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Dates & Deadlines for First-Year Students

Penn State receives over 70,000 first-year student applications, so what can you do to ensure your application is as competitive as possible?

Application Deadline and Decision Information

Applicants are evaluated on a modified rolling admissions schedule. Additionally, some academic programs have limited enrollment and specific application dates. The deadline for first-year, domestic students to apply Early Action is November 1. For those students choosing not to apply Early Action and for all domestic students, we recommend submission of a complete application, including all required materials, prior to the priority application date of November 30.

In order to meet the application deadlines outlined below, you have to submit a complete application by the provided date. The important application dates are:

First-Year Applicant Dates
Term Application Available Application Submission Date Admission Notification by: Deadline for Student Notification of Enrollment
Fall Semester and Summer Session August 1 November 1 for Early Action;
otherwise, November 30
December 24 for Early Action;
otherwise, January 31*
May 1
    December 31 February 28 May 1
    January 31 March 31 May 1
    Rolling after January 31 Rolling May 1, or date on offer notification
Spring Semester June 1 November 1 Mid-December Refer to offer notification

*With the exception of a few programs.

Those students who submit a complete application, including a Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) and test scores, by November 30 will have the best chance of admission to their first choice campus and/or major and will receive an admission decision no later than January 31.* Applying after November 30, while acceptable, may limit your campus and major choices.

While you can apply after November 30 for most programs, the following programs require the receipt of a complete application by November 30:

  • Accelerated Premedical-Medical
  • Nursing

Penn State Campuses

Students are most competitive for their intended campus and/or major if they follow the schedule outlined above. But many of our campuses, with the exception of University Park, accept applications throughout the spring and summer and notify applicants of their admission on a rolling basis. Contact your campus of interest to inquire about applying. 

Applying to the Schreyer Honors College

The Schreyer Honors College requires the completion of a supplemental application in addition to the Penn State Undergraduate Admissions application.

The important application and notification dates for applications to the Schreyer Honors College are:

Schreyer Honors College Dates
Term Application Available Priority Filing Date Interview Deadline for Priority Applicants Final Application Deadline Decisions Announced
Fall Semester and Summer Session August 1 November 1 January 31 January 15 Mid-March

Applicants who apply by November 30 have the opportunity to participate in an optional interview as part of the selection process. Applications received after November 1 will still be evaluated for the Schreyer Honors College, but those students will not have the opportunity to interview.

For more information on the selection process, please visit the Schreyer Honors College website.

Financial Aid Information

The Office of Student Aid at Penn State is responsible for making all student aid awards. 

Penn State recommends that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be received by December 1 to receive maximum consideration for all types of student aid. The FAFSA is available online at beginning October 1. Those students who submit their FAFSA by December 1 will receive their financial aid packages beginning mid-February. Please visit the Office of Student Aid website for more information about the student aid process and for specific deadlines.

Students enrolling in the summer session will have to submit the prior year’s FAFSA in order to be considered for financial aid for that session. this FAFSA is due June 30.