First Year Students

New student freshmen are degree seeking applicants with fewer than 14 transferable semester credits from an accredited college or university. On this page, you will find admission requirements for:

New Freshmen from Regionally Accredited High Schools

GED Students

Homeschooled Students

Students from Nonaccredited High Schools


 

New Freshmen from Regionally Accredited High Schools

New freshmen who graduate from a regionally accredited high school and meet all admission requirements in effect for the year they graduated are assured admission to the University of Idaho. New freshmen include:

  • Those enrolling directly from high school.
  • Those enrolling directly from high school who have completed college-level work while in high school.
  • Those who have graduated from high school and have completed fewer than 14 transferable college credits since high school graduation.

Please note: Applicants with fewer than 14 transferable credits completed after high school graduation must also meet transfer GPA requirements as well as high school requirements.

Early admission may be granted based on a sixth or seventh semester high school transcript if it appears that the student will meet admission requirements.

You must submit:

1.    An application for admission.

2.    $40 application fee (nonrefundable).

3.    ACT or SAT test scores. You may request copies of your ACT or SAT scores. If your ACT or SAT scores are on your school transcript, you do not need to have them sent separately.

4.    Official high school transcript showing graduation date. If you have not yet graduated from high school, a transcript showing all completed work may be accepted for early admission. We have a form you may use to request your transcript.

5.    Official transcripts from any colleges or universities attended. We have a form you may use to request your transcript(s).


Academic requirements:

  • Applicants with 14 or more transferable college semester credits must meet the admission requirements for new transfers.

If you do not meet the published criteria for admission at the time of review, you may apply to the Admissions Committee for consideration.

GED Students

New freshmen who have completed their GED instead of graduating from an accredited high school AND have fewer than 14 semester credits of transferable college work since obtaining their GED will have their application for admission referred to the Admissions Committee for a decision. You must submit.

  • $40 application fee (nonrefundable). 
  • ACT or SAT test scores. You may request copies of your ACT or SAT scores. If your ACT or SAT scores are on your school transcript, you do not need to have them sent separately.
  • A copy of the GED test results.
  • Official high school transcript showing the work which was completed. (Note: high school transcripts are required from any high school attended even though the student did not graduate.) We have a form you may use to request your transcript.
  • Official transcripts from any colleges or universities attended. We have a form you may use to request your transcript(s).
  • Three signed letters of recommendation from individuals who know of, and can attest to, the student's academic ability.
  • A written statement from the student which includes the student's goals, educational and/or professional objectives, an explanation of past academic performance, information and/or documentation regarding any extenuating circumstances, and any other information the student wishes to have considered.


Please note:  Applicants who have earned 14 or more transferable college semester credits since obtaining their GED must meet the admission requirements for
new transfers.

Homeschooled Students

New freshmen who have been homeschooled either partially or completely for grades 9-12 will have their application for admission referred to the Admissions Committee for a decision.

You must submit:

  • $40 application fee (nonrefundable). 
  • ACT or SAT test scores. You may request copies of your ACT or SAT scores. If your ACT or SAT scores are on your secondary school transcript, you do not need to have them sent separately.
  •  Homeschool transcript or a description of your educational background including subjects studied.
  • Official transcripts from any secondary school attended prior to or in addition to homeschooling. We have a form you may use to request your transcript.
  • A copy of the GED test results or a letter asking for a waiver of the GED requirement.
  • Official transcripts from any colleges or universities attended. We have a form you may use to request your transcript(s).
  • Three signed letters of recommendation from individuals who know of, and can attest to, the student's academic ability.
  • A written statement from the student which includes the student's goals, educational and/or professional objectives, an explanation of past academic performance, information and/or documentation regarding any extenuating circumstances, and anything else the committee might find useful when reviewing your file.
  • Applicants with 14 or more transferable college semester credits must meet the admission requirements for new transfers.

 

Students from Nonaccredited High Schools

New freshmen who graduate from nonaccredited high schools, i.e. high schools without accreditation from a regional accrediting agency such as the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, will have their application for admission referred to the Admissions Committee for a decision.

You must submit:

  • An application for admission.
  • $40 application fee (nonrefundable). 
  • ACT or SAT test scores. You may request copies of your ACT or SAT scores. If your ACT or SAT scores are on your school transcript, you do not need to have them sent separately.
  • Official high school transcript. We have a form you may use to request your transcript.
  • A copy of the GED test results or a letter asking for a waiver of the GED requirement.
  • Official transcripts from any colleges or universities attended. We have a form you may use to request your transcript(s).
  • Three signed letters of recommendation from individuals who know of, and can attest to, the student's academic ability.
  • A written statement from the student which includes the student's goals, educational and/or professional objectives, an explanation of past academic performance, information and/or documentation regarding any extenuating circumstances, and anything else the committee might find useful when reviewing your file.

Applicants with 14 or more transferable college semester credits must meet the admission requirements for new transfers.