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College Credit Plus


Ohio House Bill 487 provides academically qualified students in grades 7 through 12 access to college-level coursework that is not remedial or religious in nature prior to graduation from high school. This program promotes rigorous academic pursuits and provides a wide variety of options to college-ready students. Successful completion of college courses under this program not only earns secondary students transferable college-level credit but also credit that satisfies high school graduation criteria.

All application materials, including grade reports or high school transcript and standardized test scores, if applicable, must be received or postmarked by the following dates:

  • Summer Semester (session II only) - May 1
  • Fall Semester - May 1
  • Spring Semester - November 1

Applicants to the spring semester must notify their secondary school by April 1 of the school year prior to the year they wish to enroll. Because of the time needed to process the application and schedule orientation, no exceptions can be made past the deadlines listed. Students interested in CC+ should check with their school counselor to determine whether the school has deadlines or requirements that would supersede Ohio University’s requirements. Students applying for the first time can only apply to the second summer session; only continuing students can take courses during the first summer session.

Dual Enrollment

Program Requirements

All students who wish to participate in CC+ must attend an initial orientation session to acquaint themselves with the procedures, rules, and processes relating to the program and the University. Students meet with an academic advisor prior to each semester to discuss course selection. Close contact is maintained with the students' high school counselors to ensure proper course selection and participation in CC+.


Participation in the CC+ program is available to any qualified student enrolled in a public or nonpublic secondary school during the student’s seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade school year; a student enrolled in a non-chartered non-public secondary school in the student’s seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade school year; or a student who has been excused from the compulsory attendance law for home instruction.

The student or the student’s parent/guardian must inform the principal or equivalent of the student’s school by the first day of April of the student’s intent to participate in the program during the following school year. Any student who fails to provide the notification by the required date may not participate in the program during the following school year without the written consent of the principal.

Ohio University has established the following criteria for admission to this program:

  • Applying students must live in one of the following counties: Adams, Fayette, Fairfield, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Pickaway, Pike, Ross or Vinton.
  • Applying students must attend a mandatory orientation/counseling program at your high school prior to applying.
  • Applying students must be pursuing a college preparatory curriculum (or another curriculum suitable for college) which consists of four years of English, three years of math, three years of social sciences, three years of natural sciences, two years of foreign language, and one year of visual or performing arts.
  • Applying students must commute from their parents' or guardians' home.


Applying ststudentsust submit the following materials to Student Services by the deadlines listed above.

  • CC+ application for admission link here, completed in full (Applications are also available at OHIO Chillicothe or at your high school guidance office).
  • Complete and submit the CC+ signature page.

CC+ Signature Page

  • Official high school transcript sent directly from your school.
  • Official transcripts of any coursework completed at any other postsecondary institution to OHIO Chillicothe (if applicable).
  • Advanced Placement scores (if applicable).
  • Take the Placement Test on the Chillicothe campus and place college ready in English and reading subjects. You may call the Testing Center at 740.774.7754 to schedule the placement test.
  • If you are eligible to participate in the program, we will notify you by mail.

Placement Testing

Prior to an offer of admission being made, all applicants, regardless of campus, must demonstrate that they are remediation-free based on standards set forth by the Ohio Board of Regents. Determination of remediation-free status is assessed by either ACT/SAT or scores that meet pre-defined thresholds.

For enrollment in CC+, students must demonstrate remediation-free status in both the English and reading subject areas. Participants who wish to enroll in a math course or any course with a math requisite must also demonstrate remediation-free status.

Remediation-free status for applicants to the regional campuses will be determined based on results of Placement Testing or ACT/SAT scores. Placement testing is offered on a limited number of dates. Contact the campus for additional scheduling options. Students wishing to participate in CC+ who have not taken the ACT/SAT or who have not earned remediation-free subscores on the ACT/SAT are required to complete placement testing.

If an applicant is not admitted due to low scores on the placement test, he or she may re-apply the following school year.

