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Transferring to the College of Arts and Sciences

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 sets a foundation of analytical and creative thinking that will serve as a launch 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 you may take additional courses if you wish.


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.

A portfolio is required for transfer applicants to our major in architecture to ensure alignment with our design studio structure.

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