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Frequently Asked Questions: Transfer Students

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An applicant that has earned a high school diploma or GED and has attempted 18 or more semester hours of college coursework at a regionally accredited college/university subsequent to high school graduation before enrolling at Penn State. Attendance at any other institution must be reported at the time of application. Failure to indicate, at the time of application, previous registration at another college or university may result in refusal or cancellation of admission.

  • ISTBS: minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, and technical calculus (Math 110), 3 credits of Java or C++, rhetoric and composition (ENGL 015)  and Microeconomics( ECON 102 )
  • public speaking (CAS100) preferred
  • SRA: minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 GPA, Algebra II (Math 022) or higher, 3 credits of Java or C++, rhetoric and composition (ENGL 015) & 4 credits of descriptive statistics (STAT 200)
  • College review

Unless specified by the College, all students will be admitted to the premajor INFST, until the required Entrance to Major (ETM) coursework has been completed. The Entrance to Major courses are:

  • For ISTBS, students must complete IST 110, IST 210 and IST 220 with a C or better and a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • For SRA, students must complete IST 110, SRA 111 and SRA 211 with a C or better and a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

Students who would like to transfer from their current institution to Penn State will need to contact Undergraduate Admissions in order to apply More information about the transfer process can be found at:

Although applicants are evaluated on a rolling admission basis, the preferred filing dates for University Park are:

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

The evaluation of transferable credits from another institution is a two-step process.

First, the Undergraduate Admissions Office follows policies set forth by the Faculty Senate of the Penn State for determining how credits transfer to Penn State using the following criteria:

  • the course grade earned is equivalent to a grade of A, B, or C (2.0) at Penn State
  • there is an equivalent course at Penn State and the credits are useful to the program of study
  • Only coursework successfully completed at other colleges and universities recognized by the six regional accrediting associations will be considered for transfer credit
  • The Transferring Credits Tool allows  students to enter courses taken from another institution and view Penn State’s evaluation of each course: Transferring Credits Tool.

Second, the academic department in which the student enrolls is responsible for determining how and if the credits may be applied to meet the requirements of the degree program.

If course work from a previous institution did not transfer as a direct equivalent to a Penn State course, it is possible to have the course reviewed for equivalency.  Students should obtain the syllabus for the course from their previous institution as it is generally required for the review process.  The student should meet with their academic adviser to discuss the potential for equivalency and the review process. Once the syllabi is reviewed by faculty and a decision is made, you will need to set up an appointment with an Adviser in the College of IST  (814-865-8947) to review your useable credits and help schedule your classes.

The answer varies for each student. There are many factors such as the number of transfer credits used to satisfy degree requirements, the sequence of courses, course load per semester, etc. Because of the unique nature of the IST and SRA courses, a student’s graduation date is likely to be extended. Most transfer courses will not be used to satisfy IST or SRA major or option requirements.

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(814) 865-8947

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