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Division of Undergraduate Studies


 Advising Updates - Number 239

2002-2003 Administrative Enrollment Controls for Baccalaureate Majors (with Entrance Criteria)

Entering First-Year Students
(SU 2002, FA 2002, SP 2003)


2004 Spring Pool

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 one major in The Smeal College of Business Administration, two majors in the College of Engineering, and the Information Sciences and Technology major at University Park. For specific information, please refer to these sections.

The following information has been provided by John Romano, Vice Provost and Dean for Enrollment Management and Administration. 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 Administration

Academic Majors Number of Juniors
to be Selected
Finance* 300
Management 165
Management Information Systems 180
Marketing 300
Supply Chain and Information Systems 200

Entrance Criteria: Applicants to Smeal College majors must complete: ENGL 015 or 030, ACCTG 211, MATH 110 or 140, B A 241 and 242 or 243, ECON 002, ECON 004, M I S 204 or IST 110, CMPSC 203, MS&IS 200 or STAT 200.

*Finance: Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.20 to be guaranteed admission.

College of Communications

Academic Majors Number of Juniors 
to be Selected
Advertising/Public Relations 160
Film/Video 65

Entrance Criteria for the Advertising/Public Relations major: Applicants must be 4th semester or higher and have received a grade of C or better in ENGL 015 or 030 and ECON 002.

Entrance Criteria for the Film/Video major: Applicants must be 4th semester or higher and have received a grade of C or better in COMM 150 and a grade of B or better in COMM 242.

College of Education

Academic Majors Number of Juniors 
to be Selected
Elementary and Kindergarten Education 300
Secondary Education 215 (Total)
    English/Communication 
    Foreign Language/Bilingual Education
    Mathematics 
    Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, and Physics 
    Social Studies 
Special Education 50

Entrance Criteria: Applicants to the above Education majors must meet the following criteria: a GPA of at least 3.00; a grade of C or better in all specified courses; qualifying PRAXIS scores in mathematics, reading, and writing; documentation of at least 80 hours of education work experience with learners of the same age group the applicant plans to teach; completion of at least 48 semester hours as specified by the major, including a field experience, a core of education courses, ENGL 015 or 030, three credits of literature, and six credits of quantification; and approval from the professional education adviser or the head of the major.

Specific entrance requirements for each major are available at http://www.ed.psu.edu/educ/current-students/undergraduate/certification/criteria-table.

Source: Horst von Dorpowski, Assistant Dean, College of Education

College of Engineering

Academic Majors Number of Juniors 
to be Selected
Architectural Engineering 100
Bioengineering* 30
Computer Engineering/Computer Science (combined limit)* 140
Mechanical Engineering 230

Entrance Criteria: Applicants to Engineering majors must have completed MATH 140, MATH 141, CHEM 012, and PHYS 211 with a grade of C or better. (Note: for Computer Science majors, CSE 120 would replace CHEM 012.)

*Applicants to Bioengineering and Computer Engineering/Computer Science must have a GPA of at least 3.20 to be guaranteed admission.

School of Information Sciences and Technology

Academic Major Number of Juniors
to be Selected
Information Sciences and Technology, University Park only 200

Entrance Criteria: Student must have completed IST 110, 210, and 220 with a grade of C or better.

Students who have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20 are guaranteed entrance to the major as juniors if they have completed each of the required courses with a grade of C or better and are in one of the following statuses: (1) baccalaureate status in the School of IST or (2) baccalaureate status in DUS.

If there is space after all of the students who meet these criteria have been accepted, the remainder of the 200 openings in the major will be filled by those applicants from all campuses, colleges, and DUS who have the highest cumulative GPAs. To be eligible to compete for these openings, students must have (1) been admitted as first-year students in summer or fall 2002 or spring 2003 and (2) completed each of the required courses with a grade of C or better.

Source: Stanley Supon, Administrative Director, Undergraduate Programs, and Senior DUS Programs Coordinator in the School of Information Sciences and Technology


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