Your Next Steps

Your Next Steps

Review your offer of admission in MyPennState.

After all that waiting, an offer of admission has finally appeared in MyPennState - congratulations! Make sure you review that offer of admission closely. The letter outlines your intended area of study, your starting term, as well as your starting campus. This letter is important to review because students may be accepted to Penn State but for a term or campus other than their first choice, like the summer semester at University Park instead of the fall semester or their alternate choice campus instead of their first choice campus.

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

You can access the FAFSA online at fafsa.gov after October 1. The priority filing deadline for Penn State is February 15, but students can still send in their FAFSA after this date. Students begin to receive their aid award notifications in early March. You can find more information at the Office of Student Aid website

Please note: International students do not need to provide a FAFSA and are not eligible for federal student aid.

Attend an Accepted Student Program

Find out what Penn State Lehigh Valley can offer you by attending an accepted student program or schedule a one-on-one appointment with one of our admissions counselors.

Admissions Events

Respond to your offer of admission

Once you have received an offer of admission, your next step is to accept the offer, which tells the University that you intend to enroll.

Submit your nonrefundable deposit

When you accept your offer of admission, you will be asked to submit an enrollment deposit, as well as a housing deposit (if applicable). When accepting your offer of admission, you can pay this deposit online.

Locate off-campus housing (if applicable)

While Penn State Lehigh Valley does not offer on-campus housing, there is plenty of off-campus housing available in Allentown, Bethlehem, and the surrounding areas. Penn State Lehigh Valley has partnered with Places4Students, a service that assists students with the search for off-campus housing accommodations, finding roommates, and posting student sublets.

Search off-campus housing listings through Places4Students

Create a student account on Places4Students

Create a landlord account on Places4Students

Plan for New Student Orientation (Access Account & ALEKS EXAM)

  1. Activate Access Account
    An email will be sent to your personal email prompting you to activate your Penn State Access Account. Once you have activated your account you will be asked to complete first-year testing.
     
  2. ALEKS Assessment Test
    All first-year students starting at Penn State complete a testing program that is designed to assist in scheduling initial courses. Remember, this is an advising tool and will not in any way interfere with the decision to admit you to Penn State. This test consists of sections in English, math, and chemistry. The Division of Undergraduate Studies schedules these tests for students to take online. Testing does not begin until early/mid-March. You will receive testing information after submitting the enrollment fee.

    Note: You must take your ALEKS placement test before registering for New Student Orientation.
     
  3. Attend your campus for orientation and advising.

    This step is designed to acquaint you with the sometimes complex academic world of Penn State. This program will explore the different academic opportunities available at the University, as well as the requirements of your chosen degree. Your first-year testing result will also be interpreted. 

    Learn more about New Student Orientation

    All students have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor in order to prepare a schedule of classes that meets both their needs, as well as the requirements of their chosen degree. All students schedule classes during the New Student Orientation Program (NSO).

International Students: I-20 and Financial guarantee details

Once you accept your offer of admission and pay your enrollment fees, the Office of Global Programs will begin processing your I-20. Watch your email for communication from their office and visit their website for more information on the steps to prepare for arrival. 

Please note: In addition to the immunizations required below, international students are required to demonstrate that they have adequate health insurance coverage.

Provide the required health and immunization information.

All incoming undergraduate and graduate students (including law and medical students) must submit proof of immunizations prior to their arrival on campus. Visit the University Health Services website for information on required immunizations and to download the Immunization Verification Form.

Using the two-step process outlined below, submit your information to myUHS prior to arriving on campus.

  1. PRINT and TAKE a copy of the PSU Immunization Verification Form to your healthcare provider for completion.
  2. Log in to myUHS using your Penn State access credentials, and upload images of the completed PSU Immunization Verification Form and, if applicable, any positive antibody titer blood test results.

Immunization requirements are applicable to all incoming students at all Penn State campuses. Immunization forms only need to be submitted once.

For questions or more information, visit University Health Services website, or e-mail UHS-HIM@psu.edu.

Verify your incoming credits

Did you take AP exams, IB Exams, A-Level exams, or participate in a dual-enrollment course? Well, make sure you get any college credit coming your way! If you took any of these exams, check our handy listing of all the tests and the corresponding credit that you can receive.

If you took any college courses, through dual-enrollment or otherwise, be sure to send us the official college transcript with your final grade(s). We will evaluate the transcript(s) and, if we are able, we will award credits for the coursework. You can always check the Transferring Credits Tool to see if Penn State will award you credit for a class.

Submit your Final High School Transcript

Penn State requires students who have accepted their offer of admission to provide documentation that indicates the student's high school completion status. Once you have completed your high school graduation, be sure to submit your final high school transcript documentation.

Review our Final High School Transcript Submission Guidelines

Attend New Student Welcome Week

New Student Welcome is designed to prepare students for their journey at Penn State. Take advantage of the opportunities New Student Welcome offers to meet current and future Penn State students, get answers to questions you may have, and learn about life at Penn State Lehigh Valley. This program is a requirement for all incoming students.

Arrive on Campus-Welcome to Penn State!