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Transfer Applicants

No matter your reason, we believe transferring is a chance to open new doors, make new academic connections and build new relationships. Luckily, that's what we're all about.

And while we may be considered a small college, that doesn't mean everyone knows everyone. Our students say that they're often making new friends, uncovering new academic passions and finding new ways to challenge themselves. So, whether you join us in your first year or later, it's always a good time to find your way at Skidmore.

Ready to apply?

Review the steps and materials required using the application checklist below. Then, apply directly through the Common Application or Coalition Application websites. 


Transfer Applicant Checklist

  • To be considered for fall admission, you should apply by April 1.
  • To be considered for spring admission, you should apply by  November 1.

Please submit the following:

  • Skidmore College Transfer Common Application supplement
  • Personal statement answering application essay prompt
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you have registered for any courses
  • Final high school transcript
  • Two (2) College Instructor Evaluations from instructors who have taught you in academic courses
  • A College Official Report indicating you are in good standing at the time of application and that no disciplinary action is pending
  • A Midterm Grade Report indicating your grades-in-progress for the current term
  • $65 application fee  (check or credit card accepted). No application can be processed until the fee is received or a request for a waiver has been submitted.
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Frequently asked transfer student questions

Apply as a transfer student if you have completed the equivalent of a U.S. secondary school education and will have at least one full-time semester (12 or more credits) as a degree candidate at another college or university.

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, we 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.

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

Yes. Housing is guaranteed for all incoming transfers.


Our goal is to provide important information that will guide you through the transfer process. Please consider using 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.

Evaluation of Credits from Accredited Colleges or Universities

  • 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).
  • 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 pre-approved by Skidmore's Office of Off-Campus Study and Exchanges.
  • With the exception of Skidmore-approved abroad and domestic programs, students may earn no more than 8 maturity-level credits away from Skidmore.
  • 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.
  • Grades do not transfer to Skidmore and are not calculated into the Skidmore Grade Point Average.
  • Courses not awarded academic credit by the other college will not earn transfer credit at Skidmore.
  • 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.
  • Courses taken at other colleges in technical or professional areas are usually not transferable to Skidmore.
  • Community college courses cannot earn maturity-level (300-level) credit.

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 two-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.

Calculation of Credits From Other Institutions

  • Quarter System: Credits are calculated by taking 2/3 of the quarter system credits
  • 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.
Skidmore College maintains an articulation agreement with SUNY 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 Puckett at

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