Courses taken at other institutionally accredited1 colleges and universities will be accepted in transfer provided that these courses are comparable to courses offered at Penn College and are applicable to a degree program at Penn College. The College does not accept transfer credit for any courses taken as "Pass/Fail" except fitness or developmental courses that are never offered with a letter grade. Exceptions may be made in cases where an institution has implemented "Pass/Fail" grades for all courses on a temporary basis due to extenuating circumstances.
College credit earned before high school graduation will be evaluated only if the college where the course was taken issues an official college transcript. Students who have earned college credit before graduation from high school are subject to the same transfer protocol as are those transferring credit from other colleges.
Students considering transferring to Penn College should begin the application and enrollment process early. Transfer credit evaluations typically take 10-14 business days to complete, but during peak periods may take as long as four weeks.
1 Credits from post-secondary institutions that are not institutionally accredited may be recognized on an individual basis as determined by the academic school.
A student wishing to transfer from another college must follow these steps:
- Complete the steps of the Admission Process.
- Request that registrars of all previously attended colleges send official transcripts directly to the Penn College Admissions Office (not issued to the student). The College also may request a high school transcript.
- Upon request, provide course syllabi or a college catalog to the Registrar's Office for use in evaluating courses completed at another institution.
International Transfer Students: Your official secondary (and postsecondary, if you have studied previously at another postsecondary institution) school records must be evaluated by an organization recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Your official records and official evaluation should be sent directly to Penn College from the evaluation service – not from you. If you studied previously at an institution in the U.S., please request that institution to send your official transcript(s) directly to Penn College.
Additional information is available on the College's Transfer website.
Courses taken previously at another institution will be evaluated on course equivalency to determine relevancy and fulfillment of curriculum objectives within the chosen Penn College major. The credit transfer will not be considered finalized until the Admissions Office receives an official transcript from the institution where the course was completed.
Transfer Course Equivalency
Find courses that transfer to/from Penn College
Course transfers will be considered and implemented under the following parameters:
- It is the student's responsibility to submit official college transcripts and course syllabi for courses not already included in the College's listing of approved transfer courses.
- It is the student's responsibility to make certain all courses have been evaluated prior to scheduling to avoid repeating any coursework.
- Coursework considered for transfer must be completed within the 10 years prior to enrolling at Penn College. Coursework older than 10 years will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- Majors with selective admission requirements may have additional restrictions on length of time allowed for evaluation of coursework. Restrictions are outline in the special admissions requirements section of the College Catalog, if applicable for the major.
- The College may recognize credits from post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by recognized institutional accreditation agencies, including stand-alone courses or training (including military). These courses may be considered for alternative credit (e.g., work/life experience)
- When applicable to the chosen major, 1 credit of fitness may be awarded for military service basic training.
- Credit awarded through articulation agreements are predefined within the specific agreements between Penn College and other institutions. All other graduation requirements and transfer limitations apply.
- In evaluating credits from another college/university, Penn College will only consider those courses earned through coursework taken at that institution, not credits that the institution has granted through transfer or credit-by exam. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis when higher-level coursework has been successfully completed at the transferring institution.
- The Registrar's Office, in conjunction with the academic schools, will attach the courses approved for transfer to the student's academic record and send e-mail notification of the transcript evaluation to the student. Students wishing to appeal a decision can do so by meeting with the school dean, who makes the final determination regarding course equivalency.
- Courses to be considered for transfer must have been completed with a grade of 'C' (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.
- Transfer students will enroll without a graduation grade-point average.
- All transfer credit will appear on the student's official transcript after the student successfully completes 12 credits of academic work at Penn College.
- Transfer credit will appear on the transcript with credit value only and will therefore, not figure in the graduation grade-point average.
- Students transferring credits must meet all graduation requirements, including the established minimums that dictate the number of credits that must be completed at Penn College to earn a bachelor's degree, associate's degree, or certificate.
Associate-Degree and Certificate Majors
Transfer credit refers to credit for courses earned at another institution, college credit earned before high school graduation, service credit, and credit earned through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
Each bachelor of science degree major has specific procedures for incoming transfer students. Transfer protocols for these majors are detailed on the Curriculum page for each bachelor-degree major.
Among the transfer credit and graduation requirements referenced above are the following key points:
- You must earn a C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better for the course to transfer. The course transfers as credits without a grade and will not impact your Penn College GPA.
- Your transfer credits cannot impede your ability to meet the minimum credit requirements of your degree, as established in the College's Graduation Requirements Policy.
- The College does not accept transfer credit for any courses taken as "Pass/Fail" except fitness or developmental courses that are never offered with a letter grade. Exceptions may be made in cases where an institution has implemented "Pass/Fail" grades for all courses on a temporary basis due to extenuating circumstances.
Official transcripts are needed from all previously attended colleges or universities. If you have not completed an associate's degree at another institution, also send an official transcript from each high school you attended or your official GED score report. Arrange for your official transcripts to be sent directly to the address below.
Admissions, DIF 119
Pennsylvania College of Technology
One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701
Official transcripts that are sent electronically may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.