Undergraduate Admissions

Requirements for Transfer Applicants

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

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Before you can become a student at CCS, we need to know more about you. Complete this step now and finish the rest of the process when you're ready. This step must be done first.

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Provide Your College Transcripts

Request official college transcript(s) from your school through Parchment, , or send by mail. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 college cumulative grade point average or meet the high school GPA requirements stated for freshman applicants. The College also accepts eligible Advanced Placement, CLEP and International Baccalaureate credits when applicable. Submit official exam transcripts for consideration.

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Show Us Your Work

Portfolio of five to eight pieces minimum and up to 25 images depending on the number of college studio art classes completed. Include pieces reflecting your highest college-level studio work (if applicable). Studio transfer credit will be determined during the departmental portfolio review arranged by the Admissions Office, based on the coursework and skill levels reflected in the overall portfolio. Portfolios should be uploaded to https://ccs.slideroom.com.

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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 Depositys 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 Applicants

CCS alumnus:
Simply reapply. Your previous academic record will be used to determine your admissions decision. Indicate any other colleges attended after CCS graduation and submit those transcripts if credit may be awarded.

Non CCS alumnus:
Follow Transfer Applicant procedures. If you did not earn a BFA degree, you will be considered a dual-enrolled undergraduate and previously earned credits will be reviewed for placement into that program.

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

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