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Transfer Credit

Generally speaking, transfer credit is awarded for academically-based courses that were taken at a regionally accredited institution, were passed with a grade of C or better, and are similar in content and instructional time to the courses on Penn’s campus.

At Penn, credit is awarded in course units. The normal course load results in eight to nine course units each year. Courses taken for fewer than 40 contact hours each term won’t transfer but, when appropriate, will be combined with other courses to give credit.

Credits transferred from other institutions will become a part of your official record, but grades will not be placed on the transcript nor used in determining your cumulative grade point average.

The Office of Admissions examines your transcripts and sends an evaluation of transferable credit within approximately three weeks of the offer of admission. Penn will not pre-evaluate transfer credit prior to acceptance; transfer credit is awarded after matriculation. Penn will send each accepted applicant a preliminary evaluation that predicts which classes will transfer, however it’s not guaranteed. Courses will transfer if they are similar in content, credit hours, and passed with a C or better. If you want to know if your classes will transfer, search Penn's course register and see if there are equivalent courses at Penn.