Admissions

Saint Peter’s University admits qualified students regardless of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, physical handicap, sexual orientation, or other factors which cannot lawfully be the basis of an admissions decision, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the University. The University does not discriminate on any basis in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University administered programs.

Admission of Freshmen or First-Time University Students 

College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education and School of Nursing

Admission to Saint Peter’s University is based upon a student’s demonstrated academic performance, academic preparation, and potential for success in college-level study. Each application is reviewed on an individual basis. Students are expected to have a solid preparation for University studies.  Completed applications are reviewed, in general, on a rolling basis beginning in September for the spring semester and in November for the fall semester.  In some cases, applicants will be held for further evaluation with a faculty review committee.  If students have not sent a complete application, the student's file will be held as incomplete until the necessary documents are received.  Finally, some applicants may be required to submit additional information to help with a holistic evaluation; additional materials may include:  updated SAT/ACT test scores, senior year grades, or additional recommendations.

Application Type:

Applicants are considered Freshman if:

  • student is graduating high school in the same year they intend to enroll at the University AND have less than 12 transferable college credits
  • or if student is transferring from a post-secondary institution with less than 12 transferable college credits
  • or if student has completed high school but did not previously enroll and/or attempt post-secondary education.

Saint Peter’s University requires freshmen candidates to have the following college preparatory academic units:

  • four years of college prep English
  • three years of college prep math (Algebra and Geometry required)
  • two years of college prep social studies 
  • two years of a foreign language
  • two years of college prep science, with at least one year of lab science (pre-nursing students are required to have, minimally, lab Biology and lab Chemistry)
  • at least three additional units in any combination of the subject areas listed above.

NOTE:  High school elective coursework, and non-college prep coursework, will be considered in the overall admission decision but may not be calculated in the cumulative GPA considered for admission.

To satisfy general admissions requirements, the complete freshman application file must include:

  • a completed application
  • an official high school transcript (includes official college transcript for any college-level course work attempted and/or completed); applicants who have completed General Education Diploma must have official test results sent along with documentation of any high school attempted/completed
  • official SAT or ACT test scores; test of English proficiency may be required for some students who have been studying in the U.S. for less than two years and for whom English is not the first language or spoken at home
  • one letter of recommendation/counselor recommendation 
  • personal statement (strongly recommended)

The above may be waived at the discretion, or direction, of the Dean of Admissions.  However, omission of any of the above information may have an impact on admission. 

Freshman applicants interested in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing must apply directly to the Pre-nursing program.  Candidates will be evaluated based on the above and the following additional criteria:

  • minimum of two college-prep lab based sciences (Biology and Chemistry) and a total of three years of college preparatory science; four years of college preparatory science strongly recommended
  • minimum of three years of college preparatory math (Algebra I and II, Geometry) and a fourth year of college preparatory math strongly recommended
  • selective consideration is based on overall cumulative grade point average, but student performance in the math and sciences is reviewed independently; a cumulative GPA of 3.0 strongly preferred
  • SAT or ACT test scores

Students not meeting these criteria will be evaluated as factors beyond GPA and test scores may have an impact on student preparedness for the Pre-nursing program.  Student progression to the Nursing program (sophomore year) is not guaranteed.  (See School of Nursing section of the catalog for requirements progression.

Alternative Admission Programs and Transition to College Opportunities

Early Admissions

In exceptional cases, students who have met the requirements for graduation after their junior year may apply for admission.  Students must submit a letter of support from their parental guardian and from either their high school principal or guidance counselor.  Students interested in Early Admission may be required to meet for an interview prior to the final admission decision.

Academic Success Program (ASP)

ASP is designed to give students who do not satisfy the general admissions criteria previously outlined but show great promise for success at college-level work. Students are admitted to the University and specifically to the Academic Success Program.  Students are invited to a pre-college Summer Academy, in an effort to introduce students to college success skills.  This program is not credit-bearing.  In addition to the benefits of Summer Academy, students are enrolled in ASP sections of core classes and participate in supplementary mentoring and study skills sessions.  Upon successful completion of the first year,  students will complete the Academic Success Program.

Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF)

The program offers access to higher education to students who meet the academic and financial guidelines established by the State of New Jersey and Saint Peter’s University. Eligible students will receive financial and academic support services. Students are required to attend a summer program prior to their first semester as full-time freshmen. Students will have the opportunity to earn three (3) college credits during this time. Interested applicants must be New Jersey residents and should apply first for admission to Saint Peter’s University through the Office of Admissions.  Students admitted to Saint Peter's will then apply to EOF.  Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to EOF.  

