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Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

Information about Penn State's participation in the Coalition application.

Penn State is now one of more than 100 colleges across the United States accepting applications through the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.

The Coalition was developed to streamline the application process for students as they search for and apply to their perfect college. The platform provides a single, centralized toolkit for students to organize, build, and refine their applications to multiple institutions

Applying through the Coalition

Penn State’s Coalition application is available to first-year (freshman) U.S. citizens and permanent residents living in the U.S. We encourage first-year applicants that are undocumented (with or without DACA) to apply through the Common App.

International students, U.S. citizens or permanent residents living abroad, and all transfer students should apply to Penn State via MyPennState.

Am I at a disadvantage if I apply through the Coalition instead of MyPennState?

No, the required application materials and application evaluation process are the same if you apply through the Coalition or through MyPennState. There is no advantage or disadvantage to either application but you should apply through one or the other, not both.

Both the Coalition application and the MyPennState application have recommended filing dates of November 1 and application fees of $65

Checking your application status

Once you submit your application through the Coalition Application, you will receive an email from Penn State Undergraduate Admissions directing you to go to MyPennState to complete the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR). You may feel that you completed this step as part of your coalition application, but you must complete the Penn State SRAR via MyPennState in order for your application to be reviewed.

Once you submit all materials for your Coalition Application you should regularly check its status and receive an admission decision in MyPennState.

Early Action and Priority Filing Dates

Early Action: November 1

The Common App, the Coalition application and the MyPennState application give students the opportunity to apply Early Action (all materials submitted by November 1). Students applying Early Action will have a decision by December 24.

Rolling Admission:

Applicants are evaluated on a modified rolling admissions schedule. Additionally, some academic programs have limited enrollment and specific application dates. For those students choosing not to apply Early Action and for all domestic students, we recommend submission of a complete application, including all required materials, by December 1.

Fee waivers

You may be eligible for a financially-based fee waiver based on information in the Financial Aid section of your Coalition Profile. If you meet the criteria for a Coalition fee waiver, your Penn State application fee will be waived.