What is Castleton Looking For?

Castleton is a vibrant university community and we want you to be excited about the opportunity to be a part of it.

The Office of Admissions will review your application individually and holistically. All application materials submitted will be taken into consideration for acceptance. We also encourage you to contact us, as personalized contact enables us to get to know you and assist you through the process.

General Requirements

If you are interested in pursuing the many opportunities available at Castleton we encourage you to apply. Incoming transfer students provide application, essay, one letter of recommendation, and official transcripts from all prior institutions to be considered for admission.

Official Transcripts

It is very important that you are prepared to complete the coursework you will face at Castleton and it is with your success in mind that we carefully review your academic foundation.

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required in order to be considered for admission. Across all programs, incoming students typically have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale is required in order to be considered for admission to nursing.

Essay and Letter of Recommendation

These items allow us to gain a greater understanding of your opportunity for success at Castleton. Your essay tells us more about you in your own words. Your letters of recommendation are extremely valuable, as these give us insight to your qualities and characteristics from the perspective of those who know you best.

An official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores are required, if you have earned 18 or less college credits. Below are the aspects of consideration for these.

High School GPA

‘B’ average (85% or 3.0) student on a 4.0 unweighted academic scale.

For high school students with no GPA available, such as proficiency-based or narrative transcript, academic preparation will be evaluated on an individual basis using the high school profile as a guideline.    

We prefer that candidates include the following college preparatory courses in their high school programs:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math
  • 3-4 years of social science
  • 2-3 years of laboratory science
  • 2 years of a foreign language

SAT/ACT Scores

Approximate averages:
SAT = 500 in each section (1000 EBRW+M or 1500 CR+M+W)
ACT = 21 Composite.

Tests provide additional information to support your academic profile, yet greater emphasis is placed on your transcript course selection and academic performance. Castleton has no preference in tests taken; all test scores are evaluated, with the best used for review. While ranges are accepted, we prefer applicants have 450+ in each section of the SAT and/or 18+ in each section of the ACT.

Castleton will accept self-reported test scores for admissions review purposes, yet official scores are required for enrollment.