Statewide Admissions Policies - All State Profiles

Statewide Admissions Policies - All State Profiles

February 2017


COMMON STATEWIDE ADMISSIONS POLICY: States have adopted either a statewide or systemwide admissions policy for their four-year institutions. Systemwide refers to institutions that function as a single, statewide system or the only system that includes four-year institutions.

MULTIPLE MEASURES:  The admissions policy uses multiple measures to evaluate college readiness such as GPA, Assessments, High school coursework, Class Rank, and Index.

ALTERNATIVE OPPORTUNITIES:  The admissions policy provides alternative opportunities for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards.

GUARANTEED or AUTOMATIC ADMISSIONS POLICIES: The state has adopted any form of a guaranteed or automatic admission policy for high school students who meet certain criteria.

 

Alabama
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Alaska
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Arizona
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Single System Arizona Board of Regents
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; Class rank; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Institutions may admit students who do not meet the standards for admission, provided that the applicant lacks no more than one credit in two of the basic competencies required and meets other standards. Students admitted must satisfy any deficiencies in the basic competencies and may be required to participate in special programs designed to strengthen academic preparedness.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy Yes Each university will admit all resident undergraduate applicants who meet certain aptitude and basic competency requirements.

Arkansas
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Statewide Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Students who are public high school graduates and did not complete the core curriculum may be admitted conditionally to state supported
colleges and universities. Students are required to successfully complete 12 hours of designated college coursework with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

California
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Colorado
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Statewide Colorado Commission on Higher Education
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; Class rank; GPA; High school coursework; Index
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Approved alternatives for fulfilling Higher Education Admission Requirements include: Completion of college-level academic courses; high school equivalent courses taken prior to ninth grade; completion of assessments of comparable knowledge and competencies (i.e. foreign language, math, English writing); or attainment of an index number exceeding minimum institutional requirements.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Connecticut
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Delaware
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

District of Columbia
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Florida
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Single System State University System of Florida - Board of Governors
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Factors considered for alternative admission include “a combination of test scores and GPA that includes potential for success, improvement in high school record, family educational background, socioeconomic status, graduation from a low-performing high school, graduation from an International Baccalaureate program, geographic location, military service, special talents and/or abilities, or other special circumstances." The number of fist-time-in-college students admitted through alternative admission shall be determined by an appropriate institutional committee. Each institution shall implement specific measures and programs to enhance academic success and retention of such students.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy Yes The Talented Twenty program guarantees admission to one of the 11 state universities. Eligible students are not assured admission to the institution of their choice. Eligibility includes completion of the 18 required high school unites, ranking in the top 20 percent of the graduating class and submitting SAT or ACT scores.

Georgia
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Single System Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; GPA; High school coursework; Index
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Allowable exceptions, granting institutions the ability to admit a limited number of students who do not meet established standards. Students must demonstrate potential through interviews, portfolios, and records of experiential achievements, as well as an acceptable lowered score on the Freshman Index.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Hawaii
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Idaho
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Statewide Idaho State Board of Education
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Students who do not qualify for admission based on the admission standards may be asked to petition the institutional director for admissions if they meet certain criteria. Criteria include: 1. A predicted GPA of 2.00 based on assessments, 2. predicted GPA of 2.00 for non-accredited or home-schooled students, as well as acceptable performance on various assessments, or 3. Special consideration by the institution for disadvantaged or minority students, delayed entry students, returning veterans, or talented students entering college early.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy Yes The Idaho State Board of Education is implementing the Direct Admissions initiative which admits Idaho public high school seniors to the state's public higher education institutions based on each student's GPA and college entrance exam score. A benchmark GPA and college entrance exam score will be approved by the Board. Students at or above the benchmarks will be pre-accepted to Idaho's eight public universities and colleges. Students not meeting the benchmarks will be admitted to the six public higher education institutions that offer certificate or degree programs. 

