Transfers: Admission Requirements

Transfers: Admission Requirements

Transfer Requirements

Transfer admission to Penn State Wilkes-Barre is possible after applicants have completed 18 semester hours of credit. Most programs require a minimum grade point average of 2.0, although programs in engineering and the sciences typically require a cumulative average of at least a 2.5. Education programs typically require a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Certain programs may also require the completion of prerequisite courses.

For admission to Penn State's University Park campus, applicants must have completed 2 years of college-level work and have strong academic records. Certain programs have more stringent grade point average requirements and may also require the completion of prerequisite courses.

Transfer student admission decisions are made on the basis of several combined factors:

  • The total number of credits a student has accumulated from all colleges and universities attended.
  • The total grade point average (GPA) from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Choice of major.

Transferring Credits

Penn State will evaluate for possible transfer course work that is equivalent to course offerings at Penn State. The following information refers to courses completed at other colleges or universities in the United States.

To see if specific courses from another university will transfer, please check our transferring credits tool.

Course work successfully completed at other colleges and universities that are recognized by the six regional accrediting associations will be considered for transfer credit.

To be eligible for review:

  • The grade received in the course must be equivalent to a "C" (2.0) or higher 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.
  • College level course work completed at colleges or universities that are licensed by state boards of education to award associate degrees (or higher) but that are not members of one of the six regional accrediting associations may be eligible for credit by validation.

Penn State credits are expressed in semester hours. Courses evaluated for transfer from colleges and universities with different credit systems (quarter hours, units) are converted to semester hours of credit.

The Undergraduate Admissions Office determines which credits will transfer to the University, whereas the academic unit to which the student has been admitted determines how credits will be used to fulfill degree requirements in a student's program of study.