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First-Year Students with College Credit

Cortland will grant credit to incoming first-year students who have earned college credit through Advanced Placement exams, International Baccalaureate exams, CLEP, or from college courses offered through the high school. 

Transfer Credit and Student Status

Incoming first-year students with transfer credit are not defined by the college as "transfer" students.  Transfer students are students who have attended colleges or universities either on a full-time or part-time basis after their official high school graduation date and then officially enroll at Cortland.

Transferring Credit to Cortland

Policies regarding transfer of credit are the same for first-year and transfer students.  See Cortland's Transfer Credit Policies for details. 

To earn credit, you must request official college transcripts to be sent to SUNY Cortland.  High school guidance counselors or your parent cannot make this request on your behalf.  You must make contact the Registrar's Office/Student Records Office of the college that sponsored the course to request a transcript.  Cortland will not grant college credit from a high school transcript.  See Requesting Transcripts for details on how to make this request.

Incoming first-year students are encouraged to request all transcripts to be sent to Cortland as soon as they are available from the college.  Receiving all academic records in a timely manner will prevent you from being registered for a course for which you can earn transfer credit.  You should bring unofficial grade reports or transcripts to orientation to assist in the advisement and registration process. 

High School Grades and College Credit

High school performance in two subjects, U.S. History and Foreign Language, can impact general education requirements at SUNY Cortland. 

U.S. History: New York Regents Score -- The score does not waive a student out of the course requirement but impacts choice.  If a student scores an 85 or higher on NYS Regents, they may choose from any general education category 4 course.  If a student scores an 84 or lower (or does not have a NYS Regents score or is an out of state student), the student must complete HIS 200, HIS 201 or SOC 100 to fulfill the U.S. History requirement.

Foreign Language: New York Regents or Final Grade --  A Regents test score of 85 or higher will satisfy the SUNY general education requirement for foreign language.  An 85 or higher as a final grade in Level 3 of foreign language in high school or passing a subsequent level of foreign language will also meet this requirement.  However, you may need to complete additional foreign language courses depending on your degree and major.