Jun 21, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions Policy

York College endeavors to admit students whose records indicate that they possess the qualities needed to achieve success in the academic program they intend to pursue. York seeks students who are strongly motivated to excel in college and who are prepared to accept and fulfill collegiate responsibilities. York College of Pennsylvania grants admission to qualified applicants in accordance with the College’s non-discrimination policy. An applicant who fulfills admission requirements is given every possible consideration given the capacity limits of our housing and classroom facilities.

Applicants for admission must have graduated from an approved secondary school or have earned a state equivalency diploma prior to their enrollment at York College. Applicants must present academic records and standardized test scores that the College believes demonstrate achievement and ability commensurate with curricular expectations.

In general, the Office of Enrollment recommends that the applicant’s secondary school program should include a minimum of the following units: four in English; three in social studies; three in academic math (including Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry); three in laboratory science; and two in foreign languages. It is recommended, although not required, that applicants interested in the following curriculum attempt a 4th year of Math and Science: Nursing, Forensic Chemistry, Pre-Medicine, Respiratory Therapy, Radiography, and Engineering.  Admission decisions are based on high school performance and SAT or ACT scores, as well as the personal character and qualities of the applicant. Minimum acceptable SAT or ACT score standards are established at the beginning of every academic year.

York College reserves the right to deny acceptance if it is deemed necessary in the interests of public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedom of others.

Admissions Procedures

Students seeking admission to York College from secondary school should follow these recommended procedures:

  1. Applicants must submit an application for admission online anytime after August 1st of the senior year at www.ycp.edu/admissions. This form must be completed in its entirety and according to the stated instructions.
  2. Applicants must submit an official transcript of secondary school grades.
  3. Applicants must take standardized examinations and submit an official score report for the SAT or the ACT or from their high school guidance counselor.  Information about the examination may be obtained online or from the high school guidance office.  Applicants who have graduated from high school 3 or more years prior to the date of application may be waived of the requirement to submit test scores.
  4. International applicants whose native language is not English may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  5. All applicants are urged to visit the campus and meet with an admissions counselor. Information Sessions and tours are available daily. To register for a campus visit, go to www.ycp.edu/admissions/visit-york.
  6. A completed student health and medical record form must be submitted prior to July 1st following high school graduation. Forms are supplied by the Health Center and are available online.
  7. Letters of recommendation, essay, or a personal statement are optional but highly encouraged.
  8. Home school students seeking admission should complete the following in addition to the above procedures:
    1. Submit an official transcript prepared by the school district from which the student is affiliated, or from a state-certified home school evaluator.  
    2. Submit two letters of recommendation, excluding parents and relatives.
    3. An admission interview is recommended.
    4. The applicant’s high school diploma must be issued by the school district from which the student is affiliated or a Department of Education state-approved home school agency.  The College will also accept a General Education Diploma (GED).
    5. A request to waive the high school diploma can be made if the student has successfully completed 15 - 18 non-remedial, academic college credits prior to applying.  Courses must have been taken in the following areas: English/Communications, Mathematics, Laboratory Sciences, Foreign Language or Social Science/History.  An official college transcript must be submitted to the York College Admissions Office directly from the college attended.

Applicants are notified by e-mail as soon as all credentials have been received and evaluated. All acceptances are granted on the condition of satisfactory completion of secondary school and appropriate notice to the College of such completion. Acceptance into Music, Music Education, Music Industry and Recording Technology, Fine Art, and Graphic Design are conditional pending the successful completion of a music audition or portfolio review.

Applicants for both the fall and spring semesters are encouraged to pay their non-refundable deposit as soon as possible. Spaces in some programs such as Nursing, Engineering, Respiratory Care, and Radiography are limited, so deposits will be accepted on a space-available basis until the programs are full. York College abides by the National Association of College Admission Counseling Statements of Principle and Good Practice and as such will honor all offers of admission and financial aid up to May 1.  However, because admission to York College is on a rolling basis and both resident and commuter openings fill quickly, we recommend that fall deposits be received on or before May 1. Deposits received after May 1 will be accepted contingent upon space availability. Submission of the non-refundable enrollment deposit indicates acceptance of the offer of admission and secures a space in the selected program and term. 

An accepted applicant may defer the acceptance for one academic year. 

Transfer Student Admission

Transfer students add a wonderful dynamic to the classroom and to the York College community as a whole.  A transfer student is defined as any student who has attended a post-secondary institution after graduating from high school.  Transfer students are welcomed with the required minimum grade point average of 2.0 (some majors have additional admissions requirements).  A maximum of 75 semester hours will be accepted in transfer from two-year colleges, and students must complete the last 30 credit hours in residence at York College to be eligible to earn a degree.

