“I am well aware of the distinguished record of Christendom College and of the outstanding contribution which it has made to Catholic life in the United States. For this reason, I am particularly honored to associate myself with such a fine Catholic institution of higher learning.” – Pope Benedict XVI
Christendom College is committed to academic and moral excellence. Successful applicants for admission to Christendom College must show promise of being able to do serious intellectual work at the college level. Christendom College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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While there is a strong Catholic emphasis in all aspects of the curriculum and life at Christendom College, non-Catholics are encouraged to apply.
We are accepting applications for Fall 2022.
Admission will be determined by a variety of indicators including, but not limited to, high school grades, College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), American College Test (ACT), or Classic Learning Test (CLT) scores, essays, and letters of recommendation. (See Application Procedure below for further information.) The examination code numbers for Christendom College are 5691 for the SAT, and 4339 for the ACT.
Students interested in applying for the fall semester of an academic year have two Application Deadline Dates from which to choose: Early Action Deadline of December 1 or the Regular Admissions Deadline of March 1.
Those whose application packages are complete and in the Admissions Office on or before December 1 (Early Action Deadline), will receive notification of their acceptance or rejection by Christmas.
Those whose application packages are complete and in the Admissions Office on or before March 1 (Regular Admissions Deadline), will receive notification of their acceptance or rejection by April 1.
Students who apply at any date throughout the year, and whose applications meet the Admissions Committee’s standards, may be notified as early as two weeks after submission of a complete application package. This is not the norm, but an exception to the above-mentioned application deadlines, dates, and processes.
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Admission will be determined by a variety of indicators including, but not limited to:
- High school grades and GPA as documented on a transcript
- College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) , American College Test (ACT), or Classic Learning Test (CLT) scores
- Application Essay
- Academic letter of recommendation
- The examination code numbers for Christendom College are 5691 for the SAT, and 4339 for the ACT.
The College may grant both placement and credit toward the undergraduate degree through the Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board. Advanced placement credit may be given for American history, art history, biology, chemistry, computer science, English literature and composition, European history, French language, American government and politics, Latin, mathematics, physics, and Spanish language. Acceptance of advanced placement credit is not automatic; petition for acceptance of AP credit must be made to the Academic Dean. A score of 4 or 5 in any of the above-listed fields will be granted liberal arts elective credit, to the limit of 9 semester hours towards fulfillment of degree requirements. On the recommendation of the relevant department chairman, the Academic Dean may grant credit toward fulfillment of certain departmental major requirements.
Home schooled applicants should follow all the same application procedures.
Christendom College recognizes Kolbe, Mother of Divine Grace, Our Lady of the Rosary, Seton Home School, and other home schooling programs, and welcomes individually created homeschool programs as well. The college has no preference of one program over another. All students must provide documentation showing completed course work along with the student’s GPA (home school transcript) which should be sent to the Admissions Office. Home School Transcript Forms are available from the College, but families may use their own versions if they would like. Christendom College respects the family’s right to educate its students in whataver manner it wishes. For more information on homeschooling and Christendom, go here: https://www.christendom.edu/admissions/homeschooled-students/
The following are high school courses recommended (not required. Christendom does not require that any of these courses or classes be completed prior to applying or attending the College) for those students preparing for the Christendom College Liberal Arts Curriculum:
- English/Literature (4 years)
- Grammar and Composition*
- World Literature*
- American Literature
- British Literature
- History and related studies (3 years)
- World History*
- American History and Government*
- Language (2 years of same language)
- Classical or Modern Language
- Mathematics (2 years)
- Algebra I* and II
- Science (2 years)
*Christendom recommends a combined minimum of 5 years in math and science, with a minimum of two years in each.
Students who have attended other colleges and universities must submit those credentials that are required of all applicants. In addition, they must have official transcripts sent from each college and university attended. Upon request, a prospective student’s college transcript will be evaluated for credits transferable to Christendom College. The College will inform all transfer students upon acceptance, or no later than Registration Day, of the amount of credit that will transfer.
Application for acceptance of credits earned from other institutions prior to matriculation at Christendom College must be made at the time of application for admission. Such credits will not be accepted retroactively at a later date.
The College’s transfer credit policy is as follows:
- Accredited college-level courses in the humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, social or behavioral sciences, and theology may be eligible for transfer credit.
