A maximum of six (6.00) non-Colgate credits may be counted toward the Colgate degree. This includes college courses taken at other institutions prior to matriculating at Colgate, Advanced Placement credit, courses taken during summer or intersessions, or in semester-long Approved Programs. (Transfer students should refer to the University Catalogue for information on transferring coursework from their previous institution.)
Students planning to take courses elsewhere for transfer toward the Colgate degree must complete an Application for Transfer of Course Credit. The completed application must be submitted to the registrar’s office, along with corresponding course descriptions or syllabi, prior to enrolling in the courses. Courses in the Division of Natural Science/Mathematics, in English, or in a student's major or minor also require departmental/program approval. It is the student’s responsibility to seek appropriate approvals.
Courses must be comparable to those offered at Colgate and fit within the scope of our liberal arts curriculum. (Business, marketing, vocational or professional courses, and National Outdoor Leadership [NOLS] courses are examples of courses that will not be considered.)
Transfer credit for independent studies and field research may be awarded only when it is a required component of an approved program and has received pre-approval by an appropriate department and by the registrar. For information on internship requirements and approval, refer to the “Internship Credit” section in Chapter VI of the Colgate Catalogue.
Colgate operates on a course credit system, not a semester-hour or quarter-hour system. It must not be assumed that transfer credit is automatic or that courses taken at other institutions can be transferred to Colgate on a one-for-one basis. (See “Credit Conversion” below.)
Courses must be taken at a regionally accredited college or university (U.S., Canada), or on an approved study-abroad program. Students with upper-class standing (rising juniors, seniors) may not receive credit for courses taken at a two-year institution.
Courses taken off campus may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory, pass/fail, or other ungraded basis.
The university areas of inquiry requirement is normally met by taking appropriate Colgate courses. Transfer courses that have received prior approval from the Colgate registrar and were taken during the regular fall/spring academic year on an approved program or leave of absence may be used to satisfy the areas of inquiry requirement. Summer/intersession courses do not count toward this requirement.
Transfer courses may not be used to satisfy the Common Core requirement or the Global Engagements requirement.
Fall or Spring Semester Study
During a regular fall or spring semester, Colgate students may elect to study off campus from a select list of Approved Programs. Please contact the Office of Off-Campus Study for information about the application process.
Once a program of study has been approved, students must complete and submit the Application for Transfer of Course Credit to the registrar's office. The application must be accompanied by catalogue descriptions or syllabi as well as any required department/program approvals for each course submitted for consideration.
All grades earned in coursework completed on Approved Programs will be recorded on the Colgate transcript, though not factored into the Colgate GPA. All courses in which a passing grade is earned will count towards graduation credit. A grade of C or higher is normally required for major or minor credit.
Please see Colgate Catalogue for additional information regarding participation in Approved Programs.
Leaves of Absence
Students may apply for a leave of absence through their administrative adviser. For more information regarding the application process and types of leaves available, refer to the Colgate Catalogue.
Students who wish to take courses to transfer toward the Colgate degree while on an approved academic or medical leave of absence during a fall or spring semester are required to submit the Application for Transfer of Course Credit to the registrar's office prior to enrolling in the courses. The application must be accompanied by catalogue descriptions or syllabi as well as any required department/program approvals for each course submitted for consideration.
Grades earned while on a leave of absence are not recorded on the Colgate transcript and are not computed in the Colgate GPA, though a minimum grade of C is required in order for a course to be eligible for transfer.
Summer/Intersession Course Transfer
Students seeking transfer credit for summer study outside of the United States must first meet with an adviser from the Off-Campus Study Office to discuss their plans. Transfer credit from summer study abroad will only be considered from U.S. university-led programs, direct enrollment at a foreign university, or from providers listed on Colgate’s Approved Programs list.
Please refer to the Requirements for Transfer of Summer/Intersession Courses for assistance in selecting appropriate courses. Please note that summer/intersession courses have additional requirements for term length and classroom hours. This form must be signed and submitted to the registrar’s office along with the Application for Transfer of Course Credit and catalogue descriptions or syllabi for each course submitted for consideration.
Grades earned during a summer term or intersession are not recorded on the Colgate transcript and are not computed in the Colgate GPA, though a minimum grade of C is required in order for a course to be eligible for transfer.
Transfer Credit for Online Courses (effective summer 2015-2017)
The Academic Affairs Board approved a pilot program to allow transfer credit for online courses from a select list of approved universities. This pilot will allow Colgate to collect data regarding the types and quality of online courses in comparison to traditional classroom-style courses and consider how those courses integrate with a Colgate education. Courses must be taken through one of the following institutions:
During the pilot program, students may transfer no more than 2 online courses toward their degree.
In order to be considered for transfer, courses must be pre-approved by the registrar’s office and in certain cases, the related Colgate department or program. Courses must meet all requirements for transfer - except for in-class hours.
- Colorado State University
- Cornell University
- Harvard University
- Oregon State University
- University of Colorado Boulder
- University of North Dakota
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Wisconsin
- Courses must be approved for degree credit at the host institution.
- Courses must be offered during a defined summer session and may not be an asynchronous (at your own pace) course.
- Courses must include ongoing interaction with instructors, assignments and feedback.
- Online courses that meet for 3-5 weeks will be eligible for .5-credit, and courses that meet for 6 or more weeks will be eligible for 1.00 credit.
- It should be noted that online courses will not count toward a major or minor.
Credit for online courses will not be recorded until students have submitted a complete syllabus and official transcript to the registrar’s office.
Colgate converts semester credits and quarter credits to course credits using the table below. Please note that this table does not apply to foreign institutions in all cases. Therefore, it is critical to have courses pre-approved by the registrar’s office.
(Example: a student who takes 5 courses totaling 15 semester credits on an approved program is eligible for 4 Colgate course credits even though (s)he completed 5 courses.)
Submission of Documents for All Transfer Credit
Completed forms and catalogue descriptions or syllabi may be submitted in any of the following ways: In person
: 126 McGregory Hall E-mail
: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail
Office of the Registrar
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346