All Cairn University students must have professed a faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior. By submitting an application, students acknowledge the University’s doctrinal position and standards of conduct as outlined in the Statement of Faith and Community Life Covenant.
Students come to Cairn from many different backgrounds. Find the admissions requirements that apply to you from the list below.
Applicants coming to Cairn directly after graduating from high school or who have never attended college or university before are considered First Time students. First Time students are admitted to the University on a rolling basis.
Home Schooled Students
- Submit a transcript of subjects studied, as well as grades and a cumulative grade point average; this must include the signature of the person who prepared the transcript. If the transcript does not include grades, an explanation of the method of evaluation must also be included.
- Send an official copy of your transcript, with graduation date, after graduation. Although not required, an independent evaluation of academic progress by a qualified educator may also be included with the transcript.
- Send proof of graduation at the completion of senior year unless GED scores and GED diploma are submitted. Home-school high school diplomas issued by the student’s parents are acceptable proof of high school completion.
- Submit a bibliography of high school literature and an essay written by the student.
Submit an official transcript of completed secondary school work, a copy of the GED diploma, and an official statement of test scores. GED scores must be 2400 for a standard score total, with a minimum average of 480. GED students who have been out of school for at least 7 years DON’T require SAT or ACT scores.
Students with outstanding abilities and academic records may be eligible for admission during their senior year of high school. An application should be submitted at the end of your junior year of high school. Acceptance is determined based on a strong three-year high school academic record, as well as junior year test scores.
- Submit a written statement of the reasons for pursuing early entrance.
- Submit a written recommendation from a high school guidance counselor or administrator, including an assessment of the applicant’s social and emotional maturity, as well as assurance that the high school diploma will be granted upon satisfactory completion of the student’s freshman year at Cairn.
- Submit a written statement of endorsement from the applicant’s parent(s) or guardian(s).
If you have already begun your education at an accredited college, university, or Bible institute, the courses you took will be evaluated for transfer credit to the academic programs at Cairn. A number of specified Bible and/or Doctrine courses are required to be completed at Cairn; all candidates for traditional undergraduate degree programs are required to complete a minimum of 60 Cairn credits. Transfer students are admitted to the University on a rolling basis.
If you are transferring into the University, you must have attained a minimum 2.2 GPA in previous college work. Specific majors may require a higher GPA. The amount of transfer credit you will receive is determined upon receipt of your official transcript from the institution(s) where you have completed post-secondary work. You may also need to provide course descriptions and/or a course catalog from your previous school. Courses in progress cannot be evaluated until official documents are received.
Students who have not attended classes at Cairn for one semester or more will need to complete specific application procedures. Re-entrant students are admitted to the University on a rolling basis.
International applicants must follow all application procedures for traditional first time students or transfer students (if you are transferring to Cairn from another University).
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – Submit your application materials by the following deadlines:
- May 1st for students entering in the fall semester (August)
- September 1st for students entering in the spring semester (January)
Cairn has created dual enrollment programs and offerings that allow current home-schooled and local high school students to satisfy both high school graduation and college credit requirements while taking classes on Cairn’s campus. Learn more about Dual Enrollment.
Additional Information for Non-Matriculation Status
- Non-matriculating students may be reconsidered for matriculation at a later date. To change your status, you must notify the Admissions Department and the Registrar concerning your intent to matriculate. At that time, you will need to complete the application procedures and requirements.
- Non-matriculant students are limited to a part-time course load (fewer than 12 credits per semester) and are not eligible for federal or state aid, grants, or loans. Non-matriculating students who reach 30 total credits must complete the application process and be accepted into a program in order to continue taking classes at Cairn.
Cairn University operates on a rolling admissions basis for applicants who are U.S. citizens. Students can start courses in the Degree Completion program beginning every August and February. Please contact your admissions representative to determine the next possible start date.
In addition to the standard admissions process, international students must be familiar with and fulfill requirements for International Degree Completion Students
As a prospective student, Cairn University’s annual security report is available to you upon request. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the school. The policy statements address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security, for example, policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. This report is available online at cairn.edu/annual-safety-report. You may also request a paper copy from the Office of Safety & Security or Student Life.