Freshman Application Standards

We understand that applying to college can be overwhelming. To help make this process as simple as possible, we’ve included an overview of requirements for incoming freshman below.

If you have any questions about whether or not you meet the requirements to apply, we’re happy to help you through the process. Contact Admissions.

The following chart outlines which college prep courses are required. Please note that meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.



Apply by the following dates for a better chance of meeting deadlines for financial aid and on-campus housing.

  • Nursing & Game Design: January 1
  • Freshmen Scholarship Consideration: February 1 (all applications materials must be received by this date)
  • Freshmen: Rolling Admission - apply, be admitted, and pay enrollment deposit by May 1st to guarantee your spot in the incoming class
  • Transfer: Housing & Merit Scholarship Consideration - June 1
  • Transfer: Rolling Admission - apply, be admitted, and pay enrollment deposit by July 15 to guarantee your spot in the incoming class 
  • FAFSA: March 1
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Required application materials

  • Application
  • Essay
  • Official high school transcript with first-quarter grades
  • Official SAT and/or ACT score report

Optional materials:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Interview
  • Resumé

High school classes completed

Subject Fall 2017
English 4 courses
Mathematics 4 courses (Algebra I & II and Geometry or Trigonometry, or comparable coursework) including mathematics during the final year of high school.
Sciences 3 courses (drawn from Natural Science and/or Physical Science and/or Technology/Engineering, including 2 courses with laboratory work); Technology/engineering courses must be designated as science courses (taken for science credit) by the high school.
Social Sciences 2 courses (including 1 course in U.S. History)
Foreign Languages 2 courses (in a single language)
Electives 2 courses (from the above subjects or from the Arts & Humanities or Computer Sciences)

Grade point average (GPA) and SAT/ACT requirements

Recalculated High School GPA Combined SAT ERW & M and/or ACT Must Equal or Exceed (ACT composite equivalent in parenthesis)
2.51 - 2.99 990 (19)
2.41 - 2.50 1030 (20)
2.31 - 2.40 1070 (21)
2.21 - 2.30 1110 (22)
2.11 - 2.20 1140 (23)
2.00 - 2.10 1180 (24)

What is recalculated GPA?

When reviewing a high school transcript, we re-calculate a student’s GPA based on their college prep, honors or AP level courses only. We do not include courses that are based on performance such as physical education, health, music, etc.

When re-calculating a GPA we also give “extra credit” for higher-level courses. For example if you received a “B” in an honors course, we would consider this a “B+”. If you received a “B” in an AP or IB course, we would consider it an “A”.

I'm concerned that I do not meet the requirements. Should I still apply?

If you have a minimum recalculated GPA of a 2.00 or higher, you’re considered for admission.

If your GPA and SAT/ACT combination doesn’t fit within the sliding scale, we’ll automatically consider you for one of our special admissions programs:

If you do not have a 2.00 or higher, we cannot accept you as a freshman. However, you can enroll in another college first and then apply as a transfer student once you have earned some college-level credits.