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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 [Archived Catalog]


Guidelines and General Information

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Undergraduate Admissions

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This section outlines general information about applying for admission to Ohio University. Contact Undergraduate Admissions during regular office hours for more specific information or for application materials. Our applications are available online. You can also request application materials on the Web, by e–mail, or by fax.  Visit our Web site to apply electronically, to download and print an application, or to request information.

Undergraduate Admissions
Chubb Hall 120
Ohio University
Athens OH 45701–2979
Telephone: 740.593.4100
Fax: 740.593.0560

Admission Requirements and Procedures

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Selective and Limited Admission
If you are planning to apply to Ohio University, please note that admission is selective—it is granted to the best qualified candidates—and admission to the University does not guarantee admission into a specific program of study. Contact Undergraduate Admissions or refer to each college, department, school, or program for specific requirements.

Categories of Admission
Freshman Applicant. If you (1) have or soon will receive a high school diploma from a chartered or accredited secondary school or a General Education Development (GED) diploma, and (2) have not been enrolled for 12 or more quarter hours (or 9 or more semester hours) of coursework at a college or university since completing secondary school, you are considered a freshman applicant. If you have earned credit for college courses as a high school student through one of the postsecondary enrollment options or other concurrent enrollment programs, you are still considered a freshman applicant with transfer credit.

You must have a high school diploma or a GED diploma and must have passed all sections of the Ohio Graduation Test (where applicable), by the time you plan to enter college. Consideration for admission is based on your high school performance (class rank, grade point average, and curriculum); aptitude test scores (ACT or SAT); the strength of your high school program; and special ability, talent, or achievement.

If you are considering applying for admission to Ohio University, your high school background should include these college–prep courses:

  1. Four years of English, with an emphasis on composition;
  2. Three years of mathematics (algebra I, algebra II, plane geometry; precalculus is encouraged for prospective engineering or business majors), one of which should be taken in the senior year;
  3. Three years of social sciences (history, social studies, etc.);
  4. Three years of natural sciences (physics and chemistry are encouraged if you plan to pursue an engineering major);
  5. Two years of foreign language;
  6. One year of visual or performing arts (art, band, chorus, music, orchestra, theater, etc.).

Some academic departments might have additional admission requirements. Please contact Undergraduate Admissions or refer to each college, department, school, or program for specific requirements.

Exceptions to this program of study may be made in light of overall academic preparedness.

Homeschooled students should visit the Undergraduate Admissions Web site or call for special procedures required of students who have pursued home schooling.

Freshman applicants who have been out of high school for more than one year are not required to submit test scores unless requested by Undergraduate Admissions.

To apply, submit a completed application for admission, the nonrefundable application fee, ACT or SAT scores (sent directly from the testing agency), and an official high school transcript (sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions from your high school) or GED score report (sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions from the appropriate state GED office, official testing center, or GED Testing Service).

If you are on a nonimmigrant visa, you should also review the international applicant section.

If you are financially disadvantaged, the application fee may be waived upon written recommendation from your high school guidance counselor.

Beginning each fall and continuing throughout the year, those who have submitted complete application materials will be notified of their admission status for fall quarter. Admission decisions and notifications are made on a rolling basis for all quarters.

If any special conditions apply to your enrollment, they will be clearly stated in the letter of admission.

Following acceptance for admission, you will receive information about financial aid (if you apply for financial aid) and residence hall contract information and agreement instructions. Since all freshmen are required to live in University housing, you should submit the $200 residence hall deposit (by May 1 if you are applying for fall quarter) to confirm your enrollment. Failure to do so could result in cancellation of your admission offer. If space remains, late housing contracts will be accepted and require the $200 deposit until July 1, after which full payment of the housing charges will be necessary to secure housing. Please refer to the Services for Students section (housing information) in this catalog to examine housing eligibility and exemption regulations. Refunds of housing deposits will be made until May 1. You and your parents will also receive details about the Bobcat Student Orientation program for new students in mid May, provided your deposit or exemption request has been received.

Transfer Applicant. All campuses of Ohio University consider you to be a transfer applicant if you have completed more than 12 quarter hours or 9 semester hours at another institution after you graduated from high school. If you have completed college–level courses concurrently with high school, you are considered a freshman applicant with transfer credit.

