Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions

We are working to help people through this process, as we understand the significant distress our future Penn State students and their families may be experiencing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

We have discussions daily on these topics. For now, students can still apply to the University Park campus through May 1 and to Commonwealth Campuses through July 31. Applications continue to be processed as usual on a rolling basis.

While we encourage students to accept their offers of admission by May 1 and to begin their transition activities, students who need additional time may go to their MyPennState portal to be automatically granted an extension until June 1.

We encourage applicants to reach out to us to discuss their unique circumstances. Students and/or their school counselors can send an email to admissions@psu.edu or call 1-814-865-5471.

In addition, out of an abundance of caution in protecting all members of the Penn State community, we announced that all activities relating to admitted student programs, prospective student events, and campus visitation are suspended through Aug. 31. In lieu of on-campus events, visit admissions.psu.edu/experience for virtual events and resources so students can experience Penn State right from their home.

For additional information, visit https://admissions.psu.edu/coronavirus/.

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The Graduate School at Penn State is continuously monitoring developments related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, and doing everything possible to support applicants who may be affected. We understand that many testing services have suspended operations, and graduate programs at Penn State have been encouraged to extend their deadlines for applicants who may have been impacted by the suspension of testing services and other restrictions caused by the outbreak. Graduate Enrollment Services is taking this and other extenuating circumstances into consideration as we review applications and work with our admitted students. For applicants who have been admitted and are impacted by the outbreak, we encourage you to contact your graduate program regarding your specific situation.

For additional information and updates, visit http://gradschool.psu.edu/.

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Penn State’s student aid office is processing student aid applications and communicating to prospective students and families on a continual basis. Students and their families can visit studentaid.psu.edu/future-students for current information.

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Penn State values the diversity of its international population and welcomes students from across the globe. We will continue to monitor any international travel restrictions and must adhere to the decisions made by the U.S. government. The higher education organizations to which Penn State belongs have all been in contact with the federal government seeking guidance, clarification and information on the status of our international students and scholars.

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Our goal is to be available, given our resources located across the commonwealth to support individual students and their needs. Our campuses will exercise as much flexibility as possible for students with unique challenges, and families should reach out to individual campuses directly for any specific requests. Many prospective students have already experienced disappointment of a truncated senior year of high school and now face an uncertain start of college. We are working to assist in any way we can.

In addition, Penn State admissions counselors are available to meet with students one-on-one by phone. We recognize that the closure of high schools inhibits Penn State’s ability to make high school visits and the closures may delay communication with high school counselors. All of this change has reduced the opportunities for students to discuss and finalize their college decisions. Penn State admissions counselors are available by phone to answer questions about the academic and social opportunities at Penn State and to support individual students as they finalize their admissions decisions. We encourage applicants to reach out to us to discuss their unique circumstances. Students and/or their school counselors can send an email to admissions@psu.edu or call 1-814-865-5471.

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All of higher education is considering this very question – and most enrollment managers aren’t going to have any way to project with accuracy where enrollment will land. Just like all businesses and any operation in the U.S., or world, right now – the immediate future is unknown, but we are doing our best to reach and assist prospective students in ways that we can.

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The Undergraduate Admissions Office continues to operate, just differently through phones, live chats, email, Zoom appointments, and a growing number of scheduled live events online. Applications are being processed, mail is being opened, and notifications of admission decisions are being sent.

While we can’t invite prospective students to visit our campuses at this time, our staff are available to answer questions in any other format – visit admissions.psu.edu/experience to connect with us.

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Penn State wants to help support our future students impacted by the outbreak. We understand that fulfilling all parts of the application process may be difficult at this time, so we will remain flexible and work with students on a case-by-case basis. We continue to encourage students to submit applications and supporting documentation, including test scores (SAT or ACT), whenever possible. Please contact us at admissions@psu.edu with the Subject Line: Application Concerns if you are unable to provide a final high school transcript, official SAT or ACT scores, or other application materials.

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As a result of University efforts to engage in social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all on-campus and off-campus visit programs are canceled through Aug. 31. Guests who have registered for events prior to Aug. 31 have been or will be notified by email of their cancellation.

Prospective students can engage with Penn State through virtual visits, watching presentations, taking virtual tours, and connecting with your campus of interest, and more. Information is available at admissions.psu.edu/experience.

Individual questions about the admissions process can be directed to admissions@psu.edu or 1-814-865-5471. For additional information, visit https://admissions.psu.edu/coronavirus/.

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