Articulation Agreements and Memorandums of Understanding
Articulation agreements are formal agreements between colleges and/or universities, typically detailing specific course transfer equivalencies, and other transfer policies, on a program or degree basis. Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) are also formal agreements between colleges and/or universities dealing with transfer policy or agreements, but are more general in nature and may not include specific course equivalencies or be specific to individual programs or degrees.
CUNY Transfer Policies
All LaGuardia students who earn an Associate in Arts Degree (AA), an Associate in Science Degree (AS), or an Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) have:
Priority for transfer over non-University students seeking trans- fer, and
Priority as matriculated students at a senior CUNY college.
The following policies only apply to students who graduate from LaGuardia with either an AA or AS:
LaGuardia AA and AS graduates who transfer within CUNY will be granted a minimum of 60 credits toward a baccalaureate degree and will be deemed to have automatically fulfilled the lower-division liberal arts and science distribution requirements for a baccalaureate degree. However, students may be asked to complete six additional credits in a discipline required by a senior college's baccalaureate distribution requirement, known as the college option.
Students who change their major after they are enrolled in a senior college should expect that completion of their bachelor’s degree may require more than 120 credits.
The following policies only apply to students who graduate from LaGuardia with an AAS degree:
Upon transfer to a parallel professional program within CUNY, LaGuardia AAS graduates will be granted a minimum of 60 credits toward a baccalaureate degree and be required to complete only the difference between the 60 credits granted and the total credits nor- mally required for the degree.
When transferring to a liberal arts curriculum or related profes- sional program in the same field as the AAS degree program, LaGuardia AAS graduates will be granted a minimum of 60 credits toward a baccalaureate degree and will be able to complete their bac- calaureate degree within 60 to 72 credits.
Students who change their major after they are enrolled in a senior college should expect that completion of their bachelor’s degree may require more than an additional 72 credits.
It is important to understand that, when transferring without com- pleting a degree, each department at the transfer school will decide how credits are evaluated. Often, courses only transfer as general electives — not as courses fulfilling distribution or major requirements. There are two main ways for students to guard against losing credits in this manner. First, complete your degree. Credits transfer more readily when they are part of a degree. Second, consult early with the Office of Transfer Services and take time to visit the Transfer Services web page. For example, students can gain information on the transfer process by viewing the Transfer Services web page as well as receiving strategic and focused information from Transfer Advisors. They can advise each student whether there is an articulation agreement between LaGuardia and another college that helps students preserve their credits during transfer.
SUNY Transfer Policies
The State University of New York pledges that “a New York State resident who wishes to transfer from a State University of New York two-year college, including all community colleges throughout the state, and who possesses or will have an Associate in Arts or Associ- ate in Science degree at the time of transfer is guaranteed an oppor- tunity to continue on a full-time basis at a senior campus of the Uni- versity.” Students with an Associate in Applied Science degree or those who do not graduate are not guaranteed admission. Students are advised to contact LaGuardia’s Office for Transfer Services, or the Admissions Office of the College they wish to attend for specific requirements, and/or view the Transfer Services web page and/or make an appointment with a Transfer Services Advisor to get specific and more personalized information about their transfer needs.
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Transfer To NON-CUNY or SUNY Colleges
Students who wish to continue their studies after graduating from LaGuardia by transferring to a private institution should select their courses in consultation with an academic advisor and/or faculty advisor. Students should contact LaGuardia’s Office for Transfer Services, and the Admissions Office of the College of their choice for specific requirements and deadlines since the criteria vary from college to college.