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Comprehensive Studies Program

As part of its land-grant university mission, Penn State is committed to providing access and retention to low-income Pennsylvania students through the Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP).

Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) Information

The Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) is an alternate admission program for students who may have academic challenges due to environmental, socioeconomic and disruption issues. Students in these programs receive:

  • diagnostic and placement services for basic skill courses in English, math and reading;
  • study skills course work;
  • tutoring;
  • counseling; and
  • educational grant funding.

Students interested in these programs must be Pennsylvania residents who demonstrate academic and financial need. In addition to the online application for admission, students must fill out the CSP application if they are interested in participating in the CSP program.

Application fee waivers are available through a high school counselor. Applications are considered if space is available.

For more information, please contact the campus the student is interested in attending.