The Millennium Scholars Program is open to all high-achieving high school seniors who are interested in becoming leaders in STEM-related fields. Students must apply to one of the five participating academic colleges at Penn State and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. There is no additional fee to apply for the Millennium Scholars Program.
How to Apply
The first step is to complete and submit an application to Penn State.
(Note: As part of your application to Penn State, you will create a MyPennState profile and obtain a Penn State WebAccess ID. You must have your individual WebAccess ID and password to begin work on the online Millennium Scholars Program application.)
After the first step, you can complete and submit the online Millennium Scholars Program Application. See below for the application requirements, and make sure to have all of the requisite information available to include in your program application. You also can preview the program application here before completing the online form.
Although it is not required to be considered for the Millennium Scholars Program, students are also encouraged to apply to the Schreyer Honors College.
Millennium Scholars Program applicants must do the following:
- Complete their general undergraduate applications to Penn State.
- Select University Park as their first-choice starting campus on the general Penn State application.
- Select an intended major in one of the participating colleges (Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, Information Sciences and Technology, and Eberly College of Science) as their academic interest area on the general Penn State application.
- In the Millennium Scholars Program application, complete and submit answers to two essay questions, as well as the names and contact information for two teachers who will submit letters of recommendation for the applicant. At least one recommendation must come from a math, science, and/or engineering teacher.
- Provide official SAT or ACT scores to Penn State Undergraduate Admissions.
- Send an official high school transcript to Penn State Undergraduate Admissions.
The Undergraduate Admissions office will evaluate your credentials for admission to the University, and a Millennium Scholars Selection Committee – consisting of program staff, faculty, and deans from the participating colleges – will review your Millennium Scholars Program application. These decisions are made independent of each other. Students should not wait for their admissions decision to submit their Millennium Scholars Program application, although an offer of admission to University Park eventually will be required for admission to the Millennium Scholars Program.
The Millennium Scholars Program application evaluation includes:
- a transcript review to evaluate your academic success and background, particularly in math and science courses;
- an assessment of the written essays;
- review of the letters of recommendation; and
- consideration of your SAT and/or ACT scores, focusing particularly on the math scores.
Successful applicants will be:
- high achievers with strong academic records;
- committed to increasing diversity in STEM-related fields;
- eager collaborative learners and team players; and
- prepared to work hard, graduate in the top of their classes, and become leaders in STEM-related fields.
After all applications have been evaluated, the top 100 candidates will be invited to come to University Park for the last step in the selection process: Interview Weekend. Students and families are responsible for travel costs to University Park for this two-day event, although a limited number of travel awards may be made in cases of demonstrated financial need.
A separate committee will make final admission offer decisions after the candidates’ interviews. Approximately 40 students then will be admitted to the Summer Bridge program in preparation for matriculation to Penn State in the fall.
Students who accept an offer of admission to Penn State and the Millennium Scholars Program then will arrive on campus in mid-June for a six-week Summer Bridge program. Exact dates will vary from year to year, but successful candidates will receive detailed instructions with their offers from the program. Completion of the Summer Bridge is required to matriculate into the Millennium Scholars Program at Penn State.
Aspiring Millennium Scholars should note the following deadlines:
September 1: Penn State and Millennium Scholars Program applications available
November 30: Penn State and Schreyer Honors College application priority filing deadline (Scholars are strongly encouraged to apply by this deadline.)
January 20: Millennium Scholars Program application deadline (All applications and recommendations must be submitted by this date for the application to be evaluated)
Early February: Invitations to Interview Weekend are sent out.
Late February: Interview Weekend on the University Park campus
Early March: Offers to prospective Millennium Scholars commence.
May 1: Penn State and Millennium Scholars Program offer acceptance deadline
Mid-June to late July: Summer Bridge program
Late August: Fall semester begins