Freshmen Admission

We know that deciding where to go to college ranks pretty high as far as life choices go. You want a place that propels you to new intellectual heights, inspires you to be a force for good in the world, and readies you for a career you’ve always dreamed of attaining.

What are my steps to applying?

Admission requirements for Entering Freshmen:

  • Final High School Transcript
  • ACT/SAT scores taken within the last 5 years
  • Immunization records
  • $40 application fee

Admission credentials required for Freshmen Transfers:

  • Final High School Transcript
  • ACT/SAT scores taken within the last 5 years
  • Immunization records
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • $40 application fee

Freshmen and Freshmen-Transfer Deadline Dates

Application and Credential Deadline Dates

Term Classes Start Application Deadline
Fall 2015 August 17, 2015 August 7, 2015 at 5:00pm
Spring 2016 January 11, 2016 January 8, 2016 at 5:00pm
Summer 1 and 2 2016
Summer 4 2016
Fall 2016

Admission of Entering Freshmen

First-time entering freshmen and freshmen transfer applicants who present the following academic qualifications will be automatically admitted:

  • Unconditional Admission
    • Successful completion of the high school college preparatory core in effect at the time of graduation from high school (the current core is shown below), plus:
    • An ACT composite score of at least a 19 or a combined critical reading/math SAT score of at least 910
    • Cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5
  • Conditional Admission
    • An ACT composite score of at least a 18 or a combined critical reading/math SAT score of at least 870 OR
    • Cumulative GPA of at least a 2.6 and an ACT composite score of at least a 15 or a combined critical reading/math SAT score of at least 740

The academic qualifications of all other applicants will be individually reviewed by the Admissions and Transfer of Credit Committee, with attention to those factors that indicate the applicant’s ability and motivation to earn the grades required for satisfactory academic progress and eventual graduation. Such factors include, but are not limited to, high school grades with particular focus on the college preparatory core courses and grades, the academic rigor of the high school courses, success in AP and International Baccalaureate courses, and standardized test scores. Based upon this review, the Committee may admit, defer or deny admission to any applicant.

To be automatically admitted as a freshmen, students must complete a minimum of 16 high school units (year-long classes) in the following areas:

  • English – 4 units (Four units with emphasis on writing skills, not to include courses in oral communications, journalism, drama or debate.)
  • Natural Sciences – 3 units (Three units, with laboratories, chosen from Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. Only one unit may come from a Life Science.)
  • Mathematics – 4 units (Four units including Algebra I and II, Geometry, and an advanced math course. It is strongly recommended that students take a math course during their senior year.)
  • Social Studies – 3 units (Three units, including one of American History -not to include contemporary American History, one of World History -not to include World Cultures, World Geography, or Global Studies, and at least one-half unit of Civics or American Government -not to include courses in practical arts.)
  • Electives – 2 units (To be chosen from English, foreign languages, oral communications, mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, (pre) engineering, and social studies. As you choose your electives, residents of Arkansas please remember that to be eligible for such scholarships as the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s Academic Challenge Scholarship or the Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant, students must also have 2 years of the same foreign language.)