Transfer Credit at SUNY Empire
At SUNY Empire our goal is to communicate information about transfer credits (also called “advanced standing”) early in a student’s academic career. Transfer review helps identify the credits that can be used to meet general degree program requirements, such as:
- Advanced credits
- Liberal credits
- General education credits
- For students in structured programs, required courses in the degree
Transfer credit is applied from a variety of learning sources, not just regionally accredited colleges. For information about possible sources of transfer credit, click here.
Transfer Review Process
The review process begins when students submit official documents from acceptable sources to the SUNY Empire admissions office. The transfer team in the registrar's office, working with faculty experts, reviews the credits as the documents arrive.
When this review is complete, information about available credits and any degree requirements they are eligible to meet is added to the student record. The credits can then be viewed on the unofficial Academic Transcript on the Student Profile in Self-Service Banner, in Degree Works, or in DP Planner.
Please note that this initial review results in an unofficial snapshot of all available credits. The review does not guarantee that all the credits will be applicable to a specific degree.
Working with their mentors, students will determine which of the available credits will be appropriate to use to meet academic and professional goals. The process of planning the degree, including how to use transfer credit, is called educational planning.
Viewing Transfer Information
Transfer Evaluation System (TES)
SUNY Empire stores transfer decisions that have been made in an online repository called the Transfer Evaluation System (TES). Even before students have sent in official documents, they can view this repository for information that may be relevant to them.
TES records include course descriptions, time frame restrictions (if applicable), and any other notes such as General Education information.
Search by institution to see course equivalencies that have been created. If you do not see an equivalency for a particular course, that does not necessarily mean that it is not transferable. More information is added regularly.
Unofficial Academic Transcript
A student's unofficial snapshot of all available transfer credits can be viewed in the Unofficial Academic Transcript in Self-Service Banner.
Rather than the original course title and number, the SUNY Empire equivalent course title and number will display in Self-Service Banner. College-level courses that are eligible for transfer but do not have an exact match in the SUNY Empire catalog – or have not yet been evaluated for such a match – will have a title like “Transfer Course,” “Transfer Math,” “Transfer Psychology,” etc. Even courses that do not have an exact match may be usable in degree planning.
If a student has an earned AA, AS, or AAS degree, courses with D-grades may be transferred and used in the Empire degree. If you see that D-grades from earned degrees are not counting toward credit totals, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the Office of the Registrar will research and adjust the credits, if appropriate.
Degree Program Planner
Credit for which a student is eligible will also be available to import into SUNY Empire's degree planning tool, DP Planner. Students should work with their mentors to draft their degrees with the appropriate transfer credits.
For any questions related to transfer review please reach out to TransferReview@esc.edu.