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, including payment of a $60 non-refundable Application Fee.
Non-Native English Speakers
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 during their application process. 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.
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 order to be accepted 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 students at UoPeople in their desired undergraduate degree program. The UoPeople Foundations Courses count towards the associate’s and bachelor’s degree credit requirements.
Submitting Proof of High School Completion
Submitting proof of high school completion may be satisfied during your first term at UoPeople through the submission of:
official diploma (or transcript showing graduation) sent directly to UoPeople (either mailed or submitted online); or
a photocopy of the original diploma (or transcript showing graduation) certified by a notary sent directly to UoPeople (either mailed or submitted online); or
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
For the quickest processing of your application materials, it is advised to send your documents electronically directly to your admissions advisor or to [email protected]
Refugees and Asylum-Seekers who are unable to produce original diplomas and/or transcripts may submit alternative documentation.
For applicants still wishing to send their documents to the Office of Admissions in Pasadena, California, must send to the following address:
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 for 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].