Ithaca College

School of Business

Academic Policies

Credit Limit

Undergraduate students who are neither accounting nor business administration majors may not register for more than 29 credit hours of business coursework (i.e., ACCT xxxxx, INTB xxxxx, MGMT xxxxx, FINA xxxxx, MKTG xxxxx, HRM xxxxx, PROD xxxxx, GBUS xxxxx, BINT xxxxx, BGRD xxxxx).

High School Preparation for Business

We strongly recommend that, in addition to the college preparatory courses necessary for admission to Ithaca College, students take at least three years of mathematics in high school. Algebra should be taken at the highest level possible. The more preparation obtained at the high school level, the more readily students can adapt to the quantitative aspects of the business education of today and the business world of tomorrow.

Writing Effectiveness Policy

All students enrolled in the School of Business must be judged effective writers before they are allowed to take junior-level business courses. This requirement applies to both existing students and transfer students. College credit in writing coursework, whether taken at Ithaca College or transferred in from another institution, does not denote "writing effectiveness."

Matriculated student policy -- If students are judged ineffective writers in their first academic writing course, they will be required to take Academic Writing II. If students are not designated "writing effective" after completion of the second course, then they must complete additional writing-intensive coursework to be evaluated by their academic adviser for writing effectiveness before taking business courses at level 3 (third year) or above. The chair of the Department of Writing may be consulted for assistance in this process.

Transfer student policy -- The chair of the Department of Writing will evaluate transfers with WRTG 1xxxx credit and make appropriate recommendations. To be designated writing effective, students will have to submit a portfolio of 15 to 20 pages of current academic writing to a faculty tutor in the writing center. When students are evaluated as ineffective writers, they must complete the recommended coursework and be judged writing effective before taking business courses at level 3 (third year) or above.

Transfer Policies

Transfer Students from Another Institution

Students may be permitted to transfer to the School of Business from another institution provided that the institution attended is an accredited college or university and that the student has earned a 2.50 minimum cumulative GPA for all coursework undertaken. Credit for individual courses taken at another institution is granted subject to the following policies.

Transfer credit is not granted for courses in which a grade of less than C- has been earned. Transfer credit may be granted for the following:

  • all non-business courses;
  • courses that are equivalent to level-1 and level-2 (first and second year) business courses taught at Ithaca College;
  • courses that are equivalent to level-3 (third year) and level-4 (fourth year) Ithaca College business courses taken at AACSB-accredited institutions;
  • courses that are equivalent to level-3 (third year) Ithaca College business courses taken at non-AACSB-accredited institutions; the courses must be validated by passing a validation exam administered by the dean's office in the School of Business with a grade of at least C-.

Students who do not pass the validation exam as specified above may receive credit for the applicable transfer course (level 2 or higher) only as an "open elective." Arrangements for taking the validation exams must be made through the School of Business dean's office no later than the first day of classes of the student's second semester. Courses that are equivalent to level-4 (fourth year) Ithaca College business courses taken at AACSB-accredited institutions may transfer on a case-by-case basis and only if approved in advance by the School of Business Academic Variance Group.

The student's academic dean determines eligibility for transfer credit on the basis of the course number, title, and catalog description. In cases where such information is insufficient to establish the equivalency of the course to be transferred to an Ithaca College course, the students will be required to provide a copy of the course syllabus. Credits are transferable; grades are not.

In addition, students who transfer to the School of Business must complete their last 48 credits (usually four semesters of full-time study) and at least 50 percent of the coursework in the business administration or accounting major at Ithaca College. The implication of these policies for transfer students is that students may graduate with more than 120 credit hours to satisfy the requirements of the degree programs.

Transfer Students from Other Schools at Ithaca College

Students from other schools within Ithaca College may apply to transfer to the School of Business at any time after their first semester provided that they have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above. Applications are available in the School of Business dean's office. Strongest consideration will be given to applicants who have completed the business foundation courses with a B or higher. These courses include calculus, statistics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, and writing.

