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Get Into a Smeal Major

No early entry into a Smeal College of Business major

The Smeal College of Business is one of the top business schools in the country.  Due to the popularity of our majors, all have enrollment controls.  As a Smeal student, it is critical that you understand all the policies and entrance-to-major requirements for Smeal business majors.

In recent years, The Smeal College of Business has experienced enrollment demand that has exceeded the college’s physical capacity to serve all desired applicants without compromising the quality of a Smeal College education.  As a part of the plan to manage the high demand, it was determined that there would be no early entry into a Smeal major due to our administrative enrollment controls.  In addition, capacity for each course for all Smeal College academic majors has been calculated to ensure each student will have the opportunity to graduate on-time.  To honor the commitments made to our students, pre-major students may not enroll in upper division courses designated for Smeal College majors.  Exceptions will not be granted for pre-major students to be exempted from this policy.

Smeal Business Core

Contact Information
Contact information for Business Core and Junior Core
Course Descriptions (MGMT 301, MKTG 301, FIN 301, SCM 301)
Course Descriptions (MGMT 301, MKTG 301, FIN 301, SCM 301)
Business Core Examination Procedures (E-Testing)
Business Core course exams E-Testing
General Information and Instructions
Business Core General information and instructions
Business Core
The Business Core is comprised of four core courses all Smeal College of Business undergraduate students must take before they graduate. The courses are: MGMT 301, MKTG 301, FIN 301 and SCM 301.
Junior Core Documents
Exam Schedules
Business Core exam Schedules

Campus

Business programs throughout the Penn State system

Penn State University offers nineteen campuses throughout Pennsylvania that offer business programs to undergraduate students.

Links are provided on the map below to direct you to each location within Penn State.

Interactive Pennsylvania MapYork CampusBrandywine CampusAbington CampusBerks CampusLehigh Valley CampusSchuykill CampusHazelton CampusWilkes-Barre CampusShenango CampusMont Alto CampusHarrisburg CampusAltoona CampusFayette CampusGreater Allegheny CampusUniversity Park CampusDubois CampusNew Kensington CampusBeaver CampusShenango CampusErie Campus

Change of Campus

Change of campus information

Change of Campus

Undergraduate degree-seeking students admitted to the University as a first-year student may begin at one of twenty Penn State campuses. All of these campuses generally provide the basic foundation courses required of first- and second-year students.

Permanent Change of Campus to University Park

Pre-major students in Smeal (BA) or the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) who begin their academic career at a location other than University Park must be accepted into a Smeal major through the entrance-to-major process prior to applying for a permanent change of campus to University Park.  

The request for a permanent change of campus is a separate step that must be initiated by the student after receiving a conditional or permanent offer to a Smeal major.  Students will initiate this request using the Update Campus application found on the Student Center.

Under strict academic standards and rationale, students may request an early change of campus. These requests must first be approved by the student’s current campus.  Such requests are considered, but are tempered by instructional capacity.  Students should work with their academic advisor and campus representative to review criteria for changing prior to submitting their request in the Update Campus application.

Change of Campus from University Park to another Penn State Campus

Students at University Park who wish to relocate to another Penn State location must discuss this option with their adviser in the Smeal Undergraduate Advising Center, 202 Business Building (814-863-1947).

Resources for Change of Campus Assistance

For more information about making the transition to University Park, please visit: 

Petition for Department Review to Change Major

Petition for department review to change major

 

In order to request a change of major, students must be in their first semester of official enrollment in a Smeal College of Business major and currently taking coursework towards that major. 

Within Entrance to Major (ETM) Credit Window:

Students who are still within the entrance-to-major credit window (44.0 to 59.0 completed Penn State credits) should use the Update Academics module in LionPath to change their major within Smeal, subject to meeting entrance requirements for the requested major. 

Beyond the Entrance to Major (ETM) Credit Window:

Students with 59.1 or more completed Penn State credits desiring to change from one major to another within the Smeal College of Business must meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be in their first semester of permanent enrollment in a Smeal College of Business major and must be currently taking coursework towards that major.
  • Only students on semester leave of absence for study abroad, an internship or co-op during their first semester of permanent enrollment in a major may request to change their major at the end of their second semester of permanent enrollment in a Smeal College of Business major.    

