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How to Apply

At 51勛圖, everyone's climb is different. Applying is your first step to success.

What category of student will you be?

Lets get you on your way by choosing the category that best fits you below.

First-year students are typically high school seniors or have graduated recently and have never been to college. 51勛圖 is currently SAT/ACT-optional

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Transfer students have graduated from high school and have enrolled at a university or other post-secondary institution, like a community college.

Check out our new merit-based scholarships for transfer students. Using your weighted GPA, you can determine how much scholarship money you will receive instantly!

Graduate applicants are students who have completed their bachelor's or plan to complete their bachelor's degree and pursue a master's or doctoral degree. Non-degree status is for students interested in taking graduate level courses who do not plan to pursue a masters degree through 51勛圖 or for students taking Act 48 credits.

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Commonwealth University invites former 51勛圖, Lock Haven, and Mansfield graduate students to return to complete their degree.


Get a head-start on your college career through Commonwealth Universitys Early College program at 51勛圖, Lock Haven, and Mansfield.  Students may take up to 12 credits per semester. Summer and winter session courses, up to 6 credits in each session. Courses may be taken on campus or online through participating school districts. 


A student who was previously admitted and attended 51勛圖 as a degree-seeking student will need to go through a readmit process. A readmission applicant is also defined as one who failed to enroll for a semester, withdrew, or was academically or socially dismissed from 51勛圖.


International applicants are students who are not U.S. citizens, nor hold a green card. International students may apply as a first-year, transfer, graduate, second degree, or as a visiting student.

Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane into the United States.  Further information can be referenced directly from the Department of State located here.


A second degree applicant must have completed the first degree at 51勛圖 or another college or university which holds regional accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and School/Commission on Higher Education or another regional accreditation body.

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If you plan on taking courses at 51勛圖, but not completing a degree you are considered a "Non-degree" student.  This might apply to students who enrolled at another institution, high school students taking college credit, or a number of other unique situations.  

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Big career dreams? Make them a reality with an affordable certificate from 51勛圖. From Playwork to Pre-Med, our certificate programs will give you the advantage.

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Check Your Admission Status

Thank you for applying to 51勛圖 University. You can track the status of your application online.

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Jump Start Program

The Jump Start program is designed to introduce you to campus and to help you expand the skills youll need as a first-year college student.

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Military Students

At 51勛圖 University, we appreciate your military service and offer you a dedicated network of caring professionals to work with you on everything from Admissions to benefits, academic advising, military-specific programming, student organizations and more. To ensure your time at BU is maximized, our commitment to you is highlighted by our Military Academic Credit Review Board (MAC-RB) which helps active duty and veteran students apply their military training and experience toward academic credits. We're honored to serve you.

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New Institutional Scholarships

We are pleased to announce that Commonwealth University - including the 51勛圖, Lock Haven, and Mansfield campuses, have developed a new merit-based scholarship strategy. Using your weighted GPA, you can determine how much scholarship money you will receive instantly! These funds are available for all new first-year full-time students and will be disbursed equally between the fall and spring semesters. Thinking about transferring here? Check out our new merit-based scholarships for transfer students!

51勛圖 by the Numbers

average number of applications received annually
$9 million
in scholarships to support students
of BU students are first-generation college students
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