Adult Admissions

Adult studentsWhether you are new to college, want to finish a degree you already started, or are looking for a career change, Penn State Behrend makes earning your degree as an adult both exciting and enriching, in a convenient and comfortable environment.

At Penn State Behrend, an adult learner is defined as one who:

  • graduated high school four or more years ago
  • for GED completers, have had their "graduating class" out of high school four of more years
  • served on active duty in the Armed Forces
  • holds adult responsibilities such as caring for one's children or aging parents
  • holds multiple roles such as spouse/partner, employee, student.


Penn State Behrend offers several enrollment opportunities for adult learners. Click on the admission type that fits you for information on admission requirements and how to apply.

First-Year Students
First-year applicants are those who have earned a high school diploma by the time they enroll at Penn State Behrend, and meet certain GPA and math unit criteria.

Transfer Students
Transfer students are those who have attempted at least 18 credits at a regionally accredited college or university after high school.

Non-Degree Students
Applicants who were not granted provisional admission or whose applications cannot be processed in time for the next semester, or those looking to take courses but not toward a degree.

To-Degree Status Students
Once a non-degree student has completed the required number of Penn State credits, he or she may apply for degree status.

Provisional Students
Provisional applicants are typically adults who have earned a high school diploma or GED by the time they enroll but don’t meet GPA or math unit requirements.

Provisional Re-Entry Students
Provisional re-entry is for students who were previously enrolled at Penn State as provisional students and who want to return to the University.

Re-Enrolling Students
Students who have previously been enrolled at a Penn State campus and need to re-apply.

World Campus Students
This is an alternative way to obtain Penn State credit for the adult learner who may need options outside of the classroom.

Veterans
Financial aid and admissions information for past and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.