Alternative Admission

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The UO welcomes applications from students who have not met the standard admission requirements or have graduated from nonaccredited high schools. Students accepted by alternative admission are not eligible for consideration for any of the automatic scholarships. Below are the factors that will be considered in assessing applications for alternative admission.

Read the requirements for applicants who were homeschooled or have earned their GED.


Applicants with a GPA below 3.00 on a 4.00 scale are not generally considered eligible for admission.  However, they will still be reviewed for a combination of factors in a holistic fashion as appropriate. If you are such an applicant and have information to share regarding your performance, it is critical that you provide it in the "Special Circumstances" section of your application at the time you apply.

Course Work

If you have not completed the required high school course work, you may fulfill the requirements by doing one of the following:

  • Take the following SAT Subject Tests: Math I or II and a second test of your choice other than math. Earn a total score of 940 or above for the two tests; or
  • Take high school or college work to complete courses you missed in high school. A one-term transferable college course of at least three credits (quarter system) is equal to one year of high school work. We strongly encourage you to contact the Office of Admissions to verify that the courses you complete will satisfy your course pattern deficiencies.

Applicants from Nonaccredited High Schools

Be sure to check our online Regional Accreditation information to determine if your school is accredited. If your school is not accredited:

  • Complete either the old SAT with a minimum score of 1040 for critical reading and mathematics combined, the new SAT with a total score of 1120, or the ACT and a minimum score of 22.
  • Take the SAT Subject Tests in Math I or II, and a second test of your choice in a subject other than math. Earn a minimum score of 470 on each of the two tests, with a total score of at least 940.
  • Demonstrate second language proficiency.
  • Complete the application for admission, including the required personal statement prompt.
  • Attach a statement of personal circumstances that explains that you attended a nonaccredited high school and that you will complete the admission requirements by providing official score reports for the SAT or ACT and for the SAT Subject Tests.