Special Program for Credit (SPFC)

SPFC is designed to enrich the educational development of academically talented high school juniors and seniors by offering these students the unique opportunity to earn up to 12 college credits for advanced course work completed at their high schools. Saint Peter’s University has evaluated select courses in certain high schools and has ap­proved the faculty, syllabi, and textbooks for college credit. All high school teachers participating in SPFC have earned advanced degrees and have received special adjunct faculty status from the University for this program. In addition to offering credit programs in local high schools, the Special Program for Credit provides limited opportunities for students from participating high schools to take one course per semester in the day session on the Saint Peter’s campus during their junior or senior year in high school.

Admission of Transfer Students

Students who have attended regionally-accredited two-year or four-year colleges or universities may apply to the University as transfer students. In order to qualify for advanced standing, applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Transfer credit is granted for all previous college-level courses corresponding to courses offered at Saint Peter’s University for which a minimum grade of C was earned. All final decisions regarding course equivalencies and credit transfer are made by the appropriate dean. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer from a two-year college is 66 credits. Upper-division courses (numbered 300 and above) may not be taken at a two-year college. The maximum number of credits that may transfer from a four-year institution is 90. The last 30 credits of the degree must be completed at Saint Peter’s University. In addition, at least one-half of the major and minor credits must be completed at Saint Peter’s. Credit courses from institutions with other than regional accreditation are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Credit may be awarded according to recommendation of the American Council on Education.

Students who have been placed on academic probation or who have been dismissed by another college or university ordinarily are not considered for admittance as matriculated students to the University. They may apply for admission as non-matriculated students. Upon completion of 12 credits at Saint Peter’s University and attainment of a minimum cumulative average of 2.0, they may then apply for admission as matriculated students.

Application Type:

Applicants are considered transfer students if:

  • students previously and/or currently enrolled, part-time or full-time, in community college, college, or university with 12 or more transferable credits
  • or students who have previously completed an Associate's degree at a regionally accredited college or university
  • or students who have previously completed a Bachelor's degree and are applying to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program

Candidates applying for admission to the University with advanced standing must submit:

  • an official application 
  • official transcripts of all previous college work from each institution attended
  • course descriptions may be required for course evaluation
  • students with fewer than 12 transferable credits are required to submit an official high school transcript and SAT or ACT test scores. (students who have not previously taken standardized test scores or test scores five years or older will not be required.)

In order to qualify for advanced standing, applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better. Transfer credit is granted for all previous college level courses corresponding to courses offered at Saint Peter's University for which a minimum grade of C was earned. All final decisions regarding course equivalencies and credit transfer are made by the appropriate dean. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer from a two-year college is 66 credits. Upper division courses (numbered 300 and above) may not be taken at a two-year college. The maximum number of credits that may transfer from a four-year institution is 90. The last 30 credits of the degree must be completed at Saint Peter's University. Credit courses from institutions with other than regional accreditation are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Credit may be awarded according to recommendation of the American Council of Education.

Students who have been placed on academic probation or who have been dismissed by another college or university ordinarily are not considered for admittance as matriculated students to the University. They may apply for admission as non-matriculated students. Upon completion of 12 credits at Saint Peter’s University and attainment of a minimum cumulative average of 2.0, they may then apply for admission as matriculated students.

Transfer Admission to the BSN Nursing Students

Transfer applicants wishing to be considered for the generic BSN Nursing Program are selected based on a combination of criteria including, but not limited to, pre-requisite course work, academic performance in general, and academic excellence in required courses.  Students should present a minimum GPA of a 3.0 or higher. Pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to matriculating into the program; students in progress of course work may present mid-term grade reports during the admission process, but will be required to show final grades for enrollment.  Additionally, transfer students must complete the TEAS V test with a score of at least 78%. Students in progress of completing the TEAS V but have met all other admission selection may be conditionally admitted.  Transfer applicants will be evaluated holistically using all admission material submitted.     

NOTE:  Students transferring from other Baccalaureate Nursing programs will not be considered admissible should previous nursing coursework be below a B-.

Pre-requisite coursework for the Generic Nursing Program (year one or year two) include:

  • Biology with B or better
  • Chemistry with lab with a B or better
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab and C+ or better
  • Science coursework must not be more than five years old from time of enrollment
  • Students are required to take the TEAS V skills assessment test with a score of 78% or higher (no more than two attempts)
  • Students applying from other nursing programs may not have any failing grades nor have been expelled from the Nursing program

Students applying to the University’s upper-division RN-BSN Nursing Program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing must submit additional materials; please contact the Office of Admission for information about additional criteria.

