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North Central University makes it easy to apply, whether you’re a traditional high school student, a home-schooled student, transferring from another college, or applying from another country.

How to apply to North Central University

Application instructions

Follow these simple application instructions for your student type. Apply to North Central University today!

First-time freshman

Will you be a high school graduate who plans on attending college for the first time? You’re in the right place!

Here’s how you apply:

Step 1 — Apply

You can apply online, or complete a paper application. There’s a $25 application fee.

Step 2 — Send your high school transcript or GED scores

Submit a Transcript Request Form (pdf) to your high school counselor and they’ll send us your official transcripts. A 2.2 cumulative GPA is required for regular admission. GPAs below 2.2 can be considered for admission on a provisional basis. You’ll also send a final high school transcript after graduation.

Students who have completed the GED need to forward a copy of their scores to the Admissions Office.

You can also submit unofficial or official transcripts via email to admissions@northcentral.edu.

Step 3 — Send your ACT or SAT scores

Forward your results from either the ACT or the SAT. An ACT score of 18 or above or an SAT total score of 850 or above is required for regular admission (the written portion isn’t required).

Students with test scores below the standard may be considered for admission on a provisional status.

Where should I send my application and forms?

Mail all of your application materials to:

North Central University Admissions Office
910 Elliot Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

What happens after I complete these steps?

Once we’ve received all of your application materials, we’ll review your application and inform you of an admissions decision as soon as we can.

Questions?

We’re here to help! Our admissions counselors can answer any questions you have. Or you can reach out to us at 1.800.289.6222 or admissions@northcentral.edu.

Transfer students

Have you attended another college, taken college courses, or received college credits? You’re in the right place!

Here’s how you apply:

Step 1 — Apply

You can apply online, or complete a paper application (pdf). There’s a $25 application fee.

Step 2 — Send your high school transcript or GED scores

Submit a Transcript Request Form (pdf) to your high school counselor and they’ll send us your official transcripts. A 2.2 cumulative GPA is required for regular admission. GPAs below 2.2 can be considered for admission on a provisional basis. You’ll also send a final high school transcript after graduation.

Students who have completed the GED need to forward a copy of their scores to the Admissions Office.

You can also submit unofficial or official transcripts via email to admissions@northcentral.edu.

Step 3 — Send your ACT or SAT scores

Forward your results from either the ACT or the SAT. An ACT score of 18 or above or an SAT total score of 850 or above is required for regular admission (the written portion isn’t required).

Are your test scores a little low? You can still be considered for admission on a provisional status.

Transfer students who have not previously taken the ACT can submit the ACT Waiver Request Form (pdf). You must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Completed at least 24 college credits
  • Graduated high school at least 15 years ago
  • More than 30 years old

Step 4 — Send your college transcripts

Fill out your college’s transcript request form to have them mail us a copy of your transcript. Are you wondering how your college credits will transfer? Take a look at our Transfer Guides below.

Where should I send my application and forms?

Mail all of your application materials to:

North Central University Admissions Office
910 Elliot Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

What happens after I complete these steps?

Once we’ve received all of your application materials, we’ll review your application and inform you of an admissions decision as soon as we can.

Also, follow these simple tips to have a good college transfer experience

Questions?

We’re here to help! Our admissions counselors can answer any questions you have. Or you can reach out to us at 1.800.289.6222 or admissions@northcentral.edu.

Transfer policy

View our complete policy for transferring credits here.

Still have questions? Contact our Registrar’s Office.

Transfer guides

Use these guides to help you understand how your previously earned college credits will transfer.

Graduate students

North Central’s College of Graduate and Professional Education prepares you to be an effective Christian leader in businesses, churches, and other organizations.

Follow these steps to apply:

Step 1 — Submit an application for admission

You can apply online.

Step 2 — Send your official undergraduate transcripts

Send us your transcripts from all previous undergraduate or graduate institutions you’ve attended. Request to have your official transcripts sent from your previous institution directly to the Admissions Office at North Central University via mail, fax, or clearing house. You can also submit unofficial or official transcripts via email to admissions@northcentral.edu.

To enroll in the College of Graduate and Professional Education, you need to have obtained a bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally, nationally, professionally, or specialized accredited institution as listed in the Higher Education Directory, with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

If your cumulative GPA is less than 3.0, send at least one of the following as an indicator of academic readiness:

  • Academic Essay (please contact the graduate studies office for content guidelines)
  • GRE or GMAT scores at or above the 50th percentile

Step 3 — Submit one graduate admission reference form

  • A reference written by an employer or professor addressing potential for success in the graduate program is required. Your reference request will be sent automatically when you list a reference in the online application.

