Course requirements for all applicants

English Competency Requirement 

Meet one of the following:
  • Four years of high school English (composition/literature based)
  • Minimum test score of 21 on ACT English or 530 on SAT Verbal
  • One transferable three-semester-hour college English composition course 

Mathematics Requirement

Meet one of the following:

  •  Four years of high school courses including one year each of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and an advanced math class for which algebra II is a prerequisite
  • Minimum test score of 24 on ACT Math or 540 on SAT math
  • One transferable three-semester-hour college math course for which at least intermediate algebra is a prerequisite 

Laboratory Science Competency Requirement 

Meet one of the following: 

  • Three years of high school laboratory science, one year each from Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics). An integrated science class may be substituted for one required course.
  • Two years of high school laboratory science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics) plus minimum SAT II subject test score on one of the following: Chemistry-600, Biology –590, Physics-620, or ACT Science 20. (Subject test score may not be from the same subject as either high school credit earned and may be used to satisfy only one laboratory science unit.)
  • Three transferable four-semester-hour college laboratory science courses including one semester each from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics. An integrated laboratory science or an advanced level science may be substituted for one required course.

Social Science Competency Requirements

Meet one of the following from Section A and one from Section B:

Section A 

  • One year of high school American History
  • Minimum Sat II subject test score of 560 on American History/Social Studies
  • One transferable three-semester-hour college American History course

Section B 

  • One year of high school social science (e.g., European History, World History, Economics, Sociology, Geography, Government, Psychology, or Anthropology)
  • Minimum SAT II subject test score of 580 on World History
  • One transferable three-semester-hour college social science course

Second Language Competency Requirement

Meet one of the following:

  • Two years of the same high school second language (Foreign, Native American, and Sign Language)
  • Attainment of minimum score on a national standardized second/foreign language test: AP 3, CLEP 50 or higher, IB 4 or higher, and SAT II must place on the 50 percentile or higher
  • One year of transferable college study in the same second language 

Fine Arts Competency Requirement 

Meet one of the following:

  • One year of high school fine arts or Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • A combination of two semesters of high school fine arts or Career and Technical Education (CTE).
  • One transferable three-semester–hour college fine arts course


  • You are 22 years of age or older when you begin classes at NAU. We will use your overall high school GPA or a combination of high school and any college work for evaluation.
  • You have earned a GED
  • You have completed an associate’s or higher level degree from a regionally accredited post secondary institution with a minimum 2.0 GPA (A= 4.0) if you are an Arizona resident. If you are a nonresident, you must have a minimum GPA of 2.50
  • You have completed the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) with a minimum 2.5 GPA (A=4.0) if you are an Arizona resident and 2.5 GPA (A=4.0) if you are a nonresident.

Home Schooled Students

Home schooled students must provide a high school transcript. 

GED Students

Must submit an official score report from the applicable state department of education and must have a minimum composite score of 50 (taken before 2002) or 500 (taken 2002 and after).