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Two options to apply

Refer to our traditional admission requirements to see if your existing ACT or SAT score qualifies you for automatic admission. If it does, you should go ahead and apply with a test score.

If you’ve been unable to test or your current score doesn’t meet our admission standards, you can apply test-optional and be reviewed holistically. This means we will look at your high school transcript and three short essays included in your application.

Applying test-optional now still gives you the option to convert with a test score later. However, if you apply with a test score now and receive a decision, you are no longer able to apply test-optional.

Admission Requirements Test-Optional Admission

When to apply

Most enrollment steps have deadlines. So even though you can apply for admission anytime, applying by Nov. 15 ensures you can qualify for maximum scholarship opportunities and complete enrollment steps as they become available.

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Enhance your application

Throughout your senior year, you are welcome to enhance your application with:

  • New test scores. We accept Superscores directly from ACT and will calculate them for SAT takers. Higher test scores could increase your scholarship opportunities, and a new score – even if lower – will never negatively impact your file or your financial aid.
  • Updated transcripts.
  • Additional materials. Letters of recommendation are not required but accepted if needed as supplemental materials.

How to maximize scholarships

To meet the priority deadline for departmental and general scholarships, as well as deadlines for all competitive scholarships, apply by Nov. 15. Plan ahead — especially for competitive scholarships. Many require essays and/or letters of recommendation.

We will award automatic scholarships through July. You can continue to submit test scores through the June and July test dates.

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Uncertain or changing financial situations

Be sure to file the FAFSA annually, including the year before you start college. It is available on Oct. 1 each year. Use the IRS data-retrieval tool to make filling it out simpler and less time-consuming. You must complete it by our Jan. 7 deadline.


You’ve applied! Now what?

Right after you submit your application for admission, you’ll get access to your personalized Application Status Page.

This will be your guide to tracking the status of required documents (transcript, test score, personal statement, and resume) and applying for general, departmental and any competitive scholarships you qualify for. We recommend checking your status page at least once a week.

After you’re admitted, you’ll complete your next steps toward enrollment here, too. These steps include accepting your admission, paying the enrollment fee, completing the housing process, and registering for Summer Welcome Orientation & Advising.

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