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Petition for Dean’s Review for Change of Major

Change of Major process at Smeal

Requests by current sophomores (who were first-time students who entered Penn State Summer 2012,  Fall 2012 or Spring 2013) for consideration for a change of major into another Smeal College major will be reviewed at the end of their sophomore year Spring 2014 semester and at the end of the Fall 2014 semester of their Junior year. Both the Fall 2013 and the Spring 2014 cumulative GPA must meet the established criteria of the major. Requests will be considered on a space available basis for those students who were originally given a conditional offer of a Smeal College major.  Change is not guaranteed and applicants must meet established course and cumulative GPA criteria for the desired major.

View Entrance to Major Requirements 2014.

A student may request a Dean’s Review for Change of Major at the end of the Spring 2014 semester and the end of the Fall 2014 semester. Most programs are now at or over capacity, therefore choices are limited. It is recommended that a student contact his or her assigned academic advisor regarding availability within specific majors. For Sophomore students presently in DUS or at a Penn State location other than University Park, please contact Smeal College Undergraduate Advising at (814) 863-1947. Thereafter, a Petition for Dean’s Review for Change of Major can be completed and submitted to one’s academic advisor.

View Change of Major Petition form.

There will be two reviews for possible change of major:

1.    Sophomore students applying for possible change of major at the end of the Spring 2014 semester need to submit the completed Petition for Dean’s Review for Change of Major form and attach a letter of justification no later than Friday, May 2, 2014.  Students submitting requests for review by the established deadline will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of this process by May 23, 2014.

2.    Junior students applying for possible change of major at the end of the Fall 2014 semester need to submit the completed Petition for Dean’s Review for Change of Major form and letter of justification no later than Friday, December 12, 2014. Students submitting requests for review by the established deadline will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of this process by  Friday, January 9, 2015.

Students requiring additional information should contact Robert Elliott, Entrance-to-Major Coordinator, at:  rhe2@psu.edu or 814-863-1947.