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First-Year Student Admission Requirements
  • Capital evaluates applications on a number of factors and admits qualified students regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability or national or ethnic origin. Decisions are made on a rolling basis with admission letters sent weekly. Most students hear back within 2-4 weeks of submitting application materials. A completed application consists of the following:

    Your Admission Application

    Our Admission Committee evaluate applications throughout the year for fall or spring enrollment. We will waive your application fee if you complete the online admission application, or you can download the paper admission application (PDF) and mail it in. The best way to apply is online since it is free and usually takes less than 30 minutes of your time.

    Tip: Be sure to fill out your application in detail. Your admission application also doubles as your scholarship application for most Capital merit and targeted awards! While we do not require an essay or letters of recommendation (easy, huh?), we do ask for a listing of your high school involvement so be sure to tell us all about yourself.

    Your ACT or SAT test scores

    Capital requires each applicant to submit official ACT or SAT scores. Your scores can be submitted on an official copy of your high school transcript mailed by your guidance counselor or sent directly from ACT or SAT. Our ACT code number is 3242, and our SAT code number is 1099 when you are filling out your registration forms.

    Tip: Send all of test results to Capital. We “superscore” your tests by taking your best sub-scores across multiple tests and averaging them together to create the best score possible for you. We will do this automatically as long as you send us copies of all of your test scores. We will always use the very highest result possible for both your admission decision and scholarship offer!

    Your Cumulative GPA & High School Transcript

    We carefully evaluate the high school record of each applicant, including review of your cumulative high school GPA and your course curriculum. After you send your Capital application, be sure your guidance counselor is mailing a copy of your official transcript in a sealed envelope to Capital. The main college preparatory courses we are looking for are as follows:

    • 4 English classes
    • 3 Math classes (including Algebra II)
    • 3 Science classes (including two lab sciences)
    • 3 Social Studies classes
    • 2 Foreign Language classes
    • 1 Fine arts class

    Tip: These courses are only recommendations and students that may be missing something are still encouraged to apply. We give each application careful consideration and have a defer process if an applicant’s record isn’t quite admissible at the time they apply. Deferred students can send updated grades and test scores as the year goes on for additional consideration.

    Counselor Information Form

    Give this form (PDF) to your guidance counselor and tell them to mail it with your official transcript. For their convenience, also provide them with a stamped envelope addressed to:
    Capital University
    Admission Office
    1 College and Main
    Columbus, OH 43209-2394 

    Special Program Requirements

    Conservatory of Music Audition Requirements
    Nursing Major Requirements
    Home-Schooled Student Requirements

    The students who are accepted to Capital are all accomplished in the classroom. Here's a snapshot of our first-year class: 

    • Middle 50% GPA: 3.1-3.8
    • Middle 50% ACT score: 21-27
    • Middle 50% SAT score: 970-1170



    Get in touch with our Admission Office by calling 614-236-6101 or toll free 866-544-6175.