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Freshman Requirements

The basics

Am I a Freshman?

A New Freshman is an applicant who:

  • is applying during his/her senior year of high school, or
  • has no previous college experience, or
  • has earned less than 24 semester transferable college credits.

Related: Transfer Students

To be admitted to an undergraduate degree program as a regular freshman student, you must be a graduate of an approved or accredited high school and satisfy the below requirements:

Application Deadlines

  • Students should apply early in the fall of their senior year.  Students must have a complete file by February 1 for scholarship consideration. A complete file consists of an application, a paid application fee, official test scores on file and official transcripts received. April 7 is the final freshman application deadline.
  • For students who wish to start in the spring semester November 1 is the priority deadline for scholarship consideration and January 5 is the final deadline.

High School Courses

English: 4 units
Emphasis on composition; rhetoric; and American, English and world literature.

Mathematics: 3 units
Includes algebra, geometry, trigonometry or other advanced math.

Social Studies: 3 units
Includes world history and geography, U.S. history, economics, government and law.

Natural Science: 3 units
Preferably biology, chemistry and physics, with at least two in a laboratory science.

*Taking the ACT or SAT I is required for admission purposes for first time freshmen*

Applying from California? Compare this section to the California A-G subject list

3.0 High School Academic Grade-Point Average

Students must have a 3.0 weighted GPA in the academic core courses in order to be admitted to the University of Nevada, Reno. The academic courses include: English, math, social sciences and natural sciences. A weighted GPA takes into account the extra difficulty of honors, AP or IB classes.

If you are not admissible, you will be offered enrollment to a Nevada NSHE Community College. You will be offered admission to a Nevada university once you have completed a minimum of 24 college transferable semester credits at a NSHE Community College and have a 2.5 GPA in all your coursework.

Test Scores

If a first-time new student does not meet the GPA requirement, they may use an SAT Critical Reading and Math combined score of 1040 or an ACT composite score of 22 in place of the GPA requirement. Test scores are required for admission.  13 core courses  must be also be met in English, mathematics, social studies and natural sciences.

Submit ACT or SAT I test scores to support your application for admission. Test scores are required for placement in first year courses and new freshman scholarships.

The University will accept both the new (after March 2005) and old (prior to January 2005) ACT/SAT I tests. At this time, the University does not require the writing component.

High School Diploma

If a student does not meet the Academic GPA requirement, students who graduate with an Advanced Diploma from a Nevada High School will be granted admission to the University. 13 core courses  must be also be met in English, mathematics, social studies and natural sciences.

Submit your final official high school transcript to support your application for admission.

Alternate Admission Option

Alternate admissions options may be available.  Further instructions are provided to those who qualify.

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