Academic Catalog

Transfer Students

Students are encouraged to explore transfer options at Ithaca College. A transfer student is defined by Ithaca College as a student who has received a high school diploma (or its equivalent) and subsequently earned nine or more college credits, or enrolled full time at another college or university.

Transfer applicants may apply for either fall or spring admission to the College. Details about specific deadlines and information on how to apply can be found on the Ithaca College admission website.

Transfer applicants are reviewed based on all their college work and on their high school academic record. Transfer applicants are required to submit the following items to the Office of Admission:

  • completed online Common Application
  • official high school transcripts
  • official college or university transcripts
  • letter of recommendation or academic evaluation
  • application fee
  • SAT or ACT scores (optional)

Auditions, portfolio reviews, or interviews are also required for certain programs. For specific academic information, consult the transfer student sections at the beginning of each school section in this catalog.

Credit evaluations follow every acceptance letter from Ithaca College. Credit is granted for most college-level courses with a grade of C- or higher.

A transfer orientation program will provide academic advising and assistance in acclimating to the Ithaca College community for incoming transfer students. Details about this program are available on the New Student & Transition Programs website.

Transfer students are strongly encouraged engage with the Ithaca College community. Virtual and on-campus visit opportunities are available on most weekdays and select Saturdays while the college is in session as well as throughout the summer. During the COVID-19 pandemic, campus visit opportunities are limited and subject to cancellation. See for additional information.

Contact the Office of Admission at or (607) 274-3124 if you have any questions.

Transfer Students and the Integrative Core Curriculum

To fulfill the requirements of the Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC), transfer students matriculating at Ithaca College complete a transfer student seminar (ICSM 19000) in their first semester of enrollment. The transfer seminar is a (1 credit hour) course designed to introduce students to the ICC and to determine each student’s plan for completing the ICC. During the seminar, the students are introduced to the electronic learning portfolio, complete an initial reflective artifact analogous to that completed by first year students in the Ithaca Seminar, and develop a plan for completing any remaining requirements of the ICC. The seminar also addresses the value of a liberal arts education and introduces students to the Ithaca College community.

During the transfer student seminar, students who completed ICC requirements in their college course work before coming to Ithaca College will begin to develop reflective artifacts addressing how their prior course work helped them to achieve the student learning outcomes for those requirements. For ICC requirements not fulfilled in prior course work, students will, in conjunction with their instructor, create a plan for completing Ithaca College course work that achieves those outcomes; this plan will be completed by the end of the seminar (the end of the student’s first semester enrolled at Ithaca College). Transfer students will automatically be enrolled in the Liberal Arts and Society theme, which is open only to transfer students. All transfer students will complete a designated ICC Capstone course and meet the eportfolio requirement.

Students who have completed an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited college or university before transferring to Ithaca College will be required to complete only the transfer seminar, electronic learning portfolio, and ICC Capstone requirements to complete the ICC. Such students must complete all requirements for their major program(s). An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is not equivalent to an AA or AS degree. Students entering with an AAS degree may use some of their prior course work for ICC requirements.

Information about our transfer admission process are provided on our website and are available from the Office of Admission.

Office of Admission website