Freshman Admission FAQs
Central welcomes questions from future students. Check out these answers, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to contact admissions.
What are Central Missouri's admission requirements?
To be admitted to UCM, you need to have completed the 24-unit Missouri college-preparatory curriculum and have a high school G.P.A. of 2.0 or better. In addition, you need to meet one of these requirements:
- a score of 21 or higher on the ACT
- a score of 980 or higher on the SAT I
- an admissions index score equal to or exceeding 100
Students not meeting these criteria will be considered individually. Additional information, such as letters of recommendation or a personal statement, may be requested and conditions may be placed upon the enrollment of such students.
When should I apply to Central Missouri?
You can apply for admission up until the day before classes begin. Students admitted to UCM by December 1 of their senior year in high school will receive priority consideration for University merit scholarships. Students who are admitted between December 1 and March 1 will be considered if funding is available.
When will I be notified of the admission decision?
It takes two weeks to process a completed application (which includes the application, application fee, transcripts, and ACT or SAT score).
Is there an application fee?
Yes, there is a required application fee. The fee for U.S. citizens is $30. The fee for international students is $75.
Will the university accept the General Education Diploma?
Yes, Central Missouri does accept the GED. GED applicants should submit a completed application form with a $30 application fee and a copy of the GED test scores. Beginning with the 2002 Series GED tests, the minimum passing standard is an overall score of 2250. Students who took the GED prior to 2002 must have a minimum score of 250. More about applying with a GED …