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Don't go woke or broke! Join our faith-based, debt-free college degree program this fall. Just follow the three simple steps listed below and show us you have what it takes to become a CVCU Crusader! 

Follow our simple 3-step process to apply to CVCU!

Step 1: Complete two character references

Choose two professionals (at least one should be a leader in your church) who can provide an extensive character reference for you. These should be people who know you well but are not related to you. The character reference assesses the student's emotional intelligence, church involvement, resilience, teachability, aptitude, and related markers of academic potential for this educational model. Forward this link to each applicant, and then move on to Step 2. 

Step 2: Write your application essay 

In 400 to 500 words, write an essay telling us about your faith journey, your academic background, your desired degree/career focus, and why you think you can succeed in a faith-based, dialogue-driven environment. This written assessment evaluates the incoming student’s academic strengths, interests, determination, career goals, written communication skills, and rationale for applying to CVCU. Send your completed essay to, and then move on to Step 3. 


Step 3: Complete the intro form and interview

Once you have completed the first two steps, you'll complete this student information form, and you'll receive a list of readings to prepare for the personal interview invitation, which will include a Socratic assessment. If you live out of state, your interview can be held via Zoom. You are a name, not a number, and we value your time. You will be notified within 24 hours if you are accepted to CVCU! 

SAT, ACT, and interview formats:


Like a growing number of academic institutions, CVCU holds a "test-optional" admissions format. This means that SAT/ACT scores may be submitted if desired, but these assessments are neither a required component of nor a determining factor in the application process. CVCU understands that a student is more than the sum of his or her test scores.


The full application process and interviews includes the following assessments:​​

  • Completion of steps 1-3 above

  • Evidence of high school or GED completion

  • Acceptance of CVCU's statement of beliefs and community expectations

  • Evidence of the intrinsic motivation and dedication necessary to excel in the CVCU format 

  • Demonstrated mastery of written and oral communication skills

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