Why transfer to MSU Denver?
Everyone has a different vision for their college experience. With 120+ student clubs, organizations, and volunteer opportunities, MSU Denver meets you where you are and allows you to create the college experience that fits your life!
How Will My Credits Transfer?
Transferology is a free web based credit evaluation tool that shows how the credits you have taken or plan to take will potentially transfer to MSU Denver for credit.
These guides will provide you with a list of classes, by major, students can take at a Colorado Community College as part of their Associates Degree, that will transfer and apply to the Bachelor’s Degree programs at MSU Denver
Explore our current Course Catalog to find details on degree program requirements at MSU Denver
Learn about the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to explore earning credit from exams.
- In order to graduate with a bachelors degree from MSU Denver, students must complete at least 30 credit hours at MSU Denver
- Accept credits from Regionally Accredited Institutions (with some exceptions)
- Courses transferring in must have a grade of C- or better
If your are an International Student transfering to MSU Denver, please visit our International Admissions page for more information regarding the admissions process for international students and transcript review.
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Guaranteed Admission Requirements
- Students who have completed at least 24 transferable credit hours
- Students age 20 and over with a high school diploma or equivalent, regardless of transfer credits completed.
- All other applicants will be reviewed for admission with an official high school transcript. You will qualify for guaranteed admissions with a 2.0 cumulative high school GPA or higher.
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- Roadrunner Application: This is the online application specific for MSU Denver.
Transcripts are required after application submission for review and credit transfer. For more infomration, please vist MSU Denver’s Send It page.
If you are an International Transfer student, please visit our International Admissions page for full details about the international admissions process and transcript review.
Fall 2023: No Longer Accepting Applications
Spring 2024: Next Priority Deadline- November 1, 2023
Summer 2024: Next Priority Deadline- April 1, 2024
Fall 2024: Next Priority Deadline- November 1, 2023
Complete a financial aid application – FAFSA for U.S. citizens and permanent residents (school code- 001360) or CASFA for undocumented students and nonresidents. Learn more at Transfer Student Financial Aid
Roadrunner Promise may cover your tuition and fees with a combination of federal, state, institutional and scholarship gift aid for eligible students.
Tuition Lock guarantees your tuition will be locked in for two years from the semester you are admitted as a transfer student.
Colorado residents qualify for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend which pays for a portion of the in-state tuition on every course credit you take.
As an MSU Denver student you may be eligible for hundreds of internal and external scholarships.
Some scholarships that may interest you as a transfer student include:
- Reisher Scholarship: Fulltime student with established unmet financial need and a 3.0 GPA or higher
- RaiseMe: Micro-Scholarships that may include up to $1,000 per year for transfer students
- PTK Scholarship: Honors Transfer membership with a 3.5 GPA or higher for $1,000 per year ($500/term)
- President Academic Achievement: Transfer GPA of 3.25 or higher for up to $1,000 per term
- General MSU Denver Scholarship Application
- Finish What you Started Program: Up to $1,000 per term for students with no degree (associates or bachelors) but some college and a 2.0 GPA or higher.
Learn more about the tuition and costs associated with MSU Denver.
Cost of Attendance for MSU Denver
Cost reflects one semester of tuition and fees for 12 credit hours.
Colorado Resident with College Opportunity Fund (COF)
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
Admitted Student Next Steps
We are excited to welcome you to the Roadrunner family at MSU Denver!
The Office of Admissions is still here to help as you get closer to enrolling at MSU Denver. Please feel free to contact your admissions counselor for any questions that arise.
Next Steps Checklist
Enrollment and financial aid may be impacted if you do not complete these next steps in a timely manner, so be sure to work through this checklist soon!
Set up your MSU Denver student account
Access your MSU Denver NetID to set up your student email account and the Student Hub, by using the My First Login tool. You will need your Student ID number.
Sign up for and attend Orientation
Transfer students are required to attend a transfer orientation session or complete online orientation before registering for classes. Sign up early to secure your spot!
Meet with an academic advisor and register for classes
You should receive advising information during your orientation session. If not, you must set up an appointment with your advisor prior to selecting classes. Find your advisor and make an appointment.
If your official transcript evaluations have not been completed, please bring unofficial transcripts when meeting with your advisor so you register for the correct courses.
Apply for and check your financial aid and scholarships
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by using MSU Denver’s school code 001360. MSU Denver also offers scholarships awards based on academics, achievement and financial need. Undocumented and DACA students should complete the Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) for state aid. Access your financial aid and scholarship award in your account on your Student Hub. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at [email protected] for any questions.
