Transfer credit is assigned toward New College of Florida’s semester contract, Independent Study Project, and unit requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Credit is considered for college courses with grades of “C” or better, taken prior to the student’s initial enrollment at New College, and documented by official transcript from the accredited, postsecondary degree-granting college or university that issued the original credit. Transfer credit is not considered for course work taken on a noncredit basis (i.e., course work not reflected for credit on the official transcript from an accredited, degree-granting college or university).
Transfer credit is also considered for satisfactory performance on examinations identified in the Articulation Coordinating Committee Credit-by-Exam Guidelines as approved by the Florida Board of Governors (AP, IB, AICE, CLEP, DSST, DLPT, and Excelsior). Standardized examinations must be taken prior to the student’s initial enrollment at New College. Credit-by-exam is accepted when it is part of a Florida College System or Florida State University System Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree or bachelor’s or advanced degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
In all other cases, official test results should be sent to the Office of the Registrar from the credit-by-exam source. Up to 25 percent of the credits required for a Bachelor of Arts degree at New College may be awarded for credit-by-exam.
Transfer credit will not be awarded more than once for the same course, whether by course or examination. Credit-by-exam will not automatically exempt a student from introductory courses at New College. New College’s unique, intensive honors curriculum does not use common prerequisites and common course numbering.
Courses in the arts and sciences and supporting fields may be accepted toward transfer credit. Acceptable courses typically fall into the following fields:
*Language credit (including Sign Language) transfers only if the language has been satisfactorily completed through at least the second semester level of the first-year sequence.
**Mathematics courses below the level of Calculus are not typically accepted for transfer with the exception of Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Statistics.
Limited transfer credit may be assigned for course work in Business and Speech. Otherwise, courses in the following fields typically are not transferable:
Once transfer credit has been granted, it will not be removed or waived by a request from the student.
Students who already hold 1) a Florida College System or Florida State University System AA degree, or 2) a bachelor’s or advanced degree from a regionally accredited college or university—New College acknowledges fulfillment of the College’s Liberal Arts Curriculum (general education) course requirements, and would assign the following maximum transfer credit:
Transfer credit is based on 16 or more transferable semester credit hours, in the following increments:
|Transferable semester hours||Units||Semester contracts|
|20-35||5||1-semester contract and 1 ISP|
|36-51||9||2-semester contracts and 1 ISP|
|52 or more||13||3-semester contracts and 1 ISP|
In no case may transfer credit be given for more than 3 contracts and 1 ISP. Every New College student must complete at least four contracts and two ISPs in residence at New College in order to graduate.
The following may be considered for possible exemption from individual Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) requirements for general education courses; these LAC exemptions are not assigned unit, ISP, or contract credit, but would provide the student with greater flexibility in choice of courses.
After all materials are received, the Office of the Registrar will provide them to the Dean of Studies for consideration of exemption from individual Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) requirements for general education courses.
An Appeal of LAC exemption denial may be made to the Provost.
What do I need to do for my Area of Concentration? You should always expect to complete the majority of work in your field of study with faculty at New College. For permission to file your concentration, you’ll need the approval of the professors in your field for the quality and amount of work you’ve done in that subject with them. (To file for a special program concentration, you’ll need the endorsement of at least two faculty and subsequent review by the faculty of the three academic Divisions.) You can read the guidelines for concentrations here.
How do I find out about course placement? Save your course syllabi—course placement is decided by faculty, not by the registrar. Professors in some fields, like mathematics, sciences, and foreign languages, may use placement exams. Particularly for any course related to your field of study, remember to save the syllabus. If you enroll at New College, you’ll bring your syllabi to your faculty advisor and other professors to discuss your academic background. This will give them a better idea of what you’ve already studied, and help them know what questions to ask, so that they can better advise you for course placement (You can read NCF course descriptions here). Faculty do this so that they can be comfortable that you’re ready for more advanced level study with them, instead of assuming that two courses with the same name cover the same topics, or that two students with similar records have the same retention and understanding of the material.
What courses do I need to graduate? Instead of a formula for graduation, New College offers a wide range of options. Each concentration provides guidelines for graduation for courses, types of courses, and projects or other experiences that the professors expect of their students. However, your professors may give you the flexibility to make many of your own choices. In addition, much of your work is done through individual arrangements with your professors, on topics you’d like to pursue. These tutorials, Independent Reading Projects, and Independent Study Projects will count toward your academic program.
How long will it take me to graduate? You’re welcome to request a rough estimate of transfer credit prior to a decision. Please contact your assigned admissions counselor, click here to see a list of contacts for different areas of Florida and the U.S. The formal assignment of transfer credit is done for enrolling students, on the basis of the final college transcript. Transfer credit is assigned in time toward the degree. All students need the equivalent of at least seven semester contracts and three January Independent Study Projects toward their graduation requirements. For example, if the Office of the Registrar accepts 36 hours of transferable course work, this would be assigned two semester contracts and one Independent Study Project (leaving a minimum of five semester contracts and two Independent Study Projects to complete). Most transfers will complete an additional semester because of the senior thesis requirement, and/or to take additional courses. Note for students with scholarship funding: most scholarships assigned by New College are for eight semesters minus any semesters of transfer credit assigned.