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Maryland
Postsecondary Admission Requirements

Four-Year Institutions

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents sets minimum admissions requirements but authorizes the 12 system institutions to set more rigorous criteria. Institutions may make exceptions to the minimum requirements for up to 15 percent of their incoming classes. The statewide minimum admissions requirements are as follows:

  • An earned high school diploma or equivalency credential
  • High school grade-point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of the 16-unit Core Curriculum
  • Submission of national college exams such as SAT or ACT scores

Required Core High School Curriculum

Subject

Units  

Course Requirements

English

4

 

Math

4

Algebra I, Geometry I and Algebra II

Students who complete Algebra II prior to their senior year must complete a year-four math

Science

3

Earn credits in at least two subject areas.

Two of three units must be lab-based.

Social Science/ History

3

 

Foreign Language

2

Two units in the same language

Some institutions may substitute two units of advanced technology in place of foreign language

Total

16

 

Two-Year and/or Technical Colleges

Community college admissions requirements vary by institution.

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Louisiana
Postsecondary Admission Requirements

Four-Year Institutions

The Board of Regents groups public, four-year universities by institution type. Each grouping shares minimum standards for ACT scores and high school grade-point averages in the core curriculum. Universities may adopt additional, more specific or rigorous requirements.

All applicants must complete the 19-unit Regents’ Core, which is based on the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) curriculum. The Regents’ Core requires four units each in English, math, science and social studies, two units of world language, and one unit of fine arts. Universities may make exceptions to the minimum admission standards for four to eight percent of the freshman class, depending on the institution type.

Minimum Performance Requirements by Institution Type

Institution Type High School GPA ACT Composite
Flagship (Louisiana State University) 3.0 25
Statewide Universities 2.5 23
Regional Universities 2.0 20

Two-Year and/or Technical Colleges

Community colleges are open-admission institutions. Applicants must complete an admissions application, submit their high school diplomas, GED credentials and/or scores on institutional tests that indicate their ability to benefit from instruction, provide proof of selective service registration, and produce immunization records. System policy states that specific educational programs may require additional admissions documentation.

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Kentucky
Postsecondary Admission Requirements

Four-Year Institutions

First-time freshmen must show that they have completed the Pre-College Curriculum with a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 or higher and have taken college readiness assessments required by the Kentucky Department of Education. Institutions may admit students with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.49 if a learning contract is executed prior to enrollment. Out-of-state students should complete a college-preparatory curriculum comparable to Kentucky’s Pre-College Curriculum.

In addition to the Kentucky minimum high school diploma requirements, the Pre-College Curriculum requires two consecutive years of a world language or demonstrated proficiency. State policy authorizes institutions to substitute the SAT for the ACT Assessment and to set additional admission criteria.

Two-Year and/or Technical Colleges

Applicants must possess a standard high school diploma or GED credential, or be eligible to pursue a GED credential.

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Georgia
Postsecondary Admission Requirements

Four-Year Institutions

The University System of Georgia (USG) contains community colleges and universities. High school diploma requirements are identical for all system institutions, but minimum admissions criteria vary by institution type. The system authorizes institutions to enroll a small number of students under the Limited Admissions provision.

High School Diploma Admission Requirements

Subjects Credits Course Requirements
Math 4 Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and fourth unit at Algebra II level or higher
English 4 Literature integrated with grammar, usage and advanced composition skills
Science 4 Two courses with laboratory component; Georgia public high school students should have at least one unit of biology, one unit of physical science or physics, one unit of chemistry, earth systems, environmental science, or an advanced placement course, and a 4th science.
Social Studies 3 One unit related to American studies and one unit focusing on world studies
Foreign Language 2 Two units of the same language. American Sign Language and Computer Science satisfy this requirement.
Total 17  

The system sets minimum admission cut scores based on the Freshman Index (FI)—a composite score based on students’ SAT or ACT score and high school GPA.

  • SAT Formula: (500 x High School GPA in required courses) + 1.06 x (SAT Critical Reading + SAT Math) – 74
  • ACT Formula: (500 x High School GPA in required courses) + (ACT Composite x 42) + 88
  • Freshman Index Thresholds: Research Universities (2500), Regional Universities (2040), State Universities (1940)
  • System regulation authorizes presidents of state colleges to establish a minimum Freshman Index score.

Programs Leading to a Baccalaureate Degree

Other admission requirements for baccalaureate programs vary by institution type. Students seeking admission to system universities must have a minimum SAT evidence-based reading and writing score of 480 and a math score of 440 or an ACT English score of 17 and ACT math score of 17.

Programs Not Leading to a Baccalaureate Degree

Admissions requirements for career certificates and career degrees (i.e., Associate of Applied Science degrees and Associate of Science degrees in allied health areas) depend upon the extent to which the general education component is based on Core Curriculum courses. There are two sets of admissions requirements.

Programs with more than twelve (12) semester hours of Core curriculum

All applicants must have a high school diploma, a qualifying Freshman Index score, and minimum SAT score. Individuals admitted to career programs do not have to meet the high school curriculum requirements for students enrolled in baccalaureate programs.

Programs with twelve (12) or fewer semester hours of Core curriculum

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Graduate from an accredited high school with a minimum GPA of 1.8
  • Meet the beginning freshman required high school curriculum criteria for the institutional sector
  • Earn a GED

Two-Year and/or Technical Colleges

Persons 16 years of age or older are eligible for admission to Georgia’s technical colleges. Applicants to technical colleges must submit proof of a high school diploma or its equivalent, unless otherwise specified by the program’s standards.

