Oklahoma – High School to College & Careers

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High School Graduation Requirements for Current Seniors

Course and Diploma Requirements

Students must complete at least 23 units to earn a regular high school diploma. The College-Preparatory/Work-Ready curriculum is Oklahoma’s default diploma path. Parents or guardians may waive this curriculum if they wish, which places their student onto the Core diploma path.

Subjects College Prep/Work Ready Diploma Core Diploma
English 4 4
Mathematics 3* 3*
Science 3 3
Social Studies 3 3
Foreign Language or Computer Technology 2
Health and Physical Education 1 1
Fine Art 1 2
Electives 7 8
TOTAL 23 23

*Senate Bill 1422 (2014) allows certain future high school senior students to substitute AP computer science for any math requirement.

Courses College Prep/Work Ready Diploma Core Diploma
English English I
English II
English III
English IV

Choose Three:
• American Literature
• English Literature
• World Literature, or
• Another course of equal rigor to grammar and composition

Grammar and Composition required

Mathematics

Choose Three:
• Algebra I
• Geometry
• Algebra II
• Math Analysis
• Other higher-level courses: Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics

Choose Two:
• Geometry
• Algebra II or Intermediate Algebra
• Math Analysis
• Trigonometry, Precalculus, or Calculus
• Statistics and Probability
• Computer Science
• Mathematics of Finance

Algebra I required

Science Choose Three:
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Physics
• Other lab science

Choose Two:
• Life Science
• Physical or Earth Science
• Technology

Biology I required

Social Studies • American History
• American Government (1/2 unit)
• Oklahoma History (1/2 unit)
• American History
• American Government (1/2 unit)
• Oklahoma History (1/2 unit)

*All core courses must meet the minimum admissions standards set by the Oklahoma State Regents. 

Assessment Requirements

Oklahoma administers seven end-of-instruction (EOI) exams across four subjects: Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, English II, English III, geometry and U.S. history. Students must pass Algebra I and English II exams, as well as two additional EOI exams, in order to graduate from high school.

Students may waive the EOI assessment requirements if they demonstrate proficiency through alternate means, including ACT and SAT subtests, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and College-Level Examination Program tests. 

Students receive remediation if they do not pass required assessments. If students fail the retake attempt, they can earn equivalent credit by completing a project in the content area.

College and Career Readiness

Oklahoma House Bill 3399 repealed the Common Core State Standards in June 2014. The bill requires districts to return to the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) standards—the precursor to the Common Core. The bill directs the State Board of education to adopt new standards by August 2016.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and ACT, Inc. sponsor the Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) statewide. Participating school districts test eighth-graders using the EXPLORE test, 10th-graders using the PLAN test, and 11th- and 12th-graders using the ACT assessment. Test results identify students who are not on track to meet college- and career- readiness benchmarks.

Oklahoma uses an A–F Report Card Grading System to hold districts and schools accountable to college- and career -readiness goals. High schools receive weighted scores for (1) student performance on end-of-instruction tests; (2) annual student learning gains on the Algebra I and English II tests; and, (3) achievement of students in the bottom performance quartile. Schools may receive bonus points for meeting specific college and career indicators related to student performance on college entrance exams, in advanced coursework, or on EOI tests.

College and Career Planning

Oklahoma requires graduation plans for all students starting in ninth-grade. State law, however, requires early graduation plans for students at risk of dropping out of high school or not graduating on time. Eligible middle grades students may fill out an application for Oklahoma’s Promise Scholarship.

State law authorizes districts to develop mentorship programs to promote higher graduation rates for at-risk students. Mentors would provide advice and counsel to students on crafting their graduation plans, exploring careers, and selecting courses. 

Oklahoma administers a statewide, federally funded GEAR UP program, which partners with rural school districts with high poverty rates and low college-going rates to provide academic planning, mentoring, financial aid planning, and college application assistance.

The Oklahoma College Assistance Program offers UCanGo2, a comprehensive college access and outreach Web portal that aims to facilitate access to postsecondary education in Oklahoma and educate students, parents, instructors, counselors and community partners about preparing, planning and paying for college. Components include campus and community workshops, print publications, a college planning hotline and a variety of online tools. Its website is UCanGo2.org.

Accelerated Learning Options

Concurrent Enrollment

Eligible high school juniors and seniors may earn college credit by enrolling in college early. Students earn credit toward high school diplomas by completing college-level courses. 

Students may enroll in up to 19 combined high school and college credits per semester. Students must meet minimum requirements including, ACT composite score, high school GPA and/or high school class rank. Counselors recommend students, principals confirm students are on track to graduate by spring of their senior year, and parents sign a release to permit students to enroll in college early. Students may continue to enroll in college-level courses if they maintain a 2.0 GPA. Postsecondary institutions must provide tuition waivers to high school seniors for up to six credit hours per semester.

