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Division of Undergraduate Studies

 Advising Updates - Number 570

2010-2011 Administrative Enrollment Controls for Baccalaureate Majors (with Entrance Criteria)

Entering First-Year Students
(SU 2010, FA 2010, SP 2011)

2012 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 Robert Pangborn, Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education. 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
Management Information Systems 120
Marketing 300
Risk Management
  • Actuarial Science option**
  • Enterprise Risk Management option
  • Real Estate option
  • 120
    Supply Chain and Information Systems 300

    Entrance Criteria: Applicants to Smeal College majors must complete:
    • ECON 002, ENGL 015 or 030
    • ACCTG 211, FIN 301, MGMT 301, MKTG 301, SCM 200 or STAT 200, and MATH 110 or 140 with a grade of C or better

    #All BA and DUS students must attain a 3.00 GPA (3.50 for Finance) by the end of fall semester (third semester) immediately prior to the entrance-to-major process and maintain that GPA through to the end of the spring semester (fourth semester) to be guaranteed entrance to the respective major.

    If demand is insufficient from students with cumulative GPAs above 3.00 to fill any major to its prescribed limit (with the exception of the Actuarial Science option in Risk Management), available spaces will be filled by students whose cumulative GPAs are below 3.00.

    *Finance: Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.50 to be guaranteed admission.

    **Students choosing Actuarial Science as an option in the Risk Management major will be subject to a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average minimum to enter the option, must complete MATH 140 and MATH 141 with a C or better, in addition to other approved Smeal College entrance-to-major courses.

    For additional academic requirements related to entrance to major, see Smeal College Entrance to Major Requirements 2012.


    College of Communications

    Academic Majors Number of Juniors 
    to be Selected
    Advertising/Public Relations* 300

    Entrance Criteria: 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
    Chemical Engineering 150
    Civil Engineering 175
    Mechanical Engineering 230

    Entrance Criteria: Applicants to Engineering majors must have completed MATH 140, MATH 141, CHEM 110, and PHYS 211 with a grade of C or better.

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

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