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Requirements for Graduation

Students who entered City College as first-time freshmen before September 1996 may be required to complete 128 credits.

Students who enrolled thereafter will be required to complete a total of 120 credits, to include major and general education/core requirements. Exceptions are the degree programs in Architecture, Engineering and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, which require more than 120 credits.

Students are expected to be familiar with the requirements of their degree programs. All requirements for the degree must be met before the date of graduation. The temporary grade of INC (including those assigned in the final semester of attendance) must be resolved prior to the date of graduation.

In addition, all "stops" must be cleared by the date of graduation. Failure to clear "stops" will result in the delay of the distribution of diplomas and the processing of requests for transcripts.

Upper-division students should have a preliminary graduation check conducted two semesters before the anticipated date of graduation by an advisor in their department or division. The final graduation check and certification is conducted in the appropriate Dean’s Office.

The following applies to all students who enter The City College of New York either as a freshmen or a transfer student:
To obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree, students must have a minimum of ninety (90) credits in courses that are classified as Liberal Arts & Sciences courses. For a Bachelor of Science degree, a minimum of sixty (60) credits must be earned in courses that are classified as Liberal Arts and Science courses. For Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Music degrees, a minimum of thirty (30) credits must be earned in courses that are classified as Liberal Arts and Sciences courses. Credits taken at or transferred into City College are subject to this requirement based on New York State Regulations.