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How do I transfer credit to GCC?

The student who applies to transfer to Genesee Community College must have an official transcript sent to the Admissions Office at Genesee Community College.

Transcripts for all entering students (new, readmitted, transfer) will be evaluated by the Records Office and a list of accepted credits will be forwarded to the student.

The guidelines used by the Records Office to determine transfer credit to be awarded are as follows:

  • Credit will be awarded for credit-bearing courses from institutions accredited by a regional accrediting body as defined by the Council for Higher Education (e.g., the Middle States Commission on Higher Education). Courses must be completed with a grade of S, P, or a letter grade no lower than C- (1.67 on a 4.0 scale). Credit from nonaccredited institutions and training institutes also may be awarded on a case-by-case basis, as recommended by the appropriate faculty members or Dean.
  • Depending on a course’s degree of similarity to offerings at Genesee Community College, transfer credit may be awarded in one of the following three ways. Course descriptions as found in the other institution’s catalog will be used in determining course equivalency. In particular, science courses must have a laboratory component, and mathematics courses must list a prerequisite at or above the level of elementary algebra. The appropriate faculty members or Dean will review such course descriptions and/or syllabi, as needed, in order to make these determinations.

    • When courses are sufficiently similar, transfer credit will be awarded.
    • Courses dissimilar to Genesee Community College courses may be transferred as electives in specific academic areas, if such courses would be appropriate additions to those areas. For example, if Genesee Community College does not offer a course in Geology, a student who had taken Geology elsewhere, including a lab, may be given credit for a “science elective.”
    • Courses too dissimilar to existing offerings to fall under item 2 above may be transferred as general electives. An example at the present time would be a credit-bearing course in automotive repair. A maximum of twelve general elective credits may be awarded.
  • The Genesee Community College reading and mathematics proficiency requirements may be satisfied through successful completion of equivalent courses elsewhere, whether they are credit bearing or not.
  • Credit will be granted only for those courses which fulfill an individual student’s program requirements. A student who changes his/her program may request a re-evaluation in order to determine how transfer credit can be applied.
  • To meet residency requirements, the combined maximum number of transfer and proficiency examination credits is one-half of the credits required in the student’s program.
  • If a course carries more credit than its Genesee Community College counterpart, the course will be transferred in with the credit of the Genesee course. The additional credit may be considered general elective credit.
  • If a course carries less credit than its Genesee Community College counterpart, the course will be transferred in with the credit earned at the other institution. The course requirement may be satisfied at the discretion of the appropriate faculty members or Dean. However, additional credits must be taken to reach the total credit required for the program.
  • Students will be awarded a maximum of two credits for physical education for having taken it at an institution where such courses do not bear credit.
  • Credit hours transferred will appear on the student’s transcript with a grade of “TR.” No grade points will be assigned, and therefore, transfer credit will not be used in calculation of the student’s cumulative grade point average.
  • Quarter hours will be transferred as follows:
    Quarter Hours Semester Hours
    1-2 1
    3 2
    4-5 3
    6 4
    7-8 5
    9 6
    10-11 7
    12 8
    13-14 9
  • There will be no time limit for the awarding of general elective credit, or credit for courses where content has not been significantly affected by the passage of time. In cases where course content would have become obsolete, as identified by the appropriate faculty members or Dean, the time limit will be ten years.

    Students entering the Paralegal Studies, Nursing, Respiratory Care, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant programs, or any other program with course time limit requirements should check the specific requirements for their particular program for course completion time limits.

    Students entering any computer technology program seeking credit for computer technology courses must have earned that credit within the past three years. Exceptions may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the appropriate faculty or Dean.

  • Students enrolled under a Regional Articulation Agreement, such as the one which exists for Respiratory Care as of this date, will not be considered transfer students when they come to Genesee Community College to complete their degrees. Upon acceptance into the program, all courses will be treated as if they were Genesee Community College courses. Students will be given the grade earned at the other institution, not a grade of TR, in all courses taken during this time period. These grades will be included in their grade point average. Courses taken prior to acceptance into the program will be evaluated as transfer credit.
  • The student may appeal decisions of the Advisement Office regarding credit awarded by appealing to the following in the order listed:
    1. The appropriate Dean for the course
    2. Academic Standards Committee
    3. Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs