Transfer Credit Into CC

Colorado College accepts transfer credit from previous college work completed by a student. The following is a set of preliminary conditions that must be met in order to be considered for academic credit at CC:

Transfer Credit Guidelines

  • All transfer credit must come from a regionally accredited, degree-granting college or university (including community colleges), or a program preapproved by the CC Center for Global Education and Field Study that can provide an official, school of record transcript. Coursework taken online follow these same standards. 
  • An official, school of record transcript must be provided for any and all course/credit considerations.
  • Colorado College will not accept credit from non-accredited institutions or from any off-campus or study abroad program that cannot supply an official, school of record transcript.
  • Colorado College will not award credit for prior learning experience that has or cannot been recorded on an official, school of record transcript from an accredited institution.
  • If taken before graduating from secondary school (HS), a letter from the school must accompany the transcript stating that the credit was above and beyond and was not needed to fulfill any graduation requirements (CC does not accept dual enrollment)
  • Students must be able to produce course descriptions/syllabi for all course considerations. 
  • Courses must be substantially similar to CC courses (following the Liberal Arts model) and cannot duplicate, overlap or regress from previous work
  • A letter grade of "C-" or higher is required to earn transfer credit. 'D+' and below will not earn transfer credit at CC. Courses for which a Pass or Satisfactory was earned at another college will earn credit at CC ONLY if the college can provide verification that the student passed with a letter grade of "C-" or higher. Grades from transfer courses will neither be recorded on the transcript, nor included in CC's grade point average.

Students who meet the conditions outlined above should continue to review the additional transfer credit guidelines below before ordering their official transcript from the accredited instituion or approved program. If students have AP, IB, and/or GCE A-Level Exams, please review our AP | IB | GCE Credit Guidelines below for eligibility criteria. 

The College can apply a maximum of 8.00 CC units (sophomore standing) in total transfer credit to students admitted as a first-year student and 16.00 CC units (junior standing) in total transfer credit to students admitted as a transfer student. 

One CC unit is equivalent to 4 semester hours, or 6 quarter hours. Courses that are less than 4 semester hours (or 6 quarter hours) may not earn more credit than what was awarded by the granting institution but may still meet GE designations based on course content.

The College can apply a maximum of 8.00 CC units (sophomore standing) in total transfer credit to students admitted as a first-year student.

The College can apply a maximum of 16.00 CC units (junior standing) in total transfer credit to students admitted as a transfer student (see Information for New Transfer Students below).

Student who meet the transfer credit guidelines and are ready to have their official transcripts sent to Colorado College may do so by either sending their transcripts through mail or having them sent electronically. Please make sure you are sending your final transcript from the approved program or institution (all grades have been posted) to avoid any delays in evaluating your transcript(s) for credit. 

BY E-MAIL 

Official transcripts can be sent directly from the approved program or institution to: registrar@coloradocollege.edu. Please send a second email with any necessary supporting documentation (h.s. counselor letter, course descriptions, course syllabi, etc.)

BY MAIL 

Official transcripts can be mailed directly to the Registrar's Office at the below address: 

Office of the Registrar
Colorado College
14 E Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Student who choose to have their transcripts sent through the mail should notify the Registrar's Office as most often these are received without their knowledge in the Admissions Office. You may notify Christine Brett directly at cbrett@coloradocollege.edu

General Education (GE) requirements may be fulfilled with qualifying transfer credit. Students looking to satisfy any GE requirements with their transfer work should send an email to Christine Brett (cbrett@coloradocollege.edu) with the following information: 

  • Provide the course description for the eligible transfer course
  • Specify which GE Requirement is being met
  • If you have not done so already, have your official transcript sent to the Registrar's Office; transfer credit evaluation will not be made without this. 

