Benefits of Community College Completion

  • Pikes Peak Community College’s tuition rate is approximately 1/3 of the cost of most public four-year colleges and universities in Colorado.
  • Completion of a degree shows success at the college level. Studies show that Community College graduates who transfer are as successful or more successful than their fellow native baccalaureate counterparts.
  • Some four-year college and universities offer special privileges to PPCC graduates including scholarships and reduced or free application fees.

Transfer from PPCC to Four-Year Schools

Attending at two-year community college is an excellent way to begin your college career. Many Pikes Peak Community College students plan to go to a four-year college. Some students don’t plan on it, but end up deciding to transfer later. If you are one of these students, you are probably asking some of the following questions.

  • What courses transfer?
  • Where should I transfer?
  • When should I transfer?
  • What special preparations should I be making?
  • How should I go about it?
  • Who can help?

Planning is the key to a successful transfer to a four-year baccalaureate program. Begin researching as soon as possible during your first semester at Pikes Peak Community College and take advantage of the various campus resources available to transfer students. Early Planning will give you the most choices and best opportunities to meet course requirements for your intended major at a four-year school. If you are already beyond early planning, or have changed majors during your tenure at Pikes Peak Community College, remember it is Never Too Late to begin a transfer plan at PPCC.

Faculty Advisors

You are encouraged to discuss your transfer plans with your faculty advisor. Faculty Advisors can provide you with information on transfer opportunities which will assist you in completing the transfer process. In addition they may provide and you with:

  1. Information about course selection, sequence of courses, and entrance into courses and programs at four-year colleges and universities.
  2. Information on special admissions privileges and scholarships available at four-year schools.
  3. Contact names and information for most four-year colleges.

Not sure who your faculty advisor is?

Contact Career Planning & Advising at (719) 502-3232, or

Planning Ahead

Planning ahead while studying at Pikes Peak Community College will help make the transfer process go more smoothly. Keep in mind:

  1. "D" grades and below are not accepted by four-year colleges and universities.
  2. Credit for non-college level developmental or remedial courses is not transferable.
  3. Some colleges request placement or competency entrance examinations at or before registration to determine the exact level of achievement in certain areas. Course placement may depend on the results of these examinations.
  4. Career and technical courework is designed for early entry into thw work force and oftentimes will not transfer to four-year schools. 

Steps to Successful Transfer

  1. Visit Career Planning and Advising to take tests, explore possible majors, and find out more about areas that interest you.
  2. Search for transfer colleges that offer your area of interest.
  3. Create a plan with your faculty advisor.
  4. Sign up for any special transfer programs which may be available during your first semester at PPCC.
  5. Plan on making regular visits to your PPCC faculty advisor.
  6. Submit applications and get ready for application deadlines. Fall admissions deadlines are usually in early spring.
  7. Send transcripts to the college to which you wish to transfer.