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Transferring Colleges to GCU: How to Earn Credits

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By Jessica Meyer
Marketing Major, Colangelo College of Business  

Transferring colleges can be stressful, but Grand Canyon University aims to make the process as easy as possible. At GCU, several opportunities are available to help transfer students save time and money during their journey to a new school.

Before beginning your degree at GCU, there are several ways you can earn college credit and qualify for a number of scholarships.

Take National Exams

National exams give you the chance to demonstrate your knowledge on a subject without having to sit in a class and study material you have already mastered. Some examples of national exams are Advance Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Excelsior college examinations, among others. Through these exams, you can earn up to 30 credits towards your bachelor’s degree at GCU.

Show Your Approved Certificate

At Grand Canyon University, if you have an approved undergraduate-level certificate or advanced graduate-level certificate, you may be able to earn credits towards your degree. If you qualify as a student with one of these certificates, contact a GCU enrollment representative to confirm that your credits can transfer properly. The American Council on Education (ACE) provides an additional option for you to earn credit for your program at GCU.

Consider the LLA

When transferring colleges to GCU, you can take advantage of the Lifelong Assessment (LLA) to gain credits based on your work and life experiences. Through this process, you can earn up to eight general education or elective credits by writing essays that demonstrate your college-level knowledge. Before submitting an LLA essay, you must complete ENG-135. This writing intensive class helps you prepare, outline, build and organize your essay.

Work with Your Transfer Specialist

Transfer specialists are available to provide you personalized support when transferring colleges to GCU. They can show you how your credits will transfer from a community college or from the military. By working with your transfer specialist, you can feel confident in understanding the details of your future classes, finances and even campus housing opportunities.

Why Choose GCU?

When you transfer to GCU, you not only have the ability to save time and money by earning college credit before starting your program, but you also have the opportunity to apply for a variety of scholarships. The biggest transfer scholarship from GCU is the Indirect Start Scholarship. If you qualify, you may even have the opportunity to increase your scholarship amount by performing extremely well at GCU.

Let GCU make your transferring process a positive and encouraging experience. Contact us today to request more information about how to easy it is to transfer colleges to Grand Canyon University!

About Jessica Meyer
Marketing Major, Digital Marketing Assistant

Jessica Meyer is a senior at Grand Canyon University. She was raised in Tucson, AZ, but recently moved to Phoenix to attend traditional classes at GCU. Jessica is majoring in marketing in the Colangelo College of Business. It is her first and last year studying at the main campus, and she wishes her time at GCU could last longer! She loves GCU so much, that she hopes to continue to work for GCU’s marketing department after graduation. When she’s not studying or working on campus, she likes to practice and perform with her dance team and spend time with her friends and family.

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