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Freshman Admission

Carson-Newman University seeks students who have demonstrated the ability and motivation to gain full benefit from a demanding program of liberal arts education in a Christ-centered context and who will contribute to the campus community as a whole. Students are considered for admission based largely on their academic credentials along with additional factors that demonstrate probability of college success. Admissions decisions are made by the Carson-Newman University Office of Admissions and/or the Admissions Review Committee. For questions, feel free to Contact Your Representative or email admitme@cn.edu.

Candidates seeking freshman admission should submit the following to the Office of Admissions:

  • Completed application for admission
  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • Official college or university transcript(s)-if applicable
  • ACT and/or SAT scores (for all applicants under 25 years of age)
  • List of activities/honors (recommended)
  • Recommendation letters (optional)


Freshman admissions decisions are based on the following:

• Academic Record and Cumulative GPA
• Standardized Test Scores (ACT and/or SAT)
• Completion of core academics comprising of the following:

o 4 English
o 2 Math, including at least one course in algebra
o 2 Sciences, including one lab course
o 2 Social Sciences, including one history
o 4 additional academic credits chosen from foreign language, math, science, or social studies electives to satisfy state graduation requirements.

• Other factors such as:

o Extracurricular or leadership activities
o Special talents or skills
o Recommendations from teachers and/or counselors

Home Schooled Freshman Applicants: Along with the application for admission, home schooled applicants must submit the C-N Home School Information Form; and official copy of the home school transcript, showing coursework completed through the junior year; and a secondary school completion credential, if required by state law. Home school applicants from states that do not provide a standard transcript should use the C-N Home School Transcript Template to provide and official home school transcript. The official home school transcript must be signed by the home school administrator. Home schooled applicants must also submit official ACT or SAT scores, and will be evaluated based on requirements for freshman admission.

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