Sep 19, 2019  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Admission


Students are admitted to Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania for the fall semester, spring semester, or a summer term. The university calendar should be consulted for specific starting dates. Applicants are considered for admission on a rolling basis. Criteria and deadlines used to determine admission to the university are defined by an applicant’s admission category. Admission to the university may be subject to space availability and criteria used for admission to the university are subject to change.

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First-year Applicants

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Any high school graduate (or anyone who will be a high school graduate prior to attendance) or anyone who has passed the General Educational Development test (GED) who has not yet enrolled at a college, university, or other post secondary educational institution and intends to enroll at Slippery Rock University to pursue a degree granting program shall apply for admission as a new first-year student. Students who enroll in dual-enrollment college credit programs prior to high school graduation are still considered new first-year students.

Admission Guidelines for New First-year Students

New first-year students are admitted to Slippery Rock University on a rolling basis for all terms. Admission criteria used to evaluate an applicant usually include the student’s previous academic record and standardized test scores. Admission guidelines are based upon the academic profiles of previously successful students. First-time, full-time students (new first-year students) who succeed most often at Slippery Rock possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in high school as well as SAT or ACT scores that are above average at the time of admission. Other students who apply may be asked to supply additional information and may be considered for admission on an individual basis using a Waitlist process. Additional admission criteria for applicants on the Waitlist may include: high school course rigor, grade trends, grades in core college preparatory courses and class rank (if available). Waitlisted applicants are offered admission on a rolling, space available basis and applicants closest to the academic and standardized test admission guidelines are offered admission most frequently.

Slippery Rock University recommends that entering first-year students complete a college preparatory curriculum in high school consisting of four years of English; three years of social studies (with a fourth year recommended); three years of science with two years laboratory science; three years of mathematics (with a fourth year recommended, including algebra one, algebra two and geometry). Two years of a foreign language in the same language is preferred but not required.

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How to Apply for Admission as a New First-year Student

Applicants need to supply the following credentials to apply for admission:

  • A completed Application for Admission (admission applications are available through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and via the web at www.sru.edu)
  • A $ 30.00 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official high school transcripts or GED, and senior year (12th Grade) class schedule if enrolled in high school
  • Official Composite Test Scores from the SAT or ACT

Official transcripts are those that either 1) are sent directly from the school to Slippery Rock University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, or 2) are delivered to Slippery Rock University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions in a sealed envelope from the school. No other transcripts will be considered official. Transcripts should reflect all grades up through the end of the junior year (six completed semesters). Final official high school transcripts documenting graduation from high school will be required upon graduation prior to the start of the initial semester of enrollment. Failure to document high school graduation will result in the revocation of admission.

Slippery Rock University recommends that official transcripts include a student’s complete curricular and grading history, semester and cumulative grade/quality point averages (both weighted and un-weighted if weighting is practiced), and class rank if calculated. If the high school uses a percentage grading scale, any conversion guide to a 4.0 scale is also recommended. Home schooled students should supply transcripts of home school curriculum as well as any previous high school transcripts if applicable.

If an applicant is submitting a GED rather than a high school diploma, the GED documentation must be a copy of the diploma and include the official test results.

Slippery Rock University accepts either the SAT or ACT for the purposes of an admission decision, first-year student course scheduling, as well as Honors Program and Freshmen scholarship consideration. SAT or ACT scores are required for admission consideration for current high school students, home schooled students, or students who graduated from high school less than 2 years ago. Adult students who graduated from high school more than two years ago are not required to submit standardized test scores. Official SAT or ACT scores are results that arrive at the Slippery Rock University Office of Undergraduate Admissions either 1) electronically directly from the testing agency, 2) directly from the high school records office, or 3) delivered on hard copy to the Slippery Rock University Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly from the testing agency. Slippery Rock University does not require ACT or SAT subject tests for admission or scholarship purposes. Only ACT and SAT composite scores are used for admission and scholarship consideration.

