The following must be submitted by all first year applicants:

  1. A fully completed DBU Application for Undergraduate Admission.
  2. A 250-word essay (typewritten or word-processed) relating why the applicant would like to attend Dallas Baptist University.
  3. Official high school transcript. Transcript must include official school stamp and/or administrator's signature, received in a sealed envelope bearing the transcripting school's logo
  4. 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 Admissions.

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 Nondiscrimination

Dallas Baptist University complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, sex, disability, veteran status, genetic information, 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.