Admission Requirements for Early High School Graduates

  • Applicant must meet regular admissions requirements to the university:
    • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • A complete application consists of:
      • Shippensburg University Application
      • A High School Transcript
  • You must have a date of graduation prior to the start of your intended term of entry. If your high school transcript does not include an expected graduation date, we may need additional time to follow up with your high school.
  • When you apply, your transcript must reflect that you have completed at least 75% of our recommended high school course work (equivalent to completion of your junior year) before we can make decision. For most early graduates, we expect to see at least six semester of high school work completed, though we may review transcripts with just five semesters completed for applicants graduating a full year early.
  • A letter from your counselor, on official letterhead, stating that early graduation has been approved by the High School.
  • Admission is conditional until a final, official high school transcript has been received. Admitted students are not able to register for the second semester of enrollment until a final, official transcript has been received.

Important Aspects to Consider:

  • Before you apply as an early graduate, verify that your high school is actually GRADUATING you early and not just releasing you from a semester of required enrollment. Some high schools allow students to leave high school after the first semester of their senior year if all graduation requirements have been met, but the school or district policy only offers graduation in May/June. We consider these students "early release" students, not true early graduates.
  • In the case of "early release" and not "early graduation", applicants typically cannot be considered for spring semester admission. In order to be eligible for spring admission, students graduating a semester early must have a graduation date prior to the start of the spring semester on their final, official high school transcript.
  • If you will have met all graduation requirements at semester but will not graduate until May/June (with your class), we hope you will apply for admission to the fall term and pursue other educational or non-educational opportunities during the spring.
  • If you are an early graduate applicant eligible for spring entry, we hope you will be mindful of the unique challenges of starting at Shippensburg University mid-year. Moving into an established community in the residence halls, transitioning without the benefit of a welcome program such as Fall Welcome Week, and jumping very quickly from a high school environment in December to a university environment in January require additional student initiative, tenacity, adaptability, and maturity. Consider carefully whether this is a good option for you.
  • If you will officially graduate at semester (December/January) and plan to attend another institution for the spring before entering Shippensburg University in the fall, you should apply as a transfer applicant.