What is the definition of a transfer student?
Typically, transfer students have completed 30 or more
transferable semester college units. However, you can transfer with
less than 30 credit hours.
What are transfer admission requirements?
Generally, you must complete an application, submit an
application fee and transfer transcripts from the college(s) you
previously attended. If you've completed less than 30 credit hours,
you'll need to submit your high school transcripts, as well as
college entrance exam scores.
Colleges typically have a minimum grade requirement for credits.
Contact the campus you plan to attend to find out about its
admissions and transfer policies.
Besides the application, what other documents do I need to
You'll need an official transcript from the college(s) you
attended. Transcripts must be sent in sealed envelopes, directly
from the college(s) you attended. Also, send your application fee.
The college to which you're applying should let you know when to
submit transcripts and notify you of any additional required
When do I submit transcripts, and what transcripts do I need to
Submit official transcripts before enrollment to verify that all
coursework is complete. Some colleges may delay admission, or not
permit registration or attendance, until they have received final
transcripts and verified admission eligibility.
Transcripts must be sent in sealed envelopes, directly from the
college(s) you attended. Or, in the case of freshman students,
transcripts must be sent in sealed envelopes directly from the high
school you attended. Keep a copy of transcripts and test scores for
yourself -- to complete the enrollment process and for future
academic advising sessions.
When can I transfer?
You can transfer to a community college anytime. But you'll need
to carefully plan a transfer to a four-year college or university.
Most four-year colleges recommend completing the two-year programs
first, depending on the bachelor's degree you intend to complete,
before transferring. For instance, it is generally
not in a community college student's best
interests to complete an AA or AS degree before transferring into
one of the bachelor's degrees such as those on this list. Contact a transfer advisor at colleges you may
attend to plan your transfer.
What courses should I take before I transfer?
In general, if you plan to achieve an associate's or bachelor's
degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences, it is a good idea to take
required general education courses (GT Pathways courses) at a community college, because these courses
will transfer to Colorado four-year institutions. However, as noted
above, community college credits may not transfer into some degree programs easily. Consult with an academic or admissions
counselor to find out which lower-division major courses should be
taken before transferring to a different college. Generally,
following these recommendations will help you stay on track for a
Which classes will transfer?
Before you register for a class, find out whether the course can
be transferred to most, or all, of the colleges or universities
you're considering. Also, contact your future college for an
evaluation of your transcript.
What are general education courses and do they transfer?
Students who intend to earn a bachelor's degree must complete
general education courses. For most colleges and universities,
these are courses taken in the first two years of study. They give
you insight into different college disciplines, help you select a
major and teach you the knowledge and 21st Century skills you will
need to be successful in subsequent coursework and that employers
expect from their employees.
At a community college, concentrate on completing lower-division
general education requirements. These courses are usually
transferable to other colleges, and may help you meet admission
requirements. An associate degree at a college or university
certifies that you've completed all lower-division general
education requirements for bachelor's degrees in the Liberal Arts
& Sciences. However, an associate of applied science degree is
considered on a course-by-course basis and many of these courses
will not apply to a bachelor's degree in the Liberal Arts &
Finally, remember that completion of all requirements is not
necessary for admission. If you're enrolled in a program that
requires extensive lower-division prerequisites, you may not be
able to complete all the requirements before you transfer, so be
sure to plan ahead!
Can I transfer from a community college to a college or
university before I earn my associate degree?
Yes. In fact, this is generally a good idea for students who
intend to complete bachelor's degrees in engineering, nursing and
computer science. Review the full list of the bachelor's degrees in these categories to
understand for which degree programs it may be advantageous to
transfer before completing an associate's degree.
I'm seeking a second bachelor's degree. What should I do?
Complete the undergraduate application form. You'll need to meet
the minimum requirements for admission as a post-baccalaureate
student. You'll qualify for admission if you meet the following
- You have completed a four-year college program and hold a
baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or
have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by
campus authorities. Note that Colorado public colleges and
universities, which are regionally accredited, often do not accept
coursework completed at nationally accredited colleges and
- You are in good academic standing at the last college or
university you attended
- You have a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A = 4.0) in the
last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted
The number of second bachelor's students who can enroll may be
limited if enrollment is heavy.
