Up to 50% of the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree may be met with work completed at an institution accredited by one of the following regional bodies:
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- Higher Learning Commission
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation
If you’re considering applying to the BAAS program and would like to receive a preliminary transfer credit evaluation before submitting your application, our program team is available to assess your previous college-level coursework. To begin the process:
- Start an application for the BAAS (standard admission or gateway) in our online application system
- Upload your unofficial transcript(s) and complete the academic background page in the application system. You do not need to submit the application in order for us to complete your preliminary evaluation, but we do need to receive your transcripts through the application system.
- Email us at email@example.com to request a transcript evaluation. Include your first and last names and “Transfer credit evaluation” in the subject line.
Official transfer credit evaluations are not completed until after you are admitted and enrolled in the BAAS program.
Credits must be submitted for transfer evaluation by the end of your first semester at Penn. Copies of all previous course syllabi are necessary for the transfer credit evaluation process. Credits transferred from other institutions will become a part of your official record, but former grades will not be placed on the transcript or used in determining the cumulative grade point average.
If you are a transfer student, we encourage you to begin the transfer credit evaluation process upon accepting your offer of admission to the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program. Courses completed at institutions outside the US may qualify for transfer credit on a case-by-case basis. Please note that students who have completed a bachelor's degree at another institution may not apply previously earned credits toward the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree.
Transfer Credit Distribution
Credits transferred from another institution can be distributed as described in the table below:
|Credits Required at Penn||Transfer Credits Allowed||Total Courses and Credits Required|
|Foundational Requirements||4 courses
(16 credits, 4 c.u.*)
(16 credits, 4 c.u.)
(32 credits, 8 c.u.)
(3+ basic or 2+ advanced clusters)
(36 credits, 9 c.u.)
(12 credits, 3 c.u.)
(48 credits, 12 c.u.)
(42 credits, 8 c.u.)
(40 credits, 10 c.u.)
(60 credits, 15 c.u.)
(60 credits, 15 c.u.)
(120 credits, 30 c.u.)
You can transfer in up to four courses (16 credits) from a regionally accredited institution to apply towards any foundational requirements with the exception of the Writing Requirement, which must be taken at Penn. Transfer credits cannot be used toward any of the 12 Leadership and Communication concentration courses.
*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.