School counselors play an important role in the application process, and Penn State hopes to make things as simple as possible for you and your students.
Beginning with summer and fall 2018 applicants, we will be using a Self Reported Academic Record (SRAR) submitted by the applicant, rather than an official high school transcript, in our admission review and decisions. Students will need to request or access electronically their transcript for 9-11th grades and their senior year schedule. Students will be prompted to enter this information as part of the application process.
A small number of students will be required to send a transcript as part of the application, but most applicants will complete SRAR in lieu of providing a transcript.
We will require a final high school transcript for students who commit to Penn State as soon as the transcript (to include a graduation date) is available. The final transcript will be used to verify high school graduation and validate what the student entered in SRAR.
Adult learners, as defined by the University, are exempt from this requirement.
We prefer that graduation verification be provided through Penn State's Web Counselor System. Additionally, we can accept transcripts by mail, email or fax sent directly to Penn State from the high school. We also accept transcripts sent through Naviance/Parchment, the National Student Clearinghouse, Scribbles, SCOIR and the Common App.
If a student's former high school, college, or university has permanently closed, we recommend that the student contact the state Department of Education where their previous school was located in order to request their official transcript.
The following links may be useful to you and your students as they move through the application process
Penn State honors College Board and ACT fee waivers and requests from school counselors documenting extreme financial hardship for the applicant.
Copies of College Board or ACT fee waivers can be faxed to 814-863-7590 or mailed to:
Penn State Undergraduate Admissions
201 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802
All other fee waiver requests should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the student's PSU ID number (if known), date of birth, and address to ensure that the waiver is applied to the correct application.
Please note that a student must start an application in order for a fee waiver to be applied. We are not able to refund an application fee once it has been paid. Students who receive fee waivers will be able to bypass the application payment screen.