Step 4 — Submit the following requirements below

  • An essay including the following:
    • Statement of intention relating to your choice of this program
    • Statement describing professional/personal goals (professional growth plan)
  • Professional résumé
Upload your statements and resume here

Step 5 — Apply for your FAFSA

Go to fafsa.ed.gov to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible. This will help North Central to assess your aid situation.

What happens after I complete these steps?

Once we have received all required application materials, we will review your application and inform you of any missing requirements. An admissions decision will be sent to you as soon as possible. Please note: There may be a delay in acquiring transcripts from some universities.

International applications may require additional processing steps. Please contact the College of Graduate and Professional Education office at 612.343.4184 or graduatestudies@northcentral.edu.

Undergraduate students interested in the 4+1 program

NCU undergraduate students who are interested in the 4+1 program must meet the minimum requirements of:

  • 90 credit hours accumulated at the time of their first graduate school course
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above
  • Interview and approval by the program director (contact the College of Graduate and Professional Education office to schedule)

Questions?

We’re here to help! Our admissions counselors can answer any questions you have. Please reach out to us at 1.800.289.6222 or graduatestudies@northcentral.edu.

Online students

North Central’s Online Associate of Arts in Church Leadership prepares you to be an effective Christian leader in businesses, churches, and other organizations.

Looking for information on how to apply for the online Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership? Read more here.

Follow these steps to apply to the Online Associate of Arts:

Step 1 — Submit an application for admission

You can apply online.

Step 2 — Send your official transcripts

Send us your official high school transcripts as well as transcripts from any previous undergraduate institutions you’ve attended. Request to have your official transcripts sent from your previous institution directly to the Admissions Office at North Central University via mail, fax, or clearing house.

Where should I send my transcripts and forms?

Mail all of your materials to:
North Central University Admissions Office
910 Elliot Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

You can also submit unofficial or official transcripts via email to admissions@northcentral.edu.

Step 3 — Submit your FAFSA

If you are accepted to the Online AA program, go to fafsa.ed.gov to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible. This will be the first step in your financial aid process. Make sure you include North Central University (code #002369) on the list of schools to receive your FAFSA information.

International students

Every year, students from around the world join our passionate, spirit-empowered community to follow their callings and pursue their goals. Right now, we have students from Austria, Canada, Vietnam, Trinidad and Tobago, Sweden, and Hong Kong.

Here’s how you apply:

Step 1 — Apply

You can apply online, or complete a paper application (pdf). There’s a $25 application fee.

Step 2 — Send your high school transcript or GED scores

Submit a Transcript Request Form (pdf) to your high school counselor and they’ll send us your official transcripts. A 2.2 cumulative GPA is required for regular admission. GPAs below 2.2 can be considered for admission on a provisional basis. You’ll also send a final high school transcript after graduation.

Students who have completed the GED need to forward a copy of their scores to the Admissions Office.

You can also submit unofficial or official transcripts via email to admissions@northcentral.edu.

Step 3 — Send your ACT or SAT scores

Forward your results from either the ACT or the SAT. An ACT score of 18 or above or an SAT total score of 850 or above is required for regular admission (the written portion isn’t required).

Are your test scores a little low? You can still be considered for admission on a provisional status.

Step 4 — Send your TOEFL exam scores

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to send us your scores on the English Certification Test (TOEFL). Information regarding the TOEFL can be found on the TOEFL website. A score of at least 61 for the internet-based test, 170 for the computer test, and 500 for the paper test is recommended for admission to North Central. This test is normally administered four times a year, so we suggest you make inquiry well in advance of the date you plan on applying to North Central.

Where should I send my application and forms?

Mail all of your application materials to:

North Central University Admissions Office
910 Elliot Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Resources for international students

What happens after I complete these steps?

Once we’ve received all of your application materials, we’ll review your application and inform you of an admissions decision as soon as we can.

Questions?

We’re here to help! Our admissions counselors can answer any questions you have. Or you can reach out to us at 1.800.289.6222 or admissions@northcentral.edu.

Homeschool students

Are you a student who was homeschooled for high school? You have a few different options to demonstrate that you’ve completed your state’s requirements for high school graduation.

Here’s how you apply:

Step 1 — Apply

You can apply online, or complete a paper application (pdf). There’s a $25 application fee.

Step 2 — Send your homeschool transcript or GED scores

As a homeschooled student, you’ll need to show proof that you’ve completed your state’s requirements for high school graduation. You and your family are responsible for knowing the requirements for your state. Proof of graduation is traditionally provided through a high school transcript. At North Central, we offer three options for homeschool students to meet this requirement.

