Capital selects students who present a combination of ability, maturity, motivation, character and commitment. The admission committee carefully considers a student’s academic record, as well as a student’s motivation, character and citizenship record as demonstrated through the application process. Capital University admits qualified students regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the university.
All degree candidates entering Capital University should have graduated from an accredited high school (or its equivalent) with a strong college preparatory curriculum. In preparation for the university, it is strongly suggested that students complete a minimum of 16 academic units including:
4 units of college preparatory English
3 units of mathematics (minimum—Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2)
3 units of natural science (including two lab sciences)
3 units of social science
2 units of foreign language (preferably the same language)
1 unit of fine arts
It is required that a candidate for the nursing program complete high school biology, chemistry and algebra II or equivalent courses and achieve a grade of C+ or higher in each of these classes.
- All students must submit the application for admission. Apply online at www.capital.edu.
- High school students also must submit:
- the official high school transcript
- American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) scores
- A guidance counselor information sheet also may be requested.
- Transfer students also must submit:
- the official high school transcript
- official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
- International students also must submit:
- official records/transcripts/exam results of all secondary and/or post secondary school work
- school leaving (graduation) certificates (when they become available)
- official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report. Capital’s TOEFL code is 1099.
*See Adult and Continuing Education for more information.
- official SAT or ACT scores, if available. The SAT is required if the student’s native language is English and they do not wish to submit a TOEFL score.
- for students coming to the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 immigration status, financial documentation demonstrating sufficient funds to live and study in the U.S. for a one-year period.
- Some departments may have additional admission criteria.
- Conservatory of Music applicants must complete a separate audition application and audition in the principal performing medium. Scheduled auditions are held on campus or can be submitted by electronic video.
- Home-schooled students also must submit a written statement and portfolio of their secondary school level work in addition to a transcript of courses and grades, ACT or SAT I scores, and a letter of recommendation from someone other than a parent who can write about the student’s character, ability, motivation, maturity and commitment.
- A $300 tuition deposit for resident students or a $200 tuition deposit for commuter students(and $100 housing deposit if applicable) confirms the student’s intent to enroll. Both deposits are refundable through April 30 preceding the fall term. The deposit is nonrefundable for all other terms. Complete information about admission procedures can be found on Capital’s Web site at http://www.capital.edu.
Types of admission
Rolling admission: The candidate meets all the qualifications for admission as a degree candidate and may apply any time following completion of the junior year of high school. Admission decisions are made throughout the year as applications are completed on a space available basis.
Transfer admission: The candidate has attended another college or university after graduating from high school. Transfer credit is awarded for all courses successfully completed at a regionally accredited college or university as per “Transfer of Credit,” discussed in the Undergraduate Academic Policies, Regulations and General Information section. The acceptance of these credits toward Capital’s degree program requires the approval of the program in which the student enrolls.
Transfer candidates for any program must be in good academic and social standing at the college or university last attended. A transfer candidate should have achieved a minimum of a 2.50 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at all colleges and universities attended. Candidates majoring in music should demonstrate satisfactory work in college-level music courses and complete a successful audition with the Conservatory faculty. The transfer candidate interested in the nursing program shall have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Sciences that apply to the major should have been taken within the last five years with a minimum cumulative average of 2.75 for those sciences.
Non-degree admission: Students who are pursuing university courses for reasons other than earning a degree at Capital University are considered to be non-degree students. Applicants are expected to submit the appropriate admission application and the $25 nonrefundable application fee. Students who plan to pursue degrees elsewhere should consult with that institution prior to enrolling at Capital. Non-degree students must have graduated from high school (or earned a GED). Current high school students may enroll in courses on a non-degree basis provided they demonstrate satisfactory high school preparation.
Non-degree students may, at any time, apply for degree status at the university through the Admission Office or Center for Lifelong Learning with a waiver of the application fee. Students are subject to the policies, regulations and degree requirements in effect at the time of initial matriculation into the university as degree-seeking students.
Readmission: A student who has been absent from the university for one semester or longer must apply for readmission through the Registrar’s Office. (See Undergraduate Academic Policies, Regulations and General Information for further information.)