These 3 tools will answer your transfer credit questions

“Will my credits transfer to CSU?” This is the number-one question we get from transfer applicants (it’s often asked by freshman applicants taking college courses, too), and we understand why. The answer impacts how long it will take to earn your degree and how much tuition you’ll need to pay. Getting the information you need in a timely manner is important, so we’ve provided three tools to give you answers — regardless of where you are in the application process

1. Official course review via the CSU Registrar

Who should use it?

In the process of applying to CSU? Already applied or been admitted?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, this option is the right one for you. Once you’ve been admitted, the review process will begin automatically.

What are the details?

Coming directly from the CSU Registrar’s Office, this is the most accurate and official method of course evaluation. The review is based on all official transcripts you have submitted during your admissions process. It will determine which CSU courses your transfer credits cover and give you the total number of transfer credits received from CSU.

Be sure to submit an official transcript from each institution you have attended. Courses listed as transfer credits within another transcript will not be reviewed.

How does it work?

The process begins automatically once you’ve been admitted. The Registrar’s Office will review all official transcripts you’ve submitted.

Once the review is complete, it will be posted to your RAMweb account and you will receive an email notification — expect the email within 30 business days after admission.

2. Tentative Transfer Evaluation (TTE)

Who should use it?

Planning to attend CSU within the next year but haven’t yet applied? The Tentative Transfer Evaluation (TTE) is the best tool for you.

The TTE benefits prospective transfer students from a variety of situations, including those who have attended multiple in-state institutions or institutions outside of the state of Colorado.

What are the details?

The TTE is an unofficial transfer evaluation and a great course planning tool.

The process is the same as an official transfer evaluation, but your results are unofficial. The TTE will show you which of your prior and in-progress courses will transfer to CSU, as well as the course equivalencies you can expect.

How does it work?

Complete and submit the online TTE form; you’ll be prompted to upload unofficial copies of all college transcripts in PDF or JPG format as part of submission.

Our transfer admissions counselors will coordinate with the Registrar’s Office, who will review your transcripts and email the results to you. U.S. course work typically is evaluated within 2-3 weeks, and international transcripts may take up to four weeks to process.

3. Transferology

Who should use it?

Considering a future at CSU but not quite sure? Planning to attend but not for a few years?

If you answered yes to either of these questions then Transferology may be the best tool for you, particularly if you’ve attended Colorado and/or Wyoming institutions.

If you have attended out-of-state or international institutions, the Tentative Transfer Evaluation (TTE) may be a better option.

What are the details?

Transferology is an online database that includes many course equivalencies for institutions in the states of Colorado and Wyoming. Limited course equivalencies from out-of-state and international institutions are listed in it as well.

Transferology allows you to input courses that you have taken or are taking and explore a range of majors. You can compare CSU with other institutions or create a course plan to make sure you’re on the right track toward the degree you’re planning to pursue here.

How does it work?

Simply create an account and enter your course information. You can then start exploring majors and chart a course plan.

Store your progress electronically over time and use it as a guide toward degrees you are considering.

Additional things to keep in mind

No matter where you are in the transfer process, there are a few important facts to remember:

  • To receive CSU transfer credit, courses must be taken at a regionally accredited institution and completed with a grade of C- or better.
  • We gladly accept additional types of transfer work, such as study abroad and college work completed during high school. Take advantage of the opportunity to have all of your work counted by including official transcripts when you apply.
  • Remember to submit official transcripts or test scores for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and other examination credit you may have earned.

Understanding the ins and outs of the transfer process doesn’t have to be mind boggling. As you consider which tool is best for your situation, feel free to reach out to our transfer admissions counselors for help. They’ll sort through the noise with you and help you decide what’s best for your situation.

Jill Baylis

Jill was a staff member in the Office of Admissions until 2019 when she moved to Denver. As a first-generation college student, she focused on simplifying the college admissions process and helping future Rams find community on campus.