Freshman Application Instructions

  • Your best bet is to read these instructions entirely before applying.

    Step 1: Review admission requirements

    1. Review Freshman Admission Requirements.

    Steps 2–4: Complete the application

    1. Complete the online application. Or download a paper application.
    2. Indicate your first- and second-choice majors. If you’re not admissible to your first, you’ll be considered for your second.
      • If you submit improved transcripts and/or SAT scores with a request to be reconsidered for your first choice, we’ll re-review your application, provided that space is available. You don’t need to reapply. 
      • If you're unsure: Choose the majors you feel most interested in now, or choose an “undecided” major in the academic college that includes most of your interests. You can change your major and even college later. 
      • Students interested in secondary education: Look for your major according to the subject you want to teach or select “undecided” in the college that's most closely aligned with your interests. Do not choose “Undeclared Teacher Education.”
      • If you’re interested in a major not on the list, contact the Admissions Office for assistance.
    3. Provide any additional information that may be required for your major by the academic department. See Special Requirements for Freshmen in Specific Majors.

    Step 5: Submit required materials

    1. Submit required materials:
      • Your official high school transcripts and/or GED.
      • Your official SAT or ACT scores. (Not required if you graduated over two years ago.) IUP SAT code: 2652; ACT code: 3704.
      • Cook Honors College Supplement Form—students applying to the Cook Honors College only. Find the form and additional instructions here.
      • Personal Statement—required for students who have been out of school for a year or more only. This is optional for all other students.

    Step 6: Consider submitting optional materials

    1. You may also submit these optional materials:
      • Letter(s) of recommendation 
      • Personal essay 
      • Transcripts for college coursework completed in high school/dual enrollment (to receive academic credit at IUP) 
      • AP test scores (to receive academic credit at IUP)