Requests are considered on a space available basis without guarantee of approval.  Students must meet the academic entrance requirements of the desired major as established during the entrance to major period.  Academic performance in courses considered relevant to the major will be taken into consideration by the academic department housing the major.

Capacity Limits:

All programs are now at or over capacity, therefore choices are limited.  It is recommended that a student contact his or her assigned academic adviser regarding availability within specific majors.

The following majors are NOT accepting new applicants due to overcapacity:

  • Finance (FIN) major
  • Risk Management major with Actuarial Science (RM-ACTSC) option


Process:

  1. Complete the Change of Major Petition Form and attach a letter with supporting documentation (if applicable) explaining why the change of major is being requested.
  2. Submit a completed form and supporting material to your assigned academic adviser prior to the deadline.


Submission Deadline for Fall 2017 semester:

  • Students must submit the completed Change of Major Petition Form and attach a letter explaining why the change of major is being requested no later than Friday, December 8, 2017
  • No petitions will be accepted after this deadline. 
  • All petitions are reviewed at the end of the academic semester.
  • Students will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of this process by Friday, January 5, 2018.

 

Students requiring further information should contact the Smeal Advising Center at (814) 863-1947.

Entrance to Major Requirements

This is the Smeal College of Business entrance to major requirements

Students admitted to the Smeal College of Business as first-time students are placed in pre-major status (B A) while completing entrance requirements for one of the eight business programs available.  These entrance requirements are a combination of overall and specific grade point averages in courses at Penn State along with completion of business foundation and supporting courses.  

Applying for a major, known around campus as the Entrance to Major process, occurs within a defined window of completed cumulative credits at Penn State.  This occurs traditionally during the student’s second year of study.

Once a student has completed or has in progress the necessary entrance to major courses and has attained the specified overall cumulative grade point average, the student can apply for a Smeal College major.  This process must be completed within the specified window of completed cumulative credits, so all students must plan accordingly. 

In order to receive final approval for a Smeal major, students must maintain the initial criteria and additionally, attain a specific cumulative GPA in the entrance to major courses.

Requirements for Conditional Approval into a Smeal major

Students apply for their major of choice upon meeting the following:

  1. Must be enrolled at Penn State as a pre-major student in the Smeal College of Business (B A) or in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS).
  2. Complete or be currently enrolled in all Entrance to Major courses, including obtaining grades of “C” or better in specified courses.
  3. Attain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 or higher for all majors except Finance (FIN) which requires a GPA of 3.50.  This cumulative GPA must also be met at the conclusion of the entrance to major process.
  4. Students may only apply for a Smeal College major upon earning a minimum of 44 cumulative credits but no more than 59 cumulative credits earned at Penn State and have all entrance to major courses are either completed or in progress.

For example: A student in BA pre-major status or DUS may apply for the accounting major if he/she is:
1)  Within the credit window of 44 to 59 Penn State earned credits.
2)  Has all of the entrance to major courses completed or in progress    
3)  Has a cumulative GPA of a 3.20 (even if their ETM GPA* is below a 3.20 at the time of application)
 
If all of the above are met, the student will receive a conditional offer for the accounting major. The student must successfully complete his/her remaining entrance to major courses and achieve a 3.20 or higher cumulative GPA and a 3.20 or higher cumulative ETM GPA at the conclusion of the semester for the conditional offer to be confirmed. If entrance to major criteria is not successfully completed, the student will be changed back to their prior academic status.
 
* The cumulative ETM GPA refers to the GPA earned from taking the entrance courses required for all Smeal majors.

