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Conditional Admittance

What is Conditional Admittance?

  • Conditional admittance may be offered to select freshman applicants who do not meet the minimum admissions requirements but show potential for success
  • Applicants with lower cumulative GPAs, academic GPAs, class rank, and/or standardized test scores may be offered conditional admittance
  • Conditional admittance requires that students successfully complete SMART START.


  • SMART START is an intensive course designed to explore key knowledge, skills and attitudes that increase preparedness for the freshman academic experience.
  • Students arrive on campus two weeks before the start of the fall semester in order to take course work designed to build information literacy skills and effective learning strategies.
  • Students also complete preparatory assignments prior to the start of SMART START classes and complete follow-up activities during their first semester.
  • Students earn two elective credits by successfully completing all SMART START requirements.

Benefits for SMART START students

  • Exploration of qualities that correlate with success during the freshman year and beyond
  • Opportunity for self-assessment, goal-setting and planning for change
  • Tips for thriving in an environment that values and encourages academic excellence
  • Access to a personal research coach during the freshman year
  • Ability to move into the residence halls two weeks early

SMART START Schedule 2015

  • Preparatory assignments completed independently prior to the start of the course
  • An orientation to SMART START scheduled the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 9
  • Classes scheduled weekdays Monday, Aug. 10, through Thursday, Aug. 20, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Assigned follow-up activities scheduled during the fall semester


  • Fall full-time tuition charges include the tuition for the SMART START course
  • $175 food service charge for students moving into the residence halls early for SMART START
  • Price of assigned textbooks and materials