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Incoming Freshman

We are excite that you are considering Leighton University as your next destination in your “preparation for  the future" (Ad Vitam Paramus!). If you are a student who is a senior in high school, graduating soon, or if you are a student who has recently graduated and who has not enrolled in another college or university after high school graduation, you should apply for freshman admission.

First-Time Freshman Admissions Requirements 

A First-Time Freshman has no previous college enrollment after high school. To be considered for admission, First-Time Freshman applicants must:

Admission Requirements

    • Completed Online admissions application accessible at
    • Official high school transcript or GED certificate and copy of GED Scores
    • Standardized Test Scores (SAT/ACT)  (If a student attended more than one high school, both transcripts are needed)
    • Two letters of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor
    • Optional personal essay

High School Curriculum Requirements

    • Students must have a High School GPA of 2.0 or Higher
    • Standardized Test Scores (ACT/SAT)
    • Letters of recommendation from teacher or guidance counselor

Subject area requirements (18 units)

    • English – 4 Units
    • Math – 4 Units (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or other)
    • Science – 3 Units (Biology, Physical Science, Physics, or Chemistry or other. One must be a Lab Science)
    • Social Science – 2 Units (Government, Civics, US History and World History)
    • Foreign Language – 2 Units (Of the Same Language)
    • Academic Electives – 3 Units

Placement Test

Based on a student’s major and previous college coursework, you may be required to take placement tests.

*Standardized Tests – All students must provide a set of standardized exam result (typically the ACT and/or SAT) in support of their application for admission. Standardized exam results are considered valid only if they were completed within 5 calendar years of the term for which a student plans to enroll. The University also uses the ACT or SAT sub-scores to determine placement levels in certain areas. Be sure to submit all standardized exam results with your application for admission. There is no score that alone will guarantee admission.