Are you interested in completing a bachelor’s degree? CEI is committed to preparing students to transfer their associate’s degrees to the university of their choice. Explore the resources below to pursue the degree that will best help you accomplish your goals.


Have questions about your credits? Did a class not transfer correctly? Meet with an advisor and they can help you and discuss the process.

Transfers to CEI

Enroll process

  1. Complete online application
  2. Request all official high school and college transcripts
  3. Complete program-specific testing
  4. Acceptance for admission letter

CEI Transfer Credit Process

Transfer credits
Once accepted to CEI, the office of the registrar will review all your credits. Allow some time for the process to complete, as it can take up to two weeks.

The Registrar’s Office determines transfer course equivalencies according to CEI’s procedures and as directed by instructional leadership. Once you are admitted as a degree-seeking student and provide your official college transcript, your transcript will be evaluated and credit awarded based on the applicability of credit toward a CEI degree or certificate required for your declared major. If a course is determined to be equivalent credit, it will be recorded as a part of your academic record history (will not be removed), and you can count that course toward your credential at CEI.

More specifically, the Registrar’s Office compares course descriptions from your transfer institution (from the year you earned the credit) to the courses CEI offers. In addition, if a credential is posted on your transcript (associate of arts, associate of science, or bachelor's degree), we waive your general education or GEM courses if your end goal is an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree. CEI degree-specific requirements will still need to be met.

After an evaluation provided by the Registrar’s Office, students may request further review of transfer credit after initial evaluation by using the Transfer Equivalency Petition form to request a course equivalency, a substitution of non-equivalent transfer credit to satisfy specific degree or certificate requirements, and/or the acceptance of credit from schools not accredited by the listed agencies. Students may be required to provide a course description or course syllabus prior to review.

Transfer students seeking a Certificate, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science degree must complete twenty-five percent (25%) of the required credits for a certificate or degree at CEI.

Transferring Quarter Credits
If you transfer credit from an institution that operates on a quarter credit system, your credit hours will be converted to semester credits. For example, a three-credit course on the quarter system will transfer as two credits to a semester system. If a course has been evaluated as equivalent, you will not need to repeat it to make up for deficiencies in credit. You will, however, be responsible for earning the minimum total hours required for graduation.

Articulation and Transfer to Other Institutions
CEI will participate in Idaho’s Statewide Articulation and Associate Degree Policy. This means that when you transfer your Associate of Arts or Science degree from CEI to a four-year public institution in Idaho, you will not be required to complete any additional lower-division general education core classes. This policy is not intended to meet specific major requirements – i.e., engineering, pharmacy, business, etc.

About Accreditation
Accreditation is the act of granting credit or recognition by a governing body of an educational institution. Accreditation is necessary for any educational institution to prove they are maintaining suitable standards or quality. College of Eastern Idaho relies on the following accrediting associations' standards to evaluate and accept academic college-level credits and grades earned by transfer students:

  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission (WASC-SCUC)
Transfers from CEI

Student Responsibility and Transcripts

It is recommended that interested students contact the college or university that they plan to attend well in advance of completing a certificate, associate's degree, or associate of applied science to obtain specific information regarding the transfer of credit and graduation requirements.

Students transferring from CEI to other post-secondary institutions must request their official transcript from CEI be forwarded to the institution of choice. Receiving institutions have the right to evaluate the suitability of credits for transfer.

  • Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees (AA or AS)
    • Courses taken within the General Studies AA or AS degree are designed to transfer to institutions of higher learning. These classes or completed associate degree may comprise the first two years of a bachelor's degree. Within the state of Idaho, LCSC, U of I and ISU will transfer all credits from a completed associate degree.
  • Associate of Applied Science Degrees (AAS)
    • Within Idaho, Boise State University, Idaho State University, and Lewis-Clark State College have Bachelor of Applied Science and/or Bachelor of Applied Technology programs that have been designed specifically for technical college students who have completed the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and wish to continue their education.

Transfer Partnerships

It’s never too early to start planning your transition to a bachelor’s degree! CEI has transfer articulation agreements with several four-year colleges and universities. This means that credits taken at CEI are guaranteed to transfer to our partner universities. We also have general agreements with universities to help your transfer process go smoothly. Below you will find links that take you directly to our Idaho universities’ transfer pages on their website.

These institutions can also offer co-admission/enrollment agreements to CEI students. This means you can be dual-enrolled at both CEI and your future four-year university, taking classes at both schools to further your degree. For more information about a specific school, please reach out to our on-campus university representatives at the Transfer Office or Academic Advising.

Out-of-State Institution Transfer Information

On-Campus University Transfer Office
Our University Transfer Office is a room on-campus that houses representatives from our partnering institutions. Students can set up appointments with them to answer questions about transferring, majors or degrees, co-admission/enrollment agreements between CEI and their respective institution, and more!

Walk-Ins Welcome! Bldg. 3, Room 314

Noah Mendenhall
(208) 282-7818
Please email to request an appointment
Fridays: 9 AM – 4 PM

Debbie Caudle
(208) 787-5454
Please email to request an appointment
1st & 3rd Wednesday: 9 AM – 3 PM

Andres Zamora
(208) 757-5407
Please email to request an appointment
2nd & 4th Wednesday: 9 AM – 3 PM

Amy Holman
(602) 247-4768
Please email to request an appointment
Thursdays: 9 AM – 3 PM

McKinley Bradshaw
(541) 805-5226
Please email to request an appointment
Mondays: 9 AM – 4 PM

General Advisor
(208) 282-7800
Please email to request an appointment
Tuesdays: 9 AM – 3 PM

Transfer Fair

Transfer Fair

We host a college transfer fair each semester highlighting universities that will accept your CEI completed credit. This is a great opportunity to meet with representatives from universities, ask questions, and learn more about the degrees they offer! Save the date for our Spring 2023 Transfer Fair, which will be held on Thursday, January 26th, from 11 AM until 2 PM in Building 6, Room 150/152. As always, there will be refreshments and swag.

We invite universities from Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, and more! As we get closer to the date, please check back for a comprehensive list of the colleges & universities planning on attending.