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Freshmen Applicants

What is a Freshman Applicant?

  • Is in his or her senior year of high school, or
  • Has also never attended any college, university or technical school since graduating high school or earning a G.E.D. regardless of age or graduation status.

Admissions Requirements

  • A cumulative 2.50 academic weighted G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale in a recommended college preparatory program. A recommended college preparatory curriculum includes:
    • 4 years of English
    • 3 years of math including Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry
    • 3 years of history or social science
    • 3 years of science to include 1 year of a laboratory science
  • Standardized Test Scores:
    • An SAT score of 950 weighted OR...
    • An ACT composite of 18
      Candidate is NOT required to have taken both the SAT AND ACT exams.
    Test Optional Admission: Please see complete details to fulfill this requirement for admission.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed application form.  Apply Online Free. (no fee, no deadline and no early decision)
  2. Official SAT OR ACT results (test scores printed on transcripts are accepted, and both tests are NOT required) or fulfill requirements for test optional admission
  3. Official high school transcript or G.E.D. results
  4. Official college transcript if taking college-level courses while in high school
  5. A personal essay (optional).  (refer to the Personal Essay page for further instruction)
  6. Letters of recommendation and resume (optional).  There is no separate form for guidance counselors or recommendation letters.

The Admissions Decision

  • Early decision: A  student  with  an  exceptional  academic  record  and  a  recommendation  from  high  school  officials  and parents may apply for early admission at the end of the junior year. It is recommended that students interested in early admission take the SAT in March or May of their junior year in high school.
  • All applications are reviewed for an admissions decision and scholarship consideration (no separate application required for scholarship consideration).
  • No applicant is automatically denied admission.

Conditional Admittance

If you do not meet the minimum admissions requirements above, you may be offered admission into the FOUNDATIONS FOR SUCCESS program.  Visit the Conditional Acceptance Page for additional information.

SAT and ACT Results

  • SAT Results:  The best scored element from each exam is used.  Was your math score better the second time around?  That score will be used.
  • ACT Results:  The best overall composite score is used.  Was your best composite score the third time around?  That composite score will be used.

Official Transcripts and Test Scores

Official Transcripts:

  • Have a seal or statement indicating no seal
  • Have a graduation date if applicable
  • Have a degree earned if applicable
  • Have an authorized signature
  • Are mailed to Point Park by the issuing institution OR
  • Are submitted electronically by your high school utilizing Parchment or E-script online transcript services

Unofficial Transcripts:

  • Are photocopies or scanned copies
  • Have been faxed or e-mailed
  • Do not have an authorized signature
  • Are mailed to Point Park by someone other than the issuing institution

Official Test Scores:

  • Are printed on the high school transcript, or
  • Are included with the documentation sent by the high school guidance office
  • Are sent by the College Board or ACT Organization directly to Point Park

Unofficial Test Scores:

  • Are student reported scores
  • Are photocopies or scanned copies
  • Have been faxed or e-mailed
  • Are mailed to Point Park by someone other than the high school guidance office, College Board or ACT Organization

Hand-Delivering Required Documents

If the applicant hand delivers any of these documents directly to the Office of Admission, they must be in the issuing institution’s sealed envelope. 

Mailing Address

All documents may be sent under separate cover to:

Point Park University
Office of Admission
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222