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Step 1) Application Process and Deadlines

As you consider Penn State as your college choice, it is important to understand our admissions process. We take a number of factors into consideration as we review your application, and it is to your advantage to get a head start in familiarizing yourself with the process.

Your Application

Several key components comprise a complete application. When you apply to Penn State, you will need to send us the following:

  • Your completed application form (Web preferred)
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • An official copy of your high school transcript, or a copy of your General Education Diploma (GED), if applicable
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended and AP scores, if applicable
  • List of course work, in progress or planned, prior to enrollment at Penn State
  • Catalog descriptions of all course work completed and scheduled

In addition, you should have the following information available to include on your application:

  • Social Security number
  • High school address and College Board code number
  • Immigrant visa information (if applicable)
  • U.S. military service information (if applicable)


Penn State has rolling admissions, which means there is no deadline for applying. However, the evaluation of transfer applications does lengthen the review period, so transfer students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

If you plan to begin in the...      You should apply by...
Summer or Fall Semester December 31st
Spring Semester October 15th


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