Transfer Student FAQ

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I am unsure if I will be getting credit for courses I took at my previous school(s).  How can I check on what will transfer?

Answer: You should use UAlbany’s online database for transfer credits, found on the University's Transfer Course Equivalency web page. From that page, choose the school where you took/plan to take transfer credits.  You may put in a specific course, or just generate a list of all courses at that school.  The course number at the other school will be in the column at the left.  The middle column will contain the course that you will get credit for at UAlbany.  The right column is the title of the course.

Any courses that say “NOCR” in the middle column will not count for credit at UAlbany.  If the course you are looking for is not in the database, this means it has not yet been evaluated by the University.  In this case, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Education (442-3950) for further assistance.
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I transferred in credits from another school, and I want them to count as general education courses, not electives.  How can I do this?

Answer: Fill out the General Education Substitution and/or Waiver Request.  Return the form to Lecture Center 30, with any relevant supporting materials for the courses in question (syllabi, course descriptions, etc.).  A decision will be made on your request within 3 weeks.
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I transferred in credits from another school, and I want them to count towards my major/minor, not electives.  How can I do this?

Answer: You will need to contact your major/minor department directly for this approval.  Bring with you any syllabi, course descriptions, etc. that may help in their evaluation of the course.
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I transferred from another university, and my last semester of work from that school is still listed as “In Progress” on my UAlbany degree audit.  What does this mean?

Answer: Credits from other schools will be listed on the audit as “In Progress” until a final transcript from that semester has been obtained by our Admissions office.  If you have not yet had that final transcript sent, please contact your previous school’s Registrar and have them send a transcript to:
University at Albany
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
If you have already had the transcript sent, you can contact our Admissions Office at 442-5435 to see if it has been received.
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I am a transfer student.  Can I apply for admission to the Honors College?

Answer: Transfer students can only apply for the Honors College during their application to UAlbany, if they are going to have freshman or sophomore status upon their arrival at UA.  Junior and senior level transfer students are not eligible for the Honors College.  However, transfer students are strongly encouraged to look into their eligibility for UAlbany’s chapter of Tau Sigma, the national transfer student honor society.  They can also contact their academic department to inquire about the possibility of applying for their departmental honors program.
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What are the general education waivers that can be given for Regents exam scores, and am I eligible for them?

Answer: Students who went to high school in New York state and took the Regents exams my be eligible for 3 general education waivers.  Students receiving 85+ on their foreign language Regents may be waived from the foreign language general education requirement.  (In addition, if you attended a high school that does not offer Regents exams, you may be waived from the foreign language requirement if you completed 3 years of a language in high school and earned a B or better in the third year.)  Students with 85+ on their Math B/Math III Regents may be waived from the math general education requirement.  Students with 85+ on the US History Regents exam must still fill the US History general education requirement, but they have an expanded list of courses to choose from.

Transfer students are eligible for these waivers.  You should contact your high school and ask them to send a copy of your transcript (with the exam scores) to our Admissions office, if you feel you have the required score(s):
University at Albany
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
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I would like to change my major.  How can I do this?

Answer: If you would like, you can first consult with your current academic advisor, or an advisor in the Advisement Services Center. ASC advisors meet with students of all majors, and have walk in hours Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm in LI-36.

Once you have decided to change your major, you can declare any unrestricted major/minor on MyUAlbany. Go to the Advisement Services Center in LI-36 to request the change. Staff in the office will make the change to your record as soon as possible.

Be aware that some majors are restricted, meaning they have specific admission requirements before you can be declared. These majors include Accounting, Business, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Criminal Justice, Social Welfare, Mathematics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Communication, and Information Science. Before switching to these majors, students should meet with an academic advisor for information on what is needed to apply.
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I recently transferred to UAlbany, and I have a learning/physical/mental/other disability.  How can I receive assistance for this?

Answer: The Disability Resource Center on campus can provide any services or accommodations needed for students with disabilities.  Students should contact them in Campus Center 137, or at 442-5490, if needed.
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How can I find contact information for my professors?

Answer: All faculty/staff are listed in the university directory.  You can find phone and email contact information for them in the Univesity Directory
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What is the maximum number of credits I can transfer in from another school?

Answer: The maximum number of transfer credits allowed is 90.  However, students should be aware that residency requirements state that 30 of their last 60 credits must be done through UAlbany.  Majors and minors each have their own residency requirements as well.  Refer to your degree audit to be sure you have enough on-campus credits in each.
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As a transfer student, I am unsure if I can fit Study Abroad into my academic plans.  Is it possible?

Answer: The University at Albany offers 56 study abroad programs through this campus, but students are also able to take part in the over 300 programs sponsored throughout the SUNY system.  As a result, there are many ways to work these programs into your plan.  Summer and winter study abroad sessions are also available.  To meet with an advisor about these opportunities, please call Study Abroad at 591-8170.
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I’d like to get involved on campus.  How can I go about doing this?

Answer: The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership has a great website to help you get started: MyInvolvement.org.  Here, you can log in to view a list of all active student organizations on campus.  Contact information is also provided for each club/organization.  Feel free to browse the list and get in touch with the club of your choice!To the Top of the Page



Office of Transfer Experience
Undergraduate Education
LC-30
(518) 442-3950

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 The Transfer Experience Coordinator

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