How we evaluate your application

Gaining regular admission

Applicants that have met the proper requirements may obtain automatic admission to the University by meeting the Regular Admission Requirements below. Those applicants who do not meet these standards will be considered for admission under our Alternative Admission Procedure (see below).

The SAT scores reflected in the tables below include the combination of the Critical Reading and Math Sections. Our current test score requirements do not include the writing section component.

Class rank SAT Composite Score ACT Composite Score
Top 10% No minimum* No minimum*
Next 15% 900 19
2nd Quarter 1000 21
3rd Quarter 1100 23
4th Quarter 1200 27
*If you graduated in the top 10% of your high school class and successfully completed the required pre-college curriculum, you will gain automatic admission without minimum SAT or ACT score requirements. You are, however, still required to submit official scores on either exam to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions.

If you graduated in the top 10% and did not successfully complete a required pre-college curriculum or an equivalent, you must meet one of the following requirements:


Didn't graduate, but got your GED?
Holders of GED diplomas who seek Regular Freshman Admission are subject to a similar scale of GED score relative to the SAT or ACT score as shown in the table below:
GED Score SAT Score ACT Score
> 58 900 total/480 Verbal
19 Composite/19 English
51 - 57 1000 total/480 Verbal 22 Composite/19 English
45 - 50 1100 total/480 Verbal 23 Composite/19 English

How is my GED score calculated?
We arrive at the score used to evaluate your application by dropping the zeros from the end of each subject area score, adding the scores together, and then dividing by five to get their average.

So, if your scores are:   we drop the zeros,   add the scores together,   and divide the sum by five.
460 - Lang. Arts, Writing
560 - Social Studies
640 - Science
630 - Lang. Arts, Reading
490 - Mathematics
  278/5 = 56

In this example, an average score of 56 would be used to evaluate your application for admission.


Alternative admission

When you do not meet regular admission requirements, your application is considered for admission under our Alternative Admission Procedure. Our Undergraduate Admissions Committee (UAC) will review your application and consider other factors in addition to your class rank and test scores, such as:

  • Participation in extracurricular activities, including evidence of leadership
  • Community service
  • Talents and awards
  • Extenuating circumstances
  • Employment, internships, and summer activities

Applications reviewed under this procedure are considered on a case-by-case basis. Click here to learn more.

Admission decisions