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Transfer Your Credits

How Will Your Credits Transfer?

We know that what you achieved before you arrived at OHIO matters. That’s why Ohio University recognizes several kinds of transferable credits, including those from other institutions, dual enrollment and credit by examination.  Whether you’re a new first-year student or a transfer student, OHIO evaluates your earned credits to ensure you’re on track for an on-time, on-plan graduation.

In general, college level courses taken at a Council for Higher Education (CHEA) recognized regionally accredited institution will transfer to Ohio University with a grade of "D-" or better.

You can read OHIO's policy on transferring college-level credit in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Many course equivalencies for public and private institutions nationwide are available via Transferology, a free online tool for students.

Learn more about Transfer Credit Evaluation at OHIO.

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    Credit from Another Institution


    Ohio University nurtures partnerships with community colleges throughout the region and country. You can build on your previous coursework and associate degree by taking courses from Ohio University and your community college to complete your bachelor's degree at OHIO.

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    Credit by Examination


    Ohio University recognizes certain credits by exam, including AP, IB, CLEP, and select international tests.

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    Career-Technical Credit (CT)2


    Students who successfully complete specified high school technical programs may be eligible to have technical credit transfer to Ohio public colleges and universities.

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    Credit for Armed Forces Courses


    Courses taken while enlisted in the armed forces will in most cases earn you Ohio University credit.

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    Prior Learning Assessment


    In certain instances, you may be awarded transfer credit based on prior life experiences.

Transferring Credit as a First-Year Student 

When you apply to Ohio University as a first-year student with general education transfer credits, you may be able to graduate sooner – meaning, you can save time and money. You also have the opportunity to add a second major, minor or certificate, study abroad or away, complete an internship or conduct in-depth research. 

Earn College Credit During High School

 Whether you’re participating in a dual enrollment program such as College Credit Plus or taking accelerated coursework at your high school, we offer a pathway to bring that earned credit to OHIO. The following courses generally transfer: 

  • Dual enrollment credits in college-level courses completed at a Council for Higher Education (CHEA) recognized regionally accredited institution with a grade of D- or better.
  • Advanced Placement exam score of 3 or higher. 
  • International Baccalaureate score of 5 or higher on the Higher-Level exam. 

Connect With Your High School Counselor

Your high school counselor is your best resource to help you determine what credits earned in high school may be transferrable. To receive transfer credit for this coursework request that official transcripts and test scores be sent directly from the awarding institution or testing agency to:

Undergraduate Admissions
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University Drive
Athens OH 45701

View Your Transfer Credit Report 

After you are admitted to Ohio University and submit official transcripts or scores from AP or IB exams, you will receive a transfer credit report from Ohio University in seven to 10 business days. When you enroll at Ohio University, your academic advisor will help you build a schedule that allows you to graduate on time and on plan toward your future goals. 

  • Understanding Your Transfer Evaluation Report

    The reference guides give you details about how to read your transfer evaluation report in order to understand which courses transferred and how.

  • Transfer Credit Evaluation Services

    The Transfer Credit Evaluation team determines how your undergraduate coursework completed at other colleges and universities will transfer to Ohio University.

Reverse Transfer

Ohio University is an active partner in reverse transfer initiatives, whereby a student who earned credits that satisfied residency requirements at a community college, did not earn their associate degree, and subsequently transferred to a four-year institution, can be awarded an associate degree. To discuss opportunities at OHIO, contact cwid@limitlesslivingprogram.com or 740.593.4199.

Credit When It's Due Initiative

Three-Year Degree Pathways

If you have completed 30 semester hours or more of college-level work prior to enrolling at OHIO, you may consider earning a baccalaureate degree in three years through the three-year degree pathways.

Three-Year Degree Pathways

I didn't receive credit for a course, what happened?

First, review the following list of questions:

  1. Was the institution you attended regionally accredited? OHIO only accepts transfer credit from a Council of Higher Education (CHEA) recognized regionally accredited institution. You can visit chea.org to search for information regarding your institution's accreditation or reach out to your institution directly for accreditation information.
  2. What grade did you earn in the course? If the course was transferred from a CHEA-recognized regionally accredited institution and your grade was below a D-, then the course will not transfer. In most cases, nontraditional credit (pass/fail or competency-based education courses) earned at independent Ohio institutions or institutions outside of Ohio will not be transferable.
  3. Was the course a developmental/remedial course? Courses that are not considered college level are usually indicated with course numbers below 100 or 1000 and do not transfer to OHIO.

