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Undergraduate Admissions will be closed
Thursday, November 25, 2021 through Sunday, November 28, 2021.
Regular hours will resume on Monday November 29, 2021. Have a safe and happy holiday.

Final High School Transcript

Penn State requires students who have accepted their offer of admission to provide documentation that indicates the student's high school completion status.

Submitting Final High School Transcripts

Provide one of the following documents that indicates your high school completion status:

  • A copy of your final official high school transcript that shows the date when the diploma was awarded.

    To be considered official, the transcript must be sent directly to Penn State from the high school.

  • A state certificate or transcript received after you passed a State-authorized examination that the State recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED test, HiSET, TASC, or other State-authorized examination).
  • If you are a homeschooled student and the law in your home state requires you to obtain a secondary school completion credential for homeschool (other than a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent), a copy of that credential.
  • If the law in your home state does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a secondary school completion credential for homeschool (other than a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent), a transcript or the equivalent, signed by your parent or guardian, that lists the secondary school courses you completed and includes a statement that you successfully completed a secondary school education in a homeschool setting. If you are unable to obtain the documentation listed above, please contact us immediately.
  • If you completed secondary education in a foreign country, a final high school transcript, a copy of the "secondary school leaving certificate" or other similar document. Academic records must be original official records, with a seal and signature in ink of an authorized official of the institution or examining board issuing the records, or an exact copy which has been certified by the authorized institutional official or examining board. The seal and signature must appear as original. We require copies of both the front and back of all academic documents. Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by official English translations.

    Required International Credentials by Country

Official Documentation may be submitted by:

  • Submit by Mail or Fax to:
    Penn State Undergraduate Admissions
    201 Shields Building
    University Park, PA 16802
    Fax: 814-863-7590
  • Submit in Person: Students may also deliver a transcript in an envelope sealed by your high school to the admissions office at the Penn State campus you will attend.
    Contact your Penn State Campus
  • Submit through our Web Counselor System
    Your high school may be an electronic partner with Penn State. If your high school is an electronic partner with Penn State Undergraduate Admissions, your counselor may submit final high school documentation through our Web Counselor System.
  • Submit Electronically
    Transcripts can be sent through Naviance/Parchment, the National Student Clearinghouse, Scribbles, SCOIR and the Common App directly to Penn State from the high school. If your school requires an email address to send a transcript electronically, please use

SRAR Validation

Validation of the Self-Reported Academic Record is also required for a first-year student.

If after receipt of your final high school transcript it is determined that additional information is needed, the To Do List in the Student Services Section or your MyPennState checklist will be updated to reflect the required documents.

Summer Programs

Penn State offers unique summer programs for first-year students. Whether you were accepted for summer session and take classes at University Park or wish to participate in a shorter orientation program for fall credit, Penn State provides you the following options:

Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP)

LEAP is available to first-year students in the summer session and is a great introduction to Penn State. Note: Students with a fall offer of admission to University Park may participate in LEAP but need to accept their offer and then contact our office to change their acceptance from fall to summer.

AURORA Outdoor Orientation Programs

Choose from three different orientation programs – ORION, URSA, or VEGA – with options for backpacking and community service. These programs provide first-year students with amazing experiences that are excellent preparation for the upcoming school year.


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