- Christendom College accepts in transfer only those credits carrying grades of “C” (2.0) or above;
- In English composition at the introductory (freshman) level, the College accepts only those credits carrying grades of “B” (3.0) or above;
- The College will count any non-repetitive liberal arts credits in the above categories toward the total number of credits required for either the A.A. or the B.A. degrees. Note that non-liberal arts courses are hereby excluded: e.g., mechanical arts, fine arts, vocational training, and specifically pre-professional programs in such fields as business, agriculture, health services, etc.
- The College will count against its core requirements only those credits in the above categories which match the said requirements in content and, at the discretion of the Academic Dean, in point of view. Students must be prepared to give clear accounts of the content of any courses they wish to present in transfer to the College. Students should be aware that courses they have taken which match Christendom courses in terms of subjects covered may in some cases be disallowed in transfer because the point of view was so different as to fail to accomplish some of the important purposes of the corresponding Christendom course.
- Transfer of credits toward a major at the College is determined by the appropriate department chairman on the recommendation of the Academic Dean, who may routinely act within limits which the respective chairmen set for their departments. Ordinarily, no more than nine (9) credits will be accepted in transfer toward a major at the College, or six (6) credits towards a minor at the College.
- A maximum of ninety (90) semester hours may be accepted in transfer towards fulfillment of degree requirements at Christendom College.
- Credits from courses taken by correspondence normally are not transferable to Christendom College.
- Credits earned more than ten (10) years before matriculation at Christendom College will not be accepted.
- Academic credit is not granted for life experience.
International students follow all of the same application procedures. Applicants whose native language is not English should arrange to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from the Educational Testing Service and have the results sent to the Admissions Office of Christendom College. Tests of Written English (TWE) and of Spoken English (TSE) are also recommended, though not required. Further information about TOEFL, TWE and TSE may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service by either writing or calling TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151; phone: 609-771-7500; Fax: 609-771-7500; TTY: 609-734-9362.
International students must be prepared to accept full financial responsibility for their studies and residence while at the College. An I -20 form will be issued to an international student after he has been accepted for admission.
Age Requirement for Admission and On Campus Housing
Students must be at least 16 years of age on or by the first day in order to be considered for admission to the College.
However, students must be at least 17 years of age on or by the first day of the academic semester to live on campus in the residence halls. Students under 17 may not live in the residence halls and must make arrangements to live off campus while taking classes. They may move into the residence halls at the beginning of the academic semester that follows their 17th birthday (e.g. If a student turns 17 in October, he or she is eligible to live on campus in the spring semester).
Please note that the College believes that the lived community experience is a critical aspect of the College’s mission and therefore all students are expected to live on campus for the entirety of their enrollment at Christendom. To be approved to live off campus, a student must meet one of the following criteria:
1) The student lives with his or her parents or legal guardians in the local area.
2) The student has been approved through the Office of Student Support Services to live off campus due to a diagnosed and documented medical condition that cannot be accommodated on campus
3) The student meets a specific threshold of financial need as determined by the College Financial Aid Office.
4) The student is 26 years or older by the first day of the academic semester.
5) The student is married.
Directions for Applying to Christendom College:
- Complete the online application form. It’s FREE!
- Write one 500 word essay on the specific topic found on the application. The essay will be judged on content, grammar, spelling, and style. Please proofread your work.
- Send one letter of recommendation, testifying to your academic competence (written by teacher, homeschooling parent, tutor, or academic counselor). If you have been homeschooled and your mother or father have been your teachers, they may fill out the academic letter of recommendation. Download the letter of recommendation form, add comments, and save the document. Your letter may then be emailed, mailed, or uploaded to your application checklist.
- Have your High School Transcript(s) and, if applicable, College Transcript(s) sent to the Admissions Office. Homeschooled students who are not enrolled in a homeschool program (e.g. Seton, Mother of Divine Grace, Our Lady of the Rosary, Kolbe) may download Christendom’s own High School Homeschool transcript form. Please include the student’s GPA on the transcript form. If you are applying after January, please ensure that your transcripts include the prior fall semester’s grades.
- Request that SAT, ACT, or CLT scores be sent to the Director of Admissions. If forms are not available at your high school, a copy may be obtained by writing directly to: Scholastic Aptitude Tests, College Entrance Examination Board, PO Box 881, Princeton, NJ 08540, or to American College Tests, PO Box 414, Iowa City, IA 52240. The examination code numbers for Christendom College are 5691 for the SAT, and 4339 for the ACT. For the CLT, students merely request that their test results be sent to Christendom College. For more information about the Classic Learning Test please contact Classic Learning Initiatives at email@example.com or 551-258-3926.
- Christendom College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.