Penn State requires specific supplemental materials in order to accurately review international student applications.
Penn State requires a number of different materials from international students to complete an application. Please review the following requirements to ensure you can provide all of the proper documentation to complete your application.
Penn State requires official secondary school records for all international students, as well as official post-secondary records for attempted college/university coursework (if applicable). The following requirements apply:
Penn State Undergraduate Admissions
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University Park, PA 16802-1294
Secondary records are required for both first-year and transfer international applicants. Transcripts of coursework and grades are required for all years of secondary school study. International applicants should send the following:
In order to know what is required to send, please review our list of required credentials from selected countries.
Please note: In reviewing an application, we look for students who have successfully completed courses or examinations in the core subjects of mathematics, physical science, social science, and language in all years of high school. Students who have not successfully completed these courses may not be eligible for admission to Penn State.
If you attend or have attended a post-secondary institution outside the United States, we require the following:
If you attend or have attended a post-secondary institution in the United States, official transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to Penn State.
For further information on transferring to Penn State, including program-specific admissions requirements, please see the information for transfer students.
International students whose native language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not required to provide proof of English language proficiency, regardless of native language.
If you are providing proof of English proficiency based on one of the test scores listed below, please note that the score reports must be official and come to Undergraduate Admissions directly from the testing service. The scores must be less than two years old. The following are ways in which you can satisfy the language proficiency requirement:
Tests Prior to March 2016 a score of 530 or higher on the Critical Reading section. (code #2660)
Tests March 2016 and later a score of 570 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section (code #2660)
Penn State requires first-year international students to submit an official score from the SAT or ACT examination.
Please note: The writing component of standardized tests (SAT or ACT) is not required. The writing component will not be used as part of our evaluation. If your test scores include the writing component, by all means, have those scores sent to Penn State. Additionally, we do not require SAT Subject Tests.
Please visit the College Board or ACT to arrange to take one of these exams. The code for Penn State that should be listed on the registration form for the SAT is #2660 and for the ACT is #3656. Generally, U.S. embassies and U.S. Information Service (USIS) offices have information on testing dates and places. Please request that your SAT or ACT test scores be sent directly to us.
Please note: Standardized tests are not required for transfer students.
Some Penn State programs have additional requirements, in addition to the standard application requirements for admission. To review any additional requirements you may have, review our admissions requirements.