Chance of being accecpted in spring as new student.

<p>I am currently enrolled this fall at LockHaven University as a Political Science major. However I wish to switch to PennState UP spring 2012 for Political Science. My only concern is my SATs were far from great but my GPA is good! Here's what were looking at.</p>

<p>-GPA: 3.9 (weighted)
- SAT: 520 (reading) 490 (math)
-7 honor courses, 1 AP
-Member of NHS, President of The French Club, ran cross country, member of planet, and played tennis. Community service went along with being in NHS.</p>

<p>Just trying to get a rough idea of what my chances would be this spring. Thanks.</p>

<p>I think the first thing you need to do is call admissions and ask for advice based on your situation, and also ask whether you’d be considered a transfer student or a new student. That will affect the timeline of when you can apply. By the way, I’ve never known of any new freshmen students who started at UPark in spring, so I’m guessing it’s pretty rare, but again admissions may be able to shed some light on that. </p>

<p>Depending on what admissions says, you may decide that you are better off waiting and apply for next fall. </p>

<p>But to answer your original question, Penn State puts more emphasis on GPA than SAT scores for admission decisions, so that would work in your favor.</p>

<p>Thanks for the reply! I emailed PSU Admissions earlier this past week (Plan on talking to them in person Wednesday when I go up to UP, or calling them this week) and they wrote me back. He said " You could still apply as a first-year student for the spring 2012 semester at the University Park campus if you have completed 17-or-less credits at Lock Haven University." However, if I waited a year like you said and was considered a transfer student, wouldn’t I have to wait 2 years before I could apply for University Park?</p>

<p>Yes, I was thinking if you waited til next fall you’d need to take a semester off in order to stay under 17 credits. However, there are lots of issues to consider - for example, if you are getting financial aid, you need to make sure you take a certain number of credits in order to maintain elgibility. If you are going to UP this week, I’d definitely stop in and talk to them as it’s probably a complicated answer that can’t easily be addressed in an email.</p>