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How to Apply

At Taylor, we explore our passions with humble curiosity. We seek excellence in academics as an act of worship to our Savior. And we dedicate our lives to compassionate service. We pursue Life to the Full, and we can’t wait for you to join us.

Your story has incredible value. The application process will provide opportunities for us to know who you are—as a student, as a person, and as a follower of Christ.

Start your application here!

Important Application Deadlines

For full scholarship consideration and to be considered for an invitation to Scholar's Day apply by October 15th.

For consideration for the Honors Program, Joseph P. Blades scholarship, and endowed scholarships, apply by December 1st.

Your Application Will Include:

Your Story

We would love to hear how you came to faith in Christ and what God is doing in your life. You can do this one of two ways:

  • Write your story OR
  • Share your story with an Admissions Counselor in person during a campus visit or over the phone.

High School Transcript

Help us get to know you as a student by sending us your high school transcript. You can have it sent directly to your Admissions Counselor or to 


Taylor University is “test-preferred, but flexible.” We recognize test scores are only part of a student’s story, which is why we already consider a student’s complete application file in making an admission decision. Applications are reviewed with or without the submission of ACT, SAT, or CLT test scores. If you can't or choose not to submit test scores, you may be asked to share more information, including:

  • Recommendations from high school English and/or Mathematics teachers
  • Complete an academic questionnaire (high school GPA at or below 2.9)
  • English course placement based on completed AP courses or writing sample
  • Complete Taylor University proficiency exams in Reading and/or Mathematics

If you are asked to provide this information, please submit these items to Taylor University. Your application is not complete without these components.


  • FAFSA Code: 001838
  • ACT Code: 1248
  • SAT Code: 1802
  • CLT: For a 20% discount on the CLT, use code TAYLORU.

Christian Character Reference

We value Christ-centered community at Taylor, so we want to know about your walk with the Lord. We ask that you provide the name and contact information for a pastor, mentor, or any adult (not a family member) who can speak of your spiritual walk. We may reach out to them to complete the reference form.

Questions? Contact your Admissions Counselor.

Transferring Credits

Are you bringing in college credits you’ve earned during high school, or are you transferring from another college? We’re happy to walk you through the process of evaluating your credits. Once you email your college transcript to, we will forward it on to the Registrar for preliminary review. 

Academic Preparation

All student applications are evaluated by the same set of standards. We evaluate academic preparedness and achievement through the applicant’s grade point average, class rank (if applicable), and SAT, ACT, or CLT scores (if applicable). Challenging curriculum, including advanced placement and dual credit courses from a college, will be given special consideration. 

Looking to test out of or place into higher-level classes? Check out information on Academic Testing and Placement.

Students applying to Taylor should complete a challenging high school course load that will prepare them for the excellent, rigorous education they will receive at Taylor. Your high school course load should include the following: 

Academic Preparation for College
English 4 years
Mathematics 3-4 years; algebra, geometry, advanced algebra, calculus, or trigonometry
Laboratory Science 3-4 years; biology, chemistry, or physics
Social Science 2 years; American History, European History, government, sociology, psychology, or economics
Foreign Language 2 years strongly recommended
Music Introductory course strongly recommended
Art Introductory course strongly recommended

For all levels of application to Taylor University, including Undergraduate, Transfer, Guest Application, Pre-College Dual Enrollment, TU Online, or Graduate, start your application here