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Transfer Admissions

Welcome Transfers!

CCS recognizes the unique insight and experiences our transfer students bring to campus and to the classroom –  In fact, approximately one-third of our undergraduate studies community at CCS got their start as a transfer student. We support our transfer students with generous and renewable scholarships that make attending a dream within your grasp.

Our unique majors and specializations will challenge and inspire you while providing the facilities, community and atmosphere to take your work in any direction you choose. Our newest major, Interdisciplinary Art + Design, provides many students with the ideal transfer experience- facilitating a seamless transfer pathway*, collaborative studios, custom mentoring, and the opportunity to help design your own curriculum. Whichever program you select, you will find plenty of additional paths for exploration- on campus and off.

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Application Requirements

As a transfer student, we recognize you may have many priorities but not loads of free time. To help make this important step one that you can take quickly and confidently, we have made it as convenient as possible.


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Submit your application by our Early Action Deadline to qualify for the maximum amount of scholarship at CCS.

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Complete the Online Application

This is your first step – complete it now and then follow up with the other pieces as soon as you can.

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We accept unofficial or official transcripts for application.

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English Language Test Score

International applicants whose primary and/or native language English must submit English language test scores.

English Language Test Information

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Show Us Your Work

Applicants must submit a visual art portfolio. Get all of the info you need to submit your portfolio here.

Portfolio Info

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Test Blind for Domestic Applicants

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Transfer Quick Facts

Transfer Student Qualifications
Transfer Students at CCS are those who have successfully earned *6 or more college-level credits following High School graduation (or an equivalent level of credentialing).

*If your 6 credits are in progress, you may still apply as a Transfer Student

*If this doesn’t apply to you or if you are seeking admission upon completion of your Early Middle College Program, check out our Freshman Admissions.

Making an Informed Decision

The choice you make on where to go from here is a big one, with many factors to consider. We encourage you to contact our Transfer Team for information about transfer credits and financial aid tailored to you. A good place to start is our Transfer Credit Resources page. This will give you all of the info on which credits will transfer and will help you to start the planning process.

View Transfer Credit Resources Here

Financial Aid & Scholarships
 Upon completion of application and admission to CCS, all students are considered for generous merit scholarships and may be eligible for additional scholarships. Once you have fully completed the application requirements above and have applied to CCS, we will be able to give you detail on what you are eligible to receive. Many of our students also qualify for additional gift aid (money that does not have to be repaid) after completing the FAFSA. If you have not yet filed your FAFSA, we encourage you to complete this step as early as possible once the application is available for the year you plan to start at CCS (NOTE: the FAFSA is made available in October). We will host financial aid presentations throughout the year so join us if you have questions on this process- and don’t forget to add our school code -006771-to your FAFSA application.

Scholarships & Aid Information

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Our transfer team is here to support you

CCS is the only college in Michigan to have been honored as a Phi Theta Kappa’s ‘Transfer Honor Roll’ recipient for four consecutive years (2019 to 2022) – signifying our transfer team’s commitment to helping you find the best path forward. Whether you’re completing your undergraduate journey (or starting a new one, the best first step is to get the conversation going with us. If you have specific questions, looking for resources to plan for the future, or just not sure where to get started?

Ask Our Transfer Team

Transfer Credit Resources

CCS makes every effort to ensure you get credit for your past college-level work. Check out our Transfer Credit Resources page to find out if your credits transfer.
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Consider Interdisciplinary Art + Design

The uniquely flexible nature of Interdisciplinary Art + Design makes it a great choice for transfer students, allowing for degree completion in as little as two years for students who have completed an eligible studio-based associate’s degree or equivalent.
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Talk to an Admissions Counselor

Whatever stage you are at in your degree path, we can customize a transfer plan for you to follow. Let us help you make sure your time and money are well spent.
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Experience CCS for Yourself

One of the best ways to learn about CCS is to see campus for yourself. Whether in a virtual or in-person format, students have opportunities to check out our facilities, hear from faculty and students and view our inclusive and supportive campus.
The College for Creative Studies admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.