Admission 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:

  • An application for admission through our online application portal or through the Common Application
  • An official copy of all high school transcripts
  • Test optional*

* SAT or ACT scores are optional except for a few specialized programs. Students applying as test-optional are required to submit a personal essay. Ask your counselor for more information.

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. 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, maybe admitted upon the determination of the Admissions Committee that the student is prepared for university-level study.

Standardized tests

Students that elect to submit SAT or ACT scores 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.

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.

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.

Students who completed most or all of their high school studies 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.

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.

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 75 to satisfactorily demonstrate English language proficiency.

University of Bridgeport offers transfer credits for students taking the AP, IB and CLEP exams. See what UB classes you will receive credit for based on your scores.

Additional requirements for specific majors

In addition to completing the application for admission, students should review the specific requirements for their desired program of study.

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