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Admission Requirements

Requirements for admissions can differ depending on age, numbers of credits taken, and type of program.

Two-year Campuses and Two-year Programs

All Students

Two-year campuses in the MUS abide by a non-competitive open enrollment policy that does not require applicants meet the Regents’ four-year admissions criteria. The only requirement is that applicants must have obtained a high school degree or successfully completed HiSET* (formerly GED).

Students who have not yet demonstrated the ability to meet the mathematics or writing proficiency standards may be admitted without condition to a two-year college; however, certain programs within the college, such as Nursing, may have higher admission standards.

Two-year Degree Programs Students whose mathematics scores are below 18 on the ACT or 440 on the SAT may be fully admitted to a two-year degree program of the MUS, but may not be admitted to a four-year degree program of the MUS.

Four-year Campuses

Traditional Students

A traditional student is defined as one who enters college within three years of high school graduation or within three years from the date when they would have graduated college.

In order to receive full admission to a four-year university in the MUS, entering traditional students are required to meet the following standards: Learn More...

Achieve one of the following:
  • Earn at least a 2.5 high school GPA; or
  • Rank in the top half of the school’s graduating class; or
  • Earn a minimum composite score of 22 for the ACT or 1540 for the SAT (exception: MSU-Northern requires ACT score of 20, SAT score of 1440).
Complete either the Regents’ College Preparatory Program or the Rigorous Core College Preparatory Program Regents’ College Preparatory program:
  • mathematics (3 years)
  • English (4 years)
  • lab science (2 years)
  • social studies (3 years)
  • college prep electives (2 years) — which include world language, computer science, visual and performing arts, and career/technical education units that meet the office of public instruction guidelines
Rigorous Core College Preparatory Program:
  • mathematics (4 years)
  • English (4 years)
  • lab science (3 years)
  • social studies (3 years)
  • college prep electives (3 years) — which include world language, computer science, visual and performing arts, and career/technical education units that meet the office of public instruction guidelines.

The Rigorous Core is an advanced alternative to the Minimum Core for math proficiency standards.
For more information on the MUS college preparatory program and rigorous core, click here.

Demonstrate Mathematics Proficiency via one of the following methods:
  • Earn a minimum ACT math score of 22
  • Earn a minimum SAT score of 520
  • Earn a minimum score of 3 or above on the AP calculus AB or BC subject examination or a score of 4 on the IB calculus test
  • Earn a minimum of 50 on the CLEP subject examinations in selected topics [college algebra, college algebra-trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, or trigonometry]
  • Complete the Rigorous Core College Preparatory Program
Demonstrate Writing Proficiency via one of the following methods:
  • Earn a minimum ACT writing/English score of 18
  • Earn a minimum SAT score of 440
  • Earn a minimum score of 7 on the ACT/SAT writing essays
  • Earn a minimum score of 3.5 on the MUS writing assessment test (MUSWA)
  • Earn a minimum score of 3 on the AP English language or literature exam
  • Earn a minimum score of 4 on the IB language A1 exam
  • Earn a minimum score of 50 on the CLEP subject exam in composition
Provisional Admission

Provisional admission is granted to students scoring 18-21 on the ACT or 440-510 on the SAT mathematics tests and 2.5-3.0 on the MUSWA or 5-6 on the ACT/SAT writing essays.

Students who do not meet the writing and math proficiency standards are admitted to four-year universities on a provisional basis. Students who are provisionally admitted can gain full admittance by demonstrating one of the following:

  • Earn a ‘C’ or better in developmental math and writing courses preparing students for college level course work (must be completed within the first 3 semesters)
  • Earn the required score on one or more of the math or writing assessment tests required for admissions
  • Complete an associate of arts (A.A.) or associate of science (A.S.) degree
  • Submit a letter to the admissions office documenting a disability that prevented the student from adequately demonstrating proficiency in a test setting if no accommodation was provided at the time of the test

Non-traditional Students

A non-traditional student is defined as one who does not enter college for a period of at least three years following high school graduation. Learn More...

In order to be admitted to a four-year university in the MUS, non-traditional students are required to meet the following standards:

  • Provide one of the following: an official high school transcript listing graduation date, an official HiSET* (formerly GED), or a Compass proficiency test result
  • Applicants who have graduated three of more years prior to the semester in which they intend to enroll are not required to submit ACT/SAT test results
Transfer Students

For purposes of admissions, a transfer student is one who has completed 12 or more GPA or pass credits in college-level courses at another college or university, who is entering a new institution for the first time, and whose credits at the previous institution have been accepted by the receiving institution.

Transfer applicants must present at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (i.e. equivalent to a ‘C’ on a 4.0 scale), based on transferable credits carried from all colleges or universities previously attended to be eligible for full admission to a four-year campus.

International Students

Campuses shall require applicants from non-English speaking countries to present evidence of proficiency in the use of the English language. Campuses may impose additional requirements on applicants from foreign countries.

Special or Non-degree Students

Campuses may establish the category of special or non-degree student for students who do not intend to pursue a degree program. This category will allow admission for the purpose of taking a limited number of credits without the complete documentation required in a regular application for admission.

Exemptions

Standard admissions requirements do NOT apply to the following groups:

In addition, institutions may exempt up to 15% of first-time, full-time undergraduate from the entrance requirements listed above. This exemption is reserved for students with special talents, minorities, and others who demonstrate special needs.


* If a student has completed the GED in its entirety, that GED score can be used in lieu of the new HiSET test. If a student has completed part of the GED, he or she may take the HiSET test to complete the remaining test areas (e.g. math) and the final GED and HiSET scores will be combined. Note that this option is only available through December of 2014. After that date, if a student needs to test on areas previously not completed with the GED, he or she will have to take the new HiSET test in its entirety. The student will not be able to combine the GED and the HiSET tests.