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:

Fall and Summer Starting Semesters

First-Year Applicant Dates for Fall and Summer starting semesters.
*With the exception of a few programs.
Decision Plan Application Available Application Submission Date Admission Notification by: Deadline for Student Notification of Enrollment
Early Action August 1 November 1 December 24 May 1
Priority Submission August 1 November 30 January 31 May 1

Spring Starting Semester

First-Year Applicant Dates for Spring starting semester.
*With the exception of a few programs.
Decision Plan Application Available Application Submission Date Admission Notification by: Deadline for Student Notification of Enrollment
Regular Admissions June 1 November 30 Mid-December Refer to offer notification

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 specific dates:

Application Deadlines for Specific Programs.
Program Name Application Deadline
Accelerated Premedical-Medical November 1
Nursing November 30 for Penn State University Park Applicants
Penn State Altoona, Behrend (Erie), Fayette, Mont Alto, and Scranton are not held to this deadline

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 Priority Filing Date Interview Deadline for Priority Applicants Final Application Deadline Decisions Announced
Fall Semester and Summer Session
Application Available: Aug 1
November 1 December 10 December 4 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.


Financial Aid Information

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 fafsa.ed.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.