Frequently-asked questions about the Self-Reported Academic Record (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 email@example.com if they are having difficulty with SRAR.
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.).
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.
No, as long as all of the classes and grades are represented on the current high school transcript.
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.
SRAR is short for Self-Reported Academic Record. Penn State uses an applicant’s SRAR as one of many factors in making an admission decision and will compare the applicant’s SRAR and final high school transcript once the applicant has accepted an offer of admission to Penn State.
First-year applicants are expected to self-report all high school courses. High school seniors are asked to report grades 9-11 and their senior year schedule.
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.
Students submit SRAR as part of the application process. They may submit the application and SRAR in any order. The SRAR does not have to be submitted prior to the application.
If submitting the MyPennState application, students will be directed to begin their SRAR following completion of the High School Information portion of the application. Students will be prompted from within the application and via a button in MyPennState.
If submitting either the Coalition or Common Application, once a student has started their Coalition or Common Application, they will be directed via email to establish their MyPennState login credentials and can access their SRAR via a button in MyPennState. Students will receive email instructions within 36 hours of starting their application.
A student’s application is not complete and ready for evaluation until Penn State has received the application, the SRAR (unless otherwise directed), and the official test scores sent to Penn State from the testing agency.
MyPennState application: students will be directed to begin their SRAR following completion of the High School Information portion of the application. Students will be prompted from within the application and via a button in MyPennState.
Coalition or Common Application: Once a student has started their Coalition or Common Application, they will be directed via email to establish their MyPennState login credentials and can access their SRAR via a button in MyPennState. Students will receive email instructions within 36 hours of starting their application.
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.
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 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 1. Students accepting offers of admission for summer may bring a sealed copy of their official transcript to New Student Orientation in order to comply.
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.
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.
Yes. Our review staff will make sure that those courses are appropriately match to courses that will result in proper Carnegie Units if applicable.
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.
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.
No, you should not round up. You will be expected to provide the information as it appears on your high school transcript.
If you accept an offer of admission to Penn State, you will forward final, complete high school transcripts by July 1. If you receive and accept an offer of admission after July 1, you will have two weeks to submit your final high school transcript.
If you recognize that you made an error on their SRAR, you should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 1, for students receiving an offer of admission for the summer/fall starting semesters.
If an offer of admission is received and accepted after July 1, 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.
No, as long as all classes and grades are represented on one transcript.
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 both classes appear on your high school transcript, then they will need to be represented in SRAR.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for further instruction.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if they are having difficulty with SRAR.