Transferring Credits to CTU Colorado Springs
At CTU Colorado Springs, we provide the opportunity for returning college students to transfer credits to our university. Perhaps you took classes at a brick-and-mortar university and are now looking to complete your degree online. Or maybe you started a degree program years ago, and now you would like to pick up where you left off. Regardless of what your story is, we’re looking forward to helping you determine how we can help you apply your previous academic credits toward your current degree requirements.
Applying credits you have already earned to your degree program at CTU Colorado Springs can prevent you from having to repeat coursework, and it makes good financial sense. At CTU, you can transfer in up to 75% of your course credit hour requirements. Students are encouraged to consult with a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Advisor early on to identify transfer credit opportunities and ensure appropriate selection of courses.
To get started, the first thing you should do is request your official transcript from any prior colleges or universities you’ve attended. This transcript can tell us which credit hours you have earned to date, and help us better understand how your past academic achievements line up with your current degree requirements.
Once we have your transcript(s), a PLA Advisor will guide you through the transfer credit evaluation process. College credits, if applicable, will be awarded on a course-by-course basis, and criteria for evaluation include how well the course aligns with your current degree requirements and the grade you earned in the class. Only college level and post-secondary degree applicable courses will be eligible for transfer credit.
Your Work Experience Can Work for You
In some cases, you may receive course credit for experiential learning gained through employment or other appropriate experiences. To earn this credit, you will need to show a direct alignment between your employment and the courses in your academic program, and you must be able to provide documentation of your skillsets. The maximum amount of life experience credit accepted toward graduation is 16 quarter credit hours for an associate degree, 32 quarter credit hours for a bachelor’s degree, and 8 quarter credit hours for a master’s degree.
Leverage Your Prior Knowledge
Another way to earn credit toward your degree is with CTU Fast Track™. With Fast Track, you can accelerate the pace of your degree by receiving credit for the information you already know. You can take a series of exams designed to test your knowledge of key course objectives in your specific degree program. If you pass, you can earn college credit for your knowledge and complete your degree program quicker. By passing CTU Fast Track™ exams, you can save up to 30%** in time and money. As an added bonus, Fast Track exams are available at no extra cost to all CTU students.
Turn Your Certifications into College Credit/
You may have earned formal training from a non-accredited institution or company that offers professional training. Typically, this is in the form of certifications or Continuing Education Units (CEUs), but other documented clock hours may be eligible. Your PLA Advisor can review these to determine whether they qualify for college credit. Depending on the type of certification or CEU you have earned, you may be required to submit a learning narrative as part of the evaluation process.
Military Training Can Translate into College Credit
At CTU Colorado Springs, we welcome active-duty military and veteran students, and we help these students convert their military experience into academic credit. CTU Colorado Springs uses the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services as the basis for evaluating military training and experience.
To get started, members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps can order a Joint Service Transcript (JST), and the Air Force issues its own transcript through the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). We also assist members of the Army Reserves and National Guard. A PLA Advisor can review your military training and determine if transfer credits can be applied toward your degree requirements.
We also offer the CTU MOS Commi™ent to military service members. This initiative provides a personal and comprehensive evaluation of all MOS codes held which may translate into academic credits.
Transfer to CTU’s Colorado Springs Campus
Browse through our degree programs and learn more about how you can take the next step toward earning your degree at CTU Colorado Springs. Depending on your academic history and professional experience, you may discover you’re already well on your way to pursuing your educational goals.
*Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the university's catalog regarding CTU's transfer credit policies.
**The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track exams successfully passed. Fast Track program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money.