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Academic Policy - Credit

Credits Among Schools at The Sage Colleges

Undergraduate credit at The Sage Colleges is applied equally to Sage College of Albany and Russell Sage College. Credit is not transferred between the Colleges. Undergraduate credit from any of The Sage Colleges is applied toward baccalaureate degrees as The Sage Colleges credit. All undergraduate credit earned at The Sage Colleges is applied toward the completion of requirements of baccalaureate degrees, the calculation of cumulative grade points, and the determination of eligibility for honors in the respective colleges.

Classification of Students

A student’s academic classification (class standing) is determined by the number of credits earned toward the Bachelor’s Degree:

Standing Credits
First Year 0-23
Sophomore 24-53
Junior 54-86
Senior 87 or more

Substitution/Waiver Policy

The Department Chairperson/Program Coordinator may approve the waiver of a major requirement for a student. For course substitions, the Department Chairperson/Program Coordinator for the course that is being substituted MUST sign the form. For example, substitution of a Math course requires the approval of the Math Department. For general education core requirements, the decision rests with the Dean of the College. This approval may be secured in writing or via e-mail from the Chairperson/Coordinator or Dean and MUST be attached to the Substitution/Waiver Form before it is returned to the Office of Student Services.

In lieu of the Substitution/Waiver Form, Substitution/Waivers may be done via e-mail, but MUST contain the following:

  • Chairperson/Program Coordinator MUST be copied
  • Student MUST be copied
  • Required course
  • Course being waived
  • Course being substituted
  • Whether or not the course is a transfer course and from what institution
  • Reason/Justification
  • Statement indicating, “Copying the student indicates the student’s awareness of the substitution/waiver.”

Fresh Start Program

A student who is seeking readmission to Russell Sage College and has not attended any of The Sage Colleges in four or more years may choose to have all Sage coursework (from the prior attendance) 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 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.

Transfer of Credit from Other Institutions

Students must complete at least half the major (and minor) requirements and at least 45 credit hours in residence (i.e., at Sage or through a local or study abroad consortium institution). Furthermore, 30 of the last 45 credits must be completed in residence. Students in specially designed joint programs such as the Mathematics/Engineering Program with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute or the Sage-Albany Law School 6-year BS/JD program include credits from the partnership institution in this last 30 credit requirement. Students must satisfy general education as well as major requirements and must maintain satisfactory standards of scholarship to be eligible for graduation.

Generally, the Office of the Registrar evaluates credit earned at other accredited institutions soon after admission. To be eligible for credit consideration at The Sage Colleges, final transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) previously attended must be received before students have completed their first semester. For credit earned through traditional classroom work, evaluation is on a course-by-course equivalence basis for all work 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.

Students may transfer no more than 60 credits from a two-year institution (including credits earned from AP and IB coursework and CLEP exams) and no more than 75 credits from a four-year institution.

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.

Summer School - Transfer Credit after Matriculation

A 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 for coursework below a “C-.” Transfer credit forms are available from the Office of Student Services.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students may apply up to 75 credit hours from a previous degree toward a second degree at Russell Sage. A minimum of 45 additional hours must be earned at Sage and will include at least half the major field requirements for the second degree, as well as any general education requirements which cannot be met by credits from the first degree. Second degree students are exempt from the core requirement of WLD 120 and may petition the Dean of RSC for exemption from ENG 101 and/or ENG 220.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credit and/or placement is possible for qualifying scores from the College Level Examination Program. At Russell Sage College up to 60 credit hours may be received. Normally, credit is awarded for acceptable scores in subject examinations and is applied to general education and elective requirements. For information about the CLEP program go to The following table specifies appropriate exam and credit available.

Exam Score Course Equivalent Cr.
American Literature 50 Humanities general education credit 3
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 ENG 154 3
English Composition 50 ENG 101 3
English Literature 50 Humanities general education credit 3
Humanities 50 Humanities general education credit 3
Algebra 50 MAT 112 3
Algebra/Trigonometry 50 MAT 113 3
Biology 50 BIO 104, BIO 105 8
Chemistry 50 CHM 111 & CHM 112 8
Calculus with Elementary Functions 50 MAT 201 4
College Mathematics 50 Quantitative Reasoning general education credit 3
Natural Sciences 50 Natural Science general education credit 6
Trigonometry 50 Quantitative Reasoning general education credit 3
French, Level 1 50 FRE 101, FRE 102 6
French, Level 2 52 FRE 101, FRE 102, FRE 201, FRE 202 12
German, Level 1 50 GER 101, GER 102 6
German, Level 2 52 GER 101, GER 102, GER 201, GER 202 12
Spanish, Level 1 50 SPA 101, SPA 102 6
Spanish, Level 2 52 SPA 101, SPA 102, SPA 201, SPA 202 12
American Government 50 POL 101 3
Educational Psychology 50 EDU 206 3
Introduction to History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 50 HIS 105 3
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 50 HIS 106 3
Human Growth and Development 50 PSY 202 3
Macroeconomics, Principles of 50 ECO 201 3
Microeconomics, Principles of 50 ECO 202 3
Psychology, Introductory 50 PSY 101 3
Sociology, Introductory 50 SOC 101 3
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 HIS 109 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50 HIS 110 3
Accounting, Principles of 50 ACC 101 3
Business Law, Introductory 50 BUS 212 3
Management, Principles of 50 BUS 205 3
Marketing, Principles of 50 BUS 202 3

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 the Director of Academic Advising for further information, and see the section on Tuition and Fees (Activity Based Fees).

