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Transfer Applicants Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Transfer applications are accepted for both fall and spring semesters. To be considered for fall admission, you should apply and submit all appropriate financial aid paperwork by April 1. Applications and all appropriate financial aid paperwork for our spring term should be submitted by November 1.

For transfer admission, the Admissions Committee will place particular emphasis on the applicant's academic record in college but will also consider the secondary school record and standardized test scores. The committee will consider how well previous course selection at both the secondary and post-secondary level has prepared the applicant to satisfy Skidmore's degree requirements. Personal qualities, accomplishments, interests and capacity for growth are also considered, so careful attention is paid to recommendations, the student's personal statement and when possible, the interview.

There is no minimum credit requirement, but we prefer to see one full year of college level work completed prior to transferring.

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for a Skidmore degree. We will accept a maximum of 60 transfer credit hours. A minimum of 60 credit hours must be completed here at Skidmore. For specific information on how your credits may transfer, please contact the Registrar's office at or by calling 518-580-5710.  

A tentative evaluation of transfer credit will be available upon request at the time of acceptance. The definitive evaluation is provided by the Office of the Registrar and is not available until after the student has decided to enroll at Skidmore and an enrollment deposit has been received. Only courses in which a student has received a grade of "C" or better are transferable.

Some need-based institutional grant assistance is available. For further information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 518-580-5750.

Housing is guaranteed for all incoming transfers.


  1. Our goal is to provide important information that will guide you through the transfer process.  Please refer to Transfer Student FAQ, and use Transferology, to obtain a preliminary evaluation of your transfer credit.  You will need to set up an account to get started.  Additional questions regarding transfer credits should be directed to Paula Brehm, in the Registrar’s office.
  2. Evaluation of Credits from Accredited Colleges or Universities
    1. Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit at Skidmore to receive a Skidmore degree (120 credits total). A maximum of 60 credits can be awarded in transfer credit (including credit by examination).
    2. 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.
    3. With the exception of Skidmore approved abroad and domestic programs, students may earn no more than 8 maturity level credits away from Skidmore.
    4. 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.
    5. Grades do not transfer to Skidmore and are not calculated into the Skidmore Grade Point Average.
    6. Courses which are not awarded academic credit by the other college will not earn transfer credit at Skidmore.
    7. 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.
    8. Courses taken at other colleges in technical or professional areas are usually not transferable to Skidmore.
    9. Community college courses cannot earn Maturity-Level (300-level) credit.
  3. Evaluation of Credits for People Holding a Bachelor’s Degree
    1. 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.
  4. Calculation of Credits from other institutions:
    1. Quarter System: credits are calculated by taking 2/3 of the quarter system credits
    2. Skidmore credits are articulated in semester hours. When transferring credit from institutions that utilize another form of academic credit (e.g. units, trimesters), the credits    will be converted into semester hours using the transcript key on the back of the transcript.

Articulation Agreements 

Skidmore College maintains an articulation agreement with Schenectady County Community College (SCCC). Candidates for admission are provided complete information on SCCC course articulations for the Skidmore degree program prior to the student's acceptance of an admission offer. Students admitted under this articulation agreement will be awarded financial aid meeting their full demonstrated need. For more information about transferring to Skidmore, contact Lisa Rinaolo-Johnson at For more information about credits and degrees, please contact Paula Brehm at

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