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Freshman Admission Requirements
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► Freshman Requirements
To be eligible for admission, freshman applicants must fulfill each of the following requirements:
- Graduate from an accredited high school with a standard diploma.
- Maintain a minimum 3.0 unweighted cumulative high school grade point average.
- Satisfactorily complete, with a grade of C- or better, 15 subject requirements: four years in English, three in math culminating in algebra II or higher, three in science, three in social science and two in the same second language. Detailed information and alternatives to these subject requirements are available here.
Test Optional: SAT or ACT scores are not used for admissions purposes unless a student’s GPA is below 3.0. Applicants above 3.0 are not required to submit their SAT Reasoning or ACT scores. Exceptions include students who wish to receive consideration for the Presidential Scholarship, applicants to the Honors Program, and students who wish to participate in our NCAA Division II athletic programs. These students must submit scores from either the SAT Reasoning or ACT, including the writing section.
- Freshmen applicants with a cumulative GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 are eligible for admission if they receive a composite score of 23 on the ACT (including the writing section), a combined score of 1060 on the Critical Reading and Mathematics sections of the old SAT Reasoning exam, or a combined score of 1130 on the Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Mathematics sections of the new SAT.
- Freshmen applicants with a GPA below a 3.0 must also submit a personal statement/essay explaining their academic challenges or a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor. Freshmen applicants with a GPA above 3.0 are not required to submit an essay or recommendation letter.
- Freshmen applicants who do not meet the admission requirements listed above may be considered for admission by the Director of Admissions or the Comprehensive Admission Review Committee. Please review the Comprehensive Admission page for more information.
► Graduates of Unaccredited High Schools or Home-Schooled Students
Students graduating from an unaccredited high school or who were home schooled must fulfill each of the following requirements:
- Receive a composite score of 23 on the ACT (including the Writing section), or a combined score of 1060 on the Critical Reading and Mathematics sections of the old SAT Reasoning exam, or a combined score of 1130 on the Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Mathematics sections of the new SAT.
- Receive a minimum score of 470 on each of two College Board SAT Subject Tests (Math level I or IIC and another test of the student’s choice).
- Meet the second language requirement (see subject requirements). Students who do not take a SAT Subject Test in a second language must prove language proficiency through another process.
- Alternatively, graduates of unaccredited high schools or home-schooled students who do not meet the requirements listed above are eligible for admission if they fulfill the GED requirements listed below.
► General Education Development (GED)
Students who did not graduate from high school but received a GED must fulfill each of the following requirements:
- Receive a minimum score of 410 on each of the five GED tests, or a minimum score of 150 on each of the subtests for the 2014 GED.
- Receive an average score of 550 for the five tests, or an average score of 170 for the four subtests on the 2014 GED.
- Meet the second language requirement, if graduating class would have been 1997 or later (see subject requirements).