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Incoming Freshman Admission Requirements


Comprehensive Review Process

At the University of Central Missouri, all students are encouraged to apply because we individually review each application. Your personal excellence is defined by more than academic achievement. We take a holistic approach to reviewing your total preparation for college which includes many factors, such as: high school GPA, ACT or SAT scores, personal statements (essay), academic letters of recommendation, leadership experience, community service, extracurricular involvement and your own unique accomplishments in high school. We are interested in learning much more about your preparedness, motivation and potential within the unique context of your own experience.

Test Optional Admission

Students applying to UCM with a 2.75 GPA or higher may be admitted without submitting an ACT or SAT test score.  Students admitted as test optional will also receive a $1,000 Red & Black Scholarship. While you are fully admitted to UCM under the test optional admission policy, you will need to submit a qualifying test score to be eligible for the following: 
  • Direct Entry Nursing Program (requires an ACT composite of 25 or higher)
  • Education majors - possible exemption from the MOGEA exam
  • Honors College (requires an ACT composite of 25 or higher)
  • Automatic merit scholarships**
  • NCAA Athletics*
*Please note that test scores are not required for NCAA certification for the 21-22 academic year. However, test scores are still required for both certain UCM academic direct program admissions as well as certain scholarships mentioned above.  
**Students admitted under test-optional admissions are still eligible to earn a higher Red and Black Scholarship with submission of a qualifying ACT score and GPA. See the GPA & ACT requirements here.


Learn more About Freshman Requirements:

Additional Information for Non-Traditional Applicants



  • The University of Central Missouri welcomes students who are high school equivalency completers.  You will follow the same process as all other incoming freshman with just a few exceptions.
  • Send us your ACT/SAT scores.  Our ACT test school code is 2272. Our SAT code is 6090. If it has been more than two years since you would have graduated from high school, ACT or SAT scores are not required.
  • Have your high school send an official copy of your partial high school transcript (if applicable). If your GED or HiSET was taken in Missouri, UCM will obtain your score.
    • UCM requires a total score of 75 and a minimum of 15 on all five subtests on the HiSET. Students who do not meet these requirements will have their applications reviewed on an individual basis.
    • Based on the 2002 General Education Diploma score standards, you may be considered for admission to Central Missouri if you meet the following criteria: a total score of at least 2250, no sub-score lower than 410, and an average of all sub-scores of at least 450 and above. If you took the GED prior to the 2002 Series GED tests, you must have a minimum score of 225.

Home School

The University of Central Missouri welcomes students who are home-schooled. Homeschool schools need to follow the same process as all other incoming freshman. Send us your ACT/SAT scores and a detailed homeschool transcript. Our ACT test school code is 2272. Our SAT code is 6090. Don’t forget to send us transcripts for any other college credit you have earned along the way. Each homeschool applicant is reviewed on a case by case basis.

Conditional Admission (Advantage)

The UCM Advantage Program is an exciting opportunity for a select group of first year students who demonstrate promise but may not meet traditional admission criteria: the experience of attending a four-year university with the individualized supports needed to succeed. 

Next Steps:


Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 800, Ward Edwards 1400
Warrensburg MO, 64093
Tel: (660) 543-4290


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