The page uses Browser Access Keys to help with keyboard navigation. Click to learn moreSkip to Navigation

Different browsers use different keystrokes to activate accesskey shortcuts. Please reference the following list to use access keys on your system.

Alt and the accesskey, for Internet Explorer on Windows
Shift and Alt and the accesskey, for Firefox on Windows
Shift and Esc and the accesskey, for Windows or Mac
Ctrl and the accesskey, for the following browsers on a Mac: Internet Explorer 5.2, Safari 1.2, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape 6+.

We use the following access keys on our gateway

n Skip to Navigation
k Accesskeys description
h Help
    University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
   
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
 
    
2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Admission


Click on a link to be taken to the entry below.

 


Application, Admission, and Enrollment Policies

  ^ TOP

University of the Sciences practices a rolling admission policy, accepting qualified applicants until the class is filled, for most first-year and transfer candidates. Students seeking admission into the first year of the doctor of pharmacy program must submit an application and all support materials no later than December 1, 2009. For transfer candidates seeking admission into our pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant programs, please refer to the transfer section of this publication for specific application deadlines. University of the Sciences does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs on the basis of gender, age, disability, race, religion, creed, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or in violation of federal, state, and local laws or executive orders.

Direct-Entry

  ^ TOP

Our direct-entry admission policy grants first-year students admission directly into our doctor of pharmacy, doctor of occupational therapy, or doctor of physical therapy majors. If you maintain an appropriate grade point average and meet all program requirements, you will not have to reapply for the professional phase of the program. 

Application

  ^ TOP

Applications for admission may be obtained by contacting the Usciences Admission Office by mail or by telephone at 888.996.8747. Applications may also be submitted online by logging onto our website: www.usciences.edu.

An applicant may request reactivation of a previously submitted application up to one year from the original application date, and no more than one reactivation may occur on an original application form.

First-Year Students

  ^ TOP

Undergraduate first-year students may apply using the USciences online application or paper application or via the Common Application and supplement. First-year applicants to all other majors are reviewed via a rolling admission process. Students are urged to apply during in the fall preceding the fall semester in which they intend to enroll. For traditional-age students, this is generally during the fall or winter of the final year of high school. For the University’s most competitive majors, an early fall submission is strongly recommended. Acceptable applicants who apply for admission after a class is filled may be placed on a waiting list.

Admission Requirements

  • Transcripts
    Every applicant for first-year admission must present evidence of satisfactory completion of, or enrollment in, a high school course leading to a diploma or its equivalent. Typically, academic, college preparatory, or scientific high school courses are acceptable. Commercial and vocational training courses are not accepted for full credit.  First-year applicants must arrange to have their high school transcripts submitted to the Admission Office. High school transcripts should include a list of senior coursework.

Minimum Academic Entrance Requirements

English

     4 courses

American History

  1 course

Social Science or History  

  1 course

Mathematics*

  3 courses

Science**

  3 courses

Academic Electives (e.g., language, mathematics, science, history)

  4 courses

Total     

  16 courses

Notes:

*Must include two years of algebra and one year of plane geometry. An additional year of higher-level mathematics (e.g., trigonometry, elementary functions, precalculus, and calculus) is strongly recommended.

** Must include at least two of the following three laboratory sciences: biology, chemistry, and physics. All three are strongly recommended.

  • College Entrance Exams
    All applicants for admission are required to submit the results of the SAT (School Code: 2663) or the ACT (School Code: 3671). 

The University will only accept official SAT or ACT results sent directly from the College Board or the ACT.

The University also participates in the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP), the College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB).

If English is not an applicant’s first language, it may be recommended or required that he/she complete and submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

  • Essay
    Applicants should submit either a previously graded essay of 250 words or a 250 word essay answering the prompt included in the application.
     
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
    Applicants must submit one (1) letter of recommendation. Up to two (2) additional letters of recommendation may be submitted; however additional recommendations are not required.
     
  • Additional Requirements
    The University reserves the right to supplement the basic admission requirements with a personal interview or special entrance examination. 

Notification of Admission Decision

First-year students are reviewed on a rolling basis once all required materials are received by the Admission Office. Students will be notified of the admission decision via the U.S. mail, shortly after the admission decision is rendered. Admission to the University is provided with the expectation that the accepted student’s record of academic achievement will be maintained throughout the completion of current coursework.

Enrollment Reservation

Applicants accepted for first-year admission are asked to submit an enrollment reservation deposit no later than May 1 to secure a guaranteed place for the fall semester. This deposit is not refundable; however it will be credited toward the student’s first-semester tuition.  The enrollment reservation deposit must be received before a housing deposit will be honored.  Entering first-year students may request an extension but are asked to submit such requests in writing prior to May 1. Approval of an extension request is subject to the availability of space in the student’s intended academic program.

All applicants accepted after May 1 are asked to submit the enrollment reservation deposit within 15 days of the date of acceptance.

