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Undergraduate First-Year and Transfer Admission

While the Office of Admissions operates on a rolling admission basis, the following dates are recommended to ensure adequate time for receipt and processing of all admissions documents: 

Application Deadlines 

Fall Term 

  • Priority: December 1 

  • Regular: April 15

Spring Term 

  • Priority: October 1

  • Final: December 15 

It is highly recommended to apply by the priority term dates to meet other deadlines linked to financial aid, housing, and select scholarships that may require an acceptance to move forward. 

Admissions will continue to take applications after the final deadline until the end of the first week of instruction, however, applications received after this date will be considered late. 

First-Year Applicants

First-year applicants are welcome to apply to Chaminade University for both the fall and spring semester. All undergraduate first-year applicants should have or will have earned a high school diploma or the equivalent. Adequate preparation typically includes the following: 

First- Year Admissions Requirements

• 4 years of English
• 3 years of Social Studies
• 3 years of Mathematics
• 2 years of Science
• 4 years of College Preparatory Electives

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA): 

  • 2.50 or above (weighted) - All non-nursing majors 

  • 2.75 or above (weighted) - Nursing majors 

First -Year Application Checklist 

  • Application: 

  • Application fee: $50.00 (waivers accepted

  • Official high school transcript(s) sent directly to the Office of Admissions 

  • High school transcript(s) should reflect grades 9-12. Senior year (Grade 12) can show courses in-progress. 

  • Note: A final high school transcript showing the completion of senior year and verification of graduation, will be required if admitted into the university. 

  • Recommended: Official college transcripts (Dual Enrollment) - For high school students who are enrolled in dual enrollment programs. Qualified coursework can be evaluated for credit. 

  • Optional: Test scores (ACT and/or SAT)*

  • Optional: Letter(s) of recommendation 

  • Optional: Personal Essay

  • Optional: Resume 

  • Applicants will be notified if additional documentation may be required at the request of the Office of Admissions. 

Credit-Bearing Freshmen 

Applicants who have earned or attempted fifteen (15) or less college credits can apply as a freshman. Applicants must meet the criteria above for consideration of admission. 

Homeschooled Applicants 

Homeschooled applicants are welcome to apply to Chaminade University. In order for us to evaluate an applicant’s potential to successfully complete college level coursework, homeschooled applicants must submit the following:

  • Official high school transcript showing all courses completed with grades earned, and any courses in progress

  • The published homeschool curriculum including:

  • Course Name or Title

  • Length of Course

  • Course Description

  • Official transcripts showing any coursework taken at a traditional high school

  • Official transcripts showing any coursework taken at the college level

High School Diploma Equivalencies 

General Educational Development (GED) 

First-year applicants submitting an official General Educational Development (GED) score must have completed the four test subjects and score a minimum of 145 on each test. 

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA)

  • Mathematical Reasoning

  • Science

  • Social Studies 

Applicants who submit GED scores with a minimum of 145 on each section of the test may be considered for academic merit aid scholarships.  

High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) 

Chaminade University will accept the HiSET as a high school diploma equivalent as an alternative to the GED. 

Applicants applying with the HiSET must have the following to be considered for admission: 

  • Submit official documentation of their Comprehensive Score Report AND Individual Test report  

  • Must have a college and career readiness score of fifteen (15) or higher to be admitted

Transfer Applicants

Applicants from 2- or 4-year regionally accredited colleges may enroll during the fall or spring semesters. 

Transfer Admissions Requirements 

  • Earned or attempted 16 or more* semester hours of college credit 

  • *If the applicant has attempted or completed 15 or less semesters of college credits, the applicant will be considered a credit-bearing freshman and high school transcripts are required.

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • 2.00 or above - Non-nursing majors 

  • 2.75 or above - Nursing majors 

  • Coursework from non-accredited institutions will not be evaluated or counted for credit. 

  • Transfer Cumulative Grade Point Averages (GPA) will be calculated from all accredited institutions. Non-accredited institutions will not be counted toward admission review. 

Transfer Application Checklist 

  • Application - 

  • Application fee: $50.00 (waivers accepted

  • Official transcript(s) from every post-secondary institution attended sent directly to the Office of Admissions 

  • NOTE: Upon completion of work in progress courses, a final transcript must be sent to the Admissions Office.

International Applicants 

International (non-U.S. citizen) freshmen and transfer applicants are welcome to apply to Chaminade University for both the fall and spring semester. International applicants are recommended to apply by the priority deadlines to allow for adequate processing time. 

International Admissions Requirements

  • International applicants must meet the admissions criteria for either the first-year or transfer requirements listed above. 

  • Proof of English Proficiency - International applicants whose native language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency.  English Test Scores Accepted by Chaminade University: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): IBT minimum score 79, IELTS: minimum score of 6.5, PTE: minimum score of 53

  • Exemptions  - Applicants may show proof of English proficiency by earning a prior degree from an institution whose instruction was entirely in English, however this is at the discretion of the admissions and program staff and faculty.

  • Official records for at least the last four years of secondary school study and any university level or post-secondary course work that has been completed or attempted.

  • These records must list all subjects taken, grades earned, or examination results in each subject, and all diplomas and certificates.

  • NACES Evaluation - Third-party certified evaluations (course-by-course, gpa, credits, grades). These translations must come from a member of NACES organization ( in order to be considered official. This requirement includes international transcripts that may be in English.

International Application Checklist 

  • Application: 

  • Application fee: $50.00 (waivers accepted

  • Official records from all secondary and/or post secondary schools attended 

  • Official NACES evaluations 

  • Official English proficiency test results (TOEFL, IELTS) 

  • Certificate of Finances - Evidence of financial capacity to cover cost of attendance (tuition, fees, books and supplies, room and board, etc.) for the upcoming academic year. An I-20 will not be issued until this certificate is received and reviewed.

  • Copy of passport 

International applications will be processed by the Office of Admissions. 

I-20’s will be processed by the Records & Registrar’s Office. 

Tuition Deposit/Confirmation of Enrollment 

Applicants accepted for admission will be required to submit a non-refundable tuition deposit of $200 to confirm enrollment.

Admissions Policies 


Applicants who have been admitted and have submitted a tuition deposit can request to defer a maximum of one semester. 

Students who want to defer for more than one semester due to military service, medical, or religious reasons, must contact the Office of Admissions and submit a request for consideration. A tuition deposit will be required as part of the request. 

Cancellation/Decline of Admissions 

Applicants who are accepted and would like to decline their offer of admission can cancel their application through their portal or by contacting the Office of Admissions. 

Denied Decision

Students who have been denied admission can submit an appeal to the Office of Admissions. Appeals must include a statement of re-consideration and supporting documents (i.e. updated transcript, letters of recommendation/support, etc). 

Admittance with No Deposit/Enrollment 

Admission status is only valid for the term applied for. Applicants who are admitted but did not enroll, must re-apply for a future semester. 

Applied and did not submit 

Applicants who started an application but did not submit will be considered incomplete, and canceled for the term. To apply for a future term, a new application will be required.