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Are you a first year student?

First year students are those who have earned high school diplomas or the equivalent by the time they enroll at Penn State. These applicants include high school graduates attending other regionally accredited colleges or universities who have attempted fewer than 18 semester hours and individuals who have enrolled in other institutions before graduating from high school, regardless of the number of credits attempted. High school students who have attended Penn State on a non-degree basis are considered first-year applicants.

What can I major in at Penn State Berks?

More than 160 Penn State majors can be started at Penn State Berks, and completed at University Park or another Penn State location.

Fifteen baccalaureate degrees can be completed at Berks, as well as eight associate degrees, and a variety of minors.

Can I visit the campus?

Come and visit our campus to find out first-hand what it's like to be a Penn State Berks student.

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How do I apply for admission?

Learn about our admissions requirements for first-year students and transfer students.

Visit Penn State Undergraduate Admissions for additional admissions information.

What about Financial Aid?

Explore the financial aid options that are available to help make your Penn State education a reality.

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Accept your offer.

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. Students accept their offer by paying a $230 enrollment fee ($100 of this is a general deposit which will be returned to you upon leaving the University).

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You are offered admission.

Upon receipt of a completed application and any 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, but rather, you should contact the Admissions Office to explore your options.


Reserve on-campus housing.

If you are interested in living on campus, you will need to accept your offer online and go to the eLiving website to reserve your housing spot. You will submit the Housing Contract and pay your $100 housing deposit. For more information about housing please visit the Berks Housing and Food Services website.


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Locate off-campus housing.

Two-thirds of Penn State Berks students live off-campus for a variety of reasons. For assistance with helping to find off-campus housing, view the Berks Off-Campus Housing resources.

Complete first-year testing. 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 on-line. Testing does not begin until early/mid March. You will receive testing information after submitting the enrollment fee.


Attend New Student Orientation

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 »

Schedule your classes.

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. New first-year students schedule classes during the New Student Orientation Program (NSO1), while transfer students make an individual appointment with their academic advisor. Transfer students will be notified by mail with the contact information for their assigned academic advisor.


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Begin your classes.

At this stage, you are ready to attend classes. Class times, building names, and room numbers are printed on your schedule of classes. A printed campus map may be obtained in the Admissions Office, or view our online campus map. E-mail the admissions office if you'd like us to arrange a tour for you. The Registrar's Office can provide you with a complete schedule of important dates for the entire semester.


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Contact Admissions Staff 

Perkins Student Center
Room 14
P.O. Box 7009
Tulpehocken Road
Reading, PA 19610

Phone: 610-396-6060
Fax: 610-396-6077