Transferring Credit

The Registrar's Office evaluates transcripts and prepares a Transfer Equivalency Report (TER) to determine the courses that are transferred to Colorado Mesa University. The TER is produced by the Registrar's Office after the student has been admitted and all official transcripts are received. It consists of a computer printed page showing course transfer equivalents but will not show how courses are used in the major program; you will need to see an advisor to determine how your courses will apply to a specific program or major. The TER can also be viewed in your DegreeWorks report. If you have any questions regarding your Transfer Equivalency Report please contact the Registrar's Office at 970.248.1555 or


It is the policy of Colorado Mesa University to accept academic credits from:

  1. All public colleges and universities in the state of Colorado, provided they are currently regionally accredited. This applies regardless of the institution's accreditation status at the time the credit was earned.
  2. Private and out-of-state colleges and universities, provided the institution is currently regionally accredited and was accredited or was a candidate for accreditation at the time the credit was earned.
  3. Regionally accredited two-year community or junior colleges.
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Northwestern Association of Schools and Colleges
  • The Higher Learning Commission
  • Southern Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Colorado Mesa University does not accept academic credits from nationally accredited institutions unless CMU has an Articulation Agreement with the institution.

A grade of "C-" or higher must be earned in each transferable course. Courses with a "Pass", "Satisfactory" or other non-letter grade will only be considered if the transcript key confirms that it is equivalent to a "C-" or higher on the grade scale.  If a grade of “Pass” or “Satisfactory” is received and is equivalent to a “C-” or higher, but there are no credit hours attached, Colorado Mesa University will not accept the course.  Transfer GPA is not calculated into CMU GPA.

Exact Equivalent

  • Department prefix and level
  • i.e. MANG 201-Principles of Management
  • i. e. SOCO 300-Political Sociology                                   

General Elective

  • ELEC 1XX, 3XX

General Education

  • GE-F 1XX-Fine Arts
  • GE-H 1XX-Humanities
  • GE-H 1HI-Humanities or History
  • GE-S 1XX-Social and Behavioral Science
  • LD-A 1XX-Lower Division Applied Studies
  • GE-N 1XX-Natural Science
  • GE-N 1XXL-Natural Science Lab
  • GE-M 1CA-Mathematics-Equivalent to College Algebra (MATH 113) Level
  • GE-M 1XX-Mathematics-Equivalent to College Mathematics (MATH 110)
  • Level
  • GE-E 1XX-English

Departmental Elective

  • i.e. MANG 4XX
  • i. e. CISB 1XX
  • Developmental classes taken in preparation for college level English Composition or College Mathematics will transfer as zero credits.  These courses will still fulfill prerequisites necessary to enroll for college level classes.  Other "pre-college" classes do not transfer.
    • i.e. MATH 0XX, ENGL 0XX, READ 0XX
  • To meet General Education requirement at CMU, the course must have fulfilled a General Education course at the transfer institution or the equivalent is already a General Education course at CMU.
  • Lower division courses (i.e. 100 and 200 level) cannot be accepted as upper division credit (i.e. 300 and 400 level).
  • Overtly Religious classes are generally not accepted, they are evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
  •  No more than eight physical activity courses (i.e. KINA 1XX) are accepted for a baccalaureate degree; no more than four for an associate's.
  •  Technical trades classes generally do not transfer unless they are applicable to your Colorado Mesa University/Western Colorado Community College program.
  • Colorado Mesa University reserves the right to evaluate classes over 15 years old on a course-by-course basis.
  • Some Colorado Mesa University majors have "age" restrictions on the use of certain courses in those majors. The final approval of how classes are used toward major area requirements is done by the department chair.
    • Applicable Departments:
      • Nursing, Accounting, Computer Information Systems and Computer Science

If you have a dispute regarding a course that has transferred in, please contact the Transfer Manager in the Registrar’s Office at 970-248-1555.

Colorado Mesa University operates on a semester calendar system.  All transfer credits from institutions that use other calendar systems will be converted to semester hours.  The most common conversion is quarter hours to semester hours (one quarter hour = .667 semester hours).  There are other conversions, such as; unit hours, unit credits and semester units.  The conversion is based on the transfer institution’s calendar system.

Preliminary Evaluation of Credit

The Transfer Equivalency Self-Service software is a tool in which prospective students can see how classes will transfer into Colorado Mesa University.

Transfer Equivalency Self-Service (TESS)

If you have questions about using the program please use this link for help, TESS Help/FAQ page.

Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation Request

Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluations (PTCE) are done through the Admissions Office to give Transfer students an idea of how credits will transfer to Colorado Mesa University. PTCEs are preliminary and do not guarantee the transfer of credits. The Transfer Equivalency Report (TER) is completed by the Registrar's Office after the student has been admitted and all official transcripts are received.

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Non-Traditional Credit

CMU accepts non-traditional credit in forms of Advance Placement, International Baccalaureate, College Level Examination Programs, and Military Transcripts. View more specific information on each type of credit.

Student Exchange Credits

Through the National Student Exchange (NSE) Program you can attend a different school in a different part of the country, and pay the same tuition as you do here at CMU and potentially transfer credits back to Colorado Mesa. The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) allows students to study at institutions in different countries and potentially transfer their credits back to Colorado Mesa. Students will work with the NSE and/or ISEP coordinator and complete a Transfer Agreement which will guarantee your classes will transfer back to Colorado Mesa University.