Steps to Apply: International
1. Set up your MyPennState profile.
When you create your MyPennState profile, you will be asked to provide your name, email address and other information. Because materials for applicants are filed alphabetically under the family name as indicated on the application, it is important that all forms, records, and correspondence consistently use the same name (family and given) and spelling. Where possible, the name on the application should agree with the name on the passport. In the U.S., the family name is usually referred to as the last name, and the given name is referred to as the first name.
We ask that a student provide an email address that can be used. Be sure that we have a current e-mail address at all times and that Penn State is indicated as an eligible sender to that address. We will be communicating with you primarily through email.
With a Friends of Penn State (FPS) ID and password, created through MyPennState, you can sign in to work on your application. You can also log off and your work will be saved as long as you click the "Save and Continue" button at the end of each page.
If you join us here at Penn State, your Friends of Penn State (FPS) ID will become the ID you use to check your email, schedule classes, and use computers on campus, among many other services.
2. Pay attention to important application dates.
In order to have the greatest chance at your first choice of campus and major, be sure to have a complete application (including all of the material listed in Steps 3 & 4) submitted by the appropriate date.
February 1 for fall and summer admission
October 1 for spring admission
NOTE: Some of our programs require applications by November 30. For more information on specific program deadlines for first-year students, visit Dates & Deadlines.
February 1 for fall and summer admission (Exceptions: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Nursing, which have a December 31 deadline, and Music and Music Education, which we recommend you apply to by December 31).
October 1 for spring admission
You can check your status within MyPennState to see which items we might be missing from you. Also check your email, including your spam or junk mailbox, for emails from Penn State about your application
3. Start your application online.
Inside MyPennState, click "Apply Online" to start your application. If you would like to see the application before you begin, view the Applying on the Web Worksheet.
As part of your online application, we will ask you to print out an international counselor form. You should take this form to your high school counselor to complete and send to us along with your official high school transcript. (This form is waived for adult and transfer students.) All academic records should be mailed to:
Penn State Undergraduate Admissions
201 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802-1294
You must have your standardized test and/or English language scores (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) sent to us directly from the testing agency. The SAT and TOEFL code for Penn State is 2660. The ACT code for Penn State is 3656. Please see the admissions requirements for information about which tests are required.
We do not require letters of recommendation.
4. Complete your online application.
Our online application requires a $65 nonrefundable application fee. Be sure to complete the last step, after "Summary and Review," which finalizes payment of your fee, and be certain it successfully gets submitted. You will receive an email confirmation; please check your junk mail or spam folder if you do not receive it. If it is not in your junk mail or spam folder, please make sure that you provided the correct email address.
5. Check your status.
If we are missing any materials to complete your application package, we will notify you via the status check on MyPennState. It is your responsibility to check on the status of your application and send us any missing materials.
Also check your email, including your spam folder or junk mailbox, for emails from Penn State about your application.
6. Receive our decision on your application through MyPennState.
Once your application is complete and we have made a decision, you will be able to view the decision online through MyPennState. Decisions for academic programs that include an audition, interview, or portfolio may require a longer review period.
International Students Entering Fall Semester
Applicants with complete credentials submitted by February 1 should receive an admissions decision by mid-April.
International Students Entering Spring Semester
Applicants with complete credentials submitted by October 1 should receive an admissions decision by mid-November.
Important Message about Agents and Consultants
Penn State recognizes that agents or consultants are retained in many parts of the world to assist students in applying to colleges and universities in the United States. However, Penn State does not partner with agents to help represent the University or to administer any part of the application process. The engagement of agents or private organizations for the purpose of recruiting or enrolling international students is not endorsed by Penn State. Agents who may be retained by students to help with the application process are not recognized as representatives of the University and do not have a contractual agreement or partnership to represent Penn State. Students interested in Penn State are encouraged to contact Undergraduate Admissions Office representatives by entering your questions in Ask the Lion above.