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B-Building, B-215
Phone: (718) 482-5185

Credit Evaluation (Transfer In)
Room: C-Building, C-102

When you think about transferring, think Transfer Services. We are here to guide you through your experience, whether you are transferring in or graduating and transferring out. Our goal is to engage, educate and empower you to make informed decisions about the transfer process.

If you plan to transfer to a four-year college after LaGuardia, get an early start on planning your transfer to ensure your degree program and curriculum are consistent with your future academic and career plans. Waiting until the last semester may limit your transfer and scholarship options.

If you are transferring to LaGuardia, we will evaluate the credits you have earned. If you are transferring from LaGuardia to a four-year college, we will support you throughout the process to help ensure your success.

Our Services

How We Can Help You

The transfer process can be complex. You have information coming in from all directions, including college visits, admissions applications, academic requirements, financial aid, major choice and so much more. We can help with all of it.

Count on our transfer advisors for:

  • One-on-one advising appointments and helpful resources to determine which college or university will best meet your needs.
  • Guiding the creation of your transfer plan to make sure you meet the transfer requirements.
  • Navigating the application process and providing tips on essays and references.
  • Meeting with representatives on campus from four-year colleges and universities during Transfer Fairs, Information Sessions, and Instant Decision Days.

Make an appointment with a transfer advisor through My LaGuardia:  Log into My LaGuardia

Note: Appointments will take place online using the Zoom platform. Please check your LaGuardia email at least 24 hours in advance to access the link to your meeting.

Download Zoom for desktop computers, or search for the Zoom app in Google Play or the App Store.

Request a College Visit reservation

Planning your Transfer to a Four-year College

It’s never too early to start thinking about transferring. We can help get you started! First. take our guided survey that will help you map out your education and career goals. Then, follow the steps below throughout the stages of your college journey.

It’s never too early to start thinking about transferring. We can help get you started! First. take our guided survey that will help you map out your education and career goals. Then, follow the steps below throughout the stages of your college journey.

As you work through your first year, start thinking 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.

From here, you’ll have an idea of the schools you’re considering. Make a list, and learn more about them with resources like College BoardCUNYSUNYNational College Search and the websites of the specific colleges you’re interested in.

Use our transfer exploration grid to keep the most important details at a glance for your reference and for conversation with your Transfer Advisor. Plus, answer the following:

  • What are the requirements for:
    • Admission to the college?
    • Admission to your major or program of study?
  • Do the majors and/or programs align with your academic and career interests?
  • What major will you declare?
  • How will your courses/credits transfer?
    • How many credits will transfer?
    • How will your credits transfer and how will they be applied?
  • What percentage of your credits will apply to general education, your major of choice, a minor and electives?
  • Will you transfer in as a junior?
  • What are the tuition and room-and-board costs?

If you need help with academic strategies, log into My LaGuardia to make an appointment with your academic advisor.

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 give you a more thorough understanding of your choices.
  • A schedule of application deadlines and processes for each chosen institution, plus related fees. (Watch the CUNY application tutorial video, and review the CUNYSUNY and Common Application steps. The Common Application is used by more than 750 U.S. colleges.)
  • Scholarship opportunities, which include their own application processes and deadlines. (Find your scholarship.)
  • Your essay, a requirement for most competitive schools and scholarships. (Find writing tips below.)
  • Letters of recommendation and which faculty you’ll want to ask.

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

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

Did you know? Senior colleges look favorably at people who have earned their associate degree.

Now, here comes the fun part! Once you’ve been admitted, it’s time to make your decision. Based on all the important research you’ve done, decide which college you will accept your transfer admission offer to.

Transfer Success

Transferring offers you a path to a bachelor’s degree. Your credits for a course will transfer if the four-year college determines that the course matches one they offer. Here are some resources to ensure your success.

  • Maintain a 3.0 or better GPA. Review your GPA overall and for your major.
  • You must declare a major upon entry to the four-year college.
  • Make an appointment with a transfer advisor to discuss your transfer plan.
  • The Pathways program makes it easy to transfer from one CUNY college to another.
  • Check out transfer maps and credential stacking information guides for your major.
  • Career Services can help you connect your interests to a career.