To be considered for transfer admission at the Athens campus of Ohio University, you must have obtained a minimum accumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in academic coursework from a regionally accredited institution. If you have completed less than 30 quarter or 20 semester hours of transferable coursework, or your coursework has been technical in nature, you must also meet freshman admission requirements. You must be in good standing with, and eligible to return to, your previous institution(s).

Admission as a transfer student does not guarantee admission to all majors, minors, or fields of concentration. Some colleges and programs at Ohio University have additional requirements for transfer student admission, including a GPA higher than 2.0. Note that some programs might require a separate application that must be approved prior to official admission to the University. Please refer to each college, department, school, or program for specific transfer admission requirements.

Since most of our programs and procedures are set up to begin fall quarter, you are strongly encouraged to apply for that term.

To apply, submit a completed application for admission form and the nonrefundable application fee. You must also arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions from the registrar at each college or university you have attended. If you have completed fewer than 30 quarter or 20 semester hours of college–level work, an official high school transcript is also required.

ACT or SAT results are not required of students who have been out of secondary school for more than one year, unless specifically requested by Undergraduate Admissions.

Space is typically available in University residence halls for transfer students. After you have been accepted for admission, you will receive information regarding residential housing opportunities at OHIO. Students with less than two years of college or university credit after high school graduation are required to live on campus, unless they apply for and are granted an exemption to this policy. See the Residential Housing Web site for the Housing Exemption/Termination Request Form and further details.

International Applicant. If you are on a nonimmigrant visa, or will require one in order to study, you will be considered an international applicant. Admission requirements are similar to those for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and include completion of a college–preparatory secondary school program with excellent grades. Students wishing to transfer should have a strong grade point average in all college–level work completed.

To apply, you will need to submit an application for admission, the nonrefundable application fee, official secondary school records, and official records of any university–level work completed. Financial documentation demonstrating you have sufficient funds to cover your educational and living expenses for a nine–month academic year also must be submitted before a visa certificate can be issued on your behalf. Please refer to http://www.ohio.edu/admissions/intl.cfm for specific information regarding the above items.

International applicants may submit evidence of English language skills in the form of an official TOEFL or IELTS score. (Please submit a TOEFL or IELTS result that is no more than one year old.) Preferably, applicants will provide the score as part of the application process. If you are unable to submit a test score as part of your application, you will be tested for English skills upon arrival at Ohio University.

Ohio University requires a TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 80 (Internet), or IELTS 6.5 to be admitted to full–time academic classes. Additional requirements may be needed for applicants to the College of Business. If your score is lower, you should expect to study in our Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE). More information about OPIE can be found at http://www.ohiou.edu/opie/study.html.

SAT or ACT test scores are no longer required for undergraduate international admission. However, since scholarship awards are based on SAT or ACT test scores received on or before March 1, students who would like to be considered for a scholarship need to submit an official SAT or ACT score to Ohio University.

When you are admitted, you will receive the appropriate materials for use in securing your student visa. Additional information, including the housing contract information, will be forwarded separately after your admission.

International student application materials may be obtained from:

Undergraduate Admissions
Chubb Hall 120
Ohio University
Athens OH, USA 45701–2979

Applications are also available online at http://www.ohio.edu/admissions/international/. Further information about services for international students is available from:

Office of International Student and Faculty Services
Baker Center 348
Ohio University
Athens OH, USA 45701–2979

High School Enrollment Options Applicant. The State of Ohio, under Senate Bill 140 and House Bill 215, allows area students (must reside in Ohio) to enroll in college–level coursework prior to graduation from high school under the Post–Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP). If you are a high school student and meet the criteria stated below, you may enroll in University classes concurrently with your high school enrollment to earn college credit or both high school and college credit. Students must live within commuting distance to Ohio University in specific counties.

PSEOP offers students two options for enrolling: “Option A” allows high school students to enroll concurrently for college credit and high school credit. Students enrolled in Option A are responsible for tuition, fees, and textbook charges, and may enroll in any quarter, including summer.