Illinois
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Statewide General Assembly for public universitites
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Individual applicants may be admitted if it is determined through assessment or evaluation based on learning outcomes of the coursework taken that the applicant demonstrates knowledge and skills substantially equivalent to the knowledge and skills expected to be acquired in the high school courses required for admission.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Indiana
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Statewide Indiana Legislature
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) No High school coursework (Core 40 Curriculum)
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Iowa
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Single System Board of Regents, State of Iowa
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; Class rank; GPA; High school coursework; Index
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Applicants who do not meet the Board of Regents admission index of 245 for automatic admission or for whom a Regent admission index cannot be calculated may, after an individual review of their academic and test records, and at the discretion of the admissions officers: 1. Be admitted unconditionally, 2. Be admitted conditionally, 3. Be required to enroll for a tryout period during a preceding summer session, or 4. Be denied admission.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy Yes Guarantees admission to any student who scores above 245 on the index. Index components include ACT/SAT scores, high school rank, GPA and number of completed core courses.

Kansas
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Single System Kansas Board of Regents
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; Class rank; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Provides alternative opportunities for individuals graduating from a non-accredited high school or with a high school equivalency credential.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy Yes Qualified admissions rule requires each state educational institution and the University of Kansas to admit Kansas resident students who meet certain GPA/standardized test requirements.The state educational institutions require at least a 2.0 and completion of a qualified admission precollege curriculum, the Kansas scholars curriculum or the qualified precollege curriculum functional equivalent. The University of Kansas requires a 3.0 GPA.

Kentucky
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Statewide Council on Postsecondary Education
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Institutions that admit a student who does not meet standards shall use a placement exam to place the student in the proper courses. Supplemental and corequisite coursework are preferred remediation models.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Louisiana
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Statewide Louisiana Board of Regents
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; GPA; High school coursework (including developmental coursework)
 
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Allowances available for students graduating from a non-U.S. high school. Allowable exceptions, granting institutions the ability to admit a certain percentage of students who do not meet the system's minimum admission standards.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Maine
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Maryland
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Single System Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Allowances for students from non-accredited or non-approved high schools, students with non-U.S. records, home-schooled students, and students with alternative proficiency-based diplomas. Allowable exceptions, granting institutions the ability to admit a certain percentage of students who do not meet the system's minimum admission standards.`
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Massachusetts
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Statewide Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Allowances for English language learners, students with disabilities, students enrolled in career/vocational technical high school programs, home-schooled students, or graduates of high schools outside of the United States. Additional consideration of applicants who do not meet admissions standards even with allowances based on the demonstration of potential for academic success, including improvement in grades and achievement, special talents, a high class rank, and recommendations from appropriate individuals.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Michigan
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Minnesota
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Mississippi
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Statewide Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; Class rank; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Students who applied and failed to meet Full Admission Standards may, as a result of review, be admitted to the summer or fall semester. The review will involve a consideration of high school performance, ACT scores, placement testing, special interests and skils, as well as other non-cognitive factors. The review will result in either full admission or full admission with academic deficiencies, resulting in placement to the Summer Developmental Program.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy Yes The Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning guarantees admission to state public universities if high school graduates meet the required College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum high school grade point average of 3.2. For students who do not satisfy the GPA requirement, class rank and performance on the ACT or SAT are also used to judge admissibility.

Missouri
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Statewide Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE)/Individual Institutions
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; Class rank; Index
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Students who are admitted as exceptions to the standard admissions requirements of highly selective, selective, and moderately selective institutions are expected to perform at levels comparable to regularly admitted students.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy Yes Missouri offers guaranteed admission by selective categories using an index score. The index score combines students high school percentile rank and the percentile rank attained on the ACT or SAT. The selectivity levels include highly selective (>140 pts), selective (>120 pts) moderately selective (>100pts) and open enrollment.

Montana
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Single System Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; Class rank; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Exemptions for first-time, full-time students. Institutions may exempt up to 15 percent of first-time, full-time undergraduates from the requirements of policy for students with special talents, minorities and others who demonstrate special needs. Campuses must establish procedures for the admission of applicants who not meet the minimum requirements. Such procedures must include submission of evidence of the ability to do college-level work and must be subject to approval of the deputy commissioner for academic and student affairs.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy Yes Students will be fully admitted to a four-year university if they meet certain requirements including completion of the Regents’ College Preparatory Program, content proficiency, GPA (2.5 or higher), class rank (upper half of graduating class) and standardized test scores (20-22 on ACT and 1440-1540 on SAT depending on the institution).

