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 Catalog for information on transferring coursework from their previous institution.)
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 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.) Online courses are accepted for summer sessions only.
Students planning to take courses elsewhere for transfer toward the Colgate degree must complete the appropriate transfer credit application (available at the top of this page). The completed application must be submitted to the registrar’s office, along with 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. Approval for all courses in the major/minor must be obtained whether or not they are intended to count toward major/minor requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to seek appropriate approvals.
Transfer courses may not be used to satisfy the Common Core requirement or the Global Engagements requirement. Summer courses may not be used to satisfy the areas of inquiry requirement.
Designated Transfer Credit Evaluators
Students should contact the appropriate department chair/program director unless a designated transfer credit evaluator is indicated in the following list:
- Anthropology: Emilio Spadola
- Astronomy: Kiko Galvez
- Biology: Timothy McCay
- Computer Science: Michael Hay
- Economics: Jyoti Khanna
- English: Deborah Knuth Klenck
- Physics: Kiko Galvez
- Political Science: Noah Dauber
- Sociology: Chandra Russo
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 Approved Program Transfer Credit Application (see top of page) to the registrar's office. The application must be accompanied by catalog 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.
Independent studies are only eligible for credit when they are a required part of the Approved Program and have been approved by a Colgate department. The Application for Independent Study on Approved Programs form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, along with the Approved program transfer credit application. .
Please see Colgate Catalog for additional information regarding participation in Approved Programs.
Final Transcript Deadline
Once a student returns from an Approved Program, all paperwork (final transcript, etc.) is due to the Colgate registrar's office as soon as possible. However, all paperwork must be submitted no later than the posted deadline, approximately two weeks before registration in November. Failure to meet the deadline will result in a registration hold, which will prevent the student from registering for the spring term. Students who submit paperwork after the deadline but before the week of registration will forfeit their assigned registration time and be reassigned a registration time after all other students in their class year. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the department has adequate time to review and provide approval by the posted deadline.
Students should refer to the Summer/Intersession Transfer Credit Requirements and Application for assistance in selecting appropriate courses. Please note that summer/intersession courses have additional requirements for term length and classroom hours.
Students seeking transfer credit for summer study outside of the United States may be required to 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.
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.
Credit is not awarded for independent studies, field research, or other experiential learning courses. See the Office of the Career Services web page for requirements regarding credit for internships.
Summer/intersession courses do not count toward Common Core curriculum or Global Engagements requirements. Students should note that the Areas of Inquiry requirement cannot be fulfilled by taking courses during a summer/intersession term, unless under exceptional circumstances and with permission of the department chair, division director, and associate dean of the faculty.
- Online courses must be approved for degree credit at the host institution.
- Online courses must be offered during a defined summer session and may not be an asynchronous (“at your own pace”) course.
- Online courses must include ongoing interaction with instructors, assignments, and feedback.
- Online courses that meet for 3-5 weeks will be eligible for 0.5-course credit, and courses that meet for 6 or more weeks will be eligible for 1.00 course credit.
- Online courses are approved for summer terms only. Online courses may not be taken during a fall, winter, or spring term.
- No more than two online courses may be transferred toward a student's degree.
Following completion of a summer course, a student must:
- submit a complete syllabus (not simply a course description) to the Colgate registrar’s office;
- have an official transcript sent directly from the summer institution to the Colgate registrar’s office; and
- complete an online course evaluation (comparable to the Colgate Student Evaluation of Teaching).
- Credit for summer courses will not be recorded on a student’s Colgate transcript until these three requirements have been met.
Course syllabi will be reviewed by departments and programs to assess course content, assignments, and methods of evaluation, and overall quality and comparability to Colgate courses. The review will not affect the student’s ability to receive transfer credit for courses already completed, provided that the course was pre-approved by the registrar’s office.
Online Courses: Approved Schools and Information
Colgate University’s Academic Affairs Board approved the transfer of summer online courses taken at an approved university (see list below), beginning in 2018.
