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Transfer Services

Any student planning to transfer to a four-year college upon completion of associate degree requirements should be aware of the procedures necessary for a smooth transition. Transfer is a relatively easy process. However, students seeking specialized programs should choose their course of study at Cayuga very carefully in order to alleviate future difficulties. It is advisable to begin applying for transfer during the third semester and to begin the exploration process considerably sooner. Consultation is available from the College transfer counselor, the student's academic adviser and/or other faculty members.

The likelihood of gaining admission to a particular program of study at another institution depends on

  • Choice of appropriate course of study at Cayuga
  • Number of applications for a particular major at the senior college
  • Grade point average achieved at Cayuga. Institutions and/or majors in high demand are more competitive and require a higher grade point average for admission.

SUNY applications are available in the Centers for Student Engagement and Academic Advisement. A student may apply to four SUNY units with one application. A New York State resident who is in the process of obtaining a Cayuga associate’s degree and who is transferring directly to a SUNY baccalaureate campus may apply to up to four SUNY units with a waiver of the $40 per-unit application fee. Transcripts of grades must be sent from the Office of the Registrar at Cayuga directly to the undergraduate admissions office at the college(s) to which the student is applying. Students who have attended colleges in addition to Cayuga must request that those colleges also send transcripts.

For private or out-of-state colleges, write to the director of admission at the educational institution, requesting a catalog and application forms for transfer students. Two files of college catalogs are available on campus for student use, one in the Library and the other in the Centers for Student Engagement and Academic Advisement.

Admissions counselors from four-year colleges throughout the state visit the campus periodically to recruit students and assist in the transfer process.


Transfer Agreements

Cayuga has official transfer agreements offering opportunities at specific transfer institutions. Consult early with Cayuga’s transfer counselor on the details of any transfer agreement.


SUNY Transfer Credit Appeal Process

When you transfer into any SUNY school, you will receive a transcript evaluation as close to the time of admission as possible, but no later than the payment of your enrollment deposit. The transcript evaluation will show how your prior courses will be accepted in transfer and apply toward your major. If you do not agree with your SUNY college's decision on the granting or placement of credit that you earned at a prior SUNY institution, you have the right to submit an appeal to your campus transfer representative. In order to submit an appeal please visit

If you still do not agree with your campus' decision, or you have not received a response in 15 business days, you may appeal to the SUNY System Provost. You can submit the appeal by filling out student appeal form and sending it along with requested material via email to:, or send via certified mail to:

Dr. David Lavallee
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
SUNY System Administration
One University Plaza
Albany, NY 12246

The SUNY Provost will respond to your appeal within five business days from receipt of the completed appeal application. If the decision finds merit to change the course to meet a major requirement, the receiving institution will be notified to take appropriate action. If you have questions on this process, please contact Robert Kraushaar.


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University Center at Cayuga

Please visit our University Center page for information regarding upper division degree programs offered on the Cayuga campus.