Transfer credit guidelines
- At the Denver Campus, we consider comparable course work for transfer if a C- (1.7) or better grade was earned.
- Except for AA and AS degrees at Colorado community colleges, degree programs are not transferrable. Courses are considered for transfer on an individual or “course-by-course” basis regardless of whether a degree was earned.
- General education courses and other courses comparable in subject and content to those offered at CU Denver are usually accepted.
- Courses identified as State of Colorado GT Pathways courses are always accepted provided C- or better grades were earned.
- Only undergraduate courses are considered for transfer toward undergraduate degrees. Graduate courses are considered for transfer toward graduate degrees by departmental petition only.
- Special topics or independent study courses require department review for transfer consideration.
- Remedial/developmental, religious doctrinal, and vocational courses are not accepted.
- There is no time limit for acceptance of general credit, but certain majors have time limits on how credit can apply to requirements.
- Transfer credit decisions can be appealed. If you feel you completed courses comparable to those offered at CU Denver which were not accepted in transfer, consult your academic advisor.
- For more information see our Transfer Credit Guidelines page
Credit for exams
Credit may be considered for Advanced Placement(AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations. Original, official score reports are required for credit evaluation, even if credit was awarded already by another college or university.
The University of Colorado Denver utilizes the Advanced Placement (AP) Program, as a way to allow incoming students to gain college credit for lower-level courses and advanced standing in those areas, as they are offered by the University. In order to qualify for AP credits, students must have received scores of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination. AP credit is also granted for scores of 3 plus a grade of 'A' in the second semester of the corresponding AP class.
Sub-scores are not available (except for Calculus BC and Music Theory) nor are scores analyzed to determine strengths and weaknesses.
Any student admitted to a University of Colorado campus after June 30, 2003, who has graduated from high school having successfully completed an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program with a minimum score of 4 on each exam, shall be granted a minimum of 24 semester hours of college credit. Schools and colleges may grant credit for individual IB courses, even if a student has not successfully completed an IB diploma program.
CLEP (School Code 01398)
New students at The University of Colorado Denver who have not earned advanced placement credits can still earn university credit for some lower-level courses by taking examinations in areas in which they have demonstrated college-level proficiency. The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers a testing service for this specific purpose and has been a valuable tool for assessing and awarding of college credit.
Credit for military experience
Military service experience and DANTES/DSST examination results can also be evaluated for portential academic credit. Submit the SMART transcript and/or official DANTES/DSST examination results to the Office of Admissions at the Address below.
Health programs at the Anschutz Medical Campus have differing transfer credit policies and specific time limits for fulfillment of pre-requisite requirements. This transfer credit information applies only to degree programs offered entirely at the Denver Campus.
For more information about credit for military experience, click here.
For questions about how your credit applies, please contact an academic advisor:
After reviewing your official Student Transfer Credit report your next step is to contact an academic advisor for assistance with how this credit applies to your degree requirements. An advisor's approval is required before you may register here for the first time.
For general inquiries regarding transfer credits, please the contact the
Office of Admissions:
University of Colorado Denver
Office of Admissions
Campus Box 167
PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
303-315-2601 or firstname.lastname@example.org