Dates & Deadlines

Find out when you should apply and when you can expect a decision.

Dates and Deadlines by Applicant Type

Students have different dates and deadlines to track based on their applicant type. Please review the information below to learn more about the important dates of the application process.

Dates & Deadlines for First-Year Students

Application Deadline and Decision Information

Applicants are evaluated on a modified rolling admissions schedule. Additionally, some academic programs have limited enrollment and specific application dates. The deadline for first-year, domestic students to apply Early Action is November 1. 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, prior to the priority application date of November 30.

In order to meet the application deadlines outlined below, you have to submit a complete application by the provided date. The important application dates are:

Fall and Summer Starting Semesters

First-Year Applicant Dates for Fall and Summer starting semesters.
*With the exception of a few programs.
Decision Plan Application Available Application Submission Date Admission Notification by: Deadline for Student Notification of Enrollment
Early Action August 1 November 1 December 24 May 1
Priority Submission August 1 November 30 January 31 May 1

Spring Starting Semester

First-Year Applicant Dates for Spring starting semester.
*With the exception of a few programs.
Decision Plan Application Available Application Submission Date Admission Notification by: Deadline for Student Notification of Enrollment
Regular Admissions June 1 November 30 Mid-December Refer to offer notification

Those students who submit a complete application, including a Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) and test scores, by November 30 will have the best chance of admission to their first choice campus and/or major and will receive an admission decision no later than January 31.* Applying after November 30, while acceptable, may limit your campus and major choices.

While you can apply after November 30 for most programs, the following programs require the receipt of a complete application by specific dates:

Application Deadlines for Specific Programs.
Program Name Application Deadline
Accelerated Premedical-Medical November 1
Nursing November 30 for Penn State University Park Applicants
Penn State Altoona, Behrend (Erie), Fayette, Mont Alto, and Scranton are not held to this deadline

Penn State Campuses

Students are most competitive for their intended campus and/or major if they follow the schedule outlined above. But many of our campuses, with the exception of University Park, accept applications throughout the spring and summer and notify applicants of their admission on a rolling basis. Contact your campus of interest to inquire about applying. 


Applying to the Schreyer Honors College

The Schreyer Honors College requires the completion of a supplemental application in addition to the Penn State Undergraduate Admissions application.

The important application and notification dates for applications to the Schreyer Honors College are:

Schreyer Honors College Dates
Term Priority Filing Date Interview Deadline for Priority Applicants Final Application Deadline Decisions Announced
Fall Semester and Summer Session
Application Available: Aug 1
November 1 December 10 December 4 March 1

Applicants who apply by November 1 have the opportunity to participate in an optional interview as part of the selection process. Applications received after November 1 will still be evaluated for the Schreyer Honors College, but those students will not have the opportunity to interview.

For more information on the selection process, please visit the Schreyer Honors College website.


Financial Aid Information

The Office of Student Aid at Penn State is responsible for making all financial aid awards. 

Penn State recommends that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be received by December 1 to receive maximum consideration for all types of student aid. The FAFSA is available online at fafsa.ed.gov beginning October 1. Those students who submit their FAFSA by December 1 will receive their financial aid packages beginning mid-February. Please visit the Office of Student Aid website for more information about the student aid process and for specific deadlines.

Students enrolling in the summer session will have to submit the prior year’s FAFSA in order to be considered for financial aid for that session. This FAFSA is due June 30.

Dates & Deadlines for Transfer Students

Application Information for Transfer Students

Transfer applicants are evaluated on a rolling admissions basis. Some academic programs have limited enrollment or specific application dates other than the priority deadlines outlined in the chart below.

*Some programs have specific deadlines, limited enrollment, or other requirements. Review the details below.

Transfer Applicant Dates for University Park
Term Application Available Priority Filing Date Priority Filing Admission Notification by: Application Submission Deadline Deadline for Student Notification of Enrollment
Fall Semester August 1 April 15* Late spring July 31 Refer to the date on the offer notification.
Summer Session August 1 March 1* Late spring June 1 Refer to the date on the offer notification.
Spring Semester June 1 November 1* Mid-December November 30 Refer to the date on the offer notification.

*Some programs have specific deadlines, limited enrollment, or other requirements. Review the details below.

Please submit a complete application (including all supplemental materials and transcripts from previous institutions) by the priority filing date, or as soon as possible following that date. If you have specific questions regarding your intended program, please contact your campus of interest for preferred filing dates and program information.

Preferred filing dates for Commonwealth Campus programs may differ from those shown above. Please contact your campus of interest for more information.


Specific Program Deadlines for Transfer Students

A number of four-year and two-year programs open to transfer applicants have specific deadlines different than those listed above. Review the information for those programs with deadlines.

Four-Year Program Deadlines

All supplemental materials must be received by the Undergraduate Admissions Office or academic department by the date listed below.

In addition to the application deadlines outlined above, many Penn State programs have additional requirements to be eligible for admission. To review any additional requirements that might apply to your intended program, visit:
Transfer Eligibility: Requirements for four-year degrees


Two-Year Program Deadlines

All supplemental materials must be received by the Undergraduate Admissions Office or academic department by the date listed below.

