Submit an Application for Admission
To be considered for admission to Pennsylvania College of Technology, you must complete an application form.
If you are seeking admission to Penn College for the first time in a bachelor's degree, associate's degree, or certificate major, complete the standard Application for Admission. Transfer students as well as freshmen applicants use the standard form.
You must complete a different form only if you:
- Previously registered at the College
- Reside in a foreign country
- Wish to take classes without earning a degree or certificate
Applications are accepted on a “rolling” basis throughout the year. Most applications are processed within five working days.
You will be notified when the process is complete. The Admissions office must have your Application for Admission, application fee, and official transcripts on file to complete the process.
Submit your application as early as possible. If you plan to enroll in the fall semester, submit the form up to one year prior to your intended enrollment.
Early applicants gain an advantage in securing placement in their intended majors and in on-campus housing.
Applying early may provide the best opportunity to gain a seat in your selected major. If programs reach enrollment capacity, applicants may be placed on waiting lists.
You must complete placement testing before you can be accepted into your selected major; testing is scheduled only after you have completed the application process and paid your tuition deposit. Applying early and paying a tuition deposit, will help you secure earlier test dates and better course availability when you schedule classes.
You also must complete the application process and pay your tuition deposit before you may request on-campus housing.
Check your application status using the Student Information System.
You will be sent a student ID number and PIN that will provide you access to view the status of your application via the SIS. Later, you also will be able to review your placement test information and access your schedule and billing information through this system.
Contact Admissions if you have questions.
Choose a major
You must select a major in order to complete your Application for Admission. If you are undecided about your major, Penn College offers free services, including an individual appointment with a professional counselor and a career assessment test that you can take as part of a scheduled tour date. For more information, contact Counseling Services.
If you remain undecided after taking advantage of these free services, you may submit an Application for Admission as an “Undecided” major; but restrictions apply and scheduling courses may be more difficult.
You must submit an official high school transcript to be considered for admission.
- High schools will have transcripts on file even if you have been out of school for a number of years.
- If you earned a GED instead of a high school diploma, you may submit official GED scores instead of a high school transcript; those scores are available through the state’s Department of Education.
There is no minimum grade-point average (GPA) requirement. However, placement testing will determine your readiness for college-level coursework; if you do not test at an appropriate level, you may be required to complete remedial coursework in order to be accepted into your major.
SAT/ACT scores are required if you are seeking admission into a bachelor-degree major. SAT/ACT scores are recommended, but not required, for associate-degree and certificate majors.
No essays and/or teacher recommendations are required for admission.
Interviews are not required for most applicants. An interview is required for admission into the professional phase of the Physician Assistant major.
A physical is not required for all students. Students seeking admission into Health Sciences majors are required to complete a physical exam. Contact the School of Health Sciences for details. Those interested in playing intercollegiate sports also will be required to complete a physical exam.
A vocational education background is not required for admission. If you do have high school vocational education experience, you may be eligible for college credits and/or advanced placement. Contact Admissions for details.
Pennsylvania College of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition and Postsecondary Accreditation.
Many academic majors also have earned accreditations from professional organizations related to the field of study.
Penn College does grant AP credits. Ask College Board to send an official copy of your AP exam results to the Admissions office for evaluation.
In addition to AP credits, Penn College recognizes that some applicants have completed specific competencies prior to entering the College and should be placed at the proper educational level to insure the greatest opportunity for success.
If you are enrolled in high school and taking courses relating to the major you will pursue at Penn College, please contact us to request an evaluation of your competencies. (The College will send materials to your high school in March. Your high school instructor will evaluate your competencies and return the information to the College for review.)
If you are in the military, send a copy of your DD-214 to Penn College for review.
If you have work/life experience that you feel qualifies you for advanced placement, please contact the Admissions Office to find out the steps you need to take to help us consider your eligibility for college credit.
Schedule a campus visit
You are encouraged to visit campus during an Open House or to schedule a tour of campus.
You also will be scheduled to attend placement testing on campus prior to acceptance into your major.
Penn College owns and operates a limited amount of on-campus housing. Freshmen are not required to live on campus. Students may choose to live on campus, live in privately owned and operated housing in the local community, or commute from home.
Approximately 700 beds are available in on-campus housing for new students each year. (The remaining beds are for returning students.) You may complete the online housing form for new students after you have been offered acceptance to Penn College and paid a tuition deposit.
While college activities are open to all students, new students are encouraged to seriously consider living on campus to experience the full advantages of campus life.
All students, including freshmen, may have a vehicle on campus; they must purchase a campus parking permit.