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Office of Academic Advising

Transfer Students

Welcome to New Paltz!

Congratulations on your acceptance to SUNY New Paltz! We look forward to you joining our vibrant, challenging and diverse academic community.  A wide range of faculty members, academic advisors, administrators and fellow students all look forward to helping with your academic and social transition to New Paltz. The Advising Center staff looks forward to meeting you at Transfer Orientation.

Prepare for your orientation session!  Watch the following tutorials and see additional information below.




Transfer Process Checklist

Did you register for your orientation session?

Do you understand how your credits will transfer? 

Did you complete the General Education (GE) program or earn GE waivers? 

Do you need to petition a course to count for GE?  

Do you need to petition a course to count for the major or minor?

Do you know about the Writing Intensive (WI) degree requirement? 

Do you know how many upper division credits you completed and still need? 

Do you know what math course, if any, you'll need? 

Do you want to add a minor or second major? 

Do you know how to change your class schedule after orientation? 

Do you know when you'll get an advisor?

Registering for Your Orientation Session

Orientation sessions will be offered June 9, 13, 15, 2017. Sign up now to get your first choice of date.

* Faculty and professional advisors will be there to advise and assist registering for classes*

* Seats in major courses are being saved for transfer students and will be available at all orientations*

* College offices will be ready to help with concerns such as financial aid, parking permits, residence hall information, etc*

Second Degree and Readmit students do not need to attend an orientation and can register any time after April 24, 2017, by making an appointment directly with the major department followed by an appointment at Academic Advising Center for course registration, (845) 257-3015, Wooster Hall 106. 

Business Second Degree and Readmit students should contact the School of Business Advising Center, (845) 257-2909, Van den Berg Hall 206.

If you cannot attend one of the orientation sessions:

We strongly recommend students attend an orientation session; however, if you cannot make one of the orientation sessions or the date you are available is filled, please call Student Development (845) 257-3088. 

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, transfer students who do not attend an orientation will not be allowed to register for courses prior to June 15th.  

Understanding the Transfer Credit Process

To ensure the appropriate selection of courses and to reduce the chances of repeating a course previously completed and guarantee proper financial aid eligibility, SEND YOUR FINAL TRANSCRIPTS AND AP SCORES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (prior to the first day of classes). All transcripts must be received by the mid-point of your first semester at New Paltz for credit to be awarded.

After you pay the pre-enrollment deposit, Admissions evaluates and applies your transfer credits (from transcripts received so far) to your Progress Report. The Progress Report tracks which degree requirements you have completed or still need to complete.  

Additional evaluations may be needed for courses that do not initially count as meeting requirements, especially if you are transferring from a non-SUNY school. This can be done during and/or after orientation. It is possible, even probable, that more of your transfer courses will fulfill New Paltz degree requirements (for GE, major, or a declared minor) after further evaluation.

You may contact the Academic Advising Center after April 24th, 2017, if you would like to review your progress report over the phone at (845) 257-3015.

Your Progress Report

Currently, your progress report includes all graded credits that the college has received. If the previous college showed in-progress courses from the last semester attended, those credits are listed on the progress report as In-Progress, IP.   Credits transfer for the courses you have passed with a grade of “C- or above”.  All transfer credits are listed on the report with a letter “T” and do not count in your gpa at New Paltz.

70 credits is the maximum number of credits you can transfer from a community college, and 90 is the maximum from any institution.  Most majors have a requirement of no more than 50% of the major can be transferred.  Courses not applying to major, minor or GE can be counted as electives toward 120 to graduate, liberal arts, or upper division toward your degree. 

You can view your progress report by logging into my.newpaltz.edu. On the Students tab, click "Advising" and then Progress Report.” 

Learn how to read your Progress Report by watching our tutorial video.

How Articulated Courses Transfer

Articulation is an agreement between schools where courses are identified as direct matches.  Articulated courses transfer from one college to the other as course to course equivalents.  

The Equivalencies Database shows courses that transfer from area schools into New Paltz.

