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First-Year Students

You are a first-year student if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently in high school or has completed fewer than 17 college credits after high school graduation.

Admissions for First-Year Students

Thank you for your interest in Penn State! Whether you are just starting to research universities or you are ready to apply, we know you have a lot on your mind and many things to consider. We want to help you manage the process of applying to Penn State.

Please refer to the helpful navigation to learn more about Penn State, understand the admissions process, and access important information and resources for first-year students.

Am I a First-Year Applicant?

The majority of Penn State’s applications come from traditional, first-year students. The following types of students are considered first-year applicants (or freshman applicants, as some refer to them):

  • Current high school student in his or her senior year
  • Student who has earned a high school diploma or a GED and has no post-secondary coursework
  • Student who has attempted 17 or fewer credits (semester hours) of college coursework at a regionally accredited college/university before attending Penn State
  • Current high school student who may have enrolled in another institution(s) before graduating from high school (dual enrollment)
  • Student who may have attended Penn State on a nondegree basis 

If you have further questions about your applicant status or applying to Penn State after reviewing these resources, please do not hesitate to contact us.