Business Students Taking Courses at Other Institutions

Students assume responsibility for the transferability of course credit for courses taken elsewhere and must adhere to the following procedures and policies.

Prior to taking courses elsewhere, the student must obtain the petition for transfer credit form, available from the registrar's office, complete the form including course descriptions, and present it for approval to the chairs of the departments to which the courses relate. Pre-approval must also be obtained from the dean of the School of Business before enrolling in courses to be taken at another institution.

For level-3 and level-4 School of Business courses, only those taken at AACSB-accredited institutions will be reviewed.

After completion of such courses, the student is responsible for requesting that an official transcript be sent to the registrar's office. Credit will be granted for courses in which a grade of C- or above is earned. Credits are transferable; grades are not.

Courses taken at the Ithaca College London Center or through the cross-registration program with Cornell University are considered Ithaca College credits. Grades for such courses appear on the student's transcript and are applied toward the Ithaca College cumulative GPA.

Senior Credit-Hour Policy

Seniors are required to complete the last 30 credits of their degree program at Ithaca College. For more information, see "Graduation and Program Regulations."
Graduation and Program Regulations

Satisfactory/D/Fail Option

No business course may be taken on an S/D/F basis by a business major or minor. Moreover, neither STCM 24100 Advertising nor STCM 23200 Public Relations may be taken S/D/F by business majors or minors because these courses are considered business electives for business students. Non-business courses required for a major or minor also cannot be taken on an S/D/F basis. Only the following categories of courses may be taken S/D/F by business majors: humanities, social science, natural science, and liberal arts electives (including "approved liberal arts" requirements in the international business concentration and minor); open electives that are not business courses; and internships (which are offered pass/fail only). All other courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Students enrolled in the certificate program in international business should also note the S/D/F stipulations for that program. The foreign language and international business/economics courses may not be taken on an S/D/F basis. A maximum of two courses in the area studies/international relations track may be taken on an S/D/F basis.

Business Electives

Any sophomore-, junior-, or senior-level business course, unless otherwise stated, may serve as a business elective. In addition, two specific non-business courses may serve as business electives: STCM 24100 Advertising and STCM 23200 Public Relations.

Academic Achievement and Advising

Dean's List

In order to earn a place on the dean's list in the School of Business, students must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  1. a minimum semester grade point average of 3.50;
  2. completion of at least 15 credits, not more than 3 of which may be on the S/D/F option basis; and
  3. no final grades of D, F, or I.

Grade changes that affect dean's list must be completed no later than two weeks before the beginning of the following semester.


Facilitating student growth and learning is a priority for business faculty and staff. All majors are assigned an adviser to assist with progress toward completing their major requirements and to serve as a resource for exploring interests and career goals. It is strongly recommended that business majors meet with their adviser at least twice each semester, once at the beginning of the semester and again during the advising period prior to online registration for the following semester.

Peer Advising Program

Peer advisers are students trained in academic policies and procedures and in skills to help first-year students in matters relating to academic programs. Each year a selection process is conducted for interested and competent students. The availability of this service encourages students to view advising as an ongoing process that involves more than just registering for a course.

Academic Status

Students should be aware of the College policy on grading; see the "Credit and Grade Information" section.
Credit and Grade Information

Full-time baccalaureate students enrolled in the business administration and accounting majors in the School of Business are required to maintain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average for good academic standing. Students who fail to maintain this standard in a given semester will automatically receive an academic warning. Students who fail to maintain good academic standing over a 12-month period will be dismissed from all programs in the School of Business. To allow time for such students to select and apply to a new major, dismissal from the School of Business baccalaureate degree programs will take effect at the end of the semester following notification of the dismissal.

Application of Courses to More than One Concentration or Minor

In the School of Business, students may use a course to satisfy degree requirements in more than one business concentration as long as they complete 12 unique credits in each concentration. Similarly, if a program of study outside the School of Business requires a business course, students majoring in that subject may also apply the business course toward a business major, concentration, or minor.