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New MA Board of Higher Education Guidelines

New Admission Standards for MA Public Universities:
The MA Board of Higher Education (BHE) adopted new mathematics and science standards for admission to UMass and the state's public universities to better align admission standards with MassCore and ensure that students are prepared for college level work. To be eligible for admission to UMass and the state's four-year public higher education institutions, students will need: (1) Four years of high school math, including in their senior year, beginning with the college freshman class entering fall 2016; and (2) Three years of lab-based science, including the natural/physical sciences or technology courses, beginning with the college freshmen entering fall 2017. Also, effective immediately, students can now count college preparatory technology/engineering coursework as science. For more info, visit the Department of Higher Education's website at