High School Preparation

To be eligible for admission to the university as a freshman an applicant must be a high school graduate or equivalent. A high school record that demonstrates achievement in the most challenging academic course work available is the best single predictor of academic success. Beginning freshmen must submit an official high school transcript before classes begin in order to verify graduation and completion of required courses.

The minimum high school units required for admission include:

  1. Language Arts

    Required: Four units of English

  2. Science

    Required: Four units of science to include at least one unit of Chemistry or Physics

  3. Foreign Language

    Required: Two units in a single language effective fall semester 2001.

  4. Mathematics

    Required: Four units at the level of Algebra I or higher, e.g., algebra, geometry, elementary analysis, probability and statistics, solid geometry, calculus with analytical geometry. Informal geometry and pre-algebra will not fulfill this requirement.

    Strongly recommended: Students planning to enter scientific, engineering and similar technical fields are advised to take at least four units of math in preparation for entering the first university calculus course in their first semester at the university.

  5. Social Studies

    Required: Three units

  6. Electives

    Required: Additional courses in the areas above and/or in fine arts and/or computer science to satisfy high school graduation requirements

High School Rank in Class and SAT (ACT) Score

  1. An applicant who graduates from an accredited high school in one of the two years preceding the academic year for which the applicant is applying for admission and who has a grade point average in the top 10 percent of the applicant's high school graduating class will be admitted automatically (subject to applicable enrollment limit). SAT (ACT) scores must be submitted.
  2. An applicant who does not qualify for admission under item A but meets the following criteria also qualifies for regular admission:

High School

Minimum

Minimum

Minimum

Rank in Class

Total SAT

Total SAT

Total ACT

 

 

w/ writing sect.

 

 

 

 

 

Top 25%

950

1410

20

Second 25%

1000

1500

21

Third 25%

1050

1530

22

Fourth 25%

1080

1590

23

Additional Criteria

In addition to the current university requirements for admission, applicants must also have either: successfully completed the curriculum requirements for the recommended or advanced high school program or its equivalent; or satisfied ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT assessment application to the applicant, or earned on the SAT assessment a score of at least 1500 out of 2400 or the equivalent.

The above requirement may be satisfied if the applicants official high school transcript or diploma states that the applicant completed the portion of the recommended or advanced curriculum or its equivalent that was available to the applicant, but was unable to complete the remainder of the curriculum solely because courses necessary to complete the remainder were unavailable to the applicant at the appropriate times in the applicant's high school career as a result of course scheduling, lack of enrollment capacity, or another cause not within the applicant's control.

An applicant may be given additional consideration based upon an evaluation of the individuals' involvement and level of responsibility in extracurricular activities; involvement in responsible non-academic affairs while attending high school, including employment and family responsibilities; status as a first general college student; English not first language; and socioeconomic background.