A veteran or member of the active armed services or the selected reserves who is a student may be eligible for credit for educational experiences in the armed forces.
You may also be eligible to earn credit for Military Occupational Specialties (MOS), Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC), Marine Corps Enlisted Rating (MCE) and Coast Guard Rating (CGR).
Penn State will consider possible credits based upon a transcript from the American Council on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service. If applying for admission to Penn State, you can have an ACE transcript sent directly to the Penn State Undergraduate Admissions Office for evaluation of transferable credits. ACE can be reached by using any of the following methods:
American Council on Education
One Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036-1193
Specific branches of the armed services:
In all cases, the appropriate transcript should be sent to us at the Penn State Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Transcript required: Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) official transcript
130 West Maxwell Blvd
Maxwell AFB AL 36112-6613
Army, Marine Corps, Navy
Army, Coast Guard (USCG), Marine Corps, Navy Students who are current or former members of the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Navy and have a Common Access Card (CAC) may use their CAC card to register for a Joint Services Transcript (JST) account.
Students who are current or former members of the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Navy and do not have a Common Access Card (CAC) should visit this link https://jst.doded.mil/smart/dodMandatoryBannerForm/submit to register for a Joint Services Transcript (JST) account.
All students who desire to order a military transcript should be advised to visit the Joint Services Transcript web site https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do for instructions on creating an account and requesting a transcript.
Note: Coast Guard transcripts are currently under development.
Other ways of gaining credit:
Current students should contact the academic college for the college’s procedure. The student must identify the specific Penn State course and then in accordance with the college’s procedure, make the request for portfolio review by petition.
Credit by Validation
Current students can request consideration of credit from transcripts not transferable through other means. Forms can be obtained from the Undergraduate Admissions Office. This procedure requires academic review.