Undergraduate Transfer Policy
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science Degrees
Submission of High School Records:
Transfer applicants who have completed 30 semester hours or more of college study may be evaluated on the basis of their college transcripts and need not submit high school records.
Acceptance of transfer credit:
Transfer credit is generally awarded for courses that meet the following criteria:
- The credit must be from regionally accredited institutions
- Courses must be comparable to those offered at Utica College
- The student must have earned a grade of C or better in the course
The last thirty (30) credits of a student's baccalaureate degree must be earned as a matriculated student at Utica College.
Candidates for the baccalaureate degree must satisfactorily complete a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours of study as a matriculated student at Utica College.
Transfer Credit Maximums:
A maximum of 90-98 credits may be transferred from four-year regionally accredited institutions, depending on one's academic major.
A maximum 60-64 may be transferred from two-year regionally accredited institutions, depending on one's academic major.
Declaring a Major:
Transfer students who matriculate with 60 or more transfer credits must declare a major upon entering Utica College.
Transfer Students and General Education Core Requirements:
Transfer students are subject to all general education requirements of Utica College as set forth in the Utica College catalog. Students may be exempt based on work transferred to the College:
|Type of Transfer Student||Exemption/Requirement|
|Transfer students matriculating with an Associate's Degree from a regionally accredited institution:|
|Transfer students matriculating with 57 or more credits from a regionally accredited four-year institution:|
|Transfer students matriculating for a second Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution:|
|Transfer students matriculating with at least thirty (30) credits of liberal arts and sciences courses with at least two courses in each of the three areas of Component Two, including a lab science:|
|Transfer students matriculating with at least thirty (30) credits of liberal arts and sciences but fewer than two courses in any of the three areas or lacking a lab science:|
Utica College requires six credits (two courses) of Writing Intensive study to complete Component Three of the General Education Core.
- Writing Intensive courses must be taken at Utica College - they may not be transferred from another institution.
- Transfer students who are exempt from Components One and Two of the General Education Core must complete three credits (one course) of a Writing Intensive Course at Utica College.
- Transfer students who are not exempt from Components One and Two of General Education Core must complete six credits of Writing Intensive Courses at Utica College.
Exemption from English 101 and/or English 102
Students seeking an exemption from Written Communication I (ENG 101) or Written Communication II (ENG 102) should apply to the Basic Studies Committee of the English Department during their first semester of study at Utica College.
- For exemption from ENG 101, students must provide the Basic Studies Committee with three college-level essays and an impromptu piece of writing that demonstrate the student’s ability to write clearly organized, thesis oriented essays. Essays will be judged on their clarity, organization, development, focus, coherence, thesis, and mechanics.
- For exemption from ENG 102, students must provide the Basic Studies Committee with four well-organized, thesis-oriented essays, including an impromptu piece of writing and three college-level essays, at least one of which demonstrates the student’s ability to write an organized, coherent research paper that correctly utilizes the conventions of one of the standard methods of documentation. Essays will be judged on their clarity, organization, development, focus, coherence, thesis, mechanics, research, and documentation.
- The faculty point of contact for the ENG 101/102 exemption process is Dr. Mary Ann Janda.
Transfer Students and Articulation Agreements
Utica College maintains contractual transfer agreements with a number of community and junior colleges which detail specific transfer policies for students holding associate's degrees from those institutions. Click here for a list of our current Articulation Agreements
More information is available from the Utica College Office of Admissions.
Transfer Students and Liberal Arts Credit
The New York Office of Higher Education requires that a Bachelor of Arts degree must contain a minimum of 90 of the 120 credits in the liberal arts, and that a Bachelor of Science degree must contain a minimum of 60 of the 120 credits in the liberal arts. This is a requirement of the State of New York which is independent of Utica College’s academic requirements and must be applied to all Bachelor's Degrees.
Scholarship and Financial Aid for Transfer Students
Transfer students are eligible for scholarship and financial aid in all ways the same as continuing Utica College students
Housing for Transfer Students
Utica College will provide housing in campus residence halls within the guidelines and practices governing availability of housing for continuing students.