Pre-application

Thank you for your interest in the Ecology Graduate Program at Penn State.

A free pre-application form is available to prospective students. This form notifies faculty members of your interest in joining the Ecology program and enables you to receive feedback prior to submitting a formal application.

We encourage you to submit this optional free pre-application form before you make a formal application, so that we can notify faculty members of your interest and give you a preliminary assessment of the likely strength of your application were you to apply formally. You will be considered for admission when you make a formal application, whether or not you have submitted this pre-application. 

When should you submit this form?

At any time of year, but ideally at least a month ahead of making a formal application.

What is the highest degree you already hold or that you expect to hold by the time you want to enter the Ecology program?

GRE scores will not be required for your formal application to the Ecology program, but may be required to compete for certain university fellowships. If you have taken or plan to take the GRE general test, you may provide that information in the section below if you wish.
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Is there anything else you would like to tell us at this stage (e.g., unique job experiences, publications, under-represented minority status, etc)?