Statement of Policy

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This policy serves to inform current and prospective students at New York University about the awarding of transfer credit towards undergraduate degrees.

TO WHOM THE POLICY APPLIES

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Undergraduate students at NYU.

Policy and Procedures

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For all undergraduate programs at its campuses in New York, New York University awards transfer credit towards the degree (a.k.a., advanced standing) for courses that students have taken at other post-secondary institutions prior to matriculation, as well as for qualifying scores on designated standardized tests.

Please note: Advanced standing is not offered at NYU Abu Dhabi or NYU Shanghai. Undergraduate transfer credit is only awarded at the following NYU schools in New York:

College of Arts and Science

College of Dentistry (Dental Hygiene)

Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Liberal Studies

Rory Meyers College of Nursing

School of Professional Studies

Silver School of Social Work

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Tandon School of Engineering

Tisch School of the Arts

With the exception of the School of Professional Studies, advanced standing is not awarded for non-traditional learning formats. In all other NYU schools, eligibility for undergraduate transfer credit is limited to post-secondary courses and designated standardized tests. (Exceptions are made in other schools of NYU for certain types of military credit that are applicable to degree program requirements.)

Post-Secondary Courses

Requirements: Transfer credit can be awarded for post-secondary courses that were taken within a 10-year period prior to matriculation, and that are applicable to the degree program requirements. (NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai do not award transfer credit for advanced standing.) The minimum grade required for transfer of credit is a C or equivalent. There are no blanket restrictions on awarding transfer credit for courses taken in an online or a blended/hybrid format. [Please note: in certain academic programs, there may be restrictions on specific online or blended/hybrid courses. These rare restrictions, which are clearly indicated within schools’ transfer credit policy statements, typically involve concerns regarding safety or interactions with non-NYU populations. Examples of restricted courses include online laboratory courses that did not include in-person experience in a laboratory and thus have not exposed students to the necessary safety precautions of an in-person lab environment, or online experiential learning courses, such as student teaching or clinical practicums or internships, in which students have not been exposed to in-person professional standards.]

Process: An official post-secondary transcript must be submitted to the Office of Admissions for transfer credit to be awarded towards the NYU degree for eligible courses. Official documents from educational institutions (high schools and/or post-secondary institutions) located outside of the United States must be submitted to Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for confirmation of authenticity.

Satisfying Degree Requirements: Course syllabi and other materials are evaluated by schools and departments to determine whether transfer credits can be used to satisfy specific program requirements or, instead, to count as electives towards overall credit requirements for the degree. For more specific information about how transfer credits can satisfy NYU program requirements, students should consult the policies and practices of their home school at NYU:

College of Arts and Science

College of Dentistry (Dental Hygiene)

Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Liberal Studies

Rory Meyers College of Nursing

School of Professional Studies

Silver School of Social Work

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Tandon School of Engineering

Tisch School of the Arts 

Please note: to satisfy a degree requirement for an academic program at NYU, the credit value of a course taken at another post-secondary institution—following any necessary conversions (see “Converting Units” below)—must be equivalent or approximate to the credit value of the required NYU course. For example: a 2-credit course transferred from another post-secondary institution would not satisfy a 4-credit requirement at NYU.

Restrictions on specific types of courses: Transfer credit is not awarded for physical education courses. Additionally, students who matriculate as first years will not receive transfer credit for post-secondary expository writing courses, since they are required to complete at least one first-year writing course at NYU. (See “Restriction on duplication” below.) [Please note: the restriction on receiving transfer credit for writing courses does not apply to upper-year students who transfer to NYU from another post-secondary institution.] Finally, individual schools may have restrictions on the awarding of credit for internship or independent/directed study courses.

Restriction on duplication: If a particular course is deemed equivalent to an existing NYU course, a student will lose previously awarded transfer credits if they complete, and receive credit for, the equivalent NYU course. 

NYU Official Transcript and GPA: Grades for courses taken at another post-secondary institution are not published on the NYU official transcript, nor are they counted in a student’s grade point average (GPA). (An exception to this is courses taken by matriculated NYU students as part of designated exchange programs with other institutions. Grades for these courses are converted to the NYU grading scale and are included in the GPA.)

Converting Units: NYU undergraduate programs follow a semester system. For courses taken at institutions following a quarter or trimester system, the following standard conversion formula is used to calculate the number of transfer credits to be awarded:

Quarter to semester conversions:

Number of quarter units divided by 1.5 = number of NYU semester credits

Trimester to semester conversions:

Number of trimester units multiplied by 0.75 = number of NYU semester credits

Standardized Tests

As noted above, New York University awards credit for qualifying scores on designated standardized tests taken prior to graduation from high school. (NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai do not award transfer credit/advanced standing.) Both minimum score requirements and the number of credits awarded for each test score are determined at the University level and are within the purview of the Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC). The UPC is charged with evaluating the creditworthiness of standardized testing systems, including country-specific tests offered outside the U.S. (In general, credit awarded for international examinations is limited to maturity certificate examinations.)

NYU Transcript and GPA: The name of the standardized test and transferred credit amount are published on the NYU official transcript. They are not counted in a student’s grade point average (GPA).

