First-Year Students

First-Year Students

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

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

Can I visit the campus?

Come and visit our campus to find out firsthand 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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