Credentials should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Slippery Rock University. Once all credentials are received, Slippery Rock University admits new first-year students on a rolling basis for all terms. Applicants who are offered admission must reply to Slippery Rock University to accept their offers of admission, along with submitting a required enrollment deposit, before they are considered matriculated. Admission offers not acted upon by making an enrollment deposit, are subject to rescission after May 1 of the students senior year of high school. New first-year students seeking admission for the fall semester are encouraged to apply early in the preceding fall prior to enrollment.

First-year admission is valid for the term it is offered, or any subsequent term for not later than one academic year, as long as a student does not enroll in college courses at another college/university. Students who enroll in college courses elsewhere must reapply for admission as a transfer student for the semester they wish to enroll in. Students wishing to defer admission should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

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First-year Residence Requirement

All new first-year students are required to live on campus. First-year students living with their parents or legal guardian within a reasonable commuting distance may request a release from this requirement in order to commute from home. The Residence Life Housing Appeals Board will review all written requests for this exception.

 

Transfer Policies

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  • In accordance with the recommendation of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania strives to transfer college credit in a student-centered, fair, consistent, flexible manner, while maintaining the academic integrity of the university and its curricula.
  • The acceptance or denial of transfer credit is not determined exclusively based on the accreditation of the sending institution or the mode of delivery, however, national or regional accreditation at the higher education level is expected of the transfer institution.
  • Courses, programs, and occupational experiences for Military-related learning are evaluated based on their learning outcomes, using valid evaluation measures, including the recommendations of ACE, the American Council on Education, a third-party review conducted by appropriately qualified reviewers and their recommendations.
  • SRU does not limit the number of credits a student may transfer to the University; however, students must complete all Graduation Requirements.
  • SRU will consider all non-developmental transfer credits for which a letter grade of “C” or greater was earned.
  • For students who have earned an associate degree from a Pennsylvania community college, SRU will consider all non-developmental transfer credits for which a letter grade of “D” or greater was earned.
  • For students who have attended another Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university, SRU will consider all non-developmental transfer credits for which a letter grade of “D” was earned, if the student has earned a QPA of 2.0 or higher at all institutions he/she has attended.
  • SRU converts Quarter Hour credits to Semester Hour credits by multiplying the Quarter Hours by .666. Resulting credit hours valued as a fraction or percentage, 2.33, 2.5, etc., may be used to meet requirements. However, students must still earn a total of 45 credits of Liberal Studies Requirements, to meet Graduation Requirements.

All questions and appeals regarding the transfer of credits to Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania should be directed to the Transfer Admissions area of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.There, questions are reviewed by the University’s official credit evaluators and, if needed, are reviewed in consult with the chairperson of the academic department associated with the course.If a course syllabus is needed to further investigate the student’s appeal, it is the responsibility of the student to provide this information.The Office of Undergraduate Admissions strives to respond to the student with a final determination within 10-14 days of receipt of the appeal/receipt of the syllabus.

 

What is the 30-Credit Transfer Framework?

As a participating member of the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center (PATRAC.org), SRU actively strives to transfer and use towards graduation requirements, those courses completed in accordance with the 30-Credit Transfer Framework

 

What is Academic Passport?

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The Academic Passport is a transfer program designed to facilitate the transfer of students of Pennsylvania community colleges to Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities, and to support the transfer of undergraduate credits earned by PASSHE students to other PASSHE universities.  Students who meet the established criteria will be granted an Academic Passport, which will guarantee admission to the university and the fullest consideration of transfer credits.

