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What a Powerful Future Requires

We consider all aspects of your application and accept students who will help build a strong class.  


  • SAT score of at least 880 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) combined with the Math section for tests taken March 2016 and later.  This combined score of 880 is equivalent to the 800 combined score on the tests taken before March 2016. 


  • ACT composite score of at least 17. 


  • Official High School Transcript to include a minimum college preparatory curriculum (core) GPA of a 2.0.

What is the College Preparatory Curriculum?

Prospective students are required to complete a College Preparatory Curriculum with a minimum 2.0 core grade point average, which includes 20 units of the following academic subjects (detailed information can be found below):

English (4 units). At least two units must have strong grammar and composition components, at least one must be in English literature, and at least one must be in American literature. Completion of college preparatory English I, II, III, and IV will meet this criterion.

Mathematics (4 units). Entering freshman are required to complete four units of mathematics. These include Algebra I (for which Applied Mathematics I and II may count together as a substitute, if a student successfully completes Algebra II), Algebra II, and Geometry. A fourth higher-level mathematics course should be selected from among Algebra III/Trigonometry, Precalculus, Statistics, Discrete Mathematics, or a Capstone Mathematics course and should be taken during the senior year.

Laboratory Science (3 units). Two units must be taken in two different fields of the physical or life sciences and selected from among Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. The third unit may be from the same field as one of the first two units (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) or from any laboratory science for which Biology and/or Chemistry is a prerequisite. Courses in earth science, general physical science, or introductory or general environmental science for which biology and/or chemistry is not a prerequisite will not meet this requirement. It is strongly recommended that students take physical science (taught as a laboratory science) as a prerequisite to the three required units of laboratory science outlined in this section.

Social Studies (3 units). Three units of social studies. One unit of U.S. History is required; a half unit of Economics and a half unit of Government are strongly recommended.

Foreign Language (2 units).Two units of foreign language must be in the same language

Fine Arts (1 unit). One unit in Appreciation of, History of, or Performance in one of the fine arts.

Elective (2 units). Two units must be taken as an elective. A college preparatory course in Computer Science (i.e., one involving significant programming content, not simply keyboarding) is strongly recommended for this elective. Other acceptable electives include college preparatory courses in English; fine arts; foreign languages; social science; humanities; laboratory science (excluding earth science, general physical science, general environmental science, or other introductory science courses for which biology and/or chemistry is not a prerequisite); or mathematics above the level of Algebra II.

Physical Education (1 unit). One unit of physical education or ROTC is required.