Requirements for Nondegree Students

Steps for current nondegree students who want to apply for admission into a degree program at Penn State.

Steps to Apply for Nondegree Students

If you are currently attending Penn State as a nondegree student, you must submit an application for admission through MyPennState.

For more information on how to complete your application, please review the Steps to Apply for your applicant type, as well as the specific information for nondegree students below.

If you are looking to attend Penn State as a nondegree student, please visit the University Registrar website for more information.

Applying and Profile Information

When beginning your application, you will be asked to self-identify the appropriate admission type that best fits your academic history. This question is for informational purposes only and cannot be changed.

Your application profile will be pre-populated with the information you entered when you created your MyPennState profile. If you experience any difficulty making changes to some MyPennState profile information, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for assistance.

Academic History

In this section of the application, you will provide high school information and high school course work completed. If you did not graduate from high school and earned a General Education Diploma (GED), both high school and GED information are required.

You will have to identify any colleges and universities you have attended, including Penn State. When indicating Penn State on the application, please select Pennsylvania State University from the drop down list. List courses and the number of credits you have completed. List courses you are currently taking and courses you are planning to take. You are required to provide the same information for ALL institutions you have attended or are attending.

Campuses & Majors

When asked for a degree type, indicate either Associate (2-year) or Baccalaureate (4-year). Also indicate the starting semester for which you want to be considered.

When Building Your Program of Study, the tools under Choosing Your Major are designed to help you select your intended major. Be sure that the Choosing Your Major section on the left of the screen has you classified as a current Penn State student ready to move to degree status for the semester for which you seek degree admission.

You will be asked to provide both a starting campus and ending campus so that your application will be identified with the correct program and location. You may also be asked to provide an alternate starting campus. It is recommended that you select an alternate starting campus if asked.

Application Submission

No fee is required for a nondegree student to apply for degree status. If a fee is requested, check your application information. You may be incorrectly reporting the number of enrollment credits at Penn State. Your reported academic history determines if you are payment exempt.

In addition to the application, Undergraduate Admissions will need an official high school transcript (and/or GED) mailed or faxed directly from the high school to Penn State, as well as official college transcripts from any other institution you may have attended.