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Students entering majors in Spring 2017

2016-2017 Administrative Enrollment Controls for Baccalaureate Majors (with Entrance Criteria)

Entering First-Year Students
(SU 2016, FA 2016, SP 2017)


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, one major in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, 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 the Smeal College of Business
Academic Majors
Accounting
Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Finance
Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing
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 have:

  • completed 44-59 credits at Penn State (actual credits taken at the University)
  • completed ECON 102 and ESL 15, ENGL 15 or 30
  • completed with a grade of C or better: ACCTG 211, FIN 301, MGMT 301, MKTG 301, SCM 200 or STAT 200, and MATH 110 or 140 (MATH 140 and 141 are required for the Actuarial Science option of Risk Management)
  • Earned a minimum of 3.20 CGPA (3.50 for Finance)
  • Earned a minimum GPA of 3.20 (3.50 for Finance) in all of the above eight courses (nine for the Actuarial Science option of Risk Management)

 

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

Entrance Criteria: Applicants must have:

  • completed 40-59 credits at Penn State (actual credits taken at the University)
  • completed with a grade of C or better: ECON 102 and ESL 15 or ENGL 15 or ENGL 30
  • Earned a minimum of 3.30 CGPA

 

 

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Academic Majors
Enrollment Controls for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Entrance Criteria: Applicants must have:

  • completed 40-59 credits at Penn State (actual credits taken at the University)
  • completed with a grade of C or better: MATH 140 and 141, CHEM 110 and 112, and PHYS 211
  • Earned a minimum of 3.30 CGPA

 

College of Engineering
Enrollment Controls for the College of Engineering
Academic Majors
Aerospace Engineering
Architectural Engineering
Biomedical Engineering *
Chemical Engineering *
Civil Engineering
Computer Science / Computer Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering *
Nuclear Engineering

Entrance Criteria: Applicants must have:

  • completed 40-59 credits at Penn State (actual credits taken at the University)
  • (for engineering majors) completed with a grade of C or better: MATH 140, 141, and 250 or 251; CHEM 110; and PHYS 211 and 212
  • (for Computer Science) completed with a grade of C or better: MATH 140, 141 and 230; CMPSC 122; PHYS 211 and 212

* Applicants must have earned a minimum of 3.20 CGPA