Requirements for Final, Confirmed Approval into a Smeal major

Students receive a final approval for a Smeal major upon meeting the following:

  1. Must be enrolled at Penn State as a pre-major student in the Smeal College of Business (B A) or in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS).
  2. Complete all Entrance to Major courses, including obtaining grades of “C” or better in specified courses.
  3. Attain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 or higher for all majors except Finance (FIN) which requires a GPA of 3.50. 
  4. Attain a cumulative GPA of 3.20 in the entrance to major courses (as listed below) for all majors except Finance (FIN) which requires a cumulative GPA of 3.50 in these courses. 
  5. Students may only apply for a Smeal College major upon earning a minimum of 44 cumulative credits but no more than 59 cumulative credits earned at Penn State and meeting the entrance to major criteria.*

* If entrance to major criteria is not successfully completed, the student will be changed back to their prior academic status.

Entrance to Major Courses

Eight entrance to major courses are required for all majors (nine for the actuarial science option in Risk Management):

  • English Composition (ENGL 015 or ENGL 030)
  • Calculus (MATH 110 or MATH 140) * #
  • Microeconomics (ECON 102)
  • Statistics (SCM 200 or STAT 200) *
  • Management (MGMT 301) *
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting (ACCTG 211) *
  • Marketing (MKTG 301) *
  • Finance (FIN 301) *

* These courses require a grade of “C” or better.

# The Actuarial Science option in the Risk Management major requires MATH 140 and MATH 141 with grades of “C” or better.

In order to promote student academic success, the Smeal faculty has designated the successful completion of specific "entrance-to-major" courses prior to the beginning of “major field” course work. In order to ensure all students are equally prepared for success, the Smeal College of Business requires that the following “entrance-to-major” courses must be completed at a Penn State campus: Accounting 211, Management 301, Marketing 301, and Finance 301.  Therefore, transfer courses or those designated as direct equivalent courses for the four courses above listed will not be credited toward Smeal entrance-to-major progress.

General transfer credits may not be used for entrance-to-major courses.

Cumulative Grade Point Averages

Finance (FIN) - 3.50 cumulative GPA in all entrance to major courses along with an overall (all courses) cumulative GPA of 3.50.

All Other Smeal Majors - 3.20 cumulative GPA in all entrance to major courses along with an overall (all courses) cumulative GPA of 3.20

Other Smeal Majors include:

  • Accounting (ACCTG)
  • Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIENT)
  • Management (MGMT)
  • Management Information Systems (M I S)
  • Marketing (MKTG)
  • Risk Management (R M) with three options
  • Supply Chain and Information Systems (SC&IS)

Smeal’s Entrance to Major GPA Predictor

There are many factors that go into qualifying for a major in the Smeal College of Business. This tool is designed to facilitate discussion with your academic advisor. The numbers, interpretations, or other statements produced by this tool are not final and conclusive and thereby do not guarantee acceptance into a Smeal major. It is important to consult with your academic adviser to verify your qualification for an academic major under the applicable standards.

The interpretations provided by this tool are based on information obtained from Penn State's University Faculty Senate Policies for Students and the University Undergraduate Advising Handbook. Because this information is subject to change, it is important that you also consult with an academic adviser to make sure that the information is current and applicable to your situation.

Smeal's Entrance to Major GPA Predictor tool: https://php.smeal.psu.edu/uge/predictor

 

Cumulative Credits

Matriculating from pre-major status to enrollment in a major is contingent upon the timing and completion of cumulative credits at Penn State.

  • Cumulative credits are credits (courses) taken at Penn State. 
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credits and credits earned at other institutions are included in Total Credits but are not included in the cumulative credit total.
  • Once a minimum of 44 cumulative credits but no more than 59 cumulative credits are earned and entrance to major criteria is met, students apply for a major.
  • Typically the application period (44-59 credits) is during the spring semester of the second year of study.
  • Students who have completed 59.1 or more cumulative credits who are still in pre-major status become ineligible to apply for a Smeal major and will become ineligible to continue their enrollment in the college.

Moving to University Park

Information for students moving to University Park

Many Smeal College students begin their business education at Penn State locations other than University Park. Students enrolled in majors in the Smeal College of Business are expected to attend University Park to complete their junior and senior years. The Smeal College acknowledges this transition poses challenges to students. The following information is provided to assist with this transition.

Housing Options

Once approved for a change of campus location to University Park, you will need to make housing arrangements. Most students have the option of living on- or off-campus. For information about on campus housing, visit the Housing and Food Services Web site. Information on off campus living may be obtained by visiting the Office of Off-Campus Living.

