Getting Penn State Credit
The Transferring Credits Tool allows you to enter courses you have taken or plan to take at another institution and view Penn State’s evaluation of each course.
Transferring Credit From Another College or University
The Undergraduate Admissions Office will evaluate courses from other institutions for possible transfer credit after we receive a complete application, including an official transcript from that institution (view Application Requirements for Transfer Students). Only coursework successfully completed at other colleges and universities recognized by the six regional accrediting associations will be considered for transfer credit.*
(*College level coursework completed at colleges/universities licensed by state boards of education to award associate degrees or higher but that are not members of one of the six regional accrediting associations may be eligible for credit by validation.)
To Be Eligible for Review:
- The grade received in the course must be equivalent to a C (2.0) or higher at Penn State.
- Penn State must have a similar program or course offering.
- The course should be useful in the student’s program of study at Penn State.
How Credits Transfer:
- Coursework from another institution will transfer either as a specific Penn State course (e.g., ECON 102) or as general credits in a subject area (e.g., ECON – 3 GEN Credits). If appropriate, general credits may be used to fulfill degree requirements and may be applied to the program of study in accordance with the policies established by the college of enrollment.
- Penn State will transfer the credits only. The grade(s) earned from transfer credits will not be used for your GPA at Penn State.
- Penn State credits are expressed in semester hours. When courses transfer to Penn State from institutions that utilize another form of academic credit (quarter hours/units/trimesters), the credits will be converted into semester hours.
- Once a student is admitted to the University, the student will receive an evaluation of credits along with the offer letter. The academic unit to which the student has been admitted will determine how credits will be used to fulfill degree requirements in a student's program of study.
- Review academic plans, which outline course requirements for all Penn State majors.
- For a bachelor's degree 36 of the last 60 credits must be completed at Penn State.
- For an associate's degree 18 of the last 30 credits must be completed at Penn State.
Credit from Other Sources:
Penn State awards credit from multiple sources, such as Advanced Placement Test and for Military experience. Please review the Getting Penn State Credit section for more information.
Attention Current Students:
Note to Current Students:
Credits are transferred; grades are not. The credits transferred from another school do not affect a student’s grade-point average. Transfer credits are part of a student’s academic history and the college in which the student is enrolled will determine how transfer credits will be used to meet graduation requirements. All advanced placement or transfer credits placed on the Penn State transcript will count towards the total number of credits a student has accumulated. Please be advised that a student’s tuition will increase as soon as the Penn State transcript reflects 59.1 cumulative credits. This tuition increase will occur during the semester the credits are transferred.
For more information click on the following link:
Office of the Bursar: Tuition Assessment.
Students Wishing to Take Summer Courses in China
In order for credits to transfer to Penn State the summer program must be part of the national education system in China.
If you take university courses in China, in order to be considered for transfer credit, you MUST arrange for a verification report of your university transcript with the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). The report must be mailed directly to Undergraduate Admissions by the CDGDC, rather than by you or any third party. Any transcript not mailed by the CDGDC will not be considered for awarding transfer credits to Penn State.
China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center
18th Floor, Tongfang Keji Building B No.1,
Wangzhuang Road Haidian District,
Beijing 100083 China
Tel: 86-10-82379480 Fax: 86-10-82379491
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.cdgdc.edu.cn