Careful consideration is given to a number of factors in reviewing applications and may include: academic records, class rank, standardized test scores, 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. A grade point average of 2.5 or higher on all previous college work.
  2. Applicants with less than 30 hours of acceptable credit must provide:
    1. A final high school transcript demonstrating the following:
      • At least a 2.5 grade point average.
      • Official seal of the school.
      • Graduation date.
      • Satisfactory class rank based on the standards of the particular high school attended.
    2. 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
    3. 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, graduation date, birth date, 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.
    4. 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 (EWR) and Math score or 1100 on the 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.
  3. Students with grade point averages below 2.5 on all previous college work may be considered for admission if their ACT and/or SAT test scores fall in the ranges indicated below.
Requirements for GPA below 2.5
GPA ACT SAT
2.49-2.31 22 1040
2.30-2.21 23 1080
2.20-2.00 24 1120
Below 2.0 25 1160

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 must 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 READ 2100 - Advanced Reading Skills, during their first semester at DBU.

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 form 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.