Penn State introduces early action option for Fall 2019 applicants

This summer marks the first year for Penn State’s early action as an option for Penn State applicants for summer/fall 2019. Penn State’s applications open Aug. 1, giving prospective students more time to begin, and complete, their applications.

Those who complete the application by Nov. 1 will be considered early-action applicants and receive an admissions decision by Dec. 24 and receive notice of their student aid package in mid-February, giving them more time to sort out their financial position.

“At Penn State Scranton, our admission staff is ready and waiting to help any early-action applicants who are interested in Penn State,” said Director of Enrollment Services Sandy Feather. “We have an upcoming open house on Aug. 9, where we can help start the process and counselors available to help them fill out the necessary paperwork and sort through financial aid options.”

Early action does not obligate admitted students to attend Penn State. Early-action applicants still have until May 1, 2019 to make their decision.

Feather also points out that prospective students interested in starting their college career prior to summer/fall 2019 still have time to register for both the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters at the local campus.

“We can accept new students here at Penn State Scranton throughout the year, although they do need to understand that they may face certain limitations in terms of class availability and financial aid.”

Penn State Scranton, located just off of Interstate 81 in Dunmore, right outside of the City of Scranton, offers 13 bachelor degrees, four associate degrees and the first two years of over 275 Penn State degrees.

For more information on the campus, the upcoming Aug. 9 Spend A Summer Evening open house and degrees offered there, visit the Penn State Scranton website. To register for the Spend A Summer Evening open house, click here.

The new PSU application dates and deadlines are:

  • Aug. 1, 2018: Applications for undergraduate admission become available
  • Oct. 1, 2018: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available
  • Nov. 1, 2018: Penn State's new early action filing deadline
  • Nov. 1, 2018: Schreyer Honors College priority filing date
  • Nov. 30, 2018: Application priority filing date for students not selecting early action
  • Dec. 1, 2018: FAFSA recommended filing date
  • Dec. 24, 2018: Early-action applicants will receive their decision (admit, defer, deny)
  • Jan. 31, 2019: Priority filing date applicants will receive their decision
  • Mid-February 2019: Early awarding of student aid begins for applicants in early action
  • May 1, 2019: National Decision Day (enrollment deposits are due)

In addition to applying through MyPennState (available Aug. 1), prospective students can also apply during the early-action window through the Coalition application (available Aug. 1). In late August, students may choose to apply using the Common Application. The required materials are the same for all methods: Applicants will need to complete one of the applications, provide standardized test scores, and their self-reported academic record.

For more information, visit the Penn State admissions website and/or the Penn State Scranton .

Early action was implemented through a joint effort of the Office of Undergraduate Education, the Office of Student Aid, and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.