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    Our goal at the Office of Transfer Services is to help you explore your academic options after LaGuardia. We can assist you in choosing the best four-year college that will connect your LaGuardia education to your career aspirations.

    LaGuardia graduates transfer to four-year colleges at triple the national rate. The College has transfer agreements with many public and private senior colleges, including New York University (NYU), St. John's University, Columbia University, Cornell University and CUNY's four-year colleges, which makes it easier for you to navigate the transfer process quickly and easily.


    How We Can Help You

    The transfer process can be complex with information coming in from all directions—admissions applications, college visits, official transcripts, credit evaluation, essays, references, academic requirements, financial aid, housing arrangements, major choice, etc. We can help with all of it.

    Our transfer advisors can provide the following services:

    • One-on-one advising appointments to determine which college or university will best meet your needs
    • Create an academic plan to ensure you meet the transfer requirements of your chosen institution
    • Navigate the application process and provide tips on essays and references
    • Provide resources such as transfer guides, course equivalencies, scholarship information, college directories and catalogs to help you make the best choice
    • Connect you with representatives on campus from four-year colleges and universities during Transfer Fairs, Information Sessions, Instant Decision Days.


    Planning your Transfer

    It’s never too early to start thinking about transferring. Below is a very basic plan, which offers an idea of what to consider and expect throughout the stages of your college journey.


  •  Pre-Admission

    At this stage, you can start thinking about your end goals, even if you haven’t begun classes yet. We will discuss: 

    • Where you want to end up.
    • Majors you want to explore.
    • How your major will transfer at other colleges.
    • Your options after LaGuardia.
    • How programs at LaGuardia connect to other colleges.
    • How the transfer process works.


     0-30 Credits

    As you work through your first year, you know that you’re already considering transferring. At this stage, we will help you think about: 

    • Your skills and goals and the majors that fit best.
    • Institutions that offer those majors.
    • Different types of colleges. Commuter or resident? Urban or rural? Big or small?
    • Math course completion—a CUNY transfer requirement, as well as other requirements.
    • Starting a syllabus file for every class, which is useful for transfer credits in the future.
    • Maintaining your GPA, and why it’s important for transfer.


     30-45 Credits

     You have a long list of options now, and it’s time to narrow down your search. We can help you plan: 

    • Campus visits that will offer you a more thorough understanding of your choices.
    • A schedule of application deadlines and processes, for each chosen institution.
    • Scholarship opportunities, which include their own application processes and deadlines.
    • Your essay, a requirement for most competitive schools and scholarships.
    • Letters of recommendation and which faculty you’ll want to ask.


     45+ Credits

    Applications, essays, letters of recommendation – it’s paperwork time! 

    • Plan a schedule for all the application logistics. Make sure you are gathering all the documents you need in time for the earliest deadlines.
    • Clear any holds on your account. Holds delay transcripts, which impacts applications.
    • Visit the Writing Center to make sure that your essays, personal statements and similar documents are reviewed and edited.
    • Follow up on any letters of recommendation.
    • Request all of your transcripts, including a high school transcript if necessary.
    • File your FAFSA and include the schools you’re applying to as early as possible.
    • Graduate! Obtaining your associate’s degree matters, especially within CUNY but also at any SUNY or private schools where we have transfer credit agreements (articulation agreements).


     You're Admitted

    • Now’s the fun part—making your decision, while considering all the important factors, including financial aid and transfer credit information.
    • Did You Know? Senior colleges look favorably on people who have earned their associate degree.


  • Transfer Resources

  •  Glossary of Transfer Terms
    Accreditation  CUNY Online BA  Repeat Courses 
    AA Degree  Graduate Degree  SAT/ACT 
    AAS Degree  GPA (Grade Point Average)  Semester 
    AS Degree  Liberal Arts  SUNY 
    Articulation Agreement  Major  Student Complaint Resolution 
    Bachelor’s Degree  Merit-Based Scholarship  Syllabus/Syllabi 
    Basic Skills   Minor  Traditional Student 
    Catalog  Needs-Based Scholarship  Transcript 
    Common Application  Pathways  Transfer Student 
    CUNY  Prerequisite  UAPC 
    CUNY BA  Private School/institution  Undergraduate degree 


    Accreditation
    LaGuardia Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States
    region, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several locations internationally.

    AA Degree
    The Associate in Arts degree (A.A) is awarded to students who have completed a two- year course of study, which covers the core requirements needed to complete the first two years of a four- year bachelor’s degree. Typically an AA degree requires about 60 credits comprised of General Education Requirements (or Core Requirements), and major requirements, and elective requirements.

    AA majors include Childhood Education, Communication Studies, Education Associate: The Bilingual Child, Human Services: Gerontology or Mental Health, Liberal Arts: Social Sciences and Humanities (Deaf Studies Option, History Option, International Studies Option, Labor and Community Organizing Option, Latin American Studies Option, Media Studies Option, Psychology Option, Theater and Communication Option), Philosophy, Secondary Education, Spanish-English Translation, Writing and Literature.

