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Steps to Apply for Adult Students

Not sure where to begin? These steps to apply will outline the process of submitting your Penn State application.

Steps to Apply

The first step of the application process is to create a MyPennState profile, if you do not have one already. MyPennState is where future students can access the online application.

If you are new to MyPennState, you will need to establish a Friends of Penn State (FPS) ID and password, which you will access during the MyPennState profile creation process. Once you have your log in information, you can sign in to begin work on your application.

A MyPennState perk: applicants who receive an offer of admission and decide to attend Penn State typically use the same ID to access many services on campus when they are a student, like checking email, scheduling classes, and using computers on campus.

While you can create a MyPennState profile at any time, the application for admission becomes available on the following dates:

Fall/Summer Admission: September 1

Spring Admission: June 1

The application submission dates vary by applicant type and intended program of study. Some programs have specific deadlines or admissions requirements. Please refer to our Dates & Deadlines for more information about application deadlines, as well as our Admissions Requirements to review information about any additional materials required for your intended program of study.

Click Apply Online to start your Penn State application. Before starting, you can also review the Applying Online Worksheet for more details and helpful hints about the application.

Your application work can be saved at each step of the process by clicking the Save and Continue button at the bottom of the page. This feature will allow you to move back and forth within the application or log off and return to complete your application at a later time.

After completing your profile information, you will need to provide your academic history. This section will focus on your high school coursework, as well as any college coursework you may have taken or in which you are currently enrolled.

After this section, you will need to complete the Program of Study portion. Here, you will indicate your desired starting semester, your intended program of study, and your starting and ending campus. For further details on how to complete this portion based on your applicant type, please see the steps to apply for either first-year students or transfer students.

After this portion, you will provide some additional application information, an activities resume, and a personal statement. You will be able to paste in this information from other sources, but note that the formatting may not always paste in as intended.

The application requires a nonrefundable application fee of $65 for domestic students and $75 for international students. Be sure to complete the last step after Summary and Review, which finalizes payment of your fee, and be certain it is successfully submitted. Once the application is submitted, you can verify its completion by accessing your MyPennState profile.

In order to complete your Penn State application, we need the following materials:

  • Application
  • Official high school transcript (and/or GED, if applicable)
    *Note: If you are an adult learner and have completed 18 or more credits at a regionally accredited university, you may be considered for admission without a high school transcript by confirming your graduation from high school.

    If your high school is in operation and able to provide a transcript, it is to your advantage to submit one as high school course work may influence eligibility for specific programs.

  • Official transcripts from any post-secondary institution where coursework was attempted
  • Official university or college transcripts (if applicable)

Some programs require additional items to complete your application. For full details on what is required for adult students and military students, please review our Admissions Requirements.

You can always check the status of your application in MyPennState. We will communicate with you via MyPennState and through a series of emails regarding the missing items for your application. When everything has arrived, you will see a status in MyPennState confirming the completion of your application.

Please note: It is your responsibility to check on the status of your application and send us any missing materials.

Once we have reached a decision regarding your application, we will update your status in MyPennState. Review our Dates & Deadlines to see when you should expect your decision.

If accepted, you can accept your offer of admission in MyPennState to begin the process of becoming a Penn State student.