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How can I find out what classes and credits have transferred from my previous school?

How can I find out which classes I need to take and how many credits I have?

Why was I placed in/required to take a class I have already taken in my previous school?

What are the requirements for graduation?

How do I know if I need to take a placement exam?

How can I tell if my foreign language requirement has been fulfilled?

How do I prove I took 3 years of language in High School and passed the Regent's?

Is there an exam I can take to be exempt from a certain course?

What courses can I CLEP?

How do I prove that I took 3 years of a language in high school and passed the  NYS Regentís Examination?

Can I concurrently take classes at other schools for credit at John Jay?

How do I declare a major?

How do I declare a minor, and what are the requirements?

Can I create my own major?

How do I change my major?

Why have I been placed in the Associates Degree Program instead of the Baccalaureate  Degree Program?

How long is Academic Probation and how do I get out of it?

Other than taking the required classes, is there anything else I have to do in order to graduate from John Jay College?

How do I obtain New York State residency?

Where do I go for free tutoring?

What is a normal course load or workload at John Jay?

How many weeks are in a semester?

What is the summer session at John Jay College like? 

How do I sign in to check my John Jay email account?

Why does eSims tell me that I have a hold on my registration?  What is a hold?

Where do I obtain a letter that proves that I am full-time student?

How do I meet people at JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE?

Whatís the difference between a BS and BA in Criminal Justice?

How many credits can I transfer in?

What are External Credits?

What are Equivalent Credits?

 

How can I find out what classes and credits have transferred from my previous school?

            You should receive a course evaluation sheet as well as a John Jay Transcript from the Admissions Office (Rm 4205, North Hall; (212) 237-8865).  This will tell you what classes you have received credit for. You can also check your records through eSims, which is an electronic information system.  This is a great tool for keeping track of what classes you have taken, and what remaining requirements you need to fulfill in order to graduate from John Jay. 

 

How can I find out which classes I need to take and how many credits I have?

            Make an appointment in room 3142N to meet with a transfer student peer counselor

 

Why was I placed in/required to take a class I have already taken in my previous school?

            The class at your previous school may not have been the equivalent to the required course at John Jay College.  If you feel that perhaps there was an oversight in this matter, take a copy of the course      description from your previous school to the Office of Admissions for consideration (Rm 4205 North Hall; (212)237-8865).

 

What are the requirements for graduation?

            You must fulfill all General Education Requirements , the requirements of your major, and electives credits.  The total of these three fields must be a minimum of 120 credits.  You can find the General Education Requirements by clicking on the link above, or by reading John Jay Collegeís Undergraduate Bulletin, which can be obtained in the Office of Admissions (Rm 4205 North Hall; 212-237-8865.

 

How do I know if I need to take a placement exam?

            You will be contacted by the Testing Office and/or a hold will be placed on your registration if you need to take a placement exam.  If this is the case, you must contact the Testing Office (Rm 3256-3258, North Hall) to resolve the matter and/or schedule a date to take the exam.

 

How can I tell if my foreign language requirement has been fulfilled?

            The first semester of a foreign language can be exempted if you have taken the course previously and can prove comprehension of the subject matter.  This test is taken on the first day of the semester in the 101 course.

You may also be exempt from any foreign language requirement if you have taken 3 years of a foreign language in high school and have taken and passed the Level III New York State Regentís Exam for that language.  This would be noted on your high school transcript.

A third way to become exempt from a foreign language requirement is to take the CLEP exam and the Departmental exam.  Check with the Testing Office for locations and subjects of the CLEP exam.

How do I prove that I took 3 years of a language in high school and passed the Regentís?

            This would be notated on your high school transcript.  If the Registrarís Office does not have this on record, contact you high school to have it sent. 

 

Is there an exam I can take to be exempt from a certain course?

            The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is for students who wish to challenge a course by exam.  These exams are offered off-campus for a nominal fee.  Check with the Testing Office  for locations of the CLEP exam.

 

What courses can I CLEP?

            John Jay does not award credit for the CLEP general examinations (English, Composition, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and History).  However, the college does award credit for the subject examinations listed below.  John Jay students may earn a maximum of 30 credits through examination, equivalent, external credit or any combination thereof.  The table below indicates the CLEP subject, the John Jay equivalent, the minimum score you need to pass and the number of credits you can receive:

 

SUBJECT                               JJ EQUIVALENT     MIN SCORE             CREDITS

 

American Govt.                        GOV 101                                 50                                3

American History II                  HIS 201                                   50                                3

American History II                  HIS 202                                   50                                3

American Literature                  LIT 233                                   50                                3

Analysis & Inter.                       LIT BL                                    50                                3

Calculus                                   MAT 241 & MAT 242            50                                6

College Algebra                        MAT 105                                 50                                3

College Algebra-Trig.            MAT 105                                     50                                3

Fresh. College Comp.               ENG 101 & ENG 102             50                                6

*College French                       FRE 101 & FRE 102               50                                6

