Step 5: Start Your Penn State Application

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:

  1. You can select your desired major of interest or “undecided” within a specific academic area of interest (like undecided in business or engineering).
  2. While the ending campus is where you will need to finish your degree, you typically have your choice of starting campuses. Select the campus at which you would like to start your studies. Keep in mind that almost all of our majors can be started at any Penn State undergraduate campus. After the first two years at your starting campus, through our 2+2 plan, when it’s time to begin your final two years of study you can transition to the campus that offers your degree.
  3. First-year students will be required to select an alternate choice starting campus. We will only review your application for your alternate choice if we are unable to admit you to your first-choice campus. Admission to your alternate choice campus allows you to participate in our 2+2 plan.
  4. For University Park applicants applying for the fall semester: You can indicate a willingness to begin in the summer session at University Park should we be unable to offer you fall admission. Summer session typically begins with move-in the last weekend of June with classes beginning the week prior to the fourth of July and running through final exams the second week of August. First-year students enrolling in summer session typically take two courses for a total of six credits. See ourApplication Review Process for additional information on this option.

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.