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Pre-matriculation and Transfer Credit FAQs

Please click on the links for the answers to these frequently asked questions regarding pre-matriculation and transfer credit. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the registrar’s office (registrar@colgate.edu or 315-228-7676 or 315-228-6493) and a staff member will be happy to assist you.


First-Year Pre-matriculation & Transfer Credit FAQs


What is pre-matriculation credit?

Pre-matriculation credit includes any college coursework, AP, and/or IB completed prior to attending Colgate. For complete pre-matriculation information, see the registrar's web page.

What are Colgate's guidelines for accepting coursework that has been completed prior to attending Colgate?
Pre-matriculation coursework will be considered for Colgate credit if the coursework was completed on a college or university campus, in competition with degree candidates and taught by a regular member of the faculty. Courses completed at your high school are not eligible for transfer to Colgate. Please refer to the "Guidelines for Transfer of Pre-Matriculation Course Credit."

What types of courses are eligible for transfer to Colgate?

Liberal Arts courses that are similar in content to courses offered at Colgate are eligible for transfer credit. Business or marketing courses, etc., are not transferable.

Can pre-matriculation course credit be used to fulfill the university areas of inquiry or global engagements requirement?

College courses, AP, or IB completed prior to matriculation may not be used to fulfill the university areas of inquiry or global engagements requirement.

What is the maximum number of courses a first-year student can transfer to Colgate?

Matriculated students may receive Colgate credit for a maximum of six transfer course credits. This limit includes all courses taken as a visiting student elsewhere, courses taken at other institutions during the summer or during a leave of absence from Colgate, AP or IB credits, and college credits earned prior to entering Colgate as a first-year student.
 
Can a Colgate student take courses at other institutions during the academic year or in the summer and transfer the credit to Colgate? 
Once you are a matriculated student, you must receive prior approval for any courses taken away from Colgate. Matriculated Colgate students may receive Colgate credit for a maximum of six transfer courses. This limit includes all courses taken as a visiting student elsewhere, courses taken at other institutions during the summer or during a leave of absence from Colgate, AP or IB credits, and college credits earned prior to entering Colgate as a first-year student. Courses taken on a Colgate Study Group are indicated on your transcript as Colgate credit and therefore are not considered transfer credit.