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Admissions Standards

The Admissions Standards (.PDF) 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.

What's New

Fall 2012—Admissions standards are increasing for the classes entering college in fall 2016 and fall 2017, and your students need to start planning now. Please review the Admissions Standards Guide (.PDF) and our flyer, Admissions Standards Update for Guidance Counselors (.PDF), to learn more about the changes, which include a greater number of required math and science courses.


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