Congratulations! This is an exciting time for you as you prepare to come to Penn State Beaver. Your offer of admission is a big part of that journey, but your job isn't over. Now that you have your offer letter in hand, there are several steps you need to take, starting with accepting the offer.
Next Steps Timeline
Accept Your Offer
February - May
You can accept your offer of admission by logging onto admissions.psu.edu and accepting through your MyPennState account or by visiting campus and paying at the Finance and Business office.
Acceptance Fee: $230
Housing Fee: $100 - Sign Housing Contract
Note: The housing fee is only for students that plan on living on campus.
Now that you've accepted your offer of admission, there are some other things you'll need to take care of before you begin classes at Penn State Beaver.
- Apply for financial aid. There's plenty of information on that in the financial aid section of this site. To apply for aid, go to FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Apply for scholarships. You can find information about that on our scholarship pages and by searching the internet.
- Get ready. First-year students are required to participate in NSO (New Student Orientation) and New Student Day. Both will help you get ready to attend Penn State Beaver. You'll get detailed information about both when you need it.
- Know when to be here. First day of classes. Long weekends. Spring break. Find out those all-important dates on the academic calendar.
- Buy your books. You can get your books and your Penn State gear at the Penn State Beaver Bookstore.
- Buy a computer. One of the benefits of being a Penn State student is big discounts on computers and software when you buy them throught the Penn State Computer Store.
ALEKS Math AssessmentBefore New Student Orientation: Part 1
All first-year students are required to take an online math placement test. This test will help you and your advisor decide which courses will suit you best. A postcard will be sent to you in mid-March with information about how to take the test and the deadline for completing testing online.
To take the exam and for more information, please visit dus.psu.edu/aleks
New Student Orientation: Part 1
June - August
After taking the ALEKS Math Assessment, you will be invited to attend New Student Orientation: Part 1. At this program, you will do the following:
- Meet your Academic Advisor
- Schedule Classes for Fall 2014
- Review Financial Aid Package with a counselor
- Be sorted into a Pride for the Pride Challenge
Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend.
Move-in DayThursday, August 21
New students are welcomed to move-in to Harmony Hall! Student leaders will help you with your bags!
Note: To move in, you must have requested a housing contract when you accepted your offer of admission.
New Student Orientation: Part 2Friday, August 22
Join the entire Class of 2018 and be officially welcomed to the University! Participate in our annual Pride Challenge where you will join a team of your classmates and compete for the Pride Cup.
First Day of ClassMonday, August 25
Plan to arrive about 5-10 minutes before your classes are scheduled to begin. Bring a pen or pencil, notebook, and your textbook.
Note: Our on-campus Penn State Bookstore recommends that you purchase your textbooks a week prior to the start of the semester though you can reserve your books online as soon as you get your schedule.
If you have questions about how to go from your offer letter to sitting behind a desk on your first day of classes, get in touch with your admissions counselor. We're here to help.
- Nontraditional Students
- Financial Aid