NJ Community College Partnerships and Transferring to Saint Peter's University

Saint Peter's University holds several New Jersey Community College partnerships to assist students earning an Associates degree with transitioning to a bachelor degree program.  The University continues to add partnerships for admission with benefit of scholarship incentives to assist students with earning a degree at Saint Peter's.  To find out more about partnerships and agreements please contact the Office of Admission at 201-761-7100 or visit our transfer admission page of the website.  Saint Peter's is a member of NJTransfer.org.  

For transfer students who possess an associate’s degree from a New Jersey community college with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, the community college’s general education program credits will be transferred in full to satisfy, as a block, the core requirements, with the exception of six credits in Philosophy, six credits in Theology and the three-credit Values course requirement. Only courses in which a grade of C or higher has been achieved will be eligible for transfer. Students must take their last 30 credits at Saint Peter’s and students must complete at least one half of their major credits and minor credits at Saint Peter’s. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer from a two-year college is 66 and 90 credits from a four-year institution. Credits earned from other institutions or not in concert with an Associate’s degree will be reviewed on a course-by-course basis, as appropriate.

Transferring to Saint Peter's University EOF Program

Transfer students who wish to be considered for EOF at Saint Peter’s University must have participated in the EOF Program at the previous institution.  Applicants must first proceed through the application for admission.  If admitted to the University, students can then submit an application to EOF.  

Admission of International Students (Freshman and Transfer)

Application Process

The Admission Committee will review completed applications thoroughly, and will consider academic achievement, difficulty of curriculum,  standardized test scores, personal statement/essay, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular involvements. Undergraduate applicants must show evidence of achieving the equivalent of a high school diploma in the United States. Transfer applicants must show the equivalency of university-level study appropriate for pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the United States.

Application Type:

  • International applicants are any student applicant who does not hold U.S. Citizenship nor permanent resident student status.

International Applicants (freshmen and transfer) must submit material in addition to what is required above:

  • Students must submit official transcripts in original language with English language translation/evaluation (if applicable).  Transfer students are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation of courses taken at the post-secondary level outside of the United States from a NACES approved evaluation service; transfer students applying to Nursing must use the World Education Service (WES) evaluation services.
  • Official copy of TOEFL, or IELTs if English is not the student's native language; students may also provide evidence of English proficiency with a minimum of 450 or higher on the SAT Critical reading (or equivalent on the ACT).
  • All applicants seeking an F-1 student visa are required to submit an affidavit of financial support with proof of funding. Contact the Office of Admission for more information.  
  • Copy of main passport page.

Additional Information about evaluating International Applications:

Evidence of Educational Experience

To evaluate educational background fairly and accurately, the University needs specific information about a prospective student's schooling and examination/test results. All official documents must be submitted directly from the appropriate issuing institution(s) to Saint Peter’s. These documents must list courses taken with credits, points, or hours per course and grades awarded, and must specify any educational degrees, certificates, or titles awarded. These documents must bear the original seal or stamp and the signature of an official of the issuing institution followed by a certified English translation (if applicable). Applicants can utilize their local EducationUSA office for assistance in verifying documents. Any documents received from an EducationUSA officer or directly from the issuing educational institution office are deemed as original documents.

Examination results and score reports must be sent directly from the testing/examination authority to Saint Peter’s. Examples of such examinations are the TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, ACT, or completion of an approved language level at one of the University's ESL partner institutions. Please visit www.saintpeters.edu/international for minimum testing requirements. Certified copies may be accepted while we wait for originals.

The University asks that applicants provide explanation(s) on a separate sheet of paper if they have had additional years of schooling or if education differs from the requirements for admission to the major institutions of higher learning in the applicant's home country.

Saint Peter’s University reserves the right to verify all submitted documents with the issuing institution. Applicants may be asked to provide further proof of your educational history. 

Personal Statement/Essay

Applicants are asked to write a personal statement, as part of the application process, of at least one page (500 words).  The questions can be found within the international student application.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be sent by the applicant's school guidance counselor, headmaster, English teacher, teacher of choice, and/or community volunteer supervisor.  Forms for the recommendation are included with this application but may be substituted with a written letter on school or company letterhead.

Notification of Admission Status

Applications are reviewed after receipt of a completed application packet and supporting documentation. If any portion of an application packet needs further action the University will notify the applicant via e-mail. As soon as the application is complete, an admission decision will  be  made,  and  applicants  will be notified by the Admission Office. The Admission Office is the only office authorized to notify international students of their acceptance to Saint Peter’s. Depending on where an applicant lives, they can expect an admission decision on a completed application within three weeks after receipt of ALL application materials.

International Student Application Deadlines

It is recommended that applicants submit a completed application packet at least three months before the semester in which they wish to enroll. In order to process an application for admission in a timely manner, the following deadlines have been established:

Fall Semester.............................................August 1

Spring Semester........................................December 1

The University may consider completed applications received after the specified deadline as time permits.

