Credit Transfer Policies
Students with Associate's Degrees
The College guarantees acceptance of a minimum of 60 semester hours in transfer to applicants who hold AS, AA, or AAS degrees from fully accredited colleges. Normally, the College does not accept credit for courses with earned grades below "C"; however, in some cases this policy may be waived to ensure that associate degree holders receive the minimum 60 credits. In most cases, these associate degree holders will be able to complete their bachelor's degree in four semesters of full-time study at St. John Fisher College.
Students from Two-Year Colleges Without Associate's Degrees
Students who transfer to the College without an associate's degree will not be able to transfer credit for courses in which grades below "C" are obtained. Regardless of whether the student has an associate's degree or not, the maximum amount of credit that can be applied to a degree from St. John Fisher College from a two-year college, or a combination of two-year colleges, will be 66 semester credit hours or their equivalent. This limit includes courses taken in the summer, in the evening, or through inter-institutional registration before the student has enrolled at the College, as well as courses the student may take at any two-year college before or after enrolling at St. John Fisher College.
Please review our Program Advising Guides for Partnership Colleges for more information regarding equivalencies and transferability of coursework.
Transfer Students from Four-Year Colleges
For transfer of credit, courses must be in reasonable conformity with the curriculum of St. John Fisher College and a grade of at least "C" must have been earned in these courses. There is no limit to the number of credits that can be transferred from four-year institutions; however, students must be aware of the St. John Fisher College residency requirements.
St. John Fisher College grants standing and college credit to students who earn a grade of 3 or higher on AP tests. Generally, a grade of 4 or higher is required on exams in Biology, Modern Languages, Classical Studies, and Physics.
Through CLEP subject tests, students can earn credit and advanced academic standing in areas that conform to the curriculum of the College if they receive a minimum score of 50. Credit is not awarded for the CLEP General Exams.
For more information, please consult the Registrar's Office.
Applicants who successfully complete examinations approved by the College with the recommended score or higher will be granted college credit and advanced standing in the academic areas in which they have demonstrated proficiency and that conform to Fisher's curriculum.
Equivalent college credit in harmony with the College curriculum will be granted for those students who complete International Baccalaureate curriculum and exams according to policies developed by individual departments.
Refer to the Credit by Examination Brochure [pdf] for more information.