Adult Learners

Adult Learners

What is Penn State’s definition of an adult learner?

A student who:

  • is 24 years of age or older; or
  • is a veteran of the armed services; or an active duty service member; or
  • is returning to school after four or more years of employment, homemaking, or other activity; or
  • assumes multiple adult roles such as parent, spouse/partner, and employee.

These students do not have to submit any SAT or ACT scores for admission.

If you have attempted 18 or more credits at an accredited institution of higher education, please also see information for transfer students.

How to Apply

Students are encouraged to apply online by setting up a MyPennState profile. Adult Learners should apply for admission as soon as possible prior to the start of the desired semester. A completed application includes the application itself, the application fee ($65), official copies of all college transcripts, and an official copy of the high school transcript, regardless of how long ago the student may have attended.