Credit will be awarded for courses in which a grade of C- or better has been earned.
Transfer credit is accepted from institutions granted regional accreditation by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), such as the Middle States Association, Southern Association, Higher Learning Commission, New England Association, Northwest Association, or Western Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. Credit for courses from institutions with accreditation other than regional accreditation is evaluated for transfer purposes on a case-by-case basis.
AP tests with a score of 3 or higher.
IB tests with a score of 4 or higher.
CLEP tests with a score of 50 or higher. For certain foreign language tests, a higher score is required.
OPI exams with a rating of Novice High or higher.
Cortland follows the American Council of Education (ACE) recommendations for granting credit from a Joint Services Transcript (JST).
Academic credit is granted with satisfactory Advanced (A Level) and Advanced Subsidiary (AS) exam results of C or better. Students can earn 3 credit hours for each AS Level exam and up to 6 credit hours for each A Level exam.
View our Transfer Equivalency Charts for specific course equivalencies from the above sources. .
For all sources of credit, you must request official transcripts or test scores to be sent directly to SUNY Cortland in order to receive credit. SUNY Cortland will not grant AP or IB credit that is indicated on a high school transcript or on another college's transcript; original test scores must be sent.
For credit by equivalency exam (i.e. CLEP or OPI), Cortland students are not eligible to receive credit when they are enrolled in or have completed a higher-level course within the same discipline.
Cortland will not grant transfer credit for:
Grades of Pass (P) and Satisfactory (S) awarded at another institution may be accepted at the discretion of the student’s associate dean. Students contact their associate dean to petition for credit. The associate dean will make one or more of the following determinations (in consultation with the department chair when appropriate):
SUNY Cortland grants the maximum number of transfer credits possible for courses completed from approved sources. Students may earn:
To earn a Cortland bachelor's degree, all students must complete in residency:
Students in catalog terms prior to fall 2017 will have different transfer credit limits and residency requirements for their degree program. Students should consult their Degree Works audit to determine their catalog term and review that year's College Catalog. If students are interested in having the new transfer credit limits and residency apply to them, they should discuss with their academic advisor whether a Change of Catalog Term is appropriate.
While credits are transferable, grades earned at other colleges are not calculated in the Cortland grade point average. Your Cortland GPA will be determined solely by graded coursework completed at SUNY Cortland. As a new transfer student, your beginning GPA at Cortland will be 0.0.
If you transferred with an AA or AS degree from a SUNY community college, you may still require additional coursework in specific general education categories or Cortland degree requirements to earn a bachelor's degree.
Based on the number of transfer credits completed prior to your first semester at Cortland, transfer students are eligible for waivers of the General Education requirements in Categories 11 (Prejudice and Discrimination) or 12 (Science, Technology, Values and Society). Students who enter Cortland as first-year students with transfer credit (or readmit to Cortland with credit) are not eligible for general education waivers.
A maximum of two waivers may be applied based on the following scale:
Students who transfer with 35 or more credits will have the waivers automatically applied to their degree audit report by Advisement and Transition. Students who transfer less than 35 credits should complete a GE Waiver Form in consultation with their academic advisor to choose which course to waive. Transfer students are encouraged to complete the GE Waiver form within their first semester at Cortland.