Freshman Admission Requirements and Planning

  • Once you send your application, we’ll review it and make an admission decision. Decisions are based primarily on your academic preparation, grades, and test scores. Recommendations, activities, and the personal essay are factored in, but these have a greater impact for a student who is considered borderline in eligibility.

    Test Scores and GPA: Average Student Profile

    Most students who earn admission to IUP meet or exceed these scores:

    • SAT: score of 1050 
      IUP SAT code: 2652
    • ACT: composite score of 22
      ACT code: 3704.
    • Cumulative high school GPA: 3.32

    We believe in each student’s potential. Nearly any student who presents this type of academic record or better will be admitted through our standard admission program; however, some majors have further specific academic requirements for admission (see below). Additionally, many students below these averages will be eligible for admission to IUP.

    It is possible for some students with outstanding grades to receive an offer of admission based on that strong high school transcript before SAT or ACT scores are submitted. We still require SAT/ACT scores for scholarship consideration and strongly urge all students to submit them as soon as possible to fully complete their IUP application.

    Sending your scores each time you take the SAT or ACT can benefit you by allowing IUP to consider you for all available enrollment-related opportunities.

  • 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.

  • Course work

    High school students must have completed coursework as required by the state of Pennsylvania for a high school diploma. We do not require any specific courses for entry into the university.

    Helpful tip: When you're choosing classes in high school, give some thought to your desired major and the requirements. This will give you prepared for college-level course work.


    There's no language requirement for admission to IUP. However, some departments have a language requirement for graduating from the university.