“Option B” allows students to enroll concurrently and receive both high school credit and college credit. Your local school district will indirectly pay tuition, fees, and textbook charges for those students enrolling in Option B. Option B students may enroll in any quarter except summer.

Regional Campuses:
For information on the PSEOP on regional campuses, visit http://www.ouorc.ohio.edu/menu/rhp/HSOpps/index.htm. Please note that application procedures, deadlines, and eligibility are different than for the Athens campus.

Athens Campus:
For information on the PSEOP on the Athens Campus, visit http://www.ohio.edu/admissions/pseop. PSEOP Application Deadlines. All materials to include high school transcript and standardized test scores must be received or postmarked by the dates listed:

Fall quarter – May 1
Winter quarter – November 1
Spring quarter – February 1

Because of the time needed to process and to set up for orientation, NO EXCEPTIONS will be made past the deadlines listed.

Eligibility. Students applying for PSEOP at Ohio University (Athens campus) must meet the following criteria:

  • Rising Seniors and Juniors: You must have a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND have a 25 ACT or 1130 SAT (math and critical reading) composite test score from one testing date.


  • You must have a 3.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND a 20 ACT or 950 SAT (math and critical reading)
Note: The writing component of the ACT is required as part of your PSEOP application review process. Also, overall grade point averages are not calculated to higher grade point average (for example, a 3.499 does not convert to a 3.5 grade point average).
  • Rising Freshmen and Sophomores: You must meet the above criteria AND submit a letter of support from your English teacher or high school counselor that describes your maturity and academic readiness for a college curriculum.
Application Procedures. Applying students must submit the following materials to Undergraduate Admissions by the deadlines listed in the application:
  • PSEOP application for admission completed fully.
  • A nonrefundable $20 application fee.
  • Transcript from high school. (Eighth grade students must provide a grade report card.)
  • Official ACT or SAT test scores from the testing agencies.
  • Official transcripts of any coursework completed at any other postsecondary institution (if applicable).
  • Advanced Placement scores (if applicable).

Undergraduate Admissions will notify students of the PSEOP admission decision. Students admitted into PSEOP must attend an orientation session in order to register for courses. Students will be contacted with information about orientation dates/times.

If a student is accepted into PSEOP and does not enroll for the first term after admission, he or she must call Undergraduate Admissions to update his or her enrollment for a future term.

PSEOP Limitations. Because PSEOP is intended to complement, rather than replace, the high school experience, Ohio University is limiting the number of courses students can take per quarter. Rising juniors and seniors are limited to three courses maximum per quarter. Rising freshmen and sophomores are limited to only one course per quarter.

Additional information about the PSEOP, including the necessary application materials, is available online at http://www.ohio.edu/admissions/forms/ or by calling Undergraduate Admissions at 740.593.4100.

Please note that if you have taken college courses as a high school student under one of these options and plan to apply for admission to Ohio University as a full–time student, you will need to apply as a freshman applicant, not a transfer applicant, even though you have already earned college credit. Credit earned at Ohio University under these options will become part of your permanent record and will be calculated into your accumulative grade point average.

Early Admission Applicant. Under special circumstances, Ohio University will consider admitting you as a regular University student after your junior year of high school, but before your high school graduation. Submit a completed application for admission, the nonrefundable application fee, your high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores (sent directly from the testing agency), a statement explaining your reasons for wanting to enroll, and a recommendation from your high school attesting to your readiness to begin college–level studies. You will be required to earn your high school diploma or GED diploma by the beginning of your sophomore year in college to continue University enrollment. Additional information on this option is available from the director of admissions.

Re–Enrolling Student. If you have previously attended one of Ohio University’s campuses as a degree–seeking student but are not currently enrolled (excluding summer quarter), and you wish to return as an undergraduate student, you are considered a re–enrolling student. Contact the Office of the University Registrar for re–enrollment information at 740.593.4191.

If you have been dropped from the University, you will need to apply to the college in which you were last enrolled to be reinstated; if your records have been placed on hold, you will need to make arrangements to resolve the situation through the appropriate office before re–enrollment can be considered.

