First-Year Students


Are You a Freshman?
  • You have graduated or will soon graduate from high school or receive a high school equivalency diploma, and
  • You have not enrolled in another college or university after graduating from high school or earning a high school equivalency diploma or you have fewer than 24 college credits completed.
  • Admission Requirements
  • What if I don't meet admission requirements?
  • Admission Checklist
  • Important Dates

Qualified Admission Requirements for students who graduate high school in 2021 or after:


KANSAS AND OUT-OF-STATE FRESHMEN UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE

For automatic admission, graduates from an accredited high school must meet the following:

  • Graduate with a 2.25 or higher grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale

OR

  • ACT composite score of 21 or higher (SAT of 1060 or higher)

 

Kansas Board of Regents NEW Qualified Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

 


 

Qualified Admission Requirements for students who graduate high school prior to 2021:

KANSAS AND OUT-OF-STATE FRESHMEN UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE

For automatic admission, graduates from an accredited high school must meet the following:

  • Complete the Kansas precollege curriculum (or the respective state precollege curriculum for non-residents)* with a 2.0 (2.5 for non-residents) or higher grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 Scale

AND meet one of the following requirements:

  • ACT composite score of 21 or higher (SAT of 1060 or higher), OR
  • Rank in the top one-third of graduating class

(If applicable, achieve at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all transferable college credits) Kansas precollege curriculum:

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of Math (Nothing below Algebra I will be accepted) OR 3 units and ACT Math score of 22 or complete 1 unit by achieving 3 college credits in College Algebra
  • 3 units of Natural Sciences (1 unit must be Chemistry or Physics)
  • 3 units of Social Sciences
  • 3 units of electives (English, Math, Natural Sciences, Social Science, Fine Arts, Computer Information Systems, Foreign Languages, Personal Finance, Speech, Debate, Forensics, Journalism and Career Technical Education)

For automatic admission, graduates from an unaccredited high school or homeschool must meet the following:

  • Complete the Kansas precollege curriculum (or the respective state precollege curriculum for non-residents)* with a 2.0 (2.5 for non-residents) or higher grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 Scale

AND meet the following requirement:

  • ACT composite score of 21 or higher (SAT of 1060 or higher) (If applicable, achieve at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all transferable college credits) High school equivalency diploma recipients and incoming freshmen students 21 years of age and older can find admission requirements at pittstate.edu/admission.

There are provisions for a small number of exceptions to the admission standards. Please contact the Admission Office for more information.

If you do not meet either of the guaranteed requirements, you are still encouraged to apply. Your application will be reviewed individually.

Each Kansas state educational institution does have an exception policy allowing the admission of a limited number of students who otherwise do not meet qualified admission standards. To be considered for admission through the exception window, you will have to complete the petition and return to the Office of Admission. You will be notified by mail the status of your petition. The petition will be sent to you via email once you apply for admission.

If you do not wish to petition, Pittsburg State University does work closely with several community colleges and we encourage you to consider that option. For a complete list of institutions, go to www.kansasregents.org.

If you have any questions concerning the community college option or the exception policy, please contact our office at 800-854-7488(PITT).

  • Schedule a campus visit or call 1-800-854-PITT (7488).
  • Apply for admission and scholarships online. Priority date for scholarships is November 1. Submit official school transcripts and ACT test scores.
  • Take the ACT and have your scores sent to PSU (if under age 21). Our ACT school code is 1449.
  • Have your college or university transcripts sent to PSU (if any).
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1. Apply online
  • Complete the University Housing contract. In November, housing contracts are available at University Housing website
  • Register for PITT CARES (orientation and enrollment for new students). Registration will be available beginning February 1 for freshmen.
  • Submit your Proof of Immunization Compliance form. To view the immunization policy and to access the form, visit pittstate.edu/health.
  • Have an official final high school transcript with graduation date sent to PSU.
  • Visit the Pitt Start - IT Resources page for student computer recommendation guide.
  • September - Now is the time to start applying for admission and scholarships. 
  • Financial aid cannot be processed without your application for admission on file.
  • Apply for admission and scholarships  
  • October 1st - Applying for financial aid?  Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by this date for priority consideration.
  • Apply online any time after October 1st.
  • November - Students who have applied for admission receive University Housing contract information in mid-October. Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • November 1st -  If you plan to apply for PSU scholarships, your application for admission and scholarships must be received by this date for priority consideration. It is important that all academic information, including official high school GPA and ACT scores, are reported by this date.
  • February 1st - Register for Pitt State's freshmen orientation program called Pitt CARES.