All prospective students must apply by following the instructions on this page under “How to Apply.” The application deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2016.


Regular University Park Summer 2016 tuition and fees, including information technology, facilities, and activity fees, will apply for all students. The field school awards a total of six course credits.

If you are accepted into the field school, you will be contacted by the program manager by email with forms that need to be promptly submitted to complete your registration. These forms will be due no later than Friday, April 8, 2016. Once the required forms are received, the courses will be added to your schedule.

Non–Penn State students will be required to submit an Undergraduate Nondegree Enrollment Form, which will also be emailed by the program manager.

Class Fee

In addition to tuition, each student will pay a $175 class fee. The class fee covers the cost of operations and personal equipment — trowels, tape measures, and the like — which you may keep at the close of the field school. All other field equipment will be provided. Expenses not covered are meals and housing.

The class fee will be automatically charged to your student account. If you need to withdraw from the field school after Friday, April 8, your class fee will not be refunded.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page to see what you need to bring, and what will be provided.

How to Apply

You can apply by mailing, emailing, or faxing the application form to:

Dr. Claire Milner
Department of Anthropology
The Pennsylvania State University
409 Carpenter Building
University Park PA 16802
Fax: 814-863-1474

A short interview (in person or by phone) may be requested. References may also be checked. Final decisions about enrollment will be made by the instructors. In general, preference will be given to higher-level anthropology majors, but the field school is not restricted to advanced undergraduates; freshmen have participated in previous field schools. Grades and career goals will also be considered. Registration is not limited to Penn State students; interested students from other institutions are encouraged to apply. If you are accepted into the field school, you will be notified by email, and registration instructions will be sent to you.


Because of the nature of this program and the commitment we make to it, the application deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2016, although we will begin reviewing and accepting applicants immediately. (If you are accepted into the field school, registration instructions will be sent to you.) After this date, please call Conferences and Institutes at 814-863-5100 for information about possible late-registration opportunities.


Penn State Conferences and Institutes will confirm your enrollment and provide additional information. You will be notified of any cancellations or changes. If some unforeseen event forces Penn State to cancel or postpone the program, you will receive a full refund of your registration fee; however, the University cannot be held responsible for any related costs, including cancellation fees assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Health Information

Due to the nature of this course all students must complete a health and emergency form, which will be reviewed upon receipt. Students should have a current tetanus booster prior to starting the program.


To cancel your enrollment, send a written request to the program manager by email ( Do not use eLion to drop the courses. For any cancellations after Friday, April 8, 2016, the class fee is nonrefundable.


Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs. If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the program manager at 814-863-5132 prior to your participation.

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