Minimum Requirements for First-Time College Students from High School:

1. Required High School Units: (1 Unit = 1 year in class)

4 Units of English
4 Units of Mathematics (Algebra 1 or Higher)
3 Units of Science (Must include a lab science; cannot include general science)
3 Units of Social Science
2 Units of a Single Foreign Language
1 Unit of Fine Arts

2. Required Minimum Combinations of Percentile Rank in Graduating High School Class and Admission Test (ACT or SAT) score are as follows:

If the ACT Composite Score is 24 or higher or the total of SAT combined Critical Reading and Math scores is 1090 or higher, then the applicant meets the minimum requirement for admission.

If the ACT Composite Score is between 17 and 23 or the total of SAT combined Critical Reading and Math scores is between 820 and 1080, then the applicant must meet the following high school class rank requirements to be admitted:

ACT SAT Total (CR+M) High School Class 
Percentile Rank
Core GPA*

23 1050-1080 48 2.80
22 1020-1040 54 2.90
21 980-1010 62 3.05
20 940-970 69 3.20
19 900-930 78 3.35
18 860-890 86 3.50
17 820-850 94 3.65

*Students from non-ranking high schools are admitted based upon a sliding scale combination of their core GPA and their standardized test scores.  Minimum required GPA in core curriculum classes change every couple of years.  This core GPA is set by the UM System for admissions to all four campuses.

3. If you:

A.  Rank in the top 10% of your graduating class of a Missouri high school and
B.  Complete the college preparatory curriculum that includes at least 17 units of credit (four units each of English and math, three units of social studies, three units of science, two units of a single foreign language, and one unit of fine art), and
C.  Submit an ACT/SAT score,

You will be eligible for automatic admission to any campus of the University of Missouri.

4. If you:

A.  Graduate from a Missouri high school that does not rank its graduates, but
B.  Have taken a college preparatory curriculum that includes at least 17 units of credit (four units each of English and math, three units of social studies, three units of science, two units of a single foreign language, and one unit of fine art) and
C.  Achieve a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale in these core courses and
D.  Submit an ACT/SAT score,

You will be eligible for automatic admission to any campus of the University of Missouri.

Applying for Undergraduate Admission

Here's what you need to do to apply for undergraduate admission:

  • Complete and submit an Undergraduate Application (you can apply online).
  • Submit a $35 non refundable application fee ($40 for international students).
  • Have Admission Test Score (ACT or SAT) sent to the Admissions Office.
  • Have a High School Transcript (including class rank and showing successful completion of required high school units as shown sent to the Admissions Office.

High School Equivalency Applicants
Individuals may seek admission on the basis of passing the General Education Development (GED) test with a minimum score of 2500 (for tests taken after January 1, 2002; a minimum score of 250 required for tests taken prior to January 1, 2002), or the HiSET test with a minimum score of 75 (minimum of 15 in each subsection). .

In addition, the following must be presented:

  • A completed Undergraduate Application (available online)
  • A $35 non refundable Application Fee ($40 for international students)
  • ACT Composite score of at least 24 or SAT Composite of at least 1090
  • A high school transcript if ACT/SAT scores are present
Home-Schooled Students

UMSL welcomes home-schooled students.  To be considered for undergraduate admission, the home-schooled student must present the following:

  • A completed Undergraduate Application (available online)
  • $35 non refundable Application Fee ($40 for international students)
  • ACT composite score of at least 17-23 (guaranteed admission if 24 composite or higher)
  • A copy of course of study or transcript reflecting all coursework and grades earned, if available
  • If an applicant has not acquired all units of work required for a high school diploma in Missouri, the applicant must also provide a test score report of the General Education Development (GED) test with a minimum score of 2500 (for test taken after January 1, 2002; minimum score of 250 for tests taken prior to January 1, 2002) or, the HiSET test with a minimum score of 75 (minimum of 15 in each subsection).
Transfer Students 

Students transferring from another college or university must meet the minimum transfer admission requirements and submit the following information:

  • A completed Undergraduate Application (available online)
  • $35 non refundable Application Fee ($40 for international students)
  • Transcripts sent from all colleges/universities attended
    *Note: If you have less than 24 transferrable hours, you must also have your high school transcripts sent along with an ACT/SAT score.

*Important Note Regarding MyGateway: 
Once a student has been admitted, it will take 3-5 business days to create his/her MyGateway account. Therefore, if a student needs to register during that time period, s/he may contact the Registrar's Office, located in 351 MSC, at 314.516.5545, or the student may contact an academic advisor within the intended department.