Penn State receives over 100,000 first-year student applications, so what can you do to ensure your application is as competitive as possible?
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, by December 1.
To meet the application deadlines outlined below, you have to submit a complete application by the provided date. The important application dates are:
|Decision Plan||Application Available||Complete Application||Admission Notification||Deadline for Student Notification of Enrollment|
|Early Action||August 1||by November 1*||by December 24||May 1|
|Rolling Admission||August 1||by December 1||by January 31||May 1|
|Rolling Admission||August 1||after December 1||Rolling||May 1|
|Decision Plan||Application Available||Application Submission Date||Admission Notification by:||Deadline for Student Notification of Enrollment|
|Rolling Admission||June 1||December 1||Mid-December||Refer to offer notification|
Those students who submit a complete application, including a Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR), by November 1 will have the best chance of admission to their first-choice campus and/or major and will receive an admission decision no later than December 24. Applying after November 1, while acceptable, may limit your campus and major choices.
The following programs require the receipt of a complete application by specific dates:
|Program Name||Application Deadline|
|Accelerated Premedical-Medical||October 15|
|Nursing||December 1 for Penn State University Park Applicants
Penn State Altoona, Behrend (Erie), Fayette, Mont Alto, and Scranton are not held to this deadline
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.
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:
|Term||Optional Interview Deadline||Interviews Close for Priority Applicants||Final Application Deadline||Decisions Announced|
|Fall Semester and Summer Session
Application Available: Aug 1
|November 1||December 21||December 6||Before March 1|
Applicants who apply by November 1 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.
The Office of Student Aid at Penn State is responsible for making all financial 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 studentaid.gov 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.