Admissions Guidelines

The University of Louisville seeks to admit students who are college-ready. 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.

The University of Louisville will continue to monitor our admissions policies and our scholarship criteria where test scores are required. We are tracking test cancellations and limited capacity at open test centers due to COVID-19 restrictions. Contact your admissions counselor for assistance and check your email from our office and our website for updates. 

Admission Requirements

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

*Due to limited ACT/SAT testing opportunities, UofL will allow first-time fall 2021 freshmen to opt out of submitting ACT or SAT scores for admission. 

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

 

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
  • Essay (Cardinals Principles Essay or any essay prompt via the Common App)
  • Mathematics placement test to determine math readiness for engineering curriculum (specific exam and virtual proctoring details to be announced soon.)

 

*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. Students can choose to work with the Office of Admissions or the Speed School of Engineering to be considered for direct admission with a mathematics placement exam that determines readiness for the engineering curriculum.