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Available Now: Summer/Fall 2019 Penn State Application for Admission!

New "Early Action" option available for applicants applying by Nov. 1

This is 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.

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

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

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, contact the Penn State New Kensington Office of Admissions and Student Aid at or 724-334-LION.

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.