*Changes are coming to the 2024-25 FAFSA and CASFA called the FAFSA Simplification Act. The 2024-25 application will open in December 2023.
Health Insurance and Immunizations
Health Insurance is a mandatory fee. Those with alternate coverage can waive this fee if you are paying out of pocket.
All students are also required to submit their immunization records. Review the Immunization Requirements.
You may be required to take a placement test for math and/or English, depending on your incoming test scores and/or completed college coursework. Learn more about testing requirements.
Submit Official Transcripts
When you applied to MSU Denver, you may have uploaded unofficial transcripts to your application account. You will need to request an official transcript from every previously attended institution. Learn more about how to send your transcripts to MSU Denver.
Find Your Community on Campus
You are invited to join our Facebook Group designed for admitted Roadrunners. Meet your peers, ask questions and get connected before coming to campus!
Next Steps for International Transfer Students
International transfer students are required to complete additional steps prior to enrolling at MSU Denver. Review the checklist and be sure to submit documents by the deadline.
Reasons to connect with your Transfer Counselor
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First step in building a community at MSU Denver
MSU Denver Resources
The Bridge to Bachelor’s Degree Program ensures first-time students attending any CCCS College, are guaranteed admission to MSU Denver upon completion of their Associate degree.
Check out the Bridge to Bachelor’s website to learn more.
Transfer Peer Mentors can help guide you through all the necessary steps to successfully transfer to MSU Denver.
Email [email protected] to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
A transfer student is any student who has earned college credit after graduating from high school or receiving a GED. The number of credits completed determines what is required in the admission process.
Apply early for faster processing times and best selection of classes.
The Transfer Services Team with the Office of Admissions helps students successfully transfer from other colleges to MSU Denver. They also visit community colleges and college fairs. Check out when we will be in your area.
Review the guidelines which explain how MSU Denver determines eligibility of transfer credits.
Still have questions?
Email [email protected] to connect with a Transfer Admissions Counselor.
Phi Theta Kappa’s 2020 Transfer Honor Roll
This distinguished honor is awarded to the top 25% of colleges who earned the highest transfer friendliness rating nationwide.
The State of Colorado has established Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreements (STAA) between many community colleges and four-year universities that prescribe a curriculum for students to engage in while at community college that are guaranteed to transfer to four-year universities. Many of the majors available to community college students are a part of this agreement and you can access transfer guides that outline the Guaranteed Transfer pathway. Additionally, MSU Denver provides transfer guides for many of their programs that are not a part of the STAA. By using these transfer guides, you can ensure that your time will be well-spent while taking classes for transfer.
You can view all transfer guides here: https://www.msudenver.edu/admissions/transfer-toolbox/
We encourage students to meet with their academic advisor often at their current college to discuss classes that will transfer to MSU Denver. We also recommend meeting with an MSU Denver Transfer Admissions Counselor on a regular basis to ensure that you are on-track.
You can only transfer credits by requesting that your previous institution send MSU Denver official transcripts. We cannot evaluate unofficial transcripts or copies of your official transcripts. If you have attended more than one college and wish to transfer credits from all of your previous institutions, we require official transcripts from each institution, even if you transferred those credits to your most recent institution previously. We cannot evaluate secondhand transfer credits that were previously evaluated by another institution.
Following are links to the transcript ordering portals for many colleges in Colorado.
Aims Community College:
Adams State University:
Arapahoe Community College:
Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology:
Colorado Christian University:
Colorado Mesa University:
Colorado Mountain College:
Colorado Northwestern Community College:
Colorado School of Mines:
Colorado State University:
Colorado State University Global:
Colorado State University, Pueblo:
Colorado Technical University:
Community College of Aurora:
Community College of Denver:
Fort Lewis College:
Front Range Community College:
Johnson & Wales University:
Lamar Community College:
Morgan Community College:
Northeastern Junior College:
Pikes Peak Community College:
Pueblo Community College:
Red Rocks Community College:
Trinidad State College:
University of Colorado, Boulder:
University of Colorado, Denver:
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs:
University of Denver:
University of Northern Colorado:
Western Colorado Community College (WCCC):
WCCC is a division of Colorado Mesa University (CMU). See previous listing for CMU for transcripts.
