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Transfer students who have completed an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at a regionally accredited institution and who have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 are generally accepted. The College reserves the right to evaluate transfer student applicants who do or do not meet the 2.5 criteria on an individual basis.

In evaluating the credentials of transfer candidates, the College, under the direction of the faculty, implements the transfer credit equivalency, and tries to give maximum credit for college work completed at other institutions.  Credit is given for all applicable courses in which a student achieves a grade of C- or above. Credits transfer, but grades do not. Credit is generally not given for professional and technical courses which would not be applicable to the bachelor’s degree offered at The College of Saint Rose. Credit is also not given for independent studies or internships taken at another college.

Nontraditional learning evaluated through portfolio by another college is not accepted for transfer. However, students may have the opportunity to create a portfolio and have it evaluated for credit by faculty at The College of Saint Rose. Please see the Experienced Adult Portfolio webpage at EAP.

Of the minimum 122 credit hours required for a degree, transfer students must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours at The College of Saint Rose. A maximum of 70 credit hours from students transferring from a two-year college and up to 90 credit hours for students transferring from a four-year college will be accepted, but all credits may or may not fulfill specific degree requirements at Saint Rose (this is a change effective only for students matriculating to the College in the Fall 2015 term and future terms). In the case of military and veteran students, The College of Saint Rose will accept up to 15 credits of ACE evaluated military training as transfer credit. Military training must be applicable to the degree program and documented by a formal Joint Services Transcript to obtain credit.

Credit by Examination

The College grants credit for Excelsior College’s Examinations and for the College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) on the following conditions:

  1. A maximum of 15 credit hours may be earned through these examinations.
  2. Acceptance of credits earned by these examinations toward fulfillment of requirements for the major are determined by the faculty of the academic program concerned.
  3. For Excelsior Examinations, a grade of C or higher is accepted as residence credit when the examination has been taken after matriculation for a degree; quality points are not granted for these examination grades.
  4. For CLEP Examinations, a score of 50 or higher is accepted as residence credit when the examination has been taken after matriculation for a degree; quality points are not granted for these examination grades.
  5. Before taking the examination, students should consult with their academic advisor and the Registrar’s Office.
  6. Students must request official transcripts or score reports be sent to The College of Saint Rose directly from Excelsior College or the College Board in order to be granted credit. Students will be notified of the number of credit hours granted and course equivalencies.

Advanced Placement, University in High School Courses, and International Baccalaureate Coursework

The College encourages the use of Advanced Placement exams and ordinarily grants credit toward graduation for those achieving a grade of three or higher. However, some departments require a score of four or better to grant credit. Each academic department has the discretion to determine the acceptable test score and credits awarded.

Students must request that an official score report be sent to The College of Saint Rose directly from the College Board in order to be granted credit. The college code for The College of Saint Rose is 2091. Students will be notified of the number of credit hours granted and course equivalencies.

High school seniors wishing to transfer in college-level credit and apply it toward their Saint Rose degree should have an official college transcript sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

The College of Saint Rose standard for granting credit toward graduation for International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme coursework (Higher Level only) is a minimum score of 5.

For more detailed information, students may contact this office at (518) 454-5150 or at admit@strose.edu.