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March 14, 2008 :: State Regents Approve Change to Admission Standards at Oklahoma State University

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The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved Thursday a request by Oklahoma State University to add a new option to its admission standards for first-time freshmen beginning this fall.

Under the approved plan, entering freshmen whose academic credentials fall below OSU’s current admission standards but are higher than the minimum standards set by the State Regents can be eligible for an admission review.

Current OSU admission standards require students to score a 24 ACT or 1090 SAT or to have an overall 3.0 grade point average (GPA) and rank in the top 33 percent of their high school graduating class. Students also may enter OSU by scoring a 21 ACT or 980 SAT and having a 3.0 GPA within the 15 core courses that prepare them for college.

State Regents require Oklahoma’s two research universities to meet minimum admission standards that require students to score a 22 ACT or 1020 SAT or to have a 3.0 GPA in the 15-unit core.

“With access to higher education a top priority within our state system, we commend OSU for its continued commitment to making opportunities available for Oklahoma students,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

OSU officials estimate this change will affect approximately 125 applicants annually.

If a student meets the review criteria, he or she will complete a questionnaire to assess cognitive and non-cognitive factors. Cognitive factors indicate the rigor of a student’s high school coursework, such as Advanced Placement or a sequence of challenging math courses. Non-cognitive factors indicate the student’s self-appraisal, leadership experience and long-term goals.

A two-member assessment team will review the student’s factors, weighing 60 percent on cognitive and 40 percent on non-cognitive factors. If the assessment team agrees the student’s factors suggest future success in college, the student’s application advances to the next step. If they disagree, a third member will be consulted.

After approval from the assessment team, the application will be reviewed by OSU’s University Admission Committee for the final decision.

The last time the State Regents approved changes to OSU’s admission standards was 2004, when OSU requested to gradually raise test score admission requirements from 22 ACT or 1020 SAT to today’s requirements of 24 ACT or 1090 SAT.

The State Regents note higher admission standards encourage high school students to take more rigorous academic courses, but students often fear that taking those courses could decrease their GPAs.

“This new policy provides a good option for our students,” said State Regents Chairman Bill Burgess. “I think OSU officials understand the needs of their prospective students and are taking the steps necessary to meet those needs.”

The proposal for this new admission option was previously approved by the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents in January.

The new admission option will be implemented this fall.