Minimum Admission Requirements

To be admitted as a new freshman, all students must meet minimum admission requirements, including completion of a minimum of 16 high school academic units (year-long courses).

High School GPA and Test Scores

New freshman applicants should have a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and an ACT score of 20 or higher, or the SAT equivalent (see our 2016 SAT Redesign Policy). Out-of-state applicants applying after November 1st may be required to meet higher standards, depending on demand.

16 Core High School Academic Units

All new freshman applicants graduating from an Arkansas public school or Arkansas public charter school should be or be in the process of becoming a Smart Core Graduate as established by the Arkansas Department of Education. Freshman applicants who did not graduate from an Arkansas public school or Arkansas public charter school should complete (or be in the process of completing) a minimum of 16 high school academic units as follows:

4 units of English

  • English courses may include English literature, grammar, English composition, Mythology, etc.
  • Courses not included: Drama, journalism, communications/speech

4 units of Math

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • A fourth unit which is a:
    • math course that is determined to be beyond Algebra II or
    • a computer science course that is founded in the study and digital application of computational thinking, problem solving, data analysis, and algorithmic development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Courses not included: Business math, general math, Algebraic Connections

3 units of Sciences with lab experience

  • 1 unit - Biology
  • 1 unit - chosen from Physical Science, Chemistry, and Physics
  • 1 unit - chosen from:
    • an additional Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics or
    • a computer science course that is founded in the study and digital application of computational thinking, problem solving, data analysis, and algorithmic development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Courses not included: Animal science, plant science, or any agricultural science

3 units of Social Science

  • 1/2 unit - Civics or American Government
  • 1 unit - World History
  • 1 unit - U.S. History
  • 1/2 unit - Economics

Other Subjects

  • 1/2 unit of Oral Communication
  • 1/2 unit of Physical Education
  • 1/2 unit of Health and Safety
  • 1/2 unit of Fine Art

(Any core requirements not met before university enrollment must be satisfied by courses taken during freshman year. Comparable concurrent credit college courses may be substituted where applicable. )