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

For applicants during the 2020-21 year, some criteria are being modified temporarily to account for challenges during the pandemic. If you are planning to enroll for a term later than Fall 2021, check this page again in the future — requirements for future terms, especially regarding standardized testing, might change.

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

  • Complete the application for admission. Like all other freshman applicants, you should submit a self-reported transcript.
  • Demonstrate second language proficiency.
  • Demonstrate readiness for college-level mathematics in one of the following ways:
    • One semester of an approved mathematics course (college algebra or beyond) with a C- or better from a regionally accredited college.
    • One year of algebra II/integrated mathematics with a C- or better from a regionally accredited high school.
    • While we do not recommend taking the ACT, SAT, or SAT Subject tests, if you have already taken one of these tests, you can submit those scores and we will consider them on a case-by-case basis.

Note: Admitted students from nonaccredited high schools are not eligible for automatic merit scholarship consideration (Apex, Summit, or Excellence). However, students from nonaccredited high schools are welcome to apply for additional scholarships, such as the Presidential Award, Stamps Foundation Award, or Diversity Excellence Award. Contact your designated admissions counselor if you have any questions.