Deferring Your Enrollment

First-year students who have submitted an enrollment reservation may request a deferral of enrollment for one year. This request must be submitted to the Admission Office in writing. Approval is dependent upon the academic program. Students approved for deferred enrollment who choose to take college-level coursework at another college or university may lose their first-year status and, thus, forfeit their deferred status.

Transfer Students

  ^ TOP

University of the Sciences welcomes students who wish to apply for transfer to any of our undergraduate majors. Applications for most of our majors can be submitted on a rolling admission basis, however a few majors have application deadlines.

Application Deadline

  Pharmacy   January 5
  Physical Therapy   February 1
  Occupational Therapy   March 1
  Physician Assistant   March 15

Transfer applicants who submit applications after the deadline will have their applications reviewed after the applications submitted by the deadline have received consideration.

Admission Requirements

  • Application
    Transfer students applying to the first professional year of the pharmacy program are required to apply though the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). The link to this application is located on the University website. All other transfer applicants are required to use the standard University of the Sciences application form, which is available in an online or paper format.
     
  • Transcripts
    The transfer applicant is responsible for the submission of all required documents, including official transcripts from all current and/or previously attended colleges or universities. Applicants for transfer who do not possess an associate’s or bachelor’s degree are required to submit an official final high school transcript. 
     
  • College Entrance Exams
    Applicants for transfer into the third year (first professional year) of the doctor of pharmacy program are required to submit scores from the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). 
     
  • Additional Requirements
    Transfer candidates for applying physical therapy, physician assistant, and occupational therapy must submit a completed Pre-Professional Form, available on our transfer student website.

Transfer applicants may be asked to supplement the basic application requirements with a narrative statement, personal interview, special entrance examination, college entrance examination, or high school transcript

Transfer applicants who are applying for the third year (first professional year) of the doctor of pharmacy degree may be invited to participate in an interview. This interview is required to complete the evaluation process.

Transfer candidates applying for the physical therapy program may be asked to participate in an interview with the Department of Physical Therapy.

Notification of Admission Decision

Notification of an admission decision will occur during the spring semester. After review, the student will be notified of the admission decision via the U.S. mail, shortly after the admission decision is made. 

Transfer admission is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of coursework in progress and/or required before enrollment.  Completion of current or required coursework must be documented in order to finalize admission.

Transfer Credit

Accepted students receive a preliminary transfer credit evaluation that includes the courses and credits acceptable by the University for transfer. Transfer credit is usually granted for comparable coursework completed at an accredited college or university. A grade of “C” or better must be achieved, and the coursework must meet the specific requirements of the applicant’s program of study. (Physician assistant students must achieve a grade of “B” or higher in science courses that are scheduled in year two and three of the program).

Credits earned for the first half of a two-semester course sequence will only be accepted for transfer if the second half is successfully completed (e.g., General Biology I will only be accepted for transfer if General Biology II is successfully completed).

Pre-professional courses completed 10 or more years prior to enrollment may not be accepted for transfer credit or may require additional validation by the University.

Residency Requirements

Undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of two years of study residency at University of the Sciences. Students must fulfill the residency requirements specific to each college.

Students transferring into the Physician Assistant Studies program must complete two years in residence at University of the Sciences before applying to the professional phase of the program offered at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The following residency requirements exist for students entering the first professional year of our professional programs regardless of the extent or nature of previous academic preparation.

  Doctor of Pharmacy   Four Years
  Doctor of Physical Therapy   Three Years
  Doctor of Occupational Therapy   Four Years

Enrollment Reservation

Applicants for transfer into the pharmacy and physical therapy program may be required to submit an enrollment reservation deposit within 15 days of the date of acceptance. This deposit is not refundable; however it will be applied to the student’s first-semester tuition. Students accepted into the third year of the occupational therapy program have until April 1 to submit an enrollment reservation deposit.

Applicants accepted for transfer into majors other than pharmacy, physical therapy, or occupational therapy have until May 1 to submit the enrollment reservation deposit.  This deposit is not refundable, however; it will be applied to the student’s first-semester tuition.

All applicants accepted after May 1 are asked to submit the enrollment reservation deposit within 15 days of the date of acceptance.

Deferring your Enrollment

Transfer students who have submitted an enrollment reservation may request a deferral of enrollment for one year. This request must be submitted to the Admission Office in writing. Approval is dependent upon the academic program. Students approved for deferred enrollment who choose to take college-level coursework at another college or university may forfeit their deferred status and may require a reactivation of the original application as well as an additional admission evaluation.

International Students

  ^ TOP

Application Deadline—April 15, 2012

Undergraduate first-year students may apply using the USciences online application or paper application or via the Common Application and supplement. In order to provide you with an admission decision in time to process matriculation documents, international students must apply and provide all required materials by April 15, 2012. The application deadlines that apply for transfer candidates also apply for international candidates. Please refer to the Transfer section of this document for application deadlines. It is recommended that applications be submitted as early as possible due to space limitations in certain programs.