First-Year, entering students who have received credit from an accredited institution while attending secondary school (high school) MUST provide the following in order to evaluate the course(s) for credit: 

  • If taken before graduation from secondary school, the course must be above and beyond the requirements for their secondary school graduation. Students must submit a letter on letterhead from their secondary school counselor stating that the credit was not needed to fulfill any graduation requirements. This may be either mailed or emailed to CC's Registrar's Office. 
  • The course(s) must be taught on-site at a college or university campus and not on a secondary school campus.
  • The course(s) must be taught by college or university faculty.
  • The course(s) must be substantially similar to a course currently offered by CC.
  • A minimum grade of "C" or its equivalent must be received.
  • Student must be able to produce course descriptions/syllabi for all course considerations.
Students considering to attend another accredited institution while on a College approved leave of absence (LOA) and seeking to transfer their coursework back to CC must receive approval to do so from the Dean of the College, Pedro de Araujo. CC will not accept transfer credit otherwise from student's on a LOA.

Students considering to attend courses at another accredited institution during the Fall or Spring semester while simultaneously being enrolled at CC must receive explicit approval to do so from the Dean of the College, Pedro de Araujo. Credit transfer will not be accepted otherwise.

Students considering to attend another accredited institution during extended breaks or over the summer and seeking to transfer their coursework back to CC must receive approval to do so from the Registrar's Office. Students can reach out to Christine Brett (cbrett@coloradocollege.edu) to obtain a preapproval form. CC may not accept transfer credit otherwise from student's who don't receive approval.

 

Students who wish to complete a semester abroad or study away as domestic exchange students must receive approval from the following constituents for all coursework prior to enrolling: 

  • Center for Global Education and Field Study
  • Registrar's Office 
  • Department Chairs or Program Directors (if credit is being used to satisfy major/minor requirements)

All three of these constituents are included when you complete the required Course Approval Form process for credit transfer, through the application to study off-campus in Summit. To learn more about the process and start your application, please connect with the Center for Global Education and Field Study.

Once admitted as a CC student, final transcripts should be sent to the Registrar's Office for evaluation of credit and fulfillment of any General Education requirements. A copy of the credit evaluation is facilitated through the Admissions Office and shared with the Student Opportunities and Advising Hub (the Hub) to aid in your conversations with your Hub Advisor when choosing courses for your first semester.

  • Transfer students will have an advisor assigned to them by the Student Opportunities and Advising Hub (the Hub) over the summer for Fall Transfer and over the Fall for Winter Transfers to assist students in planning their schedules. If you would like to talk with someone in the Hub about choosing an advisor, you may contact them at advisinghub@coloradocollege.edu.
  • Fall Transfers' registration will take place using the live registration application in Banner SSB, ADD/DROP. Winter Transfers' registration will be completed on their behalf. Ahead of registration, transfer students should be meeting with their Hub Advisor and using the Stellic platform to plan their courses for their upcoming terms.
    • Encountering prerequisite errors when registering... The registration applications are configured to recognize prerequisites as CC coursework or transferred AP credit only. Transfer students who have met the prerequisite of an upper level course at their former institution will encounter a prerequisite error when registering. To receive the override consent pin and proceed with registration, please send an email request to the instructor of the course; be prepared to send a copy of your transcript(s), course descriptions, and/or syllabi if asked. If approved, the instructor will share their Consent of Instructor PIN (COI PIN) which you may use in ADD/DROP.

A Note About Your CC Student Record: Students can expect their transfer work to post to their CC record by early July for Fall Transfers and early December for Winter Transfers. Be prepared to show a copy of your transcript(s), course descriptions, and course syllabi during registration.

Writing Requirement for Transfer Students:
It's possible to complete the writing requirement with transfer work, but there are a few options. Please visit the Writing Center webpage to find out more: https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/writingprogram/

 

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AP | IB | GCE Credit Guidelines

Colorado College recognizes challenging coursework by giving credit for approved Advanced Placement tests (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) exam scores, the General Certificate of Education advanced-level exams (GCE A-Level, German Abitur, French Baccalaureate exams, and college courses. Credit may be awarded for other advanced placement exams after review by the Registrar. No credit is awarded for CLEP tests or for life experience.

