First Year Students

First Year Students

Applying for Admissions

Step One: Set up Your MyPennState Profile

The first step of the application process is to create a MyPennState profile if you don't have one already. MyPennState is where future students can access the online application.

Step Two: Access the Application

While you can create a MyPennState profile at any time, the application for fall/summer admission becomes available on September 1. It is recommended that you complete your application no later than November 30.

Step Three: Start Your Penn State Application in MyPennState

Click Apply Online to start your Penn State application. Before starting, you can also review the Applying Online Worksheet for more details and helpful hints about the application.

Your application work can be saved at each step of the process by clicking the Save and Continue button at the bottom of the page. This feature will allow you to move back and forth within the application or log off and return to complete your application at a later time.

You’ll choose your first and alternate choice campus; choosing an alternate choice campus may avoid delays in the application process.

Step Four: Submit Your Application

The application requires a nonrefundable application fee of $65 (unless it was waived for visiting our campus). Be sure to complete the last step after "Summary and Review," which finalizes payment of your fee, and be certain it is successfully submitted. Once the application is submitted, you can verify its completion by accessing your MyPennState profile.

At the end of your application, we will ask you to print out a counselor form. You should take this form to your high school counselor to complete and send to us along with your official high school transcript.

Step Five: Submit Required Application Materials

In order to complete your Penn State application, the following materials are needed:

  • Application
  • Self-reported academic record
  • Official test scores: SAT (code #2660) or ACT (code #3656)

Step Six: Check Your Application Status in MyPennState

You can always check the status of your application in MyPennState. We will communicate with you via MyPennState and through a series of emails regarding the missing items for your application. When everything has arrived, you will see a status in MyPennState confirming the completion of your application.

Please note that it is your responsibility to check on the status of your application and send us any missing materials.

Step Seven: Receive Your Admissions Decision

Once we have reached a decision regarding your application, we will update your status in MyPennState (domestic students also receive their decision via mail).


Penn State Altoona's four residence halls offer an on-campus living experience for more than 900 students annually. Many of the rest of our nearly 4,000 students live in private off-campus housing, located close to campus. For more information on housing options, visit our Housing page.

Advanced Standing (Transfer) students should call Penn State Altoona’s Housing Office at 814- 949-5713 after receiving an offer of admission to discuss the availability of on-campus housing.

Financial Aid

Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available in early January at Penn State’s recommended filing date is February 15. You do not need to receive an admissions decision before applying for financial aid. The FAFSA code for all Penn State campuses is 003329. Additional financial aid information, including scholarship information, is available on the Student Aid site.


We are here to help! If you have additional questions, please contact us at:

Penn State Altoona Office of Admissions