Penn State will evaluate transfer students’ previous course work for possible transfer credit—find out how.
We are excited that you are interested in transferring to Penn State! We know that a major concern for transfer students is if and how their previous course work is going to transfer to Penn State. To understand how Penn State transfers credit and to search for the transfer evaluation of course work at other institutions, review all of our information and transfer tools below.
Took classes at another college? Planning to take a class over the summer? Use the Transferring Credit Tool to search for courses at other institutions and view Penn State’s evaluation of each course.
Review the requirements for transferring credits to Penn State from another institution, as well as the other ways that you can earn Penn State credit.
Penn State requires an official transcript to consider credits for transfer. Upon review of a student's materials during the application review, we will evaluate any official college or university transcripts that are included with the application.
We do not evaluate transcripts before an offer of admission is made.
Course work successfully completed at other colleges and universities recognized by the six regional accrediting associations will be considered for transfer credit.
College-level course work completed at colleges/universities licensed by state boards of education to award associate degrees or higher, but are not members of one of the six regional accrediting associations, may be eligible for credit by validation.
If accepted, students will receive an evaluation of transferable credits. Domestic students will receive the evaluation of credits in the mail with their offer of admission, while international students will receive the evaluation via email.
Penn State requires transfer applicants to submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where course work was attempted.
Current students should send transcripts of dual enrollment course work or course work completed at a different college/university once the student enrolls at Penn State.
Once transfer credit is posted to a student's record, it cannot be removed.
Transcripts must be sent through mail, fax, Parchment, eScrip-Safe, or the National Student Clearinghouse directly to Penn State from the university where course work was attempted. If your school requires an email address to send a transcript electronically, please use firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order for a course to be eligible for review for transfer credit at Penn State, the following criteria must be met:
Learn how your credits will transfer:
To determine how your transfer credits might help you meet the degree requirements for your program, review the recommended academic plan for that program.
Penn State awards credit from multiple sources, such as Advanced Placement tests or military experience. Please review the Academic Credit section for more information.
College-level course work 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.
The credit by validation process involves the following steps:
In order to pursue credit by validation, eligible courses must:
If the course meets the course requirements and is determined to be eligible by Undergraduate Admissions, then the following occurs:
In addition to applicants wishing to transfer credit to Penn State upon acceptance, current Penn State students may enroll in classes outside of the University and transfer earned credit to Penn State.
Any Penn State students that take classes at different institutions while enrolled at Penn State should send the official transcript directly from the institution in order for the course work to be evaluated for transfer credit. Please note that:
Courses taken in programs in China that are not part of the regular degree-granting curriculum will not be considered for transfer credit.
Please be advised that a student’s tuition will increase when the Penn State transcript reflects 59.1 cumulative credits. Credits earned from tests, like AP or IB exams, are considered transfer credits and are included in the cumulative credit total. If the credits you are transferring or have transferred to Penn State place you above 59.1 cumulative credits after the start of the semester, your tuition will increase immediately. You will receive a bill for the additional tuition on the first day of the following month. For more information, visit the Office of the Bursar's website