Your Path to a Degree

Transfer Plans demonstrate the shortest path to completing a degree in your chosen program. They outline the total number of credits required for each major and degree and the number of semesters it will take you to finish.

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From a Partner School to Columbia

Crafted with our partner institutions, Transfer Guides are four-year plans that demonstrate a pathway from a community college program to a corresponding Columbia program.

Download a Transfer Guide for your school and program.

If your school or program is not on the list, contact us at

City Colleges of Chicago
College of DuPage
College of Lake County
Elgin Community College
Harper College
Ivy Tech Community College
Joliet Junior College
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
McHenry County College
Moraine Valley Community College
Oakton Community College
Waubonsee Community College

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Unofficial Transcript Evaluation

Upload your transcripts from all institutions previously attended, and we’ll send you an unofficial transcript evaluation. It’s as easy as uploading your documents and filling out a short form.

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Use Transferology to learn how your courses will transfer to Columbia. Simply enter in your coursework, exams and/or military learning experiences, and then discover how Columbia will award your experiences with credit upon transfer.

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What if my school or course is not listed as equivalent on Transferology?

Columbia builds new course equivalencies with more institutions every day, and we regularly update equivalencies in Transferology. Columbia may still accept credit even if you don’t see your school or coursework listed as equivalent on Transferology. Please contact a degree evaluator for more information.

Last names A–K contact:
Michael Kilinski

Last names L–Z contact:
Cory Byrd

Transfer Policy and Credit Evaluation

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.

This chart shows the conversion of quarter hours to semester credits:


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If you have a question about your evaluation or what will transfer to Columbia, contact a degree evaluator in the Office of the Registrar:

Last names A–K contact:
Michael Kilinski

Last names L–Z contact:
Cory Byrd