Transfer students make up a large part of the Columbia International University student body. Each year, we welcome many students from other institutions. Some students transfer because God has given them new direction for the future, while others transfer after attending a community college. Whatever your reasons for wanting to transfer to CIU might be, you’ll find lots of students like you on campus. When you enroll, you’ll attend an orientation session, and have a chance to connect with other transfer students.
Based on the number of credit hours a student has completed at another institution, there are two categories of transfer students
- Transfer students with 24 hours or more of earned college-level credit
- Transfer students with fewer than 24 hours of earned college-level credit
Course work must meet the following to be transferrable
- Earned at an accredited institution
- Earned with a grade of C or above
- Course work must be college level and not remedial or developmental
- Due to accreditation standards, no credit for life experience may be given
- CIU accepts AP scores of 3 or higher
- CIU also accepts CLEP exams
- Finish your bachelors degree with Bible at the core
- The General Studies program is designed for transfer students with 18 hours in any concentration
- Courses that meet the above requirements will transfer but your major will determine the length to completion
- Transfer students seeking an Associate of Arts degree must complete a minimum of 16 semester hours of CIU coursework and complete at least two consecutive semesters in residence at CIU, earning at least 6 semester hours, each semester.
- Transfer students seeking a bachelors degree must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours at CIU and complete at least two consecutive semesters in residence, earning at least 6 semester hours each semester.
Graduate & Seminary Transfer Students
To transfer courses into an MA/MDIV degree at CIU, the courses must be:
- Earned at the Masters level. You cannot transfer Bachelors to Masters. Bachelors courses may serve to meet pre-requisites only.
- Earned at an accredited institution.
- Earned with a grade of C or above.
- Courses that fit into your program choice at CIU.
Other transfer information:
- Up to, but not exceeding, 49% of the degree may be transferred.
- Due to accreditation standards, no credit for life experience may be given.
- Not all programs offer the same transfer options.