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Admissions Criteria


Oikos University is committed to the training of men and women for Christian leadership, both lay and clerical. Because of this commitment, we seek to admit persons whose motivation, character, and aptitude are in keeping with this purpose. The application process is designed to help you and the college determines your readiness for Bible College. The admissions process is designed to help ensure that individuals who enter our program will complete it.

Oikos evaluates an applicant’s readiness in the following four areas:

Spiritual Readiness

Applicants to the School of Theology or School of Music must give evidence of a born-again experience and a consistent lifestyle that reflects biblical character and spiritual growth. Since certain activities are not consistent with a Christian testimony, you are expected to have lived apart from specific activities for at least one year prior to the semester in which you wish to enroll.

The reference forms submitted on your behalf by Christian friends and by your pastor (or your pastor’s designee) help us assess your spiritual readiness. Our intent is not to be legalistic or exclusive. Because of the rigors of ministerial training, it is essential that we see a certain degree of spiritual consistency in your life.

Oikos is a Christian college; we require that you accept the Oikos doctrinal statement. If you accept our doctrinal statement, you are welcome to apply, even if you are a member of another denomination or an independent church.

Students applying to the nursing program are not required to give a Christian testimony or accept the doctrinal statement. Such students are required to accept instruction offered from a Christian worldview, and to accept the responsibilities associated with being a member of a Christian community.

Academic Readiness

Applicants must have sufficient educational background to enable them to perform at the college level. A high school diploma or GED (General Education Development) is required for admission.

Likewise, the University administers a Bible and theology test to all students; students who do not pass this test are required to participate in a non-credit Bible survey course, and may be subject to further abilityto- benefit restrictions.

The ability-to-benefit classification and its restrictions may be applied as well to applicants whose high school grade average is below a “C” and to older students who are returning to school after an extended period of time.

Physical Readiness

Health is an important factor in being able to maintain attendance, earn satisfactory grades, engage in ministry, sustain employment, and meet other demands of a college schedule. You must pass a physical examination administered by a licensed physician and submit proof of this examination.

Prospective students with chronic, debilitating, or infectious physical conditions must inform the Admissions Officer of their situation during the application process in order to receive appropriate guidance. The same requirement applies to prospective students with emotional disorders, psychological disorders, or learning disabilities.

Financial Readiness

Applicants will be evaluated with regard to their ability to meet the financial demands of attending Oikos. The University does not yet quality for federal grants and loans.


Statement of Non-discrimination

Oikos does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, gender, and national or ethnic origin in the according or making available of all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally open to students at the college. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, gender, and national or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other college administered programs.