PPM 6-2, Admissions

Responsible Office: Office of Admissions


This policy outlines University admissions standards.


2.1 Matriculated Student - Students seeking a diploma, certificate, or degree who have completed all admission application procedural steps (see Section 4.0) and have been accepted for admission based on the current admissions policy as printed in the annual course catalog.

2.2 Non-Matriculated Students - Students who have not completed the admissions application process; or who do not qualify for admission on the basis of current admissions policy.

2.3 Graduate Admission - Graduate admission is the admission level for master's or doctoral degree programs which allows students to register within course and program guidelines for graduate and undergraduate level courses within course and program guidelines.

2.4 New Freshmen - Students who have never attended any college or university will be classified as new freshmen. Included are students enrolled full-time in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer term, and full-time or part-time students who entered with advanced standing (college credits earned before graduation from high school). Credit earned before graduation from high school includes Advanced Placement credit, CLEP credit, Early College credit and Concurrent credit. 

2.5 Transfer Students - Applicants who have attended another college or university, including former Weber State students who have since attended another college or university.

2.6 Readmission Students - Applicants who have previously attended the University, or were admitted to the University but did not enroll, and who have not attended another college or university in the interim.

2.7 International Students - Applicants who intend to enroll at the University with a non-immigrant visa that permits academic study at the University. 

2.8 Non-Degree-Seeking Students – Applicants who are not seeking a diploma, certificate, or degree.

2.9 Concurrent Enrollment Students - High school students who are enrolled in college-level courses taken at the secondary institution.

2.10 Early College - High school students who are enrolled in college-level courses taken at the University (not including concurrent enrollment).


Requirements for admission to the University and retention in the University or any program of the University shall be formulated by the appropriate committee of Faculty Senate and approved by the Board of Trustees.

All admission policies shall apply without regard to race, color, ethnic background, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or preference, or gender.

All prospective students must apply through the Admissions Office, the International Student and Scholars Office or graduate departments. Admission to regular University programs of study shall be open to those who meet all criteria to become fully matriculated students. 


4.1 The University will establish admission application deadlines for each academic term.  Applicants must submit all required materials by the established deadlines as published annually in the University catalog.

4.2 Admission to the University does not ensure acceptance into a specific program, department, or college of the University. Academic units may require additional information and separate applications for admission into specific programs.

4.3 General Application Criteria

4.3.1 Applications will be reviewed when all required information is on file.

4.3.2 If admission is granted prior to graduation from an accredited high school or receipt of GED or while work is in progress at another college or university, the admission decision is contingent upon satisfactory completion of high school graduation requirements, or the work in progress, and may be revoked if the student fails to graduate or if the transfer work is not acceptable.

4.3.3 Acceptance notices are valid beginning the semester indicated.

4.3.4 Applicants who do not register during the semester for which they were accepted and who wish to be admitted for a subsequent semester may notify the Admissions Office.

4.3.5  In the absence of a final cumulative GPA from an accredited high school, non-high school graduates will be considered for admission only if their ACT/SAT composite score meets or exceeds an annually established benchmark.

4.3.6 Applicants will be evaluated based on prior academic performance and test results and may register in classes for which they meet course prerequisites. Registration options for initial math and English courses are determined by the Math & English Placement Standards. Fees may be charged for assessment tests and/or tutoring.

4.4 Application Requirements by Application Status

4.4.1 New Freshmen - New freshmen applicants will be admitted based on verification of graduation from an accredited high school or General Education Development Test (GED) with scores established by the University.

4.4.2 Admission of Transfer Students - Students seeking to transfer to the University will be admitted in accordance with the following guidelines: Students transferring with fewer than 30 semester hours of credit will be considered for admission on the same basis as new freshmen. Students transferring with 30 semester hours or more with a cumulative GPA below 2.00 will be referred to the Admissions Committee for admission consideration and are not guaranteed admission. International Students:  International applicants with no prior college or university credit will be required to submit evidence of U.S. equivalent high school graduation with a cumulative GPA equal to or better than the U.S. equivalent of 2.50 for admission.

4.4.3 Graduate admission for new and transfer students will be based on individual department and/or college requirements.

4.4.4 Non-Matriculated Students - Non-matriculated students must complete the application procedure appropriate to their application status. Credit toward graduation will be allowed for only the first 30 semester hours taken as a non-matriculated student, and financial aid cannot be awarded.