Western Colorado University:
The Colorado Department of Higher Education possesses records for schools that closed after 2012 and has records from the following institutions:
- American Pathways University
- Argosy University – Denver Campus
- Art Institute of Colorado
- Colorado University of Commerce
- ITT Technical Institute (ITT)
- Jones International University (JIU)
- Wellington University
If your school does not have a transcript ordering process or send transcripts manually, they can send them to the following addresses:
MSU Denver Registrar
Campus Box 84
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217
If you have earned 24 college credits, you are not required to submit your high school transcripts. If you have earned less than 24 college credits, you may be prompted to provide your high school transcript or GED scores. If you are prompted to provide this information, you will be notified by student email of additional requirements after you apply and submit official transcripts.
We will consolidate multiple records into one record when you reapply as a previously enrolled student. This includes all academic coursework completed at MSU Denver and any transcripts that you submitted during your last attendance. For issues with record consolidation, please contact the Registrar at 303-556-3991.
A course by course evaluation completed by a professional transcript evaluation service, in addition to the official transcript(s), will be required.
The service agency must be a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
We suggest that you choose a service that can send us a copy of your verified transcript(s) together with the evaluation report, such as WES ICAP or ECE.
If the evaluation service does not send us your verified academic documents, the issuing institution must directly send us your official academic records.
All records must be translated to English.
For more information, please visit our International Admissions page.
You may be able to earn credit for work and life experiences, through prior learning assessments, and as a result of certification, licensure, or other training.
You may earn college credit through subject-specific testing upon receiving a satisfactory score. This could include the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST, Advanced Placement courses, and International Baccalaureate (IB).
MSU Denver may grant college credit using the American Council of Education Military Guide. We are happy to provide guidance to military students and student veterans in selecting a program of study and in optimizing the use of credit for prior learning. Following are course equivalency sheets for your reference.
Content of credit accepted in transfer may not duplicate coursework previously taken. Military service credit is evaluated when official copies of transcripts from military schools are received and after meeting with the Prior Learning Specialist. Courses are evaluated according to the American Council on Education (ACE) Guidelines.
- Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine personnel should submit a Joint Services Transcript. To order a Joint Services transcript, go to https://jst.doded.mil/.
- Air Force personnel should submit a Community College of the Air Force transcript. To order a CCAF transcript, go to http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp. Please Note: CCAF is a regionally accredited institution.
In addition, MSU Denver offers the following package of transfer credit and waivers:
- Either 6 semester hours of lower division elective credit (MILR 8000) for all students who have served four years active duty in the U.S. military OR 3 semester hours of lower division elective credit (MILR 8000) for all students who have served two years active duty in the U.S. military.
- 6 additional semester hours of upper division elective credit (MILR 9000) for students who have either served two terms of service of four years each or attained the rank of E5 or above in the U.S. military.
- 3 credits of CAS 1010 (Public Speaking) for all students who served at least one enlistment and achieved the rank of E5 or above in the U.S. military.
- Waiver of the Global Diversity requirement for all students who deployed abroad in the U.S. military for at least 6 months.
Applicable credit and waivers will be granted upon presentation of evidence of either continued active service, transfer to the Reserve component, or discharge under conditions other than dishonorable.
Student can may also obtain credit by an exam process.
Students must meet all of the following requirements:
- Currently enrolled in good standing within a degree or certificate program.
- If registered for a course for which this course is a prerequisite, the exam must be completed within the first three weeks of the semester.
- No previous collegiate enrollment for a similar course
- Not completed or been enrolled in a more advanced course unless the course is a designated gtPathways course. This restriction includes courses designated at a higher level (i.e. 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000 within the same subject prefix (e.g. HIS, ENG).
If you have experience that may qualify as college-level learning, you may submit a portfolio for consideration for academic credit. A portfolio is a collection of documents you put together to show what you already know and can do. Many professionals in business, education, design, and consulting use portfolios in their work. Your PLA portfolio includes a narrative, which is your discussion of your college-level knowledge, like a research paper that is supported by theory or concepts. It might also include evidence, such as certificates, letters of recommendation, and samples of work that will support your narrative and verify to the Portfolio assessors that you have the knowledge and should be awarded credit. Your portfolio should address the learning objectives, or outcomes, of the courses you want to earn credit for and detail your experience acquiring this knowledge. It is read by subject-matter experts who make sure that what you already know is equivalent to what you would have learned if you had taken the course.
- Portfolio assessment is available in many, but not all, academic departments.
- Portfolio credit must match a MSU Denver course. To verify this information, visit the university’s Course Descriptions.
- Portfolio fee is $379 per course (fees are subject to change).
- EDS Portfolio Development Workshop course is required to submit a portfolio for prior learning credit.
- To earn credit, students must be a continuing student enrolled in good standing in a degree or certificate program.
