Course and Performance Requirements

Students who are offered a contract during the academic year must complete the curriculum outlined below to guarantee their admission to UMass Boston. To be eligible, students must complete 17 academic-year-long courses in specific subject areas. Students must maintain a 2.75 grade-point average or better in all of these courses in the following distribution:

  • 4 courses in English
  • 4 courses in mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry or Trigonometry or comparable coursework) including mathematics during the final year of high school
  • 3 courses in science (at least 2 lab science courses)
  • 2 courses in foreign language (in a single language)*
  • 2 courses in social science
  • 2 elective courses chosen from the above subjects or from the arts and humanities or computer sciences

*English Language Learners (ELLs) may:

a) Substitute up to two electives for the two required foreign language courses; and

b) Substitute up to two English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for English courses.

Students should discuss with the AGP supervisor or their guidance counselor which courses at their high school meet these requirements.

Testing and Application Requirements

Students must take and submit the results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and as well as their high school records. Students who are not native English speakers must also take and submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL score will be used to evaluate these students instead of their SAT English score. The University requires a minimum combined SAT score of 800 in the Critical Reading and Math sections. Students who need financial assistance are encouraged to complete the Massachusetts Financial Aid Form and the Free Application For Federal Student Aid Form by January 31 of their senior year.

Interested students not enrolled in courses that meet the program requirements will be advised to make the necessary changes if appropriate and feasible. Once a plan has been developed outlining the steps necessary to qualify for AGP, the student will be formally enrolled in the program and asked to sign an educational contract.

Students for whom it is not appropriate to change schedules will be evaluated on a case by case basis. The program director and the school liaison will determine if it is feasible for the student to complete program requirements during his or her tenure in high school. If this is not feasible, these students will be advised to pursue appropriate alternatives, such as a community college.

For an application form and instructions, download here.