    AAS Degree
    The Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) is awarded to students who have completed a two- year course of study, which covers the core requirements needed to complete the first two years of a four- year bachelor’s degree. The AAS is a terminal degree, meaning that it is the highest level of instruction offered in a given field; therefore, the AAS is not meant to transfer, but to begin a career. If students choose to continue to a 4 year college, they should be aware that a good number of credits may not transfer.
    Typically an AAS degree requires about 60 credits comprised of General Education Requirements (or Core Requirements), and major requirements, and elective requirements.

    AAS majors include Business Management (Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Option or International Business Option), Commercial Foodservice Management, Commercial Photography (Digital Photography Option or Fine Arts Photography Option), Computer Operations (Computer Network Administration and Security Option), Computer Technology (Telecommunication Option), Emergency Medical Technician/ Paramedic, Industrial Design, Music Recording Technology/ Joint with Institute of Audio Research, New Media Technology, Nursing, Paralegal Studies, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Programming and Systems, Radiologic Technology, Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Management, and Veterinary Technology.

    AS Degree
    The Associate in Science degree is awarded to students who have completed a two- year course of study, which covers the core requirements needed to complete the first two years of a four- year bachelor’s degree. Typically an AA degree requires about 60 credits comprised of General Education Requirements (or Core Requirements), and major requirements, and elective requirements.

    AS majors include Accounting, Biology, Business Administration (Aviation Management Option), Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Dietetic Technician, Engineering Sciences (Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering), Environmental Science, Fine Arts (Design Studies Option), Liberal Arts: Mathematics and Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and School Foodservice Management.

    Articulation Agreement
    The agreement between colleges and universities that courses have essentially the same goals; similar content, rigor, standards, names; common course numbers where possible; and equal amount of credits for transfer. Schools review standards of skills and content to assure that students who complete the coursework are prepared to successfully complete upper-division coursework. View Articulation (Transfer) Agreements.

    Bachelor’s Degree
    A diploma awarded to a student upon successful completion of the 4-year degree requirements. Typically a bachelor degree requires about 120 credits comprised of General Education Requirements (or Core Requirements), and major requirements, and elective requirements.

    Basic Skills
    Pre-college level courses designed to improve basic skills for academic success such as reading, writing, and math below 101 level.

    Catalog
    The LaGuardia Catalog provides program information, general education information, course descriptions and administrative information to assist students.

    Common Application
    The Common Application is an online and print admission application that students may submit to any of 415 member colleges. The transfer application consists of the Application, Instructor Evaluation, College Official's Form, Mid-Term Report, and Secondary School Final Report. Some colleges also require College-Specific Supplements.

    CUNY (City University of New York)
    The City University of New York is the nation's leading urban public university serving more than 480,000 students at 23 colleges and institutions in New York City. The University’s 23 institutions include 11 senior colleges, six community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies, and the CUNY School of Public Health.

    CUNY BA Baccalaureate Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies
    CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA/BS) is a university-wide individualized bachelor’s degree where students work one-on-one with faculty. With an annual enrollment of 500, this degree is intended for self-directed, academically strong students who have well-formulated academic and career goals. Most are working adults.

    CUNY Online BA
    The CUNY Online Baccalaureate is an internet program which allows students to have flexible time and convenient ways to complete their baccalaureate degree. The Online BA now offers two majors: an online Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Culture, and an online Bachelor of Science degree in Business.

    Graduate Degree/Student
    A Graduate Degree is obtained after a student has received a Bachelor’s degree. It is awarded by an institution of higher education beyond the undergraduate level.

    GPA (Grade Point Average)
    The GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points (grade points) earned by the number of hours attempted for which grades of A, B, C, D, E were earned and then rounded off to two decimal places. Each semester the GPA for that semester and the cumulative GPA are indicated on the transcript. For more information, see the Catalog under 'Grade Point Average’.

    Liberal Arts
    General Education courses focus on communication, creativity, and critical thinking along with the substance of the course's information, an appreciation of the esthetics of the area of study and its connection to the larger social web. Students become educated through making connections of such varied information with the different methods of organizing human experience that are practiced by different disciplines.

    Major
    A major is a specific area of study focusing on one defined discipline which includes a related set of academic courses.

    Merit-Based Scholarship
    Merit- Scholarships are given to students who have excelled in a specific field. It can be given to students who have an outstanding community service, for special talents in art, music, dance, drama, writing, and high grade point average.

    Minor
    Part of a degree program in a defined discipline including a related set of academic courses. Its requirements are distinct from the major and require fewer hours.

    Needs-Based Scholarship
    This scholarship is given to students who demonstrate financial need, due to their parents in a lower-middle income bracket may not have the funds to pay for college, but their parents make too much for them to qualify for government grants and other assistance primarily for students at or below the poverty level.

