Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) relating to General Penn State information and the Undergraduate Admissions process.
Penn State has 20 undergraduate campus locations in the state of Pennsylvania. Students have two options when applying to Penn State University Park, one of our commonwealth campus locations or to an online program at our World Campus. Students may apply to Penn State using either the MyPennState application, or through the CommonApp. Penn State holds no preference between the two methods and encourages students to use the method which works best for them. Review our Application Information for admission requirements and steps to apply.
The deadlines for submitting an application may vary depending on your applicant type and the semester you interested in enrolling at Penn State. Please review a common list of admissions dates and deadlines to help you stay on track in the application process.
Penn State has basic admission requirements for two-year and four-year degrees, as well as the additional requirements for special programs. Depending on your applicant type, additional requirements may also need to be met.
Penn State offers a variety of 2-year associate degrees. Explore the available programs offered by campus location.
There is not an interview process for standard undergraduate admissions at Penn State. The accelerated Pre-medical/Medical program has an interview portion for selected candidates.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any request to withdraw an application.
Students will be assigned a unique Penn State ID number associated with their application record. This number is used in communications throughout the admissions process. Once enrolled, a Penn State Student ID number will continue to be used for identification purposes through a variety of university systems.
Penn State offers a variety of clubs and organizations at all 20 undergraduate campus locations. Please review clubs and organization information to help finding your place at Penn State.
Student football tickets are available through Penn State Athletics. Visit the go.psu.sports site to purchase tickets for sporting events.
Penn State University Park has a variety of Division 1 athletics and is as a member of the Big Ten Conference. Learn more about available sports through the Penn State Athletics site. Additional athletic opportunities are available at the Penn State commonwealth campuses at various competition levels. Visit the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) site for more information.
All application fees are non-refundable.
Reach Penn State Undergraduate Admissions at email@example.com or (814) 865-5471. General Penn State questions can be addressed at (814) 865-4700.
Review a full listing of Penn State Admissions contact information to reach a specific Penn State Campus admissions office or connect with Penn State Admissions resources.
Penn State's academic calendar is available through the University Registrar website.
All students are required to graduate with a minimum of 2 units of foreign language. This may be satisfied with High School units or taken while a student at Penn State. Please review our admission requirements for more information.
Yes, students who were homeschooled may apply to Penn State. Please review our admission requirements for applicants who are participating or have participated in a homeschool program.
Penn State is a public, non-profit University.
Penn State offers a variety of meal plans and dining options for students. Review our dining Information to explore dining options available at various Penn State campuses.
Penn State Undergraduate Admissions can be reach by mail at 201 Shields Building, University Park, PA 16870. Review our contact information for additional ways to connect with Penn State Undergraduate Admissions.
Students are considered full-time if they are enrolled in 12 or more credits over the fall or spring semesters.
Online learning options are available through Penn State World Campus. Penn State World Campus offers the convenience and flexibility of learning online—anytime, anywhere. Courses taken online are the same as those taken at any other campus in the Penn State system.
Taking College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations may allow you to earn Penn State credit. Please review our Credit from CLEP Exams information.
Students who have taken International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations may be able to earn Penn State credit. Please review our Credit from International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams information.
Students who have taken Advanced Level (A-Level) Examinations may be able to earn Penn State credit. Please review our Credit from Advanced Level (A-Level) Exams information.
If you have taken Advanced Placement (AP) tests, you may be able to earn Penn State credit. Please review our Credit from Advanced Placement (AP) Exams information.
Students not yet enrolled at Penn State should email firstname.lastname@example.org with any request to update residency to learn more about requirements and processes. Current students will work with the Office of the Bursar for any appeals to review residency classification. Please review Penn State's residency policy to understand how applicants are considered for tuition purposes.
Yes, Penn State has an extensive Study Abroad program with a variety of timeframes and locations. Review our Study Abroad information and begin to explore your options for adding a program to your Penn State experience.