Professional Licenses and Certifications that may be evaluated for college credit include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Department of Labor Apprenticeships
- FAA Licenses
- Firefighter and EMT Certifications
For questions and support related to prior learning credit, contact a Prior Learning Specialist through the Office of the Registrar at 303-556-3991.
We suggest applying as far as possible in advance of the semester you want to start at MSU Denver. You may defer your admission for up to one academic year and the application is free. You can always make changes later but you cannot extend the deadlines for applying or submitting documents. Keep in mind that transcripts can take up to 4 weeks to process and financial aid can take about the same time to process, sometimes longer if it’s a busy season. You can view application deadlines and apply for admission on our Application splash page.
Your admissions acceptance is good for one academic year. You can register for classes within that timeframe. If you do not register within that timeframe, you will be required to reapply for admission.
You can also change to an earlier semester if registration for that semester is still open. You will need to complete a Semester Change Request form to switch to an earlier semester.
MSU Denver is proud to offer a high-quality education without the high-end price tag. Experience an urban campus and be part of one of the most diverse student communities in Colorado where learners connect with leaders and classrooms lead to careers.
You may be eligible for admission without standardized test scores. However, if you have test scores less than 5 years old (ACT or SAT), it is still a good idea to submit them as these scores can be helpful for advising purposes and course placement. If you do not have standardized test scores, you may need to take a placement test with the Office of Testing Services.
MSU Denver only accepts credit from institutions of higher education holding full regional accreditation. Your school must be accredited by one of the following agencies: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Colleges and Schools, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Southern Association of Colleges of Schools, or Western Association of Colleges and Schools. There very few exceptions, such as McAir Aviation flight training programs and Belrea Institute of Animal Technology.
If you have questions, please contact the MSU Denver Office of the Registrar to verify whether your previous college or university is regionally accredited by one of these agencies.
MSU Denver requires that you complete a minimum of 30 credit hours towards your bachelor’s degree at MSU Denver. Some programs may have more stringent requirements and it is advised that you discuss your program requirements with your academic advisor.
We do not impose an expiration date on transfer credits in most cases; however, if it has been a significantly long time since you completed foundational coursework, such as math and writing, you may be asked to complete placement testing. Additionally, if there have been fundamental changes to the curriculum of a specific course since you last took it, you may be required to retake that course. One example of a course that must be retaken or tested out of is ENG 1020, which we require students freshen up on if they have not taken in over 10 years.
If you have completed credits elsewhere, you can see what should transfer to your program at MSU Denver using Transferology, a third party partner of MSU Denver that allows you to enter your previously earned credits and see what those credits will be equal to at MSU Denver.
Transcript evaluation times can vary from semester to semester. During slower times of the year, such as summer and mid-semester, processing time may be between 1-2 weeks. During busier times of the year, it may take 2-4 weeks to process your transcript evaluation. Upon completion of the evaluation, you will be notified by student email and can then meet with your advisor. To ensure that your transcripts are evaluated in time to register for classes, please submit them by the priority application deadline for the semester that you intend on registering.
It can take up to 4 weeks to process transcripts and complete the official transcript evaluation. Check you student email often; we will notify you here once your transcript evaluation is complete. At that point, you can schedule a meeting with your academic advisor to formulate a course plan for your future semesters at MSU Denver based on your transfer credits. Until the official transcript evaluation is complete, your advisor will only be able to provide generic information and suggestions regarding the courses that you must complete.
Orientation is required for all degree-seeking students who have not yet completed Orientation at MSU Denver in their lifetime. If you are a re-admit student, you are not required to attend Orientation.
Transfer students are required to complete the following Next Steps:
- Setup your MSU Denver Student Account (NetID)
- Submit Official Transcripts
- Placement Testing (if you are notified of this requirement)
- Attend Orientation
- Meet with Your Academic Advisor
- Register for Classes
- Check your Financial Aid and Scholarships
The Auraria Campus has one on-campus dormitory-style housing unit called Lynx Crossing that is shared between MSU Denver, CU Denver, and Community College of Denver. This housing option is very limited and we encourage students to apply as soon as the application opens on January 1st to ensure that you have the best chance of securing a spot.
We also have resources to assist with your search for off-campus housing and we provide a roommate finder service.
To determine what classes you should sign up for, you will need to first submit your official transcripts for evaluation for transfer credit. Upon completion of your evaluation, your transfer courses will populate to your student account. At that point, we recommend meeting with your academic advisor to review your transfer credits and devise a course plan for the coming semesters. You may also run a Degree Progress Report to see what transferred in and what you need to complete.