Admission Information for New Freshmen

Admission to Bachelor's Degree Programs

The minimum academic requirements for admission to the university are described below. Admission to the university does not mean admission to the program of your choice. Specific programs may have additional admission requirements.

Placement Tests: Entering freshmen please submit either ACT or SAT scores. Scores are used for evaluation, academic advisement, proper course placement, alternative admission criteria and scholarship opportunities (highly recommended but not required). Special testing arrangements may be made for applicants with disabilities. Please contact ACT or CollegeBoard for further information.

Applicants who are at least 25 years old are exempt from the ACT/SAT I requirement.

The English and mathematics placement tests are special examinations required prior to registration. Guidelines for mathematics and English placement may be found in the respective section of each semester's class schedule.

Early Admission

Early admission consideration is given to applicants based upon their official, sixth- or seventh-semester transcript and their ACT or SAT scores accompanying the application for admission. All students accepted for admission must submit a final, official, high school transcript indicating their successful graduation and date of graduation prior to registration at the university.

High School Graduation: Each applicant for admission to freshman classification must present satisfactory evidence of graduation from an accredited or approved high school. Graduates of nonaccredited or nonapproved high schools may be considered for special admission.

Grade-point Average: A 3.00 (weighted) GPA in the academic courses is required. The academic courses include: English, Math, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences.

Students who have completed the academic core but do not have a 3.0 weighted GPA in the academic courses required may qualify for admission with a combined score from the SAT Critical Reading and SAT Math sections of at least 1040 or an ACT composite score of at least 22, or a Nevada Advanced High School Diploma

High School Courses (Units) Required: Students are required to successfully complete specific courses (13 units), in addition to the fulfillment of graduation and GPA requirements, as listed below:

  • English (four units): emphasis on composition, rhetoric and American English and world literature.
  • Mathematics (three units): includes algebra, geometry, trigonometry or advanced mathematics.
  • Social Studies (three units): including world history and geography, U.S. history, economics, government, and law.
  • Natural Science (three units): including biology, chemistry and physics (with at least two years in laboratory science courses).
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