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  Nov 30, 2020
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Sage is committed to help transfer students bring in a maximum number of credits and make the transfer process seamless. Sage has established transfer agreements with many area colleges. New schools and additional programs are always being added to the growing list of transfer articulation agreements. See the full list at:

For further information about transferring to Sage, contact the Office of Admission at (518-244-2217 or (518) 292-1730.  For information about articulation agreements, please contact Dr. Richard Naylor, Director of Articulation at (518) 292-1752.

Transfer Credit Policies

Generally, the Office of Student Services 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. Specific policies and credit limits regarding transfer work from all sources are as follows:

Undergraduate credit at The Sage Colleges is applied equally. Credit is not transferred among the colleges. All undergraduate credit earned at The Sage Colleges is applied toward the completion of requirements for associate and baccalaureate degrees, the calculation of cumulative grade points, and the determination of eligibility for honors in the respective colleges.

Four-Year Colleges

A maximum of 75 credit hours is applicable toward the baccalaureate degree at Russell Sage College. Students must complete a minimum of 45 additional hours.

Two-Year Colleges

A maximum of 60 credit hours is applicable toward the baccalaureate degree at Russell Sage College.

Note: Where transfer students have credits from both two- and four-year institutions, no more than 75 total hours (maximum of 60 from the two-year level) can be applied to baccalaureate degrees. As a general program rule, a student who has achieved junior status will not receive transfer credit for work at the two-year college level.

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.

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.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credit and/or placement is possible for qualifying scores from the College Level Examination Program. At Sage, up to 60 credit hours may be received for students entering bachelor’s programs and 30 credit hours for associate degree programs. Normally, credit is awarded for acceptable scores in subject examinations and is applied to general education and elective requirements.

College Proficiency Examinations (CPE)

Credits from this program, sponsored by Excelsior College, are available in the same manner as for CLEP. The maximum of 60 credits hours toward bachelor’s degrees and 30 toward associate degrees are aggregates for a combination Excelsior College Examinations 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 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.

Deferred Admission

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.