Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are based on multiple criteria; each appli-cant’s overall record is examined in detail.

Academic criteria include an ordinary minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), and an ordinary minimum GRE Verbal score of 146 on the Revised General Test and a score of 400 on the General Test (taken prior to August 1, 2011). An applicant will not be declined solely on the basis of a non-qualifying GPA or GRE score. In the case of international applicants, an minimum TOEFL raw score of 200 (computer-based test) is required, with an minimum raw score of 23 on the Structure/Writing portion of the test. Again, however, an applicant will not be declined solely on the basis of one non-qualifying score or measure.

Entry Level Competency Examinations (ELCEs) are admissions standards. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete as many as they are able before their application goes to the Admissions Committee. Demonstration of competence in one or more of the areas of entry-level competence enhances the application not only by the demonstration of competence as such, but also by emphasizing the applicant’s interest in and commitment to ministerial formation at Concordia Seminary.

Additional criteria include the results of the applicant’s background check; recommendation from the applicant’s pastor and interview report from the synodical district in which the applicant resides. The care and completeness with which an applicant prepares the application and responds to its questions also are factors—sloppily prepared applications, including incomplete responses, suggest indifference.The districts of the Synod have begun to apply increasing scrutiny to the education and other debt balances of pastor and deaconess candidates from the Synod’s seminaries; consequently, it has become necessary for Concordia Seminary to consider more closely the debt load of its applicants, in order to protect its students from the predicament of beginning their ministries with unmanageable debt.

Most favorable admissions decisions are offered “subject to” the presentation of any missing items from the application file, including final transcripts for students who are completing their undergraduate degrees while they apply to Concordia Seminary. Any such items must be completed in accordance with announced deadlines, or the offer of admission may be withdrawn.

Intention to Enroll

An applicant expresses his intention to enroll by submitting a $100 tuition deposit to be received by the Admissions Office no later than 30 days from the date of the applicant’s acceptance letter. Failure to submit the tuition deposit within 30 days of the date of the applicant’s acceptance letter will void the Seminary’s offer of admission, necessitating readmission prior to enrollment. This deposit is refundable if the student submits written notice on or before July 15 indicating that he desires the Seminary to withdraw his admission.