Non-Degree Students

Non-Degree Students

Non-degree admission is available to those applicants who have not been granted provisional or degree admission. This is also an option for individuals whose degree applications cannot be processed in time for the next semester.


To qualify, you must be a high school graduate or individual who has passed the GED test. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid for the period of time that they are in non-degree status.

To Apply

Non-Degree Admission

To apply as a non-degree student at Penn State Behrend, complete the application form then send to: Penn State Behrend, Registrar's Office, 4701 College Drive, Erie, PA 16563. If you don't have access to a printer, contact the Registrar's Office at or 814-898-6104. You can also call the Admissions Office at 814-898-6100 or toll free at 866-374-3378.

Non-Degree to Degree Admission

Once you have completed the required number of Penn State credits as a non-degree student, you may apply for degree status. This gives you the opportunity to become a degree-seeking student and be considered for financial aid.

Learn more about applying for degree admission.

Important Information  

Non-degree admission is available at all Penn State locations. The following conditions apply to non-degree admission:

  • Course registration for new students begins August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.
  • There is no application fee.
  • Official high school transcripts are not required at the time of application.
  • On-campus housing is available on a space available basis only.