Frequently Asked Questions

At Covenant, we love getting questions from students like you, as well as your family. It means you’re interested. It means you’re taking your college choice seriously. And it means you’re at least a little bit intrigued by the learning experience we provide.


For your convenience, here are some common questions we’re asked as they relate to…


The Admission Process

What are the academic requirements for admission?

Covenant College offers students an academically rigorous liberal arts education, equipping them to explore and express the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things. Consistent with this mission, the average freshman has the following academic record from high school:

  • 3.61 un-weighted GPA
  • 1173 (math + critical reading) SAT or 26 composite ACT
While this is the average academic profile that characterizes our student body, potential applicants should keep in mind that we consider every application on an individual basis. Transfer applicants are considered in light of this academic profile, as well as academic performance in any college-level coursework. Anyone interested in a Covenant College education should apply.


What do I need to submit in my application?

You must submit a completed application for admission (usually completed online), a $35 application fee, a one- to two-page personal testimony, your high school transcript, SAT/ACT scores, completed academic reference and church reference forms, and if you’re transferring from another college or university, your college transcript.


When do I need to have my application materials submitted?

We have rolling admission, so you can apply any time. If you are applying for a particular scholarship with a December 1 deadline, your application for admission must also be complete by December 1.



Financial Assistance

Do a lot of students at Covenant receive financial aid?

Yes. In fact, more than 90 percent of our students receive assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, student loans, and/or student employment programs.


What do I need to do to get started?

Two important first steps are to complete Covenant’s application for admission and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( Also visit our scholarships section to learn about the many individual scholarships and corresponding application deadlines.


What scholarships does Covenant offer?

We offer academic, leadership, and music scholarships, among others. Particular scholarships that must be applied for include the Maclellan Scholarship, Leadership Scholarship, Community Development Scholarship, Cultural Diversity Scholarship, Donaldson Memorial Science Scholarship, Emerging Artist Scholarship, Future Teacher Scholarship, Wilberforce Scholarship, Computer Science Scholarship, and Genesis 1:28 Business Scholarship.




What makes Covenant’s programs different from those at other top liberal arts schools?

At Covenant, why you learn something is every bit as important as what you learn. Here, you will learn to see God in every facet of your life, and you will be personally taught by acclaimed professors who could teach virtually anywhere in the world, and choose to be here.


How do I know if you have the major I’m interested in?

We have a wide range of majors, minors, and pre-professional programs that span the spectrum of academic disciplines. Our most popular majors include English, history, education, business, and psychology.


Are your programs ranked and respected by graduate schools?

Covenant is consistently ranked among the top ten regional colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report and is ranked among the top ten baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly. You will find our graduates at some of the world’s most prestigious graduate schools, including Cambridge, Harvard, and Princeton.



The People

What are the professors like?

Don’t let the fact that they come from such institutions as Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and Yale give you the wrong impression. As knowledgeable and respected as our professors are, they enjoy nothing more than getting to know their students on a personal level. In fact, our student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1.


What are the students like?

Covenant has about 1,000 students who came from 48 states as well as 23 countries around the world this past year. The male/female ratio is 41:59, and the incoming freshman GPA range (middle 50%) is 3.39-3.96.


Will I have a hard time making friends?

Most of our first-year students actually make close friends before classes even begin. Our orientation program is a great way for you to get to know our campus, our people, and your fellow classmates. Along with that, student clubs, Scots games, intramurals, campus events, and simply living in the residence halls are all great ways to make new friends.



The Place

Where is Lookout Mountain, and what’s it like there?

Lookout Mountain is in northern Georgia, just 10 minutes from Chattanooga, Tennessee. The city of Lookout Mountain has a population of just over 1,600. So, our setting is ideal in that it is in a small, caring community, with close proximity to the vibrant city of Chattanooga.


What’s the campus like?

Our 400-acre campus sits atop Lookout Mountain and provides beautiful views of the Smoky Mountains, Chattanooga, and seven states. Our campus is growing and has an abundance of green space so you can enjoy the scenic location.


What kinds of things are there to do outside of class?

Play for or cheer on any of our 13 Scots varsity teams. Work out in Ashe Activity Center. Lead a student club. Join an intramural team. Compete in the Mountain Affair talent show. Take part in a discipleship small group. Attend chapel. Perform in a musical. Watch a movie with friends. Take a hike on one of our many trails. And that’s without ever leaving campus!


What are the popular things to do off campus?

Rock climbing. Mountain biking. Hiking to Cloudland Canyon waterfalls. Cycling. Camping. And when you’ve had your fill of the outdoors, Chattanooga’s revitalized downtown, music scene, cultural offerings, and leisure activities are just 10 minutes away. Visit the Tennessee Aquarium. Catch a concert. Shop at Hamilton Place Mall. Dine at a new restaurant. Dress up for a night at the Tivoli Theatre.



We are committed to being transparent and sharing information that may be important to you. To see institutional information published in compliance with federal disclosure requirements as well as additional information we want to make available to you, please visit our Student Consumer Information page.


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