Admission Requirements

  • Transcripts
    First-year and transfer applicants who have completed coursework outside the United States must have their coursework evaluated by World Education Services. Once completed, the official evaluation must be submitted to the Admission Office. Information concerning this evaluation service may be obtained online at www.wes.org.
     
  • College Entrance Exams
    Each international applicant must submit scores from the SAT or ACT, as well as scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Although exceptions to these requirements are unusual, the SAT or ACT requirement may be waived if the applicant can show evidence of satisfactory completion of courses that parallel college courses under the American system of post-secondary education. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if evidence is presented to show that the applicant’s studies have been conducted in English.
     
  • Essay
    Applicants should submit either a previously graded essay of 250 words or a 250 word essay answering the prompt included in the application.
     
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
    Applicants must submit one (1) letter of recommendation. Up to two (2) additional letters of recommendation may be submitted; however additional recommendations are not required.
     
  • Certification of Finances
    Change to: International students seeking an F-1 visa need to submit a Certification of Finances form. This form is available online at www.usciences.edu/applying/international.aspx.
     
  • Additional Requirements
    Candidates may be requested to participate in an on-campus interview or supplemental testing designed to assist in the evaluation of his/her academic credentials.

Notification of Admission Decision

All other students are reviewed on a rolling basis once all required materials are received by the Admission Office. Students will be notified of the admission decision via the U.S, mail, shortly after the admission decision is rendered. Admission to the University is provided with the expectation that the accepted student’s record of academic achievement will be maintained throughout the completion of current coursework.

Enrollment Reservation

International students who wish to enroll at the University are asked to provide an enrollment reservation deposit to secure a space in the entering class.

  • First-Year Students
    Students admitted with first-year status are asked to submit an enrollment reservation deposit no later than May 1 to secure a guaranteed space for fall semester. This deposit is not refundable; however it will be credited toward the student’s first-semester tuition. The enrollment reservation deposit must be received before a housing deposit will be honored. Entering first-year students may request an extension but are asked to submit such requests in writing prior to May 1. Approval of an extension request is subject to the availability of space in the student’s intended academic program.

All applicants accepted after May 1 are asked to submit the enrollment reservation deposit within 15 days of the date of acceptance.

  • Transfer Students
    Students accepted as transfer students into the pharmacy and physical therapy program may be required to submit an enrollment reservation deposit within 15 days of the date of acceptance. Students accepted into the third year of the occupational therapy program have until April 1 to submit an enrollment reservation.

This deposit is not refundable; however it will be credited toward the student’s first-semester tuition. The enrollment reservation deposit must be received before a housing deposit will be honored.

Applicants accepted for transfer into majors other than pharmacy, physical therapy, or occupational therapy have until May 1 to submit the enrollment reservation deposit. This deposit is not refundable; however it will be applied to the student’s first-semester tuition.

All applicants accepted after May 1 are asked to submit the enrollment reservation deposit within 15 days of the date of acceptance.

Deferring Your Enrollment

International students who have submitted an enrollment reservation may request a deferral of enrollment for one year. This request must be submitted to the Admission Office in writing. Approval is dependent upon the academic program. Students approved for deferred enrollment who choose to take college-level coursework at another college or university may lose their first-year status and, thus, forfeit their deferred status.

Part-Time Undergraduate Students

  ^ TOP

Admission Requirements

Students are enrolled as part-time students on a space available basis. Students wishing to enroll as nonmatriculated part-time students are asked to complete and submit a part-time application form with the undergraduate Admission Office. Part-time application forms may be obtained by contacting the undergraduate Admission Office.

Notification of Approval

Approval for part-time enrollment is provided by the Admission Office for humanities and social science courses, as well as basic science and mathematics courses that are part of our first- and second-year curricula.  Approval is granted upon verification of required prerequisites. Approval for advanced science or professional courses is granted by the department chair in the department in which the course is offered. Students intending to take more than one course must be granted approval by the department(s) in which each course resides.

ROTC Program (Army)

  ^ TOP

All students at the University are eligible to participate in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program through a cooperative arrangement with Drexel University. The program is normally completed in eight semesters or, with some adjustments, in a shorter time period to qualify for a commission by graduation. Program acceptance and ROTC scholarship eligibility may vary, depending on a student’s academic degree choice.

ROTC Program (Air Force)

  ^ TOP

All students at the University are eligible to participate in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) through a cross-town agreement with Saint Joseph’s University and the USAF. This agreement allows students to take AFROTC classes at Saint Joseph’s University. The AFROTC program enables college students to earn a commission as an Air Force officer while concurrently satisfying requirements for his/her baccalaureate degree. Program acceptance and ROTC scholarship eligibility may vary, depending on a student’s academic degree choice.

Veterans

  ^ TOP

Individuals entitled to programs of education under the auspices of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may undertake such education at the University. Certificates of eligibility may be obtained from the VA office and returned to the Registrar’s Office for certification.

 

  ^ TOP