Transfer Credit Evaluation

Information regarding how Penn State evaluates credit transferred from other institutions.  

Learn how your credits will transfer:

  • Transfer applicants receive an evaluation of credits with their mailed offer of admission to Penn State. International transfer applicants will receive the evaluation of credits via email. This evaluation will outline the awarded credit, but the academic unit to which the student has been admitted will determine how credits will be used to fulfill degree requirements in a student's program of study.
  • Course work from another institution can transfer into Penn State in a variety of ways. Some courses will require the submission of the course syllabus for academic departmental review to determine the Penn State credit equivalency. For a complete review of how credit can transfer into Penn State, please refer to the Understanding Penn State Transfer Credit Equivalencies section
  • If the Transferring Credits Tool does not provide an evaluation for your credit, that typically means we have not evaluated the course before and will require the submission of the course syllabus once your formal offer of admission has been made. Course work cannot be evaluated prior to an offer of admission.
  • Penn State transfers the credits only. The grade(s) earned from transfer credits will not be used for your GPA at Penn State.
  • Penn State credits are expressed in semester hours. When transferring credit from institutions that utilize another form of academic credit (quarter hours/units/trimesters), the credits will be converted into semester hours.

To earn a Penn State degree, students transferring credit to Penn State must be aware of the following:

  • For a bachelor's degree, 36 of the last 60 credits must be completed at Penn State.
  • For an associate's degree, 18 of the last 30 credits must be completed at Penn State.

To determine how your transfer credits might help you meet the degree requirements for your program, review the recommended academic plan for that program.


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.