*College German                      GER 101 & GER 102              50                                6

*College Spanish                      SPA 101 & SPA 102               50                                6

Information Systems                 MAT 275                                 50                                3

Educational Psychology            PSY 230                                  50                                3

English Literature                      LIT 231 or LIT 232                 50                                3

General Biology                        BIO 103 & BIO 104                50                                8

General Chemistry                    CHE 103 & CHE 104              50                                8

Human, Growth & Dev.            PSY 231                                  50                                3

Management                             ECO BL                                  50                                3

Intro. Accounting                      ECO 150 & ECO 151             50                                6

Business Law                           LAW BL                                  50                                3

Marketing                                 ECO BL                                  50                                3

Microeconomics                       ECO 225                                 50                                3

Macroeconomics                      ECO 101                                 50                                3

Into. Sociology                         SOC 101                                  50                                3

Intro. Psychology                      PSY 101                                  50                                3

Western Civilization I                HIS 231                                   50                                3

Western Civilization II           HIS 232                                   50                                3

 

*Please Note:  In order to receive College Credit for Foreign Language CLEP Exams, you must take a departmental exam with the Foreign Language Department on the scheduled date for the examination and PASS BOTH EXAMS.

 

 

Can I concurrently take classes at other schools for credit at John Jay?

            Yes.  The Registrarís Office can issue a student an e-permit.  This allows a student to take courses at another CUNY senior college.  These courses will automatically be transferred to the home college for credit.  A student can apply for the permit online prior to registration dates.  Check with the Office of the Registrar  (Rm 4113 North Hall; (212) 237-8986) prior to registration to ensure that the course has a transfer/substitution course at the home college.  http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/registrar/registrar/permit.htm

            For courses at colleges other than another CUNY senior college, a permit must also be obtained prior to matriculation through the Office of the Registrar.  Transcripts must be obtained from this school in order to receive the credits.

How do I declare a Major?

            To declare a major, go to Registrarís Office to fill out a Declaration of Major Form.  For further information:  Majors, Minors, and Cert. Program.

 

How do I declare a minor, and what are the requirements?

Check with the department in which the minor is sought.  The requirement for a minor is 18 credits. Link to Declaring a Minor

 

 Can I create my own major?

            YesÖThe CUNY Baccalaureate Program. The Program is offered under the support of The CUNY Graduate School and University Center.  Working one-on-one with CUNY faculty mentors, students create their own ďareas of concentrationĒ (majors), many of which are interdisciplinary. Examples include Disability Studies, Psychology of Consumer Behavior, Artistic Traditions in Religion, Afro-Caribbean Urban Studies, and Environmental Biology. Students may take courses at any CUNY college, including The CUNY Graduate Center, The CUNY School of Professional Studies, and the City College Center for Worker Education and are encouraged to pursue  independent research, fieldwork, study abroad, and other academic opportunities. For further information on this program go to www.cunyba.cuny.edu   

 

How do I change my major?

            Fill out a change of major form in the Registrarís Office (Rm. 4113 North Hall).

 

Why have I been placed in the Associates Program instead of the Baccalaureate Program?

            This is done when a student falls below a 2.0 GPA and has been placed on Academic Probation

 

How long is Academic Probation and how do I get out of it?

            Academic Probation is a full year.  Even if a studentís Grade Point Average (GPA) has been brought back above a 2.0, the probation remains for the year.  If the studentís GPA does not improve to the required 2.0 in the year, the student will be released from the college.  http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/counseling/acadprobpro.asp

 

Other than taking the required classes, is there anything else I have to do in order to graduate from John Jay College?

            There is a general exam that is REQUIRED of all undergraduate students prior to their Junior year called the CUNY Proficiency Exam (CPE).  When a student completes 45 credits, and before completing 60 credits, s/he will be sent a letter about the CPE.  Students MUST go to the Testing Office (Rm. 3257 North Hall) to register for the exam.  CPE Preparation Workshops are conducted at the Writing Center (Rm. 2450 North Hall) throughout the semester.  There are CPE practice tests on the Writing Centerís web page  .

 

How do I obtain New York State residency?

            A student who wishes to obtain residency must have lived in the State of New York for 12 consecutive months preceding the first day of classes.          Documentation must be shown to the Office of Admissions (Rm. 4205 North Hall; 212-237-8865).  Check with the Office of Admissions for a current list of appropriate documentation.

 

Where can I go for free tutoring?

Tutoring is available to John Jay College students in a variety of subjects.  Click here for a a complete list of subjects and departments in which tutoring is available, as well as times and locations for tutoring.

 

What is a normal course load or workload at John Jay?

In order to graduate in 8 semesters with a bachelorís degree, a student has to take an average of 15 credits per semester.  As a transfer student, it is recommended that you take 15 credits or less during your first semester while you are adjusting to your new school.  The classes are run as periods, the schedule for these periods are located here:  http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/registrar/registrar/periods.htm

 

How many weeks are in a semester?

There are 15 weeks in a semester.

