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).

The following credentials are required before an admission decision can be made:

  • Submission of the first-year admission application
  • $30 application fee or fee waiver documentation uploaded through your SRU application portal
  • Official High School transcripts (including a 12th grade class schedule if available) sent from your high school counselor electronically or your counselor can email your official transcripts to

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

Slippery Rock University is test optional through 2024. This means we do not 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 apply to SRU for a pre-professional advising area with LECOM, you are required to submit SAT or ACT scores to LECOM.

*Students who apply to SRU for the Pre-Pharmacy track with Duquesne University, you are required to submit SAT or ACT scores to SRU.

Other 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.