Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria for Freshmen

Completed college preparatory coursework in high school. The average GPA for freshmen admitted in 2019 was 3.20.

Completed ACT or SAT test. Students 25 years or older may substitute an application statement and resume, detailing your personal accomplishments and work history. The average SAT composite (critical reading and math) score was 1084 and the average ACT composite test score was 24. The SAT writing test and subject tests are not required.

Graduation from high school, completion of a GED, or completion of the High School Proficiency Exam. You will need to have completed prior to starting classes. If you took the GED after December 2013, the minimum test score is 150 on all subject tests. If you took it before then, your percentile rank on all subject tests must be in the 60th percentile.

Good standing in any college-level work attempted, during or after high school. Running Start or other college in high school credit may be used to substitute for required high school course work. See the Transfer Credit Policy or Prior Learning Assessment for more about college credit earned in high school.

Admissions Criteria for Transfer Students

How Will Your Credits Transfer?

Minimum 2.0 college GPA. Academic performance is determined by the cumulative grade point average and number of transferable credits completed.

Good academic standing at the last institution attended.

Satisfactory completion of a variety of courses in the arts and sciences; for example, the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and art.

Priority admission consideration will be given to students who have earned any of the following from a Washington community college:

  • Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate’s Degree
  • Associate in Science—Transfer (AS-T) Degree
  • Technical Arts Transfer Degrees (Upside Down Degree or Direct Technical Transfer)

Tacoma and Native Pathways Programs

Tacoma Program and Native Pathways Program applicants must have 90 transferable quarter credits for admission consideration. Visit the program websites for other admissions requirements and how to apply.