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Advanced Placement

Visit the PSU Admissions website for information on earning credit from Advanced Placement (AP) exams, including specific scores need to earn Penn State credit.

Procedure to Transfer Credits:

After you have completed the AP test you must send an official transcript from The College Board to:
Penn State University
Undergraduate Admissions
201 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802

Another College or University

A student considering taking a course at another institution should consult with an academic adviser to decide if it is to his/her advantage. For example, it may not be advisable for a student to take a course at another institution if he/she needs to improve his/her cumulative grade-point average.

Penn State's Database of Evaluated Courses

Using the Transferring Credits application on eLion, or the on-line Transfer Course Evaluation Guide, a student can check Penn State's database to determine (1) what institutions offer a course that is equivalent to a Penn State course of interest or (2) what equivalent courses are offered at a particular institution. If a course of interest is found in the database, the student should follow the instructions in Student Action for Transferring a Course. If a course is evaluated as general credit the student should meet with a Campus Degree Coordinator if the major is completed at Penn State Lehigh Valley or a College Representative if the major is completed at another campus to determine if the general credit can be substituted for a degree requirement.

Courses Not Included in Penn State's Database

If a course is not included in the database, then it may be considered for transfer if it meets specified criteria (criteria used to consider courses for transfer into Penn State credit). A student may use another institution's catalog and schedule of courses to identify a course that he/she would like to have evaluated. The student should provide a course description and completed transfer course evaluation form to an admissions counselor (by mail or appointment) for evaluation. Undergraduate Admissions will evaluate the course and contact the student regarding its transferability.

Procedure to Transfer Credits

After you have completed the course you must send an official transcript to:

Penn State University
Undergraduate Admissions
201 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802

You must earn a C or better for credits to be transferred. The credits are added to your Penn State Transcript but the grades are not transferred and will not affect your PSU cumulative GPA.

College-Level Exam Program (CLEP)

Student may be able to earn Penn State credit based on CLEP exam performance. For additional information about this process, please visit Penn States CLEP informational site.

After you have completed the CLEP test you must send an official transcript from The College Board to:
Penn State University
Undergraduate Admissions
201 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802

Military Experience

Veterans or active members of the armed services or reserves may be eligible for credit from educational experiences. To learn more, visit the Penn State Admissions website.

From DSST Exams

DSST exams are another way that students may be able to transfer credits into Penn State. To learn about required scores and the transfer process, visit the informational website.

From International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams

Students who have taken International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations may be able to earn Penn State credit based on their scores. For more information about the transfer process for this type of credit, please visit the Penn State Admissions information page.