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Typically, decision for admission to Penn State’s various programs and campuses are based on the applicant’s requested academic program, space availability, and the quality of the applicant’s credentials in relation to those of other applicants.


The minimum high school units required for admission to associate degree programs are as follows:

—Four units; these must include a composite of one unit each in composition and literature.

Foreign Language/Social Studies/Art/Humanities—Five units in any combination of foreign language, social studies, arts, and humanities are required. These units may include advanced placement courses in the arts.

Science—Two units of science are required. One unit each in biology and chemistry is recommended for admission to Medical Laboratory Technology and required for admission to Nursing. Applicants to the Physical Therapist Assistant program should have one unit in biology and one other science unit.

Math—Two units of mathematics are required. Types of courses vary according to degree program:

Two units of mathematics (one unit of algebra and one unit in any combination of advanced algebra, plane geometry, solid geometry, or trigonometry) is required for associate degree programs in Radiological Sciences, Information Sciences and Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Science, Surveying Technology, Telecommunications Technology, and all Engineering Technology programs.

Two units of mathematics (any combination of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or general mathematics) are required for the associate degree programs in Agricultural Business; Criminal Justice, Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management; Human Development and Family Studies; Letters, Arts, and Sciences; and Occupational Therapy.

Two units of mathematics (one unit of algebra and one additional unit of mathematics) are required for the associate degree programs in Business Administration, Forest Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Wildlife Technology. For the second unit, plane geometry is recommended for Business Administration, Forest Technology, Wildlife Technology, and Manufacturing Technology.