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Transfer Student Advising

One in three students at St. John Fisher College are transfer students. That's because at Fisher, we know how to make transferring easy and convenient for you.

Initial Appointment and Course Registration

Once you submit your Course Preference form (as instructed through the online enrollment checklist), you will be contacted to schedule an advising appointment.

Note: If you are transferring into the School of Education or as a clinical-ready student in the School of Nursing, you will be contacted directly by that program.

You will receive the following during your initial advising appointment:

  • Review of transfer credit awarded (see Transfer Credit Evaluation below)
  • Review of degree and graduation requirements
  • Registration into courses
  • Printed class schedule for the coming semester
  • Contact information for your faculty advisor
  • Tentative long-range plan projecting your course progression through graduation
  • Important information about the academic calendar, transfer orientation, and billing, etc.

Transfer Orientation

Transfer orientation is designed to welcome you to the College; introduce you to the advising process at Fisher; make you aware of important resources and activities; and review parking, dining services, Blackboard, and email access.

Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE)

New transfer students are given a Transfer Credit Evaluation identifying how many hours of transfer credit can be expected and how that transfer credit applies to the Fisher degree. View a 5-minute video tutorial that reviews a sample TCE.

Notable Transfer Policies

As a transfer student, you should be aware of the following policies:

  • Up to 66 hours may be transferred from a two-year school.
  • At least 60 hours in transfer credit are awarded for the receipt of an associate degree - an official transcript indicating receipt of degree must be on record with the Registrar. Transcripts must be received from all schools attended.
  • Residency Requirement:
    • A minimum of 30 graded credit hours must be taken at St. John Fisher College in order to earn a bachelor's degree. This requirement usually concerns students who have transferred in large amounts of credit, or students attending Fisher who have earned degrees elsewhere.
    • At least 30 of the final 36 credit hours must be earned in residence, unless waived in individual cases by the Committee on Academic Standing. This means that once you've begun the last 36 hours of a particular degree program, only 6 of those hours may be taken in transfer credit.
    • At least 1/2 of the coursework required by your major must be completed at Fisher.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to questions about course registration, liberal arts requirements, and more.

How do I register for courses at Fisher?
  • Submit your deposit to Transfer Admissions to obtain access to the online enrollment checklist.
  • Return a completed Course Preference form as instructed in your enrollment checklist.
  • Upon receipt of your Course Preference form, you'll be contacted within 1-2 business days to schedule a registration appointment.
The classes that I need appear to be full. How am I going to get what I need?

Depending on your situation, additional seats may be available to you as a new transfer student. Sometimes classes that you want are full, but it's very rare that we can't get you into classes that you need. Your advisor will help plan out all required coursework, paying attention to prerequisites and recommended course progressions. In most cases, you will be contacted ahead of time if an especially challenging issue arises in preparation for the appointment.

Some classes have a negative number of seats. Can I get on a waiting list?

There are no formal waiting lists for courses at Fisher. Negative numbers of seats remaining usually mean seats are reserved for new students or that students in unique situations have been permitted by the instructor and department chair to enroll in a closed course.

Can I make changes to my schedule after my registration appointment?

Yes. An understanding of your Transfer Credit Evaluation, your Tentative Long Range Plan, and access to Fish 'R' Net are all you need to revise your schedule. We do recommend checking in with your advisor prior to making changes.

Do I have to attend Orientation?

At Orientation, you will hear from College officials, learn about various academic and student supports, learn how to access your student information using Fish 'R' Net, Blackboard, and your Fisher email account, and take a quick tour of campus, including the library and other campus resources. While not required, the College recommends that you to attend.

When do I meet my academic advisor?

Your initial registration appointment will be with an academic counselor specially trained to work with transfer students. You will be assigned a faculty advisor from your academic department at this appointment. While you need to meet with this faculty academic advisor to schedule future semesters, you should introduce yourself to them early in the semester.

I am a veteran. Who should I contact?

Visit the Veterans Benefits page on the Financial Aid website.

Can I be eligible for academic honors as a transfer student?

You must complete at least 60 credit hours at Fisher to be eligible for academic honors. Details are available in the Undergraduate Catalog.