1. Offer of Admission
Upon receipt of a completed application and any transcripts, Penn State will offer admission to all qualified applicants. If an offer is not made, you should not assume that your options are closed, but rather, you should contact the Admissions Office to explore your options.
2. Accepting Your Offer
Once you have received an offer of admission, your next step is to accept the offer, which tells the University that you intend to enroll. Freshmen and transfer students accept their offer by paying a $200 enrollment fee.
3. Freshman Testing
All freshmen starting at Penn State complete a testing program that is designed to assist them in scheduling their initial courses. Remember, this test is an advising tool and will not in any way interfere with the decision to admit you to Penn State. This test consists of math, and chemistry (some students may also be required to complete and English placement test). The Division of Undergraduate Studies, located in Sharon Hall 200, schedules these tests.
4. New Student Orientation
This step is designed to acquaint you with the, sometimes complex, academic world of Penn State. This program will explore the different academic opportunities available at the University as well as the requirements of your chosen degree. Your freshman testing results will also be interpreted.
5. Scheduling Classes
All students have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor in order to prepare a schedule of classes that meets both their needs as well as the requirements of their chosen degree. New freshmen schedule classes during the New Student Orientation, while transfer students make an individual appointment with an academic advisor in Sharon Hall 200.
6. Starting Classes
At this stage, you are ready to attend classes. Class times, building names, and room numbers are printed on your schedule of classes. A campus map may be obtained in the Admissions Office. We would also be happy to arrange a tour. The Registration Office also has a complete schedule of important dates for the entire semester.