For example, PSY111 Psychological Prin I PSY272 SSCI at SUNY Dutchess Community College is transferred as follows:

PSYC111 Psychological Principles is articulated as SUNY New Paltz course, PSY272 Introductory Psychology, and the course comes in as a social science GE (SSCI)

How Non-Articulated Course Transfer

Non-articulated courses need to undergo a review to determine if they have a matching or equivalent course at New Paltz. Courses that have not been previously reviewed will not appear on the equivalencies database and will be transferred as electives. 

NON-ARTICULATED COURSES MAY BE APPLIED TO A MAJOR OR MINOR. Bring the course descriptions for non-articulated courses to transfer orientation or to the appropriate department chair after orientation to see if and how your non-articulated course can be applied.

For example, BHS233 Crmnl Jstce through Film/Media SOC000 at SUNY Dutchess Community College is tranferred as follows:

This criminal justice course transfers as an elective and does not count as a GE; however, it could count as a sociology major or minor elective. Bring the course description to the department chair for their review.

General Education (GE) and Transfer GE Waivers

The SUNY New Paltz General Education (GE) III program requires students to complete courses in each category; however, transfer students may have some or all of their GE requirements waived. 

General Education III Requirements ► The Structure of General Education III

Knowledge Areas

Arts & Humanities

Scientific Investigations

The United States and Its Traditions

Global Perspectives

Composition (two courses)

Mathematics (one course)

United States Studies

(one course)

World Civilizations & Cultures (one course)

Humanities (one course)

Natural Sciences

(two courses)

Western Civilization

(one course)

Foreign Language

(one or two courses depending on placement)

Arts (one course)

Social Sciences

(one course)

Diversity (one course)



12 Credits minimum

12 Credits minimum

9 Credits minimum

6-9 Credits minimum

SUNY A.A. and A.S. Transfer Waivers

If you earned a SUNY Associate’s Degree (A.A. or A.S.), ALL SUNY New Paltz GE requirements are met by degree. Any GE category on your progress report showing as UNMET will be WAIVED once we have received your final transcript that shows an A.A. or A.S. degree.  (Technical degrees such as the AAS do not apply to this rule.) 

Transfer GE Waivers Based on Number of Credits Earned

If you have not earned a SUNY Associate’s Degree, you may receive up to three GE waivers based on the number of credits you are transferring to New Paltz, as follows:

45 credits = one GE waiver

60 credits = two GE waivers

75 credits = three GE waivers

Waivers are applied to the second foreign language, second natural science, and/or the diversity requirements.

GE waivers will be applied to your progress report as New Paltz receives additional transcripts and according to the number of transfer credits earned. Discuss your transfer waivers with an advisor. 

Petitioning a Course to Count as New Paltz GE

If you think one of your transfer courses could fulfill a GE category, but it is showing up as an elective, you can PETITION the Academic Advising Center to review the course to determine whether or not it can meet a GE requirement.

To petition a GE course:  Complete and submit this form

Petitioning a Course to Count for the Major or Minor

You may have courses that initially do not count towards your major/minor but could be evaluated by the major department chair or a faculty advisor. Most courses from area SUNY community colleges (Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, or Rockland) have already been reviewed. Only special topics or very new courses may need review. Students coming from private, out-of-state, or even SUNY four-year institutions are likely to have courses needing a second review to be accepted into the major. 

To petition a course to count in your major or minor:

At orientation: Bring a course description to your orientation and speak with an orientation advisor.

After orientation: Meet with department chairs (during summer or winter break) and/or faculty advisors once the semester has started.

Faculty may require a syllabus and/or portfolio work from the course as well as a course description.

Writing Intensive (WI) Requirement

Courses with specific types of writing instruction are designated as Writing Intensive (WI). This requirement cannot be transferred into New Paltz by previous coursework.  Most majors have WI courses embedded in the major.  Discuss WI course options with your faculty advisor.  

Upper Division Credits

All students need to earn 45 upper division credits (courses numbered 300 or higher) to graduate.  Your progress report tracks how many upper division credits you have been awarded in transfer, how many are in-progress or registered, and how many more you need to graduate.

