Adult Provisional Learners

Adult Provisional Learners

A provisional applicant is typically an adult who has earned a high school diploma or its equivalent by the time they enroll at Penn State.

Provisional applicants include adults who:

  • have graduated high school with a strong grade-point average (GPA), and
  • have not completed sufficient academic math units such as algebra, geometry, and trigonometry
  • have not completed more than 17 credits at a regionally accredited college or university, or
  • who have attended or completed programs at training institutions other than a college or university setting.

Please note this information is intended to give you a general idea of admissibility to Penn State Behrend, not other Penn State campus locations. Each Penn State location has different criteria for adult learner admission; please contact the specific Penn State location for additional information.

To Apply

  1. Complete the online Penn State Undergraduate Application and submit a $65 application fee.
  2. Have your official* transcripts from high school and all post-secondary institutions attended sent directly to the Admissions Office at the address listed below. For those who have a GED, the official GED transcript ** is required, as well as the official high school transcript.
  3. If you were a member of the Armed Forces, please have an ACE/military transcript sent to us. The ACE transcripts are free to veterans.

All above materials should be sent to:

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Admissions Office
4701 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563

* An official transcript is one that is sent directly from the Records Office of the institution(s) attended to the Admissions Office of Penn State Behrend (address listed above).

**** If you earned the GED in Pennsylvania, you can request your official GED transcript, in writing only from:

Commonwealth Diploma Program
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street, 12th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

Please include the following:

  • Name and Social Security Number
  • Complete address
  • Birthdate
  • Year tested
  • Test center
  • $3.00 fee: must be money order, cashier's check, or certified check, made payable to Commonwealth of PA