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Transfer Students

Transfer students are an important part of our campus community and make up a significant portion of Keystone College’s incoming class each year. We offer generous scholarships and award generous transfer credits to students transferring from a variety of two and four-year schools. 

Who should apply as a transfer student?

If you have attempted at least 12 or more college credits (non-developmental) at another college or university (excluding courses taken while in high school), you can apply to Keystone College as a transfer student. If you’re unsure of your status at the school you are attending, or previously attended, we recommend that you contact the registrar’s office at that institution.

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Office of Admissions
570-945-8111 or
Location: Sabiston Hall
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Accepted students

We’ve got a few checklist items to ensure your first year at Keystone is unbelievable.

Transfer Credits

Credits may be applied for students seeking a bachelor’s degree.

75 credits

Credits may be applied for students seeking a associate degree.

32 credits

Transfer credits will only be awarded for courses with a grade of ‘C’ or higher. Grades of “P” or “S” are not accepted for credit. See the College Catalog for more information on transferring credits.

Transfer Thursdays

Learn all about Keystone College and the services we offer for our Transfer Students! You will be able to bring your college transcripts to receive an instant admissions decision on the spot, as well as a transfer credit evaluation!

Transfer tips from a Keystone Student

Thinking about transferring to Keystone College? Check out these tips from Keystone student Amy Franklin in this Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society blog post. Read advice on navigating the transfer process and acclimating to your new school.

Partnerships and Transfer Agreements

In order to make the transfer process as seamless as possible, we have entered into agreements that are major-specific with the following institutions. The agreements apply to students who have earned an associate degree from one of these institutions with a GPA of 2.0.

Dual Admission:
Keystone College has entered into a Dual Admissions Agreement with the following schools. Students enrolled in an Associate degree program at the partner school can be admitted into a bachelor’s degree program at Keystone, with guaranteed third year (junior) status, on the condition that they graduate from the partner school with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and complete a “Dual Admissions Intent” form by the beginning of their third semester. Additional benefits may be available to dual admission students. Interested students should contact their school for details of the agreement.

  • Johnson College
  • Montgomery County Community College

Articulation Agreements:
Keystone College has also partnered with several schools to offer major-specific transfer articulation agreements in order to ensure a seamless transfer process. Under these agreements students will be guaranteed third year (junior) status in the articulating program. Interested students should contact their school or the Keystone College Office of Admissions for details of the agreements, including a list of transferable and recommended courses.

  • Bucks County Community College

  • Camden County College

  • Corning Community College

  • Harrisburg Area Community College

  • Johnson College

  • Lackawanna College

  • Lehigh Carbon Community College

  • Luzerne County Community College

  • Montgomery County Community College –  Dual Admission

  • Northampton County Community College

  • Susquehanna County Career Technology Center


Prior Learning Credits

Adult students can receive prior learning credits for the knowledge they have already gained prior to enrolling at Keystone College. The College believes that learning acquired outside of the classroom is valuable and may be eligible for college credit.

Local Transfer Credit Equivalencies

Hundreds of courses transfer from our local schools!

Disclaimer: This information is provided as a reference for use when considering transferability of coursework from other area institutions. Transcripts and courses are still evaluated on an individual basis. This information is not a guarantee of transferability.
Questions regarding the acceptance of coursework from other institutions should be directed to the Registrar’s Office at registrar@keystone.edu. Keystone College reserves the right to change this information at any time.

Applying to Keystone

You should receive your admission and scholarship decision from Keystone no more than two weeks after all of the required documentation is submitted. 

Instant Decision
Instant decisions are available upon request during any campus visit. There is no commitment to receive an instant decision; just the benefit of knowing of your acceptance sooner!

To expedite the instant decision process, it is recommended that you complete an application prior to your visit.

Preferred Application Deadlines

Fall Term:   July 1 – Resident Students   |   August 1 – Commuter Students*
Spring Term: December 15

*Housing deposits must be received by May 1 in order to be guaranteed housing for the fall.

Important Codes: SAT code: 2351 ACT code: 3602 | FAFSA: 003280

1. Application

Two different ways to apply:
  1. Applying to multiple colleges?
    Students who plan to apply to multiple schools that accept the Common App, should submit the Common App.
  2. Applying to just a few colleges?
    Students who plan to apply only to a few schools should choose the Keystone College Online Application or download, print and submit a paper application.

2. File Your FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you’d like to be considered for federal and state financial aid. The FAFSA can be filed after October 1st.  If you are a Pennsylvania resident you MUST file by May 1st to be considered for the state grant.

3. High School Transcripts

Request an official high school transcript* from your high school guidance counselor, or send official GED test scores (if applicable).

Your guidance office can send via a secure electronic transcript service, or they can mail to:

Office of Admissions
One College Green
PO Box 50
La Plume, PA 18440

4. Test Scores (Optional)

If received, test scores will be considered. Admissions may request test scores in some cases. Test scores can be submitted by requesting a report from collegeboard.org or can be included on your transcripts sent from your high school’s guidance office. Read more about our test-optional policy.

5. Letter of Recommendation or Personal Statement

A letter of recommendation, teacher evaluation, and/or personal statement about why you should be considered for admission are not required, but highly recommended.

  • Still in high school? Have your teacher complete a Teacher Evaluation Form
  • Already graduated? You may have someone, other than a friend or relative, write a letter of recommendation in place of a teacher evaluation.

Email to admissions@keystone.edu or send by mail to:
Office of Admissions
One College Green
PO Box 50
La Plume, PA 18440

Special Considerations for Learning and/or Physical Disabilities

Keystone College complies with policy and federal law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of a disability.

In order to request services and/or accommodations for students with learning or other disabilities, Keystone College requires a current evaluation by an appropriate professional attesting to the nature of the disability and specifying any limitations and special accommodations relevant to a college learning environment.

While information may be contained in an Individualized Education Plan, 504 Plan or Transitional Plan, Keystone College reserves the right to request additional information or assessment, such as recent psychological testing, to ensure proper guidance and assistance to the disabled student as needed throughout their tenure. Appropriate documentation should be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than four weeks prior to the start of class, to ensure adequate time for review.

Learn more about Keystone’s Disability Services.

Keeping the Keystone Promise

Our pledge that within six months of graduating from Keystone College you will have received at least one job offer or been accepted into a transfer or graduate program.