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Frequently-asked questions

Frequently-asked questions

Answers to questions that prospective and current students often ask about applying for, and planning life in, graduate programs supported by the Huck Institutes.
Applications and admissions
What academic qualifications / experience / skills do I need? What's an intercollege graduate degree program? What deadlines should I be aware of? Do I need to identify a specific faculty member as an advisor before I apply? I've applied; what happens next? Can I change campuses after starting?
Costs, funding and financial aid
How much is tuition and how will I be funded? What's an assistantship? What about medical / dental /vision insurance? What fellowships and grants can I apply for? Who can help me write a grant proposal?
I'm a student from outside the US...
Sources of information about visas, English language requirements, orientations, international student organizations and more...
Where at Penn State can I find...?
Academic calendars; the online schedules of courses and other online resources; sources of computing and writing advice; and more.
Living in State College
Penn State's University Park campus is based in the town of State College in Centre County. The area offers many cultural, educational, recreational, and sports events, as well as outdoor activities, including hiking, boating, hunting, fishing and camping. Here are some links to useful sources of information about the campus and town.
Living in the Hershey area
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine are near Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania.
Careers
What do students do after they graduate? What career preparation is available?