May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Admissions Traditional Undergraduate

When to Apply New Freshmen
Application Process Transfer Students
Transcripts Required International Students
Admission Decision Readmission
  Visiting and Non-degree Students
Asbury Academy - High School Dual Enrollment  

Campus Visit

Prospective students and their families are strongly encouraged to visit. This provides an opportunity to explore the campus and meet the people who make Asbury University unique. The Admissions Office offers a variety of scheduled campus preview days or will design a personalized visit based on the needs and interests of the prospective student.

Individual or group visits may be scheduled by contacting the Admissions Office at 1-800-888-1818 or 1-859-858-5000, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The office may also be reached by e-mail at: or by FAX at 859-858-3921. Visits may also be scheduled online at . Directions to the campus, hotel and restaurant information along with sites of local interest are available at as well.

When to Apply

Asbury University has a rolling admission policy. Applications for admission are accepted throughout the calendar year. Students are encouraged to apply for admission at the earliest possible date. An early application for admission provides optimal opportunity for financial aid awards, course selection, and campus housing. High school students are encouraged to apply in the fall of their senior year and may apply during the summer after their junior year of high school. Applications are accepted for the fall or spring semesters.

To obtain application materials and information, contact the Admissions Office by phone, 1-800-888-1818 or 1-859-858-5000; e-mail,; FAX, 859-858-3921; or online at Completed materials may be mailed to:

Undergraduate Admissions
Asbury University
One Macklem Drive
Wilmore, Kentucky 40390

Application Process

The following are needed to complete the application process:

  1. Application for admission that includes an affirmation of the community standards.
  2. Asbury University has test optional admission. Students may submit SAT/ACT/CLT scores to Asbury but they are are not required for admission.

    Asbury University’s SAT University code number, 1019, should be placed on the examination for the official reporting of the scores. The ACT University code number is 1486. For CLT, please select Asbury University.

    Information regarding registration, test dates, and location may be obtained from a high school guidance counselor or from the following:
    • College Board (SAT), PO Box 6200, Princeton, New Jersey 08541 or
    • American College Testing Program (ACT), 2201 N. Dodge Street, PO Box 451, Iowa City, Iowa 52243 or
    • Classical Learning Test (CLT), 73 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401 or
  3. A final official high school transcript sent directly from the school or test scores from the General Educational Development Test (GED) sent directly from the testing agency are required of all applicants to the freshman class and transfer students who have earned fewer than 30 semester hours of university credit post high school graduation.

    In order for high school transcripts (Public, Private, and Home School) to be considered official, a transcript must include: full name of student; birth date; home address; high school name; high school address; high school telephone number; indication of whether public, private, or homeschool; cumulative grade point average; grade 12 final grades; and the high school graduation date (not the date the transcript was issued).

    High School Transcripts are evaluated on a four-point scale [A (4.0), B (3.0), C (2.0), D (1.0), F (0.0)]. The cumulative point standing based on this evaluation should be 2.70 or above. Variation from this scale is granted only when the transcript specifies a different evaluation. Weighted averages are taken into account for admission and for scholarships.

    Home school Transcripts - Candidates to the freshman class or transfer students with fewer than 30 semester hours of university credit post high school graduation who have completed any portion of their secondary education through home schooling are required to provide certification of completion of a home schooling program and documentation of all course work completed. NOTE:
    • FOR FINANCIAL AID: Official, final high school transcripts (that include a high school graduation date and official signatures) are required for students to receive the full benefit of the financial aid package.
    • ALL ATHLETES, including home schooled students, must submit an official final high school transcript in order to be eligible for athletic participation.
  4. A final official transcript from each college and university attended should be sent directly from the institution to the Asbury University Admissions Office. This includes transcripts from the college attended for any dual credit courses taken during high school. These classes cannot transfer from the high school transcript.
    College Transcripts are evaluated on a four-point scale [A (4.0), B (3.0), C (2.0), D (1.0), F (0.0)]. The cumulative point standing based on this evaluation should be 2.70 or above.

