Nov 28, 2021  
2008-2009 University Catalog 
    
2008-2009 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Admission


Undergraduate Admission

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Application, Admission, and Enrollment Policies

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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia practices a rolling admission policy, accepting qualified applicants until the class is filled in all programs involving first-year admission and in most programs involving transfer candidates. 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 or priority filing dates. The University admits students of any gender, race, color, sex, age, handicap, creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

Direct-Entry

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Our direct-entry admission policy grants first-year students admission directly into our doctor of pharmacy, master 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

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Applications for admission may be obtained by contacting the USP Admission Office by mail or by telephone at 888.996.8747. Applications may also be submitted online by logging onto our website: www.usp.edu. The application must be completed as described in the instructions and submitted to the Admission Office with a nonrefundable application fee. 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

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Since the University follows a rolling admission policy, first-year applicants are urged to apply during the fall or winter 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 in high school. For USP’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

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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 credits
American History   1 credit
Social Science or History     1 credit
Mathematics*   3 credits
Science**   3 credits
Academic Electives (e.g., language, mathematics, science, history)   4 credits
Total        16 credits

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 Reasoning Test (School Code: 2663) or the American College Test (ACT) (School Code 3671).  The University will only accept official SAT or ACT results sent directly from the College Board or the American College Testing Program.  

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 Program (IB).

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

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 applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis once all required materials are received by the Admission Office. After review, the student will be notified of the admission decision via the U.S. mail, shortly after the admission decision is made. 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 from the date of acceptance.

Transfer Students

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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia 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 priority application dates and deadlines.

Application Deadline

  • Pharmacy                             January 15

Priority Filing Dates

  • Physical Therapy                 January 1
  • Occupational Therapy        March 1
  • Physician Assistant              March 15

Transfer applicants who submit applications after the filing dates will have their applications reviewed after the applications submitted by the filing dates have received consideration. Applications may be returned if existing seats have been filled.

Admission Requirements

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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).    

Applicants for transfer who do not possess an associate’s or bachelor’s degree are required to submit official SAT or ACT test results. SAT and ACT scores must be sent directly from the College Board or the American Testing Program. 

Additional Requirements

Transfer candidates for pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and occupational therapy must submit a completed Pre-Professional Requirement report form. 

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 years 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

Ordinarily, a minimum of four years of resident study is required for students admitted to the third year (first professional year) of the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree, three or four years for the doctor of physical therapy, and three years for the master of occupational therapy (two and one-half years for students entering with a BS degree) and the master of science (in physician assistant studies), regardless of the extent or nature of previous academic preparation. All other degree programs normally require a minimum of two years of study in residence.

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 from the date of acceptance.

The enrollment reservation deposit must be received before a housing deposit will be honored.

International Students

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Admission Deadline—April 30

International students must be admitted no later than April 30. It is recommended that students apply and submit all required documents far in advance of this date. The application deadlines and priority filing dates that apply for transfer candidates also apply for international transfer candidates. Please refer to the transfer section of this document for details. It is recommended that applications be submitted as early as possible due to space limitations in certain programs.

Admission Requirements

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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 Reasoning Test (SAT) or American College Test (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.

Additional Requirements

Candidates may be requested to participate in an on-campus interview or supplemental testing designed to assist in the evaluation of his or her academic credentials.

Notification of Admission Decision

Applicants for admission who have been accepted will be sent a letter of acceptance via the U.S. mail. 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

To enroll at the University, a Certification of Finances form, included with the acceptance letter, must be completed and returned promptly, accompanied by an enrollment reservation deposit. This deposit is not refundable, however; it will be applied to the student’s first-semester tuition. Upon receipt of the financial statement and the deposit, the University will send the applicant the Certificate of Eligibility form I-20A, which is required for a visa.

The enrollment reservation deposit must be received before a housing deposit will be honored. 

Part-Time Undergraduate Students

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Admission Requirements

Students are enrolled as part-time students on a space available basis. Students wishing to enroll as non-matriculated 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)

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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.

Each of the eight military science courses (20 academic credits) is completed at the Armory Building, 33rd and Market Streets, on the Drexel University campus, with schedule flexibility given to our students. All earned credits are recorded on the transcript and contribute to a student’s grade point average. Up to six of these credits may count against graduation requirements by satisfying free elective options.

During the final two years, while under contract, students receive a tax-free allowance of $350–$400 per month and money for books. USP students participating in ROTC may compete for two-year, three-year, or four-year scholarships to cover up to $17,000 per year for tuition, in addition to the monthly allowance, and $600 per year for books. Students join the program without any obligation either to complete it or to serve in the Army.

Cadets must sign a contract to serve in the Reserve Forces or Active Army when they begin their final two years or when they receive an ROTC scholarship. If desired, the active duty service may be delayed to obtain a graduate degree.

Information about the program is available from Mr. Thomas C. Bernhardt, ROTC Advisor, 215.596.8998; or the Department of Military Science, Drexel University, 215.590.8809/8808; or at www.taskforcedragon.com.

ROTC Program (Air Force)

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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 or her baccalaureate degree.

The AFROTC program offers one- to four-year curricula leading to a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. In the four-year curriculum, students take classes as part of the General Military Corps (GMC) during the first and second years. Students will also attend a four-week summer training program following the spring semester of the second year. Upon their return, students then progress to the remaining two-year curricula, taking courses corresponding to the Professional Officer Corps (POC) during the third and fourth years. Those who begin the program in their third year enroll in the two-year curriculum and attend a five-week summer training program right before their fourth year. Accordingly, students who enter as second-year students are part of the three-year curriculum and take the second half of GMC courses. Entering fourth-year students will be in the one-year curriculum and take the remaining half of POC courses followed by a seven-week summer training program.

Students are under no contractual obligation to the Air Force until they accept an Air Force scholarship as second-year students or greater or enter the POC. The subject matter of the first and second years is developed from a historical perspective and focuses on the scope, structure, and history of military power, with an emphasis on the development of air power. During the third and fourth years, the curriculum concentrates on the concepts and practices of leadership and management and the role of national security forces in contemporary American society. In addition to the academic portion of the curricula, AFROTC students participate in a two-hour Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) each week. During this period, the day-to-day skills and working environment of the Air Force are discussed, explained, and simulated. The Leadership Lab is structured to allow students to practice leadership and management techniques through various methods.

Air Force ROTC offers two-, three-, and four-year scholarships on a competitive basis to qualified applicants. All scholarships cover tuition, application fees, lab fees, and the cost of textbooks and also provide a $250, $300, $350, or $400 tax-free monthly stipend. For further information about the program, scholarships, and career opportunities, contact Mr. Thomas C. Bernhardt, ROTC Advisor, 215.596.8998; or AFROTC Detachment 750, Saint Joseph’s University, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131-1399, 610.660.3190/3191. Information is also available on the AFROTC Detachment 750 website: www.sju.edu/afrotc.

Veterans

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

 

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