Transfer Credit Evaluation

These pages provide information on transferring credits to Columbia. Students who begin their education at one institution and then transfer to Columbia will be able to determine how the courses they have taken will fulfill either Columbia's Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements or in some cases, courses in their chosen major.

Early Planning
Students planning to transfer to Columbia should consult with their college transfer center or academic advisor early in their academic career to obtain specific information on transferring general education and major course credits.

Send transcripts for evaluation purposes to:
Columbia College Chicago
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
600 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

Degree Evaluators

Names A-K
Michael Kilinski, mkilinski@colum.edu

Names L-Z
Cory Byrd, cbyrd@colum.edu

 

Transfer Credit Policy

Columbia has a generous transfer credit policy, which is posted in our course catalog. Students who transfer to Columbia can determine how the courses they have taken will fulfill either Columbia's Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements or, in some cases, courses in their chosen major.

The school you transfer from must be regionally accredited. In some cases, we may consider credit from an institution with national accreditation.

Transferology

Transferology is a searchable, web-based tool that displays course equivalencies between Columbia and other institutions.

Credit Toward Major

In most cases, transfer courses in your major will be evaluated and accepted as college wide electives. If you would like us to consider applying specific transfer courses toward your major, please review the departmental procedures for that major.

Sample Transfer Credit Evaluation Report

SAMPLE REPORT:

This report lists the transfer credit Columbia has accepted from your previous institution.

Columbia College Chicago
Office of Degree Evaluation
Official Transfer Credit Report

Your name
ID#:
Your address
DOB:

Transfer Institution Columbia College Chicago
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Course # Course Title Hours App Course # Course Title
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BIO109 Human Biology 3.00 SC
(Three credits accepted and applied toward the Liberal Arts and Sciences Science requirement.)

ART 411 Advanced Typography 3.00
(Three credits accepted and applied as college wide electives.)

ENG 205 Women in American Literature 3.00 HL PL
(Three credits accepted and applied toward the Liberal Arts and Science Literature requirement and also satisfies the American Pluralism requirement.)

ENGL105 Composition I 3.00 EN 52-1151 Writing and Rhetoric I
(Three credits accepted and applied toward the Liberal Arts and Sciences Communications requirement and the transfer course also is equivalent to a required Columbia course.)

SOC107 Introduction to Sociology 3.00 SS
(Three credits accepted and applied toward the Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Science requirement.)

HIS250 History of China 3.00 HI GA
(Three credits accepted and applied toward the Liberal Arts and Sciences History requirement plus the transfer course satisfies the Global Awareness requirement.)
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Total Credit Accepted 18.00 credits
Name of College or University

Comments: _______________________________________________________

Evaluator: __________________________________________ Date: _________

Applied Toward Codes (App):

Here are Columbia's Liberal Arts and Sciences Core codes & requirements
and the corresponding codes we use for them:

EN: Writing and Rhetoric
SP: Oral Communication
SS: Social Science
HI: History
PL: American Pluralism
SC: Science without lab
SL: Science with lab
HU: Humanities
GA: Global Awareness
HL: Humanities/Literature
MA: Mathematics

Transfer courses listed without codes have been accepted as college wide electives.

To request that transfer courses be considered toward a major, please contact the Office of Degree Evaluation

Transfer Credit Evaluation FAQ's

How do I get my transfer credits evaluated?
Arrange for your previous college or university to send an official copy of your transcript to the Columbia College Chicago.

Where do I send the transcripts?
Columbia College Chicago
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
600 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

Will my grades transfer too?
No, the grades in your transfer classes will not appear on your Columbia College transcript and the grades will not be part of your Columbia College grade point average.

My previous college was on the quarter system. How are quarter hours converted to semester credits?
The conversion of quarter hours to semester credits is as follows:

Quarter Hours Semester credits
1 .67
2 1.34
3 2.01
4 2.68
5 3.35

Will Columbia College accept courses from every other college and university?
No, the school must be regionally accredited or in some cases, we may consider credit from an institution with national accreditation.

Are all classes accepted?
No, transfer courses must be similar to those taught at Columbia College. They cannot be developmental classes (below college level 101) and must have been completed with a grade of "C" or higher. "D" grades are only accepted for certain courses when students are eligible for the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI).

How will I know when my credits have been evaluated?
You will receive a transfer credit evaluation report in the mail.

What if I have questions about my evaluation?
Contact one of our degree evaluators:

Degree Evaluators

Last Names A-K
Michael Kilinski, mkilinski@colum.edu

Last Names L-Z
Cory Byrd, cbyrd@colum.edu