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. Contact the Registrar’s Office or Advising Office for a more comprehensive list of all transfer courses accepted to date.
A maximum of 75 transfer credits are applicable toward a baccalaureate degree at Sage College of Albany, with these conditions:
- Final transcripts from accredited institutions (official and sealed) are required
- Course grades of “C-” or above is required
- Of the total 75 transfer credits permitted, a maximum of 66 credits may be from 2-year level colleges or by examinations
- Students must complete at least half their major credits at Sage
- Students must complete at at least 45 credit hours in residence at Sage. Thirty of the last 45 credit hours must be completed in residence.
The Office of Student Services/Registrar evaluates credit earned at other accredited institutions per departmental guidelines. 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 only granted for credits that will apply to the student’s current degree program. If a student changes his/her major after initial matriculation, he/she should contact the Advising Office to determine if there needs to be a change in the amount of transfer credit that applies toward the degree. Please note that course grades from other institutions do not transfer, only credits do.
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.
Transfer of Credit after Matriculation
An undergraduate student who intends to transfer credit from another institution after matriculation at Sage must file with the Registrar a statement of approval for the course to be taken, signed by the major advisor. No credit will be transferred without prior approval, nor will credit transfer for coursework with a grade below a “C-”. Please note that course grades from other institutions do not transfer; only credits do. Transfer credit permission forms are available in the Office of Student Services or the Office of Academic Advisement.
Before registering elsewhere to take a required course normally offered at Sage, the student must obtain consent of his or her academic advisor(s) and verification of course equivalence from the coordinator of the program in which the course would be offered at Sage.
Limitation of Credits Juniors and Seniors May Earn at a Two-Year College
Credits earned at a two-year college after a matriculated student has attained junior or senior status at RSC are not normally transferable. However, for transfer students to the College, as well as continuing students who are changing majors or have recently done so, this restriction takes effect after their newly-declared major allows degree completion within 45 credits, or as soon as they are enrolled in those courses in the major appropriate for juniors in that program (whichever occurs first). Thus a student who must “catch up” with prerequisite courses in a new major before moving on to the junior level and otherwise risks having to take an additional year to complete the program will be allowed to take those courses at another college (typically over the summer), including a two-year college, if the student is unable to take them at Sage.
Before registering elsewhere to take a required course that is normally offered at Sage, the student must obtain consent of her academic advisor(s) and verification of course equivalence from the coordinator of the program in which the course would be offered at Sage.
Students may petition the Dean of RSC for a waiver of any part of this policy. Such a request requires the consent of the academic advisor(s) and verification of course equivalence, if any, from the coordinator of the program in which the course would be offered at Sage. Students transferring into the third year of an accelerated RSC undergraduate program leading to a graduate degree will receive special consideration.
Advanced Placement (AP Credit)
The Sage Colleges recognize achievements of secondary students who participate in the Advanced Placement Program (APP) of The College Board. Generally, scores of 3, 4, and 5 on AP examinations will result in credit hours and/or advanced placement. Academic departments and the registrar administer specific AP policies. A chart is available in the Academic Policies- Credits section of the Catalog that outlines the specific score requirements needed to earn credit at Russell Sage College. Note that credits earned through AP coursework transfers into Sage as credits from a 2-year school.
Credit for Prior Learning
Baccalaureate students at least 25 years of age 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 Credit for Prior Learning.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
International Baccalaureate diplomas will generally be treated as certificates for advanced placement and/or transfer credit, with final determination made by the individual academic program. A chart is available in the Academic Policies- Credits section of the Catalog that outlines the specific score requirements needed to earn credit at Russell Sage College. Note that credits earned through IB coursework transfers into Sage as credits from a 2-year school.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Credit and/or placement is possible for qualifying scores from the College Level Examination Program. At Sage, up to 66 credit hours may be received for students entering bachelor’s programs. Normally, credit is awarded for acceptable scores in subject examinations and is applied to general education and elective requirements. A chart is available in the Academic Policies- Credits section of the Catalog that outlines the specific score requirements needed to earn credit at Russell Sage College. Note that credits earned through CLEP exams transfers into Sage as credits from a 2-year school.
College Proficiency Examinations (CPE)
Credits from this program, sponsored by Excelsior College, are available in the same manner as for CLEP. The maximum of 66 credits hours toward bachelor’s degrees are aggregates for a combination Excelsior College Examinations, AP, CLEP, IB and any other credit from a 2-year school.
Accredited Proprietary Schools
Students who have achieved a minimum 2.500 cumulative grade point average (4.000 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 2.000 cumulative grade point average (2.200 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.”
Credit may be available for courses sponsored by organizations which are recommended in “The Directory of The National Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction” 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, call (518) 244-2217; Sage Graduate School, call (518) 244-6878; and Sage College of Albany, call (518) 292-1730.
Note: Some academic programs have specific requirements for continuation of study. Information on any such requirements is available from the Office of Admission.
Former Students Seeking to Return to The Sage Colleges
Matriculated students who have been away from The Sage Colleges (leave of absence, withdrawal or suspension) should contact the Office of the Dean to confirm what return procedures and policies apply. A readmission application and interview may be required. If any post-secondary institutions (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) were attended while away from The Sage Colleges, official transcripts should be forwarded to the Office of Admission.
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.
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.