First-year applicants have choices when applying to Penn State. Research your campus options to find the perfect fit for you.
In addition to choosing a program of study when applying to Penn State, students can choose from 20 undergraduate campuses throughout Pennsylvania. Our campuses range in both size and location, as well as in their academic programs and extracurricular options. What does having 20 campuses mean for students?
When completing the application, students have to select both a starting and ending campus. In some cases, students desire to have these campus selections be the same; but in other cases, students wish to start at one campus and then complete their degree at another campus.
Here's how the process works:
Providing Penn State with an alternate choice campus gives students more admission options. Please note: We will only review your application for your alternate choice if we are unable to admit you to your first choice campus. Supplying an alternate choice campus has no impact on the review of your first choice campus.
If we are unable to offer you admission to your first choice campus, the following will happen:
Providing an alternate choice campus gives you the greatest chance of joining the Penn State family. If you receive an offer of admission to your alternate choice campus, you are still able to pursue your academic program by participating in our 2+2 plan.
Whether you apply to one Penn State campus directly with the intention of finishing your degree at another campus, or you receive an offer of admission to your alternate choice campus, the 2+2 plan allows you to pursue your chosen Penn State degree by attending two different campuses. There are many advantages to the 2+2 plan, and many reasons students choose this academic path at Penn State.