First-Year Student Admission Requirements


Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first-year students (new freshmen).

For Fall 2021 students and beyond:

Slippery Rock University is now test optional. This means we no longer require test scores to be submitted with your application. Students are welcome to submit their ACT or SAT scores but it is not required for admission.

Students who have a 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA will automatically be admitted to SRU.

In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required before an admission decision can be made:

We are seeking students who:

  • Have attained at least a 3.25 GPA or higher in college preparatory coursework

Important notes:

  • Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines listed above are still encouraged to apply.  Such applicants will have their applications reviewed individually by a member of the admissions staff.  Applicants may be asked to submit additional academic credentials and placed on a wait list for future consideration.
  • Students who are placed on a wait list should understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant’s credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers.  Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on a regular basis.
  • Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions after the next marking period. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission are made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list decisions made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.