To receive information about registration, contact the Office of the University Registrar at 740.593.4191. If you have attended another college or university since you were last enrolled at Ohio University, you should arrange to have a transcript sent to Undergraduate Admissions from each postsecondary institution you have attended during your absence from the University. Acceptance of such credit toward graduation requirements will be determined by the college in which you major.

Relocating Student. If you are currently attending one of Ohio University’s regional campuses and wish to attend the Athens campus, you are considered a relocating student. Relocation is possible for any quarter, though you must have a GPA of 2.0 or better to be eligible for relocation. Contact the student services office on your regional campus for additional information.

For on–campus housing, complete a Notice of Relocation to the Athens Campus form, relocating student form, available from the housing office or from the student services office at your regional campus, and submit it to the housing office on the Athens campus.

Nondegree Applicant. If you wish to carry a limited number of courses at the University during the regular academic year and are not interested in earning a degree, you are considered a nondegree applicant. To apply, complete a nondegree application, available online and from Undergraduate Admissions. You must have a high school diploma or GED diploma to apply as a nondegree student. You will be required to submit copies of transcripts from high school, GED results, or previous postsecondary work. The application must be received at least two weeks before the first day of classes for the quarter for which you are applying. Transcripts must be received no later than one week before the first day of classes. Contact Undergraduate Admissions for eligibility requirements.

The University currently charges a nonrefundable application fee for nondegree applicants, although summer–only nondegree students are not charged a fee. If you later wish to enter a degree program, you will need to reapply for admission.

If you wish to take courses in the summer only, contact the Office of Summer Sessions at 740.593.2583 or online at http://www.ohio.edu/summer/ for application requirements and materials.

Institutional Transfer

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Institutional Transfer. While all state–assisted colleges and universities are required to follow the Ohio Board of Regents Articulation and Transfer Policy referenced in this section, independent colleges and universities in Ohio may or may not participate in the transfer policy. Therefore, students interested in transferring to independent institutions are encouraged to check with the college or university of their choice regarding transfer agreements.

Conditions for Transfer Admission. Ohio residents with associate degrees from state–assisted institutions and a completed, approved Transfer Module (see section below) shall be admitted to any state institution of higher education in Ohio, provided their accumulative grade point average is at least 2.0 for all previous college–level courses.

Further, these students shall have admission priority over out–of–state associate degree graduates and transfer students:

  1. When students have earned associate degrees but have not completed a Transfer Module, they will be eligible for preferential consideration for admission as transfer students if they have grade point averages of at least a 2.0 for all previous college–level courses.
  2. In order to encourage completion of the baccalaureate degree, students who are not enrolled in an A.A. or A.S. degree program but have earned 60 semester or 90 quarter hours or more of credit toward a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of at least a 2.0 for all previous college–level courses will be eligible for preferential consideration for admission as transfer students.
  3. Students who have not earned an A.A. or A.S. degree or who have not earned 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of credit with a grade point average of at least a 2.0 for all previous college–level courses are eligible for admission as transfer students on a competitive basis.
  4. Incoming transfer students admitted to Ohio University shall compete for admission to selective programs, majors, and units on an equal basis with native students.
  5. Admission to Ohio University, however, does not guarantee that a transfer student will be admitted automatically to all majors, minors, or fields of concentration.

Once admitted, transfer students shall be subject to the same regulations governing applicability of catalog requirements as native students. Furthermore, transfer students shall be accorded the same class standing and other privileges as native students on the basis of the number of credits earned. All residency requirements must be completed.

Transfer Probation. Applicants whose accumulative grade point average on coursework completed at other postsecondary institutions is below 2.0 can, in some cases, be considered for admission to an Ohio University regional campus as “Transfer Probation.”

All required documentation for admission, including official transcripts from all previous postsecondary institutions attended, must be provided to the Ohio University official responsible for approving transfer probation admission before a decision will be made. Applicants who qualify will not be permitted to register or enroll for classes at Ohio University until all transcripts have been submitted. Applicants cannot be considered for transfer probation status while currently enrolled at another institution.

Applicants with 40 or fewer transfer deficiency points can be considered for transfer probation admission if they meet either condition 1, 2, or 3 as specified below:

  1. They have never been dismissed from a postsecondary institution;
  2. They have been dismissed from a postsecondary institution only once and at least 12 months have elapsed since that dismissal; or
  3. They have been dismissed more than once from any postsecondary institution and at least 24 months have elapsed since the last dismissal.

