LEAP FAQs

Do all first-year students who start in the summer have to participate in LEAP?

No. Students who are admitted for Summer 2023 have the option to take two courses through the LEAP program or to take two courses from the general selection of summer courses offered.

Students who participate in the LEAP program will have an enhanced experience that includes a student mentor, small classes reserved for first-year students, and programming designed to help students learn how to be a successful Penn State student, make friends, and learn their way around campus and the State College community.

Do I have to come to campus to participate in LEAP?

Yes. LEAP is an in-person experience. Courses will be taught in-person and students will be required to live on campus. Students from Centre County, PA may elect to live at home.

Do I have to enroll in a pride that is for my intended major?

No! This is a common misconception about LEAP. The vast majority of our LEAP prides will help any student make progress toward their degree regardless of what they plan to select as a major. As you look at the LEAP prides on the website, you will see general education abbreviations listed next to most classes. These abbreviations let you know where in your academic program that course will count. You can review more information about suggested academic plans by visiting the university bulletin and then navigating to your intended major. If you have any questions about selecting a pride, or how the pride you select will fit in your degree requirements, contact us at leap@psu.edu or call 814-863-4174.

Do I have to live on-campus for the LEAP program?

Yes. LEAP is a fully in-person experience. First-year students are required to live on campus. Students from Centre County, PA may elect to live at home.

What are the tuition rates for Summer 2023?

Tuition rates for Summer 2023 will be available at tuition.psu.edu by May 1, 2023. LEAP students will be billed for summer tuition in June. Please keep in mind that the estimated charges you will see listed in the student aid summary are based upon 12 credits and LEAP students will only be enrolled in and charged for 6 credits*. The approximate cost of LEAP is $8,000 for Pennsylvania residents and $12,000 for out-of-state students.

*Students who sign up for the Business Statistics pride will be billed for 7 credits because SCM 200 is a 4-credit course.

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