Admissions Standards

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New for Fall 2016

Admissions standards are increasing for in-state and out-of-state students entering college in fall 2016 and fall 2017, and your students need to start planning now. Please review the Comprehensive Admissions Standards Guide and the fact sheet below to learn more about the changes, which include a greater number of required math and science courses.

PDF New Admissions Standards Fact Sheet

Admissions Standards at State Universities and University of Massachusetts

The admissions standards for the state universities and University of Massachusetts emphasize strong academic preparation while in high school. These standards represent minimum requirements; meeting them does not guarantee admission, since college officials consider a wide range of factors in admissions 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.

The admissions standards for freshmen applicants to the state universities and University of Massachusetts have two primary components, in addition to the submission of an SAT or ACT score: 16 required academic courses, and a minimum required grade point average (GPA) earned in college preparatory courses completed at the time of application.

PDF Comprehensive Admissions Standards Reference Guide
PDF Admissions Standards FAQs

*Note: In Fall 2013, the Board of Higher Education (BHE) allowed for a period of experimentation and authorized the use of new criteria for placement in developmental education and college-level courses (AAC 14-12: Receipt of the Report from Commissioner’s task Force on Transforming Developmental Education).  Campuses began piloting the use of GPA and other placement methods in Fall 2014 and will continue to do so until Spring 2016.  The Department of Higher Education is collecting data and will make a recommendation to the BHE in late Fall 2015 to consider modifying existing policies as necessary.