Visiting University Park

You are encouraged to visit University Park prior to your relocation. Visiting students may want to schedule an appointment to meet with a Smeal academic adviser. To arrange for a visit, please contact the Smeal Undergraduate Advising Center at 814-863-1947.

Maps and Parking

A visitor's guide is available online. It includes a campus map, directions to University Park and an interactive parking guide.

Resources

For more information about making the transition to University Park, please visit the INTRO home page. This is a comprehensive listing of information about programs, housing, and other resources.

Students are encouraged to make an appointment with their academic advisers at the beginning of their first semester at University Park. Students are required to bring a degree audit to each adviser meeting. Adviser contact information and degree audit information can be found on LionPATH.

Pre-Major Planning

Pre-Major Planning at Smeal

Students pursuing a Smeal College major enroll in foundation business courses, related courses, first-year seminar, foreign language, and general education courses during their first two years at Penn State. Course requirements and minimum grade standards are set according to the year and semester you begin at Penn State. These first two years are considered the pre-major years and students follow the standards and requirements in place at the time they first enter Penn State.

For Students Entering Penn State Summer 2017, Fall 2017, or Spring 2018

Entrance to a Smeal College major is based on University policy, which outlines strict procedures for applying to and being offered enrollment in a Smeal College major. Offers are competitive and decisions are based on the following:

  • Must be enrolled at Penn Stat as a pre-major student in the Smeal College of Business (BA) or in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS).
  • Complete or be currently enrolled in all Entrance-to-Major courses: ECON 102 , [ENGL 015 or ENGL 030], [MATH 110 or MATH 140], ACCTG 211, [SCM 200 or STAT 200], MGMT 301, MKTG 301, and FIN 301.
  • Obtain grades of "C" or better in [MATH 110 or MATH 140], ACCTG 211, [SCM 200 or STAT 200], MGMT 301, MKTG 301, and FIN 301.
  • Additional requirements for the Actuarial Science option in the Risk Management major include MATH 140 and MATH 141 with grades of "C" or better.
  • Attain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 or higher for all majors except Finance (FIN) which requires a GPA of 3.50.  This cumulative GPA must also be met at the conclusion of the entrance to major process.
  • Attain a GPA of 3.20 in the entrance to major courses for all majors except Finance (FIN) which requires a GPA of 3.50 in these courses.
  • Students may only apply for a Smeal College major upon earning a minimum of 44.0 cumulative credits but no more than 59.0 cumulative credits at Penn State and meeting the entrance to major criteria.

Recommended Academic Plan

Two Year Recommended Academic Plan

1st Semester

2nd Semester

PSU 006 (1-2)
§ ENGL 015 or ENGL 030 (GWS) Composition (3)
§ MATH 110 or MATH 140 (GQ) Calculus (4)
§ ECON 102 (GS) Microeconomics (3)
Foreign Language 001 (4)

§MGMT 301 Basic Mgmt Concepts (3)
§SCM 200 or STAT 200 (GQ) Statistics (4)
Foreign Language 002 (4)
General Education Natural Science (GN) (3)

3rd Semester

4th Semester

§MKTG 301 Principles of Marketing (3)
§ACCTG 211 Fin/ Managerial ACCT (4)
US Cultures (GA/GH/GS) (3)
ECON 104 Macro-economics or General Ed (GH/GS/GA) (3)
Foreign Language 003 (4)

§FIN 301 Corporate Fin (3)
SCM 301 Supply Chain Mgmt or ENGL 202D (GWS) - Business Writing (3)
CAS 100 (GWS) Speech Communication (3)
Gen. Education Natural Science (GN) (3)
International Cultures (GA/GH/GS) (3)


§ Entrance-to-Major requirement.


Courses highlighted in BOLD require a grade of "C" or better.

Courses italicized fulfill general education requirements.

