If a college says that its admission requirements are 4 years of math coursework, are there no exceptions?

I'm planning on applying to Missouri University of Science and Technology. In their admission requirements, it states that incoming students should have 4 years of math coursework completed during high school. I have had 3. It was only recently that some colleges made the change to require 4 years of math. I would like to go to this school to study computer sciences and engineering, considering I am taking several courses at my high school that relate to these, including Computer Hardware and Maintenance, Operating Systems, and Networking. All of these classes are worth dual credit for a local community college, and in some cases these credits are transferable. I scored 31 on the ACT, excelling in math and science, and I have a GPA of 4.33 and a class rank of 31/556. In the optional essay, would it be possible to make a persuasive case for my admission to the college? And even if I were to get it, would it be possible to get financial aid with my achievements and extracurriculars in school? I don't wish to brag, but I want to explain my circumstances. I am a member of the Drama Club and International Thespian Society, Science Olympiad/Science Club, and I have won awards for general excellence (Choice Student/Honor Roll) and language awards. So, in short, do colleges make exceptions for some shortcomings if you excel in other things?



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3 Responses to “If a college says that its admission requirements are 4 years of math coursework, are there no exceptions?”

  1. semimolecule says:

    I suggest that you phone the admissions office and discuss this matter. See what you could do or have done academically which would result in their making an exception. One possible substitution, if you have it, would be a fourth year of science.

  2. instantaneous says:

    It is very unusual for a student not to have taken 4 years of math in high school, so they likely will not make an exception. You might be able to take the class over the summer and show them you are going to take it before you start.

  3. ungraspable says:

    1. you can’t put anything on the essay. They usually give you a specific topic(unless noted otherwise). 2. Talk to the school directly. they would definitely tell you what to do.3. Financial aid works on merit and need base. So merit base is definitely yes. 4. Well by 4 years of math they usually mean 4 years worth of math courses. If you doubled up one year ex algebra and precalculus in the same year. That counts as 2 years of math. get it? if you took calculus in highschool you should be fine.