Congratulations! You did it! You got accepted to Penn State University.
You've been accepted to PSU. Be proud and celebrate. When you’re done, we have a little more work for you to do, including accepting your admission offer and completing some other University requirements. We know you have a lot to consider as you make this important decision, and we are here to help you each step of the way. Whether you are thinking about your options or have already committed to Penn State, the following information will provide next steps in the enrollment process.
If you plan to attend you must complete the next steps in the enrollment process:
1. You have been admitted.
Upon receipt of a completed application and 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. Contact the Admissions Office to explore your options.
2. Submit the FAFSA.
You can access the FAFSA online at fafsa.gov after October 1. The priority filing deadline for Penn State is December 1, but students can still send in their FAFSA after this date. Students begin to receive their aid award notifications in early March. More information: Office of Student Aid website. International students do not need to provide a FAFSA and are not eligible for federal student aid.
3. Hold your spot. Accept the offer.
Officially accepting your admission offer tells the University that you intend to enroll. Login to your MyPennState profile and follow the link to “Accept Your Offer of Admission.” Please Note: We request students accept their offer by May 1 for summer/fall semester, and December 20 for the spring semester, at any campus.
4. Submit your deposit.
First-year and transfer students will be asked to pay a $230 enrollment deposit online when accepting an offer of admission.
5. Attend an Accepted Student Program.
Whether you are still thinking about Penn State or have already accepted your offer of admission, we encourage you to visit our campus. Even if you have already visited, it is a different experience when you have an offer of admission. We encourage you to talk with students, tour the campus, learn about your degree program, and take a glimpse at your future.
6. Complete placement testing.
After you accept your offer of admission and attend an accepted student event, you will complete the ALEKS Math Assessment and Educational Planning Survey (EPS). For summer/fall offers, this information begins going out via email on March 1, and will be sent on a continual basis as students accept their offer to Penn State. The placement testing must be completed prior to registering for New Student Orientation, where results will be provided.
7. New Student Orientation
Once you complete the ALEKS Math Assessment and EPS, you will begin receiving information and “homework” via email regarding Virtual New Student Orientation and how to register. During NSO you will meet online with Penn State personnel to learn more about campus life and to discuss academic choices and degree requirements. Ultimately, you will work with an academic adviser to schedule your classes.
8. Create your class schedule.
All students will meet with an academic adviser in order to prepare a class schedule that meets their needs as well as the requirements of their chosen degree. New first-year students schedule classes during New Student Orientation, while transfer students make an individual appointment with their assigned academic adviser. Transfer students will be notified with the contact information for their academic adviser.
9. Pay your bill.
Semester invoices typically arrive about 6 weeks prior to the start of classes (by late July for the fall semester) and can be paid online through your LionPATH account. International students receive their semester bill after registering for classes, typically in September for the fall semester. You will receive an email when your bill is ready; and if you have questions on your bill or payment plan options, you can contact the Office of the Bursar for more information.