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The Gatton Academy's Admissions Requirements

We are excited that you have shown an interest in enrolling at The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. The mission of The Gatton Academy is to offer a residential program for bright and highly motivated Kentucky high school students who have demonstrated interests in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Before beginning the application process, please ensure that you qualify or intend to meet qualifications for admission to The Gatton Academy.

Gatton Academy applicants for the Class of 2026 (Sophomores) must

  • be a current domiciled resident of the state of Kentucky as stated by the Kentucky Council of Postsecondary Education,
  • be a sophomore or have achieved sophomore status (as stated by their sending school) at the time of application (February 1),
  • be a junior (as stated by their sending school) at the time of enrollment to The Gatton Academy (August 1 of the same application year),
  • complete Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II or their KDE equivalents prior to enrollment,
  • score a minimum 22 math on the ACT or score a minimum 540 math on the SAT, and
  • submit all required materials no later than February 1, 2024.

Applicants invited to Interview Day will take a Math Placement Exam during their visit. For full admission, students must qualify to be placed in Trigonometry or higher. WKU's prerequisite for Trigonometry placement is:

  • A 22 Math-ACT or 540 Math-SAT AND an 18 or higher on the Math Placement Exam, OR
  • A 27 Math-ACT or 610 Math-SAT or higher.


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Important Links

Admissions Introduction

This page will introduce you to The Gatton Academy's Admission Process.

Admissions Requirements

This page will introduce you to the minimum requirements for admissions to The Gatton Academy.

Admissions Application

Here, you will find all the information needed on completing The Gatton Academy's admissions application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

These questions tend to be some of the most frequently asked questions by both prospective students and their families. 

Recruitment and Preview Days

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 Last Modified 8/1/23