Transfers & Transitions

Welcome to CEI’s Transfer Center. This webpage contains useful information for students who plan to transfer and complete a Bachelor’s degree after completing an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree at CEI.

Students should look beyond their degree at College of Eastern Idaho and plan for continuing their education by working closely with their advisor and with representatives of their intended transfer school.

Transfer Fair

We host a college transfer fair each semester. More information about our Fall 2022 Transfer Fair coming soon! In the meantime, please review our virtual fair from Spring semester by visiting this site.

Spring 2022 Transfer Fair

Transferring: Getting Started

Discover who you are and who you want to become.

  • Thinking of your future career:
    • What do you see?
    • Are you working with people or things?
    • Where are you, are you working in an office or outdoors?
    • Are you working with science, numbers, words, or ideas?
    • What kind of skills and knowledge will you need for this future?
  • Self-discover your values, interests, skills to help you narrow down your options for future career fields.
  • Need more exploration? Visit with the Center for New Directions or consider taking an academic & career exploration course.
  • Online career exploration resources:
    • Next Steps Idaho. - Take the Future Findr Quiz
    • What are you into?
      This tool help you explore your options based on your interests.
    • Career Coach – Tool to discover majors and in-demand careers and education based on your interests. – University of Idaho
    • Occupational Outlook Handbook– Federal data on specific careers including career predictions, entry level education, median pay, how to get there, and etc.

What career and academic paths are right for you? Explore what major will help you get there?

CEI has multiple Pathways, or academic planning maps, that fulfill the requirements of CEI's AA and/or AS degrees while also preparing students for majors in specific fields. Pathways are tailored maps of general education requirements in the area of a student's interest. Pathways are especially useful for students who are exploring majors, but do not yet know what they want to study or where they want to complete their Bachelor's degree. Together with an advisor, students can develop a plan to earn a CEI AA or AS degree while meeting the lower division requirements required for the bachelor's degree they ultimately desire.

To learn more about CEI's pathways or to see what Pathways are currently posted click here.

Research Majors, careers

Academic Plan
Students who have a plan are more likely to succeed in college. Starting your first semester at CEI, meet with your academic advisor regularly to help you make, alter as needed, and stick to your plan to help you reach your goals.

  • See "Find My Advisor" below.

It's important to start planning early for your transition to a four-year college or university. CEI has partnered with a number of institutions to provide direct access to transfer assistance and customized benefits for CEI students. Below you will find descriptions and links to more information about transferring from CEI to one of these institutions.

An articulation agreement is a formal documented agreement between a college and a 4-year institution determining how credits earned at the college will be accepted by the 4-year institution toward its degree programs. The agreement guarantees that these credits and courses will transfer to the university/college and major program as stated in the agreement. It does not guarantee admission to any specific major.

Want an idea of how your courses will potentially transfer? Visit this Idaho public college student navigation website.

2+2 is a name given to guaranteed transfer agreements made between College of Eastern Idaho and a university or college that allow students to take their first two years (60 credits AA/AS) of their undergraduate degree at CEI and the last two years (60 credits BA/BS) at a university or four year college.

While the agreements with baccalaureate institutions assure the transfer of credit, the admission to a particular university program is not assured. Each institution has separate admission criteria which can be based on grades, prerequisite coursework, test scores, and other considerations. Students who plan to transfer to a university should make early contact with an advisor at their intended transfer school.

Many universities have advisors who visit CEI. Students are encouraged to visit with these representatives when they are on campus. For more information about who is visiting when contact Larry Surtees at 208-535-5612 or > for the online calendar.

If you've made it this far, you likely know many of your "why's". Know your needs. Set your goals, and meet with your advisor or the Center for New Directions to make your plans to reach those goals.



AA/AS Designed as Transfer Degrees

Lower Division Transfer, also known as General Education, students are earning an Associate of Art or Associate of Science degree. These degrees are designed to prepare students for further study at a four-year college or university.

CEI offers courses in many academic areas and are adding new courses each year. These courses meet requirements for associate degrees and will transfer to four-year institutions within guidelines established by those schools. The courses and degrees offered are designed to enable the student to make a successful transition to a four-year institution. Students who plan to transfer to a specific college or university should work with an advisor both at the community college and at the four-year institution they plan to attend.

To plan your transition to a four-year university, please contact your advisor. If you are unsure who your CEI advisor is, please stop by Student Affairs office, or call 208-524-3000.

You can also view who your advisor is by logging into Student Self Service. Select "Student Planning", then "Plan and Schedule", and lastly click on the tab "Advising". You advisor's name will be listed under "My Advisor".

