Requirements – Undergraduate

General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and sign the transcript request form for all institutions previously attended. Ask your admission counselor for assistance with this process. Official transcripts are only valid if sent directly from the high school or college to Friends University. Transcripts sent to you are considered unofficial. If you process your own request for transcripts, please make sure they are sent directly to:Friends University Admissions Processing
    2100 W. University Ave.
    Wichita, KS 67213
  • If required, request that your official ACT or SAT scores are sent to the Office of Admission

Requirements for Incoming Freshmen

Spring 2022

Students unable to take an ACT or SAT test due to COVID-19 can still be admitted based on High School GPA under our temporary Covid 19 Admission Policy for Spring 2022.

Students with a HS GPA of 2.75 or higher will be fully admitted with final transcripts from the high school (no ACT needed)

  • Students do not need to take the ACT/SAT
  • Students will be fully admitted (they will not be admitted on probation)

Students with a HS GPA below 2.75 may:

  • Submit an admission appeal to be reviewed by the appeals committee.  The student submits an appeal letter to their Admission Counselor to begin appeal process.
  • Choose to take the ACT/SAT and follow the admissions policy in the academic catalog.

Academic Scholarships will be awarded for students who are test optional.  For questions, please ask Financial Aid.

Friends University does use standardized tests, such as the ACT test, to place incoming students in math and English courses. Students admitted without a test score may be asked to complete a placement test to determine course scheduling.

Fall 2022

All students applying for admission to the traditional undergraduate program are required to meet the following admissions criteria:

  1. ACT Composite Score of 18 or higher (an adjusted scale is used for students submitting SAT scores).
  2. Minimum High School cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher or equivalent.

Beginning in the fall of 2022, Friends University will adopt a test-optional admissions policy. Students applying for test-optional admission are required to meet the following admissions criteria:

  1. Minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.25 or equivalent.

Applicants who completed a home school education pursue Friends University admission through the traditional admission process.

Applicants meeting the admissions criteria will be fully admitted to the University. Applicants who do not meet the minimum criteria are not fully admitted to the University; these applicants have the option to appeal to the Admissions Appeals Committee to be admitted on Academic Probation.

Applicants with an ACT composite score lower than 16 or a cumulative high school GPA lower than 2.0 will be denied admission without right of appeal. Students applying through the test-optional admissions policy with a cumulative high school GPA lower than 2.5 will be denied admission without right of appeal unless a test score is submitted.

Academic appeals will not be reviewed more than one academic semester prior to the students desired start date. All academic appeals are due by the end of business day prior to the first day of the semester. Appeals received after the deadline will be reviewed for the following semester.

*Please note: Test scores, such as ACT or SAT, may be required for specific scholarship consideration, athletic eligibility through the NAIA, admission to specific programs, and will be considered by the Academic Appeals Committee for all academic appeals.

Requirements for Transfer Students

Spring 2022

  • Transfer students with 15 or more transferable semester credits and a grade point average of 2.0 or higher are to be fully admitted to Friends University.
  • Transfer students who have accumulated at least 16 hours but fewer than 58 credit hours with a GPA between 1.6 and 2.0 are to be admitted provisionally.
  • Transfer students who have accumulated at least 16 hours but fewer than 58 credit hours with a GPA lower than 1.6 will not be admitted.
  • Transfer students who have accumulated 59 hours or more but fewer than 88 credit hours with a GPA between 1.8 and 2.0 are to be admitted provisionally.
  • Transfer students who have accumulated 59 hours or more but fewer than 88 credit hours with a GPA lower than 1.8 will not be admitted.
  • Transfer students who have accumulated more than 88 credit hours with a GPA lower than 2.0 will not be admitted.
  • Transfer Student Credit: Credit is transferred with the grade earned in the course at the institution where the course was taken. All grades are calculated for a transfer GPA, including courses that might have been deleted from consideration by an “academic fresh start” at the transferring institution. Transfer courses with “D” grades may not be used to meet major or grade-based graduation requirements but will be posted to a student’s transcript.
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic standards for full admission are not fully admitted to the University. These applicants have the option to appeal to the Admissions Appeals Committee for conditional admittance. Applicants with an ACT composite score lower than 15 or a cumulative high school GPA lower than 1.5 will be denied admission without the right of appeal.

