How to Apply for Admission

Due to the wide variety of majors offered, admissions criteria vary. At a minimum, applicants must have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Your complete application file:

Your Application for Admission, nonrefundable $50 application fee, and educational transcript must be on file in the Admissions Office before you will be considered for admission. [Admissions Policy]

Step 1. Complete the Degree Application

The deadline to apply is July 1 for first-year, full-time, degree-seeking students who wish to begin in the Fall.*

*The College reserves the right to extend the application deadline. In cases where personal hardship, military service, or home relocation reasonably prevents application before the deadline, you may appeal to the Director of Admissions.

Step 2. Submit a nonrefundable $50 application fee* with your Application for Admission

If you have already submitted your Degree Application to Penn College, but haven't submitted your nonrefundable $50 application fee*, you can do it through the Student Information System (SIS).

* Check or money order payable to Penn College or use your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card when you apply online. The fee may be waived in cases of financial hardship. To be considered for a waiver, you must submit to the Director of Admissions documentation, in the form of a letter (on company stationery from someone outside your household, such as a counselor, caseworker, clergy, etc.) stating that the fee is a hardship.

Step 3. Submit proof of eligibility for admission, according to your particular situation.

High School Students
  • Ask your guidance counselor to submit your current high school transcript with your application. After you graduate, submit your official, final transcript with proof of credits and graduation from a state accredited secondary school.
High School Graduates
  • You must show proof of graduation from a state accredited secondary school. Ask your former high school to submit your official, final transcript with proof of credits and graduation.
Home-Schooled Students
  • You must provide proof of graduation from an organization governed by a State Board of Education, such as Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency (PHAA), or submit an official General Equivalency Diploma (GED) transcript of your scores confirming receipt of a state diploma to be considered for admission.
Over 18 Without High School Diploma
  • You must submit your official GED transcript of your scores confirming receipt of a state diploma to be considered for admission into a degree program. You may be considered for admission as a nondegree student if you have not earned a state diploma, but have been deemed to have the appropriate aptitude and ability to enter college. Nondegree students may register for no more than six (6) credits per semester and are not eligible for financial aid.
Early Admission
Transfer Students
  • Ask all previously attended college(s) to send your official transcript(s) to the Admissions Office at Penn College. An official transcript must come directly from the previous college(s) to Penn College – not from you. The Admissions Office also may request a copy of your high school transcript.

Step 4. Submit proof of your eligibility for admission to your selected degree.

Bachelor's Degree
  • If you are a high school student, or if you have completed high school within the last two years, you must request that your SAT/ACT test scores be sent directly from College Board or ACT, to the Admissions Office to be considered for admission into a bachelor-degree major. If you completed standardized tests more than two years ago or have no scores to submit, contact the Admissions Office for more information.
    Note: Penn College's CEEB code for standardized tests is 002989.
Associate's Degree or Certificate
  • You are not required to submit SAT/ACT test scores to be considered for admission into an associate-degree or certificate major. If your scores are available, you are encouraged to request that they be sent to the Admissions Office to assist in your proper placement and scheduling.

Step 5. Submit proof of your eligibility, as required for majors with special admission requirements.

All bachelor-degree majors and some associate-degree majors are restricted to students who meet certain academic skills and prerequisites and have attained levels of academic achievement, including acceptable SAT/ACT scores.

Review the specific requirements for your degree in the College Catalog.

After You Apply For Admission

You may track the status of your application through the Student Information System.

If there are no concerns regarding your application, you will be asked to complete the steps listed on our After You Apply for Admission checklist.

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