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Policies: Transfer Credits

Academic Policies and Procedures » Transfer Credits

Newly matriculated transfer students have until the mid-point of their first semester at New Paltz to submit to the Office of Undergraduate Admission all final college transcripts, AP exam scores, IB exam scores, CLEP exam scores, and other pertinent collegiate coursework. Pre-matriculation credits will not be accepted by New Paltz after this deadline. In addition, students will not be able to transfer New Paltz courses back to their community college to earn an AA or AS degree and have the degree recognized by New Paltz.

Newly matriculated freshmen will have until the mid-point of their first semester at New Paltz to submit to the Office of Undergraduate Admission official college transcripts, AP exam scores, IB exam scores, and other pertinent collegiate coursework. Pre-matriculation credits will not be accepted after this deadline.

Students are responsible for requesting transcripts and scores. They are not automatically sent from the prior school or testing center.

Students are also responsible for monitoring their records to see that credits have been received.  This should be done before the deadline.

Information about transfer credit equivalency and transfer credit appeals is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Transfer credits post-matriculation

Permission must be received in writing from a chair or the Office of Academic Advising, in advance of taking the course, for a matriculated student to receive transfer credit at New Paltz. A grade of C- or better must be earned in the course to receive credit. Only the credits, not the grades, will transfer. The last 15 credits must be taken in residence. If there are compelling reasons to take some of the final 15 credits at another institution, a request for a waiver should be made to the Dean of the student's major college.  The student is responsible for having the official transcript sent to Records & Registration when the course(s) is/are completed. 

Permission to take courses to meet general degree requirements (total credits, general education courses, upper division and liberal arts credits) is given by the Office of Academic Advising. To be acceptable, a course must be a liberal arts and sciences course aligned with the disciplines currently taught at New Paltz. Permission is not generally granted during the academic year if space in a suitable course is available at New Paltz. Upper-division students are generally expected to take upper-division courses. In addition, students who wish to take courses to meet general degree requirements in professional programs such as business, communication disorders, education, engineering, and nursing, must receive approval from the Dean of the appropriate school. Cross-registration, which is a specific way of taking transfer credits post-matriculation, also must conform to this policy.

Permission to take courses in the major (including prerequisite and cognate courses for the major) must be approved by the appropriate department chair.