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Freshman Applicants

Freshmen applicants typically are students who have graduated from high school and are ready to take the next step. Generally, the timeline for this process has begun well before a high school student has even thought about donning their cap and gown, usually sometime during their junior year. Read on to find out more about the Freshmen Application Process at Pitt-Johnstown and get ready to take your first step on the pathway to the Real World.

When can I apply?

 The process of choosing a college begins sometime during your junior year of high school with campus visits and information gathering. At Pitt-Johnstown, we encourage students to begin applying during the summer after their junior year. There is, however, no real deadline, as Pitt-Johnstown practices rolling admission.  Each application is looked at as soon as all application materials are received. We encourage applying as soon as possible for people interested in popular programs that may fill up quickly or those interested in academic scholarships. If you're undecided about when you want to start college, we also offer spring and summer term admission, in addition to the usual fall start time.

What materials are required for application?

Any student interested in applying as a Freshman to Pitt-Johnstown must submit the following:

  • Application for Admission
  • Official transcripts of all high school work
  • Official scores for either the ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
  • $45.00 application fee
  • Recommendation letters and personal essays are encouraged, but NOT required. These materials serve as a way to highlight any civic, leadership, athletic, or other skills which may not be apparent from a transcript or score report.

If you wish to apply, or simply take a look at an application, you can use the links on the right hand side of this page. You may apply fully online, as well as print out a copy of the application.


What are the admission requirements and are the same for all majors?

Admission requirements DO differ depending on whether you are applying as Arts & Sciences (most majors) or Engineering Technology. We've made up some handy tables to help you understand what type of college preparatory curriculum our counselors look for on your high school transcript:

Arts & Sciences:

Subject Units Required Units Preferred
Laboratory Science12
Geometry 1
Academic Electives4 1/2 
Social Sciences4 


Engineering Technology:

SubjectUnits Required
Plane Geometry1
Academic Electives4 1/2

As you can see, the requirements for admission to the Engineering Technology program are more intensive than for most other programs. This is a helpful guideline so that when you begin to look at schools during your junior year, you are also able to determine which classes you will need to take your senior year of high school.

*Please note that exceptions to these requirements may be determind on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee.*

I've applied, so when will I be notified of any decision?

The Admissions staff at Pitt-Johnstown prides themselves on the quick turn-around time from application to decision - provided that we have received all of the required information to complete your file.  You will be notified promptly if any additional documents are needed.  Once all materials are received, the Admissions Committee will review your file and notify you of your decision via US mail.  You are welcome to check on the status of your application at any time. 

Do I need to meet with an Admissions Counselor?

Unless specifically requested, you do not have to meet with a member of the Admissions staff. We always encourage prospective, and even admitted, students to set-up a campus visit, which includes a full campus tour with one of our student tour guides (S.T.A.R.S.) and an informal meeting with a member of the Admissions Staff. These meetings usually last around 30 minutes, and are the perfect time to ask any questions you have about the campus; your transcript or curriculum; and the admissions process. 

If you are interested in setting up a campus visit, please contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-765-4875.

I took AP classes in high school, what happens with those?

Just taking the class isn't enough to get college credit, you need to take the AP (Advanced Placement) test for whatever subject the class covered. You can score 1-5 on the AP tests, but Pitt-Johnstown will only accept a score of 3 or higher. Not only will you receive college credits, your AP score may also count toward exempting you from certain classes. Also, the higher you score, the more classes you may not have to take. The AP Guidelines page will give a you a general overview, but please contact the Registrar's Office for definitive answers.

If you have any questions regarding AP classes or tests, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Once I'm accepted, what next?

We've created a handy timeline for admitted students which will walk you through the next steps. You can find the timeline by clicking the What's Next? link on the right side of the page.

Your letter of acceptance will be accompanied by the Admission Data Form.  Once you've returned the form along with the non-refundable $100 Tuition Deposit (due May 1st), you'll be set to Get Ready For The Real World at Pitt-Johnstown.

Last Reviewed: June 3, 2009