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Transfer Policy

Students who have attended a college or other postsecondary institution should file a CUNY Transfer Application for Admission. The application requires an application fee and official transcripts from all institutions attended, including high school. Your high school diploma may be submitted in place of the official high school transcript. Transfer applicants are considered for admission with advanced standing if they meet the following minimum criteria:

Prior College Attended MINIMUM GPA
CUNY College 2.0
Non-CUNY College 2.2

Transfer students with fewer than 24 credits earned must have the minimum grade point average (GPA) and an acceptable academic high school average and course of study as outlined above. These are the requirements for consideration. Actual admission criteria are usually higher. Former students who have earned a Baccalaureate degree from Medgar Evers College must file an online Transfer application at in order to be considered to pursue a second degree.


Transfer credit will only be granted from regionally accredited institutions listed on the student’s admissions application. Failure to list all postsecondary institutions attended will subject a student to disciplinary action and a review of the admission decision. Credit is given only for courses taken at institutions that are accredited by one of the regional accrediting commissions in consultation with the appropriate School and department to which the student has been accepted.

The maximum number of credits that may be transferred toward a Baccalaureate degree is 90. The maximum number of credits that may be transferred toward the Associate degree is 30.  All courses for which a student has a grade of “C” or better at an accredited institution will be considered for transfer. “C” and “D” grades from other CUNY schools may also be transferrable.  “D” grades are not transferable in departmental requirements or English courses.

Transfer credit will not be granted for any remedial, developmental or ESL courses. Transfer students who have earned an associate degree from a regionally accredited college may have to complete more than 60 additional credits in order to complete the bachelor’s degree requirements. Transcript evaluations can only be performed for accepted students. Applicants are required to report and provide transcripts for all previous coursework taken after high school including coursework that was in progress at the time of application. Failure to do so may result in the denial of all transfer credit and suspension from CUNY.


Transfer Policies Pertaining to CUNY Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree Programs.

  1. All City University of New York Associate in Arts degree recipients shall be:
    1. given priority for transfer over non-University students seeking transfer, accepted as matriculated students at a senior college of The City University of New York, and upon transfer, granted a minimum of 60 credits toward a baccalaureate degree and be required to complete only the difference between the 60 credits granted and the total credits normally required for the degree.
  2. All Liberal Arts and Science courses successfully completed in one City University college are transferable, with full credit, to each college of the University. Credit will be granted for these courses in all departments and programs, and recognized for the fulfillment of degree requirements irrespective of whether the student has fulfilled the requirements for the associate degree.
  3. Effective Fall 2013, students who have earned a City University Associate in Arts (A.A.) and the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree will be deemed to have automatically fulfilled the lower division liberal arts and science distribution requirements for a baccalaureate degree. However, students may be asked to complete a course in a discipline required by a senior college’s baccalaureate distribution requirements that was not part of the student’s associate degree program. In such cases all coursework required will be applied towards the total number of credits normally required for the baccalaureate degree (see note c).
  4. Based on a fair and reasonable evaluation of a student’s transcript at least nine (9) credits will be granted in the student’s major (including laboratory science). Note that this does not preclude a senior college from granting more than nine credits in the student’s major. (Students who change their major upon transfer may not have completed coursework that can be applied towards a new major.)

Please note the following:
When students transfer prior to the completion of an A.A. degree, the liberal arts and science courses they have completed will be deemed to have fulfilled discipline-specific distribution requirements for all baccalaureate programs on a discipline-by-discipline basis, with the exception that upper division coursework will not be recognized unless appropriate prerequisites have been satisfied.

  1. Students who have completed professional courses such as Accounting, Education or Nursing, where instruction is begun at the associate degree level and continued at the baccalaureate level, will be granted credit for such coursework upon transfer with the A.A. degree. However, the senior college shall determine the proper level of placement in its professional course sequence and the coursework can apply to the professional degree.
  2. Graduates of A.A. degree programs who have not completed at least one year of foreign language study (or established an equivalent proficiency) and transfer into a baccalaureate program requiring a foreign language may be asked to complete six (6) to eight (8) credits of foreign language coursework (or establish an equivalent proficiency) in addition to their normal degree requirements. Proficiency may be established based upon high school coursework, native language abilities, or examination.


Newly accepted freshman or transfer students intending to pursue the following degrees and/or programs must complete pre-requisite program requirements as Medgar Evers College students and the submission of a secondary application for these specializations:

  • Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (RN)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Special Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (LPN)
  • SUNY Downstate Bachelor of Science degrees
    • Diagnostic Medical Imaging
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physician Assistant

Please refer to the specific section of the catalog that pertains to the degree you are interested in for details.