College Option

In addition to the 30-credit Common Core, students in bachelor’s degree programs also must fulfill a College Option requirement specified by their college. The number of College Option credits is 6 to 12, depending on whether a student transferred into the college and, if so, how many credits he or she had at the time of transfer.

To find out how many College Option credits you might need, see the requirements for different kinds of students below:


CUNY Associate —> CUNY Bachelor’s

Students who transfer from a CUNY associate to a CUNY bachelor’s degree program

Earned Associate Degree
6 College Option credits required

Earned More than 30 Credits
9 College Option credits required

Earned 30 or Fewer Credits
12 College Option credits required

Non-CUNY Associate —> CUNY Bachelor’s

Students transferring to CUNY from non-CUNY colleges

Earned Associate Degree
6 College Option credits required

Earned More than 30 Credits
9 College Option credits required

Earned 30 or Fewer Credits
12 College Option credits required

A transfer student’s CUNY college will decide whether any courses taken at the original college fulfill the College Option requirements.

CUNY Bachelor’s

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree at one CUNY college (without transferring)

12 College Option credits required
(specified by their college).

CUNY Bachelor’s —> CUNY Bachelor’s

Students who transfer between CUNY bachelor’s degree programs

12 College Option credits are required; HOWEVER, students can transfer the College Option credits they earn in a bachelor’s degree program at one CUNY college toward their College Option requirement at any other CUNY college.

Non-CUNY Bachelor’s —> CUNY Bachelor’s

Students transferring to CUNY from non-CUNY colleges

12 College Option credits required. A transfer student’s CUNY college will decide whether courses taken at the original college fulfill any of the College Option requirements.

Second Bachelor's Degree Students

Students with earned bachelor's degrees from institutions that are accredited and recognized by a regional accrediting U.S. agency, as well as students from international universities with degrees that are equivalent to a baccalaureate degree as determined by CUNY

No College Option credits required; these students are deemed to have automatically fulfilled the College Option.


This website complements the Pathways websites maintained by the colleges. It is very important that students, faculty, and staff consult their own colleges’ websites.

This list of college links will be updated as colleges finalize their campus guidelines.


Pathways Tip: Colleges have different College Option requirements. In some cases, colleges may have different College Option requirements for students in different areas of study; in some cases, College Option requirements also may fulfill the requirements for a student’s major. For more information, check with your college website or college advisor.