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

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 University and the Kansas Legislature under KSA 76-717. The following admission standards apply to students who graduated from high school during the 2014-2015 academic year and beyond. For admission requirements for students who graduated prior to the 2014-2015 academic year, please visit http://www.pittstate.edu/admission.

 

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 an application from the website or request an application 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 scores can be obtained from ACT, www.act.orgSAT scores can be used in substitution of the ACT.  (Students who are 21 years of age or older are not required to submit ACT scores.)
  3. A final high school transcript showing graduation date must be sent directly from your high school to Pittsburg State University prior to the beginning or your first semester 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) or high school equivalency diploma, submit a copy, including scores, to the Office of Admission.  
  5. Apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at http://www.fafsa.gov.  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. Submit the Proof of Immunization Compliance Form to the Bryant Student Health Center. To access the form and for details on required immunizations, please visit https://www.pittstate.edu/health.
  9. 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.
  10. Students who have completed college coursework must have the college mail official transcripts to Pittsburg State University.  Faxed copies can be used initially 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:

  1. Complete the pre-college curriculum (or equivalent for non-residents) with at least a 2.0 GPA (2.5 for non-residents) on a 4.0 scale*

AND one of the following:

  1. ACT composite score of 21 or higher

OR

  1. Rank in the top 1/3 of high school graduating class

AND (if applicable)

  1. Achieve at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all transferable college credits 

Students graduating from an unaccredited high school or homeschooled must meet the following:

  1. Complete the pre-college curriculum or equivalent with at least a 2.0 GPA (2.5 for non-residents) on a 4.0 scale*

AND

  1. ACT composite score of 21 or higher

AND (if applicable)

  1. Achieve at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all transferable college credits

GED or HiSET recipients must meet the following:

  1. Complete the General Education Development (GED) test 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 and before January 1, 2014 or an overall score of at least 680 points and a minimum score of 150 points on each subtest if the GED was taken on or after January 1, 2014 OR took the High School Equivalency (HiSET) test on or after January 1, 2014 with an overall score of at least 75 points and a minimum score of 8 points on each subtest

     AND

  1. ACT composite score of 21 or higher

     AND (if applicable)

  1. Achieve at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all transferable college credits

Admission Requirements for New Freshmen over the age of 21

  1. Graduated from an accredited or unaccredited high school or homeschool (unaccredited high school or homeschool not applicable for non-residents, non-residents must meet option 2)

     OR

  1. Completed the General Education Development (GED) test with an overall score of at least 250 points and a minimum score of 50 points on each subtest if the GED was taken before January 1, 2002 or 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 and before January 1, 2014 or an overall score of at least 680 points and a minimum score of 150 points on each subtest if the GED was taken on or after January 1, 2014 OR took the High School Equivalency (HiSET) test on or after January 1, 2014 with an overall score of at least 75 points and a minimum score of 8 points on each subtest

There are provisions for a small number of exceptions to the qualified admission standards above.  If a student does not meet any of the requirements listed, the admission application will be reviewed individually before an admission decision is made.  Please contact the Office of Admission if you have any questions.

*Kansas Board of Regents’ Pre-College Curriculum includes:

(One unit equals one year or two semesters.)

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of Math (Algebra I and above, one unit taken each year of high school) OR 3 units and ACT college readiness math benchmark (22)
  • 3 units of Natural Science (at least one unit must be Chemistry or Physics)
  • 3 units of Social Science
  • 3 units of Electives (taken from the following subjects:  English, Math, Natural Sciences, Social Science, Fine Arts, Computer/Information Systems, Foreign Languages, Personal Finance, Speech, Debate, Forensics, Journalism and Career Technical Education)       

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.  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 an application from the website or request an application 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 high school equivalency diploma be on file in the Office of Admission 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.fafsa.gov.  Pittsburg State University’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. Submit the Proof of Immunization Compliance Form to the Bryant Student Health Center. To access the form and for more details on required immunizations, please visit https://www.pittstate.edu/health.
  6. 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.

 

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, General Education Diploma (GED) or high school equivalency diploma 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.

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 an application from the website or request an application 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 an application from the website or request an application 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 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.
  6. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) overall score of 47.

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/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. 

 

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