Application Process

Once you have decided to pursue an education with Sullivan University, you will be paired with a dedicated admissions officer who will strive to simplify and streamline your application experience. Select from the following to find your application process:


Diploma or Associate Degree

For a diploma or associate degree program, admission relies on the following:

  • Submission of a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as the General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
  • Submission of the student’s ACT or SAT scores in place of the entrance evaluation.
  • Completion of an application for admission to the university with a enrollment fee paid in full.
  • Request of transcripts from all educational institutions previously attended.

Applicant Interview: The university individually interviews and advises each person seeking admission. This interview often takes place on campus. Interviews can also be conducted in the student’s home or a virtual interview can be scheduled and conducted via telephone and computer. Students from other parts of the United States or international students may complete an application by mail or online.

Bachelor's Degree

Applicant Interview: The University individually interviews and advises each person seeking admission. This interview often takes place on campus. Interviews can also be conducted in the student’s home or a virtual interview can be scheduled and conducted via telephone and computer. Students from other parts of the United States or international students may complete an application by mail or online.

Students wishing to enter the Baccalaureate Division in Business Administration, Human Resource Leadership, or Information Technology must:

  • Possess an associate degree from Sullivan or another accredited institution. Alternatively, the student must possess approximately 90 quarter hours of credit or 60 semester hours of credit.
  • Complete an application for admission to the university with a fully paid enrollment fee.
  • Submit a high school diploma or equivalent, such as the General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
  • Request transcripts from all educational institutions previously attended.

Students wishing to enter the on-campus Baccalaureate Division in Paralegal Studies must possess an associate degree in Paralegal Studies from Sullivan or another paralegal program that is ABA-approved, or which is in substantial compliance with ABA guidelines and otherwise appropriately accredited, or is a full member of the American Association for Paralegal Education.

Students wishing to enter the Baccalaureate Division in Hospitality Management must possess an associate degree in a hospitality major from Sullivan or another regionally or nationally accredited institution.

The Graduate School

All applicants to Sullivan University’s graduate programs must be either in their final two quarters of classes in a Bachelor’s degree program at Sullivan University or have an earned Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Candidates for admission to the graduate school must demonstrate proficiency in verbal, written, quantitative and critical reasoning skills. This can be accomplished by a review of transcripts of previous undergraduate and any prior graduate courses, or through application of criteria established by the University’s graduate school admissions process. Applicants for admission to the Sullivan University Graduate School should contact the Graduate School admissions staff for additional information. Students who otherwise qualify for graduate admission may be accepted on a provisional basis. Course work for all graduate degrees consists of twelve courses (48 credit hours) (dual Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Managing Information Technology is 64 credit hours), of which no more than 49% may be transferred from an accredited college or university. The Dean of the Graduate School must approve all transferred credits.


Admission to PhD in Management Program

Admission into the Ph.D. program in Management is selective and contingent upon an applicant’s satisfying a number of conditions. Primary factors considered include the applicant’s graduate grade point averages, significant experience in a professional managerial capacity, career interests and goals discussed in an essay, professional recommendations, and the applicant’s appropriateness for Ph.D. study and ability to handle advanced-level research. Applicants who seek admission into the Ph.D. program must submit the following materials for consideration by the Ph.D. Admissions Committee within fifteen (15) days prior to the start of Ph.D. studies:

  • Completed Graduate School application form;
  • Nonrefundable enrollment fee;
  • Official transcripts indicating a completed, related master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university, or from a non-U.S. institution with comparable accreditation. A minimum of a 3.40 on a 4.0 scale for master’s course work is required;
  • Current resume that demonstrates proven progressive experience in a managerial capacity in business, government, or not-for-profit management;
  • Contact information for three references from past or current employers, university professors, or professional associations. Personal references from family, friends, and others are not acceptable;
  • A minimum 750 word essay describing how your goals and experiences make you a superior candidate to pursue research and studies in management.

The Ph.D. admissions process has two stages. First, an applicant must submit all required documentation to the Ph.D. Admissions Committee within fifteen (15) days prior to the start of Ph.D. courses. Second, all members of the Ph.D. Admissions Committee review the application package, which includes all required documents, and decide whether to admit or not to admit the applicant into the Ph.D. program. All decisions rendered by the committee and approved by the Dean of The Graduate School are considered final.

