@NittanyCheer--this is the part of the application titled "Optional Personal Statement"-most probably just call it the Essay section but our son didn't do this part like an essay-he really did do it like a personal statement--kind of a Why Penn State and how some of the things he'd done during high school had prepared him for succeeding in college, etc....Our daughter, who has high GPA and scores, just copied and pasted the short essay from her common app in this section so hers was more essay than personal statement-but they probably didn't read hers anyway.
I'm guessing your application went in and you didn't do the Optional Personal Statement. If that's the case, I would call Admissions and tell them you'd like to add that. You might even be able to log into your MyPennState page and do it from there--I know you can still see your application there. If you can still add it there, I would still call Admissions and let them know you updated the application with that--bring it to their attention.
Good luck! I hope you get in--I know the wait/stress is awful for you kids-it is for us parents, too!
Does anyone know when they let you know if you were not accpeted to fall UP but accepted to summer? About 6 kids from my sons school were accepted at UP but he hasn't heard. I'm thinking that because his SAT's are lower than average (25% percentile) he may be being reviewed for summer.
Yes id like to know the answer to Blewisjrjr's post as well... A bunch a kids from my school have already been accepted. I applied to engineering and got 1910 on SATS: 620 math 630 CR and 660 writing so I may be a little low for the college of engineering. I probably have a long wait to go but I'd like to know when they start sending out acceptances for summer session
Another question, my schools guidance department is slow and still hasn't gotten out my transcript but I sent my ACT last week and filled out my application a few weeks before that. Will I get penalized for not having my transcripts in yet..
SAT IIs: None
GPA: 3.83W 3.32 UW
Rank: 130 out of 540
Hook (if any):STEM student
State or Country: Maryland
School Type: Public
Other Factors: STEM,internship, good volunteer experience,legacy, DUS
General Comments:We are....
As I've stated, things may have changed from 2 years ago-but my D1 was accepted to University Park for Fall 2011 on January 21, 2010-her stats were borderline-3.78-27 ACT. That year summer admits came out shortly after that around the end of January. Penn State must be true to their word in saying that GPA is 2/3 vs test scores being 1/3- my D2 found out last night-her GPA was higher but her ACT was lower. There is no reason to think you won't get in just because you have not yet heard-each college within Penn State has a different time frame- hang in there-if you have a good GPA and decent test scores your chances are great!