Transferring Credit

We understand that the transfer of your college credits will be a primary factor in your decision to become a CMU Maverick.

To see how your credits will transfer to CMU, use the Transfer Equivalency Self-Service (TESS) software.

For step-by-step instructions of the TESS software and course equivalency, check out the Registrar's Office Transfer Evaluations guide.

If you have any questions about TESS or the transfer admission process, do not hesitate to contact the Transfer Services team at 970.248.1232.


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
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • 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.

If your courses are not in the TESS database, the Transfer Services staff can assist you with your search. Simply email your unofficial transcript(s) from each college attended to

A Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation is intended to provide you with an initial understanding of how credits will transfer to CMU. Once admitted, the Registrar's Office will prepare your official Transcript Equivalency Report (TER), which is typically completed within one to two weeks after admission to the university.

You can read more about CMU's general transfer credit requirements and view our course equivalent guide on the Registrar's transfer page.
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.
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.