Academic Passport Criteria and Privileges

Students transferring with an Associate Degree:
  • Students who have earned a Pennsylvania community college Associate in Arts (AA) or and Associate in Science (AS) degree, which has a liberal arts/science component of a minimum of 30 credits, will be granted an Academic Passport and will be guaranteed admission to the university if the student has earned a minimum QPA of 2.0 from all institutions attended.  The student must apply for admissions in accordance with the established university policy on admission.
  • Guaranteed admission to the university through Academic Passport does not necessarily guarantee admission to specific academic programs.  Some academic majors may require higher admission standards than the Academic Passport requirement.
  • For those students holding the appropriate associate degree, the letter grades of “D” or above are acceptable to the university.  Some academic majors may require that the letter grade of “C” or above be earned for specific course-work.
  • Academic Passport students must meet all of the established program admission standards required of indigenous students.
  • In the acceptance and application of transfer credits for students holding an Academic Passport, the university will strive to apply all credits earned at the community college towards the completion of the baccalaureate degree.  In certain circumstances, such as a change in major or intended program of study, it may not be possible to apply all credits earned at the community college.
Students Transferring From Other Pennsylvania State System (PASSHE) Universities:
  • Students transferring from other PASSHE universities who have attained a 2.0 QPA or higher in a minimum of 12 credit hours of college level course-work and hold a minimum 2.0 QPA from all institutions attended hold an Academic Passport and are guaranteed admission to the university. The student must apply for admissions in accordance with the established university policy on admission.
  • Guaranteed admission to the university through Academic Passport does not necessarily guarantee admission to specific academic programs.  Some academic majors may require higher admission standards than the Academic Passport requirement.
  • For those students holding the Academic Passport, the letter grades of “D” or above are acceptable to the university.  Some academic majors may require that the letter grade of “C” or above be earned for specific course-work.

  Transfer Policies – SRU Transfer Articulation – 2-20-19

 

Post-Baccalaureate Students

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Students who have earned a baccalaureate or higher degree from an approved institution may qualify for admission to earn additional undergraduate credit beyond their degree (see same title in College of Education).

Students interested in post-baccalaureate study may take course work for self-enrichment, may earn a second degree, a letter of completion or an academic certificate. Students pursuing an additional degree must earn a minimum of 30 credits at SRU beyond their first baccalaureate degree and meet all department requirements for the degree.

Post-baccalaureate students may not enroll at SRU to add a second major, minor, or other academic credentials to their undergraduate degree without meeting all requirements for a second degree.

Post-baccalaureate students interested in learning more about curriculum and degree requirements should contact the related academic department at the university. Questions regarding the actual application process should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 

Admission Guidelines for Post-Baccalaureate students seeking a second degree or teacher certification

A baccalaureate degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution of higher education is required. Certain programs, such as teacher certification and nursing programs, may require applicants to meet additional or more stringent admission criteria, including minimum Grade Point Average requirements. Interested applicants should contact those college or department offices for admission guideline information prior, to applying for admission. Post-Baccalaureate students seeking to earn a second degree and/or teacher certification may be eligible for financial aid, and should contact the Financial Aid Office for further information.

How to apply for admission as a Post Baccalaureate student seeking a second degree or teacher certification

The application process for the various categories of post-baccalaureate study varies. For additional information regarding the appropriate application process, refer to the Post-Baccalaureate Students link on the admission page.

 

Non-Degree Student Admission

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A non-degree student is a student who does not possess a baccalaureate degree and wishes to enroll for undergraduate level credit coursework at Slippery Rock University for enrichment and does not intend to use the course work toward a degree program at an institution of higher education. Non-degree admission is valid for one semester at a time. Students who wish to enroll as non-degree students may reapply for admission for subsequent terms until a maximum of 30 semester hours have been completed, at which time further enrollment is precluded in the non-degree status. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.

Admission Guidelines for Non-Degree Student Admission

A non-degree student must be a high school graduate or have a GED to enroll. Non-degree student applicants sign a statement on the application for admission to that extent and have one semester of attendance to supply proof of high school graduation (generally either a high school transcript or GED). The Slippery Rock University Fast Track Program also offers admission as non-degree students to qualified high school students seeking to enroll at the University prior to high school graduation. Students interested in the Fast Track program should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly for more information, and to schedule a meeting to discuss the Fast Track application process.

How to apply for Admission as a Non-Degree Student

Applicants need to supply the following credentials to apply for admission:

  • A completed Non-Degree Application for Admission
  • Non-Degree student applicants do not pay an application fee
  • Official high school transcripts with a graduation date posted (or GED) are required during the term of enrollment. Other credentials may be appropriate for special Slippery Rock University programs. Other transcripts may be required to meet specific course prerequisites.