In addition to the application deadlines outlined above, many Penn State programs have additional requirements to be eligible for admission. To review any additional requirements that might apply to your intended program, visit:
Transfer Eligibility: Requirements for two-year degrees

Dates & Deadlines for International Students

Application Information for First-Year Students

In order to have the greatest chance of acceptance to your first choice of campus and major, be sure to submit a complete application (including all of the required supplemental materials) by the appropriate dates, as outlined below:

International First-Year Applicant Dates
Term Application Available Priority Filing Non-Priority Filing Priority Notification by: Deadline to Accept Offer
Fall Semester August 1 February 1 July 1 - if studying in the US
June 1 - if studying outside of the US
April 1 May 1
Summer Session August 1 February 1 May 1 April 1 May 1
Spring Semester June 1 October 1 November 1 - if studying in the US,
October 15 - if studying outside of the US
December 1 Refer to the date on the offer notification.

*Applying after the priority filing deadline, while acceptable, may limit your campus and/or major choices.

Please note:
International students are not eligible for early action consideration. Some of our programs require complete applications by November 30. For more information on specific program deadlines for first-year students, visit Dates & Deadlines for First-Year Students.

To ensure that you have met the priority filing date, continue to check your application status in MyPennState to verify that we have received all of your application materials.


Application Information for Transfer Students

Transfer applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis, but we encourage students to apply by the priority filing dates for their intended session. The important application dates are:

International Transfer Applicant Dates
Term Application Available Priority Filing Non-Priority Filing Priority Notification by: Deadline to Accept Offer
Fall Semester August1 February 1* July 1 - if studying in the US
June 1 - if studying outside of the US
April 1 Refer to the date on the offer notification.
Summer Session August1 February 1* May 1 April 1 Refer to the date on the offer notification.
Spring Semester June 1 October 1* November 1 - if studying in the US
October 15 - if studying outside of the US
December 1 Refer to the date on the offer notification.

*Some academic programs have limited enrollment, specific application dates, or other requirements. Refer to the Dates & Deadlines for Transfer Students for more information.

Please submit a complete application (including all supplemental materials and transcripts from previous institutions) by the priority filing date, or as soon as possible following that date. To ensure that you have met the priority filing date, continue to check your application status in MyPennState to verify that we have received all of your application materials.

If you have specific questions regarding your intended program, please contact your campus of interest for preferred filing dates and program information.

Dates & Deadlines for Adult, Military & Veteran Students

Application Information for Adult Students and Military Students

In general, Penn State applicants are evaluated on a rolling admissions basis. Some academic programs have limited enrollment, specific application dates, or program eligibility requirements. Adult learners have to meet the deadlines outlined for their student status and/or chosen program.

Please submit a complete application (including all supplemental materials, like transcripts) by the established date. If you have specific questions regarding your intended program, please contact your campus of interest for preferred filing dates and program information.

Application timeline:

First-Year Students

First-year students, which are students with 17 or fewer credits of college coursework following high school graduation, have the following application dates:

Application Timeline for First Year Adult and Military Students
Term Application Available Priority Filing Date Admissions Submission Deadline Priority Filing Admissions Notification by Deadline for Student Notification of Enrollment
Fall Semester August 1 Rolling Rolling July 31 Refer to the date on the offer notification.
Summer Session August 1 Rolling Rolling June 1 Refer to the date on the offer notification.
Spring Semester June 1 Rolling Rolling November 30 Refer to the date on the offer notification.

Transfer Students

If you have already completed 18 or more credits of college coursework, regardless of when you took those credits, you will need to apply as a transfer student. Some of our programs have required application deadlines for transfer students, and our campuses may feature different deadlines for some degree programs.

For all of our transfer student deadlines, visit Dates & Deadlines for Transfer Students.


World Campus Students

Students interested in pursuing a degree through World Campus (Penn State Online), regardless of whether they are a first-year or transfer student, must provide Penn State with a complete application by the deadlines below:

Application Timeline for Adult and Military Students applying to World Campus
Term Application Available Application Deadline (firm) Admission Notification by: Deadline for Student Notification of Enrollment
Fall Semester August 1 June 30 Mid-August Refer to the date on the offer notification.
Spring Semester June 1 October 31 Mid-December Refer to the date on the offer notification.
Summer Session August 1 March 15 Early May Refer to the date on the offer notification.

These deadlines for complete applications at World Campus are firm. Please visit worldcampus.psu.edu for more information.


International Students

Students who require any type of visa to attend Penn State are considered international students. While international students have different recommended filing dates for their applications, some of Penn State’s programs still have deadlines to which all students must adhere regardless of a student’s country of origin or applicant type.

For all of our international student deadlines, visit Dates & Deadlines for International Students.

Dates and Deadlines for World Campus

World Campus applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students interested in pursuing a degree through World Campus, regardless of whether they are a first-year or transfer student, must provide Penn State with a complete application by the deadlines below:

World Campus Applicant Dates
Term Application Available Application Deadline (firm) Admission Notification by: Deadline for Student Notification of Enrollment
Fall Semester August 1 June 30 Mid-August Refer to the date on the offer notification.
Spring Semester June 1 October 31 Mid-December Refer to the date on the offer notification.
Summer Session August 1 March 15 Early May Refer to the date on the offer notification.

The deadlines for complete applications at World Campus are firm. Penn State requires a complete application (including all supplemental materials and transcripts from previous institutions, if applicable) by the application deadline in order to be eligible for the chosen term. Please visit worldcampus.psu.edu for more information.