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University of Missouri to Consider Enhancing Admissions Policy

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Oct 07, 2005

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University of Missouri to Consider Enhancing Admissions Policy

University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd announced Friday that he has asked the chancellors of the four UM campuses to examine enhancing the University admissions policy to admit more high-achieving Missouri students starting in Fall 2007.

Under the proposal, any student attending a Missouri high school who ranks in the top 10 percent of his or her graduating class and completes the college preparatory curriculum which includes at least 17 units of credit (four units of English, four units of math, three units of social studies, three units of science, two units of foreign language, and one unit of fine art) will be eligible for automatic admission to any of the University of Missouri campuses. An ACT/SAT score would be required. President Floyd has asked for feedback on the proposal from the four University of Missouri chancellors by the December 2005 Board of Curators meeting in Kansas City.

Under the proposed policy, if a high school doesn’t have rankings, then a GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for core courses would also guarantee automatic acceptance. An ACT/SAT score would still be required.

Currently, the admissions policy is based on a combination of standardized test scores and class rank, but students who score above 24 on the ACT are automatically accepted.

“This proposal would broaden the current admissions policy in order to ensure all high achieving Missouri students are recognized and admitted to the University of Missouri,” President Floyd said.