Academic & Student Affairs Handbook

Procedural guide for implementing BoR policies related to Academic Affairs

3.2.5 Freshman Index (FI)

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The BoR has set minimum scores for each sector. With permission, institutions can require higher FI requirements; or they can use a combination of test scores, HSGPA, and FI as their admission standards. Following are the FI requirements for regular freshman admissions and limited freshman admissions by sector.

Freshman Index (FI) Combination of High School GPA and SAT or ACT Scores
Sector Requirements for Regular Freshman Admissions Requirements for Limited Freshman Admissions
Research Universities FI must be greater than or equal to 2500
SAT must be at least 430 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 400 on Math ACT must be 17 on English and Math
FI must be greater than or equal to 2020
SAT must be at least 430 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 400 on Math
ACT must be 17 on English and Math
Regional Universities FI must be greater than or equal to 2040
SAT must be at least 430 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 400 on Math
ACT must be 17 on English and Math
FI must be greater than or equal to 1830
SAT must be at least 430 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 400 on Math
ACT must be 17 on English and Math
State Universities FI must be greater than or equal to 1940
SAT must be at least 430 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 400 on Math
ACT must be 17 on English and Math
FI must be greater than or equal to 1790
SAT must be at least 430 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 400 on Math
ACT must be 17 on English and Math
State Colleges (baccalaureate programs only) FI must be greater than or equal to 1830
SAT I must be at least 330 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 310 on Math
ACT must be 12 on English and 14 on Math
SAT I must be at least 330 on Verbal/Critical Reading and 310 on Math
ACT must be 12 on English and 14 on Math
All LS requirements apply, and any RHSC deficiencies must be made up.

FI for Two-year Institutions
As part of the Pilot Admissions Project, the FI was waived for students seeking admission to two-year institutions. The FI is required for State Colleges that reinstate test scores as an admissions requirement for baccalaureate programs.

Calculation of Freshman Index
The FI report is calculated only on the high school curriculum units required for all students. If a student takes more than the required number of courses in any one area, the best grades may be used in the calculation of the HSGPA (instead of the first courses taken that satisfy the requirement). If a student takes two years each of two foreign languages, the language in which the student had the best grades would be counted.

The HSGPA for the FI report is the sum of all quality points divided by the number of courses, rounded to two decimal places, and with a maximum value not to exceed 4.0.

If the student has taken the SAT or ACT more than once, the highest verbal/critical reading and highest mathematics scores may be used to calculate the FI. Students must use verbal/critical reading and math scores from the SAT, OR verbal/critical reading and math scores from the ACT; students may not use a combination of SAT and ACT scores to meet minimum requirements.

The comparable score tables from a joint study by ACT, ETS, and the College Board should be used for institutional admissions criteria above the USG minimum scores. See Appendix C, ACT/SAT Concordance Tables.


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