You can start thinking about your end goals, even if you haven’t begun classes yet. Here are some things to consider:

  1. GPA matters most – Work hard and be aware of policies that can affect your GPA (withdrawal deadlines, cumulative GPA admission policies, etc.) Four-year colleges review your entire academic record.
  2. Take math ASAP
  3. Start a syllabus file – Have hard copies or scanned versions for every class you take. The syllabi serve as proof of what you did in each class, which can come in very handy when it comes to transferring and getting credit later.
  4. Transfer major alignment – Does your transfer college offer the major(s) you are interested in pursuing? Do they offer your current major, or is it called something else? Choose your transfer options wisely, and make sure the majors and programs offered match your academic interests and occupation expectations.
  5. Clarity about your major when transferring is critical – You must declare a major upon entry to the four-year college.
  6. Research admission requirements
  7. Partnership and articulation agreements – Check with Transfer Services for LaGuardia’s agreements.
  8. Research minimum credentials and/or licensing requirements for the major and occupational goals.
  9. Start forming and strengthening your relationships with faculty and staff early – When planning your letters of recommendation, think about which faculty and or staff you will be asking to send a letter on your behalf.
    • NOTE: You want to give them at least two months notice before any deadlines.
  10. College visits – Go to as many of the campuses you’re interested in as possible for admissions tours and information sessions.
  11. Explore scholarships and options for paying for college. Many private and competitive scholarships also have tough application processes and early deadlines. Make sure you know what’s coming down the road so that you can better prepare to pay for colleges.
  12. GRADUATE! Having an associate degree matters and will help you achieve your next steps.

Complete an evaluation of your CUNY-to-CUNY credits: Evaluate Your Credits


Searching through multiple scholarship databases can be demanding but also rewarding. The good news is, once you learn how to navigate your way through various scholarship resources, you’ll be closer to finding a scholarship that matches your transfer and financial needs, and it may surprise you how much funding is available. View Scholarships.

Peer Mentor Program

Would you like more personalized help? The Transfer Peer Mentor Program will assign you a LaGuardia alum who has experience transferring to a four-year college and who will assist you in exploring your transfer options.

To request a mentor, submit the Peer Mentor Enrollment Form

Articulation Agreements

LaGuardia has worked with other colleges and universities to provide a smooth transfer experience for our students. These articulation agreements make sure your credits will transfer if you major in specific programs at LaGuardia and at the four-year college.

View the articulation agreements between LaGuardia and senior colleges: Check Programs

Transfer Maps & Credential Stacking Guides

Download the guide

Four-year College Transfer Information

Search for colleges based on various criteria, and view the PDFs below for specific details on transferring to CUNY colleges.

College Essays

Look to these resources for help with your college essays.

The purpose of the essay is to convince admission officers whom you’ve never met, in less than ten minutes, that you would be a good match for their colleges. At the most basic level, it allows admission officers to evaluate your communication and writing skills. In addition, the essay allows admission officers to discover more about you as a person — a side of you not shown by your grade point average and your transcripts. The essay gives information about your history, attitudes, interests and creativity; it gives a sense of your values and goals. What admission officers are doing is creating a community, looking to see how you would fit in that community, what would you bring to that community and what sets you apart.

How the Essay is Evaluated

  • Is your writing mechanically sound? Is your writing style comfortable? Can you write a good sentence? Can you write a good paragraph? Do you address the question asked?
  • Can you form a thesis? Can you discuss a theme? Is your argument logical? Can you get in and out of the essay with some finesse?
  • Do you write with style, nuance and creativity? Do you write with a distinctive voice?

How to Choose a Topic

Choose the essay topic that appeals to you most. The topic is less important than your delivery. Remember: there is no right or wrong answer. The college just wants to know who you are and how your mind works.

There are bad essays, not bad topics, but be careful about the following:

  • Winning or losing the big game.
  • Anything that suggests that you don’t see the world beyond college.
  • Simple solutions to world problems.
  • Cynicism almost never plays well.
  • Don’t try to “prove” your intelligence by choosing a topic you think makes you sound smart.
  • Remember, be sure to answer the question!

The First Draft

  • Narrow your topic and try to be as specific as possible.
  • Brainstorm! Scribble down everything you can think of about your chosen topic. Pick out the good stuff and work it into a brief outline.
  • Write a rough draft. Read it. Read it again – out loud.
  • Ask yourself: Have I focused on the topic? Have I answered the question? Is it specific and detailed? Have I written in my own voice?
  • Don’t be afraid to use your imagination. Don’t be afraid to be unconventional. But, don’t be weird just for the sake of being weird.
  • Avoid sophisticated words when simpler ones will suffice.

Polishing the Essay

  • Start early.
  • Consider eliminating the first sentence (or two). That allows the essay to “start fast.” A good opening sentence will hook the reader. If you’re bored, the reader will be bored.
  • Also, add details to make it richer and more interesting.
  • Be revealing. Let us know things about you, but don’t be confessional.
  • Be careful with sentimentality. Use it sparingly.
  • Beware of trying to impress the college with what you think they want to hear. Instead, be authentic.
  • Be concise. Ask yourself: Have I avoided repetitiveness? Did I make my points directly and without a lot of unnecessary padding?”
  • Show; don’t tell. Don’t just list what you have done – detail it with action words. Make your writing come alive to the reader. Use quotations wisely – to move the story along or prove a point.
  • Ask a teacher, parent or friend to read your second draft. Ask them: “Is it interesting from the start? Does it sound like me? Was it fun to read?” Listen to what they have to say, but don’t let someone else rewrite the essay for you.
  • Read what the application says about essay length, but don’t just write to fill space.