    [ALL TRANSCRIPTS, whether high school or University, must be sent directly from that institution to the Admissions Office of Asbury University. Hand-carried transcripts or transcripts delivered by the student may be used for evaluation. They are NOT acceptable as final, official transcripts.]
  5. The Admissions office reserves the right to require a recommendation in order to make an admission decision.
  6. A personal interview and/or references may be required of selected candidates.
  7. To be considered for full admission in good standing, applicants must supply evidence of likely success as an Asbury University student.
  8. Satisfy the requirements for admission as outlined below specific to each type of application.       

Specific Requirements for Different Types of Applications

First Time Freshman International Students Transfer Student
Re-applying / Former Students Non-degree and Visiting Students   Dual Enrollment High School Students


Admission as a New First-Time Freshman

A student who has not attempted academic credit at another college or university since graduation from high school must apply for admission as a first time freshman.


  • An academic record (transcript) indicating graduation from high school with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or completion of the GED.
  • Applicants should have completed a high school college preparatory curriculum including:

English - four years including one year of Composition
Mathematics - three to four years including Algebra
Social Studies - two years including one year of History
Laboratory Science - two to three years
Foreign Language - two years of the same language

Asbury University gives most weight to the quality of high school coursework and achievement in those courses.

Admission as a Transfer Student

A student who has attempted any semester hours of academic credit at another college or university following graduation from high school needs to apply for admission as a transfer student.

  • To be admitted as a transfer student, an applicant must submit final official transcripts from each college or university attended, indicating a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • A maximum of 75 semester credit hours of transfer credit may be transferred for the bachelor’s degree from all sources (regionally accredited institutions, AP, CLEP, IB, AICE, military credit and institutional credit)
  • Applicants with fewer than 30 semester hours of college credit will be classified as a Freshman Transfer and should also submit a high school academic transcript indicating a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT, SAT, or CLT test score, unless applying as test optional*.

Re-Admission for Former Asbury Students

Former Asbury University students who have withdrawn from the University or have failed to maintain continuous enrollment may apply for re-admission. Students applying for re-admission must submit:

  • A completed Asbury University Application for re-admission.
  • Final official transcript(s) of all post-secondary grades and course work from all institutions attended since the last Asbury University enrollment.

To be re-admitted, an applicant must be in good standing academically, socially and financially at Asbury University. An applicant not in good standing in one or more of these categories will be referred to the Admissions Review Committee for consideration.

NOTE: Students who withdraw or become inactive must reenroll within two years of the last term attended to continue on the same year catalog degree requirements. Students who reenroll after the two years become subject to all catalog degree requirements in place at the time of reenrollment.

ALSO, returning students may NOT reenroll in a degree program or major that has been discontinued. Returning students in such programs must declare a current active program or major at the time of readmission.

Admission as an International Student

International students applying for admission to Asbury University as a freshman or a transfer student must:

  • Complete an Asbury University application for admission.
  • Submit official copies of all secondary and post-secondary academic records to the Office of Admissions
  • Preferred English Proficiency Tests: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - International students must demonstrate their English proficiency to Asbury University.

    Applicants must present a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 550 on the paper-based TOEFL before they can be admitted. For the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), applicants must present a minimum score of 6.5.

    If the applicant is a native speaker of English and is a citizen of Great Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the British West Indies, SAT, ACT, or CLT scores are required instead of the TOEFL or IELTS, unless qualified to apply as test optional*.

    If the applicant has studied as a full-time student in one of the countries mentioned above within the last two years (or at a school where English is the language used in classroom teaching), has taken at least one English class with a grade of B or better, and has a good academic record at the school attended, he or she has the option to submit SAT or ACT scores to determine whether the English Proficiency Test may be waived.

