Admission Requirements for Freshman Students

The Early Action (non-binding) deadline is November 1 and decision letters are mailed the fourth week of December. Applications received after November 1 are processed only after all Early Action decisions have been rendered.  The standard admission application deadline is March 1 and decision letters are mailed on a rolling basis, generally three to four weeks upon receipt of a complete application packet.

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 must submit at least one recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor. 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. Only SATscores from March 2016 and beyond  are considered in the application and scholarship review process.

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 Evidence Based Reading/Writing 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.
  • OFFICIAL high school transcript.
  • Standardized test (SAT or ACT) Only  (Reference Test Optional Admission Policy) Only SATscores from March 2016 and beyond  are considered in the application and scholarship review process.
  • One letters of recommendation from your high school guidance counselor or a high school teacher
  • An autobiographical essay, or a 250 -500 word response to the question:
    • If Your Name Were An Acronym, what would it stand for and how would it reflect your strengths and personality?
  • A photograph that best represents you and provide a 140 character tweet length description about how the photo relates to you. (Optional)


Submit all electronic documents to:

Please submit all credentials at one time to ensure a timely response.  The application review process requires the full attention of a committed and dedicated staff and we ask that you refrain from calling or emailing  the office for status checks.  All admission decisions are communicated in writing.