Additional Resources - Guide for Taking Transferring Courses from Other Institutions

KINESIOLOGY ADVISING CENTER: Guide for Taking Transfer Courses

WILL THE COURSE TRANSFER?

  • Start at https://www.admissions.psu.edu/my_admissions/tas to see if a course offered at another academic institution is a direct equivalent to a course at Penn State.
  • If a course is not in the database, please follow the instructions below:

For current Penn State students planning to take transfer courses at another domestic institution:

To expedite the course review process, please email course syllabi to preapproval@psu.edu. If not available electronically, please mail syllabi to Undergraduate Admissions, The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Shields Building, University Park, PA 16802-1294. You may also fax syllabi to 814-863-7590. Please reference your PSU ID number in all communications with Penn State.

If emailing syllabi, please follow these instructions:

  • Include your name and PSU ID number in the subject line.
  • Indicate the institution and state where course work was taken. Include course credit amount.
  • Attach each syllabus as a separate .PDF or Microsoft Word file.
  • Attach no more than four syllabi per email.
  • Do not send syllabi for multiple institutions in the same email.
  • Please do not submit brief course descriptions instead of syllabi. Course descriptions are only accepted in extenuating circumstances (e.g. school no longer exists).

It can take up to six weeks from the date a syllabus is received to the time you are notified via your PSU email about how the course will transfer to Penn State. Students are also encouraged to meet with an academic adviser before enrolling in courses to determine how transfer credits may apply to their Penn State degree.

For students who have not yet been admitted to Penn State:

To expedite the course review process, please email course syllabi to preapproval@psu.edu. If not available electronically, please mail syllabi to Undergraduate Admissions, The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Shields Building, University Park, PA 16802-1294. You may also fax syllabi to 814-863-7590. Please reference your PSU ID number in all communications with Penn State.

It can take up to six weeks from the date a syllabus is received to the time you are notified via email about how courses will transfer to Penn State.

For students already admitted to Penn State who have completed college courses at another institution:

To expedite the course review process, please email course syllabi for TRN XFRPEN (transfer pending review) courses listed on your Evaluation of Transferable Credit to crediteval@psu.edu. If not available electronically, please mail syllabi to Undergraduate Admissions, The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Shields Building, University Park, PA 16802-1294. You may also fax syllabi to 814-863-7590. Please reference your PSU ID number in all communications with Penn State.

It can take up to six weeks from the date a syllabus is received to the time your Penn State record is updated from a TRN XFRPEN to a specific course evaluation. We encourage you to submit course syllabi for transfer pending review courses as soon as you are able. If you do not submit your course information, your transfer pending review credits will be reassigned to general credit (TRN XFRGEN) during your first semester of enrollment at Penn State.

LionPATH is the best place to monitor your transfer credit. Your Transfer Credit Report updates immediately upon departmental review of your XFRPEN courses, or additional transfer credit is added or updated on your Penn State record. You can access LionPATH at lionpath.psu.edu. To view your course, test, and other transfer credit evaluations, navigate to the Academics tab, select Academic Records within the Academics menu, and click View Transfer Credit Report.

For current domestic or international Penn State students planning to take international courses (not through Penn State’s Global Programs Education Abroad Office):

University Park students must collect course syllabi and determine which college/university will provide the official transcript for study abroad courses. You can then meet with an admissions counselor to discuss how study abroad credit will transfer to Penn State. Counselors are available for walk-in appointments Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm, in the Undergraduate Admissions Office, 201 Shields Building. If you prefer, you may also email course syllabi to admissions@psu.edu to determine how study abroad credit will transfer to Penn State. Please reference your PSU ID number in all communications with Penn State. Students are also encouraged to meet with an academic adviser before enrolling in the courses to determine how study abroad credits may apply to their Penn State degree.

It can take up to six weeks from the date a syllabus is received to the time you are notified via your PSU email about how the course will transfer to Penn State. Students are also encouraged to meet with an academic adviser before enrolling in courses to determine how transfer credits may apply to their Penn State degree.

Commonwealth campus students must collect course syllabi and determine which college/university will provide the official transcript for study abroad courses. You can then email the Undergraduate Admissions Office at admissions@psu.edu to determine how study abroad credit will transfer to Penn State. Students are also encouraged to meet with an academic adviser before enrolling in the courses to determine how study abroad credits may apply to their Penn State degree.

Here are some of the things faculty look for when reviewing a syllabus:

  • Name of institution
  • Number of credits the course is worth
  • An official course description (helps determine if the course is for majors or non-majors)
  • Any required co-requisite or pre-requisite courses
  • Topics covered by class meeting (not just course objectives)/ schedule of course content
  • Grading criteria: what was graded and how much was it worth
  • How many exams, paper assignments, textbooks or readings are required
  • Textbook(s) used with chapters/sections/topics covered (course content)
  • Information about any readings besides the textbook
  • Science courses: presence of a lab component with the kinds of labs done and how much the lab counts; be sure to send both the lecture and the lab syllabus
  • Music courses: how many hours a week, what instrument or voice, individual or class lesson, major/minor/non major

HELPFUL TIP:

If you need to request a course syllabus and no longer have your instructor’s contact information, search the college’s directory online. If you do not remember the instructor or if the instructor is no longer there, search the website for the department chair for the subject for which you need a syllabus. Email the chair and/or assistant with your request.

WILL THE COURSE COUNT?

There is a difference between a course transferring and a course being applicable toward graduation requirements. Some courses transfer as direct equivalents to PSU courses (for example, PSYCH 100). Other courses transfer, but not as direct equivalents. If a course is not a direct equivalent to a PSU course, consultation with a KINES adviser is recommended.

COURSES WHICH ARE NOT DIRECT EQUIVALENTS TO PSU COURSES

IF a course is not a direct equivalent, the following transfer codes can assist you:

  • XFRGA - Arts Courses
  • XFRGH - Humanities Courses
  • XFRGHA - Health and Physical Activity Courses
  • XFRGN - Natural Sciences Courses
  • XFRGS - Social and Behavioral Sciences Courses
  • XFRGQ - General Quantification Courses
  • XFRGWS - General Writing/Speaking Courses
  • XFRIL - International Cultures Courses
  • XFRUS - United States Cultures Courses
  • XFRGEN - Courses that transfer XFRGEN must be evaluated for applicability towards graduation requirements in the student’s program of study. Please see your assigned academic advisor for further information.

HOW TO GET THE CREDITS TRANSFERRED TO PENN STATE?

1. Please be aware that grades do not transfer, only credits.

2. In order for the credits to transfer, a grade of C or better must be earned.

3. Upon completion of a transfer course, please request to have an official transcript sent to Penn State.* If your school requires an email address to send a transcript electronically, please use admissions@psu.edu. If mailing, send to:

The Pennsylvania State University

Undergraduate Admissions

201 Shields Building

University Park, PA 16802-1294.

If you need the credits to be recorded expeditiously for graduation, add “Attn: Graduation” to the address above. Any delay in having transfer credits sent could delay your graduation. NOTE: We recommend that all transfer credits be reviewed and posted to your PSU transcript prior your last semester at Penn State.

4. There are nominal fees to get an official transcript sent and to have Penn State record the credits.