Jan 19, 2021  
2018-2019 Bulletin 
2018-2019 Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Office of Admissions

The Office of Admissions is responsible for the identification, recruitment, admission and matriculation of all new students. Its outreach, education and marketing efforts seek to ensure that all potential Tuskegee University students know how the University can contribute to successful academic outcomes for them.

Tuskegee University Admissions Requirements and Application Procedures

The admissions process at Tuskegee is a matter of ongoing communication between the University and the student. This two-way process allows the University to identify every potential student that can be successful in our programs. Each applicant is evaluated individually. This is done so that other factors can be used as criteria for the admissions process. Being flexible and comprehensive in our evaluation ensures the admission of students who can take full advantage of the Tuskegee experience while enriching the campus community.

How to Apply

Undergraduate Students who wish to apply to Tuskegee University must submit a completed application with non-refundable application fee of $25 (domestic) or $35 (transfer) to:

Office of Admissions
Margaret Murray Washington Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088

Graduate and Professional students should make inquiry and application to the respective colleges offering the degree program of interest.

When to Apply

The priority filing period for fall applications is March 1. For Spring admission, the priority filing period is October 30; Summer School April 30. Applications will be considered until four weeks prior to the registration period for any semester.

New students may enter at the beginning of any semester, except students interested in Veterinary Medicine, Nursing or Allied Health. These programs admit students for the Fall Semester only.

Early Admission Program

Promising high school students with a high school GPA of 3.5 and a combined SAT score of 1000 or above or comparable ACT scores, may be considered for early admission. Students must complete the application process and include a recommendation from the principal of their high school. They must also send a letter indicating parental approval of their early admission.

International students applying to Tuskegee University must follow the application procedures previously indicated. However, there are additional requirements and procedures that must be adhered to. These additional requirements are included on the International Students Application.

The test of English (TOEFL) is required of all international students whose native language is not English. It is strongly recommended that the TOEFL be taken on a date when the Test of Written English (TWE) is being administered as part of the test. A $35.00 (non- refundable) application fee is required.

Students must provide evidence of health insurance prior to admission as well as an official report of their health status.

Non-degree Options

Transient Student - A status given students who are in good standing at another college or university in a degree program of studies who desire specific courses at Tuskegee University for one semester. Students desiring transient status must complete an application and a letter of intent. No transcript or other credentials are required. Transient students are not eligible for financial aid.

Unclassified Student - A status for students who select a program of study for specialized training or some particular upgrading or vocation. Students desiring an unclassified status must submit an application and a fee of $25. No transcript or credentials are required.

Admission Policy

Admission criteria and procedures are clearly stated, published and available to enrolled and potential students. This information is also available, upon request, from the Admissions Office. In addition to the catalog, criteria are published and distributed to potential and interested persons by departmental brochures, promotional materials and in college profile materials. General admissions criteria for freshmen are as follows:

Programs/Majors High School Preparation Preferred
All Programs/Majors 4 years English
Except Engineering and Nursing 3 years Mathematics
  1 year Physical Science &/or
  1 year Biological Science
  3 years Social Science
  Elective Courses to include Foreign Language and Computers
Engineering 4 years English
  4 years Mathematics
  1 year Physical Science
  3 years Social Science
  7 Elective Courses
  Students are encouraged to take Trigonometry, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science
Nursing 4 years English
  2 years Mathematics
  1 year of Biological Science
  1 year of Chemistry
  1 year of Social Science
  4 Elective Courses
  Students are encouraged to take Physiology if available.

Analysis of SAT/ACT scores and high school grade point averages over the past few years has revealed that students who enter Tuskegee University with a SAT composite score of at least 1000 or an ACT score of 24 and a high school grade point average of at least 2.50 tend to be more successful in completing their freshman level courses than those who score lower. The faculty will use SAT/ACT scores and high school grade point average to place students in appropriate freshman level courses.

Office of Student Financial Services

The Office of Student Financial Services (Financial Aid Office) at Tuskegee University manages financial aid and scholarship resources from University, federal, state, county and private sources. The funds are awarded to ensure that the opportunity to attend the University is provided for eligible students. The Tuskegee University Financial Aid Program is designed to reward academic achievement and to provide financial assistance to supplement family resources. The primary responsibility for financing college expenses rests with the student and parents to the extent that the family is determined able to contribute; however, the Office of Student Financial Services will do everything possible to provide financial planning assistance to Tuskegee students and their families. We believe students should select Tuskegee based upon educational considerations and not financial factors.

