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Guide for New Students Offered Admission



Penn State University Park

Admission Checklist ✓  Review your offer letter to determine whether

your offer is for summer or fall. Each year, more than 1,000 new students begin their Penn State education during the summer. The summer session begins in late June and lasts six weeks, with classes concluding in early August. Please note that if you receive an offer for summer, you must begin classes during the summer session on June 27.

✓  Accept your offer of admission online through

MyPennState at mypennstate (click on Accept your offer of admission), or sign and return the Acceptance Notification you received with your offer of admission along with the acceptance fee. If accepting by mail, please keep a copy of the signed Acceptance Notification for your records. Please note the reply date on the Acceptance Notification from Penn State; replying after that date may void your offer of admission.

✓Accept a housing contract. A housing contract 

is automatically generated when you accept your offer of admission. You will need to log on to the eLiving website ( to accept your housing contract and indicate preferences such as roommates, building location, meal plan level, and meal plan options.

✓  When you accept your offer of admission, we

need to provide you with a permanent Penn State account known as a Penn State Access Account. Activating your Penn State Access Account will be the first step in accepting your offer of admission. Your Access Account will allow you to use LionPATH, Penn State’s enrollment management system. Through LionPATH, you will view your student aid package, schedule classes, pay your tuition, and conduct other business with the University. You can activate your Penn State Access Account now before accepting your offer of admission in order to see your financial aid package when it becomes available. You’ll find instructions on activating your account on MyPennState where you see your admission decision. Activating your Penn State Access Account prior to accepting your of-

fer of admission does not obligate you to attend Penn State.

✓  Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student

Aid (FAFSA) online at if you haven’t already done so. Penn State’s priority filing date is February 15, and our school code is 003329. Visit the Office of Student Aid website,, for more information. Penn State will begin making student aid awards to first-year students in early March.

✓  Take part in Penn State’s New Student Orientation, designed to provide you and your family

with an introduction to life on campus, in the classroom, and the local community. Placement testing in math begins early March and continues on a rolling basis through the summer. Tests are completed online; you will receive more information about how and when to access the test after you accept your offer of admission. The second part of orientation is a twoday informative program for you and your family, which includes an overnight stay in a residence hall. During your visit, you will meet with academic advisers who will talk with you about your educational plans, help you select your first-semester courses. You’ll also meet our Orientation Team, other first-year students, and Penn State staff. In addition to scheduling your courses, you will learn what it means to be a member of the Penn State community and discuss opportunities in and out of the classroom.

✓  Pay your semester bill. Tuition bills are gener-

ated by the Office of the Bursar on June 1 for Summer Session and on August 1 for the fall semester and can be paid online through your LionPATH Student Center ( When your bill is ready, you will receive an email at your Penn State email address with instructions on how to complete payment. Please visit for more information on semester bills and payment plan options.

FAFSA Penn State’s priority filing date is February 15.

Our school code is 003329.

✓  Submit immunization verification. Penn State

requires all students to have the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR). Additionally, all students living in University-owned residence halls must have the Meningococcal Conjugate vaccination. Immunization forms must be submitted by your NSO. You can learn more about the submission process here: http://studentaffairs.

✓  Arrive on campus for classes. New students

arrive on campus a few days before classes begin and take part in Welcome Week activities to meet your fellow students, as well as faculty and staff. Visit for more information about move-in dates and Welcome Week activities.



As a first-year student at Penn State University Park, you are guaranteed housing and required to live on campus. A housing deposit is included in the fees required with your acceptance. If you are over 21 years of age, married, a veteran, or a Centre County resident, you are exempt from the housing requirement. If you are eligible for an exemption, information will be displayed on eLiving. Contact the Housing Assignment Office at assignmentoffice@psu. edu for more information about requesting an exemption.

Approximately 12,000 students are enrolled at University Park during the summer, compared to 47,000 in the fall. This means you will experience a somewhat quieter environment in which to learn your way around campus and adjust to college life.

Roommate assignments are posted to eLiving ( in late July. Your room number, building, and roommate(s) contact information will also be displayed. Please note: If you accept your offer of admission close to or after the May 1 deadline, you may be assigned to supplemental housing. Supplemental housing accommodates four to eight students and offers the same amenities as regular double rooms, including furniture, cable television, and Internet. Students assigned to supplemental housing receive a reduced room rate. Visit to learn more about supplemental housing.

You may also wish to take advantage of the Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP), which allows you to take your first two Penn State courses in a team learning environment with other firstyear students. Visit to learn more about this program. If you have an offer of admission for the fall semester and would like to change to the summer session, please contact Undergraduate Admissions at 814-8655471 or

Penn State University Park

Resources • A  cademic Calendar: View important dates for the academic year at: academic_calendar/calendar_index.cfm.

