Summer Start is a unique opportunity for you to begin your Penn State education early, earning credits and learning about the University resources available to support you. We are ready to meet you where you are today and take you to where you want to be.

Incoming students at all 19 Penn State Commonwealth Campuses can begin their college coursework this summer through this new program. The 2020 program runs July 1 – August 14.

Summer Start includes courses designed for new online learners and taught by experienced and dedicated faculty. As a leader in online education for over 20 years, Penn State has the resources to support your transition to online learning and to fill any gaps that may have been created by a shortened senior year of high school. Penn State has personalized solutions for you.

Summer Start is focused on student success. It will replicate in-person learning, with small class sizes and special programming including online tutoring and peer mentoring to help you successfully transition to Penn State. Summer Start also will help to ease the transition from virtual learning to on-campus studies when you are ready.

You will learn about University resources such as the University Libraries, Penn State Learning, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Career Services, and extra-curricular opportunities. You will also create an academic and engagement plan and develop a strong understanding of what is needed to succeed at Penn State. You will have many opportunities to meet and engage with campus faculty and staff and your new classmates.

Summer Start is open to any student admitted to a Commonwealth Campus for summer or fall. If you are interested in enrolling this summer, contact your campus of admission.