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Criteria for Freshmen

Freshmen students are Seniors in high school or students who have graduated from high school but not attended college. Dual-enrolled students fall into this category as well.

Steps for Freshmen Applicants

  1. Submit your Admission Application
  2. Submit your $25 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit your official high school transcript
  4. Submit your SAT or ACT test scores
  5. Submit a letter recommendation through your online application portal

Preferred Admission Requirements

The preferred applicant will have earned a 21 ACT Composite Score or 1080 SAT Score (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math) and a 3.0 cumulative high-school grade point average. 

While the decision is based upon the factors listed above, students must have completed the following course requirements in their high school curriculum:

  • English - Four (4) years
  • Social Studies - Three (3) years
  • Mathematics - Three (3) years (This must include one year of Algebra I, one year of Algebra II, and one year of Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus,
  • or Analysis)
  • Science - Two (2) years (This must include one year of Biology and one year of a Physical Science)

Note: Course requirements differ for students seeking to major in Nursing, Health Science, or Occupational Therapy.

Preferred high school curriculum for students seeking to major in nursing, health science, or occuptaional therapy:

  • English - Four (4) years
  • Social Studies - One (1) year
  • Mathematics -  Two (2) years (This must include one year of Algebra I and one year of Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, or Analysis)
  • Science - Two (2) years (One year of a Chemistry and One year of Biological Science)

Admission Application Deadlines

  • Summer Term:  May 1
  • Fall Term: July 1
  • Spring Term:  November 1

Standard Admission

Standard Admission is for applicants who feel their test scores are a good reflection of their ability. Should applicants choose standard admission, qualification for admission will be determined by academic rigor (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Honors, and Dual-Enrollment courses), one (1) recommendation letter from a high school counselor, teacher, or community leader, and ACT or SAT Scores. Applicants choosing Standard Admission may be required to submit a 500-word maximum essay.

Test-Optional Admission

For the academic year 2020-2021, freshmen applicants to Tuskegee University with a minimum 3.0 grade point average are not required to submit test scores for standardized college admission tests such as the ACT or SAT. Test-optional consideration is an alternative for applicants who meet the minimum grade point average requirement but feel that their test scores do not adequately reflect their level of academic achievement and/or accurately predict their potential. Should applicants choose test-optional admission, qualification for admission will be determined by academic rigor (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Honors, and Dual-Enrollment courses), one (1) recommendation letter from a high school counselor, teacher, or community leader, and a 500-word maximum essay.

Merit-Based Scholarship Eligibility

Applicants who select test-optional admission will be considered for scholarship opportunities. High school transcript, essay, and letter of recommendation (test-optional admission requirements) will be used during scholarship evaluation for test-optional applicants. 

Essay Topics 

Choose one essay topic. It must not exceed 500 words. 

  • Discuss how the mission of Tuskegee University connects with your career goals.
  • If you could live your life fighting for one cause, what would it be and why?

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants will be able to provide the email address of their preferred recommender in their online application portal. Recommenders will receive an email and be able to complete and submit their recommendation through our online recommendation form.