    Pathways
    Pathways is a Fall 2013 CUNY-wide initiative that establishes a new system of general educaiton requirements and new transfer guidelines. Students must fulfill the Common Core, Flexible Core, and the College Option through courses in eight categories. It is important for students to be aware of curriculum requirements at LaGuardia and the senior colleges. Please see the Pathways website for more information.

    Prerequisite
    A course or requirement that is to be completed prior to the next one. Many catalogs list requirements alphabetically by number, rarely is this an indication of the order of courses to be taken. Prerequisites indicate the curriculum building blocks to get to the advanced courses. Some departments will block registrations if prerequisites have not been met. Students who bypass prerequisites may jeopardize their learning. Faculty will not go back to cover material that was to be taken in a previous class.

    Private School (or Institution) Private schools are not run by the government and funding comes from tuition, investments and private donors, although many receive public subsidies. Examples of private institutions in New York are New York University, Columbia University, Pace University, Vassar College, School of Visual Arts and Marymount Manhattan College.

    Repeat Courses
    A student may repeat a course in which a low grade has been received. Upon completion of the repeat a 'Repeated Course Form' must be completed at SLCC Enrollment Services. The original grade remains on the transcript, but is marked as a repeat and removed from the GPA calculation. Some 4-year majors have a specific limit on how many times a course can be repeated. Some colleges/universities use the second repeated course grade even if the first grade was higher when considering transfer of courses and GPA.

    SAT/ACT
    The SAT and ACT are standardized tests for admission into colleges. They test math, writing and analytical skills. When looking at the CUNY application or other admission applications, please don’t confuse the ACT with the CUNY-ACT tests (which measures readiness for English 101).

    Semester
    A term which includes 12 weeks each for Fall I and Spring I and 6 weeks each Fall II and Spring II.

    SUNY (State University of New York)
    The nation's largest and most comprehensive state university system, SUNY’s 64 geographically dispersed campuses bring educational opportunity to virtually all New Yorkers. SUNY’s campuses are divided into four categories (University Centers/Doctoral Granting Institutions, University Colleges, Technology Colleges, and Community Colleges) and include colleges such as Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY Downstate, Binghamton, New Paltz and Empire State College.

    Student Complaint Resolution
    The Division of Student Affairs, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities/Advocacy (OSRR/A) provides students with information on academic and non-academic matters and advocacy services on behalf of the student body in a fair, equitable and objective manner. Many of the issues presented are addressed through dispute resolution and mediation services. View Student Complaint Resolution.


    Syllabus/Syllabi
    A syllabus contains specific information about the course, such as information on how, where and when to contact the instructor; an outline of what will be covered in the course; a schedule of test dates and the due dates for assignments; the grading policy for the course; specific classroom rules and other information. If a student plans on transferring, keeping syllabi is a good practice in case he or she needs to make a case for a course being equivalent.
     

    Traditional Student
    Generally, students who begin college immediately after high school or shortly thereafter (ages 18-22) and who are full-time students.

    Transcript
    A copy of a student's permanent academic record. Official copies are required for transcript evaluation and transfer of credits to a 4 year school. You will need official transcripts sent from every school of higher education you have attended. Unofficial copies may be used for advising while the official evaluation is pending; you may find your unofficial transcript at esims.cuny.edu.

    Transfer Student
    The process of going from one school to the next. A transfer student to a 4-year institution typically has earned his/her Associate’s Degree. Generally, students will need at least 24 credits to transfer to a 4-year CUNY/SUNY school and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Please note that some schools have higher GPA requirements. Students seeking to transfer with less than 24 credits generally have higher GPA requirements and will be required to submit high school information as part of the admissions process.

    University Application Processing Center (UAPC)
    Transfer applications, which are only online, are processed by UAPC.

    Undergraduate Degree/Student
    Degree granted to students upon completion of undergraduate courses (usually a Bachelor’s degree).


     Articulation Agreements

    The agreement between colleges and universities that courses have essentially the same goals; similar content, rigor, standards, names; common course numbers where possible; and equal amount of credits for transfer. Schools review standards of skills and content to assure that students who complete the coursework are prepared to successfully complete upper-division coursework.

    View Articulation (Transfer) Agreements.


  • How To Reach Us

    Feel free to stop by if you have any questions or reach out to us to set your appointment.

    Office of Transfer Services
    Location: Room B215
    Phone: (718) 482-5185
    Email: transfer@lagcc.cuny.edu
    Twitter: @Transferservices


    Office Hours:
    Monday, 9 AM – 7 PM
    Tuesday, 9 AM – 5 PM 
    Wednesday, 10 AM – 5 PM
    Thursday, 9 AM – 7 PM
    Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM


    TRANSFER EVENTS

    Workshop Series on Planning for Transfer and Beyond

    Check the College Events Calendar for Transfer Services weekly workshop series on the college search process, the application process, understanding financial aid packages, preparing for the four-year school, scholarship searches and more. Workshops will take place during club hours; and sessions repeat, so there will be more than one opportunity to attend each one.

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