Next Steps for Accepted Transfer Students

Review the next steps for students accepted to Penn State as transfer students.

We understand that every transfer student’s situation is unique, and there are many things that you have to take care of before arriving to Penn State. Below is a list of next steps to help navigate you through the process of enrolling in Penn State.

Review your offer of admission

Your offer of admission to Penn State will first display in MyPennState, and you will also receive your offer notification via U.S. mail. Your mailed offer of admission will include an evaluation of transferable credits based on your coursework at your previous institution(s).

International applicants will be able to view their admissions decision by accessing their MyPennState profile and will not be notified by mail.

Please read all your decision materials carefully.

Apply for student/financial aid

After receiving your acceptance, be sure to research the costs of attendance and the available financial aid. Contact the Office of Student Aid with any questions about financing your Penn State education.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form or have your existing form sent to Penn State.

Review the Office of Student Aid’s information for future students.

Inquire about housing options

Before accepting your offer of admission, contact the Housing and Food Services Office at your campus to inquire about on- or off-campus housing. Each campus has different housing options for students, and this office can assist you as you determine the housing that might work best for you.

Penn State does not guarantee on-campus housing for transfer students.

Accept your offer of admission

You can accept your offer of admission in MyPennState to start the enrollment process by paying your non-refundable enrollment fees and deposits.

Contact your campus about Transfer Student Orientation

Our campuses want to help you prepare for transferring to Penn State. We encourage you to connect with the resources at your campus in order to learn about the important processes and next steps to becoming a Penn State student.

Students transferring to University Park will receive information about Transfer Student Orientation at that campus. You can also research details at

Begin accessing Penn State student resources

After accepting your offer, the next steps you will need to take include the following:

  • Obtain a Penn State id+ Card.
    • Your +id Card can be acquired from any Penn State campus. You can acquire the card at any time prior to your arrival, or you can secure it when you arrive on campus.
  • Activate your Penn State Account.
    • Your Penn State Account is your Penn State digital identity. You can also activate this account at any campus.
  • Set-up your Penn State email.
    • Penn State communicates official information via email. It is critical that you check your Penn State email frequently. Official communication from the University is only sent to your email account.
  • Explore LionPath.
    • LionPath is Penn State’s web-based service for students, advisers, faculty, and parents. LionPath handles a number of important functions, like scheduling classes, paying tuition, reviewing your degree audit, and so much more. Until you activate your Access Account, you will have limited access to LionPath.

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  • Research your parking options.
    • Contact your campus of admission for parking permit information. If you will be attending University Park, you can contact the parking office.

Connect with an academic adviser

Every student has an academic adviser. Academic advisers are your best resource to help you establish your academic goals, evaluate your transfer credits, plan your courses, find internships, and connect with faculty to get involved in research.

If you are not able to visit campus prior to enrolling, you should contact the advising center in your academic college to inquire about arranging an advising appointment, reviewing transferable coursework, and scheduling your Penn State courses through your LionPath student services center.

Click the link below for the advising center in your academic college:

The University College is comprised of the other 14 Penn State campuses. In order to connect with an adviser, please select the advising center based on your campus of admission.

Students with an offer of admission to the World Campus, Penn State Online can connect with their academic advisers here:

Complete your registration

Complete your semester registration by paying your tuition and fees to the Office of the Bursar. For more specific details on completing this portion, please review the information on paying your bill.

Welcome to Penn State!

Congratulations on becoming part of the Penn State family! We are so glad you chose Penn State to continue your studies. We hope that attending Penn State will allow you to achieve both your academic and career goals.

If you are in need of more information than what is available in these next steps, please review our transfer student resources for links to many common offices and services at Penn State.

Applicants with an offer of admission to Penn State should review the supplemental offer materials in their MyPennState profile.