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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Opportunities for Credit Acquisition

Credits are awarded on the semester-hour basis. The distribution of time between class activities and outside preparation varies from course to course; for the average student, however, at least forty-five hours of work per semester planned and arranged by the University faculty are required to gain 1 credit.

Course credits may be acquired by instruction as defined in Policy 42-23 in Policies and Rules; by examination as discussed below; by transfer from other regionally accredited colleges and universities as discussed under the heading Admission with Advanced Standing; by transfer from colleges and universities outside the United States as defined in Policy 42-84 in Policies and Rules; by validation from colleges and universities that are not regionally accredited but award associate degrees or higher as defined in Policy 42-86 in Policies and Rules; by educational experiences in the Armed Services as defined in Policy 42-98 in Policies and Rules; and by educational credit for Training Programs in Noncollegiate Organizations as defined in Policy 42-99 in Policies and Rules. Additional information about credit acquisition can be obtained by contacting the Undergraduate Admissions Office, The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Shields Building, Box 3000, University Park, PA 16804-3000; 814-865-5471, or by contacting an admissions officer at any University location.

For more information, see: Policies and Rules for Undergraduate Students


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