Advanced Standing Credit

Advanced standing credit may accelerate graduation by allowing a student to earn credits from AP, IB, and/or GCE A-Levels towards their 32-unit requirement and may satisfy major requirements with the department's approval. However, accelerated graduation is not mandatory; students are eligible to remain enrolled and receive financial aid for four full-time academic years.

The College can apply a maximum of 8.00 CC units (sophomore standing) in total transfer credit to students admitted as a first-year student and 16.00 CC units (junior standing) in total transfer credit to students admitted as a transfer student. 

The Registrar's Office will NOT award double credit for the same subject earned through different programs (e.g. AP American Literature and IB American Literature)

Students who have taken the General Certificate of Education advanced-level examination (GCE A-Level) will receive 1 unit (4 semester hours) of credit for each passing grade (A-E).

Colorado College recognizes the special rigors of the International Baccalaureate Degree program. One unit is equivalent to one block.

Department

Score

Credit

Notes

Higher Level Course

5, 6, 7

2 units

See department website for possible placement

Higher Level Course

4

1 unit

 

Standard Level Course

5, 6, 7

1 unit

See department website for possible placement

Department

Score

Credit

Notes

Art History

5

1 unit

Placement out of AH112

Art Studio

4,5

1 unit

Cannot be used for major or minor

Biology

5

1 unit

Please see department website for possible placement

4

1 unit

Please see department website for possible placement

Calculus AB

 

5, 4, 3

1 unit

Placement into MA129 (Calculus 2)

2, 1

No Credit

Possible placement into MA126 (Calculus 1)

Calculus BC

(credit is given for
either Calculus test, not both)

 

5

2 units

Placement into MA201, MA204, MA220, or MA251

4, 3

1 unit

Placement into MA129 (Calculus 2)

2, 1

No Credit

Possible placement into MA126 or MA129(Calculus 1 or 2)

Chemistry

5

2 units

Placement out of CH107, CH108

4

1 units

Placement out of CH107

3,2,1

No Credit

 

Computer Science A

(Credit is given for either Computer Science test, not both)

5, 4

1 unit

Placement into CP222. No credit given if student chooses to take CP122

3

No Credit

 

Computer Science Principles

5, 4

1 unit

Placement into CP122

3, 2, 1 No Credit

Economics: Microeconomics

5, 4

1 unit

Placement out of EC101. 

Economics: Macroeconomics

5, 4

1 unit

Placement out of EC102.

English Language & Composition

5

1 unit

 

English Literature & Composition

5

1 unit

 

Environmental Science

5

1 unit

Placement out of EV120

French & Italian Language & Literature

5

2 units

Placement into 306

4

1 unit

Placement into 305

3, 2, 1

No Credit

Regardless of score, placement test is strongly advised by department to determine placement into 201 or 305.

German Language

5, 4

2 units

 

3

1 unit

 

Government & Politics: American

5, 4

1 unit

 

Government & Politics: Comparative

5, 4

1 unit

 

History: American, European, World

5, 4

1 unit

 

Human Geography

5, 4

1 unit

Placement out of SW102

Japanese Language (2017)

5, 4

1 unit

See department for possible placement.

Latin: Literature & Vergil

5, 4, 3

1 unit

Placement into CL311

Music Theory

 

 

See department for possible credit

Physics B

 

 

Physics 1 (new Fall 2014)

Physics 2 (new Fall 2014)

5

2 units

Placement out of PC141/142

4

1 unit

Placement into PC142

4 or 5

1 unit

Credit for PC141. Placement into PC142

4 or 5

1 unit

Credit for PC142

Physics C - Mechanics

5

1 unit

Placement into PC242

4

1 unit

Possible placement into PC242

Physics C - E & M

5

1 unit

Possible placement into PC251

4

1 unit

Placement into PC242 or department review for possible placement into PC251

Psychology

5, 4

1 unit

Placement out of PY100

Spanish Language & Literature

5,4

1 unit

Placement into 305

Statistics

5, 4

1 unit

Placement out of MA117

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