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Admissions to Penn State Updates 

Undocumented Students (with or without DACA)

Penn State welcomes the application and enrollment of undocumented students with or without DACA. Undocumented students and DACA recipients can find a safe environment and supportive community at Penn State.

Am I an Undocumented Student or DACA Student?

Undocumented Student classification: You are undocumented if you are within the United States without legal documentation. This may include a person who entered the United States without inspection or a person who entered with a valid visa that has since expired.

DACA Student classification:

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced a policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. This policy allows certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines to request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. If you have requested and been granted DACA, you are considered to be a DACA student.

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DACA recipients and those who renew continue to be protected. The policy on DACA has been shifting. Please review the Penn State Law website for the latest updates.


Applying to Attend Penn State

Starting with the fall 2022 Application Cycle (beginning August 1, 2021), we encourage first-year applicants that are undocumented (with or without DACA) to apply through the Common App.

Applying via the Common App

When submitting your application we encourage you to select the same citizenship status in all sections of the application process.

Apply via the Common Application

Common App profile Citizenship Status Selection. Select DACA, Undocumented, Deferred Enforced Departure, or Temporary Protected Status

Completing the Geography and Nationality Section in your Common App Profile

When asked “What is your current citizenship status?”: Select “DACA, Undocumented, Deferred Enforced Departure, or Temporary Protected Status”

Penn State Citizenship Selection in the General Section of the Common App. Select DACA, Undocumented, Deferred Enforced Departure, or Temporary Protected Status.

Completing the General Section of the Penn State Common App

When asked “What is your current citizenship status?”: Select “DACA, Undocumented, Deferred Enforced Departure, or Temporary Protected Status”

Steps to Apply

For detailed information regarding the Penn State application process refer to our steps to apply by applicant type.


Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Information

Penn State Undergraduate Admissions Office


Resources

Federal Resources

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Resources

Local/State College, Pennsylvania Resources

Penn State President Eric Barron shares message in support of DACA

"Penn State has an unwavering commitment to the education of all of our students." - Penn State President Eric Barron

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