Navigational Hazards

The little details aren’t the most important part of the essay, but you are trying to make a good impression. You don’t want the admission committee to think you’re a sloppy, careless writer.

  • Always proofread before producing the final draft. If you are sick and tired of the essay, let someone else proof it. Check for spelling errors. Spellcheck won’t catch everything!
  • Check your word choice by reading out loud. What looks good on paper may sound awkward or, in fact, say nothing.
  • Make sure that if you are including the name of the college in the essay, it’s the correct school. Wesleyan doesn’t want to know you’ve always wanted to go to Smith.
  • Taking risks is okay, but be sure you know your subject matter and feel comfortable with that style of writing. For instance, poetry is often risky.
  • Think twice about injecting humor. It often doesn’t translate in writing.
  • Remember: A college essay is not a research paper. In fact, most often students are asked to evaluate a significant experience or achievement that has special meaning. That’s a very personal question.

The Biggest Mistake of All

Don’t plagiarize! Admission officers have read all the books and seen all the websites. They’ll know.

The Good News

We’re here to help. Visit us and make an appointment with a transfer advisor to discuss your essay. Lastly, don’t stress too much — write what you feel, do it well, and they will like you!

Writing your Essay
Does the essay fully and clearly address the prompt?
Does the essay have a definite beginning, middle and conclusion?
Does the essay reveal something personal about you?
Are transitions in place between sentences and paragraphs, making for a smooth read?
Do all sentences “pull their weight”?
Is the essay free of grammatical, spelling and mechanical errors?
Does the essay communicate that you are a strong candidate for admission?
Tapping into your storytelling voice can help you turn your powerful story into an authentic college admission or scholarship essay.

Editing your Essay
Read, re-read and proofread your essay.
Visit the Writing Center to make sure that your essays are reviewed and edited.
Read your essay out loud to catch grammar errors and hear how it flows.
Ask a friend or family member to read your essay and give you feedback.

Finalizing your Essay
Visit Transfer Services and make an appointment with a transfer advisor to review and finalize your essay.
No later than 48 hours before your meeting, email your essay to the advisor you’ll be meeting with. Include what application the essay is for, the essay question of prompt, and all essay requirements specified in the application (e.g. topics, prompts and word count).

Adding a Personal Narrative Statement
Considering a personal narrative statement in addition to your essay? If your application has multiple writing components, they should tie together to give a whole picture of you and should not be repetitive or disconnected. The topic should be on point but also as personal and event-specific as possible — not a resume or a biography but a particular event that ties into the topic.

  • Story2 can help you turn your powerful story into an authentic scholarship essay.
  • Harvard College Writing Center can help you map out and put together a well-structured essay.
  • MIT Admissions outlines the basics for writing a great college essay.
  • Run your text through this plagiarism detector to rule out any chances that you’ve mistakenly plagiarized someone else’s words.

Transferring into LaGuardia

Our credit evaluators will review your credits from previous colleges, College Now courses, Joint Services Transcript (JST) evaluations and College Level Examination Program (CLEP), military and advanced placement programs.

Read the full transfer credit policy.

Here’s a brief overview:

  • A maximum number of 30 credits can be granted toward your associate degree. For certificate programs, up to 50% of the required credits can be granted.
  • All transferred courses become permanent on your student record.
  • In general, for courses to be transferred, a grade of C or better must have been earned.
  • Courses accepted for transfer credit are not included as part of any student’s grade point average (GPA). By CUNY policy, courses passed for credit at any CUNY college are required to transfer for credit at any other CUNY college. Courses with a grade below C may transfer as elective credit depending on specific course or program requirements.
  • If you have credits from colleges outside of CUNY, think you are entitled to additional transfer credit and do not already have the transfer maximum of 30 credits, you can contact us at before you register.

Learn more about admissions for transfer-in students. If you’re transferring from another CUNY college, you can complete an unofficial evaluation of your CUNY-to-CUNY credits.

To find out more about transfer credits or advanced placement, email

You can view your credit evaluation in CUNYfirst once it’s completed. If you have questions about your credit evaluation or have changed your major, please complete the Transfer Credit Inquiry Form before making an appointment. We will respond to your inquiry by email within five business days.