CS Undergraduate Admission FAQ

 
  1. Who must apply for admission to the Computer Science Department?
  2. When does the admission to the Computer Science Department take place? 
  3. What are the deadlines? 
  4. What are the course requirements for admission to the CS Department? 
  5. Is there a GPA requirement for admission?
  6. Is the admission process selective? 
  7. Can I have courses in progress while I submit my application? 
  8. What if I am in my last course at a community college and the course is not on my PSU DARS?
  9. What if I have AP credit for some courses and it's not showing up on my DARS?
  10. Where is the application? 
  11. What is the admission process? 
  12. What does conditional admittance mean? 
  13. Can I take upper division Computer Science courses before being admitted to the Computer Science Department if I have met the course prerequisites? 
  14. What are three things I must do before I submit my application to the Computer Science Department?
  15. How long does the process take?
  16. Once I am admitted to the Computer Science Department, will my tuition increase? 
  17. What if I am denied admission? 

 

1.  Who must apply for the admission to the Computer Science Department?

Any one who wishes to take upper division CS courses, including post-bac students.

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2.  When does the admission to the Computer Science Department take place?

Fall and spring quarters only each year. Plan accordingly so the last courses required for admission are completed by or in progress the term before admission. Fall admits will have applied during summer term and spring admits will have applied during winter term. 

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3.  What are the deadlines?

Fall admission deadline -- July 1

Spring admission deadline -- February 1

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4.  What are the course requirements for admission to the CS Department?

Admission requirements vary depending if the student is seeking a Bachelor of Science in CS, a CS minor, or approval for the Grad preparation track. Refer to the links for more details. 

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5.  Is there a GPA requirement for admission?

Yes, we use an all-attempts GPA calculation for CS 162, 163, 201, 202, 250, and 251. This means we count every single grade you've earned for these courses. See page two of the application itself for a more detailed explanation. 

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6.  Is the admission process selective?

No.  At this time, all students that meet the admission requirements are admitted to the CS program.

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7.  Can I have courses in progress while I submit my application?

TBD

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8.  What if I am in my last course at a community college and the course is not on my PSU DARS?

Submit a current unofficial transcript from the college that shows the course in progress and your name and attach it to your application.  Once your grade is recorded for this class send an official transcript to PSU Admissions.

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9.  What if I have AP credit for some courses and it is not showing up on my DARS?

Have the College Board send your official scores to PSU Admissions.  You may also have the Board send you your official scores in a sealed envelope for you to hand deliver to PSU Admissions.  Do this well in advance as this process takes weeks.

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10.  Where is the application?

The application is fillable pdf located here

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11.  What is the admission process?

  • Check that you have completed the requirements or the last ones are in progress at the time you apply.  See question 5.
  • Print out your DARS and check that all required courses are present.
  • Complete the entire application.  We need every page.
  • If you are unsure of something visit during drop-in advising hours for a quick application check.
  • Submit application to the CS Dept. by the deadline.
  • Await an admissions decision by email.
  • Full admission will be granted to students who have completed all their requirements. Conditional admittance will be granted to students who have their last courses in progress.

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12.  What does conditional admittance mean?

Students that apply to the program with courses in progress and have met all the other requirements will be admitted to the CS program on the condition that they receive a passing score for required classes in progress.  Students will be allowed to register for upper division CS courses.  At the end of the admission term, grades for classes which were in progress will be checked and students that have not passed will have their admission revoked and administratively dropped from their upper division CS courses.

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13.  Can I take upper division CS courses before being admitted to the CS Dept. if I have met the course prerequisites?

No.

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14.  What are three things I must do before I submit my application to the CS Department?

  • Check that all information on the required courses is on the application.
  • Sign and date the application.
  • Attach your current DARS which lists all courses completed and in progress.

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15.  How long does the process take?

Allow 2-3 weeks to be informed of the decision. Admission is our highest priority. Repeated questions about admission decisions can slow down the process so be patient. 

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16.  Once I’m admitted to the Computer Science Department will my tuition increase?

Yes, the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science charges a differential tuition for admitted students to pay for use of College resources. Tuition and fee charts are here

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17.  What if I am denied admission?

Consult the CS advisor. Depending on the reason for the denial, you may request a review by the CS Appeals Committee. 

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