Penn State requires specific supplemental materials to accurately review international student applications.
Penn State requires a number of different materials from international students to complete an application. Please review the following requirements to ensure you can provide all of the proper documentation to complete your application.
Penn State requires first-year international applicants (not transfer students) to complete the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) portion of the Penn State application, unless their country of schooling is South Korea.
Those first-year international students who complete SRAR and who accept an offer of admission to Penn State will need to submit final official secondary school transcripts as soon as possible. These documents will be used to validate the information submitted through SRAR.
In order to know what is required to send, please review our list of required credentials from various countries.
The following requirements apply to documents required from admitted students:
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Students from this country must submit official secondary school records at the time of application to be evaluated for admission to Penn State, as well as official post-secondary records for attempted college/university coursework (if applicable). The following requirements apply:
Secondary records are required for both first-year and transfer international students. For students completing SRAR and accepting their offer of admission to Penn State, please submit these documents as soon as possible.
Transcripts of coursework and grades are required for all years of secondary school study. International students should send the following at the appropriate time:
In order to know what is required to send, please review our list of required credentials from selected countries.
Please note: In reviewing applicants, we look for students who have successfully completed courses or examinations in the core subjects of mathematics, physical science, social science, and language in all years of high school. Students who have not successfully completed these courses may not be eligible for admission to Penn State.
If you attend or have attended a post-secondary institution outside the United States, we require the following:
If you attend or have attended a post-secondary institution in the United States, official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to Penn State.
For further information on transferring to Penn State, including program-specific admissions requirements, please see the information for transfer students.
International students whose native language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not required to provide proof of English language proficiency, regardless of native language.
If you are providing proof of English proficiency based on one of the test scores listed below, please note that the score reports must be official and come to Undergraduate Admissions directly from the testing service. Once the scores have been sent to our office, please allow at least two weeks for your scores to be processed and added to your application. Also, please note that for our office to process your scores your legal name that you used to apply to Penn State must match your testing exam name. If they do not match, it may result in our office not being able to process your scores. The scores must be less than two years old. The following are ways in which you can satisfy the language proficiency requirement:
Note: The Duolingo English Test (DET) i is temporarily being accepted as an approved examination for English proficiency for spring, summer and fall 2023. Applicants may submit DET results as their proof of English proficiency. A minimum score of 120 is required.
Time spent in a US high school will not be considered as proof of English language proficiency.
Please note: The writing component of standardized tests (SAT or ACT) is not required. The writing component will not be used as part of our evaluation. If your test scores include the writing component, by all means, have those scores sent to Penn State. Additionally, we do not require SAT Subject Tests.
Please visit the College Board or ACT to arrange to take one of these exams. The code for Penn State that should be listed on the registration form for the SAT is #2660 and for the ACT is #3656. Generally, U.S. embassies and U.S. Information Service (USIS) offices have information on testing dates and places. Please request that your SAT or ACT test scores be sent directly to us.
Please note: Standardized tests are not required for transfer students.