 

How do I sign in to check my John Jay email account?

Go to the Collegeís home page. Display the menu under ďJohn Jay Students,Ē and choose ďe-mail access.Ē  Studentsí usernames are often ďfirstname.lastname.Ē  Your password is a jj (lower case) followed by the last four digits of your Social Security Number. http://student.jjay.cuny.edu/

As soon as you sign in, click on ďoptionsĒ and then Password in the left hand column to change your password. Enter your old and new password, and then verify your new password. Changing your password immediately will help avoid unwanted intrusions into your email. 

 

Why does eSims tell me that I have a hold on my registration?  What is a hold?

            A hold will stop a student from registration until it is cleared with the appropriate office.  If a stop has been placed on your record, it will be visible after logging into eSIMS, and located on the top of the page in red type.  To find out the reason for this stop, click on the red type and it will be explained, along with the contact number.  For a list of holds and the department to contact:  http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/registrar/registrar/stops.htm

 

Where do I obtain a letter that proves that I am full-time student?

            The Registrarís Office (Rm 4113 North Hall; (212) 237-8986).

 

*What is the summer session at John Jay College like? 

The summer session runs for 6 weeks, starting the first week of June and concluding in July.  During the course of one summer, a John Jay student may only enroll in two classes.  3 credit classes are held Tues.-Thurs. and 4 credit courses are held Mon. through Thurs.  Classes useful in fulfilling general requirements are often offered during the summer sessions.

 

 

How do I meet people at JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE?

John Jay offers a variety of activities ranging from social groups to academic alliances.  For a complete listing of such groups, check with student activities (Rm. 1106 North Hall; (212) 237-8698)

 

 

Whatís the difference between a BS and BA in Criminal Justice?

            The emphasis of the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Criminal Justice is on the institutions of criminal justice, particularly the courts, police, and corrections.  The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree focuses on different aspects of the criminal justice system, and for those pursuing a career in criminal justice or other forms of public service.  To locate faculty with whom you can speak about these majors, see the Criminal Justice Departmentís web page http://web.jjay.cuny.edu/~law-pol/lpcj_majors.html

 

How many credits can I transfer in?

            A maximum of 68 credits may be transferred from an accredited community college or combination of accredited community colleges.  A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from accredited four-year colleges or a combination of two and four-year accredited colleges, and acceptable forms of external credits (CLEP, Equivalent Credit, Military Credit, etc)  Please Note:  To receive a degree from John Jay College, a student must take a minimum of 30 credits at the College including at least half the credits required in am approved major or specialization.

 

What are External/Life Experience Credits?

            External Credit is granted for non-collegiate education programs that the College has judged comparable in content and quality with specific courses or areas taught in its departments.  A list of approved programs is available in the Office of the Registrar.

 

            New York City Police Department officers may receive external credits for the following courses completed with a grade C or better at the New York Police Department Academy, provided that these courses have not previously been completed as regular college courses.  Police Science 101, 4 credits; Police Science 207, 3 credits; Law 203, 4 credits; Law 204, 4 credits; Psychology 221, 4 credits; Sociology 201, 3 credits; Physical Education 103, 203, and blanket credit; 3 credits; toal 28 credits.

 

            New York City Department of Correction recruit training qualifies for external credit for:  Correction Administration 101, 3 credits; Correction Administration 201, 3 credits; Correction Administration, blanket credit, 3 credits; Sociology, blanket credit, 2 credits; Physical Education, blanket credit, 2 credits; total 13 credits.

 

            New York City Fire Department personnel completing recruit training may receive external credit for:  Fire Science 101, 3 credits; Fire Science , blanket credit, 2 credits; Police Science, blanket credit, 3 credits; Physical Education, blanket credit, 2 credits; total 10 credits.

 

            Students who have successfully completed a training program that has been evaluated by the College for the award of credit, or a program that has been recommended for the award of credit  by the American Council on Education, must apply to the Office of the Registrar for the application of this credit toward the undergraduate degree.  Applicants must provide documentation in support of their requests.  A statement or transcript indicating subjects taken, grades received, period of attendance, and the number of hours of participation must be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar from the agency that has provided the training.

            All external credit applications are processed in accordance with the deadlines indicated in the Undergraduate calendar.  Seniors must submit credit requests no later than one semester before graduation.  For further information, communicate with the Office of the Registrar, Rm 4113 North Hall (212) 237-8878.

 

What are Equivalent Credits?

            Equivalent credit is granted for knowledge gained from either work-related or other qualifying experience.  It is the learning and not the experience itself that must be documented to prove that it is at the college level and serves as a valid substitution for the content of a specific course as outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin.  Students must file a formal application for credit and follow the guidelines established by the Equivalent Credit Committee of the College.

            All external credit applications are processed in accordance with the deadlines indicated in the Undergraduate calendar.  Seniors must submit credit requests no later than one semester before graduation.  For further information, communicate with the Office of the Registrar, Rm 4113 North Hall (212) 237-8878.

 

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