants must be persons of good moral character. Early application is encouraged.

Academic Requirement and Procedures

  1. Submission of Undergraduate Application for Admission
  2. Submission of official transcripts from all previously attended institutions indicating a minimum of 30 semester credits, transferable, from accredited colleges or universities, or a combination of transferable credits and extra collegiate learning experience equaling 30 semester credits
  3. Verification of a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 or better.
  4. Personal statement explaining what has led you to pursue your undergraduate degree and your long-term academic and professional goals (minimum of 300 words)

A partial list of additional requirements includes:

  • BS in Pulmonary Science and Radiological Science Leadership: Students must have earned an associate’s degree in Respiratory Therapy (Pulmonary Science) or in Radiologic Technology (Radiologic Science Leadership) to be considered for admission.
  • BS in Nursing: Program applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 or better. Prior to registration for NUR courses, students must meet programmatic specific health and practice requirements as outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook.

Upon receipt of official transcripts, an academic advisor will review them and determine the number of transferable credits that have been satisfied. When the above requirements have been met and the university’s Admissions Office has received and processed the completed application, the file will be reviewed for acceptance.

International Students

  1. Submit all material required of entering freshmen and/or transfers. This includes an English translation transcript of level of education
  2. Submit evidence of one or more of the following (traditional freshmen and transfer):
    1. Score of at least 500 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or at least 173 on the computer-based test
    2. Equated score of at least 70 on the Michigan test
    3. Completed level 112 from English Language Services (ELS). Based on these test results, Concordia’s testing program results, and the student’s classroom performance during the early part of the semester, tutorial needs of the student are determined by the director of the academic support programs, in consultation with appropriate faculty personnel
  3. Submit evidence of one or more of the following (adult undergraduate and graduate):
    1. Completion of Level 112 at an English Language School (ELS) or Accelerated Level at Global Language Institute (GLI)
    2. Completion of Level 6 at an approved English school
    3. TOEFL-iBT score of 78 or TOEFFL PBT score of 547
    4. An aquated score of 80 or better on the Michigan Test
    5. IELTS overall band score of 6 or higher (International English Language Testing System)
  4. Submit health and immunization records as required by law. International students are admitted for the fall and spring terms only
  5. Any transcripts provided must be evaluated by an outside agency for American equivalents

Application Contacts

Persons seeking undergraduate admission should direct all correspondence to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Concordia University, Saint Paul
1282 Concordia Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104-5494

Students may also submit an on-line application at www.csp.edu. Correspondence includes all matters and inquiries connected with admission, such as application forms, letters of recommendation, ACT scores, transcripts and fees. Remittances should be made payable to Concordia University, Saint Paul and sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Acceptance to Concordia University

All prospective students will be notified by email of the action taken on their application. Materials submitted should demonstrate that applicants satisfactorily meet admission criteria set by the faculty of Concordia University. Exceptions are considered by the Degree Completion and Graduate Admissions Committee. Appeals may be made to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Immunization Requirements for On Campus Students

Minnesota State Law (statute 135A.14) requires that on campus students must submit their immunization records to have on file at the university prior to attending their first semester. Students who do not submit these records will have a hold placed on their academic records until this requirement is met.

Concordia Admissions Department will inform students how to submit the immunization information. It may be done electronically or to the Admissions Department.

Required immunizations are:

  1. Tdap (Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis) must be given less than 10 years ago.
  2. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

Recommended immunizations are for:

  1. Hepatitis B series
  2. Meningitis
  3. Varicella (chicken pox)
  4. Hepatitis A series
  5. Human Papilloma Virus series
  6. Annual Flu shot

Students living and studying in close contact are more susceptible to some illnesses/infections/diseases so please consider that when deciding on immunizations.

Please check with your health care provider about receiving these immunizations and submit this information along with the required immunization information.

Exemptions

Minnesota Law provides these exemptions from immunizations:

  1. Conscientious Objection based on held beliefs. This exemption must be received prior to the students first term, signed by student (or parent/guardian) and notarized.
  2. A Medical Exemption may be issued because of a contraindication to an immunization based on some medical condition. Medical exemptions must be signed by a licensed medical provider.

If there is an outbreak of the disease of objection, the student will need to be immunized at that time or excluded from classes until the outbreak is over.

Unable to Locate Dates of Immunizations

If a student cannot locate immunization records the options are:

  1. Get the required immunizations again and submit the date/s.
  2. Have a blood test (titer) to determine the immune status and submit the information.

Re-Admission of Former Students of Concordia University

  1. Apply for re-admission through the Office of Undergraduate Admission. No application fee is required
  2. Submit information concerning activities since last attending Concordia, and include appropriate letters of recommendation if required
  3. Request official transcript of credits earned at other institution(s) be sent to the registrar

Advanced Placement Program

Concordia University will grant credit for most College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations to students with a grade of three, four, or five. Students should have an official score report sent to Concordia University (code number 6114). Concordia University’s AP credit policy is posted on www.csp.edu.

College-Level Examination Program

Concordia University will grant credit for most College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) results to students with a score of 50 or higher. Only those exams listed in the CLEP credit policy will be accepted. Students should have an official score report sent to Concordia University, Saint Paul – code number 6224. Information about the CLEP examinations can be found at www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/about.html. The CLEP credit policy is posted on www.csp.edu.