Actions Items for Admitted Transfer/Advanced Standing Students
Please read your Penn State email after being admitted to stay informed of upcoming deadlines and actions required by you as an admitted student.
Mathematics Placement Testing
Most students entering Penn State are required to take the ALEKS mathematics placement exam. As a transfer student, you may or may not be required to take the test. The test has nothing to do with your admission to the University, but is used to determine your level of mathematics ability for placement in the appropriate courses.
After your acceptance fee has been paid, the Academic Advising Center will contact you and provide any testing information that might be needed. The test can be taken online from your own computer.
Placement in Degree Programs
Some Penn State degree programs (including Penn State colleges and majors) may not be available to enter as a transfer/advanced standing student. Please contact the Admission office with any questions.
Government Issued Photo ID
Bring a Government Issued Photo ID to the Transfer Student Orientation program (TSO) in order to obtain your Penn State photo ID. Examples of approved IDs include a Driver’s License, Passport, Military ID, etc.
Meet with an academic/faculty adviser to schedule classes at the TSO. Be sure to bring your unofficial grade transcript as well as the official evaluation of your credits. At TSO, you will meet with faculty and staff, begin to develop goals for your time at Penn State, learn about campus resources, and schedule courses for your first semester.
Before proceeding with your required TSO, you must activate your Penn State Access Account. This may be different from the Friends of Penn State (FPS) account you created to apply to Penn State, and action is required on your part. Please check your email accounts regularly for TSO information.
Transfer Student Orientation
Once you activate your Access Account, TSO NSO is a two-step process:
Submit your immunization records
Penn State University requires degree-seeking students to be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella with additional strongly recommended immunizations. Follow the instructions on the Penn State Student Affairs site to submit your immunization records.
Penn State no longer sends paper bills. Bills are emailed to your Penn State email, which you set up when you attend TSO. The first bills go out in mid-July. Billing continues on a weekly basis for students scheduling after mid-July. Payment options are explained in the billing email and any financial aid awards are shown as a credit. A minimum one-third payment on your balance will be due three weeks after the billing date.
Additional questions about the advising process can be directed to Academic Advising at 814-949-5084.