Admission to University  
 

Room:  107 Student Welcoming Center – Horace Mann

Telephone:  620-235-4251 or 1-800-854-PITT (7488)

Fax:  (620) 235-6003

e-mail: psuadmit AT pittstate DOT edu

http://www.pittstate.edu/admission/undergraduate

The Office of Admission is the initial contact point for prospective undergraduate domestic students. All necessary records of new students are collected by the Office of Admission and evaluated in accordance with admission requirements as outlined by Pittsburg State Universityand the Kansas Legislature under KSA 76-717. The following admission standards apply to students planning to attend Pittsburg State University prior to summer 2015. For students applying summer 2015 and beyond, there will be new admission standards for all state universities. For more information on the new requirements, please visit http://www.pittstate.edu/admission/undergraduate.

Students planning to attend Pittsburg State University are encouraged to complete the Kansas Board of Regent’s Qualified Admission Curriculum to best prepare for university coursework.

Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission Curriculum includes:

(One unit equals one year or two semesters.)

  • 4 units of English.  At least one unit must be taken each year of high school.
  • 3 units of Natural Sciences. At least one unit must be Chemistry or Physics.
  • 3 units of Mathematics. Students must complete three units while in high school at or above the level of Algebra I.
  • 3 units of Social Sciences.

New Freshmen Application Procedure

(New freshmen are defined as students who have less than 24 college credits completed after high school graduation.)

  1. Complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission and submit the $30 application fee.  Apply online at http://www.pittstate.edu, download a copy from the website or request a copy from the Office of Admission and send to Office of Admission, Pittsburg State University, 1701 South Broadway, Pittsburg, KS  66762.
  2. Submit ACT scores to the Office of Admission.  To have scores automatically sent to Pittsburg State University, enter the code 1449 on the ACT test form prior to completing the exam.  Students who do not have their scores automatically sent to Pittsburg State University should check with their high school counselors to see if scores appear on transcripts.  Additional copies of score s can be obtained from the ACT Program, www.act.orgSAT scores can be used in substitution of the ACT.  (Students over the age of 21 are not required to submit ACT scores.)
  3. Ask your high school counselor to send your sixth or seventh semester transcript including a list of courses you intend to take your senior year.  Transcripts should include class rank and cumulative grade point average.  Faxed copies can be used for admission and scholarship purposes (fax#: 620-235-6003).  A final high school transcript showing graduation date must be mailed directly from your high school to Pittsburg State University to complete your admission file. Please note: In accordance with Federal Financial Aid requirements, a student planning to receive federal financial assistance must have a final high school transcript on file before funds will be applied to the student's account.
  4. If you have a General Education Diploma (GED), submit a copy to the Office of Admission.  Additional copies can be obtained by visiting www.diplomasender.com.
  5. Apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at http://www.pittstate.edu/office/financial_aid/.  Pittsburg State University’s Title IV code is 001926.
  6. Complete the Pittsburg State University scholarship application at http://www.pittstate.edu/affordability/scholarships/ by February 1st if you did not complete the scholarship questions on the application for admission.
  7. Complete the University Housing contract at http://www.pittstate.edu/office/housing/.  All first-year students under the age of 21 are required to live in a university residence hall for their first two academic semesters on campus.
  8. Register to attend the new student orientation program called Pitt C.A.R.E.S. Registration materials are mailed to all newly admitted undergraduates approximately one month prior to the event. For more information visit http://www.pittstate.edu/admission/undergraduate/enroll.dot.
  9. Students who have completed college coursework must have the college mail official transcripts to Pittsburg State University.  Faxed copies can be used for admission and scholarship purposes (fax#:  620-235-6003).

Admission Requirements for New Freshmen under the age of 21

For students who have graduated from an accredited high school:

To qualify for admission, a student must graduate from an accredited high school and meet one of the following requirements:

Achieve ACT composite score of 21 or higher (SAT score of at least 980)

or

Rank in the top one-third of high school graduating class

or

 Complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission Curriculum with at least a 2.0 grade point average (2.5 for non-residents) on a 4.0 scale. 

