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Admissions Requirements & Policies



Patten University admits students of any race, color, religion, sex, age, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students of the University. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, handicap, disability, marital status, national and ethnic origin, nor any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and other school administered programs.

Our admissions officers are available to answer your questions at (877) 351-9060, ext. 1007 or

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Degree Requirement

To be admitted into an undergraduate degree program, students must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent (such as a GED).

Graduate and Certificate Degree Requirement
To be admitted into a graduate degree or certificate program, you must hold a Bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, or its international equivalent. Three years work experience is recommended but not required. Official transcripts are required.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts must be sent directly from previous colleges(s) or universities. Electronically-issued transcripts and other documentation can be sent to Paper-based transcripts and records should be sent to: 

Patten University - Transcript Office
548 Market St PMB 98598
San Francisco, CA 94104-5401

An applicant who has completed university-level courses in a foreign country comparable to course credits in the American university system must have their educational credentials evaluated and sent to Patten University. The credit evaluation report must also include the original transcript. If the transcript is not in English a translation must be provided. Three credible providers of credential evaluations are:

World Education Services (WES –
Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE –
International Education Research Foundation (IERF –

Applicant / Student Verification

Applicants are required to submit a government-issued photo ID as part of their application. The photo ID will be used so that student identity can be verified throughout the program. 

Technology Requirements

In order to fulfill the requirements of the Patten course curriculum all students are required to have access to an internet-enabled device with a web-browser, an email account, a word-processing program, and a spreadsheet program.

English Proficiency

Patten University requires proof of English proficiency from students for whom English is not their native language. Students who have earned at least 30 credits from an internationally-recognized college or university in which English was the language of instruction may have this requirement waived. An average grade of C or higher is required for undergraduate admissions, while an average grade of B or higher is required for graduate admissions. 

Admissions Policies

Advanced Standing (Transfer Credit)

Students may receive advanced standing or transfer credit for courses taken in other recognized public, private, or Government educational institutions. Approval for specific courses will be established individually on the basis of breadth, scope, organization, and quality of work offered in relationship to the courses required by the Patten University. No more than 50% of the credits required for a Master's degree or Graduate certificate program may be fulfilled via transfer credit. Requests for advanced standing require an official transcript indicating comparable coursework with grades of a B or higher. Transfer credits that are recognized and accepted by Patten University will appear on the student's transcript but are not factored into the calculation of the student’s grade point average.

Transcripts from non-US based institutions must be evaluated by an appropriate third party. 









Application Deadline
Patten University offers students the opportunity to start their program at multiple intervals throughout the year. The undergraduate calendar consist of six terms per academic year and the graduate calendar consists of 12 terms per academic year. Once an application is submitted, students have 90 days to register for their first term. Students may receive an extension for this upon request.

Admission Decisions
Upon receipt of the Application for Admission and all necessary documentation, the Office of Admissions will send students a prompt written notification of the admission decision.

First Term Registration
A newly accepted student at Patten must enroll in their first class within 90 days of acceptance. A student is subject to unenrollment from the University for if they do not meet this requirement.

Enrollment Prior to Admission
Students are eligible to register for a single term of courses while they complete the application process, including providing the university any required documentation for admission.

Notice Regarding Transferability of Credits Earned at Patten University

The transferability of credits you earn at Patten University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance or recognition of the certificate or degree you earn is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits, certificate or degree that you earn at Patten are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at Patten will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Patten University to determine if your credits, certificate or degree will transfer or be recognized.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Applicants and prospective or current students with disabilities who require adjustments and/or auxiliary aids throughout the admissions process, and/or throughout their studies should contact the Director of Admissions and Student Achievement for assistance. It is the student’s responsibility to request accommodations and to provide current and supporting documentation from a medical doctor or clinician explaining the nature and limitations of their disability. The institution will work with the person to make reasonable accommodations and adjustments to enable him/her to fully participate in the admissions process and educational programs.

  • Only grades of C or higher will be considered for undergraduate transfer credit. Transfer credits that are recognized and accepted by Patten University are not factored into the calculation of the student’s grade point average.

  • No more than 75% of the credits required for an Associate of Arts degree program may be fulfilled via transfer credit. 

If an applicant’s request for undergraduate-level transfer credit is denied, they may appeal the decision to the Patten Director of Undergraduate Studies ( The appeal should include the name of the Patten course, the name of the institution, the previous course taken, and a detailed explanation, with supporting material, of why the applicant believes the course taken at another institution is similar in content to the Patten course.

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