New Student Admission

Thank you for considering admission to Appalachian Bible College. ABC admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, physical handicap, or age. The following information is the basic admissions process for students with no college background. All graduates must be in agreement with the doctrinal statement prior to graduation.

Information required for admission:


The application may be completed online or a paper application may be printed and mailed to the admissions office. An application fee of $35 must be submitted with the application.

Character References

Reference forms are provided by the college that must be completed by two people who are not relatives and can evaluate the applicant's character. An additional form is provided for the applicant's pastor or youth pastor. In the event that the applicant’s pastor is their parent, another church leader may complete the reference form.

Test Scores

Either the SAT (code: 7305) or ACT (code: 4507) may be submitted as admissions requirements. The minimum ACT composite score is 17, and the minimum SAT composite score (CR+M+W) is 1230. A small percentage of prospective students who do not meet minimum academic standards may be provided with a provisional acceptance and placed into the HELPS program.


A copy of all high school and college transcripts should be sent to the admissions office, even if a college course will not apply as transfer credit. Partial transcripts must be sent in order to receive an acceptance decision and the final transcripts must be sent once the semester is complete. The GED test may also be used for admission. Click here for a high school transcript request form that may be used.

Application Process:

Application Review

Each application is submitted to the Director of Admissions and/or the Admissions Committee which consists of the Vice President of Academics, Vice President of Student Services, and Director of Admissions for evaluation. Once the application has been reviewed, the applicant will be notified by mail of the acceptance decision.

Initial Acceptance

Once all of the applicant’s paperwork has been submitted and the application has been favorably reviewed, the applicant is granted initial acceptance. This allows the student to enroll in classes and attend ABC.

Final Acceptance

Final Acceptance is granted once final transcripts are received from the applicant's high school and/or college with final grades and/or graduation dates. A deposit of $25 is also required for final acceptance. The deposit will be applied towards the applicant’s tuition. Final acceptance is needed for the applicant to receive financial aid.

Down Payment and Payment Options

Once the applicant arrives on campus, a down payment of $2,000 for dorm students or $1,250 for non-dorm students is required. Three payment options are available: full payment, delayed full payment, or monthly payments.

Final Confirmation Paperwork

The summer before classes begin, each applicant will receive a packet of paperwork from the Student Services office which contains a medical form, dorm request information, a final confirmation form, and general information that will be of help to the applicant. Students enrolling in the Spring semester will receive this information prior to the beginning of the semester.

Parents, we know you have specific concerns so we’ve compiled a separate page with answers to the most commonly asked questions.
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