 

If an incoming course is pending evaluation, the course status will be “no rule” on your transfer credit evaluation report. Please note that you have received credit for these courses, they are just pending evaluation. If the course has been evaluated, the information will be listed under equivalent course, units, and grade. There are several possible outcomes:

  1. Your course matches a specific OHIO course – the OHIO department code and course number will be listed (e.g., PSY 1010).
  2. Your course is in an area that is also taught by OHIO, but the content does not match a specific OHIO course – an OHIO department code with an appropriate course level designation will be listed (e.g., PSY 2XXL, meaning this is a 2000 level psychology course with no specific match to an OHIO course).
  3. Your course is in an area not offered by OHIO – the departmental code, TECE, meaning “technical elective,” will be listed along with a course level designation (e.g. TECE 1XXL). Each OHIO academic college counts only a certain amount of TECE credit toward graduation. Check with your academic college for more specific information in this regard.
Do my grades transfer to OHIO?

No, only your courses transfer. You will begin with a new GPA once you enroll at OHIO; however, some selective admission programs may take your previous grades into account when considering you for admission to their majors.

I have a copy of my DARS, but several courses that were listed on my transfer credit evaluation are not included. Why not?

The course(s) in question is pending evaluation. While you have received credit for this work, it does not appear on your DARS because it has not yet been evaluated. It can take between 3-10 business days for credit to be evaluated after admission is offered or transcripts are received. If it has been longer than 3-10 business days, please send an email to transfercredit@limitlesslivingprogram.com with your contact information and course details, and we will reach back out. Additional information may be required before the articulation process can be completed.

I think the course evaluation is wrong. What should I do?

Contact your academic advisor and explain your concerns. Students can present additional information regarding previous coursework, such as course syllabi and a portfolio of completed assignments, to clarify the learning outcomes achieved in the course. Students will need to provide a copy of the course description and/or syllabus for a re-evaluation. More information and the Re-Evaluation Request Form can be found on the Transfer Credit Evaluation Services website.

Why am I getting an error message when I try to complete the Re-evaluation or Pre-approval form?

Only admitted or currently enrolled students can submit the re-evaluation and pre-approval forms. If you are not an admitted or enrolled student and you have a question about how a course will transfer to Ohio University, you can look up the course in Transferology or email your question to transfercredit@limitlesslivingprogram.com

If you are having issues uploading your supporting documents, make sure they are in the correct file type (Word or PDF). We recommend accessing the forms using a Safari or Chrome web browser and uploading and viewing documents from a laptop or desktop computer, rather than from a mobile device.

What if I change my major?

Changing your major should not affect your transfer credit evaluation. However, it is recommended to review your transfer credit with your academic advisor to see how your transfer credit fulfills the requirements of your new major and whether it is beneficial to seek any re-evaluations.

I want to take a class at another college or university and transfer my credit back to Ohio University. What should I do?

Contact your academic advisor and discuss appropriate courses for transient study and submit a Transient Course Pre-Approval form. Learn more about transient study and access the Transient Course Pre-Approval Form on the Transfer Credit Evaluation Services website. 

How do I find my Transfer Credit Evaluation Report?

Students who have activated their OHIO ID after admission and have submitted their official college transcripts or score reports can view a preliminary transfer credit evaluation report in their online My OHIO Student Center. You can find your Transfer Credit Evaluation Report by selecting the drop-down menu under "Other Academic Information" and selecting "Transfer Credit: Report". More information on how to understand your transfer credit evaluation can be found here.

I am coming in as a freshman but have transfer credit. What should I know?

Whether you’re participating in a dual enrollment program such as College Credit Plus or taking accelerated coursework at your high school, we offer a pathway to bring that earned credit to OHIO. The following courses generally transfer: 

  • Dual enrollment credits in college-level courses completed at a Council for Higher Education (CHEA) recognized regionally accredited institution with a grade of D- or better.
  • Advanced Placement exam score of 3 or higher. 
  • International Baccalaureate score of 5 or higher on the Higher-Level exam. 

Your high school counselor is your best resource to help you determine what credits earned in high school may be transferrable. To receive transfer credit for this coursework request that official transcripts and test scores be sent directly from the awarding institution or testing agency to:

Undergraduate Admissions
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University Drive
Athens OH 4570