Sage Gives Credit Where It’s Due

Transfer Credits, Credit for Prior Learning, Exams for College Credit, and More – Sage wants to make it as easy as possible for you to transfer here.

Guidelines for Transfer Credit

After your official transcripts have been evaluated, we’ll send you a Transfer Equivalency Report. The report is a listing all of the courses taken elsewhere with their Sage equivalencies.  At orientation, when you meet with your advisor, you will receive a degree audit or academic evaluation, which are both advising tools used to detail requirements of the degree you are seeking at Sage.

There are three parts of a program evaluation: the general education requirements, major requirements and liberal arts requirements. The evalaution is intended to show progress in meeting the requirements of the degree.

  • For bachelor degree students, Sage will accept up to 66 credits from a 2-year institution and up to 75 credits from a 4-year institution (or a combined 2/4).
  • Courses with a letter grade of “C-” or better will be accepted.
  • Only “Official” transcripts will be evaluated.
  • Delays in evaluations may be the result of questionable courses, which are being researched with or departmental program directors at Sage.

Transfer Equivalencies with area institutions

Credit for Prior Learning

Sage recognizes skills and knowledge gained outside of the classroom through its Credit for Prior Learning, CPL, portfolio program. Many Sage students have amassed expertise through employment, military, community service or personal life experience. The credit for prior learning program grants credit to students who demonstrate college-level learning in a written portfolio. A portfolio for prior learning should support a student’s goals and academic degree program. Students who meet the following criteria may participate in Credit for Prior Learning:

  • Must be a matriculated Sage student in a baccalaureate degree program
  • Must have completed at least 3 credits at Sage with a C or better (2.00)
  • The CPL program is offered in fall or spring.
  • Credit caps exist for prior learning, as reflected in the following categories, which students can strive to attain: 9 credits in the major program; 9 credits in general education; and up to 30 credits of general electives.
  • On average, students can realistically expect to earn 12-15 credits through CPL

Credit for Prior Learning is subject to certain guidelines including the following:

  • Credit will be granted for documented learning including a narrative statement only, not for experience per se.
  • While the College will provide guidance and assistance, it is each student’s responsibility to provide a portfolio of documentation, which will be the basis for awarding credit.
  • Evaluation and validation of credits is conducted by the faculty
  • Credit under this program cannot be obtained for learning when proficiency exams are required by the appropriate department.
  • A student who transfers more than 60 credits to Sage must take a minimum of 45 credits of Sage course work (30 credits for students matriculated in SPCE) before graduation (prior learning credit is not included), effectively capping the number of potential prior learning credits.
  • The maximum combined transfer credits including credit for prior learning is 75 credits (90 credits for students matriculated in SPCE).
  • A student who has more credits at the time of application may be granted no more than one-half of the remaining credits for prior learning.
  • CPL is only offered in fall and spring. In addition, CPL may not be used in the last term of study.
  • Participation in the prior learning evaluation requires an enrollment fee of $150.00. Upon approval of prior learning credit, students will be assessed a per credit charge of $100.00 (up to a maximum of $1,000.00 (cap) for 10 credits or more).

In preparation for discussion with the Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator, students should review Catalog course descriptions to determine courses their portfolios may address. The portfolio will focus on skills and experiences supporting a college-level learning experience.

Other Resources:


College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Non-Collegiate Organizations

See the Guide to Educational programs in Non-college Organizations for credit available through courses sponsored by organizations recommended by the State University of New York

Accredited proprietary schools

Transfer credit petitions will be accepted from students with a minimum of 2.5 GPA for work done at proprietary schools accredited by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Armed Services Training

See the “Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services” to see if credit may be awarded for training on military installations

Non-Accredited Institutions

Students transferring from non-accredited schools may petition for credit evaluation after attending Sage for two consecutive semesters and earning a minimum of 2.0 GPA with a 2.2 in their major.