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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.

FALL 2018 DEADLINES

  • December 1 - Nursing and Game Design
  • February 1 - Merit Scholarship Consideration
  • February 15 - Financial Aid Priority Deadline
  • March 15 – Priority Deadline
  • May 1 – Deposit Deadline

Spring 2018

  •  December 1 - All programs 
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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 2018
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)

Test Optional Guidelines

While it may be beneficial for some students to elect to be Test Optional, SAT/ACT scores may be useful (or even required) for some applicants.

Below are our Test Optional guidelines:

  • Applicants who have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher are already eligible candidates for undergraduate admission and are strongly encouraged to submit SAT/ACT scores
  • Applicants with SAT scores of 1030 or higher or ACT scores of 20 or higher are also encouraged to submit test scores as part of their application
  • Applicants with a high school GPA below 3.0 that elect to be Test Optional must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or high school guidance counselor
  • Applicants to our Nursing program are required to submit SAT/ACT scores
  • Applicants who wish to be considered for any merit scholarships, including the Honors Program, must submit SAT/ACT scores
  • Applicants who are home-schooled must submit SAT/ACT scores
  • Applicants who submit transcripts with narratives and not grades must submit SAT/ACT scores
  • Applicants may be required to submit additional information after applications are initially reviewed
  • Students with a documented learning disability should not elect to be Test Optional. By submitting psycho-educational/cognitive testing, the student is requesting a waiver of the SAT/ACT scores
  • Applicants for whom test scores are automatically sent to Fitchburg State from the testing agency or are included as part of the high school transcript can still elect to be Test Optional – the scores will not be taken into consideration as part of the application review

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?

If your GPA is below 3.0 we use the sliding scale to determine admissibility.

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.