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Admissions Requirements & Process

Flexible, affordable and accommodating, the ACCESS Program makes the dream of achieving your education goals a reality. Because the ACCESS program is designed for adult learners like you, the admissions requirements are minimal and applying is easy.

Admissions Requirements

If you have a high school diploma or GED and the desire to learn, you meet DeSales' basic requirements for the ACCESS program. Anything beyond these basics puts you on an even faster track to earning your DeSales degree or certificate.

If you have attended some college...

We will be happy to evaluate your prior college courses to the number of credits you may be able to transfer toward your DeSales' program.

  • DeSales accepts up of 75 credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities.
  • All transferred credits must be applicable to some curriculum offered at DeSales University.
  • You must complete at least 15 three-credit (or more) courses at DeSales University to earn a degree from DSU.
  • Only credit is transferred, your grades for transfer courses are not calculated into the your GPA at DSU. (Exception: grades earned at LVAIC institutions via the cross registration process are included in the calculation of your DSU GPA.)

Please review our transfer policy

Earn credits for your non-college experience...

DeSales ACCESS program can give you college credits for the knowledge and skills you have acquired through non-college learning. Our prior learning assessment enables you to demonstrate what you've learned. Examples of non-college learning may include:

  • Work experience
  • Military training
  • Non-traditional training

Learn about our prior learning assessment

Three steps to admissions

  1. Apply to ACCESS
    The application process begins with an ACCESS Application for Admission. A copy of your high school diploma or GED is also required
  2. Meet with an academic advisor
    One of our staff members will help you set up an appointment with an advisor at one of our locations.
  3. Choose your classes
    Your advisor will help you come up with your personal education plan.

Criteria for admissions to the ACCESS program

A non-traditional student is defined as “Any student, regardless of age, whose primary adult responsibilities are non-academic, and for whom those responsibilities take priority at this time in their lives.”

Non-traditional learners meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Have a career and other significant non-academic responsibilities (e.g., being self-supporting, working full-time, having financial dependents) that conflict with traditional college experiences;
  • Be out of high school for 5+ years at the time of first undergraduate registration, or have a 2-4 year interruption in his/her undergraduate education;
  • Is a veteran or active duty service member; 
  • Needs to be enrolled in an online program due to significant non-academic responsibilities (e.g. being self-supporting, working full-time, having financial dependents);
  • Must take fewer than 12 credits due to significant nonacademic commitments (e.g. being self-supporting, working full-time, having financial dependents);
  • Is pursuing post-baccalaureate studies (e.g., certificate, second degree), primarily with undergraduate courses.

CLEP Testing

DeSales is a CLEP (College Level Examination Program) Test Center
We are also one of 1,400 nationwide and abroad. CLEP is an uncomplicated, reputable, and efficient way for you to get college credit for knowledge you have acquired on your own. 
Learn more about CLEP testing at DeSales

Contact Us

ACCESS Admissions
2755 Station Avenue Center Valley, PA 18034