Congratulations! You did it!
You’ve been accepted to Penn State! Be proud and celebrate. When you’re done, we have a little more work for you to do, including accepting your admission offer and completing some other University requirements. We know you have a lot to consider as you make this important decision, and we are here to help you each step of the way. Whether you are thinking about your options or have already committed to Penn State, the following information will provide next steps in the enrollment process.
If you plan to attend Penn State, you must complete the next steps in the enrollment process:
1. You have been admitted.
Upon receipt of a completed application and transcripts, Penn State will offer admission to all qualified applicants. If an offer is not made, you should not assume that your options are closed. Contact the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Admissions Office to explore your options at 570-675-9238 or [email protected].
2. Submit the FAFSA.
You can access the FAFSA online after October 1. (Penn State’s federal school code is 003329—you will need this when filing.) The priority filing deadline for Penn State is December 1, but students can still send in their FAFSA after this date. Please check your MyPennState account to view your financial aid packages, as Penn State does not mail your information to your home. More information can be found at the Office of Student Aid website. International students do not need to submit a FAFSA and are not eligible for federal student aid.
3. Secure your spot: accept the offer.
Officially accepting your admission offer tells the University that you intend to enroll. Login to your MyPennState profile and follow the link to “Accept Your Offer of Admission.” Please note: We request students accept their offer by May 1 for summer/fall semester at any campus.
First-year and transfer students will be asked to pay a $230 enrollment deposit online when accepting an offer of admission.
4. Attend the Virtual Accepted Student Program.
Even if you have already visited, it is a different experience when you have an offer of admission. Join us for a special Virtual Accepted Student Program where you will have an opportunity to secure your next steps in becoming a Penn Stater. We encourage you to talk with students, tour the campus, learn about your degree program, and take a glimpse at your future. You will speak with faculty, and current students, and learn what our campus has to offer.
5. New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation is a program designed to assist new students in planning their Penn State education. All students must participate in orientation in order to register for classes. At NSO you will meet with faculty, staff, and other students, develop a plan to meet your Penn State goals, learn about campus resources, and work with an academic adviser to schedule your courses for your first semester.
6. Pay your bill.
Semester invoices typically arrive about 6 weeks prior to the start of classes (by late July for the fall semester) and can be paid online through your LionPATH account. International students receive their semester bill after registering for classes, typically in September for the fall semester. You will receive an email when your bill is ready; if you have questions on your bill or payment plan options, you can contact the Office of the Bursar for more information.
7. Start classes.
Congratulations! You are ready to get started! Class times, building names, and room numbers are printed on your class schedule. Contact the Advising Center for more information on scheduling your classes.