College Entrance Requirements
College entrance requirements vary based on the type of college, how selective it is and many other factors.
Each college may have slightly different admission requirements; be sure to check each college website for specific requirements. There may be exceptions; talk to your counselor or college adviser about your options. See if you're on track with our Right Classes worksheet.
FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
|Requirement||Community College in Oregon||4-Year Public University in Oregon||4-Year Independent, Not-for-Profit University in Oregon|
|High School Diploma or GED||✓||✓||✓|
|Minimum High School GPA||2.75-3.00||varies|
|High School Courses||C- or better in all core classes||A's and B's in rigorous courses for selective colleges|
|English||4 credits||4 credits||4 credits|
|Math||3 credits (Algebra I and above)||3 credits (Algebra I and above)||3+ credits (Algebra I and above)|
|Science||3 credits (2 labs)||3 credits (2 labs)||3+ credits|
|Social Science||3 credits||3 credits||3+ credits|
|Second Language||2 credits||3+ credits|
|SAT or ACT||optional||may be required|
|Personal Essay||may be required||may be required|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||may be required|
Although not required, colleges also look for involvement in school and community activities such as sports, clubs, student government, volunteering and part-time jobs.
Requirements for transfer students may be different than for first-year students. In general, admissions offices will pay more attention to your grades in college than your grades in high school.