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Transfer Credit Policies for Coursework Completed at Other Institutions 

Transfer credit is awarded at the sole discretion of Skidmore College and according to the general policies below: 

Transfer Credit Approval Form

I.  Evaluation of Credits from Accredited Colleges or Universities

A.    Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit at Skidmore to receive a Skidmore degree. A maximum of 60 credits can be awarded in transfer credit (including credit by examination).

B.    To earn credit at Skidmore College, all transfer credit must come from a regionally accredited, degree-granting college or university (including community colleges) or a program preapproved by Skidmore’s Office of Off-Campus Study and Exchanges.

C.    Students who have completed work at other colleges and who wish to have this work credited toward a Skidmore degree must have official transcripts from those colleges sent directly to the Registrar at Skidmore. Course descriptions/syllabi for each course should also be submitted.

D.    Students who wish to complete a semester/summer abroad or study away as domestic exchange students must receive approval from the Office of Off-Campus Study and Exchanges and approval for all course work from Department Chairs, Program Directors, and the Registrar’s Office prior to enrolling.

E.    Credits are calculated according to the following guidelines.

Contact (classroom) hours required to earn transfer credit:

(The following credit hour restrictions will no longer apply beginning with courses taken in Summer 2013 and beyond.)

3-credit lecture course 37.5 contact (classroom) hours
4-credit lecture course 50 contact (classroom) hours
4-credit laboratory science course 60 contact (classroom and lab) hours
Studio Art, Dance, or Theater performance courses 75 contact (classroom/studio) hours
Courses with fewer contact hours may not be approved for credit, or they may earn fewer credits at Skidmore than at the other institution.It is the student’s responsibility to confirm credits with the Registrar before enrolling.

F.    Term sessions must be at least 4 full weeks long (for one course) (Restriction will no longer apply beginning with courses taken Summer 2013 and beyond.)

G.    For two courses, the session must be at least 5 full weeks long. No more than 2 courses can be taken in any session(Restriction will no longer apply beginning with courses taken Summer 2013 and beyond.)

H.    A maximum of 16 credits can be earned in a summer: 8 in one session + 8 in a second session.

I.     With the exception of Skidmore approved abroad and domestic programs, students may earn no more than 8 maturity level credits away from Skidmore.

J.    A letter grade of ‘C’ or higher is required to earn transfer credit.  ‘C-’ and below will not earn transfer credit at Skidmore. Courses for which a Pass or Satisfactory was earned at the other college will earn credit at Skidmore ONLY if the college can provide a letter grade in addition to the Pass.

K.    Grades do not transfer to Skidmore and are not calculated into the Skidmore Grade Point Average.   However, grades are recorded on the Skidmore transcript as documentation of credits and grades earned away.  In the case of Skidmore students studying abroad or on an approved academic leave, all courses and grades are recorded and will appear on the Skidmore transcript.  In all other cases, non-qualifying courses (see section J above) are not recorded and do not appear on the Skidmore transcript.

L.     Foreign Language courses can earn credit only with the preapproval of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.  Students may not repeat a language level already achieved in high school or college.

M.    Courses which are not awarded academic credit by the other college will not earn transfer credit at Skidmore.

N.    Courses taken in disciplines offered at Skidmore are evaluated by the Registrar in consultation with Department Chairs and Program Directors.  The Department Chair or Program Director is the final authority on credit earned in his/her discipline.

O.    Credit can be awarded for an All College requirement upon review by the Registrar and, when necessary, in consultation with Department Chairs and Program Directors.  For the Natural Science requirement, courses must have at least 26 hours of lab.

p.    Credit can be awarded for liberal arts courses taken in disciplines not offered by Skidmore upon review by the Registrar.  If approved, these courses earn general elective credit.

Q.    Courses taken at other colleges in technical or professional areas are usually not transferable to Skidmore.

R.    Community college courses cannot earn Maturity-Level (300-level) credit.

S.    Skidmore does not award credit from these programs:  Seamester (LIU), Semester at Sea, NOLS, Outward Bound.  Veterans can produce form DD214 to earn one Physical Activity credit.

II.   Evaluation of Credits from Post-secondary Institutions which are not Accredited            

Students must have received approval from the Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) to study at a non-accredited institution.

Students who have completed work at post-secondary institutions (approved abroad programs such as Charles Cecil Studios in Italy, Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, language programs abroad, or Academy of Art in San Francisco, for example ) which are not accredited colleges or universities must have an official statement of attendance with a full description of completed work, including a final assessment, sent from the institution to the Registrar. In addition, students may be asked to submit syllabi and other evidence of material covered, e.g. art portfolios. A review of the rigor of the program’s academic standards, teaching faculty, and grading practices may be required.  Upon recommendation of the appropriate Department Chair or Program Director and the Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) the Registrar may award credit. 

III. Evaluation of Credits for People Holding a Bachelor’s Degree 

A person who has already received a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree may not be matriculated at Skidmore as a candidate for the same degree. S/he may be a candidate for the other Bachelor’s degree, or may register as a special student and complete the required work in another major field. Skidmore has a 2-year residency requirement, and 60 credits may be transferred to Skidmore.  All college requirements must be completed.  Applicants who have earned a baccalaureate degree are encouraged to pursue course work at the graduate level.

IV.  Calculation of Credits from institutions with a Quarter System: 

               Quarter System: credits are calculated by taking 2/3 of the quarter system credits:

                6 quarter hours at the other college = 4 credits at Skidmore
                5 quarter hours at the other college = 3.33 credits at Skidmore
                4 quarter hours at the other college = 2.67 credits at Skidmore

(Some institutions on the quarter system are Northeastern U, Northwestern U, Ohio State, Stanford U, U of Cincinnati, U of Minnesota, UCLA, UC-Riverside, -San Diego, -San Francisco, Oregon State U, Portland State U.) 

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