First-Year Students

First-Year Students

First-Year Student Application Timeline

Penn State strongly recommends that applications for freshman admission be submitted by November 30 of the student's senior year of high school. Applications will be accepted after that date, but as admission criteria rise throughout the academic year, it may become more difficult to gain acceptance to your first choice academic college or campus location. Additionally, applying by November 30 provides full scholarship consideration and access to an early financial aid estimate. Penn State does not employ an early decision program in its admission process.

Admissions Notification Timeline

If your complete application(including SAT or ACT scores, application fee, and official high school transcripts) were received by:

  • November 30- your anticipated notification date should be no later than January 31
  • December 31- your anticipated notification date should be no later than February 28
  • January 1- your anticipated notification date should be after March 1

*Dates shown would be during a students' senior year of high school