Admission with Advanced Standing

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam

SUNY Adirondack recognizes the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) exams and awards credit for successful completion of AP exams in the same manner that transfer credits are awarded.

Successful completion of AP exams are indicated by grades of 3, 4, or 5. Credits awarded from AP exams must meet degree requirements in an appropriate academic area. They can also be used for elective credit.

Armed Forces Credit

Students may receive transfer credit for courses evaluated for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE) which were completed while in the Armed Forces. Please submit your official military transcript for evaluation.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

SUNY Adirondack recognizes credit earned through testing by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) with the exception of English composition. For all other topics, SUNY Adirondack awards credit for successful completion of CLEP tests in the same manner that transfer credits are awarded. No grade is assigned to these credits recognized to be the equivalent of a “C” level score or higher.

Course Challenge Examinations

The College may provide examinations for current students if no appropriate tests are commercially available. Only students who have registered for course challenge examinations in the Office of the Registrar, and have paid the specified fee, are eligible for the awarding of credit. Examinations must be approved by the appropriate Division Chair. No exam may be taken for a course at a lower level if credit has been earned in a higher-level course. Credit awarded through examination is not considered residence credit.

Credit for Licensure or Certification

Matriculated students may earn credit based on previous experience for courses required in their program of study when faculty identify external, non-degree credentials (eg., LPN licensure) which satisfy the student learning outcomes of said coursework.  To initiate the process, the student should complete a Credit for Licensure or Certification form available in the Office of the Registrar.

DANTES Testing

The College recognizes DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) exams and awards credit for successful completion as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Excelsior College Proficiency Exams

Excelsior College offers proficiency exams for college credit. SUNY Adirondack accepts credit for successful completion of Excelsior College External Degree Examinations in the same manner that transfer credits are awarded except in the areas of English composition and the natural and physical sciences.

International Baccalaurete (IB)

SUNY Adirondack will award credit for IB Diploma courses on either the Standard Level (SL) and High Level (HL). A maximum of 34 credits may be awarded.IB Certificate students taking the following exams will also received credit. Minimum scores vary. Please request that the official transcript be sent to the Office of the Registrar at the College.

Transfer Credit for Work Completed at Other Colleges

Degree candidates at SUNY Adirondack may receive credit for courses completed at other regionally accredited colleges and universities. Credit toward the Associate degree or Certificate will be granted for courses which are identical or similar to those offered at SUNY Adirondack and in which a grade of C or better has been achieved. Courses taken at institutions of higher learning which do not have regional accreditation (including degree-granting schools and colleges) may also be accepted if they meet the same outcomes of the course taught at SUNY Adirondack and in which a grade of C or better has been achieved.  

The student is responsible for providing all required documentation for evaluation of transferable credit. Credit will be granted for those courses applicable to a student’s specific degree program.  Please contact the Assistant Registrar for more information.

Transfer Credit Limitations

Certain academic divisions may require additional evidence of proficiency and/or demonstration of competency in laboratory or other "hands-on" performance before granting credit for work completed.

Credit earned by any of the above methods will become part of the student's permanent record only after 12 or more credits have been successfully completed at SUNY Adirondack with a quality point average no lower than 2.0. No more than 34 degree credit hours or 15 Certificate credit hours may be granted for work completed in all of these programs combined.

Appealing the Evaluation

If you disagree with your credit evaluation, there is an appeal process. Please call or e-mail Melissa Cooper, Assistant Registrar, at 518-743-2279 or cooperm@sunyacc.edu with your questions or concerns.

If the concern is readily resolved, a correction will be made and a new evaluation will be sent to you.  If we need additional information about the course, you will be requested to get a course syllabus  or course outline before any credit is re-evaluated.  A new evaluation will be done within a reasonable period of time and you will be notified of the decision.

Transfer students coming from another SUNY institution who have gone through the above processes and still have concerns may appeal to our campus transfer representative. Please follow this link for more information:  http://system.suny.edu/academic-affairs/student-mobility/student-transfer-appeal-process/

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