Few students want to take more than one Math course. Use this guide and meet with your advisor to determine which Math class you should take that will be needed for your area of interest. CEI recommends students take Math in their first year.

View our Math Pathways

The process by which a private, non-governmental body evaluates an educational institution or program of study and formally recognizes it as having met certain predetermined criteria or standards. The process involves initial and periodic self-study and evaluation by peers.

Accreditation implies stimulation toward quality improvement beyond the minimum standards specified by the accrediting body. The essential purpose of the accreditation process is to provide a professional judgment as to the quality of the educational institution or program offered and to encourage continual improvement thereof.

College of Eastern Idaho is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and/or the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Academic Credit
Credit applicable toward a degree or credential at the institution awarding it, accepting it on transfer, or acknowledging equivalency from learning experience adequately substantiated.

The process which determines the applicants who shall be admitted to an institution and its programs.

Articulation Agreements
Official transfer agreements between College of Eastern Idaho and certain transfer institutions. Articulation takes the form of major preparation, general education, and course-to-course agreements.

Associate of Arts Degree (AA)
An Associate of Arts (AA) Degree comprises sixty (60) credit hours of instruction. Thirty-six (36) of those credit hours must come from the general education requirements from the six “Ways of Knowing”(WOK) outlined by the State of Idaho. The remaining twenty-four (24) credit hours will be chosen from the pathway of the student’s choice. In the AA Degree, of those twenty-four (24) credit hours, a greater emphasis will be put on social sciences and humanities.

Associate of Science Degree (AS)
An Associate of Science (AS) Degree comprises sixty (60) credit hours of instruction. Thirty-six (36) of those credit hours must come from the general education requirements from the six “Ways of Knowing” outlined by the State of Idaho. The remaining twenty-four (24) credit hours will be chosen from the pathway of the student’s choice. In the AS Degree, of those twenty-four (24) credit hours, a greater emphasis will be put on science and mathematics.

Associate of Applied Science Degree
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree requires the successful completion of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and General Education coursework. The AAS degree requires students to complete at least sixty (60) credit hours, which includes a minimum of fifteen (15) General Education credits, and represents mastery of a defined set of competencies. This degree is designed primarily for students who plan to enter the workforce after graduation

Bachelor degree
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.). An undergraduate degree normally representing about four years (120 semester credits) of college study, or its equivalent in depth and quality of learning experience. Students attending a community college and are working towards their Associates degree will typical complete the first half of a bachelor’s degree.

The official bulletin or publication of a higher education institution stating admission and graduation requirements, majors, minors, current offerings, costs, faculty, and all other significant information necessary for an accurate understanding of the institution.

Elective Course
A course which is not specifically required for general education or your major, but may be taken for credit towards total credits required for graduation.

General Education/Core Requirements
A specific group of courses taken outside of a student's major to meet the need for broad knowledge of the world and to satisfy either North Idaho College degree requirements or requirements for a student’s transfer institution.

Impacted Major/High Demand Major
When the number of applications received is expected to be larger than the number of spaces available for the major, additional criteria are then required for admissions to these programs. Typically students must apply during a specific time period and there may be course and GPA requirements as well. If your intended major is impacted or in high demand be sure to check with your transfer institution.

Refers to placement of students at a certain level of college work, i.e., lower division (first two years) or associate degree, upper division (last two years) or bachelor’s degree, first level graduate or master’s degree, terminal professional degree or Ph.D.

Lower division courses will consist of lower division general education core as well as your major preparation courses.

Upper division courses are 300 and 400 level courses. These courses are typically taken at the transfer institution. Course concentration will mainly be in your academic major, however you may be required to take some upper division general education courses to complete graduation requirements.

A specific course of study that is the focus of the undergraduate degree emphasizing one specific discipline.

Additional coursework in a specific discipline other than the declared major, usually related to the major, but not always.

Quarter System
The division of the academic year into four equal. Some transfer institutions run on a quarter system. Be sure to research your transfer institution as it may effect application deadline and class start times.

A half-year term in a school or college, typically lasting 15-18 weeks.

Subject Credit
When completing a course after the maximum credits allowable for transfer, a student can earn credit for the completion of the specific course, yet receive no additional credits towards graduation.

The official historical record of a student's high school and/or college work.


View our Calendar

Interested in transferring to CEI? Visit our registrar's page to get you started.

Jacob Haeberle
Interim Dean
(208) 535-5308

CEI General Education
Admission Counselors

(208) 524-3000 ext. 4