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Samford University CAS Quick Start Guide and FAQs

What is Samford University CAS? 

The Samford University Centralized Application Service (Samford University CAS) simplifies the process of applying to programs. You start by selecting the programs you wish to apply to, then you submit one application that includes all necessary materials. Once received by Samford University CAS, your application and materials go through a verification process before being transmitted to all of your selected programs. Click here to start your application.

How long does the application process take? 

It's important you apply as early as possible since completing your application can be a lengthy process, and since application processing times vary throughout the cycle. Below is a suggested timeline that includes key actions to keep the application process on track. This timeline may need to be adjusted based on your programs' deadlines and requirements. 

Timeline Key Actions

Prior to the Start of the Application Process

  1. Research programs you wish to apply to. Pay special attention to:

    • Cycle dates and deadline requirements. 
    • Application fees.
    • Evaluation requirements. 
    • Minimum requirements, including prerequisites, standardized test scores, supplemental applications, foreign evaluations, etc. 
  2. Ask your schools to send you the official transcripts you'll need to enter your coursework

  3. Begin contacting potential evaluators to confirm their participation. 

  4. Review the instructions in this Help Center. 

At Least 3 Months Prior to Deadline

  1. Create your account
  2. Complete the Colleges Attended section. 
  3. Complete the Evaluations section. 

At Least 10-12 Weeks Prior to Deadline

  1. Ask your schools to send official transcripts directly to Samford University CAS. If there are any holds on your account at a school, resolve them now to avoid delays in sending transcripts.
  2. Begin entering coursework into your application.
  3. Check in with your evaluators to confirm that they received the evaluation request via e-mail.

At Least 6-8 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Complete and submit your application. Review the Verification process. Monitor your application for receipt of transcripts and letters of evaluation and follow up on any missing items.

At Least 4-6 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Continue monitoring your application until your status is Verified.

After Deadline Download a copy of your application for your records.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Coursework, Transcripts, and GPAs Programs and Statuses Fees and Payments
Do I need to send transcripts?

Yes, you must submit official transcripts to Samford University CAS. See Sending Official Transcripts for more guidelines on each type of transcript.

 

Where do I find the Transcript Request Form?

The Transcript Request Form is found in the Colleges Attended section, after you submit a college entry.

 

Should I send my high school transcripts?

No.

 

My transfer credits are listed on my primary transcript. Do I still need to send all transcripts?

You must report all colleges attended and submit official transcripts, even if your transfer credits are listed on your primary transcript. See Sending Official Transcripts for more guidelines.

 

How do I know what my primary institution is?

Your primary institution is the college where you earned or will earn your first undergraduate college degree.

 

Do I really have to enter all coursework?

Yes, you must enter all US and English Canadian coursework into the Transcript Entry section of the application.

 

How do I list my repeated courses?

Samford University CAS considers a course to be repeated if you enrolled in the same course (with the same course title and prefix) again at the same college.

Report all attempts of repeated coursework (including those that are currently in-progress or planned) and be sure to mark them as repeated during Transcript Review. Enter the number of credit hours attempted for each course, regardless of how many credits were actually earned. 

 

Should I include foreign coursework in the Transcript Entry section?

No.

 

Why is my Samford University CAS GPA different from the GPA on my transcripts?

The Samford University CAS GPAs factor in all coursework taken, regardless of the college and any academic forgiveness policies. See Calculating Your Samford University CAS GPAs for more information.

 

I don't agree with the GPA. How do I change it?

The Samford University CAS GPAs factor in all coursework taken, regardless of the college and any academic forgiveness policies. If after reviewing your calculated coursework you find an error with your GPA, review Disputing and Correcting Samford University CAS Course Subjects and GPAs.

 

How do I remove a program?

Your application must always have at least one program selected. To remove a program, first navigate to the Add Programs tab and select the desired program(s). Then navigate to the Submit Application tab and remove the undesired program(s).

 

Can I apply to more programs after I submit my application?

Yes, if the program's deadline date has not yet passed and the application cycle is open.

 

Should I submit my application if I'm still waiting on transcripts and/or evaluations?

Yes. You can submit your application before your transcripts and/or evaluations are received by Samford University CAS.

 

I submitted my application to the wrong program. What do I do?

If you would like your application to be considered for a different program, contact the school to determine if they can change your program.

 

Will Samford University CAS update me on the status of my application?

Your application status for each program is listed in the Check Status section of the application. Samford University CAS will notify you when official transcripts and Evaluations are received, and when your application is verified.

 

When will I learn about admissions decisions? Did I get in!?

You must reach out to your program(s) to learn about a school's admissions decisions.

 

Is there any other way to pay other than by credit card?

We currently only accept payments by credit card: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.

 

I want a refund. What do I need to do?

Refunds are not given for any reason. Review Refunding/Withdrawing Your Samford University CAS Application for more information.

 

 

 

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