Current Penn State students planning to take transfer courses at another domestic institution:

Instructions for submitting course syllabi for current Penn State students who completed course work at another institution.

Search for the course using the Transfer Credit Tool. If the course is not yet evaluated, or if it is listed as pending review (TRN XFRPEN), visit the Course Substitutions and Reviews web portal and click on “New Transfer Review”. If no course evaluation is found, you will be prompted to upload a course syllabus.

Please do not submit brief course descriptions instead of syllabi. Course descriptions are only accepted in extenuating circumstances (e.g. school no longer exists). Be sure that the institution and state is located on the course syllabus.

Once you have submitted a course syllabus for review, the Undergraduate Admissions Office will send your syllabus to the appropriate faculty review committee. It can take up to 3-5 weeks from the date a syllabus is received to the time you are notified via the CSRS Student Portal about how the course will transfer to Penn State, or if more information is needed to evaluate the course.

If not available electronically, please mail course 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.

Students are also encouraged to meet with an academic adviser before enrolling in courses to determine how transfer credits may apply to their Penn State degree.

Here are some of the things faculty look for when reviewing a syllabus:

  • DO NOT submit high school syllabi. For dual enrollment course work, high school syllabi will never be accepted; you must submit the official college syllabus.
  • Name of institution
  • Number of credits the course is worth
  • An official course description (helps determine if the course is for majors or non-majors)
  • Any required co-requisite or pre-requisite courses
  • Topics covered by class meeting (not just course objectives)/ schedule of course content
  • Grading criteria: what was graded and how much was it worth
  • How many exams, paper assignments, textbooks or readings are required
  • Textbook(s) used with chapters/sections/topics covered (course content)
  • Information about any readings besides the textbook
  • Science courses: presence of a lab component with the kinds of labs done and how much the lab counts; be sure to send both the lecture and the lab syllabus
  • Music courses: how many hours a week, what instrument or voice, individual or class lesson, major/minor/non major

If you need to request a course syllabus and no longer have your instructor’s contact information, search the college’s directory online. If you do not remember the instructor or if the instructor is no longer there, search the website for the department chair for the subject for which you need a syllabus. Email the chair and/or assistant with your request.

Please be advised that a student’s tuition will increase when the Penn State transcript reflects 59.1 cumulative credits. If the credits you are transferring or have transferred 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.


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.