College Credit Plus Orientation

A mandatory orientation will be held in spring for summer term, summer for fall term and fall for spring term. If you are admitted and plan to enroll for the fall or spring semester of the upcoming academic year, you must attend the orientation session in order to register for courses.

Potential Risks

There are risks involved that students should consider as they are deciding whether or not to participate. Students should talk through the pros and cons of participating with their parents or guardians and secondary counselor prior to registering for classes.

  • Students who participate initiate a permanent academic record that will follow them to any other college or university.
  • Earning poor grades could negatively impact eligibility for admission at Ohio University or at other universities as a degree seeking student.
  • Students who fail or withdraw from courses may be asked by their school districts for reimbursement for the cost of tuition and books.
  • Although certain courses are guaranteed to transfer to Ohio public institutions, they may not be accepted at private and out-of-state institutions.
  • Financial aid eligibility as a dedegree-seekingtudent is based on degree completion within a certain time period. Course credits earned through the CC+ program will count in determining eligibility.
  • College courses are designed for mature audiences and may be academically and socially challenging for some students.
  • Not all college courses will satisfy high school graduation requirements.
  • Prior to enrolling in an online course, students should first ensure access to appropriate computer and internet technology. Lack of access may prevent a student from completing assignments and participating in course discussions which could negatively impact the grade earned.

General Program Information

University support services necessary for students to complete coursework successfully in the university are available to you. You are expected to know and follow all rules outlined in the Ohio University Student Code of Conduct and the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog. You are still considered to be a high school student and may not become a member of university-sponsored clubs, social organizations, or athletic teams.

You must maintain at least a 2.00 (C) accumulative grade-point average to remain in good academic standing with the university.

You will be subject to the same grading standards and academic disciplinary actions as all other Ohio University students. Grades will be recorded on a permanent Ohio University academic record. Your high school may calculate your Ohio University grades with your high school grade-point average. You should be aware that courses are at the collegiate level and such coursework is more demanding than normal high school coursework in pace and content.

Course Selection and Availability

Admission to the CC+ program does not guarantee admission to specific courses. Ohio University must take care to give registration priority to its degree-seeking students while attempting to provide you with reasonable choices in this program. Once you have officially registered for a course, however, you will not be displaced. Courses requiring overnight travel or accommodations are not available to CC+ participants.

Accessibility Services

If a student has a disability and would like to request accommodations, they should contact the Accessibility Services office on the campus they wish to attend. To be eligible for accommodation, students will need to complete an application for accommodation and will typically be required to submit documentation of their disability. If eligible, accommodations will be determined at an individual intake meeting with an Accessibility Coordinator.

Degree-seeking Student Status

Admission to CC+ does not guarantee your subsequent admission to Ohio University as a degree-seeking student. Under CC+, you are admitted as a non-degree student. If you wish to attend Ohio University beyond high school graduation and/or earn an Ohio University degree, you must complete the freshman application, pay any required application processing fees, submit required credentials, and meet deadline dates.

College Level Credit

You will receive full credit toward Ohio University graduation for all courses taken while enrolled in the CC+. You cannot earn a degree, however, until you have been admitted as a degree-seeking student. Credit earned may be transferred to other post-secondary institutions at the discretion of those institutions.

Academic Calendar

Since Ohio University is on the semester system, the university academic calendar may not correspond directly with the calendar of your local school district. As a result, starting and ending dates may not be the same as those of your school district.


The responsibility of monitoring your attendance will rest primarily with your school district. In general, you will be treated like all other university students with regard to attendance. You must realize that university students are treated as adults with regard to such responsibilities and you will also be assumed to be capable of handling such responsibilities

Other Resources

Find additional information regarding the College Credit Plus Program on the Ohio University website, or on the Ohio Department of Education website.

For More Information, Contact:

Ashlee Tatman
Director of Student Services
Bennett Hall
T: 740.774.7229