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SRAR FAQ

Frequently-asked questions about the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR).

How should first-year applicants who are not able to provide SRAR respond to the request for SRAR?

Applicants are expected to provide self-reported high school record information. Applicants not able to provide the information (adult learners many years out of high school, for example) will be handled on a case-by-case basis through Penn State’s review process. Students should email admissions@psu.edu if they are having difficulty with SRAR.

For high schools providing both the weighted and unweighted GPA, which one should students provide?

If available, students should provide the weighted GPA and should not add or remove any weight. There will be a separate field on the SRAR (Course Level) for students to list the type of course it is (i.e. honors, AP, dual enrollment, etc.).

Should students submit their high school GPA, and should they convert the GPA to a 4.0 scale?

Students will be expected to provide the cumulative GPA from grades 9 through 11 as recorded on their transcript, but will not need to recalculate to a 4.0 scale. Students should enter the GPA as it appears on their transcript. If the school provides both a weighted and unweighted GPA on the transcript, students should provide the weighted GPA.

If a student attended more than one high school, but the current high school has complete information on the transcript, does the student need to get separate transcripts from each school to complete the SRAR?

No, as long as all of the classes and grades are represented on the current high school transcript.

What happens if a student fails to complete the SRAR?

Regardless of the application method used (MyPennState, the Coalition, or the Common App) a student will not be evaluated until the SRAR is provided. If a student is not required to submit SRAR, evaluation will not be done until all required documentation is in place.

What is SRAR?

SRAR is short for Self-Reported Academic Record, an initiative undertaken by Penn State’s Undergraduate Admissions Office to ultimately have all future undergraduate applicants submit their high school record as part of the application process. SRAR is for first-year students applying for summer/fall in the 2017–18 application cycle.

Who is required to submit self-reported grades?

SRAR is expected of all traditional first-year students (domestic and international) still in high school as well as adult learners applying as first-year students. In time, transfer students will be added to the SRAR initiative. For now, those applicants will continue to provide high school (and college) transcripts as part of a complete application as will international first-year students if directed to do so through the course of completing the application.

When do students need to submit SRAR?

Students using the MyPennState application submit SRAR as part of the application process. They may choose to complete the application itself first, then return to complete SRAR at a later date, but the application will not be complete without the application, the SRAR (unless otherwise directed), and the official test scores sent to Penn State from the testing agency.

If students choose to apply via the Coalition or the Common App, they will provide SRAR when completing the profile sections required for the Penn State application.

How will high school students submit self-reported grades?

If using the MyPennState application, high school students will submit SRAR (grades 9 through 11 as well as their senior year schedule) via Penn State’s application for admission available through MyPennState. They will be directed to begin the SRAR following completion of the High School Information portion of the application. Students will be prompted from within the application and via a button on their MyPennState page.

If they are choosing to use the Coalition application or the Common App, upon completion and submission of the application, students will be directed to go to MyPennState to complete SRAR.

How do international students, whose schools don’t use a U.S. grading scale, complete the SRAR?

International students will be asked to select their school’s grading system as part of SRAR. International first-year students will be expected to complete the SRAR portion of the application, unless they are directed otherwise based on their educational system. International students should follow the advisories appearing in the application and send secondary school documents as directed.

How much time will it take to complete SRAR?

Our experience has been that it will take approximately an hour to complete SRAR if students have on hand a copy of the high school transcript showing their high school record for grades 9 through 11. The additional time should not create an undue burden.

When will students submit their official transcripts?

When a student accepts an offer of admission to Penn State, the student will be expected to submit a final high school transcript following graduation and prior to enrollment at the University. Typically, this will be done during the summer prior to the start of the semester. Official transcripts should be submitted by secondary school counselors following graduation or by July 15. Students accepting offers of admission for summer may bring a sealed copy of their official transcript to New Student Orientation in order to comply.

My school provides weighted and unweighted GPAs. Which should I use?

If available, you should provide the weighted GPA. You should not add or remove any weight. There will be a separate field on the SRAR (Course Level) for you to list the type of course it is, i.e. honors, AP, dual enrollment, etc.

How do I list high school courses taken while I was in middle school or junior high school on the SRAR? 

Any core curriculum course taken for high school credit must be listed on the SRAR. Enter the course in the appropriate year. The SRAR includes options for entering middle school courses. If you’ve taken math or world language course work prior to 9th grade, and these courses are necessary to meet Penn State admission requirements, please indicate those courses on your SRAR in the middle school section for your high school record. Please select Pass/Fail – Pass as your grade for the course. You do not need to designate the name of your middle or junior high school. 

If in doubt as to where to put a subject, should I select "Other Subject Area"?

Yes. Our review staff will make sure that those courses are appropriately match to courses that will result in proper Carnegie Units if applicable.

Will applicants be able to go back in and add new grades?

Only upon approval and reopening of SRAR by Penn State admissions staff. Students should be aware that adding senior year grades or changing SRAR after submission, could change their pool date to December or later if the changes are made after November 1 for Early Action or after the November 30 Priority Filing Date.

How should I list Dual Enrollment courses on SRAR?

If the dual enrollment courses are on your high school transcript, list them with Dual Enrollment as the course level. If they are not on your high school transcript, they can be listed in the College Information section of the application. If your Dual Enrollment/college course taken while in high school course is also an AP course, please choose AP for the course level. 