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Russell Sage College welcomes students who have participated in an International Baccalaureate program. Students who have completed IB coursework not represented below should consult the Dean of Russell Sage College.

Subject Score Course Equivalent Cr.
Biology HL 5 BIO 101 and 101L or BIO 104 and 104L 4
  HL 7 BIO 101/102 + labs or BIO 104/105 + labs 8
Business/Management HL 5 MGT 235 3
Chemistry* HL 5 CHM 103 or 111 4
  HL 7 CHM 111 and CHM 112 8
Economics HL 5 ECO 201 and 202 6
English HL 5 ENG 101 3
  HL 7 ENG 101and 220 6
French HL 5 FRE 101 and 102 6
  HL 7 FRE 201 and 202 6
History HL 5 Equivalent RSC course or HST elective 3-6
Math SL 5 Gen. Ed Quantatative Reasoning requirement waived 0
  HL 5 MAT 113 3
Psychology HL 7 Equivalent RSC course or PSY elective 3
Spanish HL 5 SPA 101 and 102 6
  HL 7 SPA 201 and 202 6

*The Chemistry Department will evaluate each case for appropriate lab experience before granting credit; if the laboratory experience of a student is deemed not equivalent, CHM elective credit is given instead (3 or 6 credits, respectively).

College Proficiency Examinations (CPE)

Credits from this program, sponsored by the Regents External Degree Program of the New York State Education Department, are available in the same manner as for CLEP. The maximum of 60 credits hours toward baccalaureate degrees are aggregates for a combination of CPE and CLEP.

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.

Non-Accredited Institutions

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.”

Non-Collegiate Programs

Credit may be available for courses sponsored by organizations which are recommended in the “Guide to Educational Programs in Non-Collegiate Organizations” of the State University of New York.

Advanced Placement Program (AP Credit)

Russell Sage College recognizes achievements of secondary students who participate in the Advanced Placement Program (AP Credit) of The College Board. The following table defines the credit awarded for each of the exams.

Exam Score Course Equivalent Cr.
Art: Art History 3, 4 or 5 ART 206 3
Art: Studio Art 3, 4 or 5 ART 101 3
Biology 4 BIO 104 4
Biology 5 BIO 104, BIO 105 8
Calculus AB or Subscore AB 3 Quantitative reasoning elective credit 4
Calculus AB or Subscore AB 4 or 5 MAT 201 4
Calculus BC 3 Quantitative reasoning elective credit 4
Calculus BC 4 or 5 MAT 202 4
Chemistry 3, 4 or 5 CHM 111 & CHM 112 8
Computer Science A 3 Technology intensive general education requirement 3
Computer Science A 4 or 5 CSI 125 3
Computer Science AB 3 Technology intensive general education requirement 3
Computer Science AB 4 or 5 CSI 126 3
Economics: Macro 3, 4 or 5 ECO 201 3
Economics: Micro 3, 4 or 5 ECO 202 3
English Lang & Comp 3, 4, or 5 ENG 101 (RSC) 3
English Lit & Comp 3, 4, or 5 ENG 101 3
Environmental Science 3 Biology elective credit 4
Environmental Science 4 Biology elective credit 8
Environmental Science 5 BIO 104, BIO105 8
French Language 3 FRE 201 3
French Language 4 FRE 202 3
French Language 5 FRE 211 3
French Literature 3 or 4 FRE 201 3
French Literature 5 FRE 315 3
German Language 3, 4 or 5 GER 201 3
Govt & Politics: US 3, 4, or 5 POL 101 3
Govt & Politics: Comparative 3, 4, or 5 POL 103 3
History: US 3, 4, or 5 HIS 105, HIS106 6
History: European 3, 4, or 5 History elective credit 3
History: World 3, 4 or 5 History elective credit 3
Human Geography 3, 4 or 5 Elective credit in Social Science 3
International English Language [APIEL] 3, 4 or 5 Substitutes for TOEFL requirement for admission 0
Latin: Virgule 3, 4 or 5 Humanities elective credit 3
Latin: Literature 3, 4 or 5 Humanities elective credit 3
Music Literature 3, 4 or 5 Music (Humanities Gen Ed) elective 3
Music Theory 3, 4 or 5 Music (Humanities Gen Ed) elective 3
Physics B 3, 4, or 5 PHY 101 & PHY 102 8
Physics C: Mech 3, 4, or 5 PHY 101 4
Physics C: Elec & Magnetism 3, 4, or 5 Elective credit in Natural Science general education category 3
Psychology 3, 4, or 5 PSY 101 3
Spanish Language 3 SPA 201 3
Spanish Language 4 SPA 202 3
Spanish Language 5 SPA 211 3
Spanish Literature 3 or 4 SPA 201 3
Spanish Literature 5 SPA 315 3
Statistics 3, 4 or 5 MAT 220 3