Satisfying Degree Requirements: Each school determines which subject area exams can be used to satisfy specific program requirements or, instead, to count as electives towards overall credit requirements for the degree. Please note that some NYU schools do not award advanced standing credit for certain subject area examinations. Students should consult the policies and practices of their home school at NYU:

College of Arts and Science

College of Dentistry (Dental Hygiene)

Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Liberal Studies

Rory Meyers College of Nursing

School of Professional Studies

Silver School of Social Work

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Tandon School of Engineering

Tisch School of the Arts

Restriction on duplication: If credit for a particular subject area exam is deemed equivalent to an existing NYU course, then a student may lose previously awarded transfer credits if they complete, and receive credit for, the equivalent NYU course. (Similarly, students cannot earn credit for the same subject matter in any combination of standardized tests, e.g., AP, IB, A-Levels.). Since all undergraduate students are required to complete at least one writing course, and since there are no exemptions from this requirement for students who matriculate as first years, NYU does not award credit for subject area examinations in English language or English composition.

Process: Students must request that standardized test scores be sent to the NYU Office of Admissions for transfer credit to be awarded towards the NYU degree. Official documents from educational institutions (high schools and/or universities) located outside of the United States must be submitted to Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for confirmation of authenticity.

Advanced standing credit can be awarded for scores on the following standardized testing systems:

Advanced Placement (AP)

minimum score: 4 (out of 5)

minimum number of credits awarded per qualifying exam score: 4

International Baccalaureate (IB)

minimum score: 6 (out 7)

number of credits awarded per qualifying exam score: 8

credit is awarded for Higher Level (HL) exams only

no credit is awarded for the Extended Essay

A-Levels

minimum score: B

number of credits awarded per qualifying exam score: 8

Abitur (Germany)

minimum score: 10

number of credits awarded per qualifying exam score: 8

credit is awarded only for written exams (schr.), not for oral exams (mdl.).

Baccalauréat (France)

for any spécialité exam other than mathematics:

minimum score: 12

minimum coefficient: 16

number of credits awarded per qualifying exam score: 8

for the mathematics spécialité exam (not accompanied by Maths expertes):

minimum score: 12

minimum coefficient: 16

number of credits awarded per qualifying exam score: 8 [4 credits equivalent to MATH-UA 121 plus 4 credits of general electives]

for the mathematics spécialité exam (accompanied by Maths expertes):

minimum score: 12

minimum coefficient: 16

number of credits awarded per qualifying exam score: 8 [4 credits equivalent to MATH-UA 120 plus 4 credits equivalent to MATH-UA 121]

no additional credit is awarded for the Maths expertes exam.

for the French Literature exam (written plus oral):

minimum score: 12 (on each section)

minimum coefficient: 5 (on each section)

total number of credits awarded: 4

credit is awarded for the combination of oral and written components, and the minimum score must be achieved on both components.

for the Philosophy exam:

minimum score: 12

minimum coefficient: 8

number of credits awarded per qualifying exam score: 4

for scores of 12 or 13, students receive general elective credit; for scores of 14 or higher, students receive credit equivalent to PHIL-UA 1

American or British literature and language (written plus oral) 

minimum score: 12

minimum coefficient: 10 for the written exam and 5 for the oral exam

total number of credits awarded: 8

credit is awarded for the combination of oral and written components, and the minimum score must be achieved on both components.

History-Geography (written plus oral)

minimum score: 12

minimum coefficient: 10 for the written exam and 5 for the oral exam

total number of credits awarded: 8

credit is awarded for the combination of oral and written components, and the minimum score must be achieved on both components.

No credit is awarded for either the Grand Oral or for Evaluations communes

Cambridge Pre-U

minimum score: M2

number of credits awarded per qualifying exam score: 8

CXC Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE)

minimum score: II

number of credits awarded per qualifying exam score: 8

credit is awarded for Unit II scores only

Esame di Stato [Maturità] (Italy)

minimum score per exam: 13

number of credits awarded per qualifying exam score: 4

credit is only awarded for “Written Exam 1: Italian” and “Written Exam II”

students must receive an overall score of 90 or higher to be eligible for credit

Matura (Switzerland)

minimum score per exam: 4.5

number of credits awarded per qualifying exam score: 8

Limits on the total number of transfer credits

Limits on the total number of transfer credits apply to any combination of credit for previous post-secondary coursework, designated standardized tests, or non-traditional learning formats (School of Professional Studies only). Maximum numbers of transfer credits are indicated below, by degree type.

Please note: depending on specific program requirements, it may not be possible in some cases to award the maximum amount of transfer credits towards the NYU degree.

Associate’s degree programs

The maximum number of transfer credits that can be awarded towards the associate’s degree is 30. There is one exception: students in the Associate’s of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program in the College of Dentistry may be awarded up to 32 transfer credits. 

Bachelor’s degree programs

For students who matriculate at NYU as first years, the maximum number of transfer credits that can be awarded towards the baccalaureate degree is 32. (Students admitted in Spring cohorts may receive a maximum of 8 credits from post-secondary courses taken after high school as part of the 32 transfer credit limit.) Additional transfer credits awarded after matriculation must be approved by the student’s home school.

For students who transfer from another post-secondary institution, the maximum number of transfer credits that can be awarded towards the NYU bachelor’s degree is 64. There are two exceptions: transfer students in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development may be awarded up to 72 transfer credits, and transfer students in the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies (DAUS) in the School of Professional Studies may be awarded up to 80 transfer credits. For all other schools and programs, the maximum number of transfer credits that can be awarded towards the bachelor’s is 64. As noted above, depending on specific program requirements, it may not be possible in some cases to award the maximum amount of transfer credits towards the bachelor’s degree.


Notes
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  1. Dates of official enactment and amendments: Sep 1, 2023
  2. History: N/A
  3. Cross References: N/A