The admissions standards for the state universities and UMass emphasize a strong academic high school background so that students enter college ready to learn. These standards represent minimum requirements; meeting them does not guarantee admission, since campus officials consider a wide range of factors in admissions decisions. Students shall have fulfilled all requirements for the high school diploma or its equivalent upon enrollment. It is important to note that admissions standards for the state’s community colleges differ. Community colleges may admit any high school graduate or GED recipient.
The admissions standards for freshmen applicants have two main parts:
16 required academic courses.
A minimum required grade point average (GPA) earned in college preparatory courses completed at the time of application.
English: 4 courses
Mathematics: 4 courses (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 or Trigonometry, or comparable coursework) including mathematics during the final year of high school
Science: 3 courses (drawn from Natural Science and/or Physical Sciences and/or Technology/ Engineering). Including 3 courses with laboratory work
Social sciences: 2 courses (including 1 course U.S. History)
Foreign Languages: 2 courses ( in a single language)
Electives: 2 courses (from above subjects or from the Art and Humanities or Computer Science
Minimum Grade point average (GPA)
The GPA must be achieved based on all college preparatory completed at the time of application and should be weighted for accelerated (Honors or Advanced Placement) courses.
The required minimum weighted high school GPA is 3.0 for the four year public campuses.
Guidance and Counseling Services & Functions
Academic Counseling– Individual academic schedules and Four Year High School academic plans are developed and amended accordingly through individual counseling sessions, in order to meet each student’s needs and plans.
Developmental Guidance– Counselors meet with students in a group setting to discuss many issues: study skills, career exploration, college planning, bullying and mediation.
Personal Counseling– Both crisis and individual counseling is available at times for personal, family, emotional, behavioral and substance abuse issues. Students and parents are welcome to make appointments for a personal guidance conference at any time. If long-term counseling is needed, the appropriate referral will be made.
Career Development– A comprehensive and developmental process of career awareness, exploration, decision making and implementation is provided for each student using our Career Center, career interest assessments, group career programs, and individual counseling.
Admissions to College is a developmental process involving scholastic ability and character. Information is available in the guidance office regarding important test dates, the college application process, financial aid and scholarships.
Assessment and Interpretation- Aptitude tests (i.e. ASVAB, PSAT, SAT, ACT) achievement tests (i.e. MCAS, AP Exam, College Board Subject Tests) and career interest assessments ( i.e. Career Center/ Career Cruising) are either administered and/or used throughout the year as tools for academic and postsecondary counseling.
Referral– Counselors routinely will refer certain situations to a vast array of community resources and/or professionals who can supplement our guidance and counseling services.