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Who is a Transfer Student?

A transfer student is an applicant who has earned a high school diploma or the equivalent and has attempted at least 18 credits at another regionally-accredited college or university before enrolling at Penn State.

Transfer Student Checklist

NOTE: A student who has completed less than 18 semester credits should apply to Penn State as a first-year student.

Types of Transfer Students:

  • Lower Division Transfer Students

    Students who have attempted 18-57 semester credits at a regionally-accredited institution may be considered for transfer admission to Penn State Lehigh Valley or locations other than University Park.
  • Upper Division Transfer Students

    Students who have attempted 58 credits or more at a regionally-accredited institution may apply for admission to any Penn State location.

Additional Information

Prospective students who would like to know whether credits earned at another institution are transferable to Penn State are invited to use the online course evaluation guide. This guide is also useful to current students who may be considering taking summer classes at another institution.

The Lehigh Valley admissions staff will is willing to do a preliminary evaluation during an appointment for students who would prefer to do this in person.  Please contact the Admission Office to schedule an appointment.

Official Admissions Information for Transfer Students