Oklahoma – High School to College & Careers

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College and Career Readiness

The goal of the Oklahoma Academic Standards is to prepare all students to be college and career ready upon graduation from high school. Beginning in 2017, school districts can choose whether to have their high school juniors take the ACT or the SAT free of charge. In 2017-2018, all juniors will be required to take one of these college- and career- readiness exams. If a student meets the ACT cut score (or a cut score on another valid measure), they may be placed in a college-level courses without additional placement testing. Beginning in 2017-2018 the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) will pilot the SREB Math Ready Senior Transition Course, and will provide students at all grade levels remediation opportunities to successfully progress to and through college-level English courses.

College and Career Planning

High School Graduation Requirements 

Course and Diploma Requirements for Current Seniors

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. Regardless of the path chosen. All students much complete a personal financial literacy requirement as well as complete a CPR/AED requirement.

Courses College Prep/Work Ready Diploma Core Diploma
English

Four Credits

English I

English II

English III

English IV

Four Credits

Grammar and Composition 

Three from: American Literature, English Literature, World literature Advanced English Courses or other advanced courses

Mathematics*

Three Credits from:

Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Calculus, Stats & Probability, AP Statistics, or another approved math course

Three Credits

Algebra I

Two credits from courses including, but not limited to Algebra II, geometry, Trigonometry or Precalculus

Science

Three Credits 

Biology I

Chemistry

Physics or another lab science

Three Credits

Biology I

Two credits from the following: life, physical, or earth science or technology

Social Studies

Three Credits 

U.S. History

U.S. Government (1/2 unit)

Oklahoma History (1/2 unit)

One from history, government, geography, economics, civics, or non-western culture

Three Credits 

U.S. History

U.S. Government (1/2 unit)

Oklahoma History (1/2 unit)

One from history, government, geography, economics, civics, or non-western culture

The Arts

One Credit

Courses may include music, art, drama, and speech

Two credits

Courses may include, but are not limited to Visual Arts and General Music

Additional Credits

One credit in any previously listed course

Two credits

World or Non-English Language or Computer Technology courses (excludes keyboarding or typing courses.

Not Required
Electives Six Courses Eight Courses
Total Credits 23 23

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

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

Assessment Requirements

The Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTB) administers seven end-of-instruction (EOI) exams in English language arts, math, and science course subjects as well as U.S. History, in compliance with the ESSA that are aligned with the Oklahoma Academic Standards. Students in grade 11 will be given the Oklahoma College and Career Ready Assessment (CCRA) which is comprised of two parts. Part one is either the ACT or SAT, inclusive of the writing section, and part two is science content.  

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 

Four-Year Institutions

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education require applicants to complete a 15-unit pre-college curriculum. Institutions admit applicants through a combination of performance measures, including high school GPA, class rank, and ACT/SAT scores. Institutions may make exceptions to minimum standards for up to eight percent of first-time freshmen class or 50 students, whichever number is greater.

Required High School Curriculum

Subject Credits Course Requirements
English 4 Courses should integrate a writing component
Mathematics 3 Units chosen from Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, math analysis, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, and AP statistics
Science 3 Three laboratory sciences (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics)
History and Citizenship 3 One unit of American history and two units chosen from history, economics, geography, and government
Other 2 Options include courses chosen from core subjects, computer science, foreign language, or AP courses
TOTAL 15  

 The Regents recommend additional units in fine arts (two), lab science and math (one each).

Minimum Performance Requirements for First-Time Students

Institution Type Option 1: Standardized Tests Option 2: GPA and Class Rank Option 3: GPA in Pre-College Core
University of Oklahoma

24 ACT/1090 SAT

3.0 GPA/Top 50% class rank

3.0 GPA
and
top 25% class rank
N/A
Oklahoma State University 24 ACT/1090 SAT 3.0 GPA
and
top 33%class rank
3.0 GPA
and
21 ACT/980 SAT
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

24 ACT/1090 SAT

3.0 GPA or Top 50% class rank

3.0 GPA
and
top 25% class rank
3.0 GPA
and
22 ACT/1020 SAT
Regional Universities 20 ACT/940 SAT 2.7 GPA
and
top 50% class rank
2.7 GPA

Two-Year and/or Technical Colleges

Applicants must possess high school diplomas or GED credentials. Students who plan to enter a degree or certificate program must complete the 15-unit, pre-college curriculum requirements and present scores from ACT or a similar assessment.

Postsecondary Placement

Statewide

The Board of Regents provides that students who achieve a score of 19 or higher on each ACT subtest will usually be placed directly in college-level courses. If students score below 19 on a subject test their past academic record will be reviewed or they may be asked to complete additional testing before being placed. Students who score below the scoring threshold must take developmental courses for those subject areas. Students placed in developmental education must start in their first semester and complete these courses within the first year or before completing 24 credit hours. The State Board of Regents are collaborating with Complete College America and providing support to state public institutions to implement co-requisite English and math remediation in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Postsecondary to High School 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
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