Transferring Credits to CCU

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We are so excited that you are interested in attending the College of Undergraduate Studies at Colorado Christian University. As you think about what to major in during college, you should explore ways to lower your costs and save time as well.

A typical bachelor's degree requires 120 credit hours, but you may need to complete far fewer credits at CCU if you plan ahead.

  • While in high school, take advantage of AP classes, dual credit courses, and other college-level courses offered at your school.
  • Explore affordable online dual enrollment courses offered through CCU Academy. With appropriate planning, you can even complete your associate degree before you finish high school.
  • Investigate testing for credit options, including CLEP and DSST.
  • If you have already attended college, check with an Enrollment Counselor to see which credits will transfer to CCU.

Transferrable Credits

AP Credits

A high school graduate who has taken the Advanced Placement Examinations conducted by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) and who has passed with a score of 4 or 5 may receive University credit. Credit awarded will be treated as transfer credit and will count toward graduation as applicable. Please see our AP equivalency PDF for current requirements or you may consult the College Board website as AP equivalency is subject to change. CCU acceptance of AP credit for an undergraduate degree is no guarantee that graduate or medical schools will accept AP credit for prerequisite requirements.

IB Exam Credits

Students who have participated in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program in high school may be able to receive undergraduate credit for higher-level courses with scores of 4 or higher and standard level courses with scores of 4 or higher, depending on their chosen major. No more than 32 hours of International baccalaureate will be accepted for transfer and applied to a degree program at CCU. Please see our IB equivalency PDF to see how IB credit may transfer into CCU. CCU acceptance of IB credit for an undergraduate degree is no guarantee that graduate or medical schools will accept IB credit for prerequisite requirements.

High School Dual Credit Courses

A C- (Pre-Nursing Students: C or higher) or higher is required for the course to transfer. The Registrar's office will evaluate if and how the credit would transfer to your specific major.

CCU Academy Courses

All CCU Academy dual credit (taken through your high school) and online dual enrollment courses will transfer into the CCU CUS program, however, they will need to go through the evaluation process with the Registrar's office for specific class fulfillment within your major. For preliminary guidance, you can contact CCU Academy's student advisor at academy@ccu.edu.

College Credits

CCU accepts most courses that you take from accredited schools as long as:

  • The course is 100 level or higher.
  • You pass the course with a C- grade or higher (Pre-Nursing Students: C or higher).
  • Credits must have been earned at an accredited institution for credit to be awarded.
  • Once official transcripts arrive at CCU, an official review will be conducted by the registrar.Official credit evaluation will not be completed by the Registrar’s Office until a student enrolls in classes at CCU.
  • Biblical Studies general education courses are recommended to be completed at CCU. If transferring Biblical Studies courses, they must be from a CCCU institution to meet equivalencies.
  • At times, applicable substitutions may be requested for evaluation by the various schools, subject to dean approval. Review the recommended general education courses for transferable credits. You can view the full academic catalog for the College of Undergraduate Studies online.
  • The CCU College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS) does not accept ACE-recommended credit from programs such as Straighter line, Sophia, etc.

 Quick Tip

Transferrable credits will be based on the academic catalog of the year the student is enrolled at CCU or admitted to a program and not the year the exam was taken. At CCU, we understand that you've worked hard to prepare for college. For this reason, it is important to read through CCU's Testing Equivalency forms thoroughly (CLEP and DSST equivalency, AP equivalency, IB equivalency).


FAQs on Transferring Credits

If I plan to attend CCU, which types of credits are most likely to transfer into the CCU Traditional Undergraduate program?

All CCU Academy credits will transfer to CCU's traditional undergraduate program in the College of Undergraduate Studies. If you are earning college credit from another institution besides CCU, you will want to ensure the institution is fully accredited. It is a good idea to be aware of the general education courses required of most majors at CCU, though do keep in mind that this can vary slightly depending on your major. In order to view courses currently required for your specific major, please view our course catalog. Courses that either are not an equivalent match or cannot be substituted to fulfill the required general education course requirement would then count as elective credits. Be aware that select majors, such as Nursing, Pre-Med, Education majors and Engineering allow for little to no elective credits.

If I am transferring credits how many hours do I need at CCU to earn a degree here?

A minimum of 30 hours must be earned at CCU, including at least 50% of the major requirements and at least 12 upper division (300-400 level) hours. Please see the CCU Residency Requirement.

If I am an international student, do I need to do anything to make sure my credits transfer properly?

Yes. Please refer to our International Student Admissions Page to see requirements for sending transcripts.

Is there a place I can see general degree timelines for specific programs?

Please see general degree timelines for the College of Undergraduate Studies.

When do I register for classes?

Registration for fall semester classes will kick off at the end of April with out Cougar Days event and continue throughout the summer. Once you have been accepted to CCU and paid the tuition deposit, you will be directed to complete your next steps for registration.

I have another question not listed here. Who should I contact?

We are more than happy to answer any additional questions you may have at admission@ccu.edu.

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