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Criteria, Requirements & Deadlines

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Entrance criteria for our academic programs varies.

To view the admission requirements for the specific major you're interested in, visit the program page for the bachelor's or joint and combined degree you are interested in. 

For many of our undergraduate programs, including nursing, education, business, liberal arts and natural sciences, students entering D'Youville College must meet the following minimum entrance criteria:

First Time Freshmen criteria

D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high quality education. If you've taken a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. 

Students entering D'Youville College as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria: 
High School Average SAT (or) ACT
80  980 19

⁺Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median 
SAT (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing)* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Total* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite 21 25 23

*These scores reflect the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.


Steps to Apply & Application Requirements

Follow the steps below to apply as a freshman to D'Youville College.

Submit Your Application

Create an account and submit your application in our application portal or submit your application through The Common Application. If you can't complete the application in one sitting, that's okay, you can access the application as often as you need.

Please apply through ONE of these application methods.

D'YouvillE Application 

The Common application

Submit Materials

Submit these materials:
  1. Forward one official copy of your high school transcript.
  2. Forward SAT and/or ACT scores. Contact your school counselor for assistance, or contact the ACT/SAT testing organizations directly.
  3. Letters of recommendation and essays are encouraged but optional.

Essay

Completion of an optional essay is highly recommended and is used by the admissions committee to achieve a higher level of understanding of what makes you a unique applicant. Essays should not exceed 650 words. Please choose one of the following topics:

  • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. (or)
  • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you and what did you learn from the experience? (or)
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again? (or)
  • Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma — anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. (or)
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Note: All essays and requests for letters of recommendation can be completed through The Common Application or through the D’Youville application portal once you submit your application.


When will you hear?

D'Youville has a rolling admissions policy. The earlier you apply, the earlier you will be notified of a decision. Decisions are typically mailed within 6 weeks of a completed application.

Accept your Admissions Offer

If you're accepted to D'Youville, you'll receive a packet of information, including a "Guide for Accepted Students" handbook.

To secure your place at D'Youville, make sure to submit the enrollment deposit online, by mail, or in person. Your payment must be postmarked by May 1 (fall applicants) or January 1 (spring applicants). This deposit confirms your place for the next term and is non-refundable.


Physician Assistant

FRESHMAN APPLICANTS

Physician Assistant applications must be completed and submitted by November 1.

Be sure to review the admission criteria for the Physician Assistant Combined degree program before applying.

  1. Create an account and submit your application in our application portal or submit your application through The Common Application.
  2. Forward one official copy of your high school transcript.
  3. Forward SAT and/or ACT scores. Contact your school counselor for assistance, or contact the ACT/SAT testing organizations directly.
  4. Complete the physician assistant application essay. For students using The Common Application, the physician assistant essay can be found under writing supplements.
  5. Provide 3 personal references.
Note: All essays and request for letters of recommendation can be completed through The Common Application, or through the D’Youville application portal once you submit your application.

Essay

You are required to answer each of the following questions (below). Essays should not exceed 750 words. Please answer all of these questions in your essay:

  1. Why have you chosen the physician assistant profession over other healthcare professions? 
  2. Describe what makes you distinctly qualified to pursue the physician assistant professional degree at D'Youville College. 
  3. Identify the methods you used to research the physician assistant profession.
  4. Provide examples of how you found the physician assistant profession to be different from other healthcare professions.

Additional Requirements

Applicants to the Physician Assistant program are required to complete at least 80 hours of direct patient interaction. You'll need to have your supervisor submit the verification form for this requirement. The direct patient interaction verification form can be found in a your application portal after you submit your application.

Please apply through ONE of these application methods.

D'Youville Application 

The Common Application


When will you hear?

Physician Assistant Applicants

Physician Assistant applicants receive admission decisions within 4-6 weeks following their on-campus interview.


AP and IB Policies

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes or an International Baccalaureate (IB) program are eligible to receive D'Youville College credit. To receive credit, students must provide official examination scores to D'Youville.

Advanced Placement

Official AP scores must be must be sent from College Board directly to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Students will receive credit for a minimum score of 3 on each AP examination. In some specific cases a minimum score of 4 may be required by the individual academic department. Any additional considerations for individual AP course equivalences will be determined by each academic department. These policies are subject to change at any time.

See the full list of accepted AP courses, test score requirements, and D'Youville course equivalents in the table below.

Advanced Placement (AP) Policy Equivalents

AP Exam Score DYC Course Equivalent Credit
Art History 3 Humanities (fine arts) or free elective 3
Biology 3 Core science or free elective 3
Calculus 3, 4, 5 Score of 5 = MAT 125; 4 or 3 = core math or free elective 3
Chemistry  3 Core science or elective  3
Comparative Government and Politics 3 Free elective 3
Computer Science 3 Core computer science or free elective 3
English Language 3 ENG 111 or free elective 3
English Literature 3 ENG 111 or free elective 3
Environmental Science 3 Core science or free elective 3
European History 3 Core history or free elective 3
French 3 Humanities (language) or free elective 3
German 3 Humanities (language) or free elective 3
Human Geography 3 Free elective 3
Italian 3 Humanities (language) or free elective  3
Latin 3 Humanities (language) or free elective 3
Macroeconomics 3, 4, 5 Score of 4 or 5 = ECO 201; 3=free elective 3
Microeconomics 3, 4, 5 Score of 4 or 5=ECO 202; 3=free elective 3
Music Theory 3 Humanities (fine arts) or free elective 3
Physics 3 Core science or free elective 3
Psychology 3 Free elective 3
Spanish 3 Humanities (language) or free elective 3
Statistics 3 MAT 120 or core math,or free elective 3
U.S. Government and Politics 3 Core economics/political science or free elective 3
U.S. History 3 Core history or free elective 3
World History 3 Core history or free elective 3

International Baccalaureate

Students enrolled in an International Baccalaureate (IB) program are eligible to receive D'Youville College credit. To receive credit, students must provide official IB examination scores to:

Undergraduate Admissions Office 
320 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201

IB course equivalents are evaluated on an individual basis by the Registrar's Office and each academic department. For information on the IB policies please contact the Registrar's Office at 716-829-8347.

Mailing Address

All hard-copy documents should be mailed to:

Undergraduate Admissions 
D'Youville College
320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201