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Students entering majors in Spring 2012

2010-2011 Administrative Enrollment Controls for Baccalaureate Majors (with Entrance Criteria)

Entering First-Year Students
(SU 2010, FA 2010, SP 2011)

2012 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
Risk Management
  • Actuarial Science option**
  • Enterprise Risk Management option
  • Real Estate option
Supply Chain and Information Systems

Entrance Criteria: Applicants to Smeal College majors must complete:

  • ECON 102, ENGL 015 or 030
  • ACCTG 211, FIN 301, MGMT 301, MKTG 301, SCM 200 or STAT 200, and MATH 110 or 140 with a grade of C or better

#All BA and DUS students must attain a 3.20 GPA (3.50 for Finance) by the end of fall semester (third semester) immediately prior to the entrance-to-major process and maintain that GPA through to the end of the spring semester (fourth semester) to be guaranteed entrance to the respective major.

If demand is insufficient from students with cumulative GPAs above 3.20 to fill any major to its prescribed limit (with the exception of the Actuarial Science option in Risk Management), available spaces will be filled by students whose cumulative GPAs are below 3.20.

*Finance: Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.50 to be guaranteed admission.

**This administrative enrollment control takes into account the already approved academic controls for Actuarial Science as an option in the Risk Management major where students must complete MATH 140 and MATH 141 with a C or better and earn a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 prior to and through to the end of the semester during which the entrance-to-major process is carried out, in addition to other approved Smeal College entrance-to-major courses.


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
Chemical 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.