In evaluating course credit for transfer from another institution, the Undergraduate
Admissions Office follows policies set forth by the Faculty Senate of
the Pennsylvania State University. The Undergraduate Admissions Office is
responsible for determining how credits transfer to Penn State. The academic
department in which the student enrolls is responsible for determining how
credits may be applied to meet the requirements of the degree program.
Course work must be completed at a regionally accredited
Penn State must offer a similar course or program of study.
Only courses in which a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher is
earned will be considered for transfer. Course work completed on a Pass/Fail
or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis typically will not be transferred.
Courses transferred do not affect the Penn State average
and grades received for those courses do not appear on the Penn State transcript.
Courses at Penn State carry semester hours of credit.
Courses evaluated for transfer from colleges and universities with different
credit systems (quarter hours, units) are converted to semester hours of
Course work can transfer either as a specific Penn State
course (i.e. ECON 002) or as general credits in a subject area (i.e. ECON
3 GEN Credits).
If appropriate, general credits may be used to fulfill
degree requirements in any area. These general credits may be applied to
the program of study in accordance with the policies established by the
college of enrollment.
PLEASE NOTE: Evaluations for transfer of credit by the Undergraduate
Admissions Office, are based upon the best available information at the time.
Revisions to a course evaluation may be made based on the receipt of new information
and no evaluation is officially complete until credits appear on the student’s
Penn State transcript.
Penn State requires transfer applicants to submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where coursework was attempted. Transcripts must be sent through mail, fax, Parchment, eScrip-Safe, or the National Student Clearinghouse directly to Penn State from the college/university where coursework was attempted. If your school requires an email address to send a transcript electronically, please use email@example.com.
Undergraduate Admissions Office
The Pennsylvania State University
201 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802-1294
Note to Current Students: Credits are transferred; grades are not. The credits transferred from another school do not affect a student’s grade-point average. Transfer credits are part of a student’s academic history and the college in which the student is enrolled will determine how transfer credits will be used to meet graduation requirements. All advanced placement or transfer credits placed on the Penn State transcript will count towards the total number of credits a student has accumulated. Please be advised that a student’s tuition will increase as soon as the Penn State transcript reflects 59.1 cumulative credits. This tuition increase will occur during the semester the credits are transferred.
For more information click on the following link:
Office of the Bursar: Tuition Assessment.