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You've made the grades and done your college research. Now is the time to apply for admission and take that first step toward joining the Auburn Family. We're here to help you through the admissions process. We'll guide you through what's required, important deadlines, how to submit your application and more.

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Freshman Admissions Process

Applying for admission is the first step, and we’re here to walk you through the process. Check out the checklist, deadlines and requirements for applying to Auburn, and all you need to know to make applying easy and stress-free. You’ll apply as a freshman applicant if you are a current high school senior or recent high school graduate who has never enrolled in college.

We understand the circumstances of COVID-19 and remain committed to providing a flexible and thoughtful process. Auburn University extended the test-flexible option for first-year students who would start in Fall 2023. Freshman admission is based mainly on your high school courses, grades, and academic rigor. While we encourage students to submit standardized test scores, they are not required to be considered for admission or scholarships.

 

Applying Without a Test Score 

Students who were able to take a standardized test can use their scores for the admissions process as in years past. Applicants with at least a 3.6 GPA and unable to test will be reviewed holistically through our test-optional pathway. Any valedictorian or salutatorian from an accredited Alabama school with 50 or more graduates will also qualify for admission.

Traditional Applicants

Submitted Admission Application.

Paid the $50 non-refundable application fee.*

Official ACT/SAT test scores sent from the testing agency.

Uploaded copy of your high school transcript(s).

 

Test-optional Applicants (students unable to secure a test and have a minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA)

Submitted Admission Application.

Paid the $50 non-refundable application fee.*

Uploaded copy of your high school transcript(s).

 

**Applicants eligible for an ACT/SAT waiver, NACAC fee waiver, or free or reduced lunch program certificates are qualified to receive a fee waiver. To request an application fee waiver, please download and complete the Freshman Fee Waiver Form. For more information on application fee waivers, please contact your admissions advisor.

Admission to Auburn University is competitive. More students apply to Auburn each year than we can admit, and many have strong academic credentials. So simply satisfying the minimum requirements is often not enough to be competitive for admission. When you apply to Auburn, the Admissions staff carefully reviews your academic achievement, and each application is given personal consideration. As a land-grant institution, we understand and embrace our responsibility to serve the citizens of the state of Alabama. We focus on successful applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential for success and can live up to the Auburn Creed.

Middle 50%
The ideal candidate will have achieved an academic GPA at or above our middle 50% GPA, demonstrated academic excellence and participated in challenging coursework during high school. As a guideline, the middle 50% profile for students enrolling in Fall 2020 was:

  • ACT: 25-31
  • SAT:1170-1300
  • Average GPA: 3.94

 

Academic Achievement
Your high school transcript will be the primary criteria for determining academic preparedness. Each freshman applicant must complete the following core curriculum requirements by the end of their high school senior year:

  • Four years English
  • Three years of social studies
  • Three years math including Algebra I and II, and either Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, or Analysis
  • Two years science including Biology and Physical Sciences with Laboratory Component

 

In addition to evaluating core classes, Auburn will consider high school grade point average (GPA), ACT and/or SAT scores, and high school rigor.
Transcript evaluation utilizes a 4.0 scale. (A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D= 1 point, F = 0 points).

 

Holistic Review Factors
We select our freshman class through an evaluation that includes a holistic review of your academic performance. Some factors in our review include:

  • Your 9th-11th grade point average including weighted and unweighted. 
  • Your grades earned in core curriculum courses. 
  • Your planned 12th-grade courses. 
  • Your pattern of grades over time. Marked improvement in academic performance as demonstrated by academic GPA and the quality of coursework completed or in progress. 
  • The number of college preparatory, Advanced, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), honors, gifted and transferable college courses you have completed and your achievement in those courses. 
  • Your academic performance relative to other applicants at your high school and the learning opportunities available in your high school. 
  • Outstanding performance in one or more specific subject areas.

 

Auburn University extended the test-flexible option for first-year students who would start in Fall 2023. Applicants with at least a 3.6 GPA and unable to test will be reviewed holistically through our test-optional pathway. 

Official Test Scores 

Your official test scores are required for a completed application. Official test scores must be submitted directly from the testing agency.

Auburn University School codes are:

  • ACT 0011
  • SAT 1005

 

Superscoring & Score Choice 

Auburn superscores both the SAT and the ACT. Only your best testing result will be used in the review of your application. To ensure accurate superscoring, Auburn does not accept ACT Superscore report. You may use the Score Choice feature of both the SAT and ACT.  Sending all test scores is recommended but not required. No preference is given to the SAT or the ACT. Your superscore will be used for admissions and scholarship consideration. 

Decision Rounds

For Summer and Fall 2023, Admission Decisions will be released in rounds. Early Action Decisions extend from October to January, and regular decisions in March. Early action decisions are non-binding. To be considered you must have a complete application file by the materials received date listed below.

Decision Type Required Materials Received By Decision Released
Early Action September 15, 2022 Mid-October
Early Action October 15, 2022 Mid-November
Early Action December 1, 2022 Mid-January
Regular  February 1, 2023 Early March

 

Dates & Deadlines

August 1, 2022: Application for Summer and Fall 2023 admission available.

October 1, 2022: FASFA* available online at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

November 1, 2022: Scholarship application available through AUSOM.

December 1, 2022: Last Early Action admission deadline. And for scholarship consideration, students should have a complete application file by this date.

January 10, 2023: Test score deadline for scholarship consideration. Updated test scores must be received by this date. 

February 1, 2023: Last day to apply for Summer and Fall 2023 (Freshmen Applicant)

February 1, 2023: General and departmental scholarship deadline and the FAFSA deadline for maximum consideration for need-based scholarships. 

March 1, 2023: Financial Aid priority deadline

Early March: Regular decisions released.

May 1, 2023: Enrollment Deposit deadline. Deadline to accept or decline scholarship offers.

Spring Deadline

July 1, 2022: Application for admission available.
November 1, 2022: Admission Application deadline
December 1, 2022: Enrollment Deposit deadline 

 *The FAFSA is the only form a student is required to complete to be considered for student assistance from any of the Title IV HEA programs, except for information needed to ensure the student’s eligibility for such assistance (e.g., information needed to complete verification or to demonstrate compliance with the student eligibility provisions of the HEA and the regulations). Additional information, if requested, will be listed on the student’s AU Access My Finances page after we receive the results of the FAFSA. For additional information, visit auburn.edu/finaid.

You can submit your admissions application online at auburn.edu/admissions or through the Common Application. Choose the application you're most comfortable with; there's no preference given to either application. We highly encourage you to submit the application you start, filling out both applications may delay your application from being processed. A completed application includes an admissions application, an application fee or fee waiver, your official high school transcript and official ACT/SAT scores.

Official Transcripts 

We encourage all documents to be uploaded in the application or sent electronically through the following services: Parchment, National Clearing House, SCOIR or Scribbles. If you are unable to send documents through these services, don't hesitate to get in touch with your high school counselor, admission advisor or mail the official copy to the address below:

Admission Processing 
1550 East Glenn Ave, Suite 1210 
Auburn, AL 36849

Your Personal Data

The Personal Data that Undergraduate Admissions and the Graduate School collect may be shared internally with academic units, Alumni Affairs and other school officials with a legitimate educational interest. Data may also be shared with third party partners in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that we have contracted with in order to perform services for the institution.

Optional Information

By federal law, the submission of certain information at the time of application for admission is optional. These items include social security number, ethnicity, date of birth and sex. At Auburn University, this information is used for reporting, record keeping and data validation.

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Waiting for admissions decisions is always exciting. Check here for updates on the application process and your status.

 

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Last updated: 06/28/2022