Admission Requirements

Regular Admission for Degree-Seeking Students

*Note: An official transcript is one that has been received by UMHB directly from the issuing institution. It must bear the school seal, date, and an appropriate signature.


  1. Applicants who enroll the semester following high school graduation or have no college hours must:
    1. Rank in the top 1/2 of their high school graduating class and score a minimum SAT of 950 (critical reading plus math), or minimum ACT of 20


      Rank in the lower 1/2 of their graduating class and score a minimum SAT of 990 (critical reading plus math), or minimum ACT of 21


      Rank in the top 10% of their high school graduating class from an accredited high school with no minimum SAT or ACT score.

    2. Submit an ACT writing sample or SAT writing sample; required for advising purposes.

    3. Have graduated from a regionally accredited or state accredited high school with 24 units [15.5 units of which must be of the following: English (4), Social Studies (3.5), Science (3), Foreign Language (2), and Mathematics (3)] or completed equivalent credits from a home school curriculum or received the General Education Diploma (GED) with a minimum score of 150 on each of the four exams.  

  2. A limited number of students may be admitted on conditional admission by consent of the Admissions Committee. An interview may be required.
  3. Applicants must submit:
    1. An application for admission with application fee of $35 (non-refundable).
    2. An official ACT or SAT score report. [For more accurate academic advising and awarding of credit based on subject scores, an official score report from the American College Testing (ACT) Program is needed.] Freshmen age 25 or older that rank in the upper half of their high school graduating class will not be required to take the ACT or SAT. Freshmen age 25 or older that do not rank in the upper half of their high school graduating class have the option of being admitted on academic probation or taking the ACT or SAT while meeting the regular admission requirements.
    3. (for early acceptance) A high school transcript indicating current class rank and ACT or SAT scores. The transcript must be sent at the end of the fall semester of the student’s senior year.
    4. An official final high school transcript after graduation that indicates graduation date and class rank.

Transfers from Other Colleges

(Students transferring less than 12 transferable semester hours [non-developmental, non-vocational] will be admitted using criteria for freshman applicants as well as the following.)

  1. Applicants must:
    1. Be transferring credits from a regionally accredited college or university.
    2. Have an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better (based on a 4-point system). Entering GPA will be calculated using all hours attempted. The one exception to this requirement concerns a course that was repeated. In this circumstance, only the highest grade received for the repeated course will be used when calculating the entering GPA.
    3. Not be on scholastic or disciplinary suspension from any college or university.
  2. Applicants must submit:
    1. An application for admission with application fee of $35 (non-refundable).
    2. An official transcript from each college previously attended (sent directly from the institution to UMHB). Even though courses taken at one institution are noted on another college’s transcript, applicants must submit transcripts from the institution at which the courses were taken.  Transcripts from other institutions which have been submitted for admission or evaluation become part of the student's academic file and are not returned or copied for distribution. 
  3. A limited number of students with a grade point average between 1.5 and 1.99 may be admitted on probationary status. Students with a grade point average of less than 1.5 will not be admitted. Written appeals will be sent to the Admissions Committee for further consideration.See Probation for more information.
  4. Admission status will be based on overall transfer grade point average and academic standing at the last college/university attended.

Students Seeking Teacher Certification

Students who already have a degree and are seeking teacher certification must meet the requirements outlined above for transfer students.

Transient Students

A transient student is a degree-seeking student at another college or university who desires to take courses at UMHB for transfer. Admission may be gained by furnishing the Admissions Office with a statement of good standing in lieu of a current transcript from the parent school from which the degree will be granted. Transient students are not eligible for financial aid.  See "*Note" for additional information regarding transient students.

Individual Approval

In exceptional cases, persons who do not meet the requirements for either regular or transient applicants may be granted special permission by the Admissions Committee to study at UMHB. Applicants are required to notify the Admissions Committee as to their plans to seek a degree from UMHB.

Select Program

The University will admit to full-time student status qualified students who have completed their junior year of high school and who wish to forego their last year of high school in order to substitute a year of college study in a degree program. These students must, of course, have exceptional ability. Contact the Admissions Office for details about the program.


Students desiring admission to the University for the purpose of auditing classes must complete an application in the Admissions Office. An application fee is required. Individuals 18 or under must provide proof of high school graduation or a GED. See "*Note" and Audit Registration for additional information on auditing classes.

Non-Degree Students

Students who already have a baccalaureate degree but desire to take additional undergraduate courses (not towards a second degree or teacher certification) must furnish the Admissions Office with an official transcript reflecting only the last degree acquired. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.  See "*Note"  for additional information regarding non-degree seeking students.

Just Taking Courses

Students who want college credit for courses but do not plan to complete a degree program must meet regular admission requirements and are not eligible for financial aid.  See "*Note" for additional information regarding students who are just taking courses.

Readmission of Former Students

Former students who have officially withdrawn, stopped attending classes without officially withdrawing, attended another institution during their absence, and/or have served a period of Academic Suspension and who are otherwise eligible may apply for readmission by completing the undergraduate applications for admissions. Re-admit students are not required to pay the application fee again. If, during their absence from UMHB, students attended any other institutions, they must submit official transcripts reflecting such attendance. Students experiencing a disruption in continuous enrollment lasting longer than one academic year must reorganize their respective degree plan under the current catalog.  See additional comments under “Graduation Under a Particular Catalog”.

*Note: For students who plan to switch from transient, audit, non-degree, or just taking courses to a regular, degree-seeking status, the application procedures listed above for transfer students must be completed.  The student's degree program will be determined from the school catalog current at the time of the status change.