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Transfer Credit Pre-Approval Form

*NOTE: The summer 2017 pre-approval course evaluations will be valid for all transcripts received by May 31, 2018. After this date, these pre-approved courses will be subject to a new course review by Penn State.


The first step in the process of having a course pre-approved for a Penn State course equivalent is to locate the course on the transfer credit tool https://www.admissions.psu.edu/my_admissions/tas/.  Follow the prompts on this page “for Penn State students” and if the course has already been reviewed by the Penn State Admissions Office you need to make sure that you print a copy of the page indicating the Penn State course equivalency.  Then follow the steps guiding you on how to finalize the transfer of the course once you have successfully completed the course.  Please remember that it is the student’s responsibility to keep a copy of the course transfer page in the event that the course is subsequently removed from the database system.  If a student does not maintain a copy and the course is no longer on the transfer database when it is transferred to Penn State, the department does not need to accept the course equivalency.


If the institution and course does not appear in the Admissions transfer course evaluation database, please follow the steps below carefully.  Due to the high number of requests, please expect at least 30 days for the pre-review if all information is successfully completed and submitted.

  1. Complete the departmental review form below.
  2. Attach a copy of the current syllabus for the course you wish to have reviewed.  A course description is not the same information as a syllabus; please do not submit a course description.  We need detailed information that only a syllabus can provide.
  3. If a course is not included in the Admissions database, it may be considered for transfer if it meets specified criteria.  The institution must be accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies.  Member institutions are:
    1. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools;
    2. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools;
    3. New England Association of Schools and Colleges;
    4. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
    5. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and
    6. Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
  4. Provide a screenshot or .pdf of the institution information on the appropriate accreditation website as listed above.
  1. Please remember that the course must be appropriate for the student’s level: students in a four-year program must take baccalaureate-level courses.
9-digit number on your ID card
Please use the following format: (814) 555-5555

Please be sure to include at which campus location you are enrolling.

I understand that by submitting this information for pre-evaluation, I am requesting that the course be reviewed by the Department of English as a direct equivalent course. This evaluation is only effective for one year and no later than May 31, 2018.

I understand that this review is final.

I understand that it is my responsibility to keep copies of this review and provide the necessary information to my academic adviser.

I understand that it is my responsibility to follow the necessary steps set forth by the Penn State Office of Admissions to have the course transferred to Penn State upon successful completion of the course with a grade of C or better.

I will have an official transcript sent to Penn State’s Undergraduate Admissions Office in 201 Shields Building, University Park, PA 16802.


Please submit the syllabus as a .pdf file. Note: you must submit a syllabus. A course description is not sufficient.

Submit a .pdf file or screenshot that provides proof that the institution where you intend to take this course is accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies listed above.