    TOEFL (School Code: 1019; and the IELTS (
  • Submit the Asbury University Statement of Financial Responsibility form. Applicants must also submit a certified bank document verifying a current balance in USD.
  • An international transfer student interested in receiving credit for previous college or university work from a foreign university must submit authenticated copies of all post-secondary academic records to the Office of Admissions through the World Education Services credential services clearinghouse. Applicants must order the WES ICAP (International Credential Advantage Package) evaluation package and verified transcript and must request a Course-By-Course Report. (BASIC evaluation packages and Document-By-Document Reports will not be acceptable.) When completing the application, Asbury University must be selected as a recipient institution. Applicants may access this service and submit a U.S. Credential Evaluation Application at Applicants are responsible for paying the Credential Services Fee for the WES ICAP Course-By-Course Evaluation, as well as the appropriate delivery fee to the World Education Services through the above website. NOTE: Fees are not refundable and are subject to change. Under certain circumstances, additional administrative fees may be charged.
  • Once accepted, international students must submit a pre- tuition deposit equal to $2,500 (USD) ($500 is non-refundable). This deposit must be submitted in full before an I-20 document may be created and sent to the student.
  • Once accepted, students must send a copy of their valid passport to the Office of International Admissions.

Admission as a Non-Degree Seeking Student or Visiting Student

Students who are not seeking a degree or who are enrolled in another institution and wish to take a course from Asbury University may apply, completing the Special Status Application online at Non-degree seeking student applicants must have completed a secondary school or hold a General Educational Development Test Certificate. In either case, the applicant must submit appropriate verification of his or her status. Applicants must be in good standing academically, socially, and financially from all prior institutions attended. Applicants not in good standing in any of these categories will be referred to the Admissions Review Committee for evaluation. Students who wish to maintain non-degree seeking student status may accumulate up to 12 semester hours over no more than two semesters.

A non-degree seeking applicant must submit:

Non-degree seeking students may be admitted as:

  1. Post-Baccalaureate: Students who hold a bachelor’s degree and are earning further credits just to complete an additional major or certification.
  2. Special: (1) students taking courses for personal interest or development, or (2) Students who may not meet admissions requirements but have been admitted by special action of the Director of Undergraduate Admissions and/or the Admissions Review Committee for a specified period of time.
  3. Auditor: Students attending non-activity courses for personal enrichment and not for academic credit may refer to Auditing Courses policy under the Academic Policies section of this Academic Catalog. Only lecture-type courses or the lecture part of laboratory courses may be audited. Activity courses may not be audited.
  4. Visiting: Full time students visiting, with proper permission from their home institution, for study at our Wilmore campus or specific study abroad programs.

Admission Decision

Each candidate for admission is reviewed individually with careful consideration given to academic records, application essays, references and the ability to benefit from and contribute to the opportunities offered at Asbury University. Asbury University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, or handicap in the admission of students, in its educational policies or in its activities. In addition, Asbury University does not discriminate on the basis of religion in the admission of students and in student access to educational programs. Asbury University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant when that decision is determined to be in the best interest of the student or the institution.

When a candidate has completed the application process, one of the following decisions will be made:

  • Admission in Good Standing
  • Conditional Admission. Applicants who fail to meet the minimum admission criteria may, in some instances, be granted conditional admission. Students granted conditional admissions are usually subject to provisions designed to promote academic achievement. These provisions may include a reduction in course load, and/or enrollment in specific classes or support programs.
  • Provisional Admission. In some cases, students will be given provisional admission based on self-reported information or unofficial documents pending receipt of official documentation to complete their application file. If official documentation fails to arrive in the time period allowed, the student faces the potential of immediate suspension and, in any event, will not be allowed to register for the next semester.
  • Denied Admission. The Director of Undergraduate Admissions may deny admission to any student whose academic records indicate little likelihood of academic success at Asbury University. Asbury University also reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant when that decision is determined to be in the best interest of the student or the institution. An applicant who has been denied admission has the right to appeal that decision in writing to the Admissions Review Committee provided the applicant can present relevant additional information in support of his or her application.


