Nov 29, 2022  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission Policy

It is the policy of York College of Pennsylvania to grant 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.

York College endeavors to admit students whose records indicate that they possess the qualities needed to achieve academic 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.

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.

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.

Academic Preparation

In general, 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, Geometry); three in laboratory science; and two in foreign languages. Admission decisions are based upon a formula that takes into account high school performance and SAT (Critical Reading and Math scores only) or ACT (optional writing test required) 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.

Admission Procedures

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

  1. Submit an application to the Office of Admissions early in the senior year. Applications are located at There is no application fee. This form must be completed in its entirety and according to the stated instructions.
  2. Submit an official transcript of secondary school grades.
  3. Take the Scholastic Assessment Test of the College Entrance Examination Board (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) (optional writing test required) by January of the senior year. Information about the examination may be obtained from the high school guidance office.
  4. Applicants whose native language is not English may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the SAT II English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT).
  5. All applicants are urged to visit the campus to attend an Information Session and tour the campus. To register for a campus visit, go to
  6. Submit a completed student health and medical record form prior to matriculation. Forms are supplied by the College and available online.
  7. Letters of recommendation are optional.
  8. Homeschooling credentials. In addition to the above, homeschooling applicants must submit the following:
    1. A description for each course taken through homeschooling
    2. Two letters of recommendation, excluding parents or other relatives
  A high school diploma from a homeschooling applicant must be issued by one of the following:
  1. School district from which the student is affiliated
  2. An agency that has been approved by the state’s Department of Education to issue high school diplomas
  3. A General Education Diploma (GED)

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, Social Science/History. An official college transcript must be submitted to the York College Admissions Office directly from the college attended.



Committee action occurs and applicants are notified 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. Spaces in some programs such as Nursing, Mechanical Engineering, Respiratory Care, Radiography, and Graphic Design are limited.

Deferred Acceptance

An accepted applicant may defer the acceptance for one academic year pending good academic standing at any previous colleges attended.

Acceptance Deposit

Applicants for both the fall and spring semesters are encouraged to pay the registration deposit as soon as possible. Because admission to York College for the fall semester is on a rolling basis and both resident and commuter openings for fall fill quickly, we recommend that your deposit be received by May 1. Deposits received after May 1 will be accepted contingent upon space availability. Deposits for the fall semester are refundable only if written notification to the Admissions Office is received by May 1. Deposits received after May 1 are not refundable. Deposits for the spring semester are not refundable.


There are three general housing classifications for York College students:

  1. The Resident Student lives in any of the College-owned or affiliated facilities. Information on completing the online Housing Application is forwarded at the time of acceptance. Housing is reserved as the Application/Contract card and appropriate deposit are received.
  2. The Commuter is a local resident of the York County area who continues to live at home while attending the College.
  3. The Resident Commuter is a student who lives away from home in independent (non-college-affiliated) housing. Students living off campus must register with the Residence Life Office.

Early Admission Plan

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 I score of 1150 (Critical Reading and Math sections only) and a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA. A personal interview is required to assess the applicant’s level of maturity.

Admission of International Students

York College welcomes applications from international students. In addition to fulfilling the requirements stated under 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. International students must apply for admission and have all credentials forwarded by May 1 for the fall semester and by September 1 for the spring semester.

Courses 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. The experience exposes them to a college environment, while they retain important high school social interactions. To be eligible to take such courses, 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. Interested students should contact the Office of Enrollment Management.

Admission of Transfer Students

Transfer students from regionally accredited two-and four-year institutions are welcomed; however, York College does not currently accept transfer students into the Nursing program unless the applicant is a Registered Nurse. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required. Some majors may require a higher GPA. A maximum of 75 semester hours will be accepted in transfer from two-year colleges, and students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at York College to be eligible to earn a degree.

In addition to completing the York College Application for Admission, students who are transferring from other institutions offering college-level work must:

  1. Furnish an official transcript of college work previously taken. An official transcript of all previous work is required whether a student has earned transfer credit or not, or whether a student wants transfer credit or not. Credit may be given for most transfer courses in which the applicant has earned a “C” or higher.
  2. A student in academic difficulty at another institution who desires admission to York College as a full-time student is not eligible to apply until they have taken at least nine to 12 credits of coursework at York College or any other accredited institution, and have earned at least a 2.0 (“C”) in each course taken.
  3. 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.
  4. Graduation with honors will be based on the cumulative GPA earned including transfer credits.
  5. Transfer students are eligible for financial aid at the time of admission.

York College Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer Policies

Students who have completed courses at other regionally accredited colleges are welcome to apply to receive transfer credit at York College. In accordance with AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrar and Admissions Officers) guidelines, transfer credits will be awarded to provide advanced standing to transfer students for courses in which a 2.0 (“C”) or higher grade is earned, and which are comparable and appropriate to the academic programs and general education requirements of York College. Colleges may vary in the number of transfer courses that are applied to satisfy degree requirements.

Transfer students must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA. The Nursing and Elementary Education majors require a higher grade point average. A maximum of 75 credits will be accepted in transfer from two-year colleges. Transfer students admitted to the College with an associate’s degree from another institution must satisfy all York College general education requirements not completed as transfer credit. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in residence at York College to be eligible for a degree.

