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Admissions Policies

Anchor Christian University’s innovative approach to integrated education is designed to inject learning into the student’s world. As such, our educational design requires each student to be in a role and/or context well-suited to engage and invest their learning in real time. An ideal context might be a GAP program, an internship, a professional position in a ministry or para-church organization, or any other situation relevant to the program of study.

Don’t have one? Our team may be able to help you find the right fit. Visit us online at https://anchoru.com/community/frontline-ministries/ for ideas and options.

Prospective students desiring to enroll or wanting more information about the university may contact the Admissions Office in one of the following ways:

Admissions Process

Students who want to enroll to pursue a degree or certificate must be high school graduates or have passed an equivalent high school educational test in their state of residence, such as the General Educational Development test (GED). High school and homeschool students may apply after they have completed a six-semester transcript.

Applicants are evaluated based on references from those familiar with their character and spiritual development (usually church leaders or teachers), previous academic performance, standardized test scores, and personal interest in and desire for Christian leadership and ministry.

Anchor Christian University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, national or ethnic origin in employment, admissions, financial aid, and participation in University programs. All new and reactivating applicants must agree to uphold ACU’s Community Covenant found in the Student Experience section of this catalog.

ACU reserves the right to change aspects of the University’s admissions policies that may affect admission requirements and criteria for new applicants. Applicants are notified of current application requirements when they apply. Current requirements are also found on the website at AnchorU.com/admissions. The following documents must be received by the Admissions Office before an applicant will be accepted.

  1. Application: Apply online at AnchorU.com/apply
  2. Official High School, Homeschool, or GED Transcript (or equivalent high school test approved by the applicant’s state of residence). A transcript with at least six semesters is required for review before acceptance. A complete transcript is required to enroll. Students who have attended ACU in the past or are transferring from another higher education institution with at least 24 credits completed, do not need to submit high school or equivalent transcripts.
  3. ACT, SAT, or CLT Score: If the scores are not included on the applicant’s high school transcript, students will need to request an official score to be sent to ACU at the time of the test or afterwards. The following applicants do not need to submit an ACT or SAT score report: applicants who are 23 or older and have not taken the ACT or SAT, applicants who have completed 12 or more transferable credit hours at another college or university, or applicants who have attended ACU in the past. More information for each standardized test option is available at the websites linked below.
  4. Ministry Leader Reference: All applicants are required to submit a Ministry Leader Reference from a key person (pastor, teacher, etc…) in their world that can speak to their character and calling from a place of relationship. The online application includes an opportunity to identify the ministry leader and enter their email address. If entered in the application, the system will send an email request for the reference (with a link to the online form) automatically. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow up to confirm a reference is submitted.
  5. Official Transcripts of All Colleges Attended:  Applicants who have attended a college or university since (or during) high school are required to submit transcripts from all colleges and universities that they have attended or are attending in order to be reviewed for acceptance. Complete, official transcripts are required in order to receive credit for prior work. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for acceptance evaluation, but official transcripts are required to transfer credit into ACU programs.

Applicants who have attended ACU in the past must be approved to return by the Academic and Business Offices. Students who return to ACU after two consecutive semesters of non-enrollment may be charged a reactivation fee.

Admissions Results

Applicants may expect a decision in writing (hard copy and/or email) from ACU within two weeks of the completion of the admissions checklist. If more information is required before a decision can be made, that will be communicated to the applicant as well.

  • Acceptance: Being accepted as a student is the first step toward being approved to enroll for classes. Other forms and information may be required before registering for classes.
  • Financial Aid: ACU does not currently participate in the federal Department of Education Title IV program. Current scholarships and other aid programs available through ACU are listed online at AnchorU.com/tuition-financial-aid. Scholarship opportunities are also listed on that page.