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Major-Specific Requirements for Freshmen

 

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The majors below have special admissions requirements beyond the IUP university application.

We encourage you to apply to any major you have an interest in. If you don't meet specific program requirements listed here, you may still be eligible for university admission into a different program and will be given the opportunity to choose a different major to be considered for, without submitting a new application. All SAT minimums indicated here are based on a combined score of the critical reading and math sections only (IUP doesn't use the writing section for admission purposes). All GPA requirements are cumulative.

Transfer student? See Special Admission Requirements for Transfer Students.

Dietetics

Students interested in dietetics must meet minimum requirements (1000 SAT or 22 ACT, 3.0GPA) for admission into the program. Students who do not meet these requirements but who are eligible for admission will be admitted into the Nutrition major. The Department of Food and Nutrition has an internal process for enrolled IUP students interested in program admission, which may provide an opportunity to change to a dietetics major at a later time. Requirements and contact information can be found on the Dietetics website.

Education

Due to the structured nature of the programs and the requirements set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for teacher certification, students applying to the following majors must meet minimum requirements (900 SAT (450 CR & 430 M minimums) or 21 ACT, 3.0 GPA) for program admission:

  • Early Childhood (PreK–Grade 4)/Special Education (K–Grade 8)
  • Early Childhood (PreK–Grade 4)/Special Education (K–Grade 8)/Urban
  • Middle-Level Education (Grades 4–8)/English and Language Arts
  • Middle-Level Education (Grades 4–8)/Mathematics
  • Middle-Level Education (Grades 4-8)/Science
  • Middle-Level Education (Grades 4-8)/Social Science
  • Undeclared Teacher Education

These admission restrictions do not apply to secondary education majors for freshmen, but do apply for transfer students. Additionally, freshman applicants may be required to submit an essay in order to be considered for admission to one of the majors above after they apply for university admission. The student will receive a letter from the Office of Admissions requesting the essay, if it is necessary. Learn more about education majors on the Education website.

Nursing

Because it is common for admission to nursing to close well before the general May 1 deposit date, students interested in nursing are encouraged to apply as early as possible. New nursing students are only considered for Fall term admission. In order to be considered for nursing, students must meet minimum requirements (1030 or 22 ACT, 3.0 GPA) for program admission. The Department of Nursing and Allied Health has an internal process for enrolled IUP students interested in program admission; however, we cannot guarantee admission into the program for enrolled students wishing to change their major to Nursing due to size restrictions. Specific requirements and contact information regarding the internal process can be found on the Nursing website.

A speech-language pathology student teacher works one-on-one with a childPre-Professional Majors

The following pre-professional majors in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics have minimum requirements for program admission (900 SAT minimum or 19 ACT).

  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Dentristry
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Podiatry
  • Pre-Veterinary

Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Sciences

All students interested in the Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Sciences program must meet minimum requirements for program admission: 900 SAT or 19 ACT. In addition, admission to this program only takes place for the Fall semester. Learn more about this program at the Safety Health and Environmental Applied Sciences website.

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Students interested in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology should submit their application before December 15. Applicants who meet initial academic requirements (900 SAT or 19 ACT; 3.0 GPA) will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee after the December 15 deadline, and students selected for admission will be notified. Students who aren’t selected but meet university admission requirements will be notified of other options before an official admission decision is made. Learn more about this program at the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology website.

Fine Arts

  • Studio Art
  • Art Education
  • Interdisciplinary Fine Arts/Dance Arts
  • Interdisciplinary Fine Arts/Musical Theater
  • Music (all tracks)
  • Theater

Students who intend to major in the fine arts are required to submit a portfolio (art/theater) or perform an audition (music/theater) after they’ve earned admission to IUP. For this purpose, several Fine Arts Days are held throughout the year, and students receive specific information from these departments after they’re notified of their acceptance to IUP.

Students who wish to earn a BFA in studio art first must be admitted into the BA program in studio art; during their sophomore year, students must submit a portfolio for review by the Art Department in order to be eligible for the BFA program. Learn more about these majors at the Art Department, Music Department, and Theater Department.

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