LARAMIE (AP) - The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has approved new admission standards aimed at improving student retention and graduation rates.
The admission standards approved Friday afternoon in Laramie put more emphasis on math, science and foreign language courses taken in high school.
After advocates for fine and performing lobbied strongly to include those courses in the standards, the board added to its standards two more years of subjects that include fine and performing arts, career-technical, humanities and other courses.
The new standards take effect in the fall of 2013 and apply to both resident and nonresident students.
UW officials stress that the school will still accept students who meet the university's unchanged minimum standards. Those students can take advantage of a special program designed to help them succeed in college.