Traditional Undergraduate Admissions


Prospective students and their families are strongly encouraged to visit.  This provides an opportunity to explore the campus and meet the people who make Asbury University unique.  The Admissions Office offers a variety of scheduled campus visitation days or will design an individual visit based on the needs and interests of the prospective student.

Individual or group visits may be scheduled by contacting the Admissions Office at 1-800-888-1818 or 1-859-858-3511, ext. 2374, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The office may also be reached by e-mail at: or by FAX at 859-858-3921.  Visits may also be scheduled online at  Directions to the campus, hotel and restaurant information along with sites of local interest are available at as well.



Asbury University has a rolling admission policy.  Applications for admission are accepted throughout the calendar year.  Students are encouraged to apply for admission at the earliest possible date.  An early application for admission provides optimal opportunity for financial aid awards, course selection, and campus housing.  High school students are encouraged to apply in the fall of their senior year and may apply during the spring of their junior year of high school.  Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, or summer semesters.



To obtain application materials and information, contact the Admissions Office by phone, 1-800-888-1818 or 1-859-858-3511; e-mail,; FAX, 859-858-3921; or online at  Completed materials may be mailed to:

Undergraduate Admissions
Asbury University
One Macklem Drive
Wilmore, Kentucky 40390



The following are needed to complete the application process:

1. Application for admission that includes an affirmation of the community standards.

2. Official test scores from the (SAT) Scholastic Assessment Test of the College Examination Board or (ACT) American College Testing Program Assessment.  This is required of all freshman class applicants and transfers who have earned less than 30 hours of college credit.  Asbury University’s SAT University code number, 1019, should be placed on the examination for the official reporting of the scores. The ACT University code number is 1486.

If five or more years have passed since high school graduation, this requirement may not be applicable.

Information regarding registration, test dates, and location may be obtained from a high school guidance counselor, the Asbury University Admissions Office, or from the following:

College Board (SAT)
PO Box 6200
Princeton, New Jersey 08541

American College Testing Program (ACT)
2201 N. Dodge Street
PO Box 451
Iowa City, Iowa 52243

3. An official high school transcript sent directly from the school or test scores from the General Educational Development Test (GED) sent directly from the testing agency are required of all applicants to the freshman class and transfer students who have earned fewer than 30 semester hours of university credit. 

In order for high school transcripts (Public, Private, and Home School) to be considered official, a transcript must include: full name of student; birth date; home address; high school name; high school address; high school telephone number; indication of whether public, private, or homeschool; cumulative grade point average; grade 12 final grades; and the high school graduation date (not the date the transcript was issued).  

High School Transcripts are evaluated on a four‑point scale [A (4.0), B (3.0), C (2.0), D (1.0), F (0.0)]. The cumulative point standing based on this evaluation should be 2.50 or above. Variation from this scale is granted only when the transcript specifies a different evaluation.  Weighted averages are taken into account for admission and for scholarships.

Home school Transcripts - Candidates to the freshman class or transfer students with fewer than 30 semester hours of university credit who have completed any portion of their secondary education through home schooling are required to provide certification of completion of a home schooling program and documentation of all course work completed.

NOTE: Official, final high school transcripts (that include a high school graduation date and official signatures) are required for students to receive the full benefit of the financial aid package.

All athletes, including home schooled students, must submit an official final high school transcript in order to be eligible for participation.  [Home school students seeking to participate in intercollegiate athletics will need additional documentation from their home state. 

NAIA policy states: “Home school students must receive a certificate (or equivalent) granted by the state verifying successful completion of home schooling requirement...”]

4.An official transcript from each college and university attended should be sent directly from the institution to the Asbury University Admissions Office.  This does include transcripts from the college attended for any dual credit courses taken during high school.  These classes cannot transfer from the high school transcript.

College Transcripts are evaluated on a four–point scale [A (4.0), B (3.0), C (2.0), D (1.0), F (0.0)]. The cumulative point standing based on this evaluation should be 2.50 or above.

5. A signed and completed Christian Character Recommendation Form is recommended. The Admissions office reserves the right to require a recommendation in order to make an admission decision.

6. A personal interview and/or references may be required of selected candidates.

7. To be considered for full admission in good standing, applicants must supply evidence of likely success as an Asbury University student.