Non-articulated courses that do not have a matching course at New Paltz generally first appear as lower division electives, for example, HIS000 History of Spain

However, department chairs or faculty advisors can evaluate a course and make it upper division, for example, HIS003 History of Spain, where the  “3” now indicates the course will count as upper division.

Math Placement Level (MPL)

Math Placement Level (MPL) is a number on your progress report that corresponds with your math preparedness. It is determined by the math course you took at your previous college or by math scores from high school.

Professional or math advisors can address and change your MPL at transfer orientation.  After orientation, if you have questions about your MPL, contact the Academic Advising Center or the Math Department.  

Business, math, engineering, and science courses all have minimum MPLs required for the course (as noted in the course description).

Here are basic MPL guidelines by majors:

Math Placement Levels for Math, Science & Engineering Majors

Current MPL

Take Math

Courses with MPL Pre-requisite

Raises MPL

MPL1 or 2

MAT 053/054 College Algebra A/B (two semesters)




MAT 152   

College Algebra

GLG201 Physical Geology



MAT 181       


BIO 201 Gen Bio I; CHE 201 Gen Chemistry I; PHY221 Fundamental Physics I



MAT 251 Calculus I

Same as MPL 4, EGG101 Intro to Engineering



MAT 252  Calculus II

PHY201 Gen Physics I


Math Placement Levels for Business Majors

Current MPL

Take Math

Courses with MPL Pre-requisites

Raises MPL

MPL 1 or 2

MAT 053/054 College Algebra A/B (two semesters)




MAT 152 College Algebra




MAT 171 Math Methods for Business*      

BUS 201 Financial Accounting I, BUS325 Marketing


*MAT 171 Math Methods for Business is the preferred course that prepares students for Statistics for Business and Economics I and meets the major entrance requirement, but it does not prepare students for Calculus I. Alternatively, students may choose to take MAT 181 Precalculus to meet the major entrance requirement and prerequisite for Statistics for Business and Economics I. 

Math Placement Level for GE MATH

Current MPL

Take Math

Raises MPL

MPL 1 or 2

MAT 120 College Mathematics


MPL 3 is needed to take a MATH GE

MAT 143 Math in Modern World; MAT 145 Stats and Public Policy;  PHI201 Symbolic Logic; MAT 240 Math Elem Teachers II*; PSY275 Psych Stats*; SOC307 Soc Stats*

meets GE but does not raise MPL


MAT 152 College Algebra**

Meets GE; MPL 4


MAT241  Intro to Stat 

Meets GE


MAT 181 Precalculus

Meets GE; MPL 5


MAT 251 Calculus I

Meets GE; MPL 6

Math classes with pre-requisites within a major

**College Algebra is NOT recommended for liberal arts majors needing to meet the GE requirement unless a higher MPL is needed for a Business, Math, Science, or Engineering Minors.


Adding a Minor or Second Major

Minors can be declared at the start of the semester by filling out a minor declaration form and taking it to the department chair for a signature. 

At transfer orientation, tell your major faculty advisor that you intend to declare a minor, and you will be assisted in available course selection. In some cases, you may need to wait until all majors have completed their course registrations (that is, when transfer orientations are over) to add a minor course. Academic Advising can assist you after June orientations if you need to add a course for a minor.

If you plan to add a second major, please call Academic Advising at (845) 257-3015 for assistance.

Changing Your Class Schedule After Orientation

Adjustments to your schedule can be made after June 15th and through the Add/Drop period by contacting the Academic Advising Center at (845) 257-3015. Students in the School of Business should contact the Center for Business Advising at (845) 257-2909.

Academic Advisor Assignments

A faculty advisor will be assigned to you at the start of the semester. You can see your advisor assignment on your progress report or in your my.newpaltz.edu account (under the Advising, View Advisor links). If you do not have a faculty advisor assignment, please contact your major department secretary (see People-finder for contact information) to ask for an assignment. Meet with your faculty advisor to review your transfer credits and progress report at the beginning of the semester. You are required to meet with your advisor prior to registering for the next semester (see Advance Registration.)