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LEAP Summer 2021 FAQs

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

No. Students who are admitted for Summer 2021 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 class sizes, only first-year students in their classes, 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?

There are two options for the LEAP program in Summer 2021. Students will be able to select an in-person LEAP pride or a virtual LEAP pride.

On our LEAP Prides page, each pride lists whether it will meet as an in-person pride or a virtual pride. Students who select an in-person LEAP pride must live on campus (unless they are residents of Centre County). Students who select a virtual LEAP Pride have the option of living on campus or living 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. As you look at the 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 and then navigating to your intended major. If you have any questions about selecting a Pride, or how the Pride you select will count toward your degree requirements, contact us at or call 814-863-4174.

Do I have to live on-campus for Summer 2021?

 If a student selects an in-person pride, they are required to live on campus unless they are a resident of Centre County. Students enrolled in a virtual pride have the option to live on campus or to live at home. More information will be provided by May about the proces for students to cancel their summer housing contract if they are not taking in-person courses or live in Centre County.

How will the LEAP program run for Summer 2021?

 LEAP students will have the option of signing up for a virtual pride or an in-person pride. Students who sign up for an in-person pride will have at least one course in-person. The second course may be an online course. For students who sign up for a virtual pride, both courses will be online courses. All online courses in the LEAP program will be remote synchronous, meaning that there will be an expectation that students join the class at set days/times for “live” class content delivery.

What are the tuition rates for Summer 2021?

Tuition rates for Summer 2021 have not yet been finalized. More information is forthcoming. When finalized, tuition rates will be posted at Historic tuition rates are also available on that site.