Admission Requirements, Financial Aid & Academic Policies

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 score of 1100 on the old SAT, 1170 on the new SAT or 24 on the ACT.
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the profession in their application essay.
  • Participate in a phone interview 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 12 students in the guaranteed category. Once the 12 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 the requirements below can declare the dietetics major and take liberal arts and Nutrition and Dietetics Program prerequisite courses in their first two years.

  • A 3.2 high school GPA.
  • A score of 950-1090 on the old SAT or 1030-1160 on the new SAT or 20-23 on the ACT.

These students can then 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 NT310 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 the "Requirements for Second Bachelor's Degree" section of Seton Hill's University Catalog

Financial Aid

For information about availability of financial aid, see Financial Aid. In addition, sophomore and junior level dietetics students are eligible to apply for the Sr. Rose Angela Cunningham Scholarship, the Josephine Cipriany Patrick Scholarship, and the Lillian J. Calistri Scholarship as well as scholarships offered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.  Contact the program director about dietetics specific scholarships at

Academic Policies

Nondiscrimination Policy

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

Grievance Procedures

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.

Academic Integrity

Seton Hill University and the Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics expect students to conduct themselves with academic integrity. Learn about the Academic Integrity Policy in the University Catalog.

Withdrawal & Refund of Tuition & Fees

If it should become necessary for you to withdraw from classes, you can find Seton Hill's refund policy in the Student Accounts Forms and Policies section of our site.

Protection of Privacy of Student Information

The University Policy describing protection of the privacy of student information can be found in the Seton Hill University Catalog.


The Coordinated Program Handbook of Policies and Procedures provides additional information about many of the above topics.