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Thank you for your interest in Penn State Lehigh Valley! Whether you are a current high school student starting to research universities, or you are ready to apply, we want to help you manage the process of applying to Penn State as a first-year student.

Am I a first-year applicant?

First-year students are those who have earned high school diplomas or the equivalent by the time they enroll at Penn State. The following types of students are considered first-year applicants:

  • Current high school student in his or her senior year
  • Student who has earned a high school diploma or a GED and has no post-secondary coursework
  • Student who has attempted 17 or fewer semester hours at another regionally accredited college or university before attending Penn State
  • Individuals who have enrolled in other institution(s) before graduating from high school (dual enrollment)
  • High school student who has attended Penn State on a nondegree basis


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