Freshman Application Review

You're more than a number.

We consider many factors when making an admission decision. Most applications receive at least 2 readings, and we check all preliminary decisions to ensure a high level of consistency.

We evaluate the strength of your academic record.

Consistent achievement at the highest level is the best demonstration of strong academic performance. After confirming you’ve taken our required years of coursework, we review your courses and grades, recognizing that different high schools provide different levels of opportunity. In-progress courses are included, so continue to take challenging classes your senior year.

Review the coursework we require

We review your highest ACT or SAT composite score.

In addition, our colleges often evaluate results from your sub-scores. If you submit scores from more than one test date, the highest sub-scores will be used in this evaluation. However, we don’t combine the highest sub-scores from different test sittings to create a super-score composite.

See last year's scores

We consider why you’re applying to a program.

In your essay, discuss your interest in the major you've selected so we understand why you’ve chosen it and, if applicable, how you developed this interest. We look for experiences related to this major in your activities, honors, and awards. If you select a second-choice major (which we highly recommend!), we want to know why you're interested in it, too. In some cases, we may determine that your second-choice major or another program will be a better fit. You'll only be considered for these programs if you aren't competitive for your first choice.

We look at your achievements outside the classroom.

We’re looking for students who have the personal qualities to succeed on and contribute to our campus. In addition to strong academic success, you should be able to demonstrate some impact or level of accomplishment in your school, your community, your state, or nationally. Activities should indicate your strengths and skills, such as leadership ability, perseverance, creativity, generosity, determination, motivation, concern, and intellectual curiosity.

We analyze the opportunities given to you.

We’ll consider the high school curriculum, Advanced Placement courses, honors courses, and extracurricular activities that are available specifically to you.

We consider your background.

This includes diversity, veteran status, geographic location, and first-generation status. We want to continue to provide an atmosphere that values students who have a unique set of experiences and knowledge.

We listen to your story.

Take advantage of your opportunity to explain any unique circumstances that may demonstrate qualities or skills you have that can help you succeed. Additionally, if you have 1 semester or course in which your performance doesn't match the rest of your semesters or courses, you may want to explain the circumstances.

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