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College Entrance Requirements

male high school graduate It is essential that students who intend to pursue a college degree are aware of college requirements. Each student should carefully examine the specific requirements and recommendations found in current college catalogs and specific college websites.  Students interested in pursuing a college degree should meet with their high school guidance counselor frequently and should carefully research the specific requirements and recommendations essential for entrance to the college or university of choice.  Competitive universities recommend a well-rounded and rigorous curriculum. Colleges and universities look at student’s class rank (refer to Grade Point Average chart, p. 18).  The student’s course of study should include elective courses that will enhance leadership experiences and lead to attainment of current and future educational goals. Additionally, students should gain leadership experience through participation in extracurricular activities. Community service is also essential for scholarship consideration.  The ACT or SAT examination is required for admission to four-year institutions. In addition, some scholarships require the ACT or SAT score for financial assistance. 

Additional college and university considerations: 
  • Rigorous courses have additional value for acceptance. 
  • Additional course work for admissions may be required. 
  • Dual enrollment through the Maricopa Community College District and AP courses are recognized differently. 
  • ACT or SAT must be taken prior to graduation. 

To qualify for Assured Admittance to a state university in Arizona a student must meet one or more of the following criteria: 
  • Have a 3.0 (B) minimum grade point average in competency courses.* 
  • Rank in the top 25% of his/her high school class. 
  • Achieve a minimum SAT 1 score of 1040. 
  • Achieve a minimum ACT score of 22. 

In addition, students must have no deficiencies in the required core competency areas. 

To be considered for admission to a state university in Arizona students must: 
  • Have a 2.5 (C) minimum grade point average in competency courses* or rank in the top 50% of their high school class. 
  • No more than one deficiency in two areas, except both not in mathematics and laboratory sciences. 
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 for each competency area. 

*The GPA is calculated using only the 16 core courses. 

Competency Courses: 
  • 4 units of English (English I, II, III, IV) 
  • 4 units of mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Math for which Algebra II is a pre-requisite) 
  • 3 units of laboratory science (one unit in at least three of the four areas - Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth science. An integrated lab science course may be allowed for one (1) of the three (3) required courses. An advanced level course in the last two years can be used for a third unit) 
  • 2 units social science (Dysart requires 3 units) - at least one unit in American History 
  • 2 units of the same foreign language 
  • 1 unit of fine arts or any combination of 2 semesters of fine arts

Testing Schedule:
The Dysart Unified School District provides the following testing schedule to allow students the opportunity to participate in career exploration, college entrance, and military and individual goal attainment. 

  • AIMS (Science)

  • PSAT 

  • ACT/SAT 
  • ASVAB 

  • ACT/SAT 
  • ASVAB