To help eliminate the guesswork of transferring courses, Colorado has developed a statewide guaranteed transfer program called gtPathways (Guaranteed Transfer Pathways) and many Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreements.
The gtPathways curriculum is the core of the general education requirements of most Liberal Arts & Sciences bachelor’s degrees. This takes some of the guesswork out of transfer because gtPathways courses, in which the student earned a C- or higher, will always transfer and the credit will apply to gtPathways requirements in every Liberal Arts & Sciences bachelor’s degree at every public Colorado institution. (Note that some bachelor’s degrees, usually in engineering, nursing, and computer science, may not contain the gtPathways curriculum. In these cases, gtPathways courses may not apply to the degree’s requirements. Always check with the receiving institution.) Depending on the bachelor’s degree, gtPathways course credit may also be applied to major and elective requirements at the receiving institution’s discretion. Non-gtPathways courses and gtPathways courses taken beyond the required 31-credit gtPathways curriculum, will transfer (and be listed on the student’s transcript) but their credit is not guaranteed to apply to general education or major requirements or to electives (and count towards the 120 required credits for the bachelor’s degree).
The purpose of a Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete a bachelor’s degree program (B.A. or B.S.) at any public four-year college or university that offers that degree. Again, you should check with the community college where you start and the 4-year school you wish to transfer into to ensure you are registering for the appropriate courses.
The following transfer agreements were created prior to the 2010 legislation that changed the definition of a Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement and, therefore, no longer meet the legal definition. The schools that signed on to these agreements still honor them, however. Please check with the community college where you start and the 4-year school you wish to transfer into to ensure you are registering for the appropriate courses.
A student who earns an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree at a Colorado public institution, including completing the gtPathways curriculum with a grade of C- or better in all courses, will transfer, upon admission, with junior standing into all Liberal Arts & Sciences bachelor degree programs offered by a Colorado public four-year university. The credits earned in the associate degree program will apply at minimum to 31 credit hours of lower division general education and 29 credit hours of additional graduation credits. The receiving institution will evaluate credit for prior learning following its standard policy. Note that some bachelor’s degrees require more than an additional 60 credits to complete. When in doubt, speak to an advisor.
If you encounter any problems transferring to another college or university, please speak to an advisor at your current school and at the school into which you will transfer. If you are unable to resolve the issue, you may file a student complaint to resolve the problem.