In an effort to retain students at the university from freshman to sophomore year and keep up with other top colleges in the country, the University of Wyoming is considering raising its admission standards.
The changes would put curriculum in-line with the Hathaway Success Curriculum approved by the state legislature which requires four years of English, Math and Science, three years of Social Studies, and two years of the same foreign language. Current admission standards require a 2.75 GPA and a minimum ACT score of 19. New standards would require a 3.0 and ACT of 21. Students not meeting these standards would still be admitted to UW but would be given extra support.
While not completely opposed to the changes, some educators say requiring more math, science and foreign language reduces class hours in a day state high schools have to offer other electives.
UW officials say the changes come largely from data-driven studies that show ACT scores as a strong indicator for college readiness. UW is also looking for ways to get students who need it into Synergy programs - or freshman-level courses for those that may not be ready for some college classes.
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