Transfer Students

Admission is based on academic performance in college and on space availability. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 is necessary for consideration, although some programs are very competitive and will require a higher minimum cumulative GPA for admission. Transfer students with more than 45 credit hours are encouraged to apply for and be admitted to their intended major program of study. Those with fewer than 60 credit hours may be undeclared. No student who is on academic probation at another institution or who has been academically dismissed in the past year will be accepted.

Previously earned credit will be evaluated for all transfer students upon admission to Buffalo State, and accepted students will be apprised regarding transferable credit. A maximum of 90 credit hours may be transferred from other regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting institutions, and with no more than 66 credit hours from associate degree programs. Most credit hours earned at other institutions will be accepted, although the college cannot guarantee how credit hours earned will relate to bachelor's degree requirements. The most common cases in which transfer credit hours are not accepted are:

  1. Developmental courses in mathematics, English, and learning skills.
  2. Courses in programs not offered at Buffalo State (e.g., nursing, occupational therapy, etc.).

Only credit is transferable. Grades, quality points, and cumulative averages do not transfer.

The evaluation of transfer credit hours is recorded in Degree Works, Buffalo State’s online degree audit system. The system records the major and general college requirements that have already been fulfilled, and those that remain.

Departments reserve the right to refuse to accept transfer credit hours in fulfillment of their own major requirements. Whether or not a course fulfills a major requirement may be open to discussion with the department chair or academic adviser, and it is useful to have a copy of the catalog and course syllabus from the previous institution available.

Refer to DOPS Policy I:01:05.