Transfer Students

A transfer student is an applicant who has enrolled and earned units at a postsecondary institution prior to entering Concordia University Irvine. This does not include students who have attended college for the first time during the summer immediately prior to fall admission at CUI.

Application Process

1. Application

We are waiving the $50 application fee!

2. Official College Transcript(s)

Official transcript from each institution attended, covering all collegiate-level work under-taken during your absence from Concordia. Good standing at each institution is required. Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the college in a sealed envelope or hand-carried to the Admissions Office:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Concordia University Irvine
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

3. Official High School Transcript(s)

Official high school transcript (which indicates and verifies graduation) must be sent directly from the high school in a sealed envelope or hand-carried to the Admissions Office.
Note: CUI grants college credit for Advanced Placement test scores. Students may transfer in a maximum of 32 non-accredited credits by exam (AP, CLEP, DSST, IB, and/or military units).

Admission Requirements

  • Cumulative college GPA of a 2.3 or higher
  • Graduated from a high school or earned a GED

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Type Apply By Notified By
Early Action November 15 Mid-December
Early Action II (Priority) February 15 March 1
Rolling Admissions July 27  

Note: Applications received after April 1 are reviewed on a rolling basis, and it is recommended that students apply well in advance. Once your application is complete, it usually takes two weeks to receive an admissions decision, depending upon the time of year.

Spring Semester

Type Apply By
Regular Decision January 3

Transfer Day

Future Transfer students and guests, join us for Transfer Day, and learn more about:

  • Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Academic advising & how your credits transfer
  • Campus life, housing and commuter services


Meet our friendly and helpful faculty, staff and students. Experience our Friday chapel. Take a campus tour of our beautiful campus, and so much more!

Transfer Day
Friday, November 22, 2019
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Register Now

For more information, please call the Admissions Events Team at 949.214.3026 or email [email protected].

Preparing to Transfer

Concordia University Irvine welcomes transfer students who have earned approved academic units at an accredited postsecondary institution and a minimum college GPA of 2.3.

In addition to meeting admission requirements, transfer students are encouraged to complete as many General Education (GE) and major requirements as possible prior to transfer.

Concordia General Education Prior to Transfer

Although the CUI GE requirement does not have to be completed prior to transfer, CUI accepts the following in place of most of the CUI general education requirements:

  • IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum)
  • CSU (California State University General Education Breadth Requirements)
  • A.D.T (Associate Degree for Transfer)
  • A.A. (Associate of Arts) and A.S. (Associate of Science) degrees that meet the CSU General Education Breadth Requirements
  • Oregon and Washington's Direct Transfer Associate degree (DTA); comparable transfer certifications from other states can be considered on a case by case basis

Note: The above certifications satisfy the General Education requirements at Concordia with the exception of the Enduring Questions & Ideas (Q&I) Core and Theology course requirements. All transfer students must take one general education course in theology for each year of attendance at Concordia. See Enduring Questions & Ideas (Q&I) Core requirements for transfer students.

Major Requirements Prior to Transfer

Although major specific courses are not required for admission to any major at Concordia, completing major requirements prior transfer may:

  • Allow completion of prerequisite major courses
  • Provide continuity with upper division courses in your major
  • Shorten the time to earn a degree and/or provide time to explore other academic options

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)

Students transferring from a California Community College with an ADT will be guaranteed a transfer pathway that ensures:

  • Guaranteed Admission
  • Guaranteed transfer of 60 semester units
  • Guaranteed junior standing
  • Guaranteed academic major preparation
  • Guaranteed timely progress toward degree completion

CUI accepts the following ADT's:

    • Biology
    • Business Administration
    • Chemistry
    • Communication Studies
    • Elementary Teacher Education
    • Economics
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Studio Art
    • Theatre Arts

Other Considerations

  • 128 semester units are required for graduation
  • 32 semester units must be completed at CUI (18 of the last 24 must be completed at CUI)
  • 33 semester units of upper-division coursework are required for graduation of which 21 units must be completed at CUI
  • 18 units in the student's major and 9 units in the minor must be completed at CUI
  • A maximum of 70 semester units are accepted from a two-year accredited community college
  • A maximum of 96 semester units are accepted from a four-year accredited college/university
  • All major required courses must be completed with a grade of C or better
  • Graduation Requirements

California Community College Transfer Articulation Agreements

CUI has articulation agreements with several California Community Colleges specifying how coursework taken at California Community Colleges will satisfy CUI major requirements.

View Articulation Agreements

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I apply as a first year or transfer student?

A transfer student is someone who has enrolled and earned units at a postsecondary institution prior to entering CUI. This does not include students who have attended college for the first time during the summer immediately prior to fall admission at CUI. If you completed units the summer after graduating high school, you will need to apply as a first year student.

Are there required courses that I need to complete before transferring?

There are no pre-requisite courses prior to applying to CUI.

What if I do not see an articulation agreement for the school I am attending?

Contact your admissions counselor. We can still give you information on what units transfer to CUI.

How can I set up an appointment to speak to someone about transferring?

Please contact your admissions counselor.

What types of scholarships can I receive as a transfer student?

Transfer scholarships are available to students who have a cumulative college GPA of at least a 2.9. Please view the Financial Aid Scholarships page for more information.

Do I need to complete the SAT/ACT?

If you are applying as a transfer student, you do not need to submit any test scores, regardless of your amount of units.

How do I select classes that will transfer to CUI?

View our articulation agreements or contact your admissions counselor.

How do I know if my units will transfer?

Upon admission to the university you will receive a preliminary transfer credit evaluation. If you would like to request an evaluation prior to acceptance, please contact your admissions counselor.

What if I am a veteran or active duty military applicant?

For more information, please visit the Veterans Resource Center or contact Steve Leader, Veterans Resource Center Manager, at 949.214.3129 or [email protected]

Is there a minimum amount of units required prior to transferring?

CUI does not require a minimum amount of units before transferring.

Am I required to take religion courses?

Transfer students at CUI will complete one theology course per year. Please see Q&I page for more information.

Contact Us

Transfer students are encouraged to set up a one-on-one meeting with one of our admissions counselors so that we can assist with a smooth transition to Concordia. If you have any questions, please contact your admissions counselor.

Admissions Office

1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: 949.214.3010
Email: [email protected]

Tamara Oseguera

Tamara Oseguera '12, MBA '14
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
Population: Transfers & Readmits
[email protected]

Emily Beckman

Emily Beckman '96, MAED '06
Director of Lutheran Outreach & Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Population: Lutheran & Church Work Transfers
[email protected]

Official partner of the Honors Transfer Counsel of California

Concordia University Irvine is an official partner of the Honors Transfer Counsel of California.

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