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Penn State Undecided Admission

I'm interested in applying to Penn State, but I'm undecided about my major. Is it easier to get admitted if I apply as undecided? Any advice on the application process?

6 months ago

Applying as an undecided major at Penn State won't necessarily give you an advantage or disadvantage in terms of admissions. The university understands that many students are still exploring their interests and offers the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for students who enter as undecided. Penn State reviews each application holistically, so your admission decision will depend on various factors, such as your academic performance, extracurricular activities, and essays, rather than just your undecided status.

When applying, just make sure to focus on the parts of your application you have control over, such as your personal statement and supplemental essays. Showcase your strengths, interests, and aspirations, and explain why Penn State would be the right fit for you. You may want to highlight your desire to explore different academic areas and engage with the resources and opportunities Penn State offers to undecided students specifically. You can read more detailed guidance on how to take full advantage of Penn State's supplemental essays in particular on CollegeVine's blog: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-write-the-penn-state-essays/.

In terms of other application components, ensure your transcript demonstrates a rigorous course load with strong performance and your standardized test scores (if applicable) are in line with Penn State's expectations. Thoroughly describe your extracurricular involvement and emphasize any leadership roles or unique accomplishments.

Overall, applying as undecided won't necessarily impact your chances of admission. Focus on presenting a compelling application that highlights your strengths and demonstrates why Penn State is the right choice for you, regardless of your intended major. Good luck!

6 months ago

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