The Change-of-Campus Process

The Penn State 2+2 Plan offers you the opportunity to begin at one of our campuses and complete your degree at another campus. This is not a difficult process if you begin planning early. Here is a general timeline followed by most students making the transition to another Penn State campus:

First Year Spring:  

  • Begin exploring your options for completing your Penn State degree. Gather information about the other campuses
  • Identify and work with your assigned academic adviser to explore, clarify and/or change your choice of major.
  • Attend Link UP at University Park -- a one-day visit program for students considering a change of campus. Transportation is provided. 
  • Review the information provided in our Financial Considerations section to make an informed decision about cost of attendance. 

First Summer:

  • Penn State students may take classes at any Penn State campus during the summer. This may be a great time to "test drive" a different campus environment. 

Second Year Fall:

  • Meet with your academic adviser to make sure you are making positive academic progress. 
  • When you have met the criteria for entrance in to your intended major, submit your Change-of-Major application in LionPATH.  
  • Many campuses offer transition programs to prepare you for the change. Visit your Student Activities office for more information. 
  • Attend the Housing Fair at UP to learn more about housing options in State College (if considering a change to UP).
    • If you are hoping to live on campus, you should submit a contract for your current campus AND your intended campus. For additional information on this procedure, visit the Housing Office website
    • DO NOT sign an off-campus lease before you have been approved to change campuses. These are legally binding documents. 

Second Year Spring: 

  • Confirm your desire to change campuses in LionPATH using the Update Campus application
  • Meet with your academic adviser to schedule appropriate Fall courses at your new campus. 
  • Accept your on-campus housing contract for your new campus (if awarded a contract) or finalize off-campus housing.
  • Attend a Change-of-Campus Orientation to University Park event (if changing to UP) at a nearby campus or online.

If you are changing to University Park, your timeline continues from here:

Second Summer:

First Semester at University Park:


If you are changing to a campus other than University Park, you will want to contact your new campus for information about additional programming available to support you in your transition.

You should direct questions about your individual academic situation to your academic adviser in order to identify specific deadlines for any given year.


If you'll be changing campuses to University Park or are interested in learning more, see the links below!

Last updated: January 10, 2019