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Your chances of getting into Concordia University Wisconsin

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Concordia University Wisconsin
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at CUW is 68.6%.  Its admission rate is the 7th lowest in Wisconsin.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into CUW and can you get accepted?

CUW is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 2,431 out of the 3,544 who applied were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 49 percent on standardized admission tests. Concordia University Wisconsin typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.52. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into CUW?

69% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Concordia University Wisconsin you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.52 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 23 on the ACT


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Concordia University Wisconsin?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into CUW are to have around a 3.52 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as CUW accepts 69% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at CUW is 3.52 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #9 in Wisconsin for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since CUW is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.5 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Concordia University Wisconsin students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 19.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 22.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 18.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 16.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 11.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 10.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 4.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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CUW SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Concordia University Wisconsin. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 55% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

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Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Concordia University Wisconsin
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile N/A
SAT Scores for Concordia University Wisconsin
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
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Average SAT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

CUW ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Concordia University Wisconsin
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 19
Math 25th Percentile 18
Composite 25th Percentile 20
ACT Scores for Concordia University Wisconsin
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 25
Math 75th Percentile 26
Composite 75th Percentile 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into CUW?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to CUW is 23, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 20 and 26.  The school ranks #11 in Wisconsin for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 23. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 20 and score in the score in the top 49 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 17.

55 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Concordia University Wisconsin.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Concordia University Wisconsin is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into CUW for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 23 score has around 69% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 81% with a 26 ACT score.

Concordia University Wisconsin admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >81%
23 to 26 Avg + 69%-81%
20 to 23 Avg - 54%-69%
17 to 20 Reach 38%-54%
Less than 17 Low <38%
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Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Concordia University Wisconsin admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,598 1,946 3,544
Accepted 1,218 1,213 2,431
Acceptance Rate 76% 62% 69%
Enrolled 275 239 514
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 20% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Concordia University Wisconsin is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Concordia University Wisconsin and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Concordia University Wisconsin Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Concordia University Wisconsin
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=238616 IPEDS survey data for Concordia University Wisconsin.


Does Concordia University Wisconsin prefer SAT or ACT?

55% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Concordia University Wisconsin?

69% of those who apply are granted admission to CUW. Admission competition is low and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Concordia University Wisconsin?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. The average ACT score is 23. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.