If an applicant with more than 40 transfer deficiency points has not attended a postsecondary institution for at least four years he or she can be considered for admission under “transfer probation fresh start” on a case–by–case basis by regional campus admissions offices, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and University College. Final approval for admission is granted by University College. Successful transfer probation applicants will be admitted as nondegree students in University College.

A combined 2.0 accumulative grade point average must be earned on all courses attempted at Ohio University and all other postsecondary institutions previously attended to move from nondegree transfer probation to regular degree–seeking status.

To be admitted to a regular degree program, students must meet the college and major admission standards for their intended major. Transfer courses successfully completed in accordance with the Ohio Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation Policy, for which accredited college–level credit is awarded, will be added to the student’s Ohio University transcript once final admit status is approved. Transfer probation students who do not earn at least a 2.0 grade point average each quarter while on transfer probation status will be dismissed from the University for a period of at least four years.

Transfer probation students can be dismissed after their first term at Ohio University if the term grade point average is below 2.0. If dismissed, transfer probation students can be reinstated only if they either have their record adjusted such that it removes the basis for the dismissal decision, or they successfully petition the dean of University College of readmission. Petitions are likely to be successful only under extraordinary circumstances. Students admitted initially under transfer probation must have a 2.0 accumulative grade point average on all Ohio University and previous transfer coursework to be eligible to graduate from Ohio University. Transfer probation students must meet all University, college, and major requirements for graduation, including residency requirements.

Options for Receiving Credit

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Several methods of receiving Ohio University credit for work previously completed or for general knowledge and experience are available. For further information on any of the following, contact:

University Examiner
Chubb Hall 120
Ohio University
Athens OH 45701–2979

Credit for Advanced Placement (AP). The State of Ohio, working through the University System of Ohio, has initiated policies to facilitate the ease of transition from high school to college as well as between and among Ohio’s public colleges and universities.

  1. Students obtaining an Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of 3 or above will be awarded the aligned course(s) and credits for the AP exam area(s) successfully completed.
  2. General Education courses and credits received will be applied towards graduation and will satisfy a General Education requirement if the course(s) to which the AP area is equivalent fulfill a requirement.
  3. If an equivalent course is not available for the AP exam area completed, elective or area credit will be awarded in the appropriate academic discipline and will be applied towards graduation where such elective credit options exist within the academic major.
  4. Additional courses or credits may be available when a score of 4 or 5 is obtained. Award of credit for higher score values varies depending on the institution and academic discipline.
  5. In academic disciplines containing highly dependent sequences (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—STEM) students are strongly advised to confer with the college/university advising staff to ensure they have the appropriate foundation to be successful in advanced coursework within the sequence.

Scores must be sent directly from the College Board to Undergraduate Admissions. AP credit equivalency information is available online at http://www.ohio.edu/admissions/transcredits/.

Detailed information about the AP program is available from high school guidance offices or by contacting the College Board, Box 593, Princeton, NJ 08540.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Ohio University also participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) sponsored by the College Board. 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. Credit will not be awarded for CLEP exams taken after your enrollment in the University. The University does not award credit for scores achieved on the CLEP general examinations. Policies on credit for test scores are subject to change; check with Undergraduate Admissions for current information.

Detailed information about the CLEP program is available from high school guidance offices or by contacting the College Board, Box 593, Princeton, NJ 08540.

International Baccalaureate (IB). Ohio University will consider awarding up to 15 quarter hours of credit for each IB higher level examination graded 5 or above. Credit is not awarded for subsidiary examinations. An official transcript of results received is required for credit consideration. For further information, contact Undergraduate Admissions.

Experiential Learning and Course Credit by Examination. You also may be able to earn credit without attending formal classes through two programs offered by the University’s Office of Lifelong & Distance Learning: Experiential Learning and Course Credit by Examination. Experiential Learning allows you to acquire credit for college–level experience gained through employment and community volunteer work by compiling a portfolio of learning that is reviewed by appropriate University faculty members and assigned a credit value. Course Credit by Examination allows you to study or review a given subject on your own. You are tested on the subject within six months of enrollment. A letter grade is assigned and credit is awarded based on your performance on the examination. Further information on Experiential Learning and Course Credit by Examination is available from the Office of Independent and Distance Learning Programs, 740.593.2910 or 800.444.2910. (See also Lifelong & Distance Learning information in this catalog.)

