2+2 Plan

Information about studying at more than one campus in Penn State's multi-campus system.

Penn State gives you options

Penn State's 20 Commonwealth campuses throughout Pennsylvania give you the freedom to live and learn in an environment that suits you best.

Some students choose to remain at one campus for all four years, while other students spend their first two years at one campus and transition to another for their remaining two years. We call it the 2+2 plan and it’s the most common path to a Penn State degree—about 60 percent of our students begin their Penn State experience at a Commonwealth campus.

Students choose this path for many reasons; some for the chance to stay close to home, others to save money. Still others are looking for a particular campus environment, perhaps smaller classes or particular sports. Whatever their reason and wherever their campus, they are excited to embark on their Penn State experience.

The 2+2 process

Once you enroll at your starting campus, you do not need to reapply for admission when it's time to move to your second campus. Students work with their academic advisers to complete the change of campus process. This process happens during the fourth semester (end of sophomore year) for most students, in anticipation of moving to the second campus for the fifth semester (junior year).

Your academic adviser will also make sure that you are on track to meet the entrance to major requirements for your chosen program. These requirements are the same whether you start at University Park or a Commonwealth campus.

Most of our majors can be started at any campus, where you will take your General Education and prerequisite courses for your major before moving to your ending campus to complete the remaining courses for your major.

Choosing your campus

When completing your application, you may choose from among our 20 campuses: we encourage you to select a first choice and an alternate choice campus to give you the greatest chance at joining the Penn State family.

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