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Pitt-Johnstown Freshman Application Process

Applying as a Freshman  

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Thank you for your interest in applying to Pitt-Johnstown! This page will help guide you the process of applying as a Freshman, and even what you need to be doing before you're even thinking of applying. This is a huge step in anyone's life, and this page will hopefully make it as easy as possible. 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.

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Before Applying 

Am I a Freshman Applicant?

It's always good to start at the beginning. College admission offices deal with a varied pool of applicants, so some explanation of what a 'Freshman' applicant is always a good idea. The basic definition of  Freshmen applicants are students who have graduated from high school, or received their GED, and are ready to take the next step of attending college. Additionally, the Freshman applicant category also covers students who are UNDER 21 years of age and HAVE NOT attended another college or university.

What does Pitt-Johnstown like to see in a prospective student?

The Pitt-Johnstown Admissions committee likes well-rounded, both academically and otherwise, students. We look at each student individually, looking beyond the numbers, to get an overall picture of who the student truly is. First and foremost, however, will always be the student's academic performance, including all high school coursework and SAT/ACT scores. We will look at grades from Freshman to Junior year (and sometimes beyond) to gather a great assessment of each student's capabilities. On top of academics, any sort of involvement in clubs, volunteering, sports, or any other leadership roles, will be taken into account, though they are not a requirement.

To keep yourself on the correct path in high school, we've included these handy charts to illustrate what coursework all prospective Pitt-Johnstown students need to complete. Most high school students will complete these requirements without realizing it, but it's always good to double-check, especially for Engineering Technology and Nursing applicants.

 

 Arts & Sciences

 

Subject

Units Required

Units Preferred

English

4

 

Laboratory Science

1

2

Algebra

2

 

Geometry

 

1

Foreign Language

2 (same language)

 

Social Studies

4

 

 

 

 Engineering Technology

 

Subject

Units Required

Units Preferred 

English

4

 

Chemistry

1

 

Algebra

2

 

Physics

1

 

Plane Geometry

1

 

Pre-Calc./Trig.

.5

1

Calculus

 

1

 Foreign Language

 2 (same language)

 

Social Studies

4

 

*In addition to the academic requirements, along with a competitive QPA, admission into Engineering requires a minimum standardized test Math score of: SAT 500 or ACT 21.

 

 

 Nursing*

 

Subject 

Units Required 

 Units Preferred

 English

 4

 

 Chemistry

 1

 

 Laboratory Science

 2

 

 Algebra

 2

 

 Academic Math

 2

 

 Foreign Language

 2 (same language)

 

 Social Studies

 3

 4

*In addition to the academic requirements, along with a competitive QPA, admission into Nursing requires a minimum standardized test score of: SAT 1100 (combined Reading and Math sections) or ACT 24 Composite

 

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.

When should I apply?

Pitt-Johnstown practices rolling admission, which means that decisions are made as applications arrive. The Admissions committee typically begins to make decisions on applicants beginning in September of a student's senior year. As a result, that's usually the time when you'll want to start applying, though we accept applications at any time.

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Applying

I've decided that I'm interested, so how do I apply?

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. 

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Do I need to meet with an Admissions Counselor?

Unless specifically requested by the Admissions committee, you do not have to meet with a member of the Admissions staff. We always encourage prospective, admitted, and basically any other type of student 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 855-LIKEUPJ .

 


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 After You Apply 

I've sent everything in, so when will I be notified of a 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. 

I'm admitted to Pitt-Johnstown... what's next?

First, congratulations! Being admitted to any college or university is a huge step in any student's life, so make sure you take some time and enjoy the feeling. Never lose sight of the fact that being admitted to college is an accomplishment, and that you should be proud of yourself and the work you've done. Once you've been admitted, a new journey begins, with different pathmarks on the road to starting college in the Fall. To make this easier, we've made a webpage dedicated entirely to this process, where you can find all the answers to the question of "What's Next?".


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If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office by phone at 855-LIKEUPJ, or by email at upjadmit@pitt.edu .