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Transferring Credits to SVC

Students who have taken courses at another institution prior to admission to SVC will have courses evaluated for transfer during the Admissions process. Students enrolled at SVC are strongly advised to have prior approval prior to taking courses at another institution. Without prior approval completed courses taken at other institutions may not be eligible for transfer. Forms to request evaluation of transfer credits may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. Courses that have not been pre-approved but meet the criteria for transfer will be posted to the SVC student transcript as general transfer credit. Courses taken at another institution may be used to satisfy degree requirements, but do not impact the student’s SVC GPA.

To be eligible for transfer evaluation, courses must first meet one of the following requirements:

  • Courses taken must be from a regionally accredited college or university in the USA.
  • Courses taken outside the USA must first be evaluated by World Education Services.
  • Courses taken from a USA military school must be evaluated by the American Council on Education.

Courses meeting one of the above criteria will then be evaluated based on the degree requirements (including common core courses) and policies for the declared major. Only common core courses will be evaluated for students with a declared “Exploratory” major. Courses with a grade of C or higher will be evaluated for transfer unless specific programs have higher requirements as outlined in the Catalog. Courses eligible for continued evaluation will be evaluated by the Division Chair responsible for the respective academic discipline.

  • Courses having 2/3 content equivalency to an existing SVC course will be considered substantially equivalent and will be accepted as an equivalent.
  • Courses lacking 2/3 equivalent content but meet SVC curricular expectations for a college-level course in the discipline will be accepted as a discipline specific elective.
  • Courses that do not meet SVC curricular expectations for a college-level course in the discipline or are in an academic discipline not taught at SVC will be denied transfer.

Courses approved for transfer will be posted to the SVC transcript by the Registrar only after an official transcript is on file and verified by the Registrar.

During the review process, students may be asked to provide additional information such as course objectives, course syllabus or course class or lab outline. Obtaining this information is the responsibility of the student. Courses may be denied due to lack of available information for evaluation.

Students may appeal the denial of transfer credit by completing a Transfer Course Evaluation Appeal during the first semester of matriculation and thereafter. The form may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar.

Bachelor’s degree-seeking students may transfer a maximum of 64 credits, but no more than 20 courses, to SVC and have them count toward meeting degree requirements. Associate degree-seeking students may transfer a maximum of 32 credits, but no more than 10 courses, to SVC and have them count toward meeting degree requirements.

Transfer/Articulation Agreements

Southern Vermont College has transfer/articulation agreements with a number of community colleges and graduate schools.

Students who plan to transfer to SVC can select courses which will allow them to transfer credits into the corresponding programs and meet the curriculum requirements as possible.

The following is a list of community colleges which have an articulation agreement with SVC:

  • Berkshire Community College
  • Community College of Vermont
  • Greenfield Community College
  • Hudson Valley Community College
  • Landmark College
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Schenectady County Community College

The following is a list of graduate schools which have an articulation agreement with SVC:

  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Graduate College of Union University, Schenectady, NY
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
  • Master of Science in Organization Management, Master of Business Administration (MBA), or Master of Science in Health Services, Sage Graduate School, Troy, NY
  • Master of Occupational Therapy, Sage Graduate School, Troy, NY
  • Master of Arts in Counseling and Community Psychology, Sage Graduate School, Troy, NY

To learn more, contact the Office of Admissions at 802-447-6300 or e-mail admissions@svc.edu.

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