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2004-2006 University Catalog 
2004-2006 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Admission

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Note: For graduate admission policies, see the section on the College of Graduate Studies.

Admission Policies


University of the Sciences in Philadelphia practices a rolling or continual admission policy, accepting qualified applicants until the class is filled in all programs involving first-year admission and in most programs involving transfer candidates. The exception to this policy is with pharmacy and physical therapy transfer candidates who are eligible for second- or third-year entrance. Applicants for first-year admission are reviewed for their admissibility as soon as all necessary materials are received by the Admission Office and are notified shortly thereafter concerning the admission decision. Applicants who are deemed acceptable are admitted on a preliminary basis. Final acceptance is granted upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed high school courses. Accepted transfer applicants must successfully complete work that is in progress and/or required for entrance. The University admits students of any gender, race, color, sex, age, handicap, creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

Admission Requirements for First-Year Students


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.

Academic, college preparatory, or scientific high school courses are usually fully acceptable. Commercial and vocational training courses are not accepted for full credit. If calculated by the high school, the rank in class and GPA are also entered into the admission decision.

Part-Time Undergraduate Students


Students wishing to enroll as nonmatriculated part-time students must complete a part-time application form with the Admission Office. Approval for part-time enrollment in basic science and mathematics courses that are part of the first- and second-year curricula, and humanities/social science courses, is provided by the Admission Office upon verification of required prerequisites. Approval for advanced science or professional courses is granted by the department chairman in whose department the course is offered. Students intending to take more than one course must be granted approval by each of the respective departments. Students are enrolled as part-time students on a space-available basis.

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

* 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 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 Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT), with the SAT being the preferred test. The University will accept only official SAT or ACT results or a copy of the official report certified by the applicant’s high school. Details concerning the test dates and times may be obtained from high school guidance counselors or by writing to the CEEB, Box 592, Princeton, NJ 08540 or to the American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 414, Iowa City, IA 52243.

The University also participates in the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) and in the College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Special Requirements


The University reserves the right to supplement the basic admission requirements with a personal interview, special entrance examination, or Scholastic Assessment Test II-English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) as administered by the CEEB, whenever this may be deemed advisable.

Because the University offers limited courses for students requiring developmental skills in English, it is essential for all applicants to be able to communicate in English, both written and oral. For those students whose first language is not English, it is strongly recommended that the SAT II-English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) be completed, with the results being forwarded directly to the USP Admission Office.

How and When to Apply


Applications for admission may be obtained by contacting the USP Admission Office by mail or by telephone at 1.888.996.8747. Applications may also be submitted on-line by logging onto our website: www.usip.edu. The application form must be completed as described in the instructions and returned to the Admission Office with a $45 nonrefundable application fee. First-year applicants must arrange to have their high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores submitted to the Admission Office.

Because the University follows the rolling admission policy, applicants are urged to apply during the fall or winter preceding the fall semester in which they intend to enroll. For first-year applicants, this is generally during the fall or winter of their final year in high school. Acceptable applicants who apply for admission after a class is filled may be placed on a waiting list.

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

Admission by Transfer


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 and SAT or ACT test results. Applicants for transfer into the first professional year of the entry-level doctor of pharmacy program are required to submit their scores from the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Requests for information concerning the PCAT should be directed to The Psychological Corporation at 1.800.622.3231 or www.tpcweb.com.

Ordinarily, a minimum of four years of resident study is required for 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 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.

Rolling admission is applicable to transfer candidates into all programs with the exception of pharmacy and physical therapy. Pharmacy applicants should submit applications for admission by the priority filing date of January 15. For physical therapy applicants, the priority filing date is January 1, while March 1 and March 15 are the respective filing dates for occupational therapy and physician assistant applicants. Review for admission to the pharmacy and physical therapy programs will begin once the number of spaces available to transfer applicants has been determined. Notification of our admission decision will occur during the spring semester. Transfer candidates to the physical therapy program may be asked to participate in a “by invitation” interview with the Department of Physical Therapy.

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 in which a grade of “C” or better has been achieved and which meets the specific requirements of the program of study. 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 as well (i.e., General Biology I will only be accepted for transfer if General Biology II is successfully completed as well). Pre-professional courses (e.g., science and math) that were completed 10 or more years prior to enrollment may not be accepted for transfer credit or may require additional validation by the University. Applicants who have completed college-level coursework outside the United States must have their coursework evaluated for possible advanced standing by the World Education Services. Information concerning this evaluation service may be obtained by contacting the World Education Services, Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087. For more information, call 212.966.6311, or visit www.wes.org.

Applications for admission filed on or before the priority filing date will be given priority consideration for admission. Transfer applicants who submit applications after the filing dates will have their applications reviewed after those applications that are received by the filing dates or possibly returned to the applicant if existing seats have been filled.

International Applicants


International students must satisfy all admission requirements for first-year applicants and submit the necessary application materials no later than the appropriate filing dates.

Each international applicant must submit scores from the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT), as well as scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the SAT II-English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) if the applicant’s native language is not English.

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.

International applicants who have completed college-level coursework outside the United States must comply with the filing dates listed previously in the Admission by Transfer section and must have their coursework evaluated for possible advanced standing by the World Education Services. Information concerning this evaluation service may be obtained by contacting the World Education Services, Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087.

Applicants for admission who have been accepted will be sent a letter of acceptance and a Certification of Finances form. This financial statement must be completed and returned promptly to the University, accompanied by a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $150. 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.

How to Enroll


Applicants accepted for first-year admission must submit a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $150 no later than May 1 to secure a guaranteed place for the fall semester. Entering first-year students may request an extension of the May 1 tuition deposit due date. Such requests should be made in writing prior to May 1 and are subject to the availability of space in the student’s intended academic program. Applicants for transfer into the pharmacy and physical therapy programs, however, may be required to submit a nonrefundable tuition deposit to the Admission Office within 15 days of the date of acceptance. Acceptances into the third year of the occupational therapy program have until April 1 to submit a tuition deposit. Applicants accepted for transfer into majors other than pharmacy, physical therapy, or occupational therapy have until May 1 to submit the $150 tuition deposit. This deposit is applied to the first-semester tuition. All applicants accepted after May 1 must remit this deposit within 15 days from the date of acceptance.

Accepted applicants who desire to live in University housing should submit the tuition deposit no later than May 1. Enrolling after May 1 may result in being placed on a housing waiting list.

Upon acceptance, Student Affairs will be notified and will forward all housing material. To secure housing, a housing contract and a deposit of $145 must be submitted to Auxiliary Services following receipt of the tuition deposit.

ROTC Program (Army)


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 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 on www.taskforcedragon.com.

ROTC Program (Air Force)


All students at University are also 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/admin/afrotc.



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 offices and returned to the Registrar’s Office for certification.

Campus Visits


Applicants for admission to University of the Sciences in Philadelphia are strongly encouraged to visit the campus. The Admission Office provides a number of opportunities to visit the campus throughout the academic year.

Interviews are not required as part of the admission decision process. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Admission Office to schedule a campus visit and tour.

The Admission Office is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the academic year and Monday through Thursday during the summer. Those planning to visit the University should schedule an appointment with an admission staff member by calling 1.888.996.8747.