Credit Eligibility Information for Transfer Applicants

Information regarding Penn State requirements for transferring credit from other institutions. 

Transferring Credit from Another Institution

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.

Tuition Advisory

Please be advised that a student’s tuition will increase when the Penn State transcript reflects 59.1 cumulative credits. Credits earned from sources such as Military Credit and 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.