Tuskegee rewards academic excellence. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement. Financial Aid is awarded on the basis of need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, work assignments, scholarships, and fellowships. Some of the financial assistance programs are made possible through resources of the University, while other programs are made possible by private and government agencies.

Students who have been admitted to Tuskegee University should write to the Office of Student Financial Services for materials and procedures regarding financial assistance. EARLY APPLICATION IS ENCOURAGED. The priority deadline date to submit the Student Aid Report to Tuskegee University is March 31 of each year.

Student Eligibility

Students who meet the following criteria may be eligible for financial aid: 

  1. A United States citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.
  2. Admitted in an approved degree-granting program.
  3. Making satisfactory progress and in good academic standing as defined by the University.
  4. Enrolled at least half-time (six semester hours) in an approved degree-granting program.
  5. Proof of compliance with Selective Service registration requirements.
  6. Not in default on a Perkins Loan (formerly National Direct Student Loan) or Stafford Student Loan (formerly Guaranteed Student Loan).
  7. Does not owe a refund on a Pell Grant or Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant.

Applicants for financial aid must have been accepted to Tuskegee University before an award can be made.

Application Procedure

Priority consideration will be given to students who have submitted all requested information by March 31. This information includes Student Aid Report, University Application, and the appropriate Income Tax form (1040, 1040EZ, 1040A) signed and dated. Financial aid applications are available from: Financial Aid Services, Carnegie Hall, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama 36088.

In order to be considered for financial assistance, the student must submit the “FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENTAID” (FAFSA) to the appropriate processor.

Please check forms for accuracy before mailing to the processor. When copies of the information are returned from the processor, be sure to check for accuracy. If errors are made, make the necessary corrections according to the instructions on the forms and return them to the processor, not to Tuskegee University. Errors usually result in a four to six weeks delay in processing applications at the University.

Types of Aid


Alabama Student Assistance Grants-are awarded to bona fide Alabama residents based on financial need. The maximum award is $2500 per academic year.

Pell Grant-does not have to be repaid and the award may range from $400 to $4050 per year.

Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant-does not have to be repaid and may range from $100 to $4000 per year. This is a need-based program available only to first-time undergraduate degree students.


College Work-Study Program-allows both undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to earn money for educational expenses. Students normally work 12 hours per week and receive the prevailing minimum wages per hour. Most jobs are on the Tuskegee University campus.


Federal Stafford Subsidized Loan-an interest bearing, subsidized federally-insured loan to undergraduate and graduate students. Maximum loans are: $2625-undergraduate freshmen, $3500-sophomores; $5500-upper level undergraduates; and $8500-graduate and professional. The Federal Subsidized Loan is a need-based program that requires applicants to fulfill need analysis requirements.

Perkins Loan (NDSL)-a low interest loan for undergraduate students with exceptional need. An eligible student may borrow a total of $4000 each year of undergraduate study, $6000 per year for graduate/professional, a cumulative total of $20,000 undergraduate and $40,000 for graduate study. (This total includes any amount borrowed under Perkins/NDSL for undergraduate study). 

Federal Plus Loan-Parents may borrow for dependent undergraduate students. The maximum amount a parent may borrow per student is the cost of attendance less other financial aid.

Federal Unsubsidized Loans-provide maximum loans of $4000 for the first 2 years, $5000 for the remaining 2 or 3 years, independent undergraduate, graduate and professional students may borrow $18,500 per year.


Presidential Scholarship-are offered to students with exceptional credentials which include high school grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, and leadership skills.

Macon County Scholarship-made to bona fide Macon County residents who demonstrate exceptional financial need as determined by Pell Grant.

University Grants and Merit-Based Scholarship-are offered to applicants who demonstrate academic merit on high school grades and ACT/SAT scores.


Military (ROTC) Scholarship-available to students participating in the Army and Air Force College ROTC Programs. These scholarships cover tuition and fees, books and supplies, and an allowance. ROTC scholarship recipients also receive full room and board from the University. Contact the ROTC Office for further information.

Other agencies providing assistance to Tuskegee students are the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Vocational Rehabilitation.

Need-Based Scholarship-Various funds, endowment income and The United Negro College Fund are sources of scholarships based on need and academic achievement.