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:
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.