37-00 Entrance to a College or Major
37-30 Entrance to and Changes in Major Programs of Study
37-70 Academic Classification of Students by Semester
- A candidate seeking entrance to a major or desiring to change from one
college to another, or from one major to another, or from the Division of
Undergraduate Studies to a college, may do so provided any enrollment ceilings
of the college or major have not been reached and provided the candidate
satisfies the following minimum academic requirements:
- Meets the entrance requirements (Carnegie Units) of the college the student
wishes to enter.
- Demonstrates at least a C (2.00) cumulative average for all courses taken at the University subject to the conditions of Section 51-50.
- Satisfies any additional academic requirements that have been proposed by the college or the major and approved by the dean of the college and the University Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education. Requirements for entrance to a college shall be those in effect at the time of the student's most recent admission to degree candidacy (see Section 82-20). The candidate also must obtain certification from the dean of the college in which the candidate desires to enroll that all entrance to major and change of college requirements have been met.
- The dean of the college, with the approval of the program faculty, may approve exceptions for individual students for entrance to a college or major that is deemed academically appropriate, provided no students meeting criteria a, b, and c are being denied entrance because of enrollment ceilings.
- Apply no more than 91 credits of previous work toward a degree in the new college. Exceptions would be allowed under senate policy 37-30 (1)(d), provided any controlled majors had not reached approved control limits.
- The dean of the college, in accordance with the policies and
procedures of the college or major, may require that a student enrolled in the
college gain entrance to a major at the beginning of either the student's third
or fourth semester and no later than prior to the beginning of the
fifth-semester classification. A student who fails to gain entrance to a major
prior to the semester classification specified by the college may be required to
disenroll from the college at the discretion of the dean (see Section 54-56.1).
- A candidate desiring to change from a college or major to the
Division of Undergraduate Studies must obtain the approval of the director of
the Division of Undergraduate Studies.
- As soon as a change of major is approved at the dean's level. the
administrative responsibility for the student is transferred, and a new adviser
is appointed. In most circumstances, an approved change of major is then
entered into the academic records database, though not during a final
examination period. However, an approved change either between a two-year and a
four-year program or between degree and nondegree status for an enrolled student
may not be entered in the academic records database after the end of the add
period or before the end of the subsequent final examination period. For each
grade reporting period, the transcript will show the student's recorded major at
the time the grades are reported
|Revised: 3/5/53 (as Rule D-1)
Revisions to Policy 37-70 were approved by the Senate on December 6, 2011.
Implementation pending ACUE action.
To view revisions, see the legislative report.
A degree candidate's semester classification is based upon the following
table of total credits earned:
|Total Credits Earned*
|13 or fewer
|13.1 to 27
|27.1 to 43
|43.1 to 59
|59.1 to 75
|75.1 to 91
|91.1 to 107
|107.1 to 123
|123.1 to 139
|139.1 to 155
|155.1 or more
*Total credits earned equal the accumulation of all Penn State credits
successfully completed by letter grades A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, or symbols
SA, R, S; credits by examination as defined by Section 42-50; and credit granted
by transfer from other colleges and universities as defined in Sections 42-80
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