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Transfer Applicants

Transfer Applicants

Am I a Transfer Applicant?

You are classified as a Transfer Applicant if you have earned a high school diploma (or equivalent) and have attempted at least 18 semester credits at another regionally accredited college or university before applying to Penn State.

In order to transfer to Penn State, all academic programs require a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in your previous post-secondary coursework. Higher cumulative grade point averages and/or completion of specific courses may be required for some programs.

When Should I Apply?

Penn State has rolling admissions, which means there is no specific deadline to apply. Admission to specific campuses and programs is on a space-available basis. Some programs fill their available seats early in the application process and no additional admissions will be made to those programs at that time.

However, the evaluation of transfer applications does lengthen the review period, so transfer applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Penn State publishes the following recommended application dates for Transfer Students:

  • Starting Semester—Fall
    Application available on September 1
    Priority deadline is April 15
    Decision Notification by March/April
  • Starting Semester—Spring
    Application available on June 1
    Priority deadline is November 1
    Decision notifaction by December
  • Starting Semester—Summer
    Application available on September 1
    Priority deadline is March 1
    Decision notifaction by March/April

Regardless of the Penn State campus to which you apply, University Park makes all transfer credit evaluations. Students should contact Penn State Fayette’s Office of Admission for campus specific deadlines and campus-specific program information. View the Transfer Credit Tool to see how your credits might be evaluated.

What are the Requirements to Apply?

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, as well as completion of high school units in math and foreign language as required by the requested Penn State academic college. Appropriate college level courses my substitute for high school units. (SAT/ACT test scores are NOT required for transfer students.)

In addition, transfer student admission decisions are made on the basis of several combined factors:

  • The total number of credits a student has accumulated from all accredited colleges and universities attended.
  • The total cumulative grade point average (GPA) from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Choice of major.

Coursework successfully completed at other colleges and universities that are members of the six regional accrediting associations will be considered for transfer credit.

For courses to be eligible for review: The grade received in the course must be equivalent to a "C" (2.00) or higher at Penn State. Penn State must have a similar program or course offering.

College level coursework completed at colleges or universities that are 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.