Pennsylvania State University Deadlines

Dates & Deadlines for First-Year Students

Applicants are evaluated on a modified rolling admissions schedule. Additionally, some academic programs have limited enrollment and specific application dates. The priority application date for first-year students is November 30.

In order to meet the application deadlines outlined below, you have to submit a complete application by the provided date. The important application dates are:

First-Year Applicant Dates
Fall Semester and Summer Session September 1 November 30 January 31* May 1
December 31 February 28
January 31 March 31
Rolling after January 31 Rolling May 1, or date on offer notification
Spring Semester June 1 November 1 Mid-December Refer to offer notification

*With the exception of a few programs.

Those students who submit 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.* Applying after November 30, while acceptable, may limit your campus and major choices.

While you can apply after November 30 for most programs, the following programs require the receipt of a complete application by November 30:

  • Accelerated Premedical-Medical
  • Nursing

Penn State Campuses

Students are most competitive for their intended campus and/or major if they follow the schedule outlined above. But many of our campuses, with the exception of University Park, accept applications throughout the spring and summer and notify applicants of their admission on a rolling basis. Contact your campus of interest to inquire about applying.

Applying to the Schreyer Honors College

The important application and notification dates for applications to the Schreyer Honors College are:

Schreyer Honors College Dates
January 15 Mid-March

Applicants who apply by November 30 have the opportunity to participate in an optional interview as part of the selection process. Applications received after November 30 will still be evaluated for the Schreyer Honors College, but those students will not have the opportunity to interview.

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.ed.gov beginning January 1. Those students who submit their FAFSA by March 1 will receive their financial aid packages in late March. Please visit the Office of Student Aid website for more information about the student aid process and for specific deadlines.

Students enrolling in the summer session will have to submit the previous year’s FAFSA in order to be considered for financial aid for that session. This FAFSA is due at a later date, which the Office of Student Aid will communicate with you should you plan to start in the summer.


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