Admissions Guidelines

The University of Louisville seeks to admit students who are college-ready. Students with strong high school grades and a pre-college high school curriculum are generally admitted. The middle 50% of our first-year students scored between 22 and 28 on their ACTs. 25% scored 29-36 and the final 25% scored below 22. Students with lower test scores will be considered if they demonstrate strong high school grades in a rigorous high school curriculum. Demonstration of involvement outside the classroom, submission of letters of recommendation or a personal essay can also be used to demonstrate a student’s ability to succeed at the University of Louisville.

Application Requirements for All Students

  • No letters of recommendation are required if you meet minimum standards
  • ACT and SAT scores will be optional for students entering in summer/fall 2021 and spring/summer/fall 2022.
  • Submit: online application or Common App, high school transcript, $25 non-refundable fee*

*Students on free/reduced lunch do not pay the application fee.

Admission Guidelines by Academic Unit

Arts and Sciences, Social Work, Public Health

  • GPA: 2.5
  • 20 ACT or 1030 SAT

 

Business

Accountancy, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Equine Industry, Finance, Management and Marketing majors: 
  • GPA: 3.0
  • 25 ACT or 1200 SAT
  • 23 ACT Math or 560 SAT Math

OR

  • GPA: 3.3
  • 22 ACT or 1100 SAT
  • 23 ACT Math or 560 SAT Math
Business Administration major only:
  • GPA: 2.75
  • 23 ACT or 1130 SAT
  • 21 ACT Math or 530 SAT Math

 

Dental Hygiene*

  • GPA: 2.8
  • 21 ACT or 1060 SAT

OR

  • GPA: 3.0
  • 20 ACT or 1030 SAT

 

Education and Human Development

  • GPA: 2.5 
  • 21 ACT or 1060 SAT

 

Music

  • GPA: 2.75
  • 21 ACT or 1060 SAT
  • Audition required

OR

  • GPA 3.0 
  • 20 ACT or 1030 SAT
  • Audition required

 

Nursing*

  • GPA: 3.0
  • 22 ACT or 1100 SAT
  • 22 ACT Math or 540 SAT Math

 

Speed School of Engineering**

  • GPA: 3.0
  • 25 ACT or 1200 SAT
  • 25 ACT Math & 25 ACT Science or 590 SAT Math

OR

  • GPA 3.5
  • 24 ACT or 1160 SAT
  • 24 ACT Math & 24 ACT Science or 580 SAT Math
OR
  • GPA: 3.0
  • Complete CollegeBoard's Accuplacer placement exam in person or remotely in Mathematics and Reading. Students must score a 250 on the Advanced Alegebra Functions Test of the Accuplacer Mathematics exam.

 

*Dental Hygiene and Nursing admission is a two-step process. Freshmen are admitted to the lower division and then apply for upper division after 3-4 semesters.

**Recommended high school credit: Pre-calculus/Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics (if offered). Students who choose to submit test scores and do not meet the minimum ACT/SAT requirements, but who meet GPA and course requirements will be admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences as pre-engineering.