Undergraduate Admissions

Dates & Deadlines

Admissions Dates for First-Year Students

Summer and Fall admission: November 30

Applicants are evaluated on a rolling admissions basis. Some academic programs have limited enrollment and specific application dates.

The application for summer and fall admission is made available each year on September 1, and the priority application date is November 30. Those students submitting a complete application, including transcripts and test scores, by November 30 will have the best chance of admission to their first choice campus and/or major and will receive an admission decision no later than January 31 (with the exception of a few programs that notify applicants at a later date). Applying after November 30, while acceptable, may limit your campus and major choices.

Admissions Dates for Other Students

For important dates and deadlines for applicants that are not traditional first-year students, please see the appropriate link below:

Deadlines for international students

Deadlines for transfer students

Deadlines for World Campus applicants

Note: The following programs require the receipt of a complete application by November 30:

Spring admission: November 1

Applying after November 1, while acceptable, may limit your campus and major choices.

Schreyer Honors College:

The Schreyer Honors College requires the completion of a supplemental application in addition to the Penn State Undergraduate Admissions application. The priority application date for the Schreyer Honors College is November 30, but applications may be submitted through January 15. Applicants who apply by November 30 have the opportunity to participate in an optional interview as part of the selection process.

Interviews for eligible applicants will conclude by the end of January and all applicants will be notified of their Schreyer Honors College decision by mid-March.

Financial Aid Information:

Penn State recommends that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be received by March 1 to receive maximum consideration for all types of student aid. The FAFSA is available online at fafsa.gov beginning January 1. The Office of Student Aid begins awarding financial aid packages in late March.

Decision Dates

First-Year Students Entering Summer Session and Fall Semester

Applicants with complete credentials submitted by November 30 should receive an admissions decision by January 31.

Applicants with complete credentials submitted by December 31 should receive an admissions decision by February 28.

Applicants with complete credentials submitted by January 31 should receive an admissions decision by March 31.

First-Year Students Entering Spring Semester

Applicants with complete credentials should receive an admissions decision by mid-December.

Transfer Students Entering Summer Session and Fall Semester

Applicants with complete credentials submitted by December 31 should receive an admissions decision by April 1. Students filing applications after January 1 will receive notification in late spring.

Transfer Students Entering Spring Semester

Applicants with complete credentials should receive an admissions decision by mid-December.

International Students Entering Fall Semester

Applicants with complete credentials submitted by February 1 should receive an admissions decision by mid-April.

International Students Entering Spring Semester

Applicants with complete credentials submitted by October 1 should receive an admissions decision by mid-November.