Undergraduate Admissions

Requirements for Transfer Applicants

Prospective students must demonstrate commitment, maturity and a readiness to work and grow in an educationally creative environment.

Complete the Online Application

Before you can become a student at CCS, we need to know more about you. 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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College Transcript

Request official college transcripts digitally through Parchment. Transcripts can also be sent via . The college also accepts Advanced Placement, CLEP and International Baccalaureate credits when applicable. Submit official exam transcripts for consideration. 

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Show Us Your Work

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Note: you will be charged a $10 upload fee.

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Start

December 1: Early Action Deadline
February 1: Priority Deadline
After February 1: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Deposit Deadline
Enrollment deposits are due within two weeks of receipt of your acceptance letter, or by May 1st, whichever is later. 

Winter Semester Start

November 1: Completed applications due

December 1: Student deposits/commitment fees due

Post-Degree Art Education Teacher Certification Applicants

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CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to receive college credit for what they already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 33 examinations. CCS uses the credit-granting scores recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). Download CLEP exam (608 KB PDF) information or visit www.collegeboard.com/clep.   

For more information on CLEP you can go to www.collegeboard.com/CLEP. Exams that are not applied directly towards degree requirements may count towards general elective credit. Please speak to your academic advisor in Academic Advising and Registration 313.664.7672 if you are concerned about the placement of a CLEP course in your academic program.

“My advice to any transfer student is to sit down with a counselor early on and consider all the options CCS has to offer. Choose a major and/or minor that will suit the lifestyle you want to pursue, and consider what will be most fulfilling. If you love what you do, you will be successful.”

– Casey Follen, transfer student and junior in Entertainment Arts: Animation

Equivalency Guides

If you are interested in transferring to the College for Creative Studies, our equivalency guides may provide you with helpful information on what will transfer from local institutions.

Articulation Agreements

The College for Creative Studies has entered into the agreements with other institutions to easily facilitate transfer credit. View articulation agreements to find out if your institution is on the list.

General Timeline For Transfer Applicants

CCS accepts applications on a rolling basis. Following is a general timeline for fall semester applicants. The winter semester timeline varies, an admissions counselor will help guide you through the process:


SEPTEMBER 1–NOVEMBER 1 (Winter Semester):

  • Submit your complete application for admission
  • Complete the FAFSA online (https://fafsa.ed.gov/). The financial aid process takes approximately four to six weeks to complete.

Enrollment Deposit deadline for winter.

File the FAFSA online.

Your Financial Aid Award packet will be sent to you within four to six weeks.

Enrollment Deposit deadline for fall. Deposited students will be automatically registered for classes.


  • Request that your final college and high school, official transcript(s) and/or test scores be sent directly from high school/dual-enrolled college or testing centers to the Academic Advising and Registration office at CCS after you have been accepted.

New student Move In, Mandatory Orientation and Welcome Week activities

Classes begin