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Question #27754 posted on 08/08/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am doing a running start program where I will get my 2 year transfer degree. I have about a 3.7 GPA and I got a 23 on the ACT (but I planning to retake it). Will I be able to get into BYU w/o going to the summer term? And How high does my GPA and ACT schore have to be?

- trying to become a cougar

A: Dear trying to become a cougar,

It's hard to give you concrete, 100% for sure information as we are neither the admissions office or on said committee that makes those decisions. Although we can give you some idea on what is looked at in the process.

There are two types of transfer applicants.

1. Students with less than 30 college credit hours
2. Students with more than 30 college credit hours.

According to if you fall under the first type "High school transcripts, ACT score, and college transcripts are required for admission and scholarship purposes." If you fall under the second type "College transcripts (not high school transcripts or ACT) are required for admission and scholarship purposes. Credit earned through Advanced Placement or other special exams will not used in calculating the 30 semester hours."

I take it that your two year degree is in fact an Associates Degree. If that is the case, you fall under the second group and only your GPA will be looked at for admission. So if you don't want to take the ACT again it doesn't look like you have to. The page listed above notes this about GPA: "Earn a transfer GPA above the B+ range. The higher your transfer GPA is, the more likely you are to be admitted." So with a 3.7 GPA you are looking in good shape.

If you have any other questions, contact the Admissions Office at (801) 422-2507.

Good luck!