You may be considering a return to school for one or more of the following reasons:
- You want to improve your earning potential.
- You've always wanted a college degree; now you're ready to begin your studies.
- You want to finish what you started by using earned credits and credits for prior learning.
- You want a graduate degree.
- You've left military service and are preparing for your next career.
Penn State provides you with choices.
Our campuses are located all across Pennsylvania, and differ in size and the number of academic programs they offer. Penn State's World Campus — the online campus — delivers courses, certificates, and
degrees to adult learners, no matter where they live.
Adult enrollment coordinators at Penn State campuses and Adult Learner Enrollment
Services (800-228-1627) at the University Park campus can assist you with any questions you may have.
To determine your starting point, ask yourself the following:
Your answers will determine your next steps in the enrollment process. These steps include:
evaluation of prior credits you have acquired
finding an academic adviser
applying for financial aid
locating support services
One of the most important first steps is connecting with a Penn State staff member to discuss your plans, whether your goal is a single course, beginning or continuing an
undergraduate degree or certificate program, or a graduate program.
If you've already decided on your major and the degree you plan to earn, as well as the Penn State campus you want to attend, proceed to the What are the Next Steps? section. If you're unsure of what
degree options are right for your needs, you can explore the comprehensive list of associate and baccalaureate majors or complete listing of graduate programs.
Taking courses as a nondegree student
If you want to take courses but you're not pursuing a degree at this time, you can go to http://schedule.psu.edu and view the schedule of courses at your campus for the semester you plan to attend.
Step 2: How do I want to study? On campus, online, during the day, in the evening, or on weekends?
Some campuses offer courses during the day and evening; others offer weekend and accelerated course schedules. (There are courses for certain majors, however, that cannot be taken
through flexible scheduling.) Penn State's World Campus delivers online courses for certificate and degree programs. Because each Penn State campus is different, you
should talk with someone in the office that oversees adult enrollment at the campus you plan to attend. He or she can explain how courses are scheduled — and how to make Penn State
work for you.
Penn State is found all across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania! With more than twenty campuses from which to choose, there's a good chance that there is a campus close to where you live or work.