Institution(s) High School Juniors High School Seniors
University of Oklahoma 25 ACT or 1130 SAT
or
3.5 GPA
24 ACT or 1090 SAT and 3.0 GPA
or
3.0 GPA and top 30 percent class rank
Oklahoma State University 25 ACT or 1130 SAT
or
3.5 GPA
24 ACT or 1090 SAT and 3.0 GPA
or
3.0 GPA and top 33 percent class rank
Regional Universities 23 ACT or 1050 SAT
or
3.5 GPA
20 ACT or 940 SAT and 3.0 GPA
or
3.0 GPA and top 33 percent class rank
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma 24 ACT or 1090 SAT
or
3.5 GPA
24 ACT or 1090 SAT and 3.0 GPA
or
3.0 GPA and top 25 percent class rank
Community Colleges 21 ACT or 980 SAT
or
3.5 GPA
19 ACT or 900 SAT
or
3.0 GPA

Advanced Placement

The Oklahoma Department of Education provides grants to reduce AP test fees for low-income students.

Career and Technical Education

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education has adopted instructional frameworks for 16 career clusters. The department provides courses to over 400 districts and 29 technology centers.

Postsecondary Admissions and Placement

University Admissions

Students must complete the 15-unit, pre-college curriculum. 

Subjects Pre-College Curriculum Course Requirements
English 4  
Mathematics 3 Units chosen from Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, math analysis, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, and AP statistics
Science 3 Units chosen from biology, chemistry, physics, or other lab-based courses
History and Citizenship 3 American history and two units chosen from history, geography, government, economics, and/or non-western culture
Other 2 Units chosen from core subject, computer science, foreign language, or an AP course
TOTAL 15  

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education has set minimum university admissions standards. Students may qualify for admission in one of three ways using a combination of high school GPA, class rank, and ACT/SAT scores. Individual institutions may make admission exceptions to these and the pre-college curriculum requirements for up to 8 percent of the number of the previous year’s first-time freshmen or 50 students, whichever is greater.

Institution Type Option 1: Standardized Tests Option 2: GPA and Class Rank Option 3: GPA in Pre-College Core
University of Oklahoma 24 ACT or 1090 SAT
and
3.0 GPA
or
top 50 percent class rank
3.0 GPA
and
top 25 percent class rank
N/A
Oklahoma State University 24 ACT or 1090 SAT 3.0 GPA
and
top 33 percent class rank
3.0 GPA
and
21 ACT/980 SAT
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma 24 ACT or 1090 SAT
and
3.0 GPA or top 50 percent class rank
3.0 GPA
and
top 25 percent class rank
3.0 GPA
and
22 ACT or SAT 1020
Regional Universities 20 ACT or 940 SAT 2.7 GPA
and
top 25 percent class rank
2.7 GPA

Community College Admissions

Students must have diplomas from accredited high schools or GED credentials and must have taken the ACT, SAT or related institutional tests. Students pursuing Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees must meet the 15-unit pre-college curriculum requirements.

Statewide Placement

Students must achieve a score of 19 on each ACT subtest to exempt college placement. Institutions may use a secondary assessment to determine eligibility of college-level courses. Students that score below the scoring threshold must take developmental courses for those subject areas.

Feedback Reports

The Oklahoma State Regents provides feedback to districts on the college-going rates and first-year success of recent high school graduates. Indicators include enrollment rates, first-year GPA and credits earned, mean ACT scores by high school, and the number and percentage of students taking developmental or remedial courses by subject. 

State Financial Aid

The majority of the state’s financial aid is provided through non-grant based aid such as loans, work-study and tuition waivers.

  Oklahoma’s Promise Academic Scholars Program
Who Can Apply? • Eighth-grade students
• High school freshmen and sophomores
High school seniors
Aid Type Need Merit
Initial Requirements • Parental income under $50,000 at time of program enrollment
• Complete the 17-unit Promise Curriculum and meet conduct standards
• Federal adjusted gross income under $100,000 at the time of college admission

Automatic qualifiers:
• State residents in top 99.5 percent on ACT or SAT and National Merit Scholars

Institutional nominees:
• ACT, GPA, and Class rank requirements vary based on institutional type

Minimum High School GPA 2.5 GPA For institutional nominees only:
• Research universities: 3.9 GPA
• Regional universities: 3.8 GPA
• Community colleges: 3.7 GPA
Award Range • Scholarship awarded based on credit-hour enrollment
• Credit-hour award range: $69.10 to $194.25
Amount varies based on qualifying status and institution type
Continuing Eligibility Requirements • 2.0 GPA through sophomore year
• 2.5 GPA for courses taken during junior and senior years
• 3.25 GPA
• 24 credits completed per year

Special Thanks

We would like to thank the staff at the following agencies for their assistance in carefully reviewing and confirming the accuracy of the policies and programs described in this document:

Oklahoma State Department of Education

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Sources

Oklahoma College Start
Oklahoma GEAR UP
Oklahoma’s Promise
Oklahoma State Department of Education
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Oklahoma Office of Administrative Rules
U Can Go 2