8. Satisfy the requirements for admission as outlined below for type of admission.

[ALL TRANSCRIPTS, whether high school or University, must be sent directly from that institution to the Admissions Office of Asbury University.  Hand‑carried transcripts may be used for evaluation.  They are NOT acceptable as final, official transcripts.]

NOTE: further requirements below for international student applications



More below about specific requirements for different types of applicants.

New Freshmen   Transfer   International   Non-Degree   Re-Admission



Admission As A New Freshman

A student who has not attempted academic credit at another college or university since graduation from high school must apply for admission as a first time freshman.      To be admitted as a freshman, an applicant must submit:

  • An official academic record indicating graduation from high school with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or completion of the GED.
  • The SAT combined score (Critical Reading and Math) of at least 1020 or an ACT composite score of at least 22.
  • Applicants should have completed a college preparatory curriculum including:
              English - four years including one year of Composition
              Mathematics - three to four years including Algebra
              Social Studies - two years including one year of History
              Laboratory Science - two to three years
              Foreign Language - two years of the same language



Admission As A Transfer Student

A student who has attempted any semester hours of academic credit at another college or university following graduation from high school needs to apply for admission as a transfer student.

  • To be admitted as a transfer student, an applicant must submit an official academic record as outlined above indicating a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) from each college or university attended.
  • A maximum of 75 semester credit hours of transfer credit may be transferred for the bachelor’s degree from all sources (regionally accredited institutions, AP, CLEP, IB, CPL credit, military credit and institutional credit)
  • Applicants with fewer than 30 semester hours of college credit will be classified as a Freshman Transfer and should also submit a high school academic transcript indicating a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and the SAT combined score (Critical Reading and Math) of at least 1020 or an ACT composite score of at least 22.



Re-Admission As A Former Student

Former Asbury University students who have withdrawn from the University or have failed to maintain continuous enrollment may apply for re-admission. Students applying for re-admission must submit:

  • A completed Asbury University Application for Re-admission.
  • An official academic record of all post-secondary grades and course work from all institutions attended since the last Asbury University enrollment.

To be re-admitted, an applicant must be in good standing academically, socially and financially at Asbury University. An applicant not in good standing in one or more of these categories will be referred to the Admissions Review Committee for consideration.



Admission As An International Student

International students applying for admission to Asbury University as a freshman or a transfer student must:

  • Complete an Asbury University application for admission.
  • Submit official copies of all secondary and post-secondary academic records to the Office of Admissions
  • Preferred English Proficiency Tests: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - International students must demonstrate their English proficiency to Asbury University.

Applicants must present a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 550 on the paper-based TOEFL before they can be admitted. For the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), applicants must present a minimum score of 6.5.

If the applicant is a native speaker of English and is a citizen of Great Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the British West Indies, SAT or ACT scores are required instead of the TOEFL or IELTS.

If the applicant has studied as a full-time student in one of the countries mentioned above within the last two years (or at a school where English is the language used in classroom teaching), has taken at least one English class with a grade of B or better, and has a good academic record at the school attended, he or she has the option to submit SAT or ACT scores to determine whether the English Proficiency Test may be waived.

TOEFL (School Code: 1019; and the IELTS (

  • A signed and completed Christian Character Reference form is recommended.
  • Submit the Asbury University Statement of Financial Responsibility form. Applicants must also submit a certified bank document verifying a current balance in USD.
  • An international transfer student interested in receiving credit for previous college or university work must submit authenticated copies of all post-secondary academic records to the Office of Admissions through the World Education Services credential services clearinghouse. Applicants must order the WES ICAP (International Credential Advantage Package) evaluation package and verified transcript, and must request a Course-By-Course Report. (BASIC evaluation packages and Document-By-Document Reports will not be acceptable.) When completing the application, Asbury University must be selected as a recipient institution. Applicants may access this service and submit a U.S. Credential Evaluation Application at Applicants are responsible for paying the Credential Services Fee for the WES ICAP Course-By-Course Evaluation, as well as the appropriate delivery fee to the World Education Services through the above website. NOTE: Fees are not refundable and are subject to change. Under certain circumstances, additional administrative fees may be charged.
  • Once accepted, students must submit a tuition deposit equal to one semester of full-time tuition, fees, room, & board less financial aid. This substantial deposit provides for the student’s first semester cost of attendance at Asbury University and must be submitted in full before an I-20 document may be created and sent to the student. International students do not have to submit the $200 pre-tuition deposit
  • Once accepted, students must send a copy of their valid passport to the Office of Admissions.


