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Transfer Credit Evaluation

Our dedicated Transfer Team will facilitate your transition to Mercy College while maximizing the transfer of credits from your prior academic experience. We will show you exactly how your transfer credits apply to your intended major and map out a semester-by-semester plan through graduation.

Credit evaluations are completed at the time of application based on all college transcripts received by the Office of Admissions. Preliminary, unofficial credit evaluations may be obtained by prospective transfer students. 

Transfer Credit Policy

The Office of Admissions, in consultation with the appropriate academic departments, is responsible for awarding transfer credit. Your transcript will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by a member of our Transfer Team to determine course equivalencies. 

A maximum of 75 credits may be accepted upon transfer from accredited two-year colleges. A maximum of 90 credits may be accepted upon transfer from accredited four-year colleges. Combined transfer credits from two- and four-year colleges may not exceed 90 credit hours.

Credit is usually transferable for all courses in which the applicant has obtained a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher. If a student has an associate’s degree and an average of "C" in courses taken for that degree, he/she will ordinarily receive full credit for all courses that have been completed successfully. If a student has an associate’s degree, which includes a minimum of 48 credits in liberal arts and sciences and an average grade of "C" in courses taken toward that degree, he/she may receive full credit for having completed the general education requirements for the bachelor’s degree at Mercy College, with the exception of any general education courses that are prerequisites for the major in question

Matriculating students must successfully complete at least 30 semester hours of credit in residence, 15–21 credits of which must be in their major concentration, in order to receive their degree from Mercy College.

Life Achievement Credit

Mercy College grants up to 30 academic credits for life achievement. Mercy College uses the term "life achievement" to describe learning experiences in which adults have acquired from experiences outside of traditional college courses. Substantial learning often result from professional positions individuals have held or activities in which they have engaged. For example, life achievement learning could have resulted from work experience, volunteering, military training or other formative life events.

Life achievement credit may not replace general education or major level course work. It may be applied to open elective courses only.

Contact the Office of Admissions to determine eligibility for Life Achievement Credit. 

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Mercy College accepts up to 30 credits for general education courses through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). Some CLEP tests are equivalent to Mercy courses, such as: POLS 101, HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 105, and HIST 106 and MATH 116. Introduction to Sociology and General Psychology are also transferable. In addition, language exams in French, German and Spanish are also available and will fulfill Mercy College’s language requirement. General Chemistry or General Biology CLEP credits are equivalent to four-credit science courses offered by the college.

There is a minimum score requirement for each CLEP exam. Contact the Office of Admissions for further information.