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How to Apply to Capella University

Admission requirements

Choosing a degree program or certificate is the hard part. Applying should be easy.

Before you apply: admission requirements

All Capella applicants must meet the following admissions criteria. Some degree programs and certificates have additional requirements. GRE, GMAT, SAT or ACT are not required for admission. Take a look at the requirements and find everything you need to start your application.

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Applicants must provide a valid, government-issued form of photo identification.


Provide copies of official transcripts from previous institutions for relevant coursework.

Minimum GPA

Each program has specific minimum GPA requirements for admission.

Acknowledgment agreement

Agree to abide by Capella policies and program requirements.

English proficiency

All applicants must understand, read, speak and write fluently in English.

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When you apply: how the Capella University application works

Once you’ve reviewed the admission requirements and gathered your materials, you’re ready to start your application. If you need more time, you can always save and finish it later.

After you apply: financial aid and transfer credits

You’ll receive a decision on admission within two weeks of submitting your application. If you’re accepted and enroll in a program, we recommend that you create a financing plan and visit our online campus.

Financial aid

You may qualify for federal loans or grants to help fund your degree.

Transfer credits

In some cases, your transfer credit evaluations will be completed after you are admitted.

Scholarships and Progress Rewards

Capella Progress Rewards are scholarships for eligible new students and are not need-based.