Pre-University Program (PUP)

For Undergraduate Applicants to New Jersey Campuses

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Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Pre-University Program (PUP) is offered at our Metropolitan Campus in New Jersey, USA, and available to students who are academically admissible to FDU.

Conditional admission is available for all bachelor’s degrees.

Depending upon a student’s level of English proficiency, the student will be placed in either the Intermediate Pre-University Program (IPUP) or Advanced Pre-University Program (APUP).

  • Intermediate PUP (IPUP) can be completed in one or two academic semesters and consists entirely of intensive practical English courses.
  • Advanced PUP (PUP) can be completed in one academic semester and combines advanced English for Professional Success (EPS) courses and regular academic courses.

Applying to PUP

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The international undergraduate application for admission and all academic credentials (high school and university transcripts) must be received and reviewed before eligibility for the PUP can be determined.  An English proficiency score report may or may not be required, in keeping with the University’s English proficiency policy (

Students who meet the minimum English proficiency requirement for Advanced PUP may complete the PUP in one semester prior to full matriculation into their bachelor’s degree studies.

To meet the English proficiency required for Advanced PUP, students may submit one of the following minimum scores:

Admission requirements are the same as all other Undergraduates, apart from the English proficiency requirement.

Students who have not taken a test of English or who have scored below the minimum requirement will be considered for conditional admission to FDU with intensive English language study in the Intermediate Pre-University Program (IPUP).  Upon completion of the Intermediate PUP semester(s), students will transition into the Advanced PUP semester, in which students may complete 4 to 8 credits of academic coursework in addition to English for Professional Success coursework.

Students admitted to FDU’s PUP receive an FDU I-20 for the pathway period.  Upon completing the PUP, students will be issued an FDU I-20 for the remaining duration of the degree program.

Requirements for successful completion of the PUP and successful matriculation to the undergraduate degree program

  • Successful completion of the required EPS courses. Students failing to successfully complete the required EPS courses may repeat the PUP semester.
  • Achievement of a 2.0 minimum grade point average (GPA) during the Pre-University semester. Students who fail to meet the required GPA requirement may repeat the PUP for one additional semester. Students failing to meet the GPA requirement twice will not be permitted to continue.

Students on F-1 Status:

  • Admitted students who will study at Fairleigh Dickinson University on international student visa (F-1 visa) status will receive an FDU I-20 for the duration of the Pre-University Program along with a letter of conditional acceptance to the bachelor’s degree program, respectively. Upon successfully completing the Pre-University Program the student will be issued an updated I-20 for the remaining duration of the bachelor’s degree program.


Applicants living outside the United States:

  • Fall (August) semester: July 1
  • Spring (January) semester: December 1
  • Summer semester(limited programs): May 1

Applicants living in the United States:

  • Fall (August) semester: August 1
  • Spring (January) semester: January 1
  • Summer semester(limited programs): May 1

Admissions are rolling. Please allow 3-4 weeks to process your application.

Deadlines may vary according to the program. Please check your desired major’s department website for more details.