Transfer FAQs

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Below are answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please email us at or call 800.345.NYIT.


I'd like to apply and find out how many transfer credits I'll receive. How do I do this?

The quickest way is to schedule a meeting with an admissions counselor for an "on-the-spot" admissions review and transfer credit evaluation, where an admissions counselor will review your application and documentation. Upon admission to NYIT, your college coursework will be reviewed by our transfer evaluations staff, who will decide how it fits the requirements of your NYIT major. To schedule a review, call 800.345.NYIT or e-mail us at This review and credit evaluation can usually be done in less than an hour.

When you meet with an admissions counselor, please bring copies of transcripts from every college you've attended. If you have completed fewer than 24 college credits, you also need to bring a copy of your SAT I/ACT scores (if you have taken them) and high school records (e.g., final transcript). Official college transcripts are not necessary at this point, but we must receive them by the second week of your first semester at NYIT.

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If I can't visit in person, how can I apply?

You can apply right now online or by mail. Send your completed application, including transcripts and other documents to:

New York Institute of Technology Office of Admissions
Northern Boulevard P.O. Box 8000
Old Westbury, NY 11568-800

We will review your application, notify you of scholarship eligibility, and complete a transfer credit evaluation as soon as possible.

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Will an admissions counselor visit my college?

NYIT admissions counselors make personal visits to many two-year colleges in the tri-state area. During these visits, counselors provide admissions advisement, make on-the-spot admissions decisions for most majors, and review your record for transfer scholarship eligibility. To find out if NYIT will be visiting your school, contact us at 800.345.NYIT or e-mail us at

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How are my credits transferred to NYIT?

After you're accepted, your transcripts are given to transfer credit evaluators who review them on a course-by-course basis for credit applicable toward your major. The evaluators create a customized degree map that shows the total number of credits transferred and the remaining coursework you need to complete your degree at NYIT. This map is necessary for your advisor to help you with first-time registration. You should review it carefully and save it so you can refer to it as you continue your studies.

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Are there admissions counselors available to guide me through the transfer process?

Our admissions team is happy to provide personal attention and guidance about different majors and requirements for entrance into any NYIT degree program. Transfer credit evaluators are also available to answer specific questions about transfer credit. The Office of Admissions is open during the school year: Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on our Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses. Call 800.345.NYIT (6948) for the Saturday schedule and summer hours.

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Can courses I took at my previous institution(s) be considered for transfer credit by NYIT?

Yes. Coursework is considered for transfer credit if the school at which it was taken is certified by a regional accreditation body. Coursework from other qualified schools is considered as long as it meets the standards of NYIT. If you are unsure if NYIT accepts credits from your school, please contact our Office of Admissions at 800.345.NYIT.

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Is it possible to receive transfer credit for architecture courses?

Certain architecture courses are transferrable, assuming that the courses you have successfully completed meet appropriate criteria and that you can provide the required documentation of course content and learning outcomes. Potentially transferrable architecture courses fall into three categories that require different documentation and processes:

Architectural Technology and Architectural History: Credit is conditional on review of syllabi demonstrating course content is equivalent to the analogous course required at NYIT. Syllabi are reviewed by transfer evaluators in the Office of Admissions shortly after students have been admitted to the B.S. in Architectural Technology.

As outlined in The School of Architecture and Design Transfer Credit Policies, credit can be awarded based on portfolio review for related architectural design courses, visualization courses, and CAD construction drawing courses.

If you have any questions about the transfer evaluation process for architecture coursework, please e-mail us at or call 800.345.NYIT.

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What is the maximum number of credits I can transfer?

The maximum transfer credit for students from an accredited bachelor's program is the difference between the required 30 credits in residency at NYIT and the total credits required for the NYIT degree. For example, if an NYIT degree requires 120 credits, students transferring from a bachelor's program are eligible for a maximum of 90 transfer credits. NYIT will accept up to 70 credits from appropriately accredited two-year schools or associate's degree programs.

Note: Courses can be transferred only if they apply to a student's requirements for his or her chosen major at NYIT. Additional coursework not directly applicable to specific degree requirements may transfer as elective credit. Transfer credit will not be awarded in excess of degree requirements.

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Will my GPA from my previous institution(s) transfer to NYIT?

No. Transfer credit is recorded with the designation "TC" on an NYIT transcript and will not count toward GPA. Grades from courses transferred may be used in certain circumstances to help determine specific honors at graduation.

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What grades are eligible for transfer?

Grades of C- or better are transferable with exceptions for certain majors.

Grades of D+ and D are acceptable only under the following conditions:

  • grades were earned in courses at a school where an associate's or bachelor's degree was completed with a cumulative 2.0 GPA and the courses counted toward the degree, or
  • grades were earned in courses at a school where at least 30 credits were completed with a 2.5 GPA.

Students may be advised to retake some courses in which they earned C+, C, C-, or D grades if they are seeking internships or admission to certain professional schools.

Grades of D- are not transferable.

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I am an international student. How do I transfer credits from an institution abroad?

