FRESHMAN

Each year, 1,500 to 2,000 new students choose to Be a Bengal and enroll at Idaho State University. Some select ISU because of a specific academic program (we offer nearly 275). Some choose ISU because of our fantastic location. No matter the reasons, all ISU students receive an excellent education at an affordable price!


 

YOU ARE A FRESHMAN IF:

  • you are enrolling directly from high school, and
  • you have not enrolled in another college or university after graduating from high school (or receiving a GED).

Please note: Transfer applicants with fewer than 14 transferable baccalaureate-level credit hours must meet the freshmen admission requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

High School Graduates

High school graduates seeking assured admissions will meet the following requirements:

  1. Completed Undergraduate Application.
  2. Paid $50 application fee.
  3. 2.5 or better cumulative unweighted High School GPA.
  4. Test scores meeting the following: 
    • Redesigned SAT Total Score of at least 1030, or
    • Math score of at least 18 on ACT or 520 on the Redesigned SAT Math Section, and
    • English score of at least 18 on ACT or 25 on the Redesigned SAT Reading Test.
    • If the SAT was taken prior to April 2016, test score requirements are 490 on SAT Math and 460 on SAT Critical Reading.
  5. Idaho high school graduates must meet all Idaho Core Requirements.

Please note: An Idaho student will be evaluated for completion of the Idaho Core Requirements once an official copy of the final high school transcript is received. Also, a student may be granted automatic conditional admission if they are short in only one or two Idaho core classes but still meet the above criteria.

Conditional Admission: High school graduates can be offered conditional admission if they meet the following requirements: a cumulative unweighted High School GPA of 2.25 or higher; Redesigned SAT Total Score of at least 730, OR a Math score of at least 12 on the ACT, or at least 310 on the Redesigned SAT Math Section; and an English score of at least 12 on the ACT, or at least 20 on the Redesigned SAT Reading test. 

SAT tests taken prior to April 2016 have the following requirements: 270 or higher on SAT Math and 360 or higher on SAT Critical Reading. 


 

Admission Requirements for College of Technology (professional technical programs)

  1. Complete the College of Technology Application
  2. Submit an official high school transcript or GED
  3. Submit COMPASS/ACT/SAT test scores
  4. Paid $50 application fee

Program admission is based on program requirements and space availability. See an advisor at the College of Technology Student Services Office for more information. Call 282-2622 to make an appointment.


 

Home School Students

Home school students seeking assured admission will meet the following requirements:

  • Completed Undergraduate Application.
  • Paid $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Meet one of the following:
    • Passing score on the GED, and a passing score on the SAT and ACT (see below), or   
    • Test scores meeting the following:
      • Math score of at least 18 and English score of at least 18 on the ACT, AND
      • Redesigned SAT Total Score of at least 1030, or a math Section score of at least 520 AND a score of at least 25 on the Redesigned SAT Reading Test.

Conditional Admission: Home School applicants can be offered admission if they meet the following requirements:passing score on the GED and a passing score on the SAT or ACT (below), or Math score of at least 12 and English score of at least 12 on the ACT, AND Redesigned SAT Total Score of at least 730, or Redesigned SAT Math Section score of at least 310 and Redesigned SAT Reading Test score of at least 20. 18 on SAT Math Test; 20 on SAT Reading;  

SAT tests taken prior to April 2016 have the following requirements: 270 or higher on SAT Math and 360 or higher on SAT Critical Reading. 


 

GED Students

GED students younger than 18 years of age must petition the Admission Committee to be considered for admission.

GED students between 18 and 21 years of age seeking assured admission will meet the following requirements:

  1. Completed Undergraduate Application
  2. Paid $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  3. Received test scores meeting the following:
      • Math score of at least 18 on ACT or 26 on the SAT Math Test,
      • English score of at least 18 on ACT or 25 on the SAT Reading Test,
      • Passing score on the GED

    Current passing GED scores are considered to be a minimum 170 score on each subject test and a total of 680 for assured admissions. For conditional admissions, passing score requirements are 160 on each subject test and a total of 640. For GED tests taken prior to 2014, please see the catalog for passing GED score requirements.

Conditional Admission: applicants can be offered admission if they meet the following requirements: Math score of at least 12 on ACT or 18 on the SAT Math Test; English score of at least 12 on ACT or 20 on the SAT Reading Test; and a passing score on the GED.

SAT Tests taken prior to April 2016 have the following requirements: 270 on SAT Math and 360 on SAT Critical Reading. 

GED students over 21 years of age must have a passing GED score and Compass scores of at least 40 in Algebra and at least 68 in Writing and Compass scores of at least 40 in Math/Algebra and at least 68 in Reading. Applicants not meeting these requirements can petition the Admission Committee to be considered for admission.


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ADMISSIONS DEFERMENT POLICY

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UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM

ISU's University Honors Program awards Idaho's only Honors Degrees - the Honors Bachelor of Arts, the Honors Bachelor of Science, the Honors Bachelor of Business Administration, or the Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts. Honors students enjoy priority registration, small class sizes, and additional scholarship opportunities.
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