Penn State requires students who have accepted their offer of admission to provide documentation that indicates the student's high school completion status.
Adult learners, as defined by the University, are exempt from this requirement.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.