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Transfer Students

A transfer student is any student who has completed 18 or more credits of work from a post-secondary institution after graduating high school. There are specific admissions requirements for transfer students that are different from those for students just out of high school, and requirements may vary from major to major. Click each link below for more information about transfer admission to Penn State. 

 

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

There are specific admissions requirements for transfer students that are different from those for students just out of high school, and requirements may vary from major to major. Typically, students must have a specific cumulative GPA from all colleges attended as well as have taken certain courses while in college. For more specific information about admissions requirements for a particular major, contact an admissions representative.

Steps to Apply for Transfer Students

Students are encouraged to apply online by setting up a MyPennState profile. There are also paper applications available by contacting the admissions office. Transfer students should apply for admission as soon as possible prior to the start of the desired semester. A completed application includes the application itself, the application fee ($50), official copies of all college transcripts, and an official copy of the high school transcript, regardless of how long ago you attended. On average, transfer student applications take longer to process than first-year student applications because of the credit evaluation.

Transferring Credits

An official evaluation of all transfer credits will occur after you apply for admission and are accepted. Your official acceptance packet will include a breakdown of your transfer credits. If you would like an unofficial evaluation of transfer credits, you can visit our Transferring Credits Tool online, or contact Admissions.

Next Steps for Transfer Students

Once you apply and have been accepted, your next step is to pay your $230 non-refundable acceptance fees. This is your way of telling Penn State you plan on attending classes. Once your acceptance fees have been paid, you can contact your academic advisor to schedule courses. Advisors are organized by major, and you can find your advisor's name and contact information on our website.

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