Transfer applicants must submit:
- A completed Application (online or Common Application);
- An official high school transcript or an official copy of a GED score (if fewer than 24 credits have been earned);
- An official sealed transcript from EACH post-secondary institution attended;
- AP score reports
- A written essay (minimum of 250 words)
Transfer Credit Policies
Transfer Credit Policies
Sage has established transfer agreements and transfer course equivalencies with many colleges. New schools, programs and additional courses are always being added
The Office of Student Services/Registrar per departmental guidelines evaluates credit earned at other accredited institutions. To be eligible for credit consideration at The Sage Colleges, final official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) previously attended must be submitted. Awarding of transfer credit is on a course-by-course equivalence basis for all coursework in which grades of “C-” or above have been earned. Up to 9 credit hours may be awarded for courses that are not comparable to courses offered at The Sage Colleges. Note: transfer credit is granted for credits that will apply to the student’s current degree program.
Program directors and department chairs have final authority on the awarding of transfer credits for coursework transferring in through their departments. Transfer credits from subject areas that are not offered at Sage may be evaluated by the appropriate College Dean’s office. In some cases students may be asked to submit a course description and/or course syllabus to evaluate the Sage equivalency for the credit.
Undergraduate credit at The Sage Colleges is applied equally. Credit is not transferred among the Sage schools and colleges. All undergraduate credit earned at The Sage Colleges is applied toward the completion of requirements for baccalaureate degrees, the calculation of cumulative grade points, and the determination of eligibility for honors in the respective colleges.
A maximum of 75 credit hours is applicable toward the baccalaureate degree at Sage College of Albany.
A maximum of 66 credit hours is applicable toward the baccalaureate degree at Sage College of Albany.
Note: Where transfer students have credits from both two- and four-year institutions, no more than 75 total hours (maximum of 66 from the two-year level) can be applied to baccalaureate degrees. Students must complete a minimum of 45 hours at Sage.
Transfer Credit - School of Professional & Continuing Education
A maximum of 90 credit hours is applicable toward the SPCE baccalaureate degree at Sage College of Albany.
A maximum of 66 credit hours is applicable toward the SPCE baccalaureate degree at Sage College of Albany.
Note: Where transfer students have credits from both two- and four-year institutions, no more than 90 total hours (maximum of 66 from the two-year level) can be applied to SPCE baccalaureate degree. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Sage.
Advanced Placement (AP Credit)
The Sage Colleges recognize achievements of secondary students who participate in the Advanced Placement program of The College Board. Generally, scores of 3, 4, and 5 on AP examinations will result in transfer credit hours poster to the academic record. Academic departments and the Registrar administer specific AP requirements.
Credit for Prior Learning
Baccalaureate students may be eligible to receive credit for a variety of prior college-level learning through such activities as community service, military or employer-sponsored training, work experiences, or self development. Students must complete one course from The Sage Colleges to participate in this option. Consult Sage’s website for information on the Credit for Prior Learning portfolio program.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
International Baccalaureate diplomas will generally be treated as advanced placement and/or transfer credit, with final determination made by the individual academic department.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Transfer credit is granted in approved CLEP exams with qualifying scores. CLEP credits are regarded as two-year level transfer credit.
Excelsior College Examinations
Credits for Excelsior exams may be transferred for approved exams with qualifying scores. Prior approval is required.
Accredited Proprietary Schools
Students who have achieved a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (4.0 system) for work done at a proprietary school accredited by the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools can petition for transfer credit according to two-year college guidelines. Most credit awarded will be applicable to electives and general education requirements, with decisions on major field credit resting with the academic department.
Students transferring from non-accredited schools may petition for credit evaluation after they have attended Sage for two consecutive semesters and earned a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (2.2 in the major field).
Armed Services Training
Training on military installations may lead to credit awarded on the basis of guidelines from the “Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.”
National College Credit Recommendation Service
National College Credit Recommendation Service, CCRS, (formally called National PONSI), credit may be available for courses sponsored by organizations which are recommended in the National CCRS Directory of the University of the State of New York.
Students Moving Between The Sage Colleges
Continuing students should contact the Office of Admission at the college they plan to attend. For Russell Sage College, call (518) 244-2217; Sage Graduate School, call (518) 244-6878; Sage College of Albany, call (518) 292-1730.
Note: Some academic programs have specific enrollment requirements (GPA) and continuation of study. Information on requirements is available from the Office of Admission.
Former Students Seeking to Return to The Sage Colleges
Former matriculated students who have been away from Sage for one or more terms (withdrawn) must contact the Office of Admission, 518-292-1730, for readmission/re-enrollment application procedures. If any post-secondary institutions (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) were attended while the student was away from The Sage Colleges, official transcripts must be forwarded to the Student Services Office. Upon reenrolling, students are newly matriculated under the current catalog in effect at the time of reenrollment.
Fresh Start Program
A student who is seeking readmission to Sage and who has not attended any of The Sage Colleges in four or more years may choose to have all Sage course work that is at least four academic years old be exempt from the calculation of the grade point average.
In choosing this option, such a student would receive credit for courses in which a grade of “C-” or better was earned; the grades for such courses however, would not be included in the computation of the grade point average. In effect, students electing the Fresh Start policy will have old course work treated as transfer credit in the calculation of credit for courses, grade point average, and the determination of eligibility for honors in the respective colleges. The decision to declare a “Fresh Start” must be made to the Office of Admission at the time of re-enrollment and can be claimed no more than once in a student’s career at The Sage Colleges. All original course grades earned (including those below a C-) remain on the student’s transcript for record-keeping purposes, though they are not computed into the student’s grade point average.
[Advisement Note: Per the federal financial aid undergraduate satisfactory academic progress policy, original grades and credits will be used to determine financial aid eligibility.]
Offers of admission can be deferred for one calendar year if circumstances cause students to delay the start of their studies at The Sage Colleges. Students desiring to defer their admission must notify the appropriate Office of Admission by September 1 or January 1. Attendance at any other post-secondary institution (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) during the deferral period cancels the deferment and requires that students submit a new application and official college transcripts.