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., courses with the following prefixes: ACCT, INTB, MGMT, FINA, MKTG, HRM, PROD, GBUS, BINT, or BGRD).

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.

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. The student is responsible for requesting that an official transcript be sent to the registrar's office. Credit for individual courses taken at another institution is granted based on the following policies.

Credit will be granted for courses in which a grade of C- or above is earned. Credits are transferable; grades are not. 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, 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.

For information about AACSB-accredited institutions:
AACSB-Accredited Institutions

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.
AACSB-Accredited Institutions

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 cannot be taken on an S/D/F basis. 

The following categories of courses may be taken S/D/F by business majors: open non-business liberal arts electives, humanities, social sciences, natural science, business-oriented cultural diversity liberal arts electives, approved international liberal arts electives (by accounting majors, international business certificate, and international business concentrators); 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 international business certificate program should note the S/D/F stipulations for that program. The foreign language and international business/economics courses may not be taken on a S/D/F basis. A maximum of two courses in the area studies/international relations track may be taken on a S/D/F basis.

Business Electives

Any level-two, -three, or -four 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 placement 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 a faculty 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 advisers 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.

Business minor students are assigned to a faculty adviser in the School of Business in addition to their major adviser.

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

Academic Warning

All Ithaca College School of Business students with a cumulative GPA between 1.01 and 1.99 will be placed on academic warning. They will receive a notice of academic warning from the dean's office with an academic contract notifying them of the semester GPA needed to regain good academic standing (2.00 cumulative GPA); they will be limited to 12-15 credit hours for the semester; and they will be given other recommendations for academic improvement (attending academic enrichment seminars, meeting regularly with a campus representative, working with a tutor if retaking a class, etc.). Students on academic warning will be advised to curtail any activity that is detrimental to regaining good academic standing (e.g., on- and off-campus employment, student organization leadership, socially unhealthy activities).

Academic Suspension

Ithaca College School of Business students who fail to meet their academic warning contract will be subject to academic suspension. Academic suspension mandates one semester and a summer or winter term away from campus. Students must reapply through the registrar's office to return to the College and demonstrate that they have met the conditions of their suspension.

First-semester freshmen and first-semester transfer students with a cumulative GPA of less than 1.01 will be academically suspended but will be eligible for expedited appeal through the dean's office. Those students reinstated following expedited appeal of suspension will be placed on academic warning with an academic contract. They must meet expectations for students on academic warning.

Academic Dismissal

Students who are reinstated following academic suspension and fail to meet their academic contract will be subject to academic dismissal, with the right of appeal to the School of Business dean's office. Students who are academically dismissed are ineligible to apply for readmission to Ithaca College. Any academic contract, whether signed by the student or not, will be in effect for the term in question. Grounds for appeal will depend on mitigating circumstances such as a death in the family, injury or illness requiring hospitalization, and other special circumstances.

Application of Courses to More than One Concentration or Minor

School of Business majors 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.