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Welcome Transfer Students

The College of Arts and Sciences welcomes all transfer students to their first year at Syracuse University!

For detailed information about selecting courses for the Fall 2018 Semester, please visit our webpage specifically designed for incoming Transfer Students.

Transfer Credit Policies

The College of Arts and Sciences welcomes students transferring from other institutions in the United States and internationally. The College aims to support students in their academic endeavors and pursuits, and provide a positive experience for transfer students as they transition to Syracuse University. Transfer students are encouraged to review the College's academic policies and procedures, degree completion requirements, transfer credit evaluation process, and our helpful Transfer Credit FAQs.

Academic Requirements

University policy mandates that, in order to obtain a degree from Syracuse University, transfer students must abide by the following policies:

  • A maximum of 66 credits can be transferred from a two-year program.
  • A maximum of 90 credits can be transferred from a four-year program.
  • Thirty credit hours must be completed at Syracuse University to receive an Syracuse University degree.
  • Students are able to transfer credit hours; however, grades earned at another institution are not calculated in the Syracuse University grade point average.
  • A minimum grade of C is required in courses accepted for transfer credit from an accredited institution.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Evaluation of advanced placement and transfer credit is based on the requirements of the Liberal Arts Core of The College of Arts and Sciences of Syracuse University.  If you should change schools or colleges at some future point in time, your credit would be reevaluated according to the requirements of the new school or college.  The amount of acceptable credits is likely to change.

A transfer credit evaluation is based upon the receipt of all official transcripts received to date and upon the following criteria:

  • A minimum grade of C is required in courses accepted for transfer credit from an accredited institution.
  • Only credit hours are accepted.  Grades earned at another institution are not calculated in the Syracuse University grade point average.
  • No more than 90 semester hours of credit will be accepted in transfer credits total and No more than 66 semester hours of credit will be accepted from a two-year institution.
  • Courses graded with a Pass (P) or Satisfactory (S) will not be accepted unless there is a clear indication on the transcript that these symbols reflect a grade of C or better. (P) or (S) grades are never accepted toward the fulfillment of requirements for your major/minor or the A&S Liberal Arts Core, they will be awarded as elective credit only.
  • Basic or college algebra is not accepted in transfer.
  • Remedial or developmental coursework is not accepted in transfer.

Things to keep in mind concerning transfer credit evaluations:

  • Not all courses are accepted as directly equivalent to a Syracuse University course.
  • Accepted credit listed with a 3-letter prefix followed by a 3-digit number (e.g. wrt 105 or hst 101) indicates a course accepted as a direct equivalent to a specific Syracuse University course.
  • Accepted credit listed with a 3-letter prefix followed by the word “ELEC” (e.g. ETS-elec or psc-elec) indicates a course accepted as elective credit only. NOTE: Transfer credit for the second writing studio course (WRT 205), will be awarded as elective credit only unless it has been evaluated by the Writing department as a direct equivalent to WRT 205 at Syracuse University.
  • Accepted credit listed as Non-Arts and Sciences coursework (e.g. marnonas or spcnonas) indicates a course that is accepted as Non-Arts and Sciences coursework.  Students are allowed a maximum of 24 credits of Non-Arts and Sciences coursework to apply toward the minimum 120 credits required for the degree.
  • Accepted credit listed in any other form (e.g. ant 000, hst-h, bio-lab) indicates a course that is accepted as an Arts and Sciences course fulfilling a Liberal Arts Core requirement yet has not been accepted as a direct equivalent to a specific Syracuse University course. These courses may be petitioned upon arrival to SU for possible direct equivalency. A course syllabus will be required for review by the appropriate academic department in order to petition the course as a direct equivalent. Transfer credit must be equivalent to at least three semester credit hours (3.0) in order to be counted towards the Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Core.
  • Transfer credit for foreign language courses will NOT be considered for approval until it has been evaluated by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at Syracuse University to determine the appropriate course equivalent.

Other important transfer credit information:

  • Courses in this evaluation are never accepted toward major or minor requirements.  Any transfer credit to be applied to a Syracuse University major or minor must be formally accepted via written petition by the major or minor department.
  • Exemptions or waivers granted by another institution are not automatically granted at Syracuse University.
  • An Associate of Arts degree (A.A.) or an Associate of Science degree (A.S) normally waives the distribution requirements of the Liberal Arts Core.  An official transcript with the degree noted is required to consider the waiver of distribution requirements.
  • Should you choose to enroll in and complete a course at Syracuse University for which you have transfer credit for, your transfer credit for that specific course will be subsequently removed.
  • In order to be eligible for graduation honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude) you must have earned at least 60 credit hours of letter-graded courses taken at Syracuse University.

Helpful Resources

To schedule a phone appointment or a meeting with an advisor in the College, please call 315-443-3150. Many representatives of the College are available for consultations with transfer students about matters outside of advising. For assistance, contact: