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Carson-Newman University

Jefferson City, TN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate79%
Acceptance Rate79%

Carson Newman University Admissions

If you are applying to Carson Newman University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Carson Newman University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Carson Newman University's admissions stats.

Carson Newman University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Mean SAT Score 1062
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 9%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 78%
Waitlist No

Carson-Newman University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Carson-Newman University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Applying Early to Carson Newman University?

Carson Newman University does not offer early decision or early action.

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Transferring to Carson-Newman University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Carson Newman University

Carson Newman University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Carson Newman University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Carson Newman University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Carson Newman University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Application Essay Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Carson Newman University for more information on admission factors.

Carson Newman University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Carson Newman University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Carson Newman University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Other Requirements medical history
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.25

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Carson Newman University?

Students admitted to Carson Newman University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Carson Newman University looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Carson Newman University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 9% of Carson Newman University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 78% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Carson Newman University?

To be competitive with other Carson Newman University applicants, you should strive to score between 945 and 1150 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Carson Newman University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1150 and 25% of scored lower than 945, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Carson Newman University student is 1062.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Carson Newman University students scored 555 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Carson Newman University students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Carson Newman University?

To be most competitive at Carson Newman University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Carson Newman University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Carson Newman University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

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More Information on Transferring to Carson-Newman University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Carson Newman University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Carson Newman University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Carson Newman University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Carson Newman University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Carson Newman University.

Does Carson Newman University accept transfer credits?

✅ Carson Newman University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Carson Newman University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does Carson Newman University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Carson Newman University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Carson Newman University?

❌ No, Carson Newman University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Carson Newman University's acceptance rate?

✅ Carson Newman University has an acceptance rate of 79%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Carson Newman University?

❌ Carson Newman University does not offer early decision.

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Carson Newman University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Carson Newman University? Carson Newman University is a somewhat selective institution. The Carson Newman University acceptance rate is 79%. This means that the institution accepts 78 out of every 100 applicants.


Carson Newman University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Carson Newman University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Carson Newman University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Carson Newman University ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


19 to 25


19 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Carson Newman University is 22. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into Carson Newman University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Carson Newman University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

945 - 1150


Math SAT Range

465 - 555


Reading SAT Range

490 - 580

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1150 and Above


945 to 1150


945 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Carson Newman University students is 1062. Applicants with SAT scores of 1150 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Carson Newman University, while applicants with SAT scores between 945 to 1150 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 945 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Carson Newman University.

Carson Newman University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Carson Newman University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.6. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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Campus Setting

Small Town

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