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Transfer Applicants


Transfer applicants will be admitted unconditionally if a 2.0 GPA has been earned for a minimum of 12 semester hours of college-level work (excluding remedial courses) from a regionally accredited college or university after completion of high school or receiving GED.

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TRANSFER FINANCIAL AID: Due to Cottey’s strong financial foundation, endowment, and the continued financial support of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization dedicated solely to furthering education for women, we offer several scholarships and grants to help make a Cottey education affordable.

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Cottey College welcomes transfer applicants to study for their associate or baccalaureate degrees.

NOTE: Cottey College will accept no more than 75 hours from other institutions toward a degree, based on the requirement that 32 hours be earned at Cottey for an associate degree and that 45 hours must be earned at Cottey for the baccalaureate degree.

No grade of “C-“ or lower will be accepted as transfer credit. Transfer students who have been academically dismissed from a previous institution must seek special permission from the vice president for enrollment management to be considered for admission to Cottey College.

Transfer applicants will have their transcripts evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Transfer students must take all courses listed as graduation requirements.

Transfer applicants will be admitted unconditionally to Cottey College as transfer students if the following criteria have been met:

  1. The applicant has earned a minimum of 12 semester hours of college-level work (excluding remedial courses) from a regionally accredited college or university after completion of high school or receiving GED and
  2. The applicant has achieved a 2.00 G.P.A. or higher on all college-level work.

Transfer applicants with 11 or fewer transferable credits from a regionally accredited college or university will have the admission decision based on a combination of secondary and post-secondary transcripts, plus test scores. Students will need to:

  1. Submit all official college or university transcripts; including any courses taken for college credit while in high school and all credits taken after completion of high school
  2. Submit final high school transcript showing graduation date, and
  3. Submit ACT/SAT scores.

Students with a cumulative college GPA of 1.6 – 1.9 will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for an admission decision. Students with a transfer GPA of less than 1.6 will not be admitted.


Transfer students are welcome at Cottey College, and the College will make every effort to see that all transferable credit is accepted. Final determination of transfer credits to be accepted is made by the registrar, subject to approval by the vice president for academic affairs in consultation with the appropriate faculty. Transfer work from other institutions will not be officially credited to the Cottey College record until the student has enrolled at Cottey College. Official transcripts must be received directly from all colleges and universities attended. Credits may be accepted for transfer if these criteria are met:

  1. The institution at which the credits were earned is accredited by a regional accrediting association.
  2. Credit hours taken at another institution may be transferred to Cottey only if the grade earned is a C or above. Courses from another institution in which a grade of “C-” or lower was earned are not acceptable for transfer credit.
  3. Credits earned while enrolled in high school (dual enrollment) may be accepted in transfer and may be used for fulfilling degree requirements.

Credit is transferred on a course-by-course basis, when the subject matter applies to Cottey’s degree programs. In some cases courses with subjects that do not match the curriculum for the degree may be transferred as elective credit. Transfer credits accepted by Cottey College are not calculated in the student’s Cottey College grade point average (GPA). Cottey College awards credits in semester credit hours. Quarter hours will be converted into semester credit hours at the rate of two-thirds of a semester credit hour per quarter hour.


Cottey enjoys partnerships and transfer agreements with a number of higher education institutions. If you have any questions regarding these partnerships or would like a full listing of our transfer agreements, please contact