Admission Criteria

Guaranteed Freshman Admission

Students earning any of these marks will be guaranteed admission as freshman applicants; 2.75 GPA* OR ranked top 50% of your high school class OR ACT Composite score of 21+

Transfer Admission

See specific transfer admission criteria on the Transfer Advising site.

PSEO Admission

PSEO admission has its own criteria and deadlines, found here: PSEO Eligibility.

Priority Dates

Priority Application and Scholarship Deadline: February 1
Ensures early access to class registration and the housing application. Admission prior to February 1st is required for Foundation Scholarships.

Merit Scholarship Deadline: May 1
Eligibility for freshman student merit scholarships requires acceptance prior to May 1st. These scholarships are based on your admission application materials only.

What if I don’t meet these requirements?

Applicants below the automatic admission criteria can be conditionally admitted to BSU by the Admissions Review Committee. Applicants are given two (2) weeks to respond to a set of questions that will be sent via email. The committee then evaluates secondary school achievements, counselor recommendations, test scores, personal achievements, and any special circumstances shared by the student.

Admission is granted to applicants who will, in the judgment of the Admissions Review Committee, make positive contributions to the university community and adequate progress toward the completion of all degree requirements. No applicant is refused admission based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, or disability.

Recommended checklist for first-year students

View our recommended steps for admission and enrollment here.

*When provided, weighted GPAs will be used to determine a student’s admissions eligibility.