Academic Preparation and Assessment of Other Special Talents

Candidates for admission should demonstrate reasonable progress toward graduation in an accredited secondary school, have graduated from a secondary school, or offer evidence of a level of knowledge equivalent to a secondary education.

Each candidate should show satisfactory academic preparation in 16 units of subject matter:

  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 2 units of mathematics
  • 1 unit of science with laboratory
  • 6 additional units to fulfill graduation requirements


In addition to fulfilling general admission requirements, candidates for admission to a degree program in Architecture, Art, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Education, Music, Nursing, and pre-Physician Assistant must meet special standards established by each department or program. Prior to enrollment in the Departments of Music or Art, candidates are required to audition on a major instrument or to present an art portfolio. The Office of University Admissions can provide information about these special requirements. Candidates should contact the chairperson of the appropriate departments directly early in the admission process.

For certain programs, candidates without the recommended distribution of units may be eligible for admission if their course work as a whole and the results of their tests offer evidence of a good foundation for work at the undergraduate level. Candidates who are deficient in required course work may complete appropriate work during the summer or the first year in the University.