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First Year Student (Freshman) Admissions

Freshman Admissions

DBU invites applications from qualified students who have graduated, or expect to graduate, from an accredited secondary school. Students who apply as regular first year enrollees must have graduated from high school or have satisfactorily completed the General Educational Development examination (GED). Home schooled students are also invited to apply and are subject to the same qualifications and requirements.

A campus visit is recommended, but not required. DBU hosts Patriot Preview throughout the year. These serve as a preview of Dallas Baptist University each fall and spring semester to provide information on academic programs, campus life, financial aid, and scholarships, as well as to conduct scholarship interviews and campus tours for prospective students and their parents.

First Year Admission Requirements

The following must be submitted by all first year applicants:
  1. A fully completed DBU Application for Undergraduate Admission.
  2. A non-refundable $25 admission application fee. The fee is waived if the online application for admission is submitted.
  3. A 250-word essay (typewritten or word-processed) relating why the applicant would like to attend Dallas Baptist University.
  4. Official high school transcript, including official school stamp and/or administrator's signature, received in a sealed envelope bearing the transcripting school's logo.
  5. Official scores of either the ACT or the SAT.
* Applicants who have permanent resident alien status in the United States must also fulfill the requirements listed under Other Applicants.

First Year Admission Criteria

Careful consideration is given to a number of factors in reviewing applications and may include: academic records, class rank, standardized test scores, personal recommendations, church/ministry involvement, extracurricular activity participation, community service, and the applicant’s written essay. Applicants for admission are evaluated on the basis of the candidate’s academic record, character, aptitude, and potential for success in the DBU experience.

The following criteria are considered when selecting candidates for admission:
  1. The student's final high school transcript should demonstrate the following:
    1. At least a 2.5 grade point average.
    2. Official seal of the school.
    3. Graduation date.
    4. Satisfactory class rank based on the standards of the particular high school attended.
    5. The following high school academic units are recommended:
      • English 4 years
      • Mathematics 3 years
      • History/Social Studies 4 years
      • Science 2 years (minimum of 1 year Lab Science)
      • Foreign Languages 2-3 years
    6. Students educated through a non-traditional secondary education, which includes a course of study at the secondary level in a non-accredited private school setting or home school, must submit an academic transcript. The academic transcript must include a list of courses completed, final course grades, and cumulative grade point average. Official ACT or SAT scores must be submitted. The documents submitted must demonstrate that the student meets regular admission standards.
  2. A minimum composite test score of 21 on the ACT is required. If the student has taken the SAT, we are looking for a combined Critical Reading and Math score of 1020 on the old SAT or a combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math score of 1100 on the new SAT. For admission consideration, we will superscore SAT scores from the same test version; old SAT scores with old SAT scores and new SAT scores with new SAT scores to give the student the best possible score combination.

Academics in Motion Admission

For those students who are borderline in meeting the minimum admission requirements, the University may choose to offer admission through the Academics in Motion (AIM) program. Students admitted through this program may be asked to take/retake the ACT prior to registration for classes. AIM students may only enroll for a maximum of 16 hours during their first semester at DBU. An additional requirement for students in the AIM program is to complete one of the following courses during their first semester at DBU: READ 2100 - Advanced Reading Skills, LIBR 1100 - Foundations of College Research, or MANA 3100 - Time Management.

The academic progress of students who are admitted through the AIM program will be evaluated after each semester of enrollment until they have completed 16 hours at DBU. All AIM students who fall below a 2.0 grade point average during the first 16 hours at DBU will be placed on Academic Probation with additional requirements from the Registrar. Should a student who has been placed on Academic Probation, not reach a GPA of 2.0 by the end of the semester following being placed on probation status, the student will be placed on Academic Suspension.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Dallas Baptist University complies with all applicable federal and state non-discrimination laws and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, gender, disability, veteran status, race, color, or national origin in any employment practice, admissions, education program, or educational activity. Under federal and state law, the University may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its purposes.


Students desiring to live in the residence halls must complete a residence life application, roommate questionnaire, and medical history form. These forms are mailed to students by the Residence Life Office upon acceptance to the University.  Students desiring to live in the Colonial Village Apartments, Williamsburg Village Townhomes, or Brownstones must complete an apartment application form and a medical history form. These forms are available in the Apartment Life Office.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Dallas Baptist University participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program of The College Board. Credit will be awarded for the AP tests listed in the following chart. No credit will be awarded for AP tests that are not listed. Letter grades are not given in any course for which credit is granted. These credits may be used to satisfy degree requirements, but do not apply to the 25- percent-credit-hour residency requirement.

