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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you send me an application for admission?
There are three ways you can choose to apply to Penn State.
• MyPennState Application
• Common Application
Can you send me information on majoring in XYZ at Harrisburg?
Please visit the undergraduate major and requirements page for additional information. You can find all of Penn State's majors and requirements, including our options if you're undecided or not entirely sure of your intended major.
How do I schedule a visit to tour the Harrisburg campus?
Please visit our calendar of events and RSVP for one of our scheduled visits.
A parking pass will be emailed to the student 48 hours prior to your scheduled visit. If you did not receive the pass or if you do not have the ability to print, a parking pass will be provided upon check-in.
What will Penn State evaluate when considering my application for admission?
First-year student admissions decisions are made on the basis of several combined factors: final grades in all subject areas for years nine, ten, and eleven of high school if you are currently a high school senior, and weighted average or class rank for students who have taken AP/Honors courses --required Carnegie (high school) units-standardized test scores (SAT/SAT 1 or ACT). First-year applicants to Penn State will be able to choose whether to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their applications through Summer/Fall 2023.
Transfer admissions decisions are made on the basis of a student's cumulative collegiate grade-point average and completion of appropriate prerequisite courses. Requirements vary by academic college and semester standing may affect availability of campus locations.
How will Penn State notify me of its decision regarding my application or may I contact the admissions office to check the status of my application?
You can check the status of your application on your MyPennState account. You will also receive information through the mail regarding the outcome of the application evaluation.
We ask that you resist the urge to email or call the admissions office “just to check” your application status. Heavy email and phone traffic can slow the evaluation process as it means that counselors who ordinarily would be processing and evaluating applications will instead be handling these requests for information.
Does Penn State participate in an Early Action or Early Decision process?
Applicants are evaluated on a modified rolling admissions schedule. Additionally, some academic programs have limited enrollment and specific application dates. The deadline for first-year, domestic students to apply Early Action is November 1. For those students choosing not to apply Early Action and for all domestic students, we recommend submission of a complete application, including all required materials, by December 1.
Does Penn State rank high schools?
No. We also make no distinction between students who attended public schools and those who attended private schools.
Does Penn State require interviews?
Interviews are not typically required as part of the admission evaluation. Only special admission programs such as the provisional and education opportunity programs require admission interviews. Additionally, some academic colleges, such as the College of Arts & Architecture, may make use of an interview, audition, or portfolio review.
Are first year students guaranteed on-campus housing?
No. Currently our campus can accommodate 690 first year students who wish to live on-campus. Housing at Penn State Harrisburg is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis after accepting your offer of admission. Learn more about on-campus housing.
Are admissions requirements for out-of-state students different from those for in-state students?
No. Penn State does not employ any geographic quotas or limitations on students attending the University. Therefore, there is no need to make use of differentiated admission criteria.
If I graduate with from Penn State Harrisburg, will my diploma say Penn State University?
Graduates of baccalaureate degree programs at Penn State Harrisburg will receive a Pennsylvania State University diploma-the same distinction received by graduates of Penn State University Park. The same renowned and respected diploma from The Pennsylvania State University ensures that graduates from Penn State Harrisburg will receive the same consideration and respect in the job market.
Where can I find out about financial aid?
Visit the Penn State Harrisburg Financial Aid Website.
What are the tuition and other expenses?
For tailored information on tuition, please visit Penn State's tuition calculator.
I was offered admission to your campus but I’m currently on a wait list for housing. What are my options?
Please visit our Off-Campus Housing page to review a list of off campus listings and/or to sign up to our Roommate Selection Service to access other Penn State Harrisburg students seeking roommates.
I have accepted my offer of admission to your campus. When can I schedule my classes?
Accepted students will receive email communications regarding their next steps. This includes information about New Student Orientation (NSO) - the event where students schedule their first semester of courses.