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How to Change Your Campus

Procedures for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences to change campuses at Penn State.

Ag Students at a Commonwealth Campus

All students who begin their studies at a Penn State campus are expected to complete their first two years at that campus. In general, students enroll at their starting campus until reaching fifth-semester standing, as long as the campus can continue to provide a viable academic schedule of classes.

Students enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences typically follow this "2+2 Plan." Sophomore students should communicate with their academic advisors to determine the semester in which the transition will take place. The student must declare their major before submitting a request for change of campus, along with having a GPA of 2.0 or higher. The transition request is initiated by the student in LionPATH. Students should take the initiative to confirm their transition semester and to take any needed action to secure housing after receiving approval of request, create a University Park schedule of classes, and discuss academic majors with University Park academic program coordinators.


To initiate a request for an early change of campus, the student should meet with his/her academic advisor to discuss the reason for the request. The student can then make a formal request on LionPATH. The request will be evaluated to determine if the early change is warranted. If the change is not approved, the campus contact will notify the student. See: http://www.registrar.psu.edu/change_campus/contacts.cfm

University Park staff are notified of all requests for early change of campus and work with academic program coordinators to make a final decision. Decisions are based on many factors including, but not limited to, the reason for the request, the availability of required courses at the current campus, academic performance (must have a 2.0 GPA), and the ability of the student to make normal academic progress toward his/her intended major at the current campus. Making these decisions is a very thoughtful and researched process, and it is not based solely on intended major or amount of credits earned.

Ag Students at University Park 

Students may request a temporary change of campus for one semester only (fall or spring) for academic or personal reasons (policy D5). Students requesting this change must document clear and compelling reasons why this request should be considered.

If the request is approved:

  • it is valid for one semester only
  • the student's location will automatically change back to their current campus at the end of one semester
  • the student will retain the same academic adviser while at the temporary location

To initiate a request for a temporary change of campus, the student should meet with his/her academic advisor to discuss the reason for the request. The student can then make a formal request on LionPATH. The request will be evaluated to determine if the temporary request is warranted. If the change is not approved, the student will be notified.  

Any questions regarding change of campus can be directed to Jenneth Layaou.

Contact Information

Jenneth R. Layaou
  • Director of Campus Enrollment and Retention
Phone: 814-867-0383