Steps to Apply for Transfer Students

Students transfer to hundreds of programs across 20 campuses. Learn more about transferring to Penn State.

Steps to Apply

The first step of the application process is to create a MyPennState profile, if you do not have one already. MyPennState is where future students can access the online application.

If you are new to MyPennState, you will need to establish a Friends of Penn State (FPS) ID and password, which you will access during the MyPennState profile creation process. Once you have your log in information, you can sign in to begin work on your application.

A MyPennState perk: applicants who receive an offer of admission and decide to attend Penn State typically use the same ID to access many services on campus when they are a student, like checking email, scheduling classes, and using computers on campus.

While you can create a MyPennState profile at any time, the application for admission becomes available on the following dates:

Fall/Summer Admission: September 1

Spring Admission: June 1

The application submission dates vary by applicant type and intended program of study. Some programs have specific deadlines or admissions requirements. Please refer to our Dates & Deadlines for more information about application deadlines, as well as our Admissions Requirements to review information about any additional materials required for your intended program of study.

Click Apply Online to start your Penn State application. Before starting, you can also review the Applying Online Worksheet for more details and helpful hints about the application.

Your application work can be saved at each step of the process by clicking the Save and Continue button at the bottom of the page. This feature will allow you to move back and forth within the application or log off and return to complete your application at a later time.

After completing your profile information, you will need to provide your academic history. This section will focus on your high school/secondary school coursework, as well as any college coursework you have taken and in which you are currently enrolled (if applicable).

After this section, you will need to complete the Program of Study portion. Here, you will indicate your desired starting semester, your intended program of study, and your starting and ending campus. For further details on campus and/or program requirements, please see the transfer admission requirements and the transfer eligibility sections.

After this portion, you will provide some additional application information, an activities resume, and a personal statement. You will be able to paste in this information from other sources, but note that the formatting may not always paste in as intended.

The application requires a nonrefundable application fee of $50 for domestic students and $65 for international students. Be sure to complete the last step after Summary and Review, which finalizes payment of your fee, and be certain it is successfully submitted. Once the application is submitted, you can verify its completion by accessing your MyPennState profile.

In order to complete your Penn State application, we need the following materials:

  • Application
  • Official high school transcript (and/or GED, if applicable)
    *Note: If you are an adult learner and have completed 18 or more credits at a regionally accredited university, you may be considered for admission without a high school transcript by confirming your graduation from high school.
  • Official transcripts from any post-secondary institution where coursework was attempted

For further details on the required supplemental materials, visit the admissions requirements for transfer students.

Additionally, some programs require additional items to complete your application. Please review our eligibility information for requirements and deadlines.

You can always check the status of your application in MyPennState. We will communicate with you via MyPennState and through a series of emails regarding the missing items for your application. When everything has arrived, you will see a status in MyPennState confirming the completion of your application.

Please note: It is your responsibility to check on the status of your application and send us any missing materials.

Once we have reached a decision regarding your application, we will update your status in MyPennState (domestic students also receive their decision via mail). Review our Dates & Deadlines to see when you should expect your decision.

If accepted, you can accept your offer of admission in MyPennState to begin the process of becoming a Penn State student. Visit our Accepted Students section to review the next steps in this process.