Online courses will be accepted from the following institutions only:
- Colorado State University
- Cornell University
- Harvard University
- University of Colorado Boulder
- University of North Dakota
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Wisconsin System (multiple campuses available)
Not every online summer courses offered by each institution will be eligible for transfer credit. Courses must meet all requirements for general summer transfer (see previous section), with the exception of in-class hours. Online courses must be pre-approved by the registrar’s office and, in certain cases, the relevant Colgate department or program. Please refer to the Summer/Intersession Course Transfer section above for a detailed description of requirements and the Summer Transfer Credit Requirements and Application.
Completed forms and catalog descriptions or syllabi may be submitted in any of the following ways:
Registrar’s Office, located in 103 Lathrop
Office of the Registrar
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
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 Catalog.
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 Leave of Absence Transfer Credit Application to the registrar's office prior to enrolling in the courses. The application must be accompanied by catalog 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.
Colgate converts semester credits and quarter credits to Colgate 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.
Number of Colgate
(Example: a student who takes 5 courses totaling 15 semester credits is eligible for 4 Colgate course credits even though (s)he completed 5 courses.)
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.
Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Credit
All requests for credit for academic work completed prior to entering Colgate must be filed with the registrar’s office prior to registration during the fourth semester. Supporting documentation, such as the official transcript(s), official test scores, and/or course syllabi, must be submitted with the pre-matriculation credit request. Students who fail to meet this deadline must submit a written request accompanied by a written statement of support from the academic adviser to the registrar’s office.
Advanced Placement Credit
Students wishing to transfer Advanced Placement (AP) credit must have the official College Board score reports filed with the registrar's office prior to course registration during the fourth semester. To request official score reports, visit the College Board website or call 888-CALL 4 AP and reference Colgate University's college code, 2086. Acceptable exams and scores may be viewed below.
Colgate accepts the following Advanced Placement exams and scores. If an exam (or score) is not listed on this summary Colgate credit will not be awarded.
Colgate accepts the following Advanced Placement exams and scores. If an exam (or score) is not listed on this summary Colgate credit will not be awarded
|Subject||AP Exam||Score||Colgate Credit Awarded|
|Biology||AP Bio||4 or 5||BIOL 101 (1 course credit)|
|Chemistry||AP Chemistry||4||CHEM 101 (1 course credit)|
|AP Chemistry||5||CHEM 101 and CHEM 102 (2 course credits)|
|Computer Science||AP Computer Science-A||4 or 5||COSC 101 (1 course credit)|
|AP Computer Science Principles||4 or 5||COSC 100 (1 course credit)|
|Economics||AP Economics-Micro||4 or 5||Students must pass both the Micro and Macro exams with scores AP Economics-Macro of 4 or above to receive credit for ECON 151 (1 course credit)|
|AP Economics-Macro||4 or 5|
|French||AP French Language||4||FREN 202 (1 course credit)|
|AP French Language||5||FREN 361 (1 course credit)|
|German||AP German Language||4 or 5||GERM 202 (1 course credit)|
|History||AP European History||4 or 5||HIST 101 (.5 course credit) & HIST 102 (.5 course credit)|
|AP U.S. History||4 or 5||HIST 103 (.5 course credit) & HIST 104 (.5 course credit)|
|Latin||AP Latin||4 or 5||LATN 122, following completion of a higher-level LATN course (e.g., LATN 201) at Colgate.|
|Mathematics||AP Calculus AB||4 or 5||MATH 161 (1 course credit)|
|AP Calculus BC||3||MATH 161 (1 course credit)|
|AP Calculus BC||4 or 5||MATH 161 & MATH 162 (2 course credits)|
|AP Statistics||4 or 5||MATH 105 (1 course credit)|
|Music||AP Music Theory||4 or 5||MUSI 203 (1 course credit)|
|Physics||AP Physics 1 and/or AP Physics C-Mech||4 or 5||PHYS 111 (1 course credit)|
|AP Physics 2 and/or AP Physics C-E & M||4 or 5||PHYS 112 (1 course credit)|
|Psychology||AP Psychology||5||PSYC 109 (1 course credit), effective Class of 2022 (Class years prior to 2022 received credit for PSYC 150)|
|Spanish||AP Spanish Language||4||4 SPAN 202 (1 course credit)|
|AP Spanish Language||5||SPAN 361 (1 course credit)|
|AP Spanish Literature||4||SPAN 202 (1 course credit)|
|AP Spanish Literature||5||SPAN 202 (1 course credit), plus exemption from a concentration credit at the 350-level|
You may repeat a course at Colgate for which you received AP credit.
