Henderson revises admission standards for fall

Henderson State University has revised its admission standards for the fall 2020 semester due to recent events associated with COVID-19. ACT and SAT scores for admission will be temporarily waived for admission and scholarship purposes.

Henderson State will now accept Next Generation ACCUPLACER scores. These scores, in combination with high school GPA, will be used for both admission and scholarship purposes.

“We realize that many students intended to take or retake the ACT or SAT exam in April and June,” said Dr. Brandie Benton, Associate Provost for Enrollment Services & Admissions. “To ensure that these students still have an opportunity to enroll at Henderson State, in addition to ACT and SAT scores, we are accepting ACCUPLACER scores.”

The ACCUPLACER is a College Board exam that has been used successfully in combination with factors such as high school GPA to assess student preparedness for postsecondary education and to inform college placement decisions. 

Henderson State’s Testing Center is waiving all test fees associated with the ACCUPLACER exam. The exam is being offered remotely, which means students can take the exam from home through a proctored system.

ACCUPLACER test scores are also being accepted by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADHE) to determine student eligibility for the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship. Students who earn an average score of 246 (an equivalent of an ACT composite score of 19) on their ACCUPLACER exams will qualify if they have earned a 2.5 cumulative GPA on their high school transcripts. 

An equivalency table is available on the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship website.

Henderson State has also established a new Live Reddie scholarship for students who earn an average score of 246 on the ACCUPLACER and a minimum high school GPA of 2.5. This scholarship is valued at $1,000 annually or $500 per semester. 

“We understand that many students and families are facing financial hardship due to Covid-19, so we established this scholarship to help make tuition at HSU more affordable for those families impacted by the current pandemic,” Benton said.

To qualify for admission and a Live Reddie scholarship, students must submit their final high school transcript with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and take all three required ACCUPLACER exams and earn an average score of 246. Students must take the Sentence Skills, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning ACCUPLACER exams.

Test scores and transcripts must be received by the Admissions Office prior to June 30, 2020.

To take the ACCUPLACER exam remotely through Henderson State, students must complete the registration form at https://tinyurl.com/y8jxosuj.