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University of Pittsburgh Greensburg    
2019-2020 Greensburg Campus Catalog 
  Jul 14, 2024
2019-2020 Greensburg Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]


Requirements for Full-Time Admission

Applicants for full-time admission must have completed 15 units of college preparatory courses in grades 9 through 12, including a minimum of four units of English, one unit of algebra I, one unit of plane geometry or algebra II, one unit of history, one unit of a laboratory science, four units of the same second language*, and four units of academic electives. A unit refers to one year of study in high school.

The Office of Admissions strongly recommends that students take three or four years of mathematics in high school (including two years of algebra), two or three years of science, two or three years of history or other social studies, and four years of a single second language.

*Note: Applicants who do not meet the second language component of these requirements may still apply for admission. If admitted, students will be required to complete an equivalent number of units of a second language at Pitt-Greensburg.

Students who hold a GED and wish to be considered for full-time admission must have completed the minimum of 15 academic units before exiting high school. Official high school transcripts and a copy of the General Equivalency Diploma are required.

Students interested in engineering should have taken two years of algebra, one-half year of trigonometry, and one year each of plane geometry, chemistry, and physics. In addition, calculus and computer science are recommended.

Students interested in Nursing should meet the following academic criteria and must have the required high school courses: 3.2 Minimum High School GPA, 1170 Minimum SAT score, four units English, Four units Math, Three units lab science (one must be chemistry) , and Five units of other academic electives (stats or computer science strongly recommended)

Students who have completed courses through a college-in-high school, dual enrollment, or similar program must submit an official transcript from the college or university from which credits were awarded, whether or not it is intended that such courses be counted toward a degree at the University of Pittsburgh. (Please refer to the Transfer Student section below for information about transfer credits.)

Factors considered when making an admission decision include: high school curriculum, cumulative grade point average (weighted), class rank, and SAT and/or ACT scores. Though optional, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an admission essay and/or letters of recommendation as these often provide a more complete picture of the applicant.

Full-Time Freshman Application Procedure

  1. Complete the Application for Undergraduate Admissions and choose full-time.
  2. Forward your high school transcript to the Office of Admissions.
  3. If applicable, submit official transcripts for every post-secondary institution, college or university you have attended.
  4. Admission essay and/or letters of recommendation are optional, but recommended.

Requirements for Part-Time Admission

Courses may be taken on a part-time basis for credit toward a degree or on a non-degree basis. Part time admission to degree programs is open to high school graduates or those who hold recognized equivalency certificates (GED). While no specific high school preparation is required, the following secondary school subjects are recommended: four years of English, four years of a second language, three years of history and social studies, one year of algebra, one year of plane geometry, and one year of physics, chemistry, or biology.

Note: Applicants with incomplete high school preparation may qualify for admission by taking the examinations given by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and earning a high school equivalency certificate (GED). Information about these examinations may be obtained by writing to: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Education, Bureau of Special Services for Pupils, Division of Guidance and Testing, Harrisburg, PA 17102, .

Part-Time Application Procedure

  1. Complete the Application for Undergraduate Admissions and choose part-time.
  2. Forward your high school transcript or original GED score to the Office of Admissions.
  3. If applicable, submit official transcripts for every post-secondary institution, college or university you have attended.

Transfer Students

Students who have earned credit at another institution before entering or since last registered at Pitt-Greensburg must apply to the Office of Admissions for admission or readmission with advanced standing. An applicant who has earned 12 or less college credits is considered a freshman with advanced standing. Those students who have earned more than 12 college credits are typically considered transfer students. An official transcript of all courses taken at other schools must be submitted at the time of application, whether or not it is intended that such courses be counted toward a degree at the University of Pittsburgh. These credits are not merely units to be added to those earned here. To be accepted, credits must be the basis for, or an integral part of, the program the student expects to pursue for a degree from the college. Courses must be passed with a satisfactory grade (at least a C or the equivalent) and must be earned at an institution accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association. Grades for such courses are not used in computing a student’s GPA or in determining probationary status or eligibility for graduation honors. Evaluation of previous credits are performed by the Assistant Director of Admissions or an academic advisor.  

Transfer Application Procedure:

  1. Complete the Application for Undergraduate Admissions and choose Transfer (as well as indicating status of full or part-time).
  2. Forward your final high school transcript or original GED score to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Submit official transcripts for every post-secondary institution, college or university you have attended.
  4. Complete the Transfer Clearance Form.

Changing Part-Time Status to Full-Time Status

Students admitted to part-time study may become candidates for full-time study upon approval from the Director of Academic Advising. Students must complete a change-of-status request and submit it to the Director of Academic Advising at least one month before the beginning of the term in which they wish to begin full-time studies.

Special Programs

University Preview

  1. Students must be a high school junior or senior in good standing; the minimum age is 16.
  2. Written permission is required from a high school counselor or principal and parent.
  3. Available courses are listed online under University Preview or Dual Enrollment.
  4. Students may take no more than one course per term (fall, spring or summer).

