Admission Requirements and Deadlines

To be considered for admission directly from an accredited high school, students must meet the following minimum high school core requirements and selection index.

High school core requirements

English/language arts 4 units Unacceptable courses: yearbook, dramatics, mass media.
Mathematics 3 units Unacceptable courses: computer math/programming, pre-algebra, general math, consumer math, business math, finance.
Social studies 3 units Unacceptable courses: family relations, human development, consumer education, personal finance.
Science 3 units Unacceptable courses: general science, consumer science, environmental studies.
Fine arts
*accredited MO high school
1 unit Unacceptable courses: speech, debate, mass media, arts and craft.
Academic electives 3 units Unacceptable courses: physical education, accounting, family studies, keyboarding, vocational courses.
Additional electives 7 units Additional elective credit required of Missouri high school graduates

View full Freshman Admission Requirements policy for additional details.

Selection index requirement

  1. Using your class rank percentile and GPA on a 4.00 scale (see below if your school does not use a 4.00 scale), determine which will place you higher on this scale. For example, if your class rank percentile is 60 and your GPA is 3.30, you would use the line based on your GPA. If your school does not rank, your GPA will be used to determine your eligibility. If your school provides both a weighted and an unweighted GPA, the highest will be used to determine your eligibility for admission.
  2. Follow the line you identified in step 1 across the scale to determine the minimum ACT or SAT score you must have. Using the same example from Step 1, a student with a class rank percentile of 60 and a GPA of 3.30 would need either an ACT composite of 19 or higher or an SAT total of 980 or higher.
    Class Rank Percentile GPA
    (on a 4.00 scale)
    ACT Composite SAT Total (sum of evidence-based reading and writing score and math score)
    75 or higher 3.50 or higher 17 900
    71 to 74 3.41 to 3.49 18 940
    64 to 70 3.25 to 3.40 19 980
    56 to 63 3.04 to 3.24 20 1020
    48 to 55 2.85 to 3.03 21 1060
    40 to 47 2.63 to 2.84 22 1100
    34 to 39 2.50 to 2.62 23 1130
    Below 34 Below 2.50 Not admissible
    To calculate your class rank percentile: Subtract your rank in class from the number of students in your class then divide that number by the number of students in your class. For example, if you are ranked 24th in your class of 200, your class rank percentile is 88 [(200 - 24) ÷ 200 = 0.88 or 88th percentile].

    If your school does not grade on a 4.00 scale: Convert your GPA to a 4.00 equivalent by multiplying your GPA by four and dividing that number by the scale your school uses. For example, if you have a 10.50 GPA on a 12.00 scale, your converted GPA equivalent is 3.50 [(10.50 x 4) ÷ 12 = 3.50].

The university reserves the right to limit enrollment and to admit students on a space-available basis. Students are encouraged to apply early.

Still not sure?

Freshman admission alternatives

We recognize that some students have potential for success not clearly evident through standard measures of class rank, grade point average, and test scores. If you do not meet the requirements listed above, please review our freshman admission alternatives.

Admission information for other student groups

High school dual credit students

Students who have earned dual credit in high school are evaluated for admission under the freshman admission policy. All dual credit students must submit an application for admission and meet published deadlines to be considered for admission and scholarships.

Adult students

If you are ready to come back to school, Adult Student Services staff will assist you through the admissions process. Adult students with no prior college since graduating from high school pursuing an undergraduate degree must meet the same high school core requirements as entering freshmen. The selection index requirement is waived if high school graduation was more than three years ago.


Students who choose to take the General Educational Development (GED) or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) examination will be considered for admission on the basis of their combined high school equivalency diploma test score and their ACT (or SAT) scores.

Students that are 22 years of age or older will qualify for admission once they have successfully passed and submitted an official score report for a high school equivalency diploma (GED or HiSET).

Students who have completed post-high school college credit will be considered for admission under the transfer admission policy.

ACT Composite or SAT Total* GED - prior to 2014 GED - 2014 and forward HiSET
17   900 2820 - 4000 680 - 800 75 - 100
18   940 2790 - 2810 668 - 679 71 - 74
19   980 2690 - 2780 656 - 667 67 - 70
20   1020 2590 - 2680 644 - 655 63 - 66
21   1060 2480 - 2580 632 - 643 59 - 62
22   1100 2400 - 2470 620 - 631 54 - 58
23   1130 2310 - 2390 608 - 619 50 - 53
24   1160 Passing scores required

*Sum of Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score and Math score.

Home schooled students

Homeschooled students are evaluated for admission under the freshman admission policy as are other students and thus must meet both the core curriculum requirement and selection index requirement.

Homeschooled students are expected to provide detailed transcripts similar to those provided for traditionally-schooled students. The transcript must include the name of each class, the semester in which it was taken, the amount of credit it is worth, and the grade received. It should also include a cumulative grade point average. Transcripts sent prior to graduation must also include in-progress courses. A cumulative GPA must also be provided.  The final transcript must show a graduation date. The University may request additional information or documentation to supplement the transcript.

Important deadlines

Date Deadline
  • May 1 - National Day of Decision
  • May 1 - Confirm intent to enroll by paying the $125 confirmation fee
June, July, August Attend SOAR (Student Orientation, Advisement and Registration)
July July 1 - Official final high school transcripts due to certify admission status and scholarship eligibility. Transfer must include graduation date.
  • August 17–19 - Welcome Weekend
  • August 20 - Classes begin