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Understanding Penn State Transfer Credit Equivalencies

Credits from another institution can transfer into Penn State in a variety of ways. Your adviser in your academic college will determine how your transferred credits may be used to fulfill degree requirements.

Penn State Credit Equivalencies

Course Number:

An incoming course is a direct equivalent to a Penn State course (ex. ENGL 015).

General Education:

An incoming course that fulfills a general education requirement.

  • XFRGA - Arts Courses
  • XFRGH - Humanities Courses
  • XFRGHA - Health and Physical Activity Courses
  • XFRGN - Natural Sciences Courses
  • XFRGS - Social and Behavioral Sciences Courses
  • XFRGQ - General Quantification Courses
  • XFRGWS - General Writing/Speaking Courses
  • XFRIL - International Cultures Courses
  • XFRUS - United States Cultures Courses

General Education with Level Equivalent:

An incoming course that fulfills a general education requirement and meets an academic level (XFRGA0, XFRGH1, XFRGN2, XFRGS3, XFRGA4, etc).

Level Course Equivalent:

An incoming course that is not a direct equivalent that has been assigned a level designation (XFR000, XFR100, XFR200, XFR300, and XFR400).

General Course:

An incoming course that is not a direct equivalent or has not been assigned a level or general education designation (ex. XFRGEN, XFRCNV). Please work with your academic department to determine usability of credits within your degree program.


An incoming course that cannot be used in any area and does not meet the standard of a Penn State transfer course.

Pending Review:

An incoming course that upon receipt of the course syllabus will be submitted for departmental review and equivalency determination (XFRPEN).

Admitted or Current Students

Please email course syllabi to or mail syllabi to Undergraduate Admissions, The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Shields Building, University Park, PA 16802-1294. You may also fax syllabi to 814-863-7590.

If emailing syllabi, please follow these instructions:

  • Include your name and PSU ID number in the subject line.
  • Indicate the institution where course work was taken.
  • Attach each syllabus as a separate .pdf or Microsoft Word file.
  • Attach no more than four syllabi per email.
  • Do not send syllabi for multiple institutions in the same email.

Please do not submit brief course descriptions instead of syllabi. Course descriptions are only accepted in extenuating circumstances.

We encourage you to submit course syllabi for transfer pending review courses as soon as you are able. If you do not submit your course information, your transfer pending review credits will be reassigned to general credit (XFRGEN) during your first semester of enrollment at Penn State.

New Students

For incoming students, the deadline for submitting course syllabi for XFRPEN courses is at the conclusion of the first semester of enrollment at Penn State. Current students have until the conclusion of the semester following the term in which the course was taken to submit syllabi. If Undergraduate Admissions does not receive the necessary course information by this date, any transfer pending review credits will be reassigned to general credit (XFRGEN).

It can take up to eight weeks from the time a syllabus is sent to the time the course equivalency is determined by the academic department. Typically, XFRPEN courses will be reviewed for either general credit or a direct equivalent.

Admitted and Current Students:

LionPATH is the best place to monitor your transfer credit. Your transfer credit report updates immediately upon departmental review of your XFRPEN courses, or additional transfer credit is added or updated on your Penn State record.

You can access LionPATH at To view your course, test, and other transfer credit evaluations, navigate to the Academics tab, select Academic Records within the Academics menu, and click View Transfer Credit Report.