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  • A student must have attempted a minimum of 18 semester credits before enrolling as a transfer student at Penn State. Those with less than 18 semester credits will be considered a first-year applicant.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required. Penn State University Park requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Higher cumulative grade point averages and/or completion of specific courses may be required for some programs.
  • Four semesters of college course work or approximately 60 semester credits are required for admission to Penn State University Park.
  • Applicants with fewer than four semesters of college course work are typically considered for admission to Penn State campuses other than Penn State University Park. Students will usually complete their degree at Penn State University Park but may choose other campuses based upon program availability.
  • A high school diploma or the equivalent is required, as well as completion of high school units in math and foreign language as required by the requested Penn State academic college. Appropriate college level courses may substitute for high school units. (SAT/ACT is not required.)

Application Process

  • Ask your high school and all postsecondary institutions to send official transcripts to:
    Undergraduate Admissions Office
    The Pennsylvania State University
    201 Shields Building
    University Park, PA 16802-1294
  • Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Recommended dates are October 15 for spring semester consideration and December 31 for summer or fall semester consideration.

Transfer Credit Information

  • Course work considered for transfer credit must have a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher and have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • The Undergraduate Admissions Office determines which credits will transfer to the University. The academic unit to which the student has been admitted determines how credits will be used to fulfill degree requirements in a student's program of study.
  • To see how a course transfers to Penn State, visit our website at admissions.psu.edu/academics/credit/transfer, and click transferring credits tool. Courses not listed will need to be individually evaluated.
  • If you have prior college-level learning experiences—at another college or university, in the military, in the workplace, through self-study, or in high school—you may be able to receive college credit for knowledge that you've already gained. At Penn State we're ready to help you explore alternative paths to college credit acquisition. Visit admissions.psu.edu/academics/credit online for more information about receiving college credit.

General Information

  • The University operates on a semester calendar.
  • Thirty-six of the last sixty credits for a baccalaureate degree must be completed at Penn State. Eighteen of the last thirty credits for an associate degree must be completed at Penn State.
  • Tuition and fees vary by residency, campus, and majors. For information about Penn State tuition, visit www.tuition.psu.edu.