Alert Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Admissions to Penn State Updates 

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.
For the latest COVID-19 news and information, visit Penn State's Coronavirus Information website.

Spring Session 2021 update:

Penn State to begin spring semester remotely, delay in-person classes. For more information on remote learning, COVID-19 testing and more, view the Penn State News story.

Penn State Keep Learning 

Resources to help Penn State students keep learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

See update information about the Spring 2021 semester by visiting

Applicants: Submitting Application Materials

We understand that students are under a lot of stress as they begin their college application process. Penn State is flexible. If you have questions or concerns about your application contact us at ( 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.

On-campus visits and tours are suspended for the safety of current students, faculty, and staff, and we will resume on-campus visitation when the University deems it safe to do so. Until that time, please join us for a virtual visit. 

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)