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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.
Auburn University is a test-preferred institution; we recommend that students take and submit official ACT and SAT scores for admissions. 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
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.
For Summer and Fall 2024, Admission Decisions will be released in rounds. Early Action Decisions include rounds 1-4. For scholarship consideration, you must have a complete applicant file by any of the early action decision round. Regular decision deadline is February 1. 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|
|Round 1||September 15, 2023||Mid-October|
|Round 2||October 15, 2023||Mid-November|
|Round 3||November 15, 2023||Mid-December|
|Early Action Round 4||December 1, 2023||Early-February|
|Regular||February 1, 2024||Early March|
To be considered for an admission decision, you must have a complete application file consisting of the items below:
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).
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.
**Starting Fall 2024, Auburn University will accept the ACT Superscore Report. Auburn will calculate a superscore for the SAT and any individual score reports from ACT. Only your best testing result will be used for admissions and scholarship consideration.
***If your GPA is not on a 4-point weighted scale or on a 100 pt scale, Auburn will recalculate your GPA. If the recalculated GPA is less than a 3.6 GPA, official test scores will be required to receive an admissions decision.
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.
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 2022 was:
- ACT: 23-30 (Alabama Resident)
- ACT: 27-31 (Non-Resident)
- SAT:1160-1370 (Alabama Resident)
- SAT: 1240-1370 (Non-Resident)
- GPA: 3.85-4.31
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).
Early Action - Preliminary Academic Review
We select our freshman class through an evaluation that includes a preliminary academic review of an applicant’s academic performance. Our initial review focuses on the rigor of classes, GPA, and test scores as well as a deeper dive into a whole student. We consider the mix of in-state and out-of-state students and as a land-grant institution, our mission is to serve Alabama residents. Academic factors in our review include:
- ACT or SAT test scores for students applying with a test score.
- Your 9th-11th grade point average including weighted and unweighted.
- Grades earned in core curriculum courses.
- Planned 12th-grade courses.
- 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 completed and achievement in those courses.
- Academic performance relative to other applicants at their high school and the learning opportunities available in their high school.
- Outstanding performance in one or more specific subject areas.
- Academic area of interest.
Optional Supporting Statement & Secondary Review for Deferred and Regular Decision Applicants
The Fall 2024 secondary review includes an optional Supporting Statement. This is an opportunity for applicants to submit additional information to be considered during the admissions review. The optional supporting statement can provide more information about the applicant’s experiences, give context for academic history and preparedness or interest in the listed academic major. This information will be used to better understand the applicant, their grade trends and class choice on the high school transcript, testing information, the applicant’s interest in or preparedness in a particular field of study, or their interest in Auburn University as it relates to their field of study and goals upon graduation. The optional supporting statement is limited to 150 words, taken into consideration with academic preparedness, and is not the defining reason for admission or financial aid awards.
Auburn University extended the test-flexible option for first-year students who would start in Fall 2024. 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
Starting Fall 2024, Auburn University will accept the ACT Superscore Report. Auburn will calculate a superscore for the SAT and any individual score reports from ACT. Only your best testing result will be used for admissions and scholarship consideration.
Dates & Deadlines
Below are important dates and deadlines for undergraduate admissions.
August 15, 2023: Admission application available.
September 15, 2023- Early Action Admission Round 1
Mid-October decision released.
October 15, 2023- Early Action Admission Round 2
Mid-November decision released.
November 1, 2023- AUSOM Scholarship application available for admitted students.
November 15, 2023 - Early Action Admission Round 3
Mid-December decision released.
Mid-November – Begin awarding Merit Scholarships awards to accepted students
Official ACT/SAT required for merit scholarship consideration.
December 1, 2023 – Final Early Action Admission Deadline
Must have complete applicant file by this date for scholarship consideration. Early-February decision released.
December - FAFSA* available at studentaid.gov/fafsa
January 10, 2024 -ACT/ SAT Test Score Received deadline
All official test scores must be received by Auburn for scholarship consideration.
February 1, 2024- Regular Admission Deadline
Early March decision released.
February 15, 2024 - Scholarship Application deadline and FAFSA received deadline for need-based scholarships
March - FAFSA Priority Deadline for all financial aid
May 1, 2024 - Enrollment deposit deadline and Scholarship Awarded Response deadline
July 1, 2023: Application for admission available.
November 1, 2023: Admission Application deadline
December 1, 2023: 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 file includes a submitted admissions application, an application fee or fee waiver, your high school transcript and official ACT/SAT scores.
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:
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.
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.
All applicants for admission to Auburn University are required to disclose on the admission application prior criminal conduct and prior educational misconduct. The University reviews all applications in which a student discloses misconduct at an educational institution and/or in which a student discloses prior criminal conduct to determine whether the admission of the applicant is in the best interest of the University. Affirmative disclosures do not result in automatic denial of admission.
Applicants who fail to give complete and accurate responses to the conduct section of the admission application may be subject to denial of admission, or if already admitted, may be subject to rescission of admission.
New and returning applications for admission to Auburn University indicating a record of previous misconduct at an educational institution or criminal conduct will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the University’s Disclosure Review Committee.
Applicants will be required to provide additional information to the University for consideration. This information may include but is not limited to, copies of criminal disposition records, background checks and screenings, and educational and disciplinary records. Applicants may also be asked to provide information releases. All information requested from the applicant must be received by the University at least 30 days in advance of the first day of the semester. The committee reviews applicants whose files are complete and meet all other admissions criteria. The University shall make a determination within 45 days of the receipt of all requested information.
The University may deny an applicant admission if, upon review of all available information, it is determined that denial of admission or re-admission of the applicant is in the best interest of the University.
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