When we review applicants for admission, we look for a strong performance in a college preparatory curriculum (English, social studies, science, math, foreign language plus academic electives).

High School Courses

We look at your grade patterns from grades 9 - 11. Your junior year courses and grades are probably the most important as they are the most recent work you have completed at the time of your application. We also look at what you are taking in your senior year, and ask that you have your high school send us your first marking period grades. Students who are admitted are expected to continue with the same academic excellence through to graduation. Learn more about the college preparatory curriculum.

Test Score Policy

Submitting test scores is recommended for all and required for some.

Official test scores (essay component is not necessary) are required if you are:

  • applying for any major within the School of Health Sciences (SAT or ACT)
  • applying for the School of Nursing (SAT or ACT)
  • an international student (SAT, ACT or TOEFL or IELTS)
  • homeschooled
  • an athlete playing a Division I sport (as required by the NCAA)
  • interested in our 4-year accelerated BS/MBA, the 4-year accelerated BA/MS in communications, or the 3+3 BA or BS/JD degree with the School of Law

Test scores are optional if you are applying to the:

  • School of Business
  • School of Communications
  • School of Engineering
  • College of Arts and Sciences

We will not hold your file "incomplete" if we don't receive scores; we will review your file for an admission decision as well as consideration for scholarships based on your overall academic work. If we do receive your scores, we'll automatically choose your highest reading and math scores (from the new SAT) or the highest ACT composite score. We will convert old SAT scores to the new SAT based on conversion tables supplied by the College Board.

Personal Essay

You can select any topic on the Common Application or simply choose a topic for your 250 word (approximately) essay/personal statement and include it with your application.


A letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor (and perhaps a teacher) helps us understand your experiences in your high school setting.

If you have any questions about the admission process, please email the Office of Admissions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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