RHS Guidance- State School Requirements

MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

UMASS and the MASSACHUSETTS STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM


The admission standards for the state universities emphasize a strong academic high school background so that students enter college ready to learn. These standards represent minimum requirements; meeting them does not guarantee admission, since campus officials consider a wide range of factors in admission decisions. Students shall have fulfilled all requirements for the high school diploma or its equivalent upon enrollment. It is important to note that admissions standards for the state’s community colleges differ. Community colleges may admit any high school graduate or GED recipient.

Freshman Applicants

The admission standards for freshmen applicants have two main parts:


  1. 17 required academic courses.

  2. A minimum required grade point average (GPA) earned in college preparatory courses completed at the time of application.


Applicants must also submit an SAT or ACT score.


Academic Course Requirement

Seventeen* college preparatory courses distributed as follows are required. (A course is equivalent to one full school year of study. Courses count toward the distribution only if passed.)

* Effective with the college freshman class entering fall 2016, the number of required courses will increase to 17 with the additional year of math.



Requirement for college freshman class entering…

Subject

Fall 2012

Fall 2013

Fall 2014

Fall 2015

Fall 2016

Fall 2017 and beyond

English

4 courses



Mathematics


3 courses (Algebra I & II and Geometry or Trigonometry or comparable coursework)

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

3 courses (drawn from Natural Science and/or Physical Science and/or Technology/ Engineering), including 3 courses with laboratory work

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)


Minimum Required Grade Point Average (GPA)

The GPA must be achieved based on all college preparatory courses completed at the time of application and should be weighted for accelerated (Honors or Advanced Placement) courses. The required minimum weighted high school GPA is 3.0 for the four-year public campuses.



State University GPA

University of Massachusetts GPA

3.00

3.00



SAT Scores

Applicants who meet the GPA requirement do not have to use the sliding scale for admission, but still must submit SAT or ACT test scores for consideration if they are applying to a state university or UMass within three years of high school graduation.



Sliding Scale (used when GPA is lower than the minimum required GPA)

If an applicant’s GPA falls below the required minimum, a sliding scale will apply. This scale should be used only when an applicant’s GPA falls below the required 3.0 minimum for admission to the state universities or UMass.


Scores on the new writing section of the SAT will not affect the sliding scale for freshman applicants to the Massachusetts state universities and to the University of Massachusetts at this time. The sliding scale, used in making admissions decisions for students with high school grade point averages falling below the required minimum, will continue to be based upon the combined critical reading (verbal) and math sections of the SAT.

Sliding Scale for Freshman Applicants to UMASS and/or a State University


Weighted High School GPA

UMASS

Min. SAT CR& SAT M

(ACT Equivalent in Italics)

State Universities

Min. SAT CR & SATM

(ACT Equivalent in Italics)

2.51-2.99

950

(20)

920 (19)

2.41-2.50

990

(21)

960 (20)

2.31-2.40

1030

(22)

1000 (21)

2.21-2.30

1070

(23)

1040 (22)

2.11-2.20

1110

(24)

1080 (23)

2.00-2.10

1150

(25)

1120 (24)



NO APPLICANT WITH A HIGH SCHOOL GPA BELOW 2.00 MAY BE ADMITTED TO A STATE UNIVERSITY OR UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS CAMPUS