First-Year Students

Working on your application to PSU? Here’s everything you need to know to get the job done.

Admissions Deadlines

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: Extended to May 1
  • Spring Semester: December 1

Deposit Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: May 1
  • Spring Semester: January 11

Candidates applying after deadlines may receive consideration on a space-available basis. The University reserves the right to close admission prior to the above deadlines if enrollment has reached full capacity.

Application Checklist
  1. Completed Common Application or Panther App
  2. Official copies of all transcripts with a minimum of final junior year grades, or GED
  3. A well-written essay on one of the subjects listed on the application
  4. One academic recommendation
  5. Payment of the nonrefundable $50 application fee (Common App Only)
Merit-based Scholarships

Merit-based scholarships are awarded based upon your GPA at the time of decision and are not adjusted based upon final GPA. Merit scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years, at the awarded amount (for a total of eight full-time fall and spring semesters). Notification of eligibility is included in your acceptance letter. All merit awards are evenly split between fall and spring semesters. A specific cumulative GPA is required annually to renew merit scholarships, as follows: Presidential and Dean’s: 3.0; Aspire: 2.5; Promise: 2.25. Click here to see PSU’s merit-based scholarships!

Application Requirements and Instructions
  • PSU recommends saving a copy of your completed application to keep for your files.
  • There are selective requirements for applicants seeking admission to PSU’s Music, Theatre and Dance programs.
  • The application process is also slightly different for Transfer students.
  • There are also special requirements for students applying for readmission and reactivation.
  • International applicants who currently have an F-1 visa, or intend to apply for one, should see our information for international students.
Additional Requirements for Nursing Applicants

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on SAT and TEAS examinations, Plymouth State will be waiving the requirement on the SAT or TEAS exam for New First Time Nursing students entering in the fall 2021 term. This is done in response to the added costs extra testing could place on families and as an acknowledgment that these interruptions should not hinder students’ ability to pursue their educational goals. All other requirements still remain in place.

Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Students must be admitted to the university and to the nursing program. Each cohort of nursing majors is limited to 40 students. First-year applicants may complete either a Common Application or a Panther Application.

The following criteria must be met in order to be considered for admissions into the Pre-licensure Nursing Program:

  • Submit either an ATI TEAS score at the “Proficient” level or above (to learn more about preparing for the test please go here), or a revised SAT (taken as of March 2016) with a minimum score of 1080, with a minimum score of 500 in the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing component and the Math component. (This requirement is waived for New First Time student entering Fall 2021.)
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or greater in High School science courses (Biology and Chemistry required)
  • Demonstration of math proficiency: courses in Algebra I, II and Geometry
  • Average to strong writing skills, demonstrated in the application essay

Find out about scholarship information.

For additional information please visit the Nursing Department website.

Information for Home-Schooled Students
  • In addition to a transcript, home-schooled students should submit an outline of academic studies (this may include reading lists, course syllabi, writing samples or work portfolio) and, if available, a satisfactory secondary school equivalency certificate or home school diploma.
  • The recommendation should be from a non-family member (i.e., tutor, employer, clergy, civic leader)
Admissions Standards

The majority of applicants present the following high school profile:

  • Three years of mathematics (Algebra I & II, Geometry)
  • Three years of social studies
  • Three years of science (one with a lab)
  • Four years of college-preparatory English
  • Two years of a foreign language (recommended)

Successful applicants generally earn between a 2.5-3.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the five core subject areas listed above and are involved in some type of extra-curricular activity or activities.

Plymouth State University, in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran’s status or disability, in admission or access to, its programs or activities.

Inquiries regarding this policy should be made to the Dean of Enrollment Management.