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Missouri Academy

Admission Requirements for Domestic Students in Public or Non-Public Schools

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Missouri Academy is not accepting applications.

The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing – a two-year accelerated, early-entrance-to-college residential program for academically-talented students on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University – will end its operations at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 academic year, the University has announced. Read the full announcement »


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All domestic students, whether they live in Missouri or in other states, are expected to complete a Missouri Academy Application Form.  For admission purposes, a domestic student is either a US citizen or US Permanent Resident (with a green card) – who may reside in Missouri or anywhere else.  The deadline for submission of all application material for domestic students is March 15. Typically, prospective students apply to the Missouri Academy during their sophomore year (10th grade) in high school, although younger students have been admitted in the past. The Missouri Academy program takes the place of a student's 11th and 12th grade years of traditional high school. Students are expected to have a strong foundation in Algebra II and Geometry before enrolling, but the Missouri Academy Admissions Committee looks at the overall picture of a student's academic performance by considering the following:

  1. Cumulative GPA for courses taken in 9th and 10th grades (minimum re-calculated GPA of 3.5; the GPA is re- calculated including only core subjects such as mathematics, science, social sciences and English/Language Arts, based on official transcript)

  2. Standardized scores: ACT scores (minimum 23 composite, 24 mathematics) or SAT scores (minimum 1060 total, 560 mathematics, 500 critical reading)

  3. Class Rank (the Missouri Academy is generally looking for students in the top 10%)

  4. Teacher evaluations (evaluation from the mathematics, science and English teachers)

  5. Student Essay (the essay must reflect the effort of the student alone)

  6. Official student disciplinary record from school

Because the Missouri Academy is committed to the principles of Integrity and Quality (IQ), the student's character is an important consideration during the selection process. Thus, the Missouri Academy will not only strive to obtain an overall assessment of a student's interest/abilities in science and mathematics, but also assessment of a student's character – the student’s character and behavior are expected to contribute positively to the living and learning environment at the Missouri Academy.

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