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Transferring to the College of Arts and Sciences
Navigate Admissions and Financial Aid

The College of Arts and Sciences is more than our interpretation of a liberal arts education, it’s the heart of what Penn values. It’s more than 50 majors. More than 2,000 courses. It’s a solid foundation of analytical and creative thinking. A launching pad for your future.   


As a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, you will likely take four or five courses per semester. The total number of course units required to complete a major varies from program to program, but is never less than 12. In addition to the major, you must complete up to 20 courses, including the College’s General Education requirements and free electives. This means that the total number of courses needed for graduation ranges from 32 to 36, depending upon the number of courses required in a particular major. You won’t be required to complete more than 36 course units, but if you wish to take additional courses, have at it.


You should review the web pages of specific majors to educate yourself about the prerequisites and course requirements before applying to the College of Arts and Sciences.

The individualized major is available only if you’re applying to study in your sophomore year at Penn, and if your proposed course of study is approved before your junior year, once enrolled at the University.

Potential transfer students who want to study the natural sciences or economics should have adequate prep in college-level calculus in order to be successful in these fields at Penn.

If you’re interested in a communication major, be aware that specific courses must be completed at Penn prior to declaring this major. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the major. This usually excludes junior transfers from declaring communication as a major.

A major in architecture is an option only if you apply during your freshmen year to study in your sophomore year at Penn. A portfolio is required for transfer applicants to architecture so we can be sure that you’re a good fit with our design studio structure.

For more details, please explore the School’s website.