Transfer 101: Transferring Credits To Penn State

So, you’ve figured out the basics about transferring to Penn State, and you’ve determined whether or not you are able to transfer to the University Park campus. Next up, how will the credits that you’ve taken elsewhere transfer to Penn State?

If you are offered admission as a transfer student to Penn State University, you will receive an evaluation of transferable credits along with your offer letter.

“But Bert,” you say, “I want to know how my credits from Random University transfer to Penn State right now!” Not a problem, we’ve got you covered.

Please allow me to introduce you to the Undergraduate Admissions Transferring Credits Tool:

Transfer Tool

The Transferring Credits Tool allows a prospective student to enter courses they have taken, or plan to take, at another institution and view Penn State’s evaluation of each course. However, the tool only displays courses that our office has previously evaluated. Don’t fret if a course you’ve taken isn’t listed; the Undergraduate Admissions Office will evaluate that course for possible transfer credit once a student has received an offer of admission.

Additionally, only coursework successfully completed at other colleges and universities recognized by the six regional accrediting associations will be considered for transfer credit at Penn State.

For a course to be eligible for an evaluation of transfer credit:

  • The grade received must be equivalent to a ‘C’ (2.0) or better at Penn State
  • Penn State must have a similar program or course offering
  • The course should be useful in the student’s program of study at Penn State

Coursework from other institutions will transfer either as a specific Penn State course or as general credits in a subject area. If appropriate, general credits may be used to fulfill degree requirements and may be applied to a student’s major in accordance with the policies established by the academic college of enrollment (College of the Liberal Arts, College of Engineering, etc.).

Penn State credits are expressed in semester hours. When courses transfer to Penn State from institutions that utilize another form of academic credit (e.g. quarter hours or units), the credits will be converted into semester hours.

Once a student is admitted to Penn State, the academic unit to which the student has been admitted will have final determination regarding how credits will be used to fulfill degree requirements in the student’s program of study.

Got all that? If so, head on over to the Transferring Credits Tool now to see how your coursework will transfer to Penn State!

Looking for other forms of credit transfer? How about AP exam scores, IB exam scores, military experience or CLEP exam results? Check here for information on how other types of credit transfer to Penn State.

As always, if you have 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.

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