  1. GED (General Educational Development Test)—Some states require that a homeschool student take the GED. (If your state requires a GED, then you need to request your GED scores be sent to us.)
  2. Student Transcript (provided by outside source)—If you’re affiliated with a homeschool program, academy, or consortium, request that they forward a copy of your official transcript to North Central. If you’re part of an organization that doesn’t provide a student transcript, your family will be responsible to provide a transcript as stated in the step below.
  3. Student Transcript (provided by family)—If your program has been customized by your family, you’ll need to provide North Central with a detailed transcript. The person in charge of the homeschool program is the one who makes the  official transcript. You can use our Homeschool Transcript Form (doc) to help. The following information is required on your transcript:
    • Name of each class
    • Grade for each class
    • Signature—Provide signature of the person(s) in charge of the home school
    • Date of graduation on the final transcript—After you graduate, we’ll require a final transcript that includes a date of graduation. Transcripts sent prior to graduation are called initial transcripts and can be used in the acceptance process.

Step 3 — Send your ACT or SAT scores

Forward your results from either the ACT or the SAT. An ACT score of 18 or above or an SAT total score of 850 or above is required for regular admission (the written portion isn’t required).

Are your test scores a little low? You can still be considered for admission on a provisional status.

Where should I send my application and forms?

Mail all of your application materials to:

North Central University Admissions Office
910 Elliot Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

What happens after I complete these steps?

Once we’ve received all of your application materials, we’ll review your application and inform you of an admissions decision as soon as we can.

Questions?

We’re here to help! Our admissions counselors can answer any questions you have. Or you can reach out to us at 1.800.289.6222 or admissions@northcentral.edu.

PSEO students

Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) give you an opportunity to earn college credits while you’re still in high school. The best part about PSEO? It’s free!

Here’s how you apply:

Step 1 — Apply for PSEO admission

You can apply online, or complete a paper application for PSEO (pdf). Apply by June 1 for the Fall Semester and by December 1 for the Spring Semester.

Step 2 — Send your Character Recommendation Form

Have a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator who knows you well complete this form. Sorry, but recommendations from relatives won’t be accepted.

Step 3 — Send your high school transcript

Send us an official transcript from your high school or homeschool through at least the middle of your sophomore year (for junior applicants) or junior year (for senior applicants). You must have a minimum 3.25 GPA.

Use this High School Transcript Request Form (pdf) to contact your high school counselor and request that they send our Admissions Office an official copy of your transcript

Step 4 — Send your college entrance exam scores

Forward your results from one of the following college entrance exams:

  • ACT—Minimum score of 18 required (optional writing portion scores not included)
  • SAT—Minimum score of 850 (optional writing portion scores not included)
  • ACT Aspire, Pre-ACT, or PSAT Standardized Tests—Must score at 50% or higher

Step 5 — Send your Notice of Student Registration Form

Complete the Notice of Student Registration Form (pdf) and send it to our Admissions Office.

Step 6 — Interview

We might ask you to come in for an interview. Not all PSEO applicants are required to complete an interview, but an interview may be requested by North Central for a variety of reasons. A request for interview doesn’t necessarily have either positive or negative implications on your application.

Where should I send my application and forms?

Mail all of your application materials to:

North Central University Admissions Office
910 Elliot Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

What happens after I complete these steps?

Once we’ve received all of your application materials, we’ll review your application and inform you of an admissions decision as soon as we can.

PSEO eligible courses

Wondering what courses you can take as a PSEO student? Here’s a list of PSEO eligible courses (pdf).

Re-applicant students

Were you previously enrolled at North Central, and now you’re re-applying? You’re in the right place!

Here’s how you apply:

Step 1 — Apply for re-admission

You can apply online, or complete a paper application for re-admission (pdf). There’s a $25 application fee.

Step 2 — Send your college transcripts

If you’ve attended other institutions since attending North Central, you should submit your official college transcripts. Fill out your college’s transcript request form to have them mail us a copy of your transcript. You can also submit unofficial or official transcripts via email to admissions@northcentral.edu.

Where should I send my application and forms?

Mail all of your application materials to:

North Central University Admissions Office
910 Elliot Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

What happens after I complete these steps?

Once we’ve received all of your application materials, we’ll review your application and inform you of an admissions decision as soon as we can.

Questions?

We’re here to help! Our admissions counselors can answer any questions you have. Or you can reach out to us at 1.800.289.6222 or admissions@northcentral.edu.

Minimum Requirements

To apply to NCU as an undergraduate, you’ll need to provide the following materials:

  • A completed Application Form
  • $25 application fee
  • High school transcript with a minimum GPA of 2.2
  • ACT/SAT scores with a minimum ACT composite score of 18, or SAT total score of 850 (excluding the writing portion of the exam)*

*If your GPA or test scores are a little low, you can still earn provisional admission. Talk to an admissions counselor for more information.

Questions? Contact Us.

Connect with an admissions counselor or reach out to us at 1.800.289.6222 or admissions@northcentral.edu.