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Academic Admissions Idaho Public Colleges

SOCIAL STUDIES: 5 Credits. American Government, Current Events/Geography, Street Law, U.S. History, Economics, Psychology, and Sociology.

MATHEMATICS: 6 Credits. Applied Math I or Algebra I; Geometry or Applied Math II or III; and Algebra II. A total of 8 credits are strongly recommended. Other courses may include Probability, Discrete Math, Analytic Geometry, Calculus, Statistics and Trigonometry.

NATURAL SCIENCE: 6 Credits. 9th Grade Science, Biology, Chemistry, General Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy & Physiology. A maximum of two (2) credits may be derived from professional-technical science courses and/or Applied Biology, and/or Applied Chemistry as jointly approved by the State Department of Education and the State Department of Professional-Technical Education (a maximum of 2 credits.) At least 4 credits must be met from courses which include a laboratory experience.

HUMANITIES/FOREIGN LANGUAGE: 2 Credits. Literature, Fine Arts, History, Philosophy, Foreign Language and interdisciplinary humanities (related study of two or more of the traditional humanities disciplines.) Foreign language is strongly recommended for all colleges.

OTHER COLLEGE PREPARATION: Speech or Debate, Studio/Performing Arts (Art, Dance, Drama, Music), and additional foreign language. Up to 2 credits of approved professional-technical courses may apply. Consult your high school counselor.

Professional-Technical Admissions Standards

Students seeking Regular Admission (leading to an AAS degree or certificate) to an Idaho technical college must meet the following standards 1. a high school diploma with a minimum 2.0 GPA; 2. placement examination (CPT, ASSET, ACT, COMPASS, or SAT); and 3. satisfactory completion of high school coursework that includes at least the following:

MATHEMATICS: 4 Credits from challenging math sequences. Two credits must be taken in the 12th grade. Recommended: 3 years (6 credits).

NATURAL SCIENCES: 4 Credits including at least four credits of laboratory science from challenging science courses. Recommended: 3 years (6 credits) with 2 years (4 credits) in laboratory sciences.

ENGLISH: 8 Credits English must be taken each semester all four years.

OTHER COLLEGE PREPARATION: Applied technology courses, including Tech Prep sequences and organized work-based learning experiences connected to the school-based curriculum, are strongly recommended.

Each Professional-Technical College establishes specific program requirements (including placement exam scores) that must be met before students can enroll in those programs.

CONDITIONAL ADMISSION: A student who does not meet the established requirements for regular admission may be admitted on conditional status with a high school diploma or GED and a placement exam. (The professional-technical colleges can also help you with your GED.) Contact the professional-technical college admissions office of choice for further information.

Advanced Opportunities Learning Programs 

Students at Idaho colleges and universities may earn college credit for education completed while enrolled in the secondary system.

The College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations: The College Board provides AP exams in a variety of subject areas. The tests are taken while you are still in high school.

Tech Prep: The Tech Prep program allows students to receive technical college credit for a high school professional-technical course (or combination of courses) that has been evaluated and determined to be equivalent to a technical college course. For more information, contact your high school counselor.

The institution you plan to attend may also offer credit based on other criteria. For more information, contact the college or university.


If you plan to participate in college athletics, you must satisfy the NCAA Clearing House 16 core course requirements with a minimum 2.5 GPA. It is recommend that you register with the NCAA Clearing House during your junior year of high school. The fee to register is $75.00. College bound athletes must satisfy the NCAA college core academic requirement in the following courses to be eligible to play college sports.

Math 4 years, English 4 years, Science 2 years, Social Science 2 years, plus 4 additional years comprised of the following: Speech, Lab Science, Humanities, US History, Government, Economics, Health, Careers, Computer, Physical Education, and Foreign Language.

For more information and to register visit or see Mr. Cook in the counseling office

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