International Students Graduate School Admission

Applicants for the Graduate School from foreign countries must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Meet the regular admission requirements in order to be accepted into the Ph.D. in Management program;
  • Provide the University with an English translation of their previous college or university work;
  • Meet TOEFL, ILITS, or iTEP requirements outlined in the Admission of International Students section of this catalog;
  • Adhere to the University’s regular admission procedures pertaining to international students.

See the special section related to international students and international programs included elsewhere in the catalog for more details related to international programs

College of Pharmacy

Sullivan University College of Pharmacy is not participating in PharmCAS.

The Sullivan University College of Pharmacy invites applications for admission into the Class of 2016, entering July 2013.

For program success information please visit:

  • Click on the Application for Admission
  • Complete the application legibly and completely.
  • Print two copies-one to submit to the College of Pharmacy and one for your records. You may not save data typed onto the form, you may only print it.
  • Order official transcripts sent to the Office of Student Affairs or submit them with your application. We must have official transcripts of all coursework from all colleges attended. We cannot process an application without all transcripts.
  • Request two letters of recommendation sent to the Office of Student Affairs, using the Sullivan Recommendation Form.
  • Submit a personal essay with your application.
  • Submit a curriculum vitae (resume) with your application.
  • Include a $100.00, non-refundable, application fee with the application.
  • Submit the completed application and accompanying documentation directly to the Office of Student Affairs by the deadline date for consideration.


Letters of Recommendation & Evaluation

The applicant must request letters of recommendation/evaluation from two professionals to be submitted directly to the Office of Student Affairs. It is preferred that one letter be from a college professor who has taught the applicant and can speak to the applicant’s abilities, strengths and weaknesses academically. The second letter may be from a health professional who knows the applicant well. An applicant’s file is not complete until all letters of recommendation are received. Applicants must download the Letter of Recommendation Form from the college web site. In accordance with FERPA standards, an applicant must indicate whether or not he/she waives the right to review the contents of the letter of recommendation/evaluation and sign the form accordingly.


About the Personal Essay

The personal essay reveals your thoughts about your strengths as a person as well as areas of personal development you believe you need to improve. The essay communicates your motivation, goals, circumstances, and experiences related to a career in the profession of pharmacy. Applicants should focus on providing complete and in-depth information about themselves, including their educational experiences as well as co-curricular and other activities that have contributed to their development.


Evaluation of Applicants

Evaluation of completed applications will begin as soon as received and continue until the class is filled. This initial evaluation will determine which applicants will be eligible for an on-campus interview. A final evaluation will determine which applicants are eligible for admission. Given the extreme competitiveness of admissions to colleges and schools of pharmacy across the country, multiple criteria are utilized to select the most qualified candidates from the pool of applicants that far exceeds the number of seats available. The criteria used in evaluation include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Grade point averages in math and science coursework
  • Cumulative grade point average
  • Pharmacy Experience
  • Letters of Recommendation/Evaluation
  • Professional preparedness and motivation as demonstrated by the applicant’s personal essay and co-curricular activities


The Interview Process

Once an applicant’s file is complete, the Admissions and Student Affairs Committee will review the applicant’s submission to determine the applicant’s eligibility for an interview. If the Committee considers an applicant eligible for an interview, he/she will receive an invitation for an interview. Applicants selected for an interview must appear personally on the designated day. Telephone interviews will not be conducted except under very special circumstances.

During the interview process, the applicant will meet with an interview panel consisting of Faculty members, Clinical Faculty/Preceptors, Stakeholders and/or pharmacy students. Panel members will evaluate the applicant’s:

  • Professional motivation and preparedness
  • Personal qualities
  • Communication skills
  • Knowledge of the profession
  • Attitude and cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Stress tolerance


This is done by rating the applicant on a standardized evaluation scale. After reviewing the applicant’s completed application and interview evaluation, the Admissions and Student Affairs Committee can recommend accepting, denying, or placing the applicant on an Alternate List.

