Perhaps one of the most stressful aspects of a student’s senior year of high school is choosing where to go to college.
With so many options in the Midwest, it can feel daunting to find a school that is perfect for you and fits your individual needs as a student. On top of that, the admission process for many of these schools can be time-consuming and confusing, especially if you’re applying to multiple colleges and universities. In order to help you get ahead of the curve and gain an understanding of the admission process at Concordia, here is a brief rundown of the process so that you know what to expect.
The admission process begins once a completed application is submitted. This includes the application for admission, transcript, and any important test scores like your ACT or SAT. The goal of this stage is for Concordia to get an understanding of who you are before any decisions are made, so students are encouraged to list the things they’re involved in. This ranges from accomplishments and awards to work and volunteer experience, church involvement, and extracurricular activities such as athletics, student government, music, theatre, speech and debate.
Concordia understands that a simple test score like your ACT is not the most accurate measure of your academic ability, as some students simply aren’t outstanding test takers. With this in mind, the Concordia Admission Office superscores the ACT/SAT – meaning that the highest subscores from each category are accepted for our own composite score.
Once Concordia receives a completed application, admission decisions begin. This process usually begins around mid-September and continues throughout the rest of the academic year on a daily basis. At this time, admission reps are continually communicating with students regarding their application status, additional requested documents, and any information that may be missing. Once everything is in order, you can expect to be notified about your acceptance status quickly.
We understand that the information above doesn’t paint the full picture, so I asked Director of First-Year Recruitment Pete Lien some FAQs that students have about the process.
What are the steps that are taken after a student is accepted?
After a student has been accepted, the next steps are to:
- Visit campus, regardless if the student has done that before or not.
- Meet with faculty if you are able – they are a big reason why our students decide to attend and stay at Concordia.
- As we get toward spring, students then start to send in their deposit, complete housing applications and roommate surveys, attend Cobber Countdown, register for their Inquiry Seminar, etc.
Are there any essays that students need to write to apply and get accepted?
Students do not need to write an essay for admission, they but may be asked to do so for additional scholarship opportunities like our Diversity Scholarship, BREW Scholarship, or those offered in music, theatre, speech and debate, or visual arts. At times, personal statements are requested in order to allow a student to address any concerns the admission committee may have regarding grades, test scores or other discrepancies as a part of the application. Again, we want to be sure that we are reviewing the whole student as a part of the admission process.
Is there a cost associated with applying?
There are no application fees or additional costs for applying. In fact, depending on when a student completes their application (app, test score, transcript), we actually provide $500-$1,000 renewable awards for getting things in on time.
What is the process for obtaining scholarships upon applying?
Every student who is admitted to Concordia is provided a scholarship. Students just need to apply for admission and be accepted to qualify and receive our renewable academic scholarships. For additional scholarships in the performing arts, the BREW Scholarship or Diversity Scholarship, additional applications need to be completed, as well as possibly attending scholarship interviews.
If you have any additional questions about the application process, your acceptance status or Concordia in general, your admission representative is always just a phone call, email or text message away.
Cole Christensen '18 is a business marketing major and member of the Cobber baseball team.