University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Freshman Applicants: Application Process

Applying for college is a major step in anyone's life, and the application process outlined below will help you. This is your pathway toward the Real World.

The process begins during a high school student's junior year. Here are answers to many typical questions.

Before Applying

The definition of a Freshman Applicant is a student who has graduated from high school, or received a GED, and is ready to take the next step of attending college. The Freshman Applicant category also covers students who are UNDER 21 years of age and HAVE NOT attended another college or university.

When should I apply?

Pitt-Johnstown operates on a rolling admissions process, which means that decisions are made as applications arrive. The Admissions committee typically begins to make decisions on applications beginning in September of a student's senior year. As a result, that is the optimal time to apply for admission, though we accept applications at any time.

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

The Pitt-Johnstown Admissions committee welcomes well-rounded students, both academically and personally. We consider each application carefully, looking beyond the numbers, to gain a comprehensive understanding of the student. Academic performance is first and foremost, including all high school coursework. SAT, and/or ACT scores. We look at grades from freshman to junior years - and beyond - as an assessment of each student's capabilities. In addition to academics, involvement in clubs, community service, sports, or 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 charts to illustrate what coursework all prospective Pitt-Johnstown students need to complete. Most college-bound high school students will complete these requirements as a matter of course, however it's wise to double-check, especially for engineering technology and nursing applicants.

What are the admission requirements for specific majors?

Admission requirements differ for Arts & Sciences (most majors), Engineering, and Nursing. These tables identify the admissions requirements for selected programs.

Arts & Sciences:

Subject Units Required Units Preferred
English 4  
Laboratory Science 1 2
Algebra 2  
Geometry   1
Foreign Language 2 (same language)  
Social Sciences 4  


Subject Units Required Units Preferred
English 4  
Chemistry 1  
Algebra 2  
Physics 1  
Plane Geometry 1  
Trigonometry .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 SAT Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 1100, or ACT Composite score of 22.


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 1130 (combined critical reading and math sections) or ACT 23 Composite.

After Applying

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 our decision via US mail. You are welcome to check on the status of your application at any time.

Should I meet with an Admissions Counselor?

Unless specifically requested, meeting with a member of the Admissions staff is not required; however, we strongly encourage prospective and admitted students to schedule a campus visit. This includes a full campus tour and an admissions interview, which is an excellent time to ask questions about the campus, your application, majors, and the admissions and financial aid process.

If you are interested in scheduling a campus visit, please contact the Admissions Welcome Center at 1-855-LIKE-UPJ.

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

Students who take the AP (Advanced Placement) test are encouraged to send their results to the  Admissions Welcome Center for a full analysis of college credit equivalency. Pitt-Johnstown will accept a score of 3 or better. You will receive college credits and your AP score may exempt you from certain courses. The AP Guidelines page offers a general overview. For more information, contact the Registrar's Office.

When Accepted

The tuition deposit and the Admission Data Form are due by May 1.

For more information, check the What's Next page.