The Doctor of Pharmacy at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy is an accelerated program that is rigorous and challenging and requires a strong commitment on the part of our students. The Admissions and Student Affairs Committee will assess the quality and rigor of the pre-pharmacy preparation presented by each applicant.

Applicants presenting pre-pharmacy coursework in math and science that is more than six years old may be required to selectively take refresher courses as directed by the Committee.

While the minimum grade point for consideration, both cumulative and in math and science courses, is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, a higher grade point average is strongly recommended in order for an applicant to be competitive for admission.


The Matriculation Process

After an applicant has received notification of his/her acceptance (a formal letter of invitation from the Dean of the College), the matriculation process begins. The student must return a copy of his/her signed letter of invitation within seven (7) days. In addition, the student must:

  • Submit the required reservation deposit (currently $500.00) by the date designated in the letter of invitation from the Dean. This deposit is non-refundable but is applied to the student’s tuition.
  • Submit official copies of all transcripts indicating completion of pre-pharmacy coursework (only if the student had coursework in progress).
  • Submit a recent physical examination record (not more than three months old) and a record of immunizations.
  • Submit proof of medical insurance coverage.
  • Non-US citizens /non-permanent residents must provide documentation verifying legal residence in the United States and verify that sufficient funds have been deposited in a U.S. bank to cover all expenses while attending Sullivan University College of Pharmacy.
  • Sign an authorization allowing a criminal background check and/or a drug screen.
  • Satisfy the Technical Standards for Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program.


If a student either fails to satisfy these matriculation requirements or omits or falsifies any information, the student automatically forfeits his/her seat in the entering class.

Revised: 3/15/11

International Students

Sullivan University welcomes students who are committed to higher learning and professional development. In addition to satisfying the regular admission requirements for an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral program, international students must provide specific documentations when submitting an application. Listed below are the details regarding the application process for international students seeking admission to the university for both undergraduate and graduate programs.


Prospective students are expected to:

    • Provide a completed Sullivan application along with paid application and processing fee.
    • Provide a copy of their current Passport (including all pages of existing visas and/or entry stamps).
    • Submit Statement of Purpose (750-word essay of past, present, and future).
    • Include a copy of their current I-20 (if applicable).
    • GRE or GMAT score (required). (Graduate School).
    • SAT or ACT (unless you have an associate degree) for undergraduate admission.
    • Official transcripts from an accredited university or college.
    • Provide accepted statements of financial responsibility (converted to U.S. dollars) and verification of their ability to fund estimated minimum expenses.
    • Provide an Affidavit of Support for sponsorship along with financial documentation supporting the sponsorship.
    • TOEFL, IELTS, or iTEP (required).

All applicants, undergraduate and graduate, whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS or iTEP scores to demonstrate basic English proficiency. Applicants native to Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom will be presumed to be proficient.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain necessary information and application forms and to schedule and take the test by a date that will assure delivery of results to the university by required deadlines. Only TOEFL scores of 197 (computer-based), 500 (paper-based) or 60 (Internet-based) will be considered for admission to any program in the university. TOEFL scores are only valid for two years after the test date. An IELTS score of 6.5 or an iTEP score of 4.0 is required for undergraduate students and 5.0 is required for graduate students.

The University may require an advance deposit of funds to cover one year’s estimated expense for all non-immigrant international graduate students before the issuance of the I-20 Form.

Please note that applications will be received on a competitive basis and Sullivan University does not guarantee admission.

Future students are strongly adviced to explore the websites listed below which explain official regulations and the legal process for students wishing to pursue academic studies in the United States.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Non-Degree Seeking Students: Students who enroll for personal and/or professional development rather than to pursue a diploma or degree may apply for admission to the university as non-degree seeking students. Admission status is determined by the information reported by the applicant. A high school transcript or GED certificate is required. There is no limit to the number of credit hours a non-degree student may accumulate.

However, should the student decide to convert his or her enrollment status from non-degree seeking to degree-seeking there is no guarantee that the courses taken while in a non-degree seeking status will be applicable to a particular Sullivan University degree program. The person who converts to a degree-seeking status must meet all regular admissions requirements for the appropriate degree-seeking program. A student whose status is non-degree seeking is responsible for notifying the registrar’s office if he or she chooses to become a degree-seeking student.