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how do i start the transfer process?

Complete the undergraduate application.

Pay the application fee ($35 online or $40 paper application).

Submit all transcripts from any post secondary institution attended to PennWest Clarion electronically at the inbox or via the mailing address: PennWest Clarion Admissions Office, 840 Wood Street, Clarion, PA 16214.
(Notes: High school transcripts or GED required for those who have fewer then 15 transferable credits and/or are applicants for the ASN or BSN. In addition, SAT or ACT test scores are NOT required for transfer students.)

additional requirements

All college-level credits from postsecondary institutions with CHEA-recognized accreditation will be accepted in transfer, regardless of how the prior learning was acquired. The intent of this policy is to maximize the application to degree requirements of college-level credits awarded by such accredited institutions. Review of learning from non-accredited institutions will be evaluated locally on a student by student basis.


  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

To earn a degree from PennWest Clarion, you must complete a minimum of 30 of your last 60 credits and at least 50 percent of the major credits through PennWest Clarion curriculum. Residency policy for incoming students.

  • Business majors are required to transfer a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Education majors are required to transfer a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher.
  • Nursing majors are required to transfer a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher ASN & BSN; 2.5 or higher RN-BSN.

If you have questions or concerns about these program GPA requirements, please call and discuss your options with the Admissions team 1-800-672-7171 option 1.

Reverse Transfer

The 14 community colleges in the state and 14 State System universities recently signed a statewide reverse transfer agreement. This will allow students who have earned at least 60 total credits to apply for an associate degree from the community college where they started.

Students are eligible to participate if they have transferred in at least 45 credits from the most recently attended PA Community College to a PA State System University, have completed at least 15 credits at the PA State System University, earned a grade point average of 2.00 in their courses at the four-year university, and have no financial holds on their student account.

If you believe that you would be a candidate for this program and would like to participate, complete the Reverse Transfer Participation and Transcript Request Release form, and submit it to the Registrar's Office, 148 Becht Hall or mail it to the Registrar's Office at 840 Wood Street, Clarion, PA. 16214.

If you have questions about what courses are needed to satisfy your PA Community College degree, please contact the community college.

Frequently Asked Question on reverse Transfer Agreement between Pennsylvania Community Colleges and
the Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.

If you have any questions regarding reverse transfer, please contact the Registrar's Office at 814 393 2229 or

Transfer Student Scholarship

Up to $2,000 is available.

Transfer students with a cumulative 3.0 or better (averaged from all of the previous institutions attended) are eligible to receive a renewable (up to eight semesters) award upon transfer to Clarion provided certain criteria are met.

Also, non-Pennsylvania residents living in University Housing are eligible for a 2-year room award ($3,000 per year).

Eligibility will be determined through the admissions process and awards will be given until funds are depleted.

For more information regarding criteria for PennWest Clarion transfer scholarships contact the Admissions Office at 800 672 7171 (ext. 1) or visit Financial Aid/Scholarships.

Questions? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Transfer Admission
Phone: 814 393 2306
Fax: 814 393 2030

Office address: 314 Becht Hall
Mailing address: 840 Wood St., Clarion, Pa. 16214

Last Updated 4/24/23