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Transferring Credit

Transferring Credit to SUNY ESF Undergraduate Degree Programs

The following policies govern the transfer of college level credit to meet degree requirements for undergraduate programs at SUNY ESF.

All transfer credit will remain tentative until official, final college transcripts and score reports for college level examinations (AP, CLEP, IB, etc.) are received and reviewed by Office of Undergraduate Admissions staff under the direction of the faculty. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that official, final transcripts or score reports are received by the College.

Transfer Credit from Accredited Colleges and Universities

Course work appropriate to the ESF curriculum can be transferred to the College, but grades and grade points cannot be transferred. Courses to be transferred to meet graduation requirements for any curriculum must be acceptable in content, and credit will be awarded only for those completed with a grade of C or higher (a C- is not acceptable). Only coursework completed at institutions that are fully accredited by one of six regional accrediting agencies will be considered for possible transfer credit toward ESF degree requirements. These agencies are the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Advanced Placement and Other College Level Examinations

The College will consider for advanced standing credit the results of examinations from standardized testing agencies such as the College Entrance Examination Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP) or the College Level Examination Programs (CLEP) as well as the Higher Level Exams of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program (see AP score requirements for transfer of credit in table to the right). Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for information on IB and CLEP score requirements for transfer of credit.


Course Score
Art History 3 or higher
Biology 4 or higher
Chemistry 4 or higher
Chinese 3 or higher
Computer Science A 3 or higher
Computer Science AB 3 or higher
English: Language & Composition 3 or higher
English: Literature & Composition 3 or higher
Environmental Science 3 or higher
European History 3 or higher
United States History 3 or higher
Economics: Microeconomics 3 or higher
Economics: Macroeconomics 3 or higher
French Language 3 or higher
French Literature 3 or higher
German Language 3 or higher
Human Geography 3 or higher
Italian 3 or higher
Japanese 3 or higher
Latin 3 or higher
Latin: Literature 3 or higher
Mathematics: Calculus AB 4 or higher
Mathematics: Calculus BC 4 or higher
Music Theory 3 or higher
Physics B 4 or higher
Physics 1 (effective fall 2014) 4 or higher
Physics 2 (effective fall 2014) 4 or higher
Physics C (Mechanics) 4 or higher
Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism) 4 or higher
Psychology 3 or higher
Spanish Language 3 or higher
Spanish Literature 3 or higher
Statistics 3 or higher
Government & Politics: United States 3 or higher
Government & Politics: Comparative 3 or higher
Art 2D design 3 or higher
Art 3D design 3 or higher
Art Drawing 3 or higher
World History 3 or higher


Course Score
Arabic Language B (HL) 5 or higher
Biology (HL) 5 or higher
Business Management (HL) 5 or higher
Business Organization (HL) 5 or higher
Chemistry (HL) 5 or higher
Chinese A-1 (HL) 5 or higher
Classical Languages (HL) 5 or higher
Computer Science (HL) 5 or higher
Design Technology (HL) 5 or higher
Economics (HL) 5 or higher
English A1 (HL) 5 or higher
English A2 (HL) 5 or higher
Film (HL) 5 or higher
Geography (HL) 5 or higher
French A2 (HL) 5 or higher
French B (HL) 5 or higher
History (HL) – Africa 5 or higher
History (HL) – Americas 5 or higher
History (HL) – East and South Asia 5 or higher
History (HL) – Europe 5 or higher
History (HL) – South Asia and the Middle East 5 or higher
Islamic History (HL) 5 or higher
Information Technology (HL) 5 or higher
Japanese B (HL) 5 or higher
Korean (HL) 5 or higher
Mongolian A1 5 or higher
Music (HL) 5 or higher
Philipino Language (HL) 5 or higher
Philosophy (HL) 5 or higher
Physics (HL) 5 or higher
Psychology (HL) 5 or higher
Social and Cultural Anthropology (HL) 5 or higher
Spanish Language A2 (HL) 5 or higher
Spanish Language B (HL) 5 or higher
Theater Arts (HL) 5 or higher
Visual Arts (HL) 5 or higher


Course Score
American Literature 50
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50
College Composition 50
College Composition with Modular 50
First Year College Composition 50
English Composition with or without Essay 50
English Literature 50
Humanities 50
French - Level 1 50
French - Level 2 59
German - Level 1  50
German - Level 2  60
Spanish - Level 1 50
Spanish - Level 2 63
American Government 50
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 50
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 50
Human Growth and Development 50
Principles of Macroeconomics 50
Principles of Microeconomics 50
Introductory Psychology 50
Social Sciences and History  50
Introductory Sociology 50
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50
College Algebra 50
College Algebra – Trigonometry 50
Calculus 50
Natural Sciences 50
Trigonometry 50
Pre-calculus 50
Principles of Accounting 50
Introductory Business Law 50
Financial Accounting 50
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50
Principles of Management 50
Principles of Marketing 50


Transfer Credit Evaluations

Transfer students must submit official copies of transcripts and examination score reports of all college level course work attempted or completed as part of their application for admission. Preliminary evaluations of transfer credit are provided to transfer students at the time of admission.

Entering first-year students who complete college level course work while in high school must submit official transcripts or examination score reports for transfer credit evaluation prior to the beginning of the semester they first enroll. Transfer credit granted will be reflected on the degree progress report distributed at New Student Orientation.

International transfer applicants are required to submit a detailed course-by-course evaluation of all international academic credentials in English. This evaluation must be completed by an approved international credentials evaluation agency.

All transfer credit will remain tentative until official, final transcripts are received. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that official final transcripts are sent to and received by the College as outlined in conditions of admission.

SUNY Student Transfer Credit Appeal Process

Transfer students who are completing or have completed an associate degree program at a SUNY campus and who do not agree with their preliminary transfer credit evaluation should first contact the ESF Office of Admissions to request a further review of potential transfer credit. The student’s academic record and the preliminary transfer credit evaluation will be reviewed, in consultation with the Academic Department if appropriate, to determine whether additional transfer credit is applicable to degree requirements. If the student does not agree with the review of the transfer credit evaluation by the Office of Admissions they then have the option of appealing the evaluation with the ESF Dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies.

Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at or (315) 470-6600 for further information on transfer credit policies and evaluations.