Prospective Student FAQs

Prospective Student FAQs

Transferring Academic Credits to CCU

We are so excited that you are interested in attending Colorado Christian University! Prospective freshmen for CCU's College of Undergraduate Studies are encouraged to explore the programs offered at CCU as they consider their interests, skills, and life calling.

While it is helpful to plan ahead, prospective students should remember that transferred credits will be based on the academic catalog of the year they are 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).

If you are looking to transfer to CCU from another college or university, please visit the Transfer Students web page instead.

I took the AP exam, how will my credits be applied?

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.

I took the IB exam, how will my credits be applied?

Students who have participated in the International Baccalaureate 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.

I took a college class while in high school. How do I receive credit?

Before any credit can be transferred, an official college transcript from the institution where you earned the credit (not your high school) must be on file and evaluated by the Registrar’s office. A C- or higher (Pre-Nursing Students: C or higher) must have been earned at an accredited institution for credit to be awarded. At times, applicable substitutions may be requested for evaluation by the various schools, subject to dean approval. See recommended general education courses.

I took a class for dual credit in high school that was also transcripted as college credit. How do I ensure this credit transfers?

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.

How will CCU Academy courses transfer into the Traditional Undergraduate program?

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

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 and Pre-Med, allow for little to no elective credits. 

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.

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.

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

Note: See our general degree timelines. Please note these timelines are updated annually and are subject to change depending on the catalog year that you enroll into CCU.

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