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Smeal College Entrance to Major Requirements


Students admitted to Penn State are enrolled in pre-major status while pursuing their interested major. All Penn State majors have established enrollment requirements which can range from an acceptable Grade Point Average (GPA) up to meeting competitive course, unit (credit), and GPA standards within a defined period. In the Smeal College of Business, the requirements for entering a major require careful planning along with a dedicated commitment to performing at a high academic level.

Students interested in a Smeal College major follow the guidelines and requirements that are in place for each major at the time they first entered Penn State. Known as the Entrance to Major (ETM) process, applying and entering a major occurs within a defined window of completed Penn State cumulative units (credits), attainment of an established minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA), and completion or in-progress in all prescribed ETM courses within a defined period.

Entrance to Major (ETM) requirements are established annually based on enrollment patterns at Penn State for each incoming class. Students select the ETM requirements below that align with the Academic Year they entered Penn State.

Smeal College of Business Entrance to Major (ETM) Requirements

ETM Requirements for Academic Year 2023-24 (Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024)

ETM Requirements for Academic Year 2022-23 (Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023)

ETM Requirements for Academic Year 2021-22 (Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022)

ETM Requirements for Academic Year 2020-21 (Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021)

ETM Requirements for Academic Year 2019-20 and Earlier

Links to Degree Planning Policies, Procedures, and Information


PLEASE NOTE: Smeal College of Business Residency Policy - Pursuant to accreditation standards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Smeal College of Business requires that all upper-division courses within the sponsoring department must be completed in residence at University Park under the instruction of Smeal College faculty.