Transferring Colleges to GCU: How to Earn Credits

By Jessica Meyer

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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.

Receive your GCU scholarship offer now. 

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!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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