Dates & Deadlines for Adult, Military & Veteran Students

Penn State has adult learners at all campuses. Review when to apply based on your applicant type or desired program. 

Application Information for Adult Students and Military Students

In general, Penn State applicants are evaluated on a rolling admissions basis. Some academic programs have limited enrollment, specific application dates, or program eligibility requirements. Adult learners have to meet the deadlines outlined for their student status and/or chosen program.

Please submit a complete application (including all supplemental materials, like transcripts) by the established date. If you have specific questions regarding your intended program, please contact your campus of interest for preferred filing dates and program information.

Application timeline:

First-Year Students

First-year students, which are students with 17 or fewer credits of college coursework following high school graduation, have the following application dates:

Application Timeline for First Year Adult and Military Students
Term Application Available Priority Filing Date Admissions Submission Deadline Priority Filing Admissions Notification by Deadline for Student Notification of Enrollment
Fall Semester August 1 Rolling Rolling July 31 Refer to the date on the offer notification.
Summer Session August 1 Rolling Rolling June 1 Refer to the date on the offer notification.
Spring Semester June 1 Rolling Rolling November 30 Refer to the date on the offer notification.

Transfer Students

If you have already completed 18 or more credits of college coursework, regardless of when you took those credits, you will need to apply as a transfer student. Some of our programs have required application deadlines for transfer students, and our campuses may feature different deadlines for some degree programs.

For all of our transfer student deadlines, visit Dates & Deadlines for Transfer Students.


World Campus Students

Students interested in pursuing a degree through World Campus (Penn State Online), regardless of whether they are a first-year or transfer student, must provide Penn State with a complete application by the deadlines below:

Application Timeline for Adult and Military Students applying to World Campus
Term Application Available Application Deadline (firm) Admission Notification by: Deadline for Student Notification of Enrollment
Fall Semester August 1 June 30 Mid-August Refer to the date on the offer notification.
Spring Semester June 1 October 31 Mid-December Refer to the date on the offer notification.
Summer Session August 1 March 15 Early May Refer to the date on the offer notification.

These deadlines for complete applications at World Campus are firm. Please visit worldcampus.psu.edu for more information.


International Students

Students who require any type of visa to attend Penn State are considered international students. While international students have different recommended filing dates for their applications, some of Penn State’s programs still have deadlines to which all students must adhere regardless of a student’s country of origin or applicant type.

For all of our international student deadlines, visit Dates & Deadlines for International Students.