A student who has 24 or more transferable college credit hours must qualify for admission based on college coursework.  At least a 2.0 cumulative college grade point average on a 4.0 scale is required to qualify for admission.

 

For students who were home-schooled, graduated from an non-accredited high school or took the GED in place of high school graduation:

For Kansas residents- Complete the GED with an overall score of at least 2,550 points and a minimum score of 510 points on each subtest if the GED was taken on or after January 1, 2002. (An overall score of at least 250 points and a minimum score of 50 points on each subtest is necessary if the test was taken prior to January 1, 2002.)

or

Achieve ACT composite score of 21 or higher (SAT score of at least 980)

For non-residents- Complete the GED with an overall score of at least 2,550 points and a minimum score of 510 points on each subtest if the GED was taken on or after January 1, 2002. (An overall score of at least 250 points and a minimum score of 50 points on each subtest is necessary if the test was taken prior to January 1, 2002.)

and

Achieve ACT composite score of 21 or higher (SAT score of at least 980)

  

Admission Requirements for New Freshmen over the age of 21

To qualify for admission, a student must have graduated from an accredited high school or have completed the GED with an overall score of at least 2,550 points and a minimum score of 510 points on each subtest if the GED was taken on or after January 1, 2002.  (An overall score of at least 250 points and a minimum score of 50 points on each subtest is necessary if the test was taken prior to January 1, 2002.)

  

If a student does not meet any of the requirements above, the admission application will be reviewed individually before an admission decision is made.

 

New Transfer Students

(Transfer students are defined as students who have 24 or more transferable college credits completed after high school graduation.)

Pittsburg State University welcomes qualified students who complete college level work at another college or university.  To receive transfer credit, a student must have attended an institution accredited by a regional accrediting body, such as The Higher Learning Commission.

All courses completed at previous institutions are recorded on the student’s permanent record at Pittsburg State University.  All grades, including “D’s” and “F’s”, are used in determining the student’s cumulative grade point average.  The Registrar’s Office evaluates all credits for general acceptance to Pittsburg State University; however, each major department makes the final determination of credits accepted toward a specific degree. 

Transcript evaluations are available to all students who have official college transcripts mailed directly to Pittsburg State University.  Students are encouraged to meet with faculty in their respective academic areas of interest to learn how their credits will fulfill degree requirements.

Course equivalency information is available at http://www.pittstate.edu/admission/undergraduate/transfer.dot.  If course equivalency information is not available for your institution, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 620-235-4200.

 

New Transfer Student Application Procedure

  1. Complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission and submit the $30 application fee.  Apply online at http://www.pittstate.edu, download a copy from the website or request a copy from the Office of Admission and send to Office of Admission, Pittsburg State University, 1701 South Broadway, Pittsburg, KS  66762.
  2. Request that official transcripts from all previously attended institutions be sent directly to Pittsburg State University.  Acknowledging your attendance at an institution is mandatory, regardless of your wishes to transfer the credit.  Failure to disclose attendance at an institution may disqualify your admission application. Official transcripts received for evaluation of transfer credit will be considered to be a complete academic record from that institution up to and including the last completed semester as listed on the transcript. Subsequent official transcript/transcripts from the same institution showing additional previously completed work will not be accepted. Please note: For Federal Financial Aid requirements, once your courses are assessed by our Registrar's Office, transferable hours totaling less than 60 requires that a final high school transcript or a copy of your current GED scores be on file in this office prior to any aid disbursement.
  3. Apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at http://www.pittstate.edu/office/financial_aid/PSU’s Title IV code is 001926.
  4. Complete the Pittsburg State University scholarship application at http://www.pittstate.edu/affordability/scholarships/  by February 1st if you did not complete the scholarship questions on the application for admission.
  5. Register to attend the new student orientation program called Pitt C.A.R.E.S.  Registration materials are mailed to all newly admitted undergraduates approximately one month prior to the event.  For more information visit http://www.pittstate.edu/admission/undergraduate/enroll.dot.

 

Admission Requirements for New Transfers

To qualify for admission, a transfer student must have a minimum cumulative college grade point average of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Students with less than 24 college credits will be required to submit additional information including a final high school transcript or GED scores and ACT scores before they are considered for admission.

