05-82 Minimum Entrance Requirements for Admission to Associate Degree Programs

To be eligible for admission consideration to the University as an Associate degree candidate, either as a beginning student or as a student with advanced standing, an applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

1. Graduation from an accredited secondary school. Penn State requires proof of graduation or a GED for admission to two-year degree programs.

2. Completion of the required units of preparatory work as indicated below under the heading Minimum Carnegie Units.

A secondary school diploma issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, or appropriate authority in another state, may be accepted as equivalent to graduation from an accredited secondary school and as equivalent to the minimum secondary school units required for admission, as indicated under the Minimum Carnegie Units heading, with the exception of math and world language.

The University accepts the definition of a secondary school unit as established by the Carnegie Foundation. A unit represents a year of work in a subject in a preparatory school or secondary school, provided that the work done in that subject is approximately one-fourth of the total amount of work regularly required in a year in the school.

The University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant for admission for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education.

Both for admission to a college or school and for entrance to a major, a student must satisfy the requirements of the University, of the particular college or school, and of the major area. In special circumstances, the University may need to further restrict admissions to a college or school and entrance to majors because of space limitations.

Minimum Carnegie Units

Four units, including one unit each in composition and literature, are required.

World Language/Social Studies/Art/Humanities
Five units in any combination of world language, social studies, arts, and humanities are required. These units may include advanced placement courses in the arts.

Two units of science are required.

Two units of mathematics are required.

Some specific programs may have additional entrance requirements.

A-1 First-Year Student

Initial Legislation: 1/24/12 (Previously Appendix C)

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