TROY increases admissions standards

Posted: Friday, 23 July 2010

TROY – Troy University trustees today raised admissions standards for entering undergraduates for the second time in four years.

The vote raises the minimum ACT test score by one point beginning Fall 2011 to 20 for unconditional admission, and increases the range for conditional admissions to 17 – 19 on the ACT. For SAT takers, the minimum admission score would be a 950, and conditional admissions would be 830-940 on the SAT. The new standards also require any transfer student to have a minimum 2.0 grade point average and raise the ACT/SAT examination exemption from 21 to 25 years of age.

The changes are aimed at admitting better prepared students, and improving their chances for success in the university setting, according to Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. Dr. Hawkins said the board’s move is an integral part of the University’s overall strategic plan.

“We have improved our facilities and support structures through the years,” the Chancellor said. “We must continue our quest for quality in the academic arena. Simply, quality begins with students prepared for a University setting.”

“Increasing our admissions standards actually helps us recruit students who are prepared for the college learning experience and the data shows us that students who score higher on entrance exams typically perform better academically while they are in college,” said Buddy Starling, dean of enrollment management.

“Not only does it help us raise the bar academically as an institution, but it also helps our students succeed,” he said.

Active duty military, National Guard, Reservists and veterans can still be admitted on the basis of the adult student admission policy regardless of age, he added.

The trustees last raised admission standards on May 10, 2007.

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Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, discusses raising the admission standards at the University that serves nearly 30,000 students worldwide during Friday's Board of Trustees meeting in the Trojan Center. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)