Is there anyone at Penn State who understands the needs of military students?
Yes, each Penn State location has a person assigned to advise and assist military students. Penn State military representatives are available for both on-campus and online programs.
I’m older than the average student; I’m not sure if I’ll fit in at Penn State.
Our team understands the unique needs and flexibility requirements of military students, veterans, and adult learners in general. We offer one-on-one admissions counseling to help you prepare. Once you’re enrolled in one of our campus-based Continuing Education or online World Campus programs, you’ll encounter other adults with diverse backgrounds. We find that having adult students in the classroom brings a greater depth of experience that benefits everyone.
How long will it take me to complete my degree at Penn State?
Penn State offers flexible programs that will allow you to finish your degree on your own timeline. Some students finish in two years or less, some in three or four, and others take a more gradual approach to degree completion. No matter what your goal, Penn State offers programs that naturally fit into your lifestyle.
How do I combine classroom and online courses?
Talk to your admissions counselor or adviser about ways to combine classroom and online courses. They will be able to guide you through the process and make sure that you are getting the classes you need to complete your degree.
How many credits may I transfer?
For graduate degree programs, your transfer credits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis after you are admitted to a specific program.
For undergraduate degree programs, Penn State Undergraduate Admissions determines what courses may transfer to Penn State from other universities. For an unofficial evaluation of your transfer credits prior to your acceptance, you may utilize the Undergraduate Admissions transferring credits tool.
How do I earn credit for my military experience?
Students interested in receiving credit for their educational experience should submit any applicable SMART, AARTS, or CC of the Air Force transcripts, along with transcripts from any other academic institution attended, to Penn State's Undergraduate Admissions Office at the time of application. Any credits received for educational experience in the armed services will appear on a Penn State transcript as transfer credits.
What if I get deployed while I am a student?
Penn State has policies to help active military students who may be deployed and unable to continue with their studies while enrolled. Penn State will refund 100 percent of the tuition and provide information on the next start date for the course after a military withdrawal has been approved.