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For freshmen applicants, the high school record is the most important factor in determining admission to the College. The admission process takes into consideration the pattern and quality of course selection, grades and class rank, standardized test scores, an essay, a recommendation from the secondary school counselor or teacher, and participation in extracurricular activities.
All freshmen applicants are required to submit score results from the SAT or the ACT. For most applicants the College does not have an established cutoff score for either the SAT or the ACT; however, the middle 50% of the 2012 freshman class scored between 1060 and 1180 on the critical reading and mathematics portion of the SAT, and a composite score between 22 and 25 on the ACT. The Admissions Committee therefore strongly recommends that applicants earn a score above 500 on the the critical reading, mathematics, and writing sections of the SAT; or a score above 20 on all four sub-sections of the ACT. In addition, the College imposes a minimum testing requirement for students planning to major in education. All education majors must have a combined score (critical reading plus mathematics) of at least 1010 on a single administration of the SAT or a composite score of at least 21 on the ACT.
Freshmen applicants must complete a minimum of 16 units in grades 9 through 12. While a prescribed course of study is not required, prospective students are advised to take four years of English, four years of mathematics (to include Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry), three years of science (one laboratory science), and four years of social studies and academic electives. Applicants should realize that the aforementioned courses represent the minimum preparation and are not necessarily considered satisfactory or recommended preparation for college-level work in every undergraduate area of study.