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Incoming Freshman


Every year prospective freshmen from across the nation apply to the University of Central Missouri. They Choose Red because of UCM’s outstanding academic quality, our commitment to being one of the most affordable universities and our more than 150 academic programs that prepare them to be career ready.


What's a Freshman?

You’re considered a freshman if you’re in high school or have graduated (or earned your GED), but haven’t taken college or university courses. You’re also considered a freshman if you completed college courses during high school or the summer right after graduation.



We're Here to Help!

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the UCM Admissions Office: Email or call 1-877-SAY-UCMO (877-729-8266) or 660-543-4290. We’re happy to assist you.

Want to know what it's like to be a UCM student?

Visit campus!

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Most of the students at UCM receive financial aid. Explore your options.

When you apply to UCM, you're automatically considered for scholarships.

Don't forget about MoCents, UCM's foundation scholarships! These require a separate application, available between December 1 and March 1. 


 Guide to Admissions for High School Students

Freshman Year

High School Student Guide to College (What should you be doing year by year in HS to prepare for College?)

  • Enroll in the Missouri college preparatory curriculum at your high school.
  • Practice good study habits that fit your learning style.
  • Browse majors and job shadow an adult whose career interests you.
  • Find a sport or activity you love and take steps toward becoming a leader at your high school.
  • Become active in other clubs and organizations that interest you, including community service organizations, youth groups, or a part time job.

Sophomore Year

  • Focus on your grades: Don't wait until your junior or senior year. The grades you make during your freshman and sophomore years have a huge impact on your overall GPA and class rank.
  • Look into taking standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT, which are required at most colleges. At UCM, we prefer you take the ACT.
  • Begin attending college fairs and request information about schools that interest you.
  • Visit a college campus while on vacation with your family.

Junior Year

  • Take the ACT and/or SAT tests. UCM's ACT school code is 2272, and the SAT code is 6090.
  • Find as much information as possible about the schools that interest you through college fairs, mailings, brochures and websites.
  • Review the admissions requirements for your top choice schools.
  • Visit UCM.
  • Meet with admissions representatives who visit your high school.
  • Form relationships with your high school teachers so they will know you well enough to write letters of recommendation for you.
  • Meet with your high school guidance counselor in charge of college admissions. He or she can be a huge resource and help you narrow your search.


Senior Year

  • If you haven’t visited UCM yet, schedule a visit.
  • Take, or retake, the ACT and/or SAT tests.
  • Apply for admission as early as possible to the college you are seriously considering attending.
  • Apply for institutional and local scholarships in the fall.
  • Apply for financial aid after October 1.
  • Choose a school and notify colleges of your decision.
  • Attend orientation and enrollment programs.
  • Enjoy your senior year!

Incoming Freshman

Missouri College-Preparatory Curriculum

Admissions Requirements and Steps to Apply

To attend UCM, you need to successfully complete the Missouri college-preparatory curriculum with a minimum GPA of 2.0. The curriculum includes at least 24 units of credit (with each unit equalling one year in class):

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of mathematics (high school-level algebra and beyond, including Algebra II)
  • 3 units of science (not including general science; at least one unit must be a laboratory science)
  • 3 units of social studies (must include American history and at least one semester of government)
  • 1 unit of fine arts (emphasizes visual arts, instrumental or vocal music, dance or theater)
  • 3 units of additional coursework (includes 1 unit in practical arts, 1 unit in physical education, 1/2 unit in health education, and 1/2 unit in personal finance.)
  • 6 units of electives (at least 3 units must be in English, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, or foreign language. Two units of a single foreign language are strongly recommended.)

ACT/SAT scores and GPA requirements

You also need either:

  • an ACT score of 21 or higher and 2.0 GPA or
  • an ACT score of 20 and 2.85 GPA or
  • an ACT score of 19 and 2.95 GPA or
  • an ACT score of 18 and 3.25 GPA or
  • an ACT score of 17 and 3.45 GPA.
  • a Combined Percentile Index equal to or exceeding 100

For SAT takers: Scores listed under the Redesigned SAT Exam are based on the College Board’s new concordance table. Scores are subject to change.

If you don't meet the above requirements, you may still be admitted to UCM under our provisional admit program, contact us if you have any questions.


Steps to Apply

  • Take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to the Office of Assessment and Testing Services. Our ACT school code is 2272. Our SAT code is 6090. UCM does not require the writing component of the ACT.
  • Complete the admissions application and pay the non-refundable $30 application fee. Your application will not be processed until the fee is received.
  • Send high school transcripts. An official, transcript of your high school work must be sent directly from your school to the university. Your school must submit a final transcript verifying high school graduation before you begin classes at UCM. Send transcripts to:

University of Central Missouri

Office of Admissions

PO Box 800 WDE 1400 

Warrensburg, MO 64093

  • Send college transcripts. If you’ve taken college classes while in high school, have the college send transcripts directly to UCM. We will evaluate the transcripts to determine how this credit can apply to your UCM degree.
  • Send CLEP, AP and IB test scores. If you’ve taken the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test, CLEP, the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam, have your scores sent directly from the testing agency to UCM. They can earn you college credit. Send scores to:


Testing Services

University of Central Missouri

PO Box 800
Humphreys Suite 216
Warrensburg, MO 64093

  • Visit campus. The best way to get to know UCM is to visit campus. You can participate in one of campus visit day programs or schedule an individual visit. Learn more.
  • Consider the Honors College. If you have an ACT score of 25 or SAT equivalent and a minimum 3.5 cumulative high school GPA, consider applying to UCM’s Honors College. Learn more. 
  • Explore financial aid. The majority of students at UCM receive some type of financial aid. It all starts with submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which you can do after October 1. Learn more about financing your education at UCM.
  • Apply for scholarships. Each year UCM awards millions in institutional scholarships. Learn more.












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