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Division of Undergraduate Studies


 Advising Updates - Number 413

2006-2007 Administrative Enrollment Controls for Baccalaureate Majors (with Entrance Criteria)

Entering First-Year Students
(SU 2006, FA 2006, SP 2007)


2008 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, one major in the College of Communications, and one major in the College of Engineering.

The following information has been provided by Randall C. Deike, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Executive Director for Undergraduate Admissions. 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

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

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, and MS&IS 200 or STAT 200.

*Finance: Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.30 to be guaranteed admission.

**Supply Chain and Information Systems: Emergency enrollment control effective January 17, 2007.

College of Communications

Academic Majors Number of Juniors 
to be Selected
Advertising/Public Relations* 270

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

*Advertising/Public Relations: Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.30 to be guaranteed admission.

College of Engineering

Academic Majors Number of Juniors 
to be Selected
Aerospace Engineering 100
Architectural Engineering 100
Bioengineering* 40
Computer Science and Computer Engineering (combined limit) 190
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 122 would replace CHEM 012.)

*Bioengineering: Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.30 to be guaranteed admission.


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