Transfer 101

Hi! My name is Bert and I work with students interested in transferring to the Penn State.

So, you are currently attending another college or university and considering transferring to Penn State — that’s great! We are… happy to hear it!

Since Penn State is a top-notch, Research I university, there are plenty of options — both in campuses and programs — from which you can choose. Here are the basics to get you started:

Penn State defines a transfer student as anyone who has earned a high school diploma or GED and will have attempted 18* or more semester hours of college coursework at a regionally accredited college/university before enrolling at Penn State.

What courses will transfer to Penn State? Check out our Transferring Credits Tool to find out. This is a listing of every course that has ever been evaluated for transfer credit at Penn State. Simply choose your location, institution, academic department, and then course number. If the course that you are looking for isn’t listed don’t fret; that simply means that it hasn’t been evaluated yet. We will evaluate it when we review your application for admission.

Where do you want to transfer? Penn State has 20 undergraduate campuses, as well as the World Campus – Penn State Online. When it comes to options, you have many from which you can choose!

When should you complete your application to transfer to Penn State?

If you are interested in a Commonwealth Campus, you’ll want to contact that specific campus regarding application dates and deadlines.

If you are interested in transferring to the University Park campus, the preferred filing dates for applications are:

  • Fall Admission : April 15
  • Spring Admission: November 1
  • Summer Admission: March 1

If you are interested in the World Campus – Penn State Online, there are specific application deadlines:

  • Fall Admission : June 30
  • Spring Admission : October 31
  • Summer Admission : March 15

Lastly, please review our dates and deadlines page for information regarding other specific program deadlines (such as Architecture, Music, Graphic Design, and Engineering).

Because there is so much opportunity at Penn State! The better question is “why NOT?”

How does one begin the process of transferring to Penn State? Easy! The first step is to set up a MyPennState profile. From here, you will be able to start your application — and get on your way to becoming a Penn Stater!

If you have any questions throughout the process, we are always happy to help out! Write to or call 814-865-5471 to get in touch with an admissions counselor.

(*If you have taken 17 or fewer credits, your application will be reviewed as a first-year student.)

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