Candidates for admission who have completed the application process will receive notification of their admissions status. Information on the next steps of the enrollment process will be included with this communication.


Asbury Academy Admission

Admission as a High School Student for Dual Enrollment*

Asbury Academy is a dual credit/dual enrollment* program for high school juniors and seniors. This program provides opportunities for high school juniors and seniors to take select University courses (100- and some 200-level), enabling them to complete high school and earn University credit through dual enrollment. Students may participate in Asbury Academy during either or both the fall and spring semesters of their junior and senior year. Academy students may not take classes during the summer term.

*Dual Enrollment refers to students taking courses concurrently at two separate institutions, while dual credit refers to students completing a single course to earn academic credits that are recognized by two (or more) institutions or in two programs at the same institution. A dual enrollment may or may not allow students to earn dual credit, and a dual-credit experience may not entail concurrent enrollments at two separate institutions–it depends on how a specific course-taking situation is structured. Asbury Academy is both dual enrollment and dual credit. Students are enrolled at both their high school and at Asbury at the same time, and the single course earns them [the same] academic credit at both institutions.


Asbury Academy Fall 2023, Spring 2024 cost = $91 per credit hour^

Asbury University offers Academy classes on-campus to local students.

  • Qualified high school juniors and seniors may take on-campus courses at the current Academy rate, up to 15 credit hours per fall/spring semester.
  • Asbury Academy students may be eligible to apply the Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship and Work Ready Scholarship funds toward dual credit tuition.
  • Local high school seniors** are eligible to receive a tuition waiver for one on-campus course, not to exceed four (4) credit hours, in the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • On-Campus Academy students must be able to provide their own transportation.
  • On Campus enrollment, if taking 12.0 hours or more, requires emergency contacts and/or proof of medical insurance.

Asbury University also offers Academy classes online.

  • High school juniors and seniors may take online courses at the current Academy rate. The Academy tuition waiver does not apply to online courses.
  • Students choose from select online 100- and 200-level classes.
  • Most online classes are offered in an 8-week intensive format. Due to the concentrated nature of these classes, a student may only be enrolled in one online course at a time.
  • Academy students may take two consecutive online courses each fall/spring semester. Academy students may not take classes during the summer term.

Asbury Academy students are required to meet the same course prerequisites in order to register for the undergraduate classes.

^Subject to change at any time as determined by the State of Kentucky.

**Local students include homeschool, public, and private school students living within 30 miles of Asbury University’s Wilmore campus and attending on-campus classes.

See Financial Information - Undergraduates  for General Fees and Course Fees that may apply.


Asbury Academy Admission Procedures

Applications and other required information should be submitted to the Asbury University Admissions Office.

  • Applications for the Fall semester are due by July 1st, and applications for the Spring semester are due by December 1st. Students who apply early are more likely to enroll in the class of their choice.
  • A required orientation day for Asbury Academy students taking on campus classes will be scheduled one week prior to the first day of classes for the Fall and Spring semesters.

Asbury Academy Admission Requirements:

  1. A completed application,
  2. An official high school transcript showing a weighted cumulative grade point average for seniors of 3.00 or higher, and a weighted cumulative grade point average for juniors of 3.25 or higher
    [Please note: Students should submit a high school transcript with final prior year grades that indicates reaching the junior or senior status prior to Asbury Academy orientation.]
  3. Academic recommendation letter (must be from a non-relative)
  4. Written permission from a parent or guardian to enroll in the program
  5. Signed Statement of Financial Responsibility. The Statement of Financial Responsibility covers additional fees such as lab fees, library fines, parking passes, etc. (Statement is sent to the student with his or her acceptance letter.)

Contact our Asbury Academy Coordinator with questions or for more information. or (859) 858-3511, ext. 2179

For information on Academic Support, Tutoring, and Academic Accessibility Resources see Academic Resources for All Students .