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How will your credits transfer?

Ohio University recognizes several kinds of transferable credits, including many college courses taken at other universities and certain credits by examination (AP, IB, etc.) as outlined below.

College-Level Credit from Another Institution

In general, college level courses taken at a regionally accredited institution will transfer to Ohio University with grades of "C-" or better. Effective January 2006, as mandated by the Ohio Legislature and directed by the Articulation and Transfer Policy defined by H.B. 95, grades of "D" or better will also transfer from any of the public colleges or universities in Ohio for courses taken beginning fall term 2005.

Typically, students transferring from private Ohio institutions or any institution outside the state of Ohio will not receive credit for "D" grades. However, a course with a “D” grade will transfer if it meets two conditions: (1) The course was a specific prerequisite (as stated in the previous school’s catalog) for a later course that you took in the same department; and (2) You earned a grade of “C-“ or better in the later course. If you have coursework that meets these conditions, contact Undergraduate Admissions to arrange to receive credit.

The manner in which this credit will apply to graduation requirements is determined by the College in which you major.  Remedial courses and English courses taught in non-Anglophone countries are not transferable.  Credit is only awarded after admission to the University as a degree-seeking student and upon receipt of official transcripts.

If you are transferring to Ohio University with credit from institution(s) outside the state of Ohio, normally courses in which you have earned a grade below “C-“ are not acceptable for transfer.  Once you are admitted, you will receive a credit transfer report within approximately two weeks after you receive your letter of admission. This report may include some courses that have not been equated to Ohio University courses at the time credit was transferred. The Student Services Office in each college determines how the credit matches Ohio University courses and satisfies specific degree requirements. Questions regarding equivalencies should be directed to your college office.

To transfer your college-level credit, contact each college and university that you have attended, and request an official (sealed) copy of your transcript be mailed to:

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

Current students interested in taking coursework at another college or university and transferring the credit back to Ohio University, should consult with their college student services office. Courses taken at Ohio University and retaken at another university are not eligible for grade point adjustment under the course retake policy. Students should check with their college student services office regarding restrictions.

Transfer Credit Reference Documents


General Education Equivalency Guides
Some courses at certain colleges and universities have been pre-determined to fulfill certain Ohio University general education requirements. If you are attending one of the institutions listed below, you may view a list of courses you may take at these schools that meet our general education requirements by following the appropriate link.

Ashland Community and Technical College

Belmont College

Columbus State Community College
Central Ohio Technical College
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Clark State Community College
Cuyahoga Community College
Eastern Gateway Community College
Edison State Community College
Hocking College

Lakeland Community College

Lorain Community College

Marion Technical College Mountwest Community and Technical College North Central State College
Northwest State Community College Owens Community College

Rhodes State College

Rio Grande Community College

Sinclair Community College

Southern State Community College Stark State College Terra State Community College Washington State Community College
Zane State College

Credit By Examination:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Credit (.pdf)
    For AP credit to be considered, we must receive your scores directly from the College Board. Ohio University awards credit for any AP exam in which a score of 3 or higher is earned.  The link above will take you to a chart detailing the test scores currently accepted for credit. Please note that these evaluations are subject to change by decision of the faculty. For art studio, specific course credit may be awarded by presenting a portfolio of 6 -10 high quality digital images to the faculty for review. For art studio course credit consideration, send your digital portfolio to AP_art_review@ohio.edu.

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit (.pdf)
    Subject to approval by the appropriate department in each case, Ohio University will allow credit for satisfactory performance on the CLEP subject matter examinations, provided you take the examinations before you formally enroll in the university. The university does not award credit for scores achieved on the CLEP general examinations.

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit
    Ohio University will consider awarding up to 9 semester hours of credit for each IB higher level examination graded 5 or above. Credit is not awarded for subsidiary examinations. An official score report of results received is required for credit consideration. A copy of the exam syllabi will also be required.

  • Excelsior College Examinations (ECE) Credit
    Ohio University will award credit for Nursing based Excelsior College Examinations (ECE) where a grade of A, B or C is earned.  In order to receive credit, the student must be enrolled in one of OHIO's nursing programs.  The credit awarded is based on recommendations made by the American Council on Education (ACE).  Only ECE exams that are backed by ACE recommendations will carry transferable credit.  In most cases, the equivalent coursework will be general in nature and will not satisfy specific course requirements.

  • Project Lead the Way (.pdf)
    Ohio University will grant college level credit for secondary school students from certified Project Lead the Way (PLTW) schools who satisfy the necessary requirements.

  • Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level (A-Level) Credit
    Students who have successfully completed Advanced Subsidiary or Advanced Levels (A-Levels) in a British-based curriculum may receive credit based on their exam results. Ohio University considers awarding up to 12 quarter hours of credit for each A-level examination with a grade of D or higher. Up to 6 quarter hours of credit may be considered for Advanced Subsidiary exams on a course-by-course basis. An official score report and copy of the exam syllabi are required to consider credit transfer.

 Experiential Learning and Course Credit by Examination

  • In certain instances, you may be able to earn credit without attending formal classes. Learn more about the Experiential Learning Program here.
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