Education Commission of the States researched statewide admissions policies in all states to provide this comprehensive resource. Click on the questions below for 50-state comparisons showing how all states approach specific statewide admissions policies. Or, choose to view a specific state’s approach by going to the individual state profiles page.
- Twenty-nine states currently have either a statewide or systemwide admissions policy for four-year public institutions.
- Twenty-seven states’ admissions policies provides alternative opportunities for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards.
- Nine states have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy for high school students who meet certain criteria.
- All data points for all states
- Common statewide admissions policy? Which body governs the policy?
- Does the policy include multiple measures to determine college readiness? Elements reflected in admissions policy (Assessments; Class rank; GPA; High school coursework; Index)
- Are alternative opportunities available for students who do not meet minimum admissions standards? What are the alternative opportunities?
- Does the state have a guaranteed or automatic admissions policy? Description of guaranteed or automatic admissions policy
PUBLISHED: February 15, 2017
RESOURCE TYPE: 50-State Comparison