Freshman Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to Mizzou, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn one of the following test scores:
    • an ACT composite score of at least a 24 OR
    • an SAT score (*redesigned exam) of at least an 1160 OR
    • an SAT (pre-March 2016 exam) combined critical reading and math score of at least
      a 1090 OR
    • an ACT/SAT score that matches your class rank (ranking school) or core GPA (non-
      ranking school) in the scales below.
  • Complete the required high school coursework (below) with good grades.

If you have a high school equivalency certificate, you must meet separate admission requirements.

Home-Schooled Students

Since class rank and core GPA do not apply to home-schooled students, you must earn at least a 24 composite on the ACT or an 1160 (*redesigned exam) or a 1090 SAT (pre-March 2016) combined critical reading and math score to be eligible for admissions.

You also must submit a transcript saying you completed the required course work listed below.

Test Scores

Take the ACT or SAT in the spring of your junior year and/or fall of your senior year. Be sure to send your scores to Mizzou each time you take either test. We always consider your highest overall score. Our institution codes are:

  • College Board (SAT) code: 006875
  • ACT code: 2382

We consider your highest composite ACT or combined SAT score when determining your admission eligibility and scholarships.

The writing sections of the ACT and SAT will not affect your admission.

If you do not earn a composite score of at least 24 on the ACT or an 1160 (*redesigned exam) or combined 1090 (pre-March 2016 exam) combined critical reading and math score, your admission is determined by the sliding scales for ranking and non-ranking high schools below.

Ranking High Schools

We only use this table if your high school gives each student a class rank. We do not accept class ranks given by a high school classified as non-ranking. This table shows the minimum test scores and class rank you must earn.

ACT Combined SAT Reading and Math
(Pre-March 2016)
*Redesigned SAT
(Post March-2016)
Class Rank
23 1050-1080 1130–1150 Top 52%
22 1020-1040 1100–1120 Top 46%
21 980-1010 1060–1090 Top 38%
20 940-970 1020–1050 Top 31%
19 900-930 980–1010 Top 22%
18 860-890 940–970 Top 14%
17 820-850 900–930 Top 6%

Non-Ranking High Schools

We only use this table if your high school does not rank. We do not evaluate core GPA for students from ranking high schools. The table below shows the minimum test scores and core GPA you must earn.

Your core GPA is recalculated using only the core courses listed below. Your core GPA might be lower than your transcript GPA.

ACT Combined SAT Reading and Math
(Pre-March 2016)
*Redesigned SAT
(Post March-2016)
Core GPA
23 1050-1080 1130–1150 2.80
22 1020-1040 1100–1120 2.90
21 980-1010 1060–1090 3.05
20 940-970 1020–1050 3.20
19 900-930 980–1010 3.35
18 860-890 940–970 3.50
17 820-850 900–930 3.65

*Scores listed under the Redesigned SAT Exam are based on the College Board’s new concordance table. Scores are subject to change.

High School Coursework

You must complete a minimum of 17 units (one unit = one year) of the following coursework:

  • English: 4 Units
  • Fine Arts: 1 Unit
  • Foreign Language: 2 Unit
  • Mathematics: 4 Units
  • Science: 3 Units
  • Social Studies: 3 Units

See a full breakdown of coursework requirements below:

English: 4 Units

  • One unit may be in speech or debate.
  • Two units must focus on composition or writing skills.
  • Acceptable
    • English Literature
    • Speech
    • Debate
  • Not Acceptable
    • Yearbook
    • Acting
    • Theater
    • Drama
    • Business English
    • Media

Fine Arts: 1 Unit

Foreign Language: 2 Units

  • Both units must be in the same language.

Mathematics: 4 Units

  • All units must be Algebra I or higher-level courses.
  • Acceptable
    • Algebra I
    • Algebra II
    • Trigonometry
    • Pre-Calculus
    • Calculus
    • Geometry
    • Analytical Geometry
    • Math Analysis
  • Non-Acceptable
    • Computer Math
    • Programming
    • Consumer Math
    • Pre-Algebra
    • Accounting
    • Basic Math
    • Technical Math
    • Computer Science

Science: 3 Units

  • One unit must be a laboratory course
  • Acceptable
    • Earth Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Not Acceptable
    • General Science

Social Studies: 3 Units

  • Acceptable
    • World History
    • American History
    • American Government
    • Principles of Democracy
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Economics

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