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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.