Students seeking admission should follow the following procedures:

  1. Submit a Transfer Application on line at www.ycp.edu/apply/.
  2. Furnish all official transcript(s) of previous college work, whether a student has earned credit or not.
  3. A student in academic difficulty at another institution who is denied full-time admission to York College is not eligible to apply until they have successfully completed at least 9 to 12 credits of coursework at York College (as a non matriculated student) or any other accredited institution, and have earned at least a 2.0 (“C”) in each course taken.
  4. A candidate for a second degree or a second major from York College must complete the requirements for the major plus any additional support courses the department might require. All general education courses are waived.
  5. Graduation with honors will be based on the cumulative GPA earned including transfer credits.
  6. Transfer students are eligible for financial aid at the time of admission.

York College currently accepts transfer students into the Nursing program on a case by case basis, unless the applicant is a licensed Registered Nurse.

Admission of International Students

York College welcomes applications from international students. In addition to fulfilling the requirements stated under the admissions procedures, international students must submit certified evidence that sufficient funds exist and will be released from the country to cover all educational and living expenses while attending York College. This information is required prior to issuance of an I-20 AB Form by the designated school official to facilitate the student visa application. International students must apply for admission and have all credentials with appropriate English translation forwarded by May 1 for the fall semester and by September 1 for the spring semester.

Admission of Veterans

Any veteran seeking matriculation to York College of Pennsylvania should submit an application to the Admissions Office. Those veterans who are eligible for educational assistance through Department of Veterans Affairs, MUST notify the Director of Records to initiate their educational benefits and to ensure that all necessary forms and certificates have been submitted. Re-certification will be required for each subsequent enrollment period. Veterans who may qualify for advanced standing credit should submit a Transfer Application and furnish all previous college transcripts and training records to the Admissions Office for evaluation. A veteran who is eligible for educational assistance benefits may enroll as a non-matriculated student for a maximum of two enrollment periods and still utilize those benefits.  For further information relative to Veterans Educational Benefits, please go to: www.ycp.edu/about-us/offices-and-departments/records/veterans/.


Any full-time student who misses a second consecutive semester at York College will lose matriculation status and will need to reapply for admission. Also, students who have officially withdrawn through the Dean of Student Affairs Office must reapply to the college.  If the student has attended another institution after leaving York College, the student must submit official transcripts from the college along with the readmission application.  The application must be reviewed by the Admissions Office in order to be readmitted to the college.  There is no fee for the Readmission Application, and the student can apply online at : www.ycp.edu/apply/ (see Readmitted Students).  Please see matriculation policy for details on our general education requirements and readmission catalog term policy.

Early Admission during High School

In an effort to provide an opportunity for exceptionally well-qualified high school students to accelerate their studies, York College offers a program through which carefully selected students may be admitted to the College upon completion of the junior year of high school. Students enrolled in this program are admitted as freshmen and, upon successful completion of the freshman year, are granted a high school diploma by their high school, as well as the college credits earned.  Applicants must have the approval of their parents, the high school principal, and be recommended by their guidance counselor, in addition to having a combined SAT score of 1220 (1150 old SAT) (Evidenced Based Reading and Writing and Math sections only) and a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA. A personal interview is also required.

Dual Enrollment for High School Students

Capable high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to take some college credit courses during their last two years in high school. This experience exposes them to a college environment while they retain important high school social interactions. To be eligible, high school students must obtain a letter of recommendation from their guidance counselor, have earned a 3.0 GPA, and have achieved a minimum of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math sections only) on the combined SAT or 21 ACT composite score. Interested students should contact the Office of Enrollment Management. 

Premedical Scholars/Hershey Medical School Early Admission Program

Premedical Scholars participate in a series of pre-professional development experiences including Family Practice Grand Rounds at York Hospital made possible by the close coordination of York College and York Hospital teaching and research programs. Participants in the Premedical Scholars Program are recommended for admission to the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine at Hershey upon graduation from York College, contingent upon their academic performance at York College, satisfactory interviews, and a competitive Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score. Eligible candidates must achieve a minimum combined SAT score of 1370 (1310 old SAT) or an ACT score of 27, an outstanding secondary school record including strong letters of recommendation, and selection by the York College Premedical Scholars Admissions Committee.

York College offers a special Early Assurance of Admission to Medical School at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine at Hershey Medical center. This opportunity is available to accomplished high school seniors who maintain high scholarly achievement and show a continuing commitment to medicine. Accepted scholars will participate in a series of pre-professional development experiences including Family Practice Grand Rounds at York Hospital made possible by the close coordination of York College and York Hospital teaching and research programs. Successful participants in the Premedical Scholars Program are recommended for admission to the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine at Hershey upon graduation from York College, contingent upon their academic performance at York College, satisfactory interviews, and a competitive Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score.  For more information on this program, please contact premed@ycp.edu.