Please review these helpful steps to understand the Penn State application process, as well as the application requirements for first-year students.
The first step of the application process is to create a MyPennState profile, if you do not have one already. MyPennState is where future students can access the online application.
If you are new to MyPennState, you will need to establish a Friends of Penn State (FPS) ID and password, which you will access during the MyPennState profile creation process. Once you have your login information, you can sign in to begin work on your application.
A MyPennState perk: Applicants who receive an offer of admission and decide to attend Penn State typically use the same ID to access many services on campus when they are a student, like checking email, scheduling classes, and using computers on campus.
It's a good idea to look over majors you may be interested in and to review any specific requirements that must be met for you to be eligible for admission. In reading over majors, you may even discover a new area of interest. You'll also be able to see if there are any specific application deadlines that must be met for admission into your intended major.
Your Penn State application allows you to select two campuses as starting points for your Penn State degree. Make an informed choice by learning more about Penn State’s 20 undergraduate campuses and the World Campus, Penn State's online degree program.
Some things to keep in mind about campus selection:
The application for admission becomes available on the following dates:
Fall/Summer Admission: August 1
Spring Admission: June 1
Application submission dates vary by applicant type and intended program of study. Some programs have specific deadlines or admissions requirements. Please refer to our Dates & Deadlines for more information about application deadlines and priority filing dates, as well as our Admission Requirements to review information about any additional materials required for your intended program of study.
First-year students who apply by November 1 and who check the appropriate box on the application will be part of Penn State's new Early Action program. Students in Early Action will receive their decision by December 24. Students applying after November 1 but prior to the priority filing date of November 30 will receive an admission decision no later than January 31.
If applying through MyPennState:
Click Apply Online to start your Penn State application.
Your application work can be saved at each step of the process by clicking the Save and Continue button at the bottom of the page. This feature will allow you to move back and forth within the application or log off and return to complete your application at a later time.
After completing your profile information, you will need to provide your academic history by completing and submitting a Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR). You will be directed to a link to complete the SRAR. We strongly encourage you to obtain an official copy of your high school transcript to ensure accurate entry of your coursework completed and grades earned. The SRAR will include all of your high school coursework from grades 9-11 and your grade 12 schedule. If your senior grades are available when you enter SRAR, you can enter them at that time.
After this section, you will need to complete the Program of Study portion. Here, you will indicate your desired starting semester, your intended program of study, and your starting and ending campus. Some notes for this area:
After this portion, you will provide some additional application information, an activities resume, and a personal statement. You will be able to paste in this information from other sources (keep in mind that the formatting may not always copy over as intended).
If applying through the Coalition:
Complete the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success application,which will then direct you to MyPennState to complete SRAR. Applicants using the Coalition app may feel that they provided their high school record via the Coalition, but Penn State requires the completion of SRAR via MyPennState. We strongly encourage you to obtain an official copy of your high school transcript to ensure accurate entry of your coursework completed and grades earned. The SRAR will include all of your high school coursework from grades 9-11 and your grade 12 schedule. If your senior grades are available when you enter SRAR, you can enter them at that time.
If applying through the Common Application:
Complete the Common App, which will then direct you to MyPennState to complete SRAR. Applicants using the Common App may feel that they provided their high school record via the Common App, but Penn State requires the completion of SRAR via MyPennState. We strongly encourage you to obtain an official copy of your high school transcript to ensure accurate entry of your coursework completed and grades earned. The SRAR will include all of your high school coursework from grades 9-11 and your grade 12 schedule. If your senior grades are available when you enter SRAR, you can enter them at that time.
The application requires a nonrefundable application fee of $65 for domestic students and $75 for international students. If you have an approved application fee waiver, you will be able to bypass the payment screen on the application.
Be sure to complete the last step after "Summary and Review," which finalizes payment of your fee, and be certain it is successfully submitted.
Once the application is submitted, you can verify its completion on the Application Checklist in MyPennState
In order to complete your Penn State application, we need the following materials:
Please note: The writing component of standardized tests (SAT or ACT) is not required. The writing component will not be used as part of our evaluation. Additionally, we do not require SAT Subject Tests.
Some programs require additional items to complete your application. Please review our Admission Requirements for those details.
Penn State does not require letters of recommendation, nor are they used in a student’s evaluation (unless required for a specific program).
You can always check the status of your application in MyPennState. We will communicate with you via MyPennState and through a series of emails regarding any missing items for your application.
When everything has arrived, you will see a status in MyPennState confirming the completion of your application.
Please note: It is your responsibility to check on the status of your application and send us any missing materials.
Once we have reached a decision regarding your application, we will post a notification in MyPennState (domestic students also receive their decision via mail). Review our Dates & Deadlines to see when you should expect your decision.
If accepted, you can accept your offer of admission in MyPennState to begin the process of becoming a Penn State student. Visit our Accepted Students section to review the next steps in this process.