First-year applicants have choices when applying to Penn State. Research your campus options to find the perfect fit for you.
One Application, 20 Campuses.
In addition to choosing a program of study when applying to Penn State, students can choose from 20 undergraduate campuses throughout Pennsylvania. Our campuses range in both size and location, as well as in their academic programs and extracurricular options. What does having 20 campuses mean for students?
Starting and Ending Campus
When completing the application, students have to select both a starting and ending campus. In some cases, students desire to have these campus selections be the same; but in other cases, students wish to start at one campus and then complete their degree at another campus.
Here's how the process works:
The ending campus is where you will need to finish your degree. Some campuses offer more majors than other campuses, and all of Penn State's degrees are not offered for completion at every campus. In your final two years, you will have to go to a campus that offers your intended major in order to finish that program. When reviewing our majors listing, we indicate where you must complete the degree.
Students then have to select a starting campus. Most of Penn State’s majors can be started at any campus–some can only be started at select campuses. If a starting campus is not an option based on program limitations, it will not be available for selection when applying.
Selecting a different starting campus from your ending campus is called the 2+2 plan. This option is the most common path to a Penn State degree and affords students many benefits—check them out here.
Students have the option of supplying an alternate starting campus. This option is only used if we are unable to offer admission to the first choice campus. We always encourage students to provide us with an alternate choice.
Alternate Campus Offers
Providing Penn State with an alternate choice campus gives students more admission options. Please note: We will only review your application for your alternate choice if we are unable to admit you to your first choice campus. Supplying an alternate choice campus has no impact on the review of your first choice campus.
If we are unable to offer you admission to your first choice campus, the following will happen:
If you did not supply an alternate choice campus, we will reach out to you to request one so we can continue to review your application for admission.
If you did indicate an alternate choice campus, we will automatically review your application for that choice. If we can offer you admission to your alternate choice campus, you will receive an offer for that campus (and your offer will indicate that we could not offer you admission to your first choice campus).
If we cannot offer you admission to your first choice campus or your alternate choice campus, we will reach out to you regarding your admission options.
Providing an alternate choice campus gives you the greatest chance of joining the Penn State family. If you receive an offer of admission to your alternate choice campus, you are still able to pursue your academic program by participating in our 2+2 plan.
Whether you apply to one Penn State campus directly with the intention of finishing your degree at another campus, or you receive an offer of admission to your alternate choice campus, the 2+2 plan allows you to pursue your chosen Penn State degree by attending two different campuses. There are many advantages to the 2+2 plan, and many reasons students choose this academic path at Penn State.