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Are You a First-Year Student?

First-year students are those who have earned high school diplomas or the equivalent by the time they enroll at Penn State. These applicants include high school graduates attending other regionally accredited colleges or universities who have attempted fewer than 18 semester hours, and individuals who have enrolled in other institutions before graduating from high school, regardless of the number of credits attempted. High school students who have attended Penn State on a nondegree basis are considered first-year applicants.

Penn State operates on a rolling admissions basis with a recommended application filing date of November 30. Several key components make up a complete application. When you apply to Penn State, you will need to send us the following:

  • Your application (Web preferred) including the completed Counselor Form
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • A copy of your high school transcript
  • Any transcripts from other colleges attended and AP scores, if applicable
  • SAT I or ACT scores (SAT code #2660 or ACT code #3656)

If you have not already done so, please request that your SAT or ACT test scores be sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions from the appropriate testing agency. We will not accept scores that appear on your high school transcript.

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

  • Social Security number
  • SAT and/or ACT test dates
  • High school address and College Board code number
  • Immigrant visa information (if applicable)
  • U.S. military service information (if applicable)