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Transfer Credit Evaluation

Our dedicated Transfer Team will facilitate your transition to Mercy College while maximizing the transfer of credits from your prior academic experience. We will show you exactly how your transfer credits apply to your intended major and a PACT Mentor will assist in mapping out a semester by semester plan through graduation.

Credit evaluations are completed at the time of application based on all college transcripts received by the Office of Admissions. Preliminary, unofficial credit evaluations may be obtained by prospective transfer students. 

All final official transcripts for courses taken prior to attending Mercy must be submitted within the first semester. For detailed transfer policies please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Transfer Credit Policy

The Office of Admissions, in consultation with the appropriate academic departments, is responsible for awarding transfer credit. Your transcript will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by a member of our Transfer Team to determine course equivalencies. 

A maximum of 75 credits may be accepted upon transfer from accredited two-year college. A maximum of 90 credits may be accepted upon transfer from accredited four-year colleges. Combined transfer credits from two- and four-year colleges may not exceed 90 credits. If two and four year colleges are combined no more than 75 of these 90 credits can be from the two year schools. The 90 credits will also include any outside testing credits, ACE credits, or Life achievement.

Credit is usually transferable for all courses in which the applicant has obtained a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher. If a student has an associate’s degree and an average of "C" in courses taken for that degree, he/she will ordinarily receive full credit for all courses that have been completed successfully. If a student has an associate’s degree, which includes a minimum of 48 credits in liberal arts and sciences and an average grade of "C" in courses taken toward that degree, he/she may receive full credit for having completed the general education requirements for the bachelor’s degree at Mercy College, with the exception of any general education courses that are prerequisites for the major in question. This will also apply for student's coming back for a second bachelor degree. Some degree programs require higher grades for transfer in major courses or prerequisites.

Matriculating students must successfully complete at least 30 semester hours of credit in residence, 15–21 credits of which must be in their major concentration, in order to receive their degree from Mercy College.

NYS regulations require that a student must take a minimum of three-or-more credit course at the campus at which the degree program is approved by the state education department. Each program has detailed a core course within the major, which is only offered at the program's "home" campus, for this purpose. Students may take other core requirements and electives at other campuses, but they must complete their core course at the home campus in order to complete their degree. Course courses are designated throughout the catalog with the subscript (CC); the list of programs by approved campus is set out in the Registered Program (by campus) section of this catalog. 

Please refer to the catalog for more information.

Life Achievement Credit

Up to 30 credits may be granted learning achievements, which the College judges to be of such quality as to be comparable to educational achievement at the College level. Professional and paraprofessional work, political activity, volunteer work, and other employment that can be related to academic disciplines are among the kinds of experience that may have this quality. Applicants are judged on both the quality and length of their achievement, and must have spent usually at least five years in the employment of activities for which credit is sought to be eligible to receive the full 30 credits. Life Achievement credit is given only in the category of Open Electives; it does not count toward the residency requirement at the College and may not replace general education or major level course work. The applicant must register for the Life Achievement ePortfolio course.

A student who meets all of the following criteria is eligible to apply for credit for life achievement: (A) matriculated at Mercy College; (B) at least 25 years old; (C) completed at least 30 academic credits at Mercy College before submitting the portfolio; (D) successful completed ENGL 112 either at the College or in transfer; (E) a minimum of one year's relevant experiences to receive the minimum credit for life achievement (three open elective academic credits); and (F) a minimum of five years' relevant experiences to receive the maximum credit for life achievement (30 open elective academic credits).

Any student interested in applying for live achievement credit should consult their COP or PACT mentor.

Testing Credit and ACE

30 testing or ACE credits may be considered towards a degree program.  Testing credits will be included in the maximum 90 credit transfer limit and credit will not be granted for any duplicate course. Official transcripts are required to consider credit for transfer. 

If you are considering taking any of these exams please consult your PACT mentor prior to doing so. 

Advanced Placement (AP):
Advanced Placement is a program created by the College Board which offers college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students. Credit is only granted for scores of 3, 4, or 5.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP):
CLEP is a group of standardized tests that assess college-level knowledge in several subject areas. A minimum score of 50 is required for consideration.

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DSST-formerly DANTES):
DSST are credit-by-examination tests originated by the United States Department of Defense's Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program. The program is an extensive series of examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate college courses. There is variation in the minimal acceptable scores.

International Baccalaureate (IB):
The IB program is an intense curriculum for high school juniors and seniors, with an emphasis on intercultural understanding and enrichment. It culminates in six rigorous subject exams. Similar to taking AP courses and exams, participating in an IB program shows that students seek academic challenges.  To be awarded credits students must complete the course with a score of 4, 5, 6, or 7.

New York University Language Proficiency Exam:
The NYU Profiency Exam measures a students proficiency of a foreign language through the language testing services offered at NYU-SCPS.The score is equivalent to the number of college-level credits the student will be granted.

American Council on Education (ACE):
An ACE credit recommendation represents college-level equivalencies based on a review of workforce training, military training or occupations, and other sources of learning outside the college classroom, such as national exams and certifications.