Freshman Admission Requirements and Planning

  • We realize that COVID-19-related standardized test cancellations mean you may not have the scores you expected to have at this point. No SAT or ACT score? No problem! We’d still love to consider you for admission as soon as possible, with or without scores.

    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—that’s why we encourage you to apply even if you don’t quite have the scores you wanted at this time, or any scores at all. IUP has admission opportunities for students who show potential even if their grades are not perfect. However, the strength of your grades will guide us in how much weight the test scores may have to earn admission into some majors that have specific academic requirements for program admission (see below). Many students below the averages above will be eligible for admission to IUP.

    While not required, 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 if you don’t receive initial admission into your first-choice major.

  • 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.