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Transfer/College Credit

If you already have some college credits, you may also be able to transfer them - making the path to your degree even shorter.

Prospective students often wonder whether they should pursue a degree or a diploma; ICE is now able to offer students the opportunity to do both.

How It Works

ICE is proud to have been evaluated by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), an organization chartered by the New York State Board of Regents to make college credit recommendations. As such, graduates of ICE’s Culinary Arts Program can transfer their ICE credits and receive up to 19 college credits, graduates of ICE Pastry & Baking Arts Program can transfer their ICE credits and receive up to 18 college credits, graduates of ICE’s Hospitality & Hotel Management Program can transfer their ICE credits and receive up to 19 credits and and graduates of ICE’s Restaurant & Culinary Management Program can transfer their ICE credits and receive up to 14 college credits.

Double Your Fun

ICE graduates that earn double diplomas (Culinary Arts and Restaurant & Culinary Management or Pastry & Baking Arts and Restaurant & Culinary Management) can transfer their credits and receive up to 33 college credits. Did we mention you can earn a double diploma at ICE, in two award-winning programs, in the time it takes to earn one diploma elsewhere? Plus, we’ll take 20% off the tuition, fees and charges.

About NCCRS

NCCRS makes credit recommendations to 1,500 colleges and universities to use as a guide in granting college credit for courses taken at non-degree granting institutions. The privilege of evaluation does not mean that ICE can itself award college credit, only a college or university can do that. In addition, the actual amount of credit that an ICE graduate will receive will be determined by each individual college or university. Please contact the ICE Registrar for more information.

Students who wish to have credit earned at another institution considered for transfer must submit to the Registrar: (1) an application; (2) an official transcript from the granting institution indicating the number of credit or clock hours awarded, the final grade, and a course syllabus describing the topics of instruction; and (3) any additional supporting documentation that may be requested by ICE in connection with the evaluation. For students intending to finance their education with VA education benefits, an evaluation of prior college credit is mandatory. Such students must submit the following: (1) a transfer credit application; (2) an official transcript from the granting institution indicating the number of credit or clock hours awarded, the final grade, and a course syllabus describing the topics of instruction; and (3) any additional supporting documentation that may be requested in connection with the evaluation.

As a threshold matter, credit earned for courses completed at another institution must satisfy the following, minimum requirements to be eligible for transfer:

  1. The credit must have been granted by a postsecondary institution that, at the time the credit was granted, was accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  2. The student must have earned a minimum grade of 3.0, or the equivalent letter grade, on a scale of 0.0 – 4.0.

ICE will consider the following factors when determining whether credit earned for courses completed at another institution will be accepted for transfer:

  1. Equivalence of course content
  2. Rigor and level of instruction
  3. Course length in hours
  4. Age of course credits
  5. Comparability of expected skills and competencies

The application for transfer credit will be evaluated by the Vice President of Education and the decision is final. Credits for internships of any kind are not transferable. In addition, the total course credit accepted on transfer cannot exceed 25% of the individual’s program.

The Institute will award transfer credit only for courses that are determined to be equivalent in rigor and content to courses in the programs offered by ICE. Prospective and current students should note that ICE considers its curriculum to be unique among culinary arts institutions, with the result that this standard can be difficult to satisfy.