Non-degree students must enroll and make payment by registration and fee payment deadlines as published in the class schedule for the term in which they wish to enroll.

 

Transient Students

Any current undergraduate student from another regionally accredited institution of higher education who wishes to enroll for one semester at Slippery Rock University for credit course work while pursuing a degree program at their home college or university may apply for admission as a transient student. Transient students enroll for one term at Slippery Rock with the intent of returning to their home institution to pursue their degree. Only credits, not grades, return to the home institution. If you are attending one of the PASSHE institutions, and wish to transfer grades and credits back to the home institution, you should apply as Visiting Student status.

How to apply for Admission as a Transient Student

To apply for Transient Student admission, complete the online application and submit a copy (unofficial or official) of the transcript from the most recently attended college or university to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions; no application fee required.

Transient students must enroll and make payment by registration and fee payment deadlines as published in the Class Schedule for the term in which they wish to enroll.

Transient students are admitted through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for all enrollment terms.

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Visiting Students

Any current undergraduate student from one of the other 13 member universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education who wishes to enroll for one semester at Slippery Rock University for credit course work while pursuing a degree program at their home college or university may apply for admission as a visiting student rather than a transient student. Visiting students enroll for one semester at Slippery Rock University with the intent of returning to their home institution to pursue their degree. Eligible students should contact the registrar or academic records office at their home institution to review visiting student grading policies prior to enrolling as a visiting student at Slippery Rock.

How to apply for Admission as a Visiting Student

Applicants need to supply the following credentials to apply for admission:

Visiting students must enroll and make payment by registration and fee payment deadlines as published in the Class Schedule for the term in which they wish to enroll.

Visiting students are admitted and processed through the Office of Academic Records and Summer School.

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Faxed Transcripts/Documents

Transcripts and documents faxed to Slippery Rock University on behalf of students may be used unofficially for the purpose of initial review or for use with non-degree seeking student applicants. No final decision will be made pertaining to acceptance to the university or acceptance of transfer credit until the university receives the official transcripts. Faxed copies of GED certificates and Green Cards are acceptable. If ACT/SAT must be submitted via fax, score reports must be sent from a student’s high school in order for them to be accepted.

Note: All credentials submitted to Slippery Rock University become the property of Slippery Rock University and will not be returned to the student or forwarded to third parties.

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Student Right-to-Know and the Clery Act

Notification of Availability of Student Consumer Information including:

  • Clery Act
  • Annual Security Report
  • Freshman and scholarship athlete graduation rates
  • Students’ Rights of Privacy (FERPA)
  • Student Financial Assistance
  • Costs of Attending SRU
  • Facilities
  • Health and Safety Information
  • Other information of importance to students

Slippery Rock University’s Annual Security Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Slippery Rock University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters.

View the Annual Security Report or contact the Office of University Police at 724-738-3333.

View the Student Consumer Website or contact the Office of Academic Records and Summer School at 724-738-2010.

 

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International Students

Slippery Rock University actively seeks international students to provide diversity to its student population. Diversity expands the cultural awareness of students and others. The number of students admitted from individual countries may be limited to ensure a balanced representation of cultures. To be considered for admission, the following credentials must be submitted to the Office for Global Engagement:

  • Completed application for admission for international students.
  • Official certified true copies in English of all secondary and post-secondary school transcripts that show year-by-year listing of courses, grades earned for each course, and credits earned for each course.
  • Official certified true copies in English of all secondary and post-secondary school certificates, diplomas, degrees, and examination results.
  • Proof of English language proficiency. This usually is determined by a score of 61 (internet test) or 500 (paper test) or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or by proficiency at the 112 level or better from one of the ELS (English Language Schools) language centers in the United States, or by proficiency at the 6.0 band or above on the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS).
  • Verification of applicant’s ability to meet educational costs. Financial status is not used to determine academic qualification for admission to the university but must be verified to satisfy the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service requirements.

The deadline for submission of all application and supporting credentials is May 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission. New international students are not admitted for summer terms. All applicants are considered automatically for financial aid.

For an application packet or further information, please contact the Office of Global Engagement.

 

 

 

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