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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most common questions we hear from prospective students and parents. If your question didn't make the list, send an email to admissions@ycp.edu and we'll get you the answer!

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  • What type of school is York College?

    York College is a 4-year, mid-size, private college that emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning every step of the way. We infuse professional training, internships, a liberal arts foundation with our Gen Next program, and other amazing, enriching opportunities such as studying abroad and our Graham Scholars program, to create well-rounded, well-prepared graduates ready for today's competitive careers.

  • Am I a good candidate for admission?
    York College welcomes test-optional applicants for all of our degree programs. For our space-limited major subjects, test-optional candidates will need two letters of recommendations: 1) from their school counselor and 2) from a teacher. Students should select a teacher from their 11th or 12th grade. It is important that Engineering applicants select a math teacher. In the Health Science fields, students should choose either a science teacher or a math teacher.
    Students that wish to apply using a test score can use the following guidelines:
    • Nursing: Minimum 1100 SAT total score or ACT 22 composite score with a 3.4 GPA
    • Engineering (Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical): Minimum Math 620+ SAT or Math ACT 26
    • Computer Science: Minimum Math 530+ SAT or Math ACT 21
    • Engineering Management: Minimum Math 590+ SAT or Math ACT 25
    • Education: Minimum 980 SAT total score or ACT 19 composite score
    • Radiography or Nuclear Medicine: Minimum 1050 SAT total score or ACT 21 composite score
    • Forensic Chemistry: Minimum Math 560+ SAT or Math ACT 23
    • Medical Scholars with Penn State Hershey School of Medicine: Minimum 1370 SAT total score or ACT 27 composite score
    If you have questions about which application process is better for you, please feel free to consult your Admission Counselor. Visit our admissions team page to find your admissions counselor, or email admissions@ycp.edu.
  • Are you on the Common App?

    Yes! You can find York College on the Common App. Or just complete our application while you are here.

  • What high school courses are required to attend York?

    Prospective Spartans high school curriculum should include a minimum of the following units: four in English, three in social studies, three in academic math (including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry), three in laboratory science and two in foreign languages.

  • What is your application deadline?

    York College works under both early decision, with a deadline of November 1, 2021 and regular decision (also known as rolling admissions), in which we process applications as they are received throughout the year.

    Early decision is ideal for students who:

    • Want to apply to a competitive major, including Engineering, Nursing, and radiography and nuclear medicine within Health Professions. These have limited seats available. But anyone is allowed to apply early decision.
    • Want to get their financial aid package earlier than they would through regular decision.
    • Want to secure their seat and breathe a sigh of relief that the college search is over.

    Both options are available through our online application - just select the option you want in the drop-down menu.

  • How much does York cost?

    York College costs less than you think for a high-quality private college. For the 2017-28 academic year, the cost for tuition and fees are $19,340 and with room and board included, it is $30,260. In addition, 99% of our students receive financial aid or scholarships, with the average freshman student receiving more than $17,000. You're automatically considered for merit scholarships as well.

  • Does York offer scholarships?

    Yes! York offers scholarships to the majority of students. For 2016-2017 Academic Year, these ranged from $4,000-$40,000 for four years.

  • What other kinds of financial aid are available?

    York offers need-based grants, federal PELL grants, Pennsylvania state grants (PHEAA), as well as federal student loans. We strongly encourage students to begin scholarship searches early in their junior year of high school as many organizations have early deadlines.

  • How much is Out-of-State tuition?

    York College is a private institution. This means, whether you live in the state of Pennsylvania or live in Maryland or even California, tuition is the same for all students.

  • How many students attend York College?

    York College has approximately 4,000 full-time undergraduate students. Big enough to offer plenty of clubs, activities, sports, and campus fun, small enough that people know each other.

  • What is the average class size?

    The average class size is 19 students. York College does not offer classes with more than 40 students. Keep that in mind when bigger universities tout small class size — they may only mean upperclassmen courses, but you could be in a freshmen course with hundreds of students!

    The ratio of students to faculty is approximately 15 to 1. More than 8 out of 10 York College faculty currently hold doctorates or terminal degrees, so you are being led by experts, many with a long list of real-world accomplishments to draw from as well.

  • Is it necessary for a freshman to declare a major upon entering York College?

    While many first year students will select a program of study, undeclared is the largest major for incoming students at York College. Students that enter YCP as "Undeclared" are part of the Explore 360 program. Explore 360 matches each "Undeclared" student with an Academic Advisor and a Peer Advisor. The Advisors support each student on a guided journey of exploration. This personalized connection and meaningful interaction makes York College distinct.

  • Are there opportunities to study abroad during my four years at York?

    Each year more and more York students are realizing the benefits of studying in a setting apart from the United States. Presently, York College has affiliations with programs in 15 countries, however students are able to study abroad virtually anywhere in the world and are not limited to a specific list programs. There are regularly scheduled information sessions which help students get started in the process and a Global Education Fair each fall. Opportunities include: Short Term, Summer, Semester and Full-Year Programs. This allows every interested student to participate in a Study Abroad Program.

  • Is there a residency requirement?

    York College is a four-year residential program. Students with a permanent address beyond 35 miles of campus are required to live on campus.

    College housing includes traditional style residence halls, suites, apartments and college-owned homes on the perimeter of campus.

  • Can freshmen have cars on campus?

    Yes! Campus Safety issues parking permits for a fee each academic year.

  • Are drugs and alcohol a problem at York College?

    York College is a “dry campus”, no alcohol or illegal drugs are permitted on campus. This policy is regulated through the resident assistants in each housing facility, and enforced by the Department of Campus Safety.  There is one upper-classman housing facility which allows those students who are 21 or over to possess a certain quantity of alcohol.