• A  dding Credits to Your Penn State Record: Visit for more information on how to transfer credit from another college or university or add Advanced Placement credit. • D  isability Services: For information about services for student with disabilities, contact the Student Disability Resources office at 814-863-1807 or

• University Health Services: Visit for more information about required immunizations, medical, pharmacy, and health insurance options available to Penn State students. If you have any health problems (physical or emotional) that limit your activity, please notify University Health Services of your situation and anticipated needs as soon as possible. • Y  our Academic Area: With a few exceptions, first-year students are admitted to an academic college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies rather than to a specific major. Most students declare their major at the end of their fourth semester and must meet entrance-to-major requirements, which may include completion of prerequisite courses with minimum grades and achievement of a specific Penn State GPA. You may wish to discuss your intended major with an academic adviser during New Student Orientation.

Guide for New Students Offered Admission

Conditions of Our Offer of Admission • C  ompletion of High School: Your offer of admission is conditional upon your completion of all entrance requirements, including graduation from high school. After graduation, you must send us an official high school transcript verifying high school graduation. Applicants may also submit satisfactory scores from the General Educational Development (GED) test or a high school equivalency diploma in place of a high school diploma. • W  orld Language: Two units in a single world language other than English are required. American Sign Language can be used to satisfy the World Language requirement. A student may be admitted with fewer than two units in a world language other than English, but must correct this deficiency by the time s/he graduates from Penn State. This deficiency may be corrected by passing one three- or four-credit college-level world language course, by earning transferable credits from another institution, or by demonstrating proficiency equivalent to two units of high school world language study.

IF YOU DECIDE TO CANCEL: If at any time you decide not to attend Penn State, please email us about your plans at or use the Offer Decline function in MyPennState. If you decide not to attend after accepting your offer of admission, we cannot refund your acceptance fees.

• C  redits Taken at Other Colleges and Universities: If you attend another college or university after high school graduation, your offer of admission to Penn State is conditional until we receive official college transcript(s). The transcript(s) must verify that you have earned at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA, attempted fewer than 18 semester credits, and did not leave the college on probation. Transcripts should be sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions at University Park by the registrar of the institution(s) you have attended.

Penn State University Park

Penn State students and faculty are committed to scholarly principles that respect and acknowledge individual achievement.

S TAT E MENT OF ACAD EMIC INTE G R I TY Penn State students and faculty are committed

to scholarly principles that respect and acknowledge individual achievement. At Penn State, certain behaviors are viewed as unacceptable, including cheating, plagiarism, falsifying or fabricating information, and aiding and abetting academic dishonesty. Students who violate these principles are subject to penalties, including course failure and dismissal from Penn State. By accepting the offer of admission, you agree to observe all rules and regulations of The Pennsylvania State University. S TAT E MENT O F PER SO NAL RESPO N SI B I L I TY Penn State students are expected to

uphold the principles of the University and adhere to the University Code of Conduct on or off campus. For more information and to access the Code of Conduct, please visit our website at:

Contacts Campuses Abington: 215-881-7600;

Altoona: 814-949-5466, 800-848-9843;

Beaver: 877-JOIN-PSU (877-564-6778);

Behrend: 814-898-6100, 866-374-3378;

Berks: 610-396-6060;

Brandywine: 610-892-1225;

DuBois: 814-375-4720, 800-346-ROAR (7627);

Fayette: 724-430-4130;

Greater Allegheny: 412-675-9010;

Harrisburg: 717-948-6250, 800-222-2056;

Hazleton: 570-450-3142, 800-279-8495;

Lehigh Valley: 610-285-5035;

Mont Alto: 800-392-6173;

New Kensington:

Smeal College of Business: 814-863-1947;

724-334-LION (5466), 888-968-PAWS (7297);

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications:




Schreyer Honors College: 814-863-2635;

Division of Undergraduate Studies: 814-865-7576;

Offices at University Park


Earth and Mineral Sciences:



University Park:




814-865-5471 (phone), 814-863-7590 (fax);







World Campus:

Health and Human Development:

Health Services:


Worthington Scranton:



Information Sciences and Technology:


814-865-8947, 866-225-8707;


Academic Areas Agricultural Sciences: 814-865-7521;

Arts and Architecture: 814-865-9523;

Liberal Arts: 814-865-7141;




New Student Orientation: 814-865-4178;

Registrar: 814-865-6357;

Student Aid: 814-865-6301;


Student Disability Resources:

Eberly College of Science:



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Offer Guide: Penn State University Park  

A guide to students offered admission to the Penn State University Park campus.

Offer Guide: Penn State University Park  

A guide to students offered admission to the Penn State University Park campus.