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Undergraduate Admissions

Admission Standards

North Park University is committed to providing an admission policy that is fair and considers the changes that students are experiencing. North Park has always and will continue to review students holistically. We not only value what students accomplish in the classroom, but what they bring outside of the classroom and to their community.

2021–22 Academic Year Standards

Prospective students applying for a start term of Fall 2021 or Spring 2022, will not be required to submit test scores for admission.* Students who have already tested and wish to submit their scores may do so, and submitting test scores can only help, not hurt, your chance of admission.

While only a high school GPA will be required, we will continue to review students holistically and encourage students to provide a writing sample and an academic recommendation.

Pass/Fail grades will also be accepted if they are credit-bearing. These grades will not impact the student’s unweighted GPA.

*Test scores may be required for students applying for Direct Admission into Nursing and competitive scholarship opportunities. Academic merit-based scholarships will be determined at the time of acceptance based on high school GPA.

Traditional Standards

At minimum, all prospective students are recommended to meet these admission standards for grade point average (GPA) and standardized test scores:

Cumulative high school GPA 2.75 (unweighted)
Cumulative college GPA (transfer students) 2.5 (based on 12 or more transferable credits)
ACT composite
North Park’s ACT code is 1098
SAT composite
North Park’s SAT code is 1556

First-year students who do not meet the minimum requirements above may need to provide additional information such as an interview and/or be considered for provisional admission. Transfer students with a 2.00 – 2.49 may require additional information such as an interview to be considered for admission.  International students must also meet additional requirements for acceptance.

North Park University takes a lot of information into account when evaluating your application. In addition to your academic achievement as demonstrated through your ACT/SAT scores and transcripts, we will consider the following:

  • Your high school attendance record
  • A personal essay that you submit with your application, describing why you are interested in attending North Park University and why you believe you would be a good fit here (up to 500 words)
  • Activities and involvements that reflect your initiative, leadership, personal character, and values
  • Recommendations from your teachers, community leaders, pastors, etc.

Non-Discrimination Policy

North Park University does not discriminate with regard to race, creed, or religion; national origin, sex, age, disability, or color in admission to educational programs. Learn more.