University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: Admission Requirements for Entering Freshmen
Policy Number: LR 502.3
Effective Date: August 1, 2023
Revised Dates: February 22, 2023
Most Recent Review Date: January 26, 2023
The admission requirements for first-time entering freshmen shall be as follows:
Admission of Entering Freshmen
First-time entering freshmen applicants who present the following academic qualifications will be automatically admitted.
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 one of the following:
- A cumulative high school grade-point average of 2.5
- An ACT composite score of 21 or a combined verbal/math SAT I score of at least 990.
- Students who were homeschooled or completed a GED are automatically admitted if they have an ACT composite score of 21 or a combined verbal/math SAT I score of at least 990.
- Students wishing for an early admission decision using 6th semester transcripts will be admitted with the expectation of continued academic success in high school. Students admitted by early decision will be given preferential treatment for housing and registration.
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 has the 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 a particular focus on the college preparatory core courses and grades in them below C, the academic rigor of the high school courses, success in AP courses and International Baccalaureate courses, and standardized test scores. Based upon this review, the committee may admit, defer or deny admission to the applicant.
Any applicant whose admission is denied or deferred may, with the submission of additional information, request reconsideration.
College Preparatory Core
To be automatically admitted as a freshman, 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, does not 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.)
- Total—16 units
Source: Faculty Senate Minutes, December 8, 2006
Approved By: VCESS, April 1, 2010
Custodian: Admissions & Financial Aid