Advanced Placement Credit
Subject Exam Title AP Score DBU Course Equivalent Sem. Cr. Hrs. Area Type of Exam
BIOLOGY Biology I * 4 BIOL 1401 & 14L1 4
CHEMISTRY I Chemistry I *4 CHEM 1401 & CHEM 14L1 4
CHEMISTRY II Chemistry II *5 CHEM 1402 & CHEM 14L2 4
ECONOMICS Economics: Macro 4ECON 2301 3
Economics: Micro 4ECON 2302 3
ENGLISH English Language & Composition 3ENGL 1301 3
English Literature & Composition 4ENGL 1302 3
FRENCH LANGUAGE I French Language I 3FREN 1401 4
FRENCH LANGUAGE II French Language II 5FREN 1402 4
GERMAN LANGUAGE I German Language I 3GERM 1401 4
GERMAN LANGUAGE II German Language II 5GERM 1402 4
HISTORY History - Europe 4HIST REQU 6
HISTORY History – World 4HIST REQ 6
HISTORY U.S. History I 4HIST 1301 & 1302 64
Calculus BC 3MATH 1405 & 1406 8AP – BC
POLITICAL SCIENCE Government & Politics: United States 4POLS 2301 34
PSYCHOLOGY Psychology 4PSYC 1301 3
SPANISH Spanish Language I 3SPAN 1401 4

* Subject to interview and review of laboratory work.

Credit by Examination Course Listing (CLEP)

Students may seek college credit by either satisfactorily completing the Advanced Placement Examination or the College Level Examinations Program (CLEP) of the College Entrance Examination Board for the subject area in which credit is sought, and/or by making satisfactory scores on tests administered by the individual discipline offering the course. Letter grades are not given in any course for which credit is granted by examination. General examinations of CLEP, USAFI, etc., are not acceptable for credit. Students may receive credit for a maximum of 15 hours through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

CLEP credits may be used to satisfy degree requirements, but do not apply to the 25-percent-credit-hour residency requirement. In addition, these credits may be used to meet prerequisites for advanced courses. Students who have failed a class are not eligible to take a CLEP exam for that same course. A student may not receive credit for a CLEP exam for a course in which a grade has already been earned at Dallas Baptist University.

Graduating seniors are not allowed to take CLEP exams during their final (graduating) semester.

Credit by examination secured by students transferring to Dallas Baptist University will be accepted only if the examinations and resulting scores meet specified requirements.

Credit by Examination Course Listing (CLEP)
Course No. Course Title Clep Exam Scaled Score*
ACCT 2301 Principles of Financial Accounting Financial Accounting 55
COSC 1301 Intro. to Computers Info. Sys. and Comp. Appl. 55
ECON 2301 Principles of
Principles of
ECON 2302 Principles of
Principles of
ENGL 1301 Intro. to Lang.
& Literature I
College Composition
FREN 1401
& 1402
Elementary French College French Level I 55
FREN 2301
& 2302
Intermediate French College French Level II 66
GERM 1401
& 1402
Elementary German College German Level I 55
GERM 2301
& 2302
Intermediate German College German Level II 66
HIST 1301 American History
to 1865
U.S. History I 55
HIST 1302 American History
since 1865
U.S. History II 55
HIST 2301 World Civilization I Western Civilization I 55
HIST 2302 World Civilization II Western Civilization II 55
MANA 3301 Principles of Management Principles of Management 55
MANA 3308 Business & Public Law Introductory Business Law 55
MATH 1303 College Algebra College Algebra 55
MATH 1304 Trigonometry Trigonometry 55
MATH 1405 Calculus Calculus 55
MRKT 3301 Principles of Marketing Principles of Marketing 55
POLS 2301 American National
American Government 55
PSYC 1301 General Psychology Introductory Psychology 55
PSYC 4312 Human Growth
& Development
Human Growth
& Development
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology Introduction to Sociology 55
SOCI 4313 Human Growth
& Development
Human Growth
& Development
SPAN 1401
& 1402
Elementary Spanish College Spanish Level I 55
SPAN 2301
& 2302
Intermediate Spanish College Spanish Level II 66

*Scores are computed by tallying the number of correct answers. There is no deduction for unanswered questions. The results are converted into scaled scores within a range of 20-80.

**DBU essay is required in addition to objective CLEP exam. A student must pass both the CLEP exam and the essay (with a score of C or higher) to receive credit for English 1301.

Note: The number of hours accepted from any combination of College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) is limited to thirty hours.