ABOR Course Competencies
All first-year and transfer applicants under age 22 must satisfactorily complete the Arizona Board of Regents’ course work competencies. *Refer to the table below for the course work competency requirements and for specific scores and/or courses needed. SAT/ACT scores are not required for general admission to the University, merit scholarship eligibility, or admission to our more selective programs such as the Honors College. If a student chooses to submit official SAT/ACT scores, they may be used to assist with class placement at orientation or to help fulfill Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) course competencies as shown below.
|High School Competency Requirements|
|Subject areas||Arizona Board of Regents' requirements||or ACT scores||or SAT score||or College course work to make up deficiencies|
|English Composition Literature
composition or literature
|English sub score of 21 or above||
SAT Reasoning Test:
|One 3-credit English course|
Advanced Math for which Algebra II is a prerequisite
|Math sub score of 24 or above||SAT Reasoning Test:
Math score of 540 or above pre-March 2016; or 570 or above March 2016 or later
|One 3-credit course at the college algebra level or higher|
|One unit from any three of the following: biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, integrated lab science (may include advanced study in one area)||Natural science sub score of 20 or above
(Test scores may be used to demonstrate competency in one (1) science only)
|SAT Subject Test scores:
chemistry—600 or above;
biology—590 or above;
physics—620 or above
|Three 4-credit lab science courses (only two may be in the same field)|
|One unit of American history; one additional unit from: (European/world history, economics, sociology, geography, government, psychology, anthropology)||Equivalent not available||SAT Subject Test scores:
American history/social studies: 560 or above;
580 or above
|One 3-credit American history course and one 3-credit social science course|
|Two units of the same language||Attain a minimum score on a national standardized language test, such as AP or CLEP Examination scores; or earn certified placement into third college-level semester of higher based on an exam given by an accredited institution of higher education; or other forms of verification are available, please call 520.621.3237||One year of study in the same language; includes American Sign Language|
or CTE Course
|One unit of fine arts or any combination of two semesters of high school fine arts||N/A||N/A||One 3-credit fine arts class|
|Career & Technical Education (CTE) Courses 1 unit/year or Fine Arts Course||Any unit of CTE or any combination of two semesters in the same CTE program (approved by the Arizona Dept. of Education)||N/A||N/A||one 3-credit CTE course (approved by the Arizona Dept. of Education)|
To make up any course work deficiencies with transferable college courses, see the right-hand column in the table. If you have met a subject area in high school, you do not need to satisfy college course work requirements in that area for admission purposes.
Applicants must have an un-weighted overall grade point average of 2.0 (A=4.0) in each subject area and may not have more than two deficiencies. Students may not have deficiencies in both math and laboratory science or in the same subject area.
*Academic aptitude as demonstrated by course work competency requirements is one of many factors considered in the review of an application.