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Students entering majors in Spring 2010

2008-2009 Administrative Enrollment Controls for Baccalaureate Majors (with Entrance Criteria)

Entering First-Year Students
(SU 2008, FA 2008, SP 2009)

2010 Spring Pool

The University's goal is to adjust to shifting student interests and to accommodate all qualified students in the undergraduate majors of their choice. When limitations of space, faculty, or other resources make this goal unattainable, the college dean responsible for the major may request administrative enrollment controls.

Entrance to majors with administrative enrollment controls is determined by enrollment in the appropriate college, completion of the application process, completion of specified courses, and academic performance. Applicants are considered for admission on the basis of their cumulative Penn State grade-point average (GPA) typically after three semesters. Provided that all of the other requirements for admission have been met, students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher cannot be denied entry to most controlled majors. However, special criteria apply to all majors in the Smeal College of Business, one major in the College of Communications, and one major in the College of Engineering.

The following information has been provided by Robert Pangborn, Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education. For additional information about administrative enrollment controls, consult the University Undergraduate Advising Handbook. For more information about a particular controlled major, contact the advising center of the appropriate college.


Smeal College of Business #
Enrollment Controls for Smeal College of Business
Academic Majors
Management Information Systems
Supply Chain and Information Systems

Entrance Criteria: Applicants to Smeal College majors must complete:

  • ECON 002, ECON 004, ENGL 015 or 030
  • ACCTG 211, B A 243 or 241 and 242, MIS 204, SCM 204, SCM 200, and MATH 110 or 140 with a grade of C or better

*Finance: Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.40 to be guaranteed admission.

#Based upon the review of the Central Enrollment Management Group, and beginning with students entering Penn State summer or fall 2007, any students not admitted to the Smeal College of Business must earn a 3.00 cumulative GPA at the end of their freshman year (completion of the second semester) to be eligible for a Smeal major. All students must also meet the entrance to major requirements for the Smeal program of interest as stipulated in the applicable entrance to major requirements for students in their sophomore year and be enrolled in DUS prior to the Entrance to Major process.

It is important to note that the two semester GPA requirement will include fall and spring semesters only. Generally, a student beginning during summer semester would have the subsequent fall and spring semesters to meet the 3.00 cumulative GPA requirement. A student beginning in the fall semester would have that fall semester and the following spring semester to meet the 3.00 cumulative GPA requirement. And, a student beginning in the spring semester would have that spring and the following fall semester to meet the 3.00 cumulative GPA requirement.



College of Communications
Academic Majors
Enrollment Controls for the College of Communications
Advertising/Public Relations*

Entrance Criteria: Applicants must be 4th semester or higher and have received a grade of C or better in ENGL 015 or 030 and ECON 102.

*Advertising/Public Relations: Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.30 to be guaranteed admission.


College of Engineering
Enrollment Controls for the College of Engineering
Academic Majors
Aerospace Engineering
Architectural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Entrance Criteria: Applicants to Engineering majors must have completed MATH 140, MATH 141, CHEM 110, and PHYS 211 with a grade of C or better.

*Bioengineering: Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.30 to be guaranteed admission.