You need to submit all official transcripts to NYIT and to an approved foreign transcript evaluation agency, such as World Education ServicesGlobe Language Services, and SpanTran Evaluation Services. These agencies certify accreditation status of the school, attendance, duration of study, type of degree, as well as grades and number of credits earned in U.S. terms. Students are advised to submit course descriptions/outlines/syllabi to facilitate the transfer evaluation process.

Please note: This transcript evaluation report is required for NYIT to consider your international coursework for transfer credit. You should start the process as early as possible to ensure your credits are prepared before registration.

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How do I find out about NYIT's scholarship and financial aid program?

Transfer scholarships are available for admitted, full-time students who have completed at least 24 credits with a minimum 2.5 GPA in their college coursework. Scholarship eligibility and amount is determined after acceptance to NYIT and receipt of transcripts for previous college coursework. In addition, a limited number of $2,000 yearly scholarships are granted to incoming transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa. These students should have earned a minimum of 24 college credits and have maintained a 3.5 GPA. Scholarship application, proof of PTK membership, and an essay are mandatory to be considered. Print out a PTK scholarship application here.

For more information about transfer scholarships, visit the NYIT scholarship page or contact us directly at 800.345.NYIT or

Students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible to be eligible for the maximum consideration for need-based financial aid. NYIT's FAFSA code is 002782. Visit the Office of Financial Aid page for more information about the financial aid process.

NYIT also offers payment plan options that allow you to make tuition payments in installments. Visit the Office of the Bursar page to view payment options.

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Can I get college credit for life or work experience?

NYIT's unique Prior Learning Evaluation Program was designed to give students the opportunity to earn college credit for prior college-level learning relevant to their curricula. All matriculated and registered NYIT students maintaining a 2.0 average are eligible to apply for credit, although transfer students must also have their transcripts officially evaluated before applying for credit. Student knowledge gained outside the traditional college classroom may be evaluated by:

  • proficiency examinations
  • non-collegiate course evaluations, and
  • portfolio evaluations.
  • Note: evaluation fees will be charged.

Proficiency Examinations

Credit for degree requirements and elective courses can be earned by attaining satisfactory scores on proficiency examinations. Excelsior College Examinations, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) are standardized testing programs that cover numerous academic areas. NYIT has developed its own challenge examinations in areas not covered by Excelsior, CLEP, or DSST. Challenge examination information is available in the registrar's office.

Quick Info on CLEP and DSST Exams

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DSST Subject Standardized Test (DSST) are nationally recognized proficiency exams that provide students the opportunity to demonstrate college-level knowledge and acquire applicable college credit toward completion of undergraduate degree requirements.

For a list of NYIT course equivalencies for these exams, please refer to the following PDF files:

Contact local test centers directly for information on exam schedules and testing fees.

  • $80 per exam
  • 38 exams offered
  • NYIT Code: 9248
  • Exams are either paper- or computer-based, depending on the test center.

Additional information about CLEP and DSST Exams:

  • Exams (without essay) are typically multiple-choice and timed for 1 ½ - 2 hours.   
  • When taking an exam, NYIT will receive an official score report if our college code is indicated as the “score recipient.”
  • Credit for CLEP and/or DSST is named as Proficiency Exam (PE) credit on NYIT transcripts. 
  • For academic year 2013-14, the fee is $65 per course to have PE credit posted to NYIT transcripts.
  • If you take a CLEP or DSST exam and do not pass, it will not be noted on your NYIT transcript.  However, you will have to wait three to six months to retake the same exam.
  • All prior learning policies outlined in the NYIT Catalog apply.

Please be sure to obtain academic advisement before taking proficiency exams.  For further assistance, you may contact:    

Katie Lyons
Office of Prior Learning
Room 217, Gerry House, OW Campus
Tel:  516.686.7914

Non-Collegiate Course Evaluations: The University of the State of New York's National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS and the American Council on Education (ACE National Guide Online evaluate and recommend credit for many non-collegiate courses. NYIT honors these recommendations for elective credit and may award prior learning credit for required courses on this basis. Courses that have not been reviewed by National CCRS or ACE but meet certain criteria will also be evaluated on an individual basis by the college. Credit for military coursework and Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) may be granted. ACE has evaluated much of this coursework, and credit toward electives is awarded based upon the ACE recommendation. Certificates of completion, official DD214 forms, and/or official AARTS or SMART transcripts should be sent to the evaluations office.

Portfolio Evaluation: Students may use the portfolio method of evaluation to have their knowledge of a certain course or academic area evaluated. This request for credit must fulfill an elective or course requirement in a student's degree program. Each portfolio consists of an essay explaining how the student acquired this knowledge and how it relates to course objectives. NYIT does require documentation of such learning, which may be in the form of work samples, detailed job descriptions, or licenses. A nonrefundable evaluation fee is charged for each portfolio. A Prior Learning Evaluation Guide with detailed information may be obtained from the Office of Prior Learning.

To get a copy or for more information, contact Katie Lyons in the Office of Prior Learning or call 516.686.7914.

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