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Penn State plans to resume on-campus work and learning in fall semester
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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Admissions to Penn State

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and updates relating to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Admissions to Penn State.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Admissions to Penn State

We have received a number of messages from our applicants and admitted students regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We want you to know we are thinking about you during this time.

Penn State News: To see Penn State’s latest announcements visit Penn State News.

Penn State to resume in-person learning in fall semester

Penn State has announced ‘Back to State’ plans to resume in-person learning for the fall semester, which call for flexible, adaptable schedule with classes and activities converting to remote delivery on Nov. 20.

View the "Back to State" announcement.

Applicants: Submitting Application Materials

We understand that fulfilling all parts of the application process may be difficult at this time, so we will remain flexible and continue accepting student application materials. Some program and campus options may be limited as we move toward the start of the summer/fall 2020 semesters. As soon as you are able to send your documents, please do so and let us know if you have any questions ( or 1-814-865-5471).

Penn State will be test-optional for summer/fall 2021

Students applying for admission to Penn State for the summer or fall terms 2021 will have the option of having SAT/ACT scores included in their evaluation for admission. Penn State’s application for summer/fall 2021 will be open for future undergraduate students starting August 1, 2020. Students will indicate via a question on the application whether they want test scores used in the evaluation of their application for admission. Test scores will still be required for applicants to the Premedical-Medical program.

Please review our Test-Optional FAQs to find answers to frequently asked questions.

World Campus Applicants

If you are applying to study online through Penn State World Campus, application deadlines are different. Please email or 1-814-863-5386.)

Penn State Visit Updates

We are here to help you as you work through the undergraduate admissions application process for Penn State. Please be assured that your health and safety, and the health and safety of the entire Penn State community is of utmost importance to us.

To that end and with an abundance of caution in protecting all members of the Penn State community, Penn State has announced that all in-person activities relating to Admitted Student Programs, Prospective Student events, and campus visitation will be suspended through Aug 31. 

In lieu of on-campus events, visit for virtual events and resources so that you can experience Penn State right from your home.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)