To apply, a student must submit an official high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores (if applicable), current curriculum, class rank and permission letters. Students are then evaluated for admission. Once admitted, students will contact the Academic Advising Center to schedule classes.

Deferred Admission

Admitted students who still plan to attend Pitt-Greensburg but wish to postpone their initial registration for up to one year may request deferred admission. Requests for deferred admission should be in writing and directed to the Office of Admissions. Students who receive deferred admission but who do not register within a year of their initial acceptance at Pitt-Greensburg must reapply for admission. Students deferring admission may not attend another university before beginning study at Pitt Greensburg.

Early Admission

High school students who have completed most of the requirements for graduation by the end of their junior year in high school may apply for early admission. A decision on early admission requires: (1) the approval of the Admissions Committee, (2) the consent of the student’s parents/guardians, and (3) the approval of the school district superintendent that the student may forgo the senior year in high school and complete high school graduation requirements with college courses.

Visiting Students

Visiting students are those who are working toward an undergraduate degree at another institution and wish to take undergraduate courses at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. It is expected that the credits earned at Pitt-Greensburg will be transferred back to the home school to be used in satisfying the student’s degree requirements. Visiting student applicants must be in good academic standing at the home institution with a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA on a 4.00 scale and must provide certification that the home school will accept the University of Pittsburgh courses in transfer. Visting students may register for any University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg course for which they have satisfied the prerequisites. Applicants must complete an Application for Admission and select Student Type as Visitor, provide a current copy of their undergraduate transcript. Admission is valid for one term. Students seeking enrollment for subsequent terms must reapply.

International Students

International students should follow the appropriate application procedure as outlined above and select the appropriate citizenship information on the application form. They must also complete the special application and forms available from the Office of International Services (OIS) at Both the Pitt-Greensburg and the OIS applications should be sent directly to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. 

Among the admission requirements for international students is proficiency in English. For citizens of a country whose official language is not English, proficiency can be demonstrated by a minimum score of 550 on the paper version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based version, or a minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based version of TOEFL. International students seeking further training in English should consult the English Language Institute located on the Pittsburgh campus.

Second Undergraduate Degree

Those who have completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution can earn a second degree at Pitt-Greensburg. A maximum of 90 of the 120 credits required for the second degree may be granted as advanced standing from the credits earned for the first degree. A minimum of 30 credits and half of the credits in the new major must be completed at Pitt-Greensburg. The second degree must be in a field different from the first degree.

All second-degree students must fulfill all of Pitt-Greensburg’s curricular requirements as well as prerequisites for a degree in the new major either by transfer of credits or by taking Pitt-Greensburg courses.

Students with less than an overall B average for the first degree who cannot fulfill the nine-credit communication skills requirement with transfer courses must fulfill it at Pitt-Greensburg either by challenge examinations or by taking the appropriate composition and public speaking courses.

College Over 55

Adults at least 55 years of age who love to learn are invited to take part in the “College Over 55” program through which adults can audit regular undergraduate courses. “Audit” means the adult learner earns no credit and generally does not participate in homework and exams. Adult learners can take advantage of interesting lectures, meaningful discussions, readings on fascinating topics and continued intellectual growth.  Participants may select available classes from the Pitt-Greensburg schedule and pay only $25 for each course.  For additional information and to register, contact the Office of the Registrar, 724-836-9899.

 Military and Veterans

Military and Veteran Services facilitates the transition of veterans from military to University life, supports their ongoing academic success, and assists veterans, guardsmen, reservists, spouses, and dependents in receiving their military education benefits. Pitt-Greensburg services include:

  • GI Bill® - 1-888-Gi-BILL1, or
  • Priority Enrollment (known as “Act 46”) Veteran students receive course-scheduling preference. This applies to all military and veteran students admitted to for-credit courses and programs offered at the institution. The use of veteran educational benefits while attending is not a requirement for priority enrollment eligibility. Priority enrollment appointments for veterans start at 8:30 a.m., the Friday before the published Monday enrollment period and are assigned in order, according to credits completed. Military and Veteran students who have completed the highest number of credits are given the earliest enrollment appointments, while those who have completed the lowest number of credits are given the latest enrollment appointments. Enrollment appointment dates and times are assigned at the start of the semester, and can be found in each student’s PeopleSoft Student Center.
  • In-State Tuition - In accordance with Section 702 of the Choice Act and PA State Act 11, the University of Pittsburgh offers in-state residency for the purposes of tuition to eligible students. Visit for eligibility guidelines.
  • S.I.T.R.E.P - Pitt-Greensburg’s Military & Veterans program. Recognizing the service performed by United States military veterans, active-duty members, and their families. The program goal is assisting them in making a successful transition into academic life and culminating in a successful entry into the civilian workforce.

Please call 724-836-7188 | 9899 or email for more information. Military and Veterans Services is housed within the Office of the Registrar located in Millstein Library, room 120.

GI Bill®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at 

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