Taking Undergraduate Courses Prior to Admission

Are you eager to move forward with your academic goals, but have not yet committed to a specific degree? You might want to consider taking a course or two prior to admission.

Undergrad COursesAt many institutions, including Colorado State University, students can take certain courses without having been admitted to a degree program. Those credits (completed successfully) may count toward a degree program once a student is accepted into it. Colorado State University awards undergraduate transfer credits for college-level academic courses completed with a grade of C- or better at an institution accredited by one of the seven regional accrediting associations. Here’s more information about that policy.

Before enrolling for courses as a non-admitted student, do some preliminary research. Transferology™ is a great resource to investigate which courses will potentially transfer from one institution to another. Transferology™ is an online database that lists course equivalencies for most Colorado institutions, as well as for a wide range of non-resident colleges and universities for which information is available. For example, BIO 105 taken at Front Range Community College is equivalent to BZ 101 and BZ1++L at Colorado State University.

Undergrad CoursesIf you are looking specifically at completing a degree at CSU, there are many courses that are common amongst our undergraduate degrees. We call these AUCC courses, which stands for All-University Core Curriculum (also referred to as “general education” courses). All undergraduate students at CSU must fulfill the requirements of the AUCC to receive a bachelor’s degree, and the AUCC is designed to ensure that our students share a common learning experience enriched by faculty from a broad range of disciplines. Some of the AUCC courses at CSU that are available online include:

Institutions always have their own specific rules and policies, so after identifying the courses you are considering completing, and before committing to that course, be sure to confer with an advisor at the institution to which you eventually hope to apply to fully understand its transfer credit policies and regulations (including minimum grades required, and relevant time limits). Also, bear in mind that completing courses — even successfully — doesn’t guarantee that you will be admitted to a degree program. You will need to fully understand a specific degree’s admission requirements, and the commitment required of you to complete your education.


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