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.
An incoming course is a direct equivalent to a Penn State course (ex. ENGL 015).
An incoming course that fulfills a general education requirement.
An incoming course that fulfills a general education requirement and meets an academic level (XFRGA0, XFRGH1, XFRGN2, XFRGS3, XFRGA4, etc).
An incoming course that is not a direct equivalent that has been assigned a level designation (XFR000, XFR100, XFR200, XFR300, and XFR400).
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.
An incoming course that upon receipt of the course syllabus will be submitted for departmental review and equivalency determination (XFRPEN).
Please email course syllabi to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
Your LionPATH Student Center 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 your LionPATH Student Center at lionpath.psu.edu. To view your official course, test, and other transfer credit evaluations, locate the Academics section within your account, and select Transfer Credit: Report in the drop down menu.