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Admissions Requirements

The Admissions Committee places emphasis on the quality of the preparatory work of each applicant.  Students are admitted for a full academic year, including both the Fall and Spring terms. 
 

To be considered for Admission, an applicant must submit:

  • A complete application 
  • Application fee 
  • Official copy of all high school transcripts
  • Standardized test scores, either SAT or ACT 
     

Students may also elect to submit a personal statement, letter(s) of recommendation, a resume and/or other documentation that supports the student’s application. These additional items are not required of all applicants, though Dental Hygiene and Nursing applicants should read below for requirements specific to those programs. Nevertheless, all applicants are strongly encouraged to submit any additional documentation that they believe will assist the Admissions Committee in determining their eligibility for admission.

HIGH SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS 


An applicant should be a graduate of a regionally accredited secondary school and should present sixteen acceptable units of academic work, including: 

  • Four units in English
  • Three units in Mathematics
  • Two units in a lab science 
  • Two units in the social sciences
  • Five electives

An applicant who has not satisfied the distribution of college requirements but has presented convincing evidence of the quality of his/her high school work, may be admitted upon the determination of the Admissions Committee that the student is prepared for university level study.

STANDARDIZED TEST EQUIPTMENT


An applicant must submit a copy of their official SAT or ACT scores. Students may request that the testing program send the scores directly to the University. Test scores will also be accepted if submitted by the student’s high school guidance counselor. This requirement is waived for freshmen applicants who graduated from high school more than five years prior to the date of their application.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Administered by the College Board. Scored on a scale of 200-800 for each part: reading/writing and math. Score requirements vary depending on major.

American College Testing (ACT)
Administered by the American College Testing Program. Scored on a scale of 1-36. Scores for English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning, and Composite. Score requirements vary depending on major.

 

Students who completed most or all of their high school study in a foreign language, must also submit proof of English Language proficiency. This may be obtained with a minimum SAT Reading and Writing score of 450 or by taking the TOEFL or IELTS and meeting the requirements below.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Administered by Educational Testing Service. Scored on a scale of 0-30 for each part: Listening, Structure, Reading, and Writing. A student must score above a 75 to satisfactorily demonstrate English language proficiency.

International English language Testing System (IELTS)
Administered by the British Council, IDP and Cambridge English language Assessment. Scored on a scale of 0-9. There are four parts: Listening, Reading Writing and Speaking. A student must score above a 6.0 to satisfactorily demonstrate English language proficiency.

Should a student be unable to enter the University during the term for which admission is granted, the offer of acceptance will remain open for one calendar year. Students must notify the Office of Admissions if it is their intention to defer their enrollment.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIFIC MAJORS


 

In addition to completing the application for admission, students applying to the School of Nursing must read, review and complete:

  • Currently attend a regionally accredited secondary school
  • Upon graduation will have completed four years of English, two years of Math, one year of College Prep Chemistry with a laboratory, one year of College Prep Biology with a laboratory and courses in social studies
  • An overall “B” is recommended (a GPA of 3.0 or higher)

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In addition to completing the application for admission, students applying to the Fones School of Dental Hygiene must read, review and complete the Dental Hygiene Requirements and Recommendation Form.

Freshmen applicants must have attended a regionally accredited secondary school and have either completed, or be in the process of completing: 

  • Four years of English
  • Two years of Math 
  • One year of College Prep Chemistry with a laboratory
  • One year of College Prep Biology with a laboratory 
  • [number] courses in social studies

 

An overall average of a B is recommended (a GPA of 3.0 or higher).

 

All freshmen applicants must also take the SAT or the ACT. Scores should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Most successful applicants have a composite SAT score of at least 900 (450 reading and writing, 450 math). Freshmen candidates will be given consideration to the Pre-Dental Hygiene program only.

A portfolio review is encouraged, but not required, of candidates for the design programs. The portfolio plays a role in assessing the abilities of the student. The student applicant may personally submit a portfolio to the school at an interview, or send the portfolio, slides, Macintosh-compatible CD, or flash drive through the mail with return and contact information included. Applicants should call the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at (203) 576-4222 or (203) 576-4034 to schedule an appointment or to make arrangements to submit the portfolio by mail. 

Prospective music majors are encouraged to contact Dr. Martignetti, the program director, at music@bridgeport.edu or (203) 576-4407 for more information or to arrange a campus visit. The Music Business program does not require an audition. Auditions are encouraged for the Music Education program, and are required for admission to the Music Performance program.

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