Admission Requirements

Curricular Requirements

Students must have completed the following 15 high school units to be eligible for admission:

Units Course Areas
4 English: Grammar, composition, literature
3 Laboratory Science: Biology, chemistry, physics or any lab science certified by school district; general science courses don’t qualify
3 Math: Algebra I, algebra II, geometry, math analysis, trigonometry, calculus and advanced placement statistics
3 History and Citizenship Skills: Must include 1 unit of American history and 2 units from the subjects of history, economics, geography, government, civics and/or non-Western culture
2 Other: From any of the subjects listed above or from computer science or foreign language
15 Required Units

Students must meet all curricular requirements to be admitted for the fall or spring semester. Students meeting performance requirements may take a maximum of two course deficiencies in the summer term prior to the regular semester of desired entry. If the course(s) is (are) successfully completed with at least a “C” or equivalent, the student will be admitted.

While these curricular requirements will normally be met by students in grades 9 through 12, advanced students who complete these courses in earlier grades will not be required to take additional courses for purposes of admission.

Students pursuing admission to Baccalaureate degree programs may not count remedial courses used to make up high school curricular deficiencies toward satisfaction of degree program requirements.

Students admitted with one or more curricular deficiencies in the alternative admission category will be provided the means to satisfy those deficiencies and the student must successfully remove course requirements within 24 hours attempted or not be allowed to re-enroll at Northeastern State University until successfully removed. Students must complete zero level courses with a grade of “C” or better in order to remove the deficiency.

Students lacking curricular requirements are admissible into associate programs in the community colleges, but must remove the deficiencies at the earliest possible time within the first 24 hours attempted. In addition, students must remove curricular deficiencies in a discipline area before taking collegiate level work in that discipline.

Admissions Performance Requirements

Any individual who:

  1. Is a graduate of a high school accredited by the appropriate regional association or by an appropriate accrediting agency of his/her home state, or has achieved a high school equivalency certificate based on the General Education Development Tests (GED).
  2. Has met the curricular requirements.
  3. Has participated in the American College Testing (ACT) program or a similar acceptable battery of tests.
  4. Meets the following performance criteria is eligible for admission:
    1. Maintained a four-year high school grade point average of 2.70 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale and ranked scholastically among the upper 50% of their graduating class; or
    2. Has a 2.7 GPA in the 15 high school courses required for college entry; or
    3. Attained a composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT or similar acceptable battery of tests.

Performance requirements are subject to annual change by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The State Regents' policy is to set the admission standards at the top 50 percent for Fall 1993 and beyond. The exact standardized test scores and GPA will vary over time. The ACT score equivalent to these percentages will be determined based on the average of the preceding three years' ACT scores of graduating seniors if available. Oklahoma test data will be used. The concordance table used to set the equivalent SAT score will be updated as necessary. The State Regents will specify the enhanced test requirements based on the concordance table produced by ACT. The GPA will be defined annually to correspond to the rank in class.

  • Class Rank: The class rank is one more than the number of students in the high school graduating class who have a grade-point average greater than the student in question.
  • Grade-Point Average: The grade-point average is the average of all grades ("A" equating to 4.00 and "D" equating to 1.00) taken in the 9th through 12th grades. While the State Regents strongly support the initiation of honors courses, honors weighting will not be used in the calculation of the GPA because there is no equitable mechanism to include the honors premium.

Additional weighting (1.0) will be added to GPA of students who take the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) and higher-level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

GED recipient's high school class must have graduated for him/her to be eligible for admission.

NSU's Testing Services offers ACT and AP testing services.

Non-Academic Criteria

In addition to academic requirements for admission, students must be in good standing and eligible to re-enroll at any college attended, and:

  1. Not expelled, suspended, denied admission or readmission.
  2. Not convicted of a felony or lesser crime or moral turpitude.
  3. Not acted in a manner that would be grounds for expulsion, suspension, dismissal or denial of readmission.

If the institution finds than an applicant falls into a category above, then the institution shall deny admission if it decides that any of the events described indicates unfitness.
If an applicant is denied admission on any of the foregoing grounds, there must be substantial evidence supporting the basis for denial. In addition, the applicant must be afforded adequate procedural safeguards, including the following:

  1. Be advised of the grounds of the denial.
  2. Be informed of the facts which form a basis of the denial.
  3. Be afforded an opportunity to be heard.

Physical, emotional and mental status of the student must be such that no danger is presented to him or others while attending the University. If there is any question of the status of the student, the university may require a diagnostic examination.

For more information on Non-Academic Criteria, please contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment by calling (918) 444-2200, 1-800-722-9614.