Course Delivery Systems

Penn State credit courses are available for scheduling through any combination of three delivery systems: resident instruction, Continuing Education, and World Campus. Students may consider any combination of these alternatives for credit acquisition. The same policies for registration and tuition apply to all three delivery systems. Courses are selected from the Schedule of Courses.

When selecting courses for a semester schedule, a student may choose courses from a combination of delivery systems. The total number of credits scheduled in all delivery systems determines a student's credit load.

Resident Instruction

Most undergraduate students schedule the majority of their course work through resident instruction. These courses are displayed in the Schedule of Courses when a "Course Location" is selected. They are most often offered during the day.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education courses are designed to meet the needs of adult learners by offering small class sizes in the evening, on weekends, or over the noon hour. These courses are made available to other students on a space-available basis. Continuing Education courses are listed in the online catalog and are displayed with updated scheduling information in the Schedule of Courses. The listing of Continuing Education course sections typically follows the listing of resident instruction courses. At University Park, the section numbers begin with 901. The Office of Continuing Education telephone number appears in red font color in the "Location/Contact Info" column. In the following example, section 901 is the section offered by Continuing Education:

Course Listing for Art History 100

World Campus

World Campus courses offer online instruction for students pursuing World Campus degrees and certificates. Online credit courses are available to all Penn State students on a space-available basis according to specified course registration priorities.


Reviewed: June 2013
Last Update: July 2009

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