Admission As A Non-Degree Seeking Student

Students who are not seeking a degree or who are enrolled in another institution and wish to take a course from Asbury University may apply, completing the Special Status Application online at Non-degree seeking student applicants must have completed a secondary school or hold a General Educational Development Test Certificate. In either case, the applicant must submit appropriate verification of his or her status. Applicants must be in good standing academically, socially, and financially from all prior institutions attended. Applicants not in good standing in any of these categories will be referred to the Admissions Review Committee for evaluation. Students who wish to maintain non-degree seeking student status may accumulate up to 12 semester hours over no more than two semesters.

A non-degree seeking applicant must submit:

  • A completed non-degree seeking student application for Admission.
  • An official high school transcript or GED if holding less than 30 semester hours from institutions of higher learning.
  • Official academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Non-degree seeking students may be admitted as:

a. Post-Baccalaureate: Students who hold a bachelor’s degree and are earning further credits just to complete an additional major or certification.

b. Special: (1) students taking courses for personal interest or development, or (2) Students who may not meet admissions requirements but have been admitted by special action of the Director of Admissions and/or the Admissions Review Committee for a specified period of time.

c. Auditor: Students attending non-activity courses for personal enrichment and not for academic credit may refer to Auditing Courses policy under the Academic Policies section of this Bulletin. Only lecture-type courses or the lecture part of laboratory courses may be audited. Activity courses may not be audited.

d. Visiting: Full time students visiting, with proper permission from their home institution, for study at our Wilmore campus, Paris Study Abroad, or China Study Abroad programs.



Each candidate for admission is reviewed individually with careful consideration given to academic records, test scores, application essays, references and the ability to benefit from and contribute to the opportunities offered at Asbury University.  Asbury University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, or handicap in the admission of students, in its educational policies or in its activities. In addition, Asbury University does not discriminate on the basis of religion in the admission of students and in student access to educational programs. Asbury University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant when that decision is determined to be in the best interest of the student or the institution.

When a candidate has completed the application process, one of the following decisions will be made:

  • Admission in Good Standing
  • Conditional Admission. Applicants who fail to meet the minimum admission criteria may, in some instances, be granted conditional admission. Students granted conditional admission are usually subject to provisions designed to promote academic achievement. These provisions may include a reduction in course load, and/or enrollment in specific classes or support programs.
  • Provisional Admission. In some cases, students will be given provisional admission based on self-reported information or unofficial documents pending receipt of official documentation to complete their application file. Students will be required to complete and sign a provisional admission agreement that confirms self-reported information and provides a deadline for the submission of official documents. If official documentation arrives in the time period outlined in the agreement, and is consistent with prior information, the student will be granted admission in good standing or conditional admission. If official documentation fails to arrive in the time period allowed, the student faces the potential of immediate suspension and, in any event, will not be allowed to register for the next semester.
  • Denied Admission. The Director of Admissions may deny admission to any student whose academic records and standardized test scores indicate little likelihood of academic success at Asbury University. Asbury University also reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant when that decision is determined to be in the best interest of the student or the institution. An applicant who has been denied admission has the right to appeal that decision in writing to the Admissions Review Committee provided the applicant can present relevant additional information in support of his or her application.



Candidates for admission who have completed the application process will receive written notification of their admissions status. Information on the following will be included in this communication:

  • A pre-tuition deposit of $200.00 is required of all full-time, non-international students in order to confirm intention for enrollment. Pre-tuition payments for the fall semester are refundable until May 1 and until December 1 for the spring semester.
  • A completed Asbury University Report of Medical History and Physical is required and due by August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.
  • An official, final high school transcript is required for candidates to the freshman class by August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.
  • An official, final transcript of all post-secondary work completed by applicants admitted as transfer students is required by August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.



2015-16 BULLETIN   07/29/2015