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Application Instructions for U.S. First-Year and Transfer Students

Application Materials


  • The  Common App or CSB/SJU Application
  • High School Students: Official high school transcript
  • Transfer Students: Official post secondary institution transcripts AND official high school transcript; Transfer Evaluation Form (print a hard copy for your school official to submit)


*CSB/SJU have adopted a test-optional admission policy beginning with the Fall 2021 term. 

Application Timeline

Full consideration will be given to those first-year applicants whose complete applications are submitted by the following dates. Once a student's complete application is received, they will automatically be considered for our Merit-Based Scholarships.

Fall Semester

Early Action I*

Early Action II*

Regular Decision

Priority Deadline




Admission Response by




Scholarship Response by




Candidate Response Due




Please Note:

*Applying for admission during one of our Early Action deadlines (11/15 or 12/15) does not lock you into enrolling, should you be accepted. If you apply Early Action, you still have until 5/1 to let us know if you are going to join our community. The benefit of applying Early Action is that we will notify you of your admission decision no later than four weeks after we receive your completed application.

Students whose applications are received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Spring Semester



Application Deadline



Admission Response by



Scholarship Response by

Based on individual circumstances

Based on individual circumstances

Admission Criteria

Admission to CSB/SJU is open to all qualified students who demonstrate promise of college success in their application. The traditional indicators of ability—college preparatory curriculum, college entrance exams (ACT or SAT), grade point average and a writing sample—are important and carefully considered. In addition, CSB/SJU seek to enroll students who show promise of community contribution and productive participation in the classroom as evidenced by both their academic record and their participation in extra-curricular activities.

If you're wondering how your academic achievements will compare to other CSB/SJU applicants, here is our academic profile for first-year students. These statistics are from the middle 50 percent of our new class:

Middle 50%

ACT Scores*

22 - 28

SAT Scores

1110 - 1310


3.34 - 3.9 (4.0 scale)

HS Class Rank

67 - 91 percentile

The committee also considers the strength of the student’s high school coursework. We recommend that a student, at a minimum, have four years of English, three years of math (through advanced algebra), two years of social science, and two years of laboratory science (beyond 9th grade). A large majority of our students will go beyond the minimum requirements.

*CSB/SJU have adopted a test-optional admission policy beginning with the Fall 2021 term.