York College awards credit but no quality points for transfer work. Transfer grades are not computed into the cumulative grade point average except in the calculation of graduation honors.

Transfer credit will be awarded for courses where the student has earned at least a 2.0 (“C”) or higher grade. Grades of “D,” “F,” “W,” “Inc,” “Au,” or “In Progress” will not transfer. Continuing education units (CEUs) will not transfer.

Technical courses will not transfer to York College. Examples include agriculture, electronics, drafting, dental hygiene, paralegal, EMT, etc. Remedial courses do not transfer. Typically they are numbered from 000 to 099 and include English, math, reading, and study skills courses.

Freshmen orientation or freshmen seminar courses from other institutions will not transfer to York College.

Students transferring with a bachelor’s degree from another institution will not receive a course-by-course evaluation. Students should contact the academic department of their major for determination of courses needed to complete their degree at York College.

If the Advanced Placement and/or Collegiate Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits are listed on another colleges’ transcript for credit, we require an official copy of the score reports for York College to evaluate.

The World Education Services must evaluate credentials from foreign universities. Forms are available in the Admissions Office.

Classes transferring as electives (1XX, 2XX, 3XX, 4XX) may transfer as specific courses. Please see the appropriate academic department for further information if you believe the class is equivalent to a York College course.

Credit Validation

York College carefully evaluates transfer credits from colleges that have not achieved regional accreditation status. In cases where a college has applied for and achieved official candidate institution status, credit appropriate to the degree programs of York College will be awarded following the successful completion of a full-time (12 credits minimum) semester at York College. For students applying to York College with credits from non-regionally accredited and non-candidate institutions, the College will offer credit for those appropriate experiences that can be validated by York College challenge examinations or through standardized external testing (e.g. CLEP, ACT/ PEP, etc.). In view of the College’s special mission seeking to address the higher education aspirations of members of the York County community, applicants from non-regionally accredited institutions in York County may apply for special credit validation testing or portfolio review. Special arrangements and the fees for such review will be arranged with the cooperation of the sending institution.

Upon admission to York College, applicants from non-regionally accredited and non-candidate institutions may request a review of their transcript for credit validation purposes. The faculty and advising staff will evaluate the nature of the credits earned at the sending institution and make recommendations regarding the appropriate credit validation procedures for each student.

Standardized external testing using the Collegiate Level Examination Program (CLEP) will be used whenever possible to validate credit. The Registrar’s Office will provide the student with information regarding CLEP registration, fees, and test schedules. Internal credit evaluation will be arranged through the York College Credit by Examination Program (CBE) for those courses or educational experiences that cannot be validated through CLEP examinations. The application materials for these examinations are available in each department office, and qualified students who wish to validate their credits in this way will be referred to the appropriate department chairperson. Fees for York College credit by examinations will be waived for applicants from non-accredited institutions in York County who use these exams to validate previous educational experiences.

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 under any of the current GI Bills®, as administered by the 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 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. Any questions or concerns relative to Veterans Educational Benefits should be directed to the Office of the Director of Records.

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 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 1310 or an ACT score of 29, an outstanding secondary school record including strong letters of recommendation, and selection by the York College Premedical Scholars Admissions Committee.

York College of Pennsylvania, York Hospital, and the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine at the Hershey Medical Center cooperatively offer this special early admissions program for exceptionally accomplished high school seniors who maintain high scholarly achievement in college and show a continuing commitment to medicine. Participants must maintain a 3.6 or higher grade point average in science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) and mathematics classes with an overall minimum GPA of 3.5 while at York College. Premedical Scholars are interviewed by The Committee for the Health Professionals of York College and, if qualified, are referred to Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine at Hershey for further interviews following the sophomore year. Premedical Scholars recommended for early admission interviews at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine at the Hershey Medical Center are eligible for the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine Early Assurance of Admission Program. Preference may be given to Pennsylvania residents, due to the funding structure of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.


A student is matriculated when the student 1) applies to the College, 2) is admitted as a student into a degree program, and 3) enrolls in one or more courses.

As a student works toward completing his or her degree requirements, he or she is permitted to miss one semester of attendance without losing matriculation status. If a student misses a second consecutive semester, he or she loses matriculation status and must then obtain and file a readmission application with the Admissions Office and be formally readmitted to the College.

All qualified students must matriculate prior to completing 24 credit hours of course work. All students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.0 to be eligible for matriculation. Some majors may require a higher grade point average. There are many benefits to matriculation, including eligibility to apply for financial aid and the assignment of a faculty advisor from the student’s curriculum.

It is important to realize that all students must have matriculated no later than the semester prior to the one in which they plan to graduate. Those students who wish to matriculate should complete the on line York College Application for Admissions (

A student’s degree requirements will be determined by the date of declaration of the major, whether upon admission or at a later date. A readmitted student’s degree requirements will be determined by the date of his or her first declaration of a major, unless there has been a lapse in attendance of seven or more years. Specifically, readmitted students who have not taken courses at York College during the previous seven years will complete the degree requirements that are in effect upon readmission; all other readmitted students will complete the curriculum as published at the time of their first declaration of the major (See Declaring or Changing a Major ).

Provisional Non-Matriculated Student Status: All non-matriculated students must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average after completing 15 credit hours of coursework at York College in order to be eligible for continued enrollment in courses.