F-1 Status (Student Visa)

International students are permitted to study in the United States if they meet U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service requirements. An F-1 visa to enter the U.S. is issued only to students who: a.) present evidence of regular admission to a full- time course of study in the U.S.; b.) have financial support for the entire period of study in the U.S.; and c.) intend to return to their home country once studies are completed.

The U.S. embassy or consulate in a student's area will be able to provide the specific requirements for applying for an F-1 visa from the home country. To be eligible for an F-1 visa, students  must  present  a  Certificate of  Eligibility  (Form I-20 A-B) issued by the U.S. institution at which they plan to study.   Saint Peter’s can issue Form I-20 only to those students who meet all admission requirements as specified in this application packet. Students currently on F-1 visas can be issued an Intent to Transfer form.

Documentation for Travel from Outside the U.S.

Students will be mailed the Form I-20 with their acceptance letter. Students will present this form, along with supporting documentation, to the U.S. embassy or consulate in their area. Students must have a valid passport issued by their home country for the visa application process and pay any necessary processing fees. Collecting documentation and scheduling appointments  to  complete  the  visa application process may cause unexpected delays. Therefore, it is recommended that students complete and submit the application packet to Saint Peter’s at least three months prior to the semester in which they plan to begin studies. Early submission should allow ample time to receive the Form I-20, meet with U.S. consular officers, and make travel arrangements.

Documentation for Travel from Inside the U.S.

Upon a student's acceptance, they will be mailed a Transfer Authorization Form (to be completed by the designated official at the student's current institution) to verify the F-1 status. Students who will come to Saint Peter’s from within the United States will be issued a Form I-20 after the transfer process has been completed.  If students plan to return to their home country, or travel outside the U.S. before coming to Saint Peter’s, the student must notify the Saint Peter’s University international student advisor of their intentions at least three weeks prior to departure from the U.S. so appropriate arrangements can be made and documentation can be prepared for the student to reenter the U.S. Applicants in any status other than F-1 will be sent further instructions for status change if necessary.

Admission of Veterans

All veterans who were students in good standing at Saint Peter’s University before entering the service will be readmitted if they apply in due time before registration. Veterans who have not previously attended any institution of collegiate rank should follow the admission procedures for new students. Veterans who have attended another institution and wish to transfer to the University should follow the admission procedures for transfer students.

Credit for formal service courses and schools, when granted, is based on the recommendations described in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience Gained in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education. Credit also is granted for college courses sponsored by the University of Maryland and made available to service members.

Veterans who are eligible to receive tuition benefits from the Veterans Administration should file the necessary forms.

Saint Peter’s University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. After the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits are applied, the University will match the 50% Yellow Ribbon contri­bution towards the tuition balance.

Students with Disabilities

Students with learning disabilities may be admitted to Saint Peter’s University provided they meet the University’s standard requirements for admission. Saint Peter’s University does not offer a comprehensive program for students with learning disabilities. However, accommodations will be made whenever possible. For more information, please refer to the section on Academic Policies and Regulations.

Service Member's Opportunity College

Saint Peter’s University has been identified as a Service member’s Opportunity College (SOC) providing educational assistance to active duty service members as follows:

  1. Use of admissions procedures which insure access to higher education for aca­demically qualified military personnel;
  2. Evaluation of non-traditional learning gained through military experiences and academic credit awarded where applicable to the service member’s program of study;
  3. Evaluation of learning and awarding of academic credit for such learning where applicable to the service member’s program of study;
  4. Evaluation of requests for inter-institutional transfer of credits and acceptance of such credits whenever they are appropriate to the service member’s program and are consistent with the University’s curriculum;
  5. Flexibility to service members in satisfying residence requirements by making adjustments for military students who transfer when there are other assurances of program balance;
  6. Designation of personnel with appropriate academic qualifications and experi­ence to administer and supervise SOC-related activities and to develop policies and procedures appropriate to the scope of their voluntary-education programs;
  7. Educational services for veterans.

Admission to School of Professional and Continuing Studies (part-time/full-time evening program)

Admission to Saint Peter’s University SPCS is based upon a student’s demonstrated academic performance, academic preparation, and potential for success in college-level study. Students are expected to have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.0, however, each application is reviewed on an individual basis. Students are expected to have a solid preparation for college. SPCS requires students to have a high school diploma or GED.

To satisfy admissions requirements, the complete admissions file must include:

  • a completed application
  • an official high school transcript

Notification of the admission decision is made on a rolling basis once the admission file is complete. Admission to the University is contingent upon proof of completion of high school or GED.