Admission Requirements

Stritch’s admission counselors work with students to make the admission process as straightforward and engaging as possible. Admission counselors also serve students as the main points of contact with Stritch’s financial aid office. 


Application for admission

A student who is seeking entry to Stritch directly from high school or with less than 12 college credits attempted at another institution should complete the Freshman – Traditional Daytime Programs application. Applications may be submitted prior to a student beginning his or her senior year of high school, but will not be reviewed until after September 1 of the student’s senior year.

Admission process for incoming freshmen

A student is required to submit official high school transcripts or an official GED score directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. A student must also submit official ACT or SAT scores if he or she will be entering directly from high school or will be less than one year removed from his or her high school graduation. Stritch also accepts ACT and SAT scores as official if reported on an official high school transcript. If a student has previously earned or attempted college credits at any other institutions, including through Youth Options or Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), then official transcripts are required from those institutions. Additionally, a student who has been out of high school for more than one year or has earned his or her GED must complete a Stritch ASSET Placement Test as part of the application process (See Accepted Students page for more details.) Some specific programs require submission of additional information as part of the application process.

Admission requirements for incoming freshmen

In order to determine admission status, Stritch takes into account an incoming freshman’s unweighted high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and the ACT composite score or SAT reading comprehension and math scores. 

  • High school grade point average: An incoming freshman’s high school GPA is a measure of performance in the context of that high school’s specific curriculum. Stritch makes admission decisions based on a student’s unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale.

  • ACT or SAT score: Scores on standardized tests help Stritch to evaluate applicants from different schools in relation to one another. Stritch requires submission of either the ACT composite score or the SAT reading comprehension and math scores from all high school students seeking admission. The college codes for Stritch for each test are: ACT – 4568; SAT (College Board) – 003837.

Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program

To be considered for admission to the nursing program as an incoming freshman, a student must have earned a cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.75 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited high school or earned a score of 250 or higher on the GED. Additionally, a student must have earned a composite score of 21 or higher on the ACT, or 980 or higher on the combined SAT critical reading and math tests. Freshmen who have been out of high school for more than one year will be required to take the University’s placement test, ASSET, as part of the admission process.

Admission decisions

Stritch makes offers of admission to students on a rolling basis, which means there is no deadline for applications. However, scholarships and other financial aid may be impacted by a student’s application date, so all students should plan to complete the application process as soon as possible in order to ensure maximum aid opportunities. Once all application materials have been received by Stritch, a student should expect to learn of their admission status within one week. 

Advanced Placement (AP) credit

Stritch awards credit in recognition of performance on the AP examinations. A student should review the AP equivalency chart for further information, or check with his or her admission counselor with any questions.

International Baccalaureate (IB) credit

Stritch awards credit for performance on the IB examinations. A student should check with his or her admission counselor for the specific acceptable IB exam scores for which Stritch awards credit.

College courses taken in high school

A student who has earned credit for college coursework while enrolled in high school is encouraged to submit official transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for review. Typically, courses will transfer if Stritch offers a comparable course and the student has earned a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Applicants educated outside of the United States

Applicants educated outside of the United States must follow academic admission procedures relating to English ability and credential evaluation described on the International Admissions page.