Requirements for First Year (Freshman) Students

First-year candidates are required to have an official high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores sent tothe Office of Admissions. Admissions criteria include a minimum of sixteen (16) Carnegie Units and demonstration of good academic ability. Your transcript must show the following courses:


  • English (4 units): composition, literature
  • Mathematics (3 units): algebra I, geometry, algebra II
  • Laboratory Science (2 units): biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, anatomy/physiology
  • Social Science (2 units): American history, world history, political science 
  • Additional (5 units): college preparatory subjects, literature, advanced math, foreign language, social sciences

Certain departments have specific requirements beyond those listed above. Students who plan to major in mathematics or the sciences are expected to have taken more than the minimum courses in those areas. Nursing students need a full year of both biology and chemistry.


First-year candidates must have taken the SAT or the ACT (American College Test) and have had their scores sent directly from the testing service to William Paterson University. Our codes are 2518 for the SAT and 2584 for the ACT.


An entering student who presents an outstanding score on an appropriate College Board achievement test or who demonstrates advanced standing qualifications by other acceptable evidence may, with proper approval, enroll in an advanced course. Follow this link for particular courses and test equivalencies.


Students who possess a General Educational Development Diploma (GED) may be considered for admission.  SAT/ACT scores may be required depending on the overall GED score received.  Students who are not high school graduates and are seeking GED preparation are encouraged to contact their local board of education, community college or adult education centers to learn about and sign up for the GED.


Art Majors »
Additional requirements for prospective art students.

Music Majors »
Additional requirements for prospectivemusic students.

Nursing Majors »
Additional requirements for prospective nursing students.

International Student Admissions »
Additional requirements for prospectiveinternational students.

EOF Student Admissions »

Additional requirements for prospective EOF students.