Academic Information and Credit Transfers

Individual departments determine which courses taken elsewhere can transfer for credit toward a major. The Office of the Registrar decides which courses apply toward graduation requirements.

At Colgate, one course generally carries one course credit, which is equivalent to four semester hours. Colgate requires students to complete at least half the required courses (16 of 32 courses) for graduation at Colgate or on a Colgate study group.

Guidelines for conversion of academic credit

Courses that have a value of one or two semester hours or fewer than four quarter-hours are not normally considered for transfer credit.

Cumulative quarter-hours transferred Cumulative semester hours (credits) transferred Colgate course equivalents
5–8 3–5 1
9–13 6–8 2
14–19 9–12 3
20–25 13–16 4
26–31 17–20 5
32–37 21–24 6
38–43 25–28 7
44–49 29–32 8
50–55 33–36 9
56–61 37–40 10
62–67 41–44 11
68–73 45–48 12
74–79 49–52 13
80–85 53–56 14
86–91 57–60 15
92–97 61–64 16

 

Credit evaluation

Transfer credit is normally considered for liberal arts courses bearing the equivalent of three semester — or five quarter — hours’ worth of credit when the student earns grades of C or better. Grades of C- or lower are not granted credit, nor are courses taken as pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Determining class year/academic standing

The following defines the number of credits required to achieve the indicated class year at the time of admission:

  • Junior standing: Transferring the equivalent of 14-16 Colgate credits
  • Sophomore standing: Transferring the equivalent of 6-13 Colgate credits

Curriculum and Course Requirements

To earn your degree at Colgate, you will need to complete the curriculum outlined below, in addition to your academic major.

 

Colgate’s core curriculum provides common ground for wide-ranging student-faculty interactions.

Students are required to complete core requirements as indicated:

Total courses accepted upon enrollment at Colgate Core courses required at Colgate
1–4 4
5–8 3
9–12 2
13–16 1

As a condition of graduation, students must take at least two courses, from different departments, in each of three areas of inquiry:

  • Human Thought and Expression
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social Relations, Institutions, and Agents

While transfer credits may satisfy this requirement, summer course credit will not apply.

Select courses from across the curriculum satisfy this requirement. All students must take one such course, as transfer credit does not apply.

Students must be competent in a foreign language before graduation. Language competency may be shown by one of the following:

  • Completing three years (levels) of a foreign or classical language in a secondary school before enrolling at Colgate.
  • Demonstrating basic language skills on a standard test (for example, a satisfactory score on a College Board SAT-II language subject test).
  • Studying a foreign or classical language at Colgate or another college/university through at least one semester at the intermediate level.
All students must complete two units of physical education, taken by the end of the sophomore year (one unit equals six weeks). Junior transfer students must complete one unit.