Accepted Undergraduate Students

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted into the Penn State College of Engineering.

Now what?

Attend New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation will help you get started on a path of success at Penn State. You’ll learn more about the Penn State community, academic and co-curricular expectations and opportunities, and ways to begin meeting your education goals. All incoming first-year students are required to participate in this program, which is offered from the middle of May until the end of July each year. More

Arrange Housing

First-year students at Penn State are generally required to live on campus, if housing is available at their campus. The residency requirement helps younger students to get settled at the University, to adjust to the demands and requirements of University life, and to make friends. There are different types of student housing available to accommodate your needs for co-ed or single-sex living or for other special amenities. You’ll also choose a meal plan along with your on-campus housing.

Incoming students at the University Park campus should view their housing options at the housing website. Students planning to start at other Penn State campuses with residential options should look at their campus housing website.

Beyond traditional residence halls, special living options are available that connect you with other students with similar majors and interests. Engineering offers four different special living options.

Apply for housing as soon as possible after you accept your offer of admission to Penn State to make sure you get any requests for special housing in early.

Explore Financial Aid and Scholarships

Paying for college can sometimes be stressful. To help reduce that stress, be sure to complete all necessary Federal financial aid paperwork and review available scholarships as soon as you can. Penn State’s Office of Student Aid offers a lot of resources to make sure you know what you need to do and when. More

Transfer Credits to Penn State

If you’ve taken AP classes, attended another university before coming to Penn State, taken classes online or close to home, you may be able to transfer some of those credits to Penn State. More

Choose the Right Technology

PC or Mac? What software do I need? Will I need a calculator, too? Choosing the right technology for your academic needs can be a big decision.


The College of Engineering does not mandate that students bring their own personal computer to Penn State, but students will be required to use computers frequently for communications and academic activities. Computer ownership will enable students to benefit from the in-class and out-of-class activities and opportunities to the fullest extent. If you plan to buy a new computer, consider these technology minimums:

  • Processor: Intel i5 Processor or higher
  • Memory: 4GB RAM or higher
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB or Larger
  • Video Card: While integrated video is an acceptable option, students may want to consider a dedicated video card with a minimum of 1 GB video memory. This will provide better performance when working with demanding, high-end graphics software.
  • Wireless Networking: 802.11g/n
  • USB Ports
  • Audio
  • Operating System: Windows 7 or 8 with latest Microsoft Service Packs applied, Apple Mac OS X (running, as a minimum, Version 10.9.x) Note: The Windows XP operating system is no longer supported by Microsoft and is not permitted on the Penn State network.
  • Display: 13 inch or greater Note: Users of Windows 8 or higher may want to consider selecting a system with touch screen capabilities.
  • Lock and Cable (recommended)

Computing requirements may vary by department so please refer to your department’s website for any specific computing needs.


Penn State students have free access to Microsoft Office products for PC and Mac as well as significant discounts on other popular and technical software. Visit Software @ Penn State. The College recommends anti-virus software to protect your computer. Penn State students have free access to Symantec AntiVirus.


The College doesn’t require an engineering calculator but many students find that having a scientific graphic calculator helpful in their advanced courses. While calculators are always allowed for homework, recitation, and lab work, their use is prohibited during exams, finals, and quizzes for all commonly required math classes for engineering students.