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Transfer Credit Guidelines



Required Institution Accreditation:

The University of Colorado Denver o​​nly considers transcripts from regionally accredited institutions. The following regional accrediting organizations are acceptable: 

  • Higher Learning Commission

  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

  • Middle States Commission of Higher Education

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

  • North West Commission on Colleges and Universities

If unable to determine regional accreditation of an institution, please visit the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) webpage​.

Note: The University of Colorado Denver does not recognize accreditation from faith-related or career-related accrediting organizations.​​​​​


 Transferable courses

  • Must be academic in nature

  • Must originate from a regionally accredited institution

  • Be within the allowable time limits

  • If course work was completed at a school not regionally accredited, a student may request that their University college/school consider the coursework for acceptance

  • ​​Must have a minimum GPA of C- (1.7 on a 4.0 scale) or better​​​​


 Transfer Credit Limits

There are no limits to the amount of transfer credit CU Denver accepts, however, not all transfer coursework may apply toward your specific degree. See Transferability vs Applicability section.​


 Transferability vs Applicability

  • Transferability is the process of taking college coursework outside the CU system that seems comparable to what CU Denver offers. The Transfer Team works hard with our guidelines to transfer in the most transferable hours as per our guidelines and policies.

  • ​Applicability is the process where the transfer courses from institutions outside the CU system are looked at, reviewed and determined if they are equivalent to what CU Denver offers. Your advisor and or department major advisor can help with applicability as well. The Transfer Team and Degree Audit Team try to match as many as we can, as per our given guidelines. Those we cannot apply can be reviewed by your advisor or college department. 

  This is only a tool to use and does not guarantee transferability or applicability​.


 Courses not eligible

Developmental/remedial, religious, internships, cooperative education and other identified courses determined by the Transfer Team, are not accepted in transfer. Vocational/technical courses, life experience and work experience are not accepted in initial transfer but exceptions may be granted by the dean responsible for the student’s curriculum.​



Our Transferology page​ has all Colorado schools/colleges in the program to help you see if your courses will transfer. There are a limited number of schools/colleges outside of Colorado that are in Transferology but not all. We apologize for this inconvenience but you can always contact the Transfer Team at for an unofficial evaluation.​


 International Transcripts

Students with international transcripts should provide official transcripts in their original language as well as an English translated copy which was translated by a professional translation company. The English copy should not be an evaluation. A course-by-course evaluation will be completed by a professional at CU Denver. 


 Credit Through Examination

For information regarding Advanced Placement, CLEP (College-Level Examination Program), and International Baccalaureate (IB), see the Transfer Credit Academic Policies and Procedures​ or contact the Transfer Admissions Center at 303.315.2620.

For your convenience, you can access the charts below to view score requirements and credit that may be awared through examination. 


 Petition process

If a dispute cannot be resolved between the student and CU Denver, a student is at liberty to file a formal complaint with the Colorado Department of Higher Education at:


 College specific policies

Each college has their own policies, please see the specific college for their policies on transfer credit​​.


 Transfer Rule

Except for developmental/remedial courses, academic departments make final decisions on transfer credit appeals​.


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