Admission Requirements


Study in the Nutrition and Dietetics Program officially commences in the junior year, however, freshman applicants to Seton Hill University who want to participate in the program should apply to the Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at the same time they apply for admission to the university. In addition to the University's general requirements for admission, the Nutrition and Dietetics Program has its own entrance requirements and process, as described below.

Guaranteed Status
To be offered a "guaranteed seat" in the program, freshman applicants must:

  • Apply by January 1.
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1100 or minimum ACT score of 24.
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the profession in their application essay or in an additional essay.
  • Participate in an interview (in person, by phone or through Skype) with dietetics faculty.
  • Also be accepted to the university.

If accepted to both the university and the program, students complete their liberal arts courses and Nutrition and Dietetics Program prerequisite courses in their first two years. If academic requirements are maintained (a minimum 3.2 GPA overall and in the major) students will be guaranteed a seat in the Nutrition and Dietetics Program, to begin in their junior year. Seton Hill will accept a maximum of 10 students in the guaranteed category. Once the 10 seats are offered, eligible students will be placed on a wait list.

Non-Guaranteed Status
Students who are accepted to the university but are not offered guaranteed acceptance into the Nutrition and Dietetics Program, and who possess a 3.2 high school GPA and an SAT score of 950-1090, or an ACT score of 20-23, can declare the dietetics major and take liberal arts and Nutrition and Dietetics Program prerequisite courses in their first two years. They would apply to the program in the spring semester of their sophomore year.  (In order to remain in the major and program, students must maintain a minimum 3.2 overall GPA and a minimum 3.2 GPA in the major.)

Transfer & Postbaccalaureate Students
Nutrition and Dietetics Program faculty will assess each transfer and postbaccalaureate application on an individual basis.

Applicants seeking to transfer into the dietetics program must have an overall college GPA of 3.2 and a minimum college GPA of 3.2 in courses that would count toward the dietetics major. 

Transfer and postbaccalaureate students must provide the Seton Hill's Nutrition and Dietetics Program director and registrar with official transcripts of previous college work and (if available) high school SAT/ACT scores, in addition to the other application materials. 

If the following courses were not taken within 10 years of admittance to Seton Hill, postbaccalaureate and transfer students will be required to retake the course or will be required to achieve a minimum of seventy percent on a challenge exam.

  • Biochemical Principles
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Principles of Nutrition
  • Food Science and Technology II

A student may earn credit for supervised practice experiences NT326 Food Service Systems Management I Supervised Practice, and partial credit for NNT310 Health Promotion and Nutrition Education Supervised Practice and NT415 Medical Nutrition Therapy I Supervised Practice by completing a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Portfolio that successfully documents prior learning. The student must provide evidence of achievement of supervised practice competencies. The instructor will provide competencies and requirements for specific supervised practices. In order to be considered eligible to complete a PLA, the student must have worked for a minimum of one year in a position or positions being used to document prior learning.

After successfully completing all requirements of the Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, the postbaccalaureate student will be awarded a Certificate in Dietetics or a second bachelor's degree depending on the number of credits required for program completion. Students who wish to earn a second bachelor's degree should consult Seton Hill's Registrar's Office for credit requirements. 

The Seton Hill University Coordinated Program in Nutrition/Dietetics adheres to the Seton Hill nondiscrimination policy, which can be found in the University catalog under Introduction.

If an applicant or student believes that his/her rights have not been protected, the student is encouraged to initiate a grievance procedure to resolve the situation. Grievance procedures can found in the University catalog, under Adacemic Policies.