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Florida
Postsecondary Admission Requirements

Four-Year Institutions

The Florida Board of Governors sets minimum admission criteria. Individual institutions may choose to establish more stringent admission requirements within the parameters outlined in the board’s regulations. The minimum standards require that applicants graduate with the Standard Diploma.

Minimum Admission Criteria for First-Time, Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Subjects

Units

Course Requirements

Minimum Assessment Requirements

English

4

All three units must have a writing component.

ACT Reading & Writing: 19/17

SAT Verbal: 440

Math

4

All units at or above Algebra 1 level.

ACT Math: 19

SAT Math: 440

Science

3

Two units must have a lab component.

 

Social Studies

3

Options include anthropology, history, civics, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and/or geography

 

World Languages

2

Both credits must be in the same language.

Applicants can waive requirement by showing fluency in language equal to or higher than the 2nd course level.

Electives

2

   

Total

18

   

Florida has three routes to university admission:

  • Standard admission – Institutions may admit students with a high school grade-point average of 2.5 or higher who have met the minimum admissions criteria, have qualifying SAT and/or ACT scores, and have met the requirements for college-level placement.  
  • Talented Twenty – Students receive guaranteed admission to one of the 12 state universities if they are in the Top 20 percent of their graduating class and have completed the required 18-credit core curriculum and submitted qualifying SAT or ACT scores. The Talented Twenty program does not guarantee admission to the first-choice institution.
  • Alternative admission – A limited number of applicants who are not eligible for standard admission may be considered for alternative admission. University admissions officers review a variety of factors, including but not limited to potential for success, family education background, socioeconomic background, and graduation from a low-performing high school. The additional factors shall not include preferences in the admissions process based on race, sex or national origin. 

Two-Year and/or Technical Colleges

Students who attend two-year institutions must have a standard high school diploma or its equivalency or must demonstrate potential for success in postsecondary course work.

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Delaware
Postsecondary Admission Requirements

Four-Year Institutions

Admission to Delaware’s two public universities is based on grades, class rank, test scores and recommendations from appropriate high school officials. Applicants to the University of Delaware and Delaware State University must complete a required high school curriculum. Delaware State University requires a grade-point average of 2.0 or better in core academic subjects. 

Delaware Universities: Required and Recommended High School Curricula

Subject

University of Delaware

Delaware State University

 

Required

Recommended

Required

Recommended

English

4

4

4

4

Math

3

4

3

4

Science

3

4

3

3

History/ Social Studies

4

4

3

4

Foreign Language

2

4

2

2

Electives

2

2

4

4

Total

18

20-22

19

21

Course Requirements

University of Delaware
  • Science: Applicants may substitute a fourth year of math or science for the fourth unit of social science. For the required curriculum, at least two of three science units must include a lab component.
  • Social Studies: Applicants must complete two units in history. World history is required.
  • Foreign Language: Applicants must take the two required units in the same language.
  • Other: Applicants must take specific courses if they plan to enter a STEM major.
Delaware State University
  • English: Writing, Literature and Oral Communication
  • Math: Algebra I and II, Geometry or the equivalent
  • Social Studies: Applicants must complete two units in history. World history is required.
  • Science: Applicants must complete one or more of the following: biology, chemistry, physics.
  • Foreign Language: University recommends that applicants take units in same language.
  • Electives: Allowable units include core subjects, art, theatre, music, and/or computer science.

Delaware State University also requires a minimum SAT score of 800 or 17 ACT Composite score.

Two-Year and/or Technical Colleges

Delaware Technical Community College students must have a high school diploma or GED credential, or they must be 18 years old and pass institutional tests that demonstrate their ability to benefit from instruction.

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or an equivalency credential if they want to apply for financial aid and/or admission to selective programs of study. Students not seeking state and federal financial assistance can take the SAT or ACCUPLACER to demonstrate ability to benefit from postsecondary instruction.

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Arkansas
Postsecondary Admission Requirements

Four-Year Institutions

Students must have a high school diploma or GED credential. For unconditional admission, students must complete the “Smart Core” high school curriculum requirements with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0. While parents may waive their child’s participation in the “Smart Core,” opting out could result in conditional admission and ineligibility for state financial aid.

State law authorizes institutions to admit applicants on a conditional basis. These students receive full admission once they complete 12 hours of core academic courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Two-Year and/or Technical Colleges

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or an equivalency credential. While community and technical colleges are open-access institutions, admission does not guarantee entry into specific academic programs. State rules require technical colleges to develop procedures to determine whether students are able to benefit from instruction.  

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Alabama
Postsecondary Admission Requirements

Four-Year Institutions

Common, statewide admissions requirements do not exist for four-year institutions. Institutional governing boards set admission requirements.

Two-Year and/or Technical Colleges

For admission to associate degree programs, students must show that they have completed a high school diploma or an equivalent credential. Students applying to vocational programs must demonstrate an ability to benefit from instruction.

Overview

Postsecondary Feedback to High Schools

Statewide policies govern postsecondary feedback reports to high schools. These contain information such as college enrollment rates and performance of recent graduates. These reports help to influence K-12 education policies and inform schools on whether they are adequately preparing graduates for postsecondary endeavors. (Updated August 2019)

Overview

State Financial Aid for Undergraduates

States provide different types and amounts of aid to undergraduate students for postsecondary education. State financial aid typically falls under three categories: merit-based, need-based and non-grant-based. Merit aid is usually awarded for a student’s academic achievements in high school, as well as for special talents and unique traits, such as musical or athletic skills. Need-based aid is usually reserved for low-income students, and non-grant aid includes loan and work study programs. Most SREB states allocate more funding to merit-based aid. See below for each state’s financial aid provisions. (Updated August 2019)