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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

First-Year Admission

An applicant for admission as a beginning student in the first-year class must meet the minimum requirements for admission (Opens New Window) to degree candidacy prior to the time of matriculation. All offers of admission are conditional until these requirements have been met.

Each applicant is evaluated on the basis of the high school record and results of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT). This evaluation produces an evaluation index. Admission decisions are made on the basis of a review of the applicant's evaluation index in relation to the requested area of enrollment (academic program), space availability, the quality of the credentials presented by other applicants, and such other academically relevant information deemed appropriate by the Undergraduate Admissions Office and approved by the Senate Committee on Admission, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid.

When openings at the requested location or in the requested program of the University are filled, qualified applicants will be offered admission to their alternate choice of program or location or notified of campuses where openings still exist.

COLLEGE ENTRANCE TESTS--Applicants for first-year admission to the University are required to submit scores of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the American College Test (ACT). SAT or ACT results of the junior-year testing periods are recommened. Exceptions to the requirement for scholastic assessment test scores will be granted to adult learners who have been out of high school for five or more years or are veterans with four or more years of service. Exceptions to the required courses completed also may be granted. Adults may be requested to submit a statement of personal goals or to participate in an interview.

SELECTION OF THE AREA OF ENROLLMENT--It is necessary for an applicant to indicate one of the academic units of the University in which he or she wants to study. If an applicant is undecided about the choice of an academic unit, he or she may seek enrollment in the Division of Undergraduate Studies.

CHANGING THE AREA OF ENROLLMENT--An applicant who has been admitted to an academic college or unit of the University may not change to another without satisfying entrance requirements of the college or other academic unit of the University to which he or she wants to transfer.

PREVIOUS ATTENDANCE AT ANOTHER COLLEGE--An applicant must state on his or her application whether he or she has ever attended any other college or university. Failure to indicate, at the time of application, previous registration at another college or university may result in refusal or cancellation of admission. An applicant who has attempted fewer than 18 semester credits at another regionally accredited college or university will be considered as a first-year applicant. An applicant who has attempted 18 or more semester credits at another regionally accredited college or university subsequent to high school graduation will be evaluated as an advanced standing applicant.

OBTAINING AN APPLICATION -- The application for admission  is available on the Web. Web applications are preferred. A paper application can be obtained as a PDF on the Web site or by writing to the Undergraduate Admissions Office, The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Shields Building, University Park, PA 16802-1294 (telephone: 814 865-5471), or by contacting an admissions officer at any University undergraduate campus.