Admissions

FRESHMAN APPLICANTS

Student applying for admission to a higher education institution for the first time are classified as freshman applicants.  All students applying for admission to the freshman class at the Polytechnic University-Orlando Campus must meet the following requirements.

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Submit an official academic transcript (standard high school diploma) from a high school certifying graduation or the results of high school equivalency examination (GED).
  3. Pay thirty dollars ($30.00) nonrefundable application fee.  The application fee will not be applicable towards the student’s registration charges.  Fee is valid for two consecutive quarters.

 

High School applicants must have a minimum grade point average depending of the program of interest, see table below:

Discipline Minimum
H.S. GPA Index
Engineering 2.50
Computer Science 2.00
Business/Management 2.00

Students submitting GED test results, in order for it to reflect our institutional requirement, students must have a minimum score of 560 in mathematics section for any Engineering Program and 520 in Science. Business students must receive a minimum overall score of 2,250 or higher.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Transfer students applying for admission to Polytechnic University-Orlando Campus must meet the following requirements.

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Submit an official academic transcript from previous higher education institution.
  3. Pay thirty dollars ($30.00) nonrefundable application fee.  The application fee will not be applicable towards the student’s registration charges.  Fee is valid for two consecutive quarters.
  4. Must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in order to be admitted.

An applicant who has studied at an institution of higher education may apply for admission as a transfer student.  They will be favorably considered for all academic work completed with a grade of “C” or higher at each prior institution provided that they are of equal or higher credit hours.

A transfer applicant will have to appeal to the Admissions Committee in order to be considered if he/she is on disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal from the previous institution.

Any undergraduate student applying for admission to Polytechnic University – Orlando Campus should know that only two thirds of the total number of credits required for the degree can be awarded as transfer credits, including no more than half of the specialization’s credit requirements. The courses and credits that will be transferred to a student for the program they are enrolling in will be based on the academic program requirement. Transferred grades will not be used for the evaluation of her/his Grade Point Average. All transfer students must complete at Polytechnic University no less than 65% of the credits required for graduation in order to be eligible for academic honors.

INTERNAL TRANSFER STUDENTS

Internal Transfer Students – Students transferred between Polytechnic University Campuses

  1. Any student requesting a transfer form one campus to another should:
  • Complete an Authorization for Internal Transfer form and present it to the transferring campus
  1. If the student has an inactive status (two consecutives quarters) he/she should apply for readmission and internal transfer
  2. The student must complete a minimum of 36 credits of the Bachelors Degree at Orlando Campus to be considered for graduation.

All the courses and credits from the previous campus will be evaluated for program he/she is enrolling. The additional course analysis for the completion of the program will be based on the academic program requirements. However, all the attended credits under the same institution will be used to determine the student Grade Point Average.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

An applicant desiring to enroll as an international student must submit the following documents:

International Applicants with Form I-20

  1. Complete the Application for Admission
  2. Pay a $150.00 application fee (non-refundable)
  3. Submit an official transcript certified by the education institution and validated by the Ministry of Education of the applicant’s home country as well as a USA academic equivalence certification for that degree.
  4. Demonstrate financial capacity to complete the required program, if personally by means of a funds availability certificate from the candidate’s banking institution or:
    • Submit a sworn statement by the person that will cover the costs of the studies, indicating the annual amount assigned for this purpose and
    • Submit a copy of the income tax return of the person, residing in the U.S. that will cover the cost of the studies or, if self-financed, submit a letter from the applicant’s banking institution, certifying availability of funds to cover the studies.

All instruction and written work at Polytechnic University is in English.  Students whose primary language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency.  The standard measure of this ability is the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The applicant should provide a minimum score of 79 (internet based test), 213 (computer based test), or 550 (paper test) to enter the regular program courses. If TOEFL or an equivalent test is not provided or does not comply with the minimum score, an English proficiency test will be given by the Admission Office to assess his/her abilities and prepare a development plan.

The University is approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) to issue a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status for qualified international students.  Following admission acceptance, the applicant must submit all documentation required by the INS.  Upon approval, the Designated Student Officer (DSO) will issue the I-20 to qualified applicants following receipt of all required documents and paid registration fees for the first academic term of full-time enrollment.

Applicants who are not United States of America citizens or permanent residents must petition Polytechnic University – Orlando Campus to issue official forms required by the Bureau of Immigration and Citizenship Services (BICS).  Upon completion of these forms and acceptance, these applicants will be classified as international students.

SPECIAL STUDENTS

Applicants, who have studied at an institution of higher education and have been authorized to take courses at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico to complete requirements from their institution, are classified as special students. Also, those applicants who are not interested in obtaining an academic degree from PUPR or a grade except for use as professional development course work are classified as special students. An applicant desiring to enroll as a special student must submit:

  1. A complete application form for admission.
  2. Payment of thirty dollars ($30.00) non-refundable application fee with the completed application form.
  3. Submit an authorization as Special Student.

If the person wants to change this classification to a Regular Student, he or she will have to fulfill all the requirements of the Admissions Office, take the prerequisites and obtain a grade of C or higher in everyone. A Special Student does not qualify for financial aid until the classification to Regular Student has been made.

 

AUDIT STUDENTS

Audit Students are required to submit an admission application and pay a $50.00 non-refundable admission fee. These students are not interested in earning credit-hours toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. They may attend classes as auditors after paying the tuition fees, with authorization of the Faculty Dean and Registrar, but will not receive grades or credit for work done in any subject.

 

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA

Upon acceptance at the university, all students are required to provide a copy of a current driver’s license or photo identification for placement in the files for official records.

In considering an application, the Director of Admissions of Polytechnic University-Orlando campus will take into account the scholastic record to determine qualification for admission.  The University reserves the right to require further information from any applicant.

The application for admission form asks for important information, which the applicant is responsible to submit.  Any false information given in the application form will be enough reason to reject said application, unless the applicant is able to prove to the Registrar or the Director of Admissions that such information was given without malice or aforethought.

Applicants with less than GPA required can request in writing, special consideration by the Admission Committee due to extenuating circumstances. Final determination is at the discretion of the Admission Committee.

Polytechnic University – Orlando Campus grants entrance to students with consideration to (when applicable):

  • Past academic performance
  • Rapport and mature intervention
  • Recognition of ability and potential
  • Evidence of personal drive
  • Desire to learn and
  • Plan for obtaining a degree

 

Special attention and support is given to individuals as follows:

  • Talented students who, for socio cultural reasons, denote disadvantages in their knowledge and skills
  • Individuals who, for different reasons, could not complete a previously enrolled Bachelor’s Degree program in Engineering, Computer Science, or Business Administration
  • Individuals who have attained, or are in the process of attaining a college degree, but want to change their fields of specialization
  • Professionals who strive for self-improvement and who want to continue their development, either in their own field or in a new specialization
  • Demonstrates personal potential to accept and commit to the rigors of academic life
  • Each applicant is accorded individual consideration through an Admission Committee review and notification process
  • An Admission Application and the corresponding fee are valid for two consecutive quarters

The institution reserves the right to admit, on a temporary status or reject, any applicant who fails to meet any criteria. The institution reserves the right for admission of any student.

APPLICATION FORMS

Application forms for admission at Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Official Transcript Request Form Application for Admission Admission Requirements