Can I round up when entering my grades or GPA?

No, you should not round up. You will be expected to provide the information as it appears on your high school transcript.

When will I need to submit my final high school transcript for validation?  

If you accept an offer of admission to Penn State, you will forward final, complete high school transcripts by July 15. If you receive and accept an offer of admission after July 15, you will have two weeks to submit your final high school transcript.

What happens if I realize I made a mistake after submitting the application? How do I correct errors?

If you recognize that you made an error on their SRAR, you should send an email to admissions@psu.edu with the update to allow counselors to correct the record and document that you initiated the change to your SRAR. In this process, your SRAR may be re-opened to update your information. 

Should students include their grades from the first marking period of their senior year?

If the senior grades are part of the student’s transcript at the time SRAR is completed, then yes, students may include any final senior year grades that are available. Keep in mind that Penn State’s recommended filing windows close November 1 for Early Action and November 30 for the Priority Filing Date. Admission evaluations will be based on information available at the time of complete application material submission. Students have the best opportunity for affirmative decisions if they complete and submit those materials by November 30.

How will the self-reported grades be validated?

SRAR submissions will be validated following submission of the final transcript. After accepting the offer of admission, students should have their final transcript sent after high school graduation, but no later than July 15, for students receiving an offer of admission for summer/fall 2019.

If an offer of admission is received and accepted after July 15, they will have two weeks to submit their final high school transcript. Students will continue to receive a “Final High School Transcript” checklist item to prompt them to submit their final transcript.

If I attended more than one high school, do I need a separate transcript for each school?

No, as long as all classes and grades are represented on one transcript.

If a student is reapplying for first-year admission to Penn State, and Penn State already has the final high school transcript, does the student need to complete SRAR?

Yes, the student is expected to complete SRAR. If the student is admitted and accepts the offer of admission, the student will be prompted to provide an additional final and complete high school transcript..

If I took a class twice because I failed it the first time, do I show that class both times?

If both classes appear on your high school transcript, then they will need to be represented in SRAR.

My school is on block scheduling, if I take a class for one semester is that a full credit?

Block courses are set for one unit per grade entry. If your course was for one semester, please indicate your final grade for that semester and you will be awarded a full credit for that course. If you provide grades for both grade options for a block level course, it will be worth two units.

A SRAR from a school with block scheduling will get flagged in the review process to make sure students are accurately representing their credits earned.

What happens if someone misrepresented themselves in SRAR but was admitted to Penn State?  

If you intentionally misrepresent your SRAR, offers will be revoked at the sole discretion of Penn State, class schedules will be canceled, and housing contracts will be canceled.

Do students need to include class rank as part of SRAR?

If class rank is on the high school transcript, students should include it on the SRAR. However, class rank will not play a role in initial decision making.

Should I also submit my high school GPA and should I convert my GPA to a 4.0 scale? 

You will be expected to provide the cumulative GPA 9 through 11 as recorded on your transcript, but will not need to recalculate to a 4.0 scale. Enter the GPA as it appears on your transcript. If your school provides both a weighted and un-weighted GPA on the transcript, you should provide the weighted GPA.

How can I be confident that Penn State is using accurate information in making admission decisions?

About two-thirds of Penn State's admission decision is based on high school coursework.

We have a high level of confidence that you will make every attempt to provide true and accurate information.  The consequences of intentionally providing misleading information will lead to the revocation of the offer to Penn State and/or the canceling of your academic schedule and housing contract.

Will errors on the grade submission cause Penn State to rescind my offer of admission? How will this notification of offer revocation occur?

Good judgement will be followed by Penn State admissions staff as they validate the final transcripts and SRAR.  Malice-free errors will occur, and every effort will be made to fairly judge intent. 

If it is determined that you intentionally misrepresent your SRAR, at Penn State’s discretion, you will be notified and your offer of admission and/or your academic schedule at Penn State will be canceled. 

Are homeschooled students expected to complete SRAR?

Yes, if they followed an educational curriculum patterned after the traditional U.S. system. If the curriculum followed cannot be represented on the SRAR, email us at admissions@psu.edu for further instruction.

If an applicant has a GED, how should he/she respond to SRAR?

An applicant who possesses a GED does not need to complete SRAR. These applicants will complete the existing Carnegie Unit portion of the application, and should report all high school coursework that was completed. The recording of all completed high school coursework will benefit the student in the evaluation of the application. GED applicants will also need to submit the final GED transcript.

If I send the transcript at the time I apply, will they be later matched with my admit record?

No. We do not accept interim high school transcripts in lieu of the SRAR, and Penn State will not review any submitted transcripts instead of a SRAR.

You should obtain a transcript from your school counselor so you can complete the SRAR with complete and accurate information. In order to satisfy the high school graduation and SRAR validation requirement, you must submit an official final high school transcript after graduation.

How should first-year applicants not able to provide SRAR respond to the request for SRAR?

Applicants will be expected to provide self-reported high school record information.  Applicants (adult learners many years out of high school, for example) not able to provide the information will be handled on a case-by-case basis through Penn State’s review process. Students should email admissions@psu.edu if they are having difficulty with SRAR.