Transfers and Withdrawal from Penn
Students who wish to apply for an internal transfer between any of the four undergraduate schools should meet with an advisor in their home school as well as an advisor of the school they wish to enter. Applicants should be prepared to discuss why the curriculum of the school to which they are applying for transfer is a good fit for their academic interests and goals.
- Students are not eligible for transfer until they have completed 8 c.u. (or two semesters, whichever comes later) at Penn.
- Applications for internal transfer will not normally be considered after the end of the sophomore year.
- Students applying for internal transfer must be in good academic standing in their home school and should have no NR's, GR's or I's on their record.
- Internal transfers to any of Penn's undergraduate schools or divisions are not eligible to transfer again within the University.
- External transfers admitted to any of Penn's undergraduate schools or divisions are not eligible to transfer again within the University.
- Students in Penn's College of Liberal and Professional Studies are not eligible to apply for an internal transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences.
Students with questions about transferring into the College should call 215.898.6341 and make an appointment to speak with Dr. Niel McDowell.
Transfer into the Wharton School
Students should be aware that there are specific eligibility requirements for those wishing to transfer into the Wharton School and that the process is very competitive. Students who transfer to the College with junior standing, whether they are internal or external transfers, may not apply for a dual degree with Wharton.
The application for internal transfer into the College is now open. All applications must be submitted no later than December 17, 2018.
Students whose curricular interests change after they have matriculated into one of the other full-time undergraduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania (Engineering, Nursing or Wharton) may apply to transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences. Any student considering such a transfer should call 215.898.6341 and make an appointment to meet with Dr. Niel McDowell in the College Office to discuss her or his academic interests and plan for completing a College degree. In preparation for this meeting, the student should:
- Review the curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences and consider possible majors
- Create and update a College worksheet on Penn InTouch.
The Internal Transfer Committee will look for indications of future success in the College by reviewing students’ academic records from Penn and their high school. Since this is a competitive process, applicants who wish to pursue a liberal arts program are encouraged to consider opportunities at other institutions as well.
The College will consider applications of students who have demonstrated an interest in the liberal arts and completed at least two semesters and 8 c.u. at Penn. Competitive candidates will typically have a minimum Penn g.p.a. of 3.0 and high school grades and testing consistent with College of Arts and Sciences freshmen.
Applications will not be considered after a student’s fourth semester at Penn. All applicants are expected to be in good academic standing at the time of applying to transfer to the College, have no incomplete coursework, and be in no pending cases before the Office of Student Conduct. Students may apply through May 15 for entry the following fall, and December 15 for the following spring.
External transfers admitted to any of Penn's undergraduate schools or divisions are not eligible to transfer again within the University.
Students in Penn's College of Liberal and Professional Studies are not eligible to transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn.
A student who wishes to withdraw from Penn must inform the College Office in writing by filling out the Withdrawal from the University form. If a student withdraws after the fifth week of the semester, all course grades from that semester will be reported on the transcript as W (withdrawal).
Once the Withdrawal is finalized, students are advised to contact any relevant offices and follow their specific procedures and deadlines.