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

There are two 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.

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

Also, the Lehigh Valley admissions staff will do a preliminary evaluation if you prefer to do this in person during an appointment.

Official Admissions Information for Transfer Students


Download the Transfert Student Checklist

Click on the image above to download the Transfer Student Checklist .pdf

Transfer Guides


Diversity at PSU-LV

Student Handbook 2010-2011