Admission Requirements

The Office of Admission welcomes applications for first-year and transfer admission. The University seeks students destined to become future leaders in their chosen professions, whether in the arts, business, education, engineering, health, journalism, law, medicine or the sciences. In addition, the University welcomes students who believe in honesty, integrity, respect for self and others, take responsibility for their actions and are seeking opportunities to enhance the development of their character. In reviewing applications for the right fit, the University takes a holistic approach focusing on overall academic achievement, characteristics that demonstrate leadership potential and personal qualities indicative of the highest ethical values.

High School students must complete at least four units of English, three units of college-preparatory mathematics, two units of foreign language, two units of social science, and two units in the natural sciences. The University recommends that candidates take the most rigorous academic program available in their schools, including at least five academic courses each year and AP, IB, and honors courses whenever possible.

Test Optional Admission Policy

Students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 or rank in the top 10 percent of their class, have the option to choose whether or not to submit standardized test scores (SAT or ACT).

Applicants choosing not to submit standardized test scores are strongly encouraged to submit at least one recommendation from a teacher in a core subject area. Home-schooled applicants, students attending schools outside the United States, and students wishing to be considered for merit based scholarships must submit standardized test scores.

If you submit both the ACT and SAT, the University uses the most favorable score. Your SAT is based on a mix and match of your highest Critical Reading and Math scores. Your ACT score is based on your highest composite.

How to Apply

Students interested in attending Hampton University can apply online. All students must submit the following items for admission consideration:

  • The signed and completed application form for admission
  • Application fee of $35.00 (non-refundable). Only cashier’s check or money order accepted.
  • A copy of your social security card (for Federal Financial Aid verification).
  • OFFICIAL high school transcript.
  • Standardized test scores if requested.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation with at least one from your high school guidance counselor or a high school teacher; and one from an individual who can address your character.
  • An essay of approximately 250-500 words is required on either of the following topics:
    • Describe a personal moral or ethical dilemma and how it impacted your life or
    • How Should Today’s Youth Combat Negative Moral Issues?