To apply for this program, you must be a high school graduate, or have completed your GED.
Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology offered through the World Campus is dependent upon meeting a set of Entrance-to-Major requirements (ETMs — see below). When applying, begin by selecting the BA/BS degree in psychology. If you meet the ETM requirements at the time you apply, you will be admitted directly into the program. However, if an assessment of your previous work determines that you have not met the ETM requirements, you will automatically be considered for admission to the College of the Liberal Arts (with an intended major of psychology).
If you are admitted to the College of the Liberal Arts, you will work closely with your World Campus academic adviser to learn how to fulfill the psychology ETM requirements. Once you have successfully met these requirements your adviser can help you change your major to psychology.
To change your major from liberal arts to psychology, you will have earned at least 27½ credits and a C or better in the following courses:
- PSYCH 100
- STAT 200 or PSYCH 200
- a 3-credit General Quantitative Course (not including STAT 200)
- a 3-credit Social and Behavioral Science Course (in addition to PSYCH 100)
What You Need
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need the following items to complete your application:
High school transcripts or GED transcript - First-year applicants are required to submit Self-Reported Academic Records (SRAR). Official high school transcripts will only be required at the time a student accepts an offer of admission to Penn State.
Official college or university transcripts, if you attended another institution, and/or official military transcripts (if applicable). (All college or university transcripts are required regardless of the length of time that has passed, the grades earned, or the accreditation of the institutions attended. Acceptance of transfer credit toward your degree is subject to final approval by the academic department. For detailed information, see the Transfer Students page.)
Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Please send your transcripts by mail or electronically through Parchment, eScrip-Safe, or the National Student Clearinghouse directly to Penn State from the college/university where coursework was attempted.
Submit official documents by mail to:
Undergraduate Admissions Office
The Pennsylvania State University
201 Shields Building
University Park PA 16802
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Language Proficiency section on the Undergraduate Admissions International Requirements page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.
Start Your Application
Former Penn State students may not need to complete the admissions application. Please visit our Returning Students page for instructions.
If this is your first time applying to Penn State, you'll need to complete the following steps:
- Review the application instructions before beginning.
- Complete the online application and submit all official documents.
- Pay the application fee.
Checking Your Status
You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form and choosing "MyPennState — Check Application Status." Your decision letter (confirming your acceptance or denial) will be mailed four to six weeks after receipt of all application materials. An admissions counselor will contact you if additional information is required.
Review the technical requirements for this degree program.