Undergraduate Admissions

Penn State Structure

Penn State Viewbook

Why Penn State?

There are literally hundreds of reasons to choose Penn State. More than 160 baccalaureate majors … 1,200 student clubs and organizations … a system of 20 undergraduate campuses across Pennsylvania that enroll first year and transfer students … faculty internationally recognized for achievements in research and education … and foremost, Penn State's high-quality academics.

Choosing Your Semester

The Penn State academic calendar is organized in three semester sessions; fall, spring and summer. In general, transfer applicants may apply to enter Penn State at the start of any of these semesters. Some programs have specific requirements for entrance semester. Please review the Guidelines for Eligibility and When to Apply for Transfer Students pages for more information.

  • Fall semester starts in late August
  • Spring semester starts in early January
  • Summer semester starts in early May

Choosing Your Starting Campus

Penn State has twenty residential undergraduate campuses and the online World Campus. These campuses vary in size from just under 700 students (Penn State Wilkes-Barre) to approximately 44,000 students (Penn State University Park). We have campuses in small towns, rural areas, near big cities (such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) and in the quintessential college town of State College. A quality Penn State education comes in many shapes and sizes.

Most majors can be started at any campus. While most majors are finished at University Park, some majors can be started and finished at other campuses. All Penn State campuses offer baccalaureate (four-year) and associate (two-year) degree options.

Applicants with fewer than two years of course work at another university or college will be asked to start at a campus other than Penn State University Park and transition to Penn State University Park once they have completed the entrance to major requirements for their intended major or choose a degree program that can be completed at their starting campus.

Applicants with two or more years of course work from another university or college are eligible to start at Penn State University Park.

Choosing your Major

Penn State's 160 majors are organized into academic colleges arranged by discipline. Individual majors are housed in these colleges. Transfer applicants will be asked to identify a specific major when they apply. Applications are evaluated based on the standards set by the academic college housing the selected major.

Transfer students are admitted to an academic college in a pre-major status or to a specific major, depending on the admissions requirements of that major and the student's qualifications. For example, a student applying to the Psychology major who has not completed prerequisite courses may be admitted to the College of the Liberal Arts, where the Psychology major is housed, until the prerequisites for the major are completed.

The academic college that houses your selected major will determine where your degree program is completed.

Some majors have specific eligibility requirements and not all majors are available for transfer admission. Please review our general eligibility requirements (arranged by Academic College) for your major of interest.