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Admissions Requirements



Completed Application – either Caldwell Application Online or Paper or via the Common Application.

High School Transcript:

An official high school transcript or official results from G.E.D. exam.

The average GPA for Caldwell’s incoming freshman class was around a 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, or a B average.

What we look at in your transcript:

  • A class rank indicative of serious preparation for college.
  • Completion of sixteen units of work in college preparatory courses.

These should include successful completion of four units of English, two units of foreign language, two units of college preparatory mathematics, two units of science (at least one of which must be laboratory science), one unit of history, and other college preparatory courses. A student who has sixteen units but has not satisfied all the prerequisites may be admitted on the recommendation of the Committee on Admissions provided evidence is given of ability to pursue college work.

Standardized Test Score(s):

Satisfactory performance on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with essay or American College Test (ACT) with essay.

The mid-50 range for SAT examinations prior to March 2016 at Caldwell is 900-1150 (Math and Critical Reading sections only). The equivalent scoring on the redesigned SAT (taken March 2016 or later) is  980-1220. The equivalent in ACT terms would be a composite score of 19-24. In evaluating your scores, we combine the totals of your highest Math and highest Critical Reading sections on SAT examinations taken prior to March 2016, we will combine the highest Math and Evidence Based Reading and Writing for SAT examinations taken from March 2016 or later. We will not super score across tests.

Letters of Recommendation:

At least two written recommendations from a reputable source (faculty, coaches, guidance counselors, employer supervisor, etc.). You can download our Recommendation Form here.

Essay or Graded Paper:

You should submit, along with your completed application, a graded essay/term paper written in the last year or submit a response to one of the following questions using between 250 and 650 words (If you plan on completing the Common Application, the essay included on the Common Application will fulfill this requirement):

  • Who are the people who have done the most to influence your personal development and in what ways were they influential?
  • How do you feel a college degree will allow you to be a better person and help others?
  • An essay of your choosing that will allow the admissions committee more insight to you as a person and your academic performance .


Introducing ZeeMee: At Caldwell, in an effort to know our applicants better, we have partnered with ZeeMee, a free service that helps students bring their application to life. As part of a holistic review, we are committed to learning about the person behind the application. Simply copy and paste your ZeeMee digital portfolio link into the Caldwell University application.  Sign up at ZeeMee.com. Please note, submitting a ZeeMee profile is completely optional and evaluation of your admissions application will not be delayed if you do not submit a ZeeMee profile.

 Undergraduate Admissions Requirements for International Students.