General Information About Transferring to Albany


The academic programs in this booklet define the specific agreements reached between the two institutions for specific majors in the Arts and Sciences.  Accounting and Business Administration are also included.

There are formal agreements for:


Art Foreign Languages:  French, Spanish
Biology History
Chemistry Mathematics
Economics Psychology
English Sociology


Accounting Business Administration

The transfer agreements specify the following:

Cobleskill students who follow a program as outlined and receive an associate's degree and are admitted to the University at Albany will be awarded full transfer credit and have the opportunity to complete the bachelor's degree program in four additional semesters of full-time study or the equivalent.  The programs are designed to lay the foundation of introductory and intermediate level coursework (when possible) in the major area and in some instances the minor field of study.


An important component of these articulated Programs of Study is the corresponding Joint Admissions Agreement.  That procedure, which is detailed in a later part of the Guide, is designed to allow students to be admitted to SUNY Cobleskill and the University at Albany as freshmen, with conditional acceptance to the University at Albany with junior status after completion of one of the Programs of Study.  Candidates selected for the Joint Admissions Program will receive a letter of acknowledgement from the Admissions Office at the University at Albany during the first semester of study at SUNY Cobleskill.  Following completion of the two-year program at Cobleskill, in which minimum academic achievement levels must be attained, students will automatically move to the Albany campus to complete the final two years and the bachelor’s degree.

While enrolled at Cobleskill and completing the requirements for an associate’s degree, students are considered by the University at Albany as part of its academic community.  Besides setting up a systematic method of communication with each student throughout this two-year period, students will be encouraged to attend appropriate functions at the University at Albany.  Additionally, students are encouraged to meet on an individual basis with advisers.  At the same time, representatives from Albany will make periodic visits to the Cobleskill campus to provide academic advisement about the University at Albany’s curriculum and general information about the University.  These representatives will also meet, as necessary, with faculty and staff at Cobleskill who are involved in advising students enrolled in the Joint Admissions program.

 The transfer programs for which specific formal agreements exist are listed under TRANSFER AGREEMENTS outlined in a later part of this publication.  A complete listing of all undergraduate majors available at the University at Albany also follows.

QUESTION: I am interested in a major for which a TRANSFER AGREEMENT or PROGRAM OF STUDY has not been worked out.  Can I still transfer to Albany after I complete my associate’s degree?

ANSWER: Yes.  Albany will consider a transfer application from any qualified applicant.  However, you will need to plan your associate degree program carefully in order to ensure maximum transferability of credit.  Additionally, some of the introductory coursework required for your intended program is offered only at Albany; you may wish to take advantage of the cross-registration agreement and cross-register for courses at Albany.  Contact your cross-registration coordinator for details (Cobleskill Registrar’s Office).

 Finally, you should be aware that it may take longer than four additional semesters of study to complete your bachelor’s degree at Albany.  The SUNY Cobleskill Counseling Center and Albany advising staffs are ready to assist you to develop a best fit program.

 The transfer program outlines which appear later in the Guide list the exact courses by Cobleskill designation (with Albany equivalents in parenthesis) which must be followed for the majors where transfer agreements have been finalized.  The series of courses within the PROGRAM OF STUDY allow students to move immediately and directly into the upper division (junior/senior) course requirements.


QUESTION: Is there a limit to the number of credits that can be transferred to Albany from two-year schools?

ANSWER: Yes, a maximum of 64 graduation credits can be transferred to Albany from any combination of two-year schools.

QUESTION: Does Albany allow transfer credit in courses for which a D-grade was earned?

ANSWER: Under a new policy adopted by the University’s Undergraduate Academic Council, the answer is No.  Only courses where a grade of C- or higher has been achieved will be accepted for transfer credit.  This policy will not affect a student’s status with regard to meeting General Education requirements.  This policy will become effective for students matriculating in Fall 2001 and later.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and Pass/Fail graded courses are considered for transfer credit where the passing grade was earned.

QUESTION: When will I find out how many credits will transfer to Albany?

ANSWER: A tentative evaluation of transfer credits is made at the time formal admission is offered and is communicated in the letter of admission.  A final evaluation of transfer credit is completed after receipt of the admissions deposit and in time for review by the student and adviser during the Summer Planning Conference or January Orientation.  If you are following a PROGRAM OF STUDY, you should have a very good idea how many transfer credits you will receive.

Students transferring into programs other than those included in this Guide will continue to have courses evaluated for transfer using Albany's principles of comparability and applicability.  Generally, if the course is similar to one offered on this campus, or is otherwise considered a college level course in nature and level, and is applicable to the bachelor's degree requirements, transfer credit will be awarded.


 The following programs at the University at Albany; Accounting, Business Administration and Psychology programs have very specific requirements for admission to the major.  The admission requirements have important implications for the courses which should be taken at SUNY Cobleskill.  It is your responsibility to carefully read ALL the information contained in the Guide relating to your choice of major.  Should you have questions regarding any of the information contained in the Guide, please consult with the Counseling Center at Cobleskill.

Repeating Courses to Meet Program Admission Requirements

For purposes of calculating admission requirements into restricted majors or programs, once a student has received the grade of A or B in a course, no future grade in that course or its equivalent will be used in determining the student's average for admission to that major or program.  An "equivalent" course, for purposes of this policy, is any course for which the student cannot receive credit by virtue of her or his having satisfactorily completed the original course.


The University at Albany awards the undergraduate degrees of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.)  Both require completion of a minimum of 120 graduation credits.

Of the 120 graduation credits for the B.A. degree, at least 90 must be in the liberal arts and sciences.  Of those same 120 credits, 30-36 credits are required in an approved major and 18-24 in an approved minor.  (18) of the major credits, including 12 at the 300 level or above, must be completed at the Albany campus; six (6) of the minor credits must be taken at the University at Albany at or above any courses with pre-requisites.

Of the 120 graduation credits required for the B.S. degree, at least 60 must be in the liberal arts and sciences.  Credit totals and requirements at the 300-level for the major and minor are the same as for the B.A.

For the B.A. and B.S. combined majors, a minimum of 24 major credits, including 12 credits at the 300 level or above, must be completed in the combined major program at the University at Albany.

QUESTION: Do transfer students have to complete the University at Albany's General Education Requirements?

ANSWER: It depends on what type of degree, if any, you have earned.  See below for detailed explanation.  [Please note:  The University’s General Education Program (1992) applies to students with basis of admission “Transfer” before fall 2002, all other students should refer to the section of the University at Albany’s Undergraduate Bulletin entitled “The New General Education Programs”.]

1) Associates in Arts/Associates in Science degree holders – A.A. or A.S. degree holders will be considered to have satisfied the University at Albany’s General Education requirements.  [with transfer before fall 2002]

2) Associates in Applied Science/Associates in Occupational Science – A.A.S. or A.O.S. degree holders and;

3) Students transferring without an Associate’s Degree will receive a waiver of General Education requirements IF the following conditions are satisfied:  [with transfer before fall 2002]

a) Satisfactorily completes 30 credit hours that the UA considers Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Students may wish to consult with the Counseling Center at Cobleskill for advice on what courses are acceptable at UA for Liberal Arts and Sciences.
b) Satisfactorily completes with a grade of “C” or higher University at Albany’s writing requirement.  English 102 (Eng 010Z) satisfies this condition.
c) Satisfactorily completes at least one course from each of the following areas:

1. Humanities and Arts
2. Social Sciences
3. Physical or Life Sciences

Also, students who are waived from the General Education Requirements MUST complete the upper level writing intensive requirement.

Other degree requirements are listed in Albany’s Undergraduate Bulletin under the section entitled Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree.

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