4.4.5 Students who are not yet eligible for matriculation may earn institutional certificates. Students who are eligible for matriculation must fully matriculate before earning a diploma, certificate, or degree.

4.4.6 Non-degree-seeking students must apply by submitting the admission application and fee if applicable and will be allowed to register for any classes for which they have met prerequisite requirements, except those in limited enrollment programs on a space-available basis.

4.4.7 Students who are not seeking a degree and are attending a course, seminar or workshop administered through Continuing Education must apply through the Division of Online and Continuing Education.

4.4.8 Senior citizens (62 years or older and a Utah resident) who are not degree-seeking will not be required to pay an admission fee. They will be required to complete a registration form and obtain instructor permission for each course they attend. The course will be audited and the course will not appear on a transcript of credits.

4.4.9 Non-degree-seeking faculty, staff, and faculty/staff spouses will not be required to pay an admission fee.

4.4.10 Concurrent enrollment students must apply by submitting the concurrent enrollment application, paying the fee, and completing a legal guardian consent form.   

4.4.11 Early college students applying for admission into the Early College Program will need to provide a high school transcript. Admission is calculated based on an index score utilizing a calculation based on ACT/SAT and GPA. In addition, proof of enrollment at the high school will need to be confirmed through the completion of the high school counselor contract. Students who are home-schooled will need to provide an ACT score.

4.5 Recommended Paths to Matriculated Status for Early College, Concurrent Enrollment, and Non-matriculated Groups

4.5.1 Applicants Denied Admission - Applicants who do not meet the University's admission requirements may complete the deficient requirement(s) and reapply within one year without an additional admission fee.

4.5.2 Early College and Concurrent Enrollment Students - Students who have earned University credits prior to high school graduation will be considered for standard admission according to the standards listed in this policy for new freshmen after they have declared intent to become degree-seeking.

4.5.3 Non-Degree Students - Non-degree-seeking students who decide to pursue a degree will be considered for admission subject to the University's admission standards and policies listed in this policy.


5.1 All students applying for admission to the University must comply with the admission, application procedural steps specified by the University for their particular application status, e.g. new freshmen, transfer, readmission, or international applicant as follows:

5.1.1 New freshmen must complete the following admission application process: Submit evidence of graduation from an accredited high school (applicants from Utah must submit basic or alternative completion diplomas and transcripts) or evidence of high school graduation equivalency. High school graduation equivalency may be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  • Pass the GED with an overall score of 2250 or better, with no individual score below 450. 
  • Pass the ACT/SAT with a composite score which meets or exceeds an annually established benchmark. Note: To satisfy high school equivalency in this manner an applicant's high school class must have graduated.  Submit an official transcript from the high school of graduation. The transcript must be sent directly from the high school to the Admissions Office.  Submit an application for admission.  Pay the application fee.

5.1.2 Transfer students must complete the following admission application process: Submit an official transcript from each college or university previously attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the prior college or university to the Admissions Office. Submit an application for admission. Pay the application fee.

5.1.3 International applicants must submit the application information required of new freshmen or transfer students (as applicable), and must also submit evidence of: English Proficiency - Provide evidence of English proficiency as described in the University catalog. International applicants who are admitted but with insufficient English proficiency must first take the LEAP Placement Test and then complete the appropriate ESL courses according to their test results. Financial Support - A financial statement indicating the availability of funds for school and living expenses for the first year at the University and adequate support for the full length of time they expect to be enrolled at the University. Health Insurance - International students must provide evidence of independent health insurance coverage for each term enrolled.


6.1 The University may consider up to five percent of new students annually for admission who do not meet conventional criteria for admission. This special admission consideration may be given to a variety of students: for instance, those for whom the common indicators of predicted academic success may not be valid indicators of their potential ability.

6.2 Exceptional students may be considered for early admission to the University if they meet all of the specified academic and procedural requirements pertinent to their status.

6.3 Student appeals for waiver of established admission policies and requirements, including appeals for admission under the five percent rule, will be heard and acted upon by the Admissions staff. Students appealing these decisions to the Admissions, Credits and Graduation Committee must comply with the guidelines established for and by that committee.

Revision History  

Creation Date: 04-20-77

Amended: 03-18-14; 4-27-23