Re-Enrollment

Re-enrollment information for Smeal College of Business

Re-enrollment allows a former Penn State degree candidate who has interrupted continuous enrollment to resume degree candidacy. If a student was previously dropped from degree status due to poor scholarship, reinstatement is also needed prior to submitting a request for re-enrollment. For students who had a GPA below 2.00 and who have not been enrolled for a period of four years or more years, academic renewal may be an option.

Re-enrollment

Re-enrollment is based upon University Policy 58-00 which allows former degree candidates to resume degree candidacy. Students are eligible for re-enrollment if they are in good standing (GPA of 2.00 or higher) and:

  • Withdrew from the University while in good standing
  • Interrupted continuous degree enrollment during the fall or spring semester
  • Cancel a leave of absence
  • Return for graduation

Students who left in good standing and who are re-enrolling into their previous major (providing the major is not controlled and is currently offered) will be approved to re-enroll. Students in pre-major status and those who were enrolled in a controlled major and students wanting to re-enroll into a discontinued major should contact the Smeal College Advising Center at 814-863-1947 to discuss their eligibility and options.

Re-enrollment Process

  1. Complete the Re-enrollment Form and return it to the University Registrar's Office or at the campus you plan to enroll.
  2. A $20.00 re-enrollment fee is required to initiate the request.
  3. The University Registrar's Office notifies students of the decision regarding re-enrollment.

For detailed information regarding the Re-enrollment process, visit the University Registrar's Web site.

Re-enrollment For Graduation

If you are planning to graduate during the current semester and need to re-enroll, you must contact the Smeal College AIRRAS Office located in 203 Business Building (814-865-3475) at least one month before the end of classes to be certain you have fulfilled all requirements and can be added to the graduation list.

Reinstatement

Smeal College students who have been dropped from the University for unsatisfactory scholarship (poor grades) and who wish to return to degree status must request reinstatement to degree candidacy (University Policy 54-80) if the following two conditions have been met:

  • Reduced their grade-point deficiency to zero thus having a Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher (Smeal College requirement)
  • Have reviewed with their adviser the entrance-to-major requirements, minimum GPA, and semester enrollment standards needed for enrolling or re-enrolling into a Smeal College major.

Reinstatement Process

  1. Complete a Reinstatement Form and return it to the University Registrar's Office or at the campus you plan to enroll.
  2. A $35.00 reinstatement fee is required to initiate the request.
  3. The University Registrar's Office notifies students of the decision regarding reinstatement.

Academic Renewal

Academic renewal (University Policy 58-60) provides an opportunity for former students to resume their academic career without being penalized by their past academic record. As a result of Academic Renewal, the following outcomes apply:

  • Cumulative GPA starts over
  • Prior academic records remains unchanged on the official student transcript. A notation will be included that academic renewal was granted.
  • Total credits completed will be recalculated to include only courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • The number of Late Drop credits will be reset to 16 credits.

Eligibility Criteria for Academic Renewal in the Smeal College of Business

  • Minimum period of four years without enrolling in any Penn State credit courses.
  • Previous Cumulative GPA was less than a 2.00.
  • Students are eligible for enrolling in a Smeal College major based upon entrance-to-major requirements, minimum GPA, and semester enrollment standards.

Academic Renewal Process

  1. Complete an Academic Renewal Form and return it to the University Registrar's Office or at the campus you plan to enroll.
  2. Previous degree candidates apply for academic renewal before applying for re-enrollment.
  3. Previous nondegree-conditional students apply for academic renewal before requesting reinstatement.
  4. The University Registrar's Office notifies students of the decision regarding academic renewal.

documents

Change of Major Petition Form PDF
Change of Major Petition Form for the Smeal College of Business
Change of Major Petition Form
Change of Major Petition form revised 6/21/17

Images

Map of Penn State University Commonwealth Campuses
Map of Penn State University Commonwealth Campuses
Map of Penn State University Commonwealth Campuses
Map of Penn State University Commonwealth Campuses

Change of Major Petition Form

Petition for Department Review for Change of Major in Smeal College of Business

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Change of Major Petition Form

Change of Major Petition Form for the Smeal College of Business

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Change of Campus Checklist

This is the checklist for change of campus students new in their majors and coming to UP

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