Frequently-asked questions about the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR).
Yes, all first-year applicants must complete and submit a Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR). Your application will only be evaluated after we have received all your required materials, including your SRAR.
The only students exempt from submitting the SRAR are:
But, if your curriculum follows the traditional U.S. educational grading system, you should still submit the SRAR.
If your curriculum doesn’t follow the traditional U.S. educational grading system, contact us at email@example.com for further instructions.
You must list all your completed courses within the MyPennState application.
Your GED testing service must send your official GED transcript or diploma directly to Penn State.
Students in the South Korean educational system.
You will be required to submit an official high school transcript from your last three years of work in place of your SRAR.
Military who are currently stationed overseas.
You will be required to submit an official high school transcript instead.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can provide you with further instructions.
If you’re having trouble obtaining your high school transcript from your high school, school district, or your state’s department of education, please contact us at email@example.com.
No, Penn State will not accept your high school transcript instead of your SRAR. We will only evaluate your application based on the data you enter on your SRAR, so be sure the information you submit is complete and accurate.
The SRAR takes about an hour to complete.
Penn State must receive all required application materials by the November 1 deadline to be considered for Early Action. The SRAR is only one piece of your required application materials, and we are unable to evaluate your application until we receive your SRAR.
Please log in to the MyPennState portal using your Penn State Account, locate Application Tools under the left-hand menu, and access “Self-Reported Academic Record.” Although we encourage students to submit their SRAR as soon as possible, applicants may need to wait up to 24 hours after application submission to receive either their Penn State Account information or access their SRAR.
Yes, students who apply through the Common App need to submit a SRAR. Even if you report your grades on the Common App or send us your transcript, Penn State requires applicants to submit a SRAR.
Please monitor your email for instructions to activate your Penn State Account, log in to the MyPennState portal, and submit your SRAR.
Yes, you will need to review, update, and resubmit your SRAR.
When searching for your school, try to use variants of the official school name. For example, if you attended Theodore Roosevelt High School, enter "Roosevelt" in the search box.
If, after you have searched, your high school is not listed, please select "My high school is not on the list below" to record the name and address of the school on your SRAR.
If all your letter/numeric grades and courses are listed on your current high school transcript, you do not need to obtain a transcript from your previous high school(s) to fill out the SRAR. If your current high school transcript does not reflect your grades and courses from your previous high school(s), you will need to obtain a transcript from your previous high school(s) to fill out the SRAR.
If you’re on a block schedule, you must select the Course Length that best aligns with the duration of your course and edit the Credits/Units to match your transcript. For example, you would report a course lasting half of a year as “semester,” and a course lasting an entire year as “full year.”
If your school gives final grades at the end of each year, then enter that grade. If your school gives grades only by term or semester, then list each course with its grade by term or semester. You may list the same course multiple times if repeated in a different term. Give the final grade for each term if that is how it appears on your year-end final transcript.
No matter how your district defines middle, junior, or senior high school, please include coursework and grades from your 9-12th years.
Yes, you must report the classes you’ve failed on the SRAR. If you retake a class and both classes appear on your transcript, both need to be represented in the SRAR.
You should report every course on your SRAR exactly as it is listed on your transcript, including courses you have taken multiple times.
You should enter all courses on your SRAR exactly as they appear on your transcript, even if you didn’t receive credit for them. Please select “No Credit” as the grade for courses where you didn’t receive credit.
If you’ve taken any high school-level math or world language courses prior to 9th grade, please indicate those courses on your SRAR in the middle school section with a pass or fail grade. For example, some students take Algebra 1 or Spanish 1 in middle school. You do not need to designate the name of your middle or junior high school.
For courses taken during the summer, list the courses and associated grades in the preceding school year. For example, if you took a summer course between 9th and 10th grade, you will list the course and grade in the final semester of your 9th grade year on the SRAR.
If you are graduating at the end of year 11, please enter your year 11 grades and coursework as year 12. Your academic year selections should be 9, 10, and 12.
Please select the course title that most closely represents the subject matter of the course and type the course title in exactly as it appears on your transcript.
If a course doesn’t align with a provided subject area, please select “Other Subject Area.”
If dual enrollment courses are on your high school transcript, select the course level as “Dual Enrollment.”
If your Dual Enrollment course is also an AP or Honors course, please select AP or Honors for the course level.
There are four grade scale options on the SRAR. Please select:
Letter grades if your transcript has all letter grades
Number grades if your transcript has all number grades
Letter & number grades if your transcript has a combination of both letter and number grades
Decimal grades if your transcript uses decimal grades
If your school uses non-traditional grades, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
Enter your final grades for completed courses exactly as they appear on your high school transcript or your score report. Mid-term grades, first marking period grades, or progress report grades should not to be included on the SRAR.
If your high school provides a GPA for each academic year, you should report them as they appear on your transcript. If you receive both a weighted and unweighted GPA, please report your weighted GPA. If your high school does not calculate a GPA, there is no need for you to report one.
No, you should report your GPA and all grades exactly as they appear on your high school transcript.
Yes, if your class rank is reported on your high school transcript, include it on your SRAR. If your high school doesn’t report a class rank, do not report one on your SRAR.
Please select your school’s grading system on the SRAR. Do not recalculate or adjust your grades, report them exactly as they appear on your high school transcript.
First, be sure you are logged into the MyPennState portal using your own Penn State Account.
Your Penn State Account must use a personal email address that is not linked to your high school and is not shared by anyone else. For example, if you and your sibling used your parent’s email address to submit your application, you may see your sibling’s SRAR information.
To fix this problem, please:
If you are having difficulty submitting your SRAR, please review your SRAR responses to ensure the following fields are complete and correct:
Grades and coursework for years 9-12 that are completed, in-progress, or scheduled
GPA and class rank/size, and if they aren’t provided by your high school, select GPA or class rank/size not provided
Start and end date for each high school you attended, even if you only attended one
If you need further assistance, please contact us at email@example.com.
If you discover an error in your SRAR please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can work with you to make a correction.
Penn State will evaluate your application based on the data you enter in your SRAR, so be sure the information you submit is complete and accurate. If Penn State determines you intentionally misrepresent any information in your SRAR, your offer of admission will be rescinded, and your academic schedule will be canceled.
If you need to make any updates to your SRAR, please contact us at email@example.com.