Fall 2022

  • Transfer students with fewer than 15 transferable semester credits must apply under the traditional admission as either test-optional or by submitting ACT/SAT scores and official high school transcripts. Consideration for admissions will fall under traditional admission standards.
  • Transfer students with 15 or more transferable semester credits and a grade point average of 2.0 or higher are to be fully admitted to Friends University. Applicants who do not meet the minimum criteria are not fully admitted to the University. Applicants with a GPA of 1.8 or higher have the option to appeal to the Admissions Appeals Committee to be admitted on Academic Probation.
  • Note: Transfer courses with “D” grades may not be used to meet major or grade-based graduation requirements but will be posted to a student’s transcript.
  • Applicants with a cumulative GPA 1.8 or lower will be denied admission without the right of appeal. All academic appeals are due by the end of business day prior to the first day of the semester. Appeals received after the deadline will be reviewed for the following semester.

Learn more about programs for transfer students.

Requirements for GED Applicants

  • Applicants with a GED total standard score of 2250 or higher and ACT composite score of 18 or more will be fully admitted.
  • Applicants with test scores lower than 410 in any GED content area and ACT composite score lower than 15 will not be admitted.

Requirements for International Applicants

As an international student, there are a few more requirements for admission, but we’ll walk you through them step by step. Get all the information you need to be admitted to Friends University as an international student.

Placement Testing

Placement testing is offered at Friends University to assess students’ current skillset and college readiness in the subjects of English and math. We want to ensure that students take courses that they can succeed in, which is why our placement tests determine specific English and math courses that students may enroll in.

Not all incoming students need to take a placement test. Exemptions are subject-specific, which means you may qualify for an exemption in one area (such as English) but not in another area (such as math).

If you do not qualify for an exemption, you are required to participate in placement testing.

Below are the exemptions that qualify a student to opt out of a placement exam:

You may be exempt from taking the math placement exam and place into a college-level math course if you meet one or more of the following:

  1.  Scored a minimum of 16 on the ACT math section. (Students who score less than a 16 on the math section of the ACT are eligible to take MATH 099, though this course is considered a preparatory course and does not count as college credit towards degree requirements.)
    • In order to qualify for an ACT exemption, we must have your ACT scores on file in the admission office prior to your enrollment day.
  2. Scored a minimum of 431 on the SAT math section (for SAT exams administered March 2016 and later). No combined score needed.
    • In order to qualify for a SAT exemption, we must have your SAT scores on file in the admission office prior to your enrollment day.
  3. Scored a 3 or higher on either the AP Calculus (AB) exam or the AP Calculus (BC) exam
    • In order to qualify for an AP course exemption, we must have your AP scores on file in the admission office prior to your enrollment day.
  4. Took a college-level math course (dual-credit) from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • In order to qualify for a dual credit course exemption, you must either: 1) send an official transcript to the admission office prior to your enrollment day, or 2) come prepared with a copy of your unofficial transcript on enrollment day. We strongly prefer that you send an official transcript to the admission office prior to your enrollment day, as you will have to submit this before classes start anyway.

You may be exempt from taking the English placement exam and place into a college-level English course if you meet one or more of the following:

  1.  Scored a minimum of 14 on the ACT English section.
    • In order to qualify for an ACT exemption, we must have your ACT scores on file in the admission office prior to your enrollment day.
  2. Scored a minimum of 210 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing section (for SAT exams administered March 2016 and later).
    • In order to qualify for a SAT exemption, we must have your SAT scores on file in the admission office prior to your enrollment day.
  3. Scored a 3 or higher on the AP Language Composition exam.
    •  In order to qualify for an AP course exemption, we must have your AP scores on file in the admission office prior to your enrollment day.
  4. Took a college-level composition course (dual-credit) from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • In order to qualify for a dual-credit course exemption, you must either: 1) send an official transcript to the admission office prior to your enrollment day, or 2) come prepared with a copy of your unofficial transcript on enrollment day. We strongly prefer that you send an official transcript to the admission office prior to your enrollment day, as you will have to submit this before classes start anyway.