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Prospective First Year Students

This is certainly an exciting time - the next chapter in your educational and personal development lies ahead, with all of the opportunities and challenges that will help you become a strong and passionate leader, a critical and analytical thinker, and an active and engaged citizen in a global community. As our world becomes smaller and, at the same time, more complex, Human Ecology faculty and staff strive to educate and train our students to make a difference.

We hope the following information will help you get organized and feel more comfortable about the admissions process.  You can also flip through the Human Ecology Viewbook or request that one be sent to you.

Perhaps one of the most important steps to take is to create a moment to reflect and learn more about yourself - your strengths and weaknesses, what engages you, what environments will stretch you.  A college search is not just a way to find an undergraduate education, but a way to find an undergraduate experience.  Knowing yourself will help you consider your choices.

Why the College of Human Ecology?
  • Small college with the resources and benefits of a large Ivy League institution

  • Collection of unique academic programs, unmatched in their areas for quality, depth and opportunity

  • Majors relate to contemporary issues, are adaptable and highly interdisciplinary

  • Establish a strong liberal arts foundation that supports career specific preparation

  • Students develop deep analytical skills, are self-directed yet team-oriented, and appreciate the world as complex, multicultural and dynamic.

First-Year Selection Factors

The College of Human Ecology practices selective admissions, but know that earning a place in Human Ecology is about more than just numbers. We thoroughly review and carefully consider every application we receive to understand what makes you an individual and what you will bring to the college and university communities.

We often receive questions from prospective students and their families about our minimum/average SAT score or GPA, how many activities they should have on their resume, and how many letters of recommendation they should submit. There is no formula used in the selection process.

Successful candidates demonstrate strong academic performance in challenging courses, with math and science in their curriculum throughout their high school career. Approximately 90 percent of our freshmen candidates rank in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

We are especially interested in the connection between a student's aspirations and academic interests and the college's mission. We also consider the full range of a student's talents and life experiences. Students who have successfully balanced school and community engagement are of interest to us.

Your essays matter. The committee looks for evidence of a student's ability to clearly and compellingly articulate an academic and personal match with the college. Essays should reveal, not just report, something about the applicant.

Please consider our First Year Application Tips as you prepare to submit your application.

Students who are not accepted as freshmen might consider transferring to the College of Human Ecology as sophomores or juniors.