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.