Idaho 4-Year College Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting minimum GPA and ACT/SAT requirements, graduates from an accredited high
school must complete a specific set of college preparatory courses with a minimum 2.0 grade average
to be admitted to Boise State University, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College or the
University of Idaho.
English: 8 Credits.
Minimum Requirements: English class each year of high school
Recommended: Honors English, College Prep Writing.
Social Science: 7 Credits.
Minimum Requirement: World History, US History, (American Govt. or Exp. of Govt), Economics.
Recommended: AP US History, AP Government.
Mathematics: 6 Credits.
Minimum Requirement: (Applied Math I or Algebra I), (Applied Geometry or Geometry), and Algebra II.
Recommended: H. Algebra II, H. Geometry, Math Analysis, H. Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus.
An additional 2 credits are strongly recommended.
Natural Science: 6 Credits.
Minimum Requirement: Physical Science, Biology, (Chem. in Community or Physical Geology).
Recommended: (Chemistry or Honors Chemistry), Honors Physics.
At least 2 credits must include a laboratory experience.
Humanities/Foreign Language: 2 Credits.
Minimum Requirement: Music, Fine Arts, or History.
Recommended: 2 years Foreign Language (French, Spanish, or German)
Other College Preparation: 3 Credits.
Minimum Requirement: Speech, Art, Drama, Music, (up to 2 credits of approved vocational courses).
Recommended: additional 3rd year of foreign language
Students who will not have completed the Idaho College Admission Core upon graduation may be
considered for provisional admission.
The University of Idaho has an additional requirement:
Prospective students must meet the following combination of cumulative GPA and test scores:
High School GPA ACT Composite SAT Verbal + Math
3.00 - 4.00 and Any Score or Any Score
2.60 - 2.99 and 15 - 36 or 790- 1600
2.50 - 2.59 and 17 - 36 or 870 - 1600
2.40 - 2.49 and 19 - 36 or 930 - 1600
2.30 - 2.39 and 21 - 36 or 1000 - 1600
2.20 - 2.29 and 23 - 36 or 1070 - 1600
College catalogs and other reference material may be found in the counselor’s office
Private or Out-of-State College Admission Requirements
Students who plan to attend an Out-of-state or private four year college have to meet
additional requirements beyond the high school graduation requirements.
General Recommendations for College Entrance Requirements:
(4) years of English - (Yearbook, Drama, Basic English, and Applied English are generally not accepted)
(3) years of College Prep Math - (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trig)
(3) years of Science - (Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry or Physics)
(3) years of History/Social Science
(2) years of the same World Language - (a proficiency exam will be given at some universities)
(1) semester in fine, visual, or performing arts
ACT or SAT test scores - (required score varies – check with specific colleges)
Counselor Note: Students should consult college catalogs at their earliest convenience to ensure that they are taking the appropriate classes.
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Financial Aid Guide/Financial Aid Award Letter
FAFSA to be filled out after January 1st of each year
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