SUNY Cortland gives preference to students who have or will complete an associate’s degree.
The university also gives preference to applicants who have completed the following:
Grades of all college coursework completed are combined to achieve the GPA and not just the most recent college coursework. In addition, the transfer admissions committee prefers to see a positive trend in an applicant’s previous academic experience.
Applicants also should have a high school record that would have been considered acceptable for first-year candidates. High school performance is no longer a major factor after 30 credit hours or more have been completed.
SUNY Cortland welcomes applications from students who have attended post-secondary institutions. We base application decisions primarily on previous cumulative academic performance. To be considered for transfer admission, you must provide official transcripts from all previous colleges attended, whether you completed course work or withdrew. Failure to report all college- level work attempted may result in withdrawal of admission or dismissal from the college.
Completion of the application includes submission of the following:
Notification of fall semester admission decisions begins in early January and continues on a rolling basis until capacity is reached. Notification of Spring admission decisions also occur on a rolling basis beginning in September.
Transfer students are required to satisfy the State University of New York General Education (GE) Requirements. The Cortland General Education Program fulfills all SUNY General Education requirements and includes elements specific to the Cortland degree. There are 11 required categories that must be met, and students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of SUNY approved course work (categories 1-10). Most categories require one course, with the exception of:
Details concerning the General Education Requirements are here: General Education
Transfer credits will be officially evaluated after the Admissions Deposit is paid. Students are notified via email that the evaluation is complete. Only completed courses are evaluated. Updated transcripts must be sent to the college after any courses in progress are completed and graded.
Credit is allowed only for those courses in which a grade of C- or better has been earned. Students who at the time of first admission to SUNY Cortland have an associate of arts (A.A.), associate of science (A.S.), associate of applied science (A.A.S.) or any bachelor's degree will be granted credit for D grades earned in courses completed prior to matriculation at SUNY Cortland. Accepted transfer credit will be counted as meeting the necessary minimum grade for Cortland courses or the required prerequisite course.
Students may receive up to 64 credit hours of transfer credit from two-year colleges. This maximum credit-hour total includes any 100- or 200-level courses, Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program, ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interviews, Cambridge International A and AS level exams, College Proficiency or International Baccalaureate credits. Transfer students with credit from four-year colleges or universities may receive additional credit hours toward degree requirements at Cortland. The maximum number of credit hours accepted is 90.
A minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework as well as half of the major, minor and/or concentration must be completed in residency at Cortland to earn a Cortland bachelor's degree. Any school of the university may designate special requirements that may not be taken elsewhere.
Details concerning credit evaluation policy can be found here: Transfer Credit Policies and Evaluation
Information about how to understand the credit evaluation is here: Understanding the Credit Evaluation
In addition to college course work, SUNY Cortland will accept credit from a variety of other sources such as Advanced Placement and Military Experience.
A list of sources and policies is available here: Sources of Credit