Bridge Year FAQ

Will the College I go to in the Fall accept my Queens College credits?

Yes!

The Credits you have earned at Queens College are real college credits.  Each college has its own criteria and processes on how they transfer the Credits.  The basic guideline: if you receive a C or higher, the college will grant you the credits at its institution.  Certain institutions may require higher grades for specific programs, so check with their admissions offices.

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Do the Grades from my Queens College classes transfer to my College?

Generally, no.
The Colleges will look at your grades to determine whether or not they will grant you transfer credit at their institutions. The basic guideline: if you receive a C or higher, the college will grant you the credits at its institution.

In some cases where your Queens College electives were courses that you are required to take for your College Major, your College may actually transfer the grade as well. (Generally, you must receive actual letter Grades for classes in your Major – no P/NCs)

NB: If you stay at (or return to) Queens College, your grades are already part of your official Queens College Transcript and will count in your overall GPA.

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Can I choose to only send certain grades from my Transcript to a College?

No.

Your Queens College Transcript is one complete document listing all the courses you have taken at Queens College with the grades you earned.  This includes any college-credit College Now courses you may have taken prior to the THHS Senior “Bridge” Year.

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How do I transfer my QC credits to my College?

File a Transcript Request Form at Queens College's OneStop Center (Jefferson Hall 100).  The cost is $7 for each Transcript sent out.  If it is being sent to a CUNY school, then the Transcript is sent for free.  You may also file your Transcript Request online (you will be charged an additional $2 processing fee).

You can review the Registrar's Transcripts FAQ and order online at http://www.qc.cuny.edu/registrar/transcripts

Each College handles the Transferring of Credits differently – some institutions process all transfers right through their Admissions Offices; some have Transfer Credit Offices; others require you to bring a copy of your Transcript to each academic department in which you want to receive credit – check with your College to find out their specific processes.

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If I “messed up” in the Spring semester and I choose to not send an official Transcript to my college, then they won’t know (or hold it against me), right?

Wrong.

The THHS College Office receives copies of each semester’s QC Grade Report (similar to the ones you view in CUNYfirst).  The College Office includes these Grade Reports with your THHS Transcripts to show the colleges you’ve applied to that you are taking a “full / complete schedule”.  This is not considered an “Official Transcript” but the Colleges will treat it as a true representation of your work/grades.

NB: THHS Graduates may receive letters rescinding their Acceptances to College pending a “good explanation” as to a sudden drop in grades.

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I received a grade of “WU” for my QC Elective… what is this?  Is this bad?

It is bad!

A “WU” stands for “Withdrawal, Unofficial”.  This means that you stopped going to class (or was absent way too many times) and the professor doesn’t have adequate work to give you a “real” grade.

This is worse than an “F”!  An “F” means you tried and Failed.  A “WU” means that you didn’t even try.  Colleges know what a “WU” is and will seriously reconsider your Acceptance to their institution if a “WU” on your transcript cannot be properly explained.

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Do I need to take the AP Exam for a class I’ve taken (and passed) at Queens College?

No.

If you’ve already taken a Queens College class and passed with a C or better, then the AP Exam is unnecessary.  If you’ve already checked with the College you’ll be attending and they have confirmed that the grade you received in your QC Elective is not high enough to earn Transfer Credit, then perhaps taking the AP Exam and passing with a high enough score (usually a four or five) will help you.  Please check with your THHS Guidance Counselor for evaluation.

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I borrowed a book from the QC Library and owe late fees for it… will this be a problem?

Yes.

When you owe money to the QC Library a Library Hold is placed on your QC Records.  This hold prevents QC Transcripts from being sent out.  Also, any changes to your QC Registration (adding a course, dropping a course, getting a grade correction) cannot be processed until the hold is removed (i.e. paying the fines).

Additionally, the QC Library will communicate any holds to the THHS Library.  This will affect your ability to clear your Daedalus account for Commencement Cap & Gown distribution.

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I received a Bill from Queens College… what do I do?!

Don’t Panic.

Review the Bill to make sure that the proper Waivers have been applied.  At first glance, the bill might look like you owe approximately $1,450; however, there should be a note that TH Waivers / Financial Aid (F/A) have been applied and the Balance Due should be $0.00.

If you are taking a QC Elective that is more than three credits, the additional tuition charges should be reflected in the Balance Due.  Also, if your class requires Materials Fees or the like, these will also be listed.  You are responsible for these ‘extra’ charges.

If you have any questions, please call us at (718) 997-3175.

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How do I get textbooks for my Queens College classes?

For your Humanities Colloquium, we lend you books from our offices in Klapper Hall at the beginning of each semester.  You then return these texts to us at a designated time at the end of each semester.

For your Queens College Elective, you are responsible for purchasing your texts.  Most professors will have already ordered the required texts via the Campus Bookstore, so you can check prices and availability at their website (qc.cuny.edu/bookstore).  You are not required to purchase your texts from the QC Bookstore… as long as you are purchasing the proper editions your professors want, you can buy them anywhere (Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, etc.)

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My friends/parents/siblings tell me

A: my classes won’t transfer…

B: my major won’t accept my grades…

C: my grades don’t count for anything… etc. etc. etc.

Rumor, hearsay, urban myth, etc.  Always verify what you hear.

Feel free to call us at (718) 997-3175 or e-mail us at QC.CPP@qc.cuny.edu

Check with the Colleges you are applying to for details… every institution has their own requirements, idiosyncrasies, and processes.  Also, something that was Fact a year ago may not be true anymore… policies change, so always make sure that your information is up to date.

 

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