How do I apply for admissions as a transfer student?
Check the requirements for transfer admissions at the colleges
you're considering. Then complete an application for admission.
Submit the application, along with your application fee and
Can I apply to more than one college?
makes applying to multiple colleges easy --
apply to college and track your applications. Remember, you'll
need to pay an application fee for each application you submit.
How can I increase my chances for admission?
Working hard, earning good grades and taking the right classes
are key to gaining admission to your college of choice. It's
usually important to take general education courses and, for some
majors, complete lower-division major requirements. Meeting minimum
admission requirements qualifies you for admission, but for some
competitive colleges and programs, you'll need to meet even higher
Will credits from my out-of-state college be accepted by my new
Most post-secondary schools accept college-level credits earned
out of state at regionally accredited schools. But some colleges do
not accept credit from nationally accredited schools, foreign
schools or the military.
Your new college will have to evaluate your transcript to
determine whether your credits can be accepted. However, even if
your credits are accepted, they may not count toward your degree or
major. Contact the admissions office at your new college and ask
for a transcript evaluation.
When do I apply?
Application deadlines differ from campus to campus. Check with
the college you plan to attend for deadlines.
What if I miss the initial filing period?
Most colleges accept applications after the initial filing
period. However, some programs fill up quickly. Contact an
admissions counselor at the college you plan to attend for
Can I use my computer to apply?
Yes, you can apply online using College Planning.
Apply to College and Track Your Applications. It's the best way
to apply because it's fast and effective!
Where do I send my application?
If you're using College Planning, your
applications will be sent directly to your chosen college(s).
Apply to College and Track Your Applications. Paper admissions
should be sent to the admissions office of the college(s) to which
How much does an application cost?
You must pay an application fee for each college application you
submit. Fees are non-refundable, and vary from college to
When will the campus contact me after I've submitted my
The campus should notify you within a few weeks that your
application has been received. If the college is unable to process
your application, it will contact you as soon as possible.
When will I know whether I've been admitted?
Colleges have different timelines for notifying students of
admissions. Some campuses give you a decision soon after receiving
your application. Others wait to notify students at the same time.
You may have to wait several months before you receive an admission
decision in the mail.
Do I have to let the college/university know that I will be
Your admission letter should tell you what to do. Some colleges
require a letter of intent from interested parties and give you a
response deadline. A fee may or may not be required. Be courteous
-- if you've received more than one acceptance, send a letter to
the other college(s) to let them know you will not be
How do I select a major?
Programs and Majors to see what's offered and find out what
interests you. You can also Learn
About Yourself -- your unique interests, skills and abilities.
Careers that match your skills and interests.
Faculty and department advisors can also give you information
about majors. Or talk to a campus academic advisor about your
options. Campus tests are also available to help students choose a
Most colleges allow students to apply as an undeclared major, if
you're not sure of your educational goals or career path.
How is my residency classification determined?
Each college must determine the residence status of all new and
returning students. Non-residents pay non-resident tuition, which
is higher than in-state tuition, and meet other conditions.
To be eligible for resident classification within a state, you
must have established and maintained permanent residence in the
state for a certain period of time before the residence
determination date. (This could be one or two years, depending on
the state.) You may also be required to complete a certain number
of semester hours as a non-resident student.
Contact your college's admissions office for information about
How can I find out more about a college or university?
Schools to learn more about different colleges and
universities, including school size, tuition costs and student
life. You can even
Compare Schools side by side, to see how they measure up! The
site also lists school contact information, so you can ask any
Best of all, visit the campus yourself, for a campus tour.
How can I find out about financial aid?
Aid 101 for more information. To apply for federal assistance,
you'll need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal
Student Aid). Complete the FAFSA online.
Scholarships to locate other sources of aid and use the
Financial Aid Calculators to determine your costs.
Financial Aid Wizard, you can build your own financial aid
package online. In seven easy steps, the wizard helps you calculate
all your expenses for any college you're interested in. It walks
you through scholarship searches, provides deadlines for financial
aid applications, and even helps you interpret your financial aid
Also, contact the financial aid office at the college you plan
to attend to find out about financial assistance.