Requirements for Undergraduate Degree Programs

As an accredited University, UoPeople has a number of requirements for all potential applicants, to help maintain a strong, intellectual student body. To meet admission requirements, applicants must:

  • Be 16 years old or older
  • Be able to demonstrate high school completion
  • Have English proficiency

To apply for admissions consideration to UoPeople, applicants must complete an online application. Once eligible to begin your studies with us, you are required to submit a payment of a non-refundable Application Processing Fee. In addition, applicants who are non-native English speakers, or did not complete their high school education in an institution where the primary language of instruction is English, are required to provide proof of English proficiency.


Should applicants be unable to provide proof of English proficiency, they will need to successfully complete a UoPeople English course before proceeding to UoPeople Foundations. UoPeople does not require a standardized entrance exam for admittance.


Entrance exams are not required for admission – this means that you do not need to submit any standardized test scores in order to be accepted to the online degree program at UoPeople in Business Administration, Computer Science or Health Science.


In order to be admitted to an undergraduate degree program, students must successfully complete the UoPeople Foundations Courses. The UoPeople Foundations Courses are designed to equip students with the necessary skills needed to thrive in their academic degree studies. Once students have successfully passed the UoPeople Foundations Courses and sent their proof of high school completion document, they may continue as Degree Seeking Students at UoPeople in their desired undergraduate degree program. The UoPeople Foundations Courses count towards the associate’s and bachelor’s degree credit requirements.


Completion requirements for the UoPeople Foundations Courses are published in our Catalog.


Submitting proof of high school completion may be satisfied during your first term at UoPeople through the submission of:

  1. official diploma (or transcript showing graduation) sent directly to UoPeople (either mailed or submitted online); or

  2. a photocopy of the original diploma (or transcript showing graduation) certified by a notary sent directly to UoPeople (either mailed or submitted online); or

  3. If an applicant, such as a refugee or asylum seeker is unable to provide the documents listed above, the applicant shall take an Ability to Benefit test approved by the US Department of Education. For additional information, please click here

Sending Documents


For the quickest processing of your application materials, please upload them online directly via the UoPeople Self-Service Portal here. This can be accessed once you have completed your application to the university and paid your application fee.


For those who are unable to produce original diplomas/and or transcripts, such as Refugees and Asylum- Seekers, these applicants can take the “Ability to Benefit test instead.” For resources and additional information on how to prepare for the Ability to Benefit exam, please see: For additional information on how to register for an Ability-To-Benefit test in your area, please contact your Admission Advisor. Every case will be evaluated separately at the university discretion.


For applicants still wishing to send their documents to the Office of Admissions in Pasadena, California, must send to the following address:


University of the People (Office of Admissions)
225 S. Lake Ave. Suite 300
Pasadena, CA. 91101


Tips for Sending your Documents to the Office of Admissions


Documents that are not in the English language must be submitted along with an official notarized translation. The original, as well as the English version, must be sent to UoPeople.


UoPeople also accepts the following official post-secondary credentials for admissions consideration: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees.


It is important to verify that all the appropriate documents are included, as well as to be sure that you have copies of your personal records.


Please note that all submitted documents become the property of University of the People, and cannot be returned, due to university regulations.


If applicants have any issues or questions regarding the required documents they need to send, they may contact their personal Admissions Advisor or the Office of Admissions at [email protected].