Transferring Credit

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SUNY Plattsburgh Transfer Credit Policy

The information below details the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh's transfer credit evaluation policy for new transfer students and freshmen who have earned college credit in high school.

Students who are currently attending SUNY Plattsburgh must complete and submit the Permission for Off-Campus Study form (PDF file size 300KB) . For more information about this policy, please refer to the college catalog or contact the Registrar's Office .

Transfer credit evaluations for new transfers and freshman are performed by the Admissions Office, in consultation with the chairs of specific academic programs. 

Accepting Transfer Credit


SUNY Plattsburgh accepts transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher education and from recognized candidates for accreditation.  These regional accrediting bodies include:

Students who have attended non-regionally accredited institutions of higher education may request that their coursework be evaluated for transfer credit. Credit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and students will be expected to provide course descriptions and/or syllabi to assist in evaluating the coursework.

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation provides a searchable database of colleges and universities and their accreditation.

Equivalent Programs

SUNY Plattsburgh awards transfer credits for those courses that are liberal arts in nature, or are applicable to a non-liberal arts program offered at SUNY Plattsburgh (i.e. business, education, social work, etc.). We do not award credit for those courses that are highly specialized or technical such as secretarial courses, automotive repair, or construction technology.

Remedial Courses

Courses that are designed to give students the necessary background for college-level work are not accepted for transfer credit. Examples of remedial courses include basic writing skills, pre-algebra, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

GPA Requirement

SUNY Plattsburgh awards transfer credit for those courses in which a passing grade was earned, which can include deficient grades like 'C-', 'D+', and 'D', provided that the following exceptions are noted:

  • ENG 101 - Composition will only be awarded for a grade of 'C' or higher.
  • Courses transferring into the major must have an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00.
  • Certain academic programs require a 'C' grade or higher in major-specific courses.  (For example, a student majoring in Psychology must earn a 'C' grade or higher in PSY 101 - General Psychology). Any such requirements are listed in the notes section following the degree requirements in the college catalog.

It is important to remember that specific courses and credit hours transfer, course grades and quality points do not.

Maximum Transfer Credit

  • SUNY Plattsburgh will accept up to 67 credits completed at a two-year college. 
  • The maximum that SUNY Plattsburgh will accept is 84 credits, provided that at least 17 of the credits are completed at a four-year college.
  • Up to 30 credits will be accepted for credit earned by examination (AP, CLEP, Dantes and IB).  Credits earned by examination are considered lower-division and are counted in the limits listed above.

Non-Semester Hour Based Transfer Credit

SUNY Plattsburgh will award transfer credit for courses completed on other credit systems (quarter-hour, unit-based, etc.) as long as the requirements listed above are met.  Courses from other systems will be converted to their semester-hour equivalent during the transfer credit evaluation process.

Placing Transfer Credits

Once a course has been accepted for transfer credit, it is evaluated to determine whether it will be placed as a direct equivalent or a departmental elective.  Direct equivalents are equal to a specific course offered by SUNY Plattsburgh.  Departmental electives are those courses accepted for transfer to a specific department, but no equivalent course exists.

For example, Clinton Community College offers two courses: HIS 131 - World History to 1500 and HIS 132 - History of Modern World. The HIS 131 course is transferred as HIS XXX - History Departmental Elective as we do not have an equivalent course and HIS 132 is directly placed as SUNY Plattsburgh's HIS 132 - Modern Global History Since 1500.
When trying to place courses, we use the following criteria to determine whether a course is a direct equivalent or a departmental elective:


For a course to be placed as a direct equivalent, it must sufficiently match the content offered in the SUNY Plattsburgh class. This includes both the content being taught as part of the course, as well as the desired learning outcomes of the class itself.


Undergraduate SUNY Plattsburgh courses that are applicable towards a degree are divided into four levels:

Course Type Course Number Course Level
Introductory 100-199 Freshman
Intermediate 200-299 Sophomore
Intermediate 300-399 Junior
Advanced 400-499 Senior

For a transfer course to be placed as a direct equivalent, it must be approximately the same course level as the course offered at SUNY Plattsburgh. For example, a 100-level introductory course in Human Resource Management offered at another college is not equivalent to SUNY Plattsburgh's 300-level Human Resource Management course.

Generally speaking, courses completed at a two-year college will be placed at the 100 or 200 level. If the content and prerequisite matches, a course may be placed at the 300-level.  In only rare instances will transfer courses be placed at the 400-level.


For a course to be placed as a direct equivalent, it generally requires that students have the same background knowledge entering the class as the class offered at SUNY Plattsburgh. For example, SUNY Plattsburgh's FNI 211 - Human Nutrition requires a background in general chemistry. If another college's nutrition course does not require general chemistry as a prerequisite it may not be accepted as a direct equivalent.

Programmatic Accreditation Requirements

While content, level, and prerequisites are the three primary factors we using in determining whether a course is placed as a direct equivalent or a departmental elective, some programs have specific accreditation requirements that impact the placement of direct equivalents.

Programs like Nursing, Social Work, and programs in our School of Business and Economics must meet external accreditation requirements on transfer credits, which generally limit how credit can be placed if the student is transferring from a non-accredited institution.

For more information on specific programs that have accreditation requirements please consult the college catalog

Major/General Education Placement

SUNY Plattsburgh makes every effort to ensure that courses that meet the requirements listed above are transferred into a student's major. 

The college supports the position of the State University of New York that transfer students should not be required to repeat general education courses. If a student is transferring from a SUNY college, SUNY Plattsburgh will recognize those courses that are approved at the prior institution to meet the requirement. For example, Adirondack Community College's ENG 203 - British Lit I course is approved to meet the SUNY humanities requirement. The course will then transfer to SUNY Plattsburgh to meet the same requirement.

The only exceptions are foreign language and mathematics, as SUNY Plattsburgh has a higher requirement in these areas than the SUNY System. Please note that SUNY Plattsburgh does accept SUNY-approved first-level foreign language courses to meet the requirement of 30 SUNY-approved general education credits. That is, SUNY Plattsburgh does not accept first-level foreign language as meeting the Foreign Language 5FL requirement (which requires second-level proficiency) but it does accept first-level courses to count toward the overall 30 required credits.

Students who are transferring from non-SUNY institutions will have courses placed as general education if the content offered in the course matches the learning outcomes of the specific requirement.

Additional related information

Transfer Credit Evaluation Appeals

Should a student feel that a particular course has not been placed properly, we encourage the student to contact the admissions office to make an appointment with a transfer advisor. Students requesting an appeal should be prepared to provide additional information (including course descriptions and/or syllabi) to assist in re-examining the course. In some cases, the faculty from the respective academic program may need to be consulted regarding the request for reconsideration.

Finally, the SUNY System has established the SUNY Student Transfer Appeal Process, which is designed for any student in an associate degree program who does not agree with the decision of the college regarding acceptance and/or placement of credit earned elsewhere within SUNY. 

More information about this process can be found on the Student Transfer Appeal Process Form (PDF file size 28Kb)


Contact Information

The Admissions Office is located on the 10th floor of the Kehoe Building.

Phone: (518) 564-2040
Toll-free: (888) 673-0012
Fax: (518) 564-2045

Mailing Address:
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901