A Commitment to Part-time Students

The attention we provide to our part-time students is exceptional. Your Enrollment Counselor will guide you through the admissions process and also serve as your interim Academic Advisor.

You will be personally guided from pre-application to the selection and start of your classes. Your counselor will try to work around your availability because many students have responsibilities that go beyond their studies.

Part-time students may register for up to 11 credits per semester. Classes are available during the day and evening. Centenary University also offers courses during our Summer Sessions to complement our Fall and Spring Semesters.

Centenary University offers rolling admissions for Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters. Completing the admissions process at least one semester in advance before you enroll at Centenary will give you priority in registering for classes.

Part Time Admissions Process

Students planning to earn a degree from Centenary University (including those seeking re-admittance)

  • A completed Admissions Application and the corresponding application fee.  Choose either our secure online application or the Common Application
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges attended
  • A 250 word essay is required on the topic of “How Centenary Can Help You Achieve Your Educational Goals And Objectives”
  • Proof of high school graduation or the equivalent
  • If you have not earned at least 24 credits at your prior institution(s) and are under 24 years of age, you are also required to provide SAT/ACT Scores
  • Students pursuing specific majors may also have additional admissions requirements which are listed below

Letters of recommendation are not required, but will strengthen your application and enable the Admissions Committee to make a better determination of the College’s ability to meet your academic needs.

Students not planning to earn a degree from Centenary University (including those seeking re-admittance)

  • A completed Admissions Application and the corresponding application fee.  Choose either our secure online application or the Common Application
  • Proof of high school graduation or the equivalent

Application Review

Once your file is complete, the Admissions Committee will review it and make a decision regarding your admission.

If you have 24 transferable credits or more, Centenary will base its admission decision on your collegiate course work. If you have less than 24 transferable credits, we will base our decision on a combination of the collegiate and secondary school course work. Transferable credits are courses in which the student has earned a “C-” or better and are 100+ level courses or above. Basic skills (developmental) courses are not transferable.

Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better will be considered for admission to Centenary.

Transfer Credit Guidelines

A minimum of 128 credits are required to earn a bachelor’s degree at Centenary University.  Students from community colleges and/or proprietary schools are allowed to transfer a maximum of 72 credits with a C- or better.  A maximum of 96 credits from a four-year or combination of two- and four-year institutions may be transferred.

Please review our full Transfer Credit Guidelines in our catalog at link.

When a final transcript is received by Centenary University, our Audit Evaluator will conduct an official evaluation of your credits. These will be posted to your Centenary University transcript.

Major Program Requirements

The major you choose may affect which of your credits are applied toward your degree at Centenary. Only courses earned with a C- or better from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are considered transferable.

Applicants to Visual Arts must submit a portfolio for approval. Your admissions counselor will help you determine the appropriate portfolio review dates.

Applicants to Education Certification Programs must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Applicants to Equine Studies Programs and free-elective riders must submit a riding placement video for evaluation and assignment into appropriate-level riding classes.

Applicants to the Social Work Program must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8.  Transfer students who will be entering Centenary University as juniors (at least 56 transferable credits) are encouraged to request an application to the BSW program at the time of application to the college.

Independent Study and Practicum

Credit is awarded for scores at or above the “C” level on general exams or specific subject exams through the Advanced Placement Examination Program (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or the American College Testing Program (ACT).


Readmission to Centenary is not automatic.

Students will need to complete a new application for admission in the following situations:

  • Student has graduated from Centenary University
  • Student has left Centenary without requesting a leave of absence.  This includes students who have completed a withdrawal with the Office of Student Life, and students who leave Centenary without giving notice (Administratively Withdrawn)
  • Student has left Centenary under a Leave of Absence, but the terms of the Leave of Absence have been broken.  This includes students who do not return to Centenary before the Leave of Absence expires, and students who attend another institution during their Leave of Absence
  • Student has been academically dismissed for not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students who attend another institution during their time away from Centenary must submit all transcripts with their application for readmission.

Students academically dismissed or on probation will need permission to return to the College from the Academic Review Board.

Admission Decisions

All applications to Centenary University are reviewed on a rolling basis. You should receive a decision approximately two to three weeks after your application and all required information is received.

Accepted students who wish to enroll are required to pay an enrollment deposit. This guarantees your placement and allows you to register for all classes.

Your admissions counselor will work with you to finalize your degree audit and help you select your classes for your first semester at Centenary.