If you intend to repeat it in the fall, you should indicate so on your registration form. This will ensure that the registrar's staff knows it's an intentional decision rather than an oversight.
Upon successful completion of the Colgate course, the AP credit will change from 1.0 to 0.00 but will remain listed on your Colgate transcript. Please be aware that the course will be indicated as a repeat on your transcript.
International Baccalaureate Credit
Students wishing to transfer International Baccalaureate (IB) credit must have the official International Baccalaureate transcript filed with the registrar's office prior to course registration during the fourth semester. Acceptable exams and scores may be viewed below.
|Subject||IB Exam||Score||Colgate Credit Awarded|
|Biology||IB Biology HL||6 or 7||BIOL 101 (1 Course credit)|
|French||IB French B HL||6 or 7||FREN 202 (1 course credit)|
|History||IB European History HL||6 or 7||HIST 101 (.5 course credit) & HIST 102 (.5 course credit)|
|IB History Americas HL||6 or 7||HIST 103 (.5 course credit) & HIST 104 (.5 course credit)|
|Physics||IB Physics HL||6 or 7||PHYS 111 (1 course credit)|
|Psychology||IB Psychology HL||7||PSYC 109 (1 course credit)|
|Spanish||IB Spanish B HL||6 or 7||SPAN 202 (1 course credit)|
No credit awarded for Chemistry but can be used for placement into CHEM 111 (must be HL CHEM with a score of 6 or 7). No credit awarded for Philosophy but a score of 6 or 7 on IB Philosophy HL can be used for placement into a higher level PHIL course.
AP or IB credit may not be used to fulfill the areas of inquiry requirement. Each department will determine whether credit will count toward exemption from a course and/or fulfillment of the requirements for the major or minor in that department.
Other International Examinations
Credit may be granted for students who have achieved a score on an international exam (e.g., A-Levels, Abitur) that indicates a level of competence equivalent to the completion of a specific course at Colgate. To receive credit, qualified students may petition the appropriate academic department by submitting the Petition for International Exam Credit, along with the exam syllabus and certificate of results to the appropriate department chair for review. If approved, the chair will send the signed form to the registrar's office for processing. An official certificate of results must be submitted to the registrar's office before credit can be awarded. The petition process must be completed prior to course registration during the student's fourth semester.
The British A-level for Chemistry may be used for credit in some CHEM courses. A grade of B will result in credit for CHEM 101 (1 course credit), while a grade of A will result in credit for CHEM 101 and CHEM 102 (2 course credits). Please see the department descriptions in the University Catalog for additional information.
A-Levels or other international exam credit may not be used to fulfill the areas of inquiry requirement. Each department will determine whether credit will count toward exemption from a course and/or fulfillment of the requirements for the major or minor in that department.
To transfer pre-matriculation credit (other than AP, IB, or A-Levels), students must submit the Transfer of Pre-matriculation Credit Application, corresponding course descriptions or syllabi, and an official transcript to the registrar's office. Please read the first page of the form for specific requirements and policies regarding pre-matriculation credit. 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. Note that college-level courses taken in the high school/or taught only to high school students are not eligible for transfer credit.
College courses completed prior to matriculation may not be used to fulfill any of the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, Areas of Inquiry, or Global Engagements requirements.
Students who wish to apply for pre-matriculation transfer credit must do so prior to course registration during the fourth semester.