Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

If you are an incoming freshman who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and who wants to be considered for admission to PennWest California as a degree-seeking student, please submit the items listed below. International students seeking admission should follow the international admissions process.

 Completed online application or completed  paper application. 

  1.  Application fee. 
  2. Official high school transcript (or GED certificate and scores).
  3. SAT or ACT scores (optional)
  4. Letter(s) of recommendation (optional). 
  5. A personal essay (optional).

 You will be considered for admission to PennWest California after careful review of your high school record, academic coursework and SAT/ACT scores. Attention is given to your personal essay, extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation, if submitted. 

Core High School Curriculum Requirements for Regular Admissions

To be considered for regular admission, we expect you to complete a rigorous high school curriculum that provides you with the skills and knowledge required for college and career success. Please contact an admissions counselor if your high school transcript will not include the expected content listed below.

Language Arts Literacy
4 Years

Content may include language, communication, writing composition, research, logic,technical and business reading and writing, informational text, media, and literature.

3 Years

Content that incorporates the equivalent of Algebra I, Geometry and a third-year course in either Algebra II or a rigorous course based in Probability/ Statistics. Mathematics or mathematical-based science taken in senior year is highly recommended.

3 Years


Content that incorporates the equivalent of biology (with lab), chemistry (with lab) and 
other inquiry-based lab or technical science, such as physics, engineering, environmental, or Earth science. 

Social Studies
3 Years


Content that incorporates the equivalent of civics, U.S. history, world history, 
geography and economics and provides students an understanding of the influence of heritage, cultural context, diversity and global perspectives.

International Student Admission Requirements - Undergraduate

  TOEFL  IELTS Duolingo
Full Admission 61 5.5 90

Get Help from an Admissions Counselor

Do you have questions about admissions requirements or the application process? Our dedicated admissions counselors are always accessible and ready to help. 

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