Nebraska
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Nevada
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Single System Nevada System of Higher Education
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Students who do not meet the university admission requirements may be admitted through other criteria. Requirements for admission under this provision include: a combination of test scores and GPA that indicate potential for success; special talents or abilities such as the visual or performing arts or athletics; other evidence of potential for success; improvement in the high school record; overcoming adversity or special hardship; or other special circumstances. The number of students admitted under this criteria may not exceed 15 percent of the previous year's admissions.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

New Hampshire
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

New Jersey
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

New Mexico
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

New York
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

North Carolina
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Single System University of North Carolina Board of Governors
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Chancellor's Exceptions. The maximum number of chancellor's exceptions is limited to one percent of the total number of applicants accepted as first-time undergraduates each year. A chancellor's exception may be applied to the SAT/ACT minimum requirement and/or the GPA minimum requirement.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

North Dakota
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Single System North Dakota State Board of Higher Education
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Those not meeting standards may be admitted pending review by the respective institution.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Ohio
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Oklahoma
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Statewide Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; Class rank; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Research and regional institutions may admit eight percent or 50 students without the students having met the high school curricular or performance admissions requirements. Institutions should use interviews as part of the mechanism for admitting students in this program and have implemented programs designed to assist first-year students making the transition to college.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Oregon
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Pennsylvania
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Rhode Island
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

South Carolina
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Statewide South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; Class rank; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Each institution may make exceptions in admitting students who do not meet all of the prerequisites, limited to those individual cases in which the failure to meet one or more prerequisites is due to circumstances beyond reasonable control of the student.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

South Dakota
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Single System South Dakota Board of Regents
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; Class rank; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Alternative criteria for minimum course requirements. Students who do not successfully complete required courses can meet requirement through Advanced Placement courses or ACT subset scores.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No Automatic admissions policy pending but not yet approved.

Tennessee
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Texas
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Statewide Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy Yes All Texas public institutions (except UT-Austin) are required to automatically admit a student who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class. The University of Texas at Austin is not required to offer admission to applicants who qualify for automatic admission in excess of the number required to fill 75 percent of the university's enrollment capacity designated for first-time resident undergraduate students in an academic year. The cutoff for each year is based on the prior year applicant pool. For students entering in fall 2016 those in the top eight percent were automatically admitted; for fall 2017 it will be the top seven percent. The student at public four-year institutions must also meet one of the following conditions:
• Completed distinguished level of achievement under the Foundation High School Program, or the Recommended or Advanced High School Program
• Successfully completed a comparable curriculum from a non-public Texas high school, or
• Satisfied college readiness benchmarks on ACT or SAT.

Utah
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Single System Utah System of Higher Education
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; GPA; High school coursework; Index
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Conditional admissions. Freshmen applicants who do not meet the course requirements for admission but who have an ACT or SAT score in the upper half of the Utah college-bound population may be admitted on the condition that the course deficiency is fulfilled during the applicant's freshmen year.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Vermont
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Virginia
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? No
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) N/A
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? No
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Washington
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Statewide Washington Student Achievement Council
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Alternative first-year students admissions policy. Option 1 is open to all students and provides for waivers of some high school course requirements or tests. Option 2 is designed for students who have been out of high school longer and allows students to be admitted without consideration of specific high school course requirements. Alternative admission is limited to 15 percent of students offered admission.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

West Virginia
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Statewide West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Conditional admissions. May be granted in instances where GPA and ACT standards for regular admission are not met and institution officials have evidence that the student has potential to successfully complete college-level work. Institutions are expected to monitor and provide support to students through developmental education and other academic and student service programs.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Wisconsin
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Single System University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; Class rank; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes Competency-based admissions. High Schools may prepare a University of Wisconsin System Competency-Based Admission profile describing how they align with the carnagie unit.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

Wyoming
Yes/No Description Citation
Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy? Yes - Single System University of Wyoming Board of Trustees
Does the policy Include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (assessments; class rank; GPA; high school coursework; index) Yes Assessments; GPA; High school coursework
Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities? Yes University of Wyoming Director of Admissions has discretion.
Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy No

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