If a student does not meet any of the requirements above, the admission application will be reviewed individually before an admission decision is made.

 

New Non-Degree Seeking Students

A student who falls into one of the categories below is required to apply for admission as a non-degree seeking student:

  • Wants to take college coursework, but is not interested in completing a degree.
  • Attending another institution and wants to take one or two courses from Pittsburg State University.
  • Wants to take undergraduate courses for certification programs.

A student seeking admission as a non-degree seeking student must complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission and submit the $30 application fee.  Apply online at http://www.pittstate.edu, download a copy from the website or request a copy from the Office of Admission and send to Office of Admission, Pittsburg State University, 1701 South Broadway, Pittsburg, KS  66762.

Test scores and transcripts are not required for admission as a non-degree seeking student unless the desired course(s) requires prerequisites.  Non-degree seeking students are typically not eligible for federal financial aid.

If a non-degree seeking student wants to change his/her status to degree seeking, regular admission requirements must be met.  Courses completed as a non-degree seeking student will have credit awarded, but whether the courses taken will apply to degree requirements will depend on the nature and applicability of the courses.

A student who has been denied admission as a new freshman or transfer student is not eligible for admission as a non-degree seeking student.

 

New Guest Students

Academically prepared high school students interested in taking college coursework prior to high school graduation may apply for admission as a guest student.   A student seeking admission as a guest student must complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission and submit the $30 application fee.  Apply online at http://www.pittstate.edu, download a copy from the website or request a copy from the Office of Admission and send to Office of Admission, Pittsburg State University, 1701 South Broadway, Pittsburg, KS  66762.

Pittsburg State University may seek acknowledgement/ permission from high school officials and may require ACT scores and/or a partial high school transcript depending on the desired course(s).  If a guest student wants to change his/her status to degree seeking after high school graduation, new freshman admission procedures and requirements must be met.  Guest students are typically not eligible for federal financial aid.

 

New Undergraduate International Students

Pittsburg State University is committed to international education for current domestic students and for students from countries outside the United States.  The university seeks qualified and motivated students from other coun­tries.  International students may be classified as degree seeking or exchange students.  Those classifications are not limited to but may be as follows:  cultural ex­change, degree seeking, university exchange, study abroad or credit hour by home institution-not Pittsburg State University.

International students, entering the university either directly from their home country or by transfer from another college or university in the United States, are required to file an international application and furnish appropriate records.

All records must be translated into English and must be properly certified.  Official transcripts received for evaluation of transfer credit will be considered to be a complete academic record from that institution up to and including the last completed semester as listed on the transcript.  Subsequent official transcript/transcripts from the same institution showing additional previously completed work will not be accepted.

Degree seeking international students from countries in which English is not the official language must document English language proficiency by one of the following:    

  1. Minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 68 (Internet based). Some departments may require a higher TOEFL score for admission.  Pittsburg State University does not accept institutional TOEFL scores.
  2. Twenty-four transfer hours from an accredited post secondary institution in the United States that includes 3 hours of English Composition equivalent to Pittsburg State University English Composition 101 with a grade of C or better.
  3. Completion of the Intensive English Program Academic Preparation Class at Pittsburg State University.
  4. Graduation from an accredited high school or university in the United States.
  5. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score 6 with a minimum score on each band of 5.5.

International students wishing to apply for admission to the university should write or e-mail the International Programs & Services Office, Pittsburg State University, 1701 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762, i-admit AT pittstate DOT edu.  The International Office will provide the appropriate application form and other information to assist the student in applying for admission. The international student may also apply on-line through links on our website http://www.pittstate.edu/office/international.

Admission requirements and procedures for international students are subject to change according to the recognized needs of students and the university.  All international students are required by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be full-time students.  The DHS requires undergraduate students to complete at least 12 semester hours each fall and spring semester to maintain their student status.         

A tuberculosis (TB) test is required and will be administered on campus when the student arrives on the Pittsburg State University campus before enrollment into classes will be permitted. 

 

For Graduate Admission see link.

 
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