Transfer Credit Policies

Once admitted, transfer students should receive a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE), which indicates the courses accepted for transfer to Lang. The evaluations are prepared by admission counselors. The registrar notes approved transfer credits on your academic transcript.

General approval guidelines:

  • The course must have been completed at a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade of C (2.0), and an equivalent subject area must be taught at The New School
  • A maximum of 60 credits may be accepted from all transfer institutions (including study abroad and/or exchange programs, summer classes completed elsewhere, and AP examination credits)
  • Transfer credits are awarded in accordance with the number of credits earned at the previous institution, even if a comparable course at The New School is worth a different number of credits. Lang defers to your previous school, as an accredited institution, to determine the appropriate number of academic credits for each of its courses based on classroom contact hours. For example, if you earned three credits for a writing course at your prior school, you will receive no more (and no less) than three credits in transfer.
  • Where the previous school uses a quarter system, students complete three terms in an academic year; in a semester system, students complete two terms. Therefore, credits earned through a quarter system are converted into semester hours using a multiplier of 2/3. Where the previous school uses a unit or point system, Lang follows the conversion scale provided by their registrar (and printed on your transcript) to determine the appropriate number of semester hours for transfer.
  • Initial evaluations of transfer credits by admission counselors typically exclude courses completed for fewer than 3 credits. If students have courses worth 1 or 2 credits from a previous school, requests for evaluation can be made to the class advisor.
  • Transfer credit is not awarded for non-academic courses. This includes, but is not limited to, credit received at a previous institution for internships, physical education/wellness, career development courses, orientation workshops, and university seminars. For independent studies or fieldwork, detailed information about the course must be submitted for review, and transfer credit may only be granted if the course demonstrates sufficient academic content.

Transfer credits are never awarded unless an official transcript has been provided from the previous college. You may be designated temporarily as a freshman on your account until the evaluation is finalized. Please remember to have your previous school forward your transcript to Lang.

Grade Point Average

Like most other universities, Lang only transfers the credit earned at other schools, not the course grades or grade points. You therefore enter with a 0.00 GPA, and the grade point indicated on your transcript at Lang derives only from your classes taken at The New School. This does not mean that your prior grades are no longer important. If you pursue graduate studies, admission committees usually consider your entire collegiate experience and request transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended. As a component of your academic history, previous grades remain relevant for many post-graduate opportunities.

Majors and Interdisciplinary Program Requirements

Approved transfer courses count toward general credit requirements only and are not applied toward the requirements in a particular major/interdisciplinary program. To have transfer credits accepted for specific requirements, you must consult with the chairperson from the appropriate department. Please provide a detailed course description or syllabus for review by the chairperson, who will decide whether your previous experience can fulfill any of your major/interdisciplinary program requirements. In addition, please note the following limitations:

  • For students admitted with 30-44 transfer credits, no more than 1 transfer course may be accepted toward the major/area of interest
  • For students admitted with 45-60 credits, no more than 3 transfer courses may be accepted toward the major/area of interest

When registering for advanced courses in a particular subject, remember to confirm that the prerequisites have been satisfied through coursework at The New School or equivalent transfer credit (approved through the chairperson).

Lang Residency Requirement

All students have some residency requirements to satisfy in order to receive a degree from Lang, including a minimum number of credits earned in liberal arts. In particular, every student is expected to complete a minimum of 88 credits in residence at Lang (including courses through Lang, University Liberal Studies, and cross-listed courses from other divisions of The New School). Since transfer students attend Lang for a shorter time, the requirement is therefore prorated according to the number of semesters completed at the previous institution. A general guideline is provided below.

1 semester at another institution: 72 credits minimum
2 semesters at another institution: 56 credits minimum
3 semesters at another institution: 44 credits minimum
4 semesters at another institution: 32 credits minimum

All students are expected to spend a minimum of two years in residence at Lang, including the final two semesters immediately preceding graduation. Restricting transfer credits to a maximum of 60 ensures this requirement is satisfied.

Liberal Arts Residency Requirement

You also must earn a minimum 90 credits in liberal arts courses. This includes liberal arts courses completed in other divisions of the university and liberal arts credits transferred from other institutions. No more than 30 transfer credits are awarded in non-liberal arts (such as studio and performing arts, internships, and business education).

Transfer Credit Disputes

If you would like to dispute any of the transfer credits awarded or denied, schedule an appointment with your class advisor, who can review your particular concerns, approve any credit adjustments, and request any transcript corrections. An admission counselor prepares the original TCE, though you should contact an advisor about any disputes related to your transfer credits. To contact an advisor, call 212.229.5100 x2264 or email langadvising@newschool.edu.

 
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