Credit for Armed Forces Courses. Some courses provided by the armed forces may earn college credit. The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education, is used to determine what credit might be granted. Blanket credit is not granted for military service, nor is credit granted for the Military Occupation Specialty (MOS). Veterans who served after October 1, 1981, must submit official documentation for credit consideration: Army veterans must submit an AARTS transcript; Marine Corp and Navy veterans must submit a S.M.A.R.T. transcript; Coast Guard veterans must submit a Coast Guard transcript; Air Force veterans must submit a Community College of the Air Force transcript. For additional information, or for instructions for personnel who served before October 1, 1981, contact Undergraduate Admissions, 740.593.4100.

Credit for Training Programs. Some courses offered by business and professional organizations are considered the equivalent of college courses and you may receive transfer credit, subject to department or school approval, by presenting transcripts or certificates of completion from the training program. The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs, published by the American Council on Education, is used to determine what credit can be granted. Contact Undergraduate Admissions for further information.


Transferring Credit from Other Colleges and Universities

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Acceptance of Transfer Credit. In most cases, college-level courses you have successfully completed at a regionally accredited institution of higher education will transfer into Ohio University, subject to review by Undergraduate Admissions and in accordance with the Ohio Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation Policy.

Specifically, transfer credit will be accepted for successfully completed (as defined below), college-level courses from Ohio institutions of higher education which are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission or other regional accrediting commissions which have been recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The sending Ohio institution will determine which courses are college-level on the basis of three standards: 1) the course is not remedial or developmental; 2) the course carries one or more credit hours; 3) the hours of the course are eligible to count toward graduation at the sending institution.

For purposes of this policy, institutions accredited by national or professional agencies which are recognized by CHEA, but not also accredited by a regional accrediting commission, will be considered non-accredited.

Transfer credit will be accepted for all college–level courses completed successfully in and after fall 2005 from Ohio state–assisted institutions of higher education. Students who successfully completed A.A. or A.S. degrees prior to fall 2005 with a 2.0 or better overall grade point average would also receive credit for all college–level courses they have passed, in accordance with the Ohio Board of Regents Articulation and Transfer Policy, Definition of Passing Grade and Appendix D.

Acceptable course credit transferred without a specific grade from the sending Ohio institution—as in the case of college-level credit earned through credit by exam, for example—will treated as a “Passed” course in the transfer process.

Transferred courses earned at a state-supported institution located in Ohio which do not meet TAG or Transfer Module requirements, or specific programmatic requirements, or which have no equivalency at Ohio University shall transfer as free elective credit. However, some programs or degrees have limitations on the number of such courses which can be counted toward a program/degree, or there may be a limit to the fields in which these credits may be taken. In these cases, policies and procedures for the application of credit shall be equitable for native and transfer students.

Remedial courses and English courses taught in non–Anglophone countries are not transferable.

Grades in the Transfer Process. Courses with D- or higher grades taken beginning fall (September) 2005 at a state–supported institution located in Ohio will be added to a student’s record. This policy impacts those transfer students admitted for winter quarter 2006 and after. Therefore, all college–level credit earned with a grade of D- (or equivalent) or higher at a state–supported institution located in Ohio is accepted as transfer credit at Ohio University. The manner in which this credit will apply to graduation requirements is determined by the college in which you major.

If you are transferring to Ohio University with credit from independent institution(s) or institution(s) outside the State of Ohio, normally courses in which you have earned a grade below C- are not acceptable for transfer. 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.

Grade point average calculations are determined differently at different institutions. Transfer students enter Ohio University with no GPA on the academic record. However, your overall GPA earned at other institutions may still be considered as part of the criteria for admission into certain programs.

Transfer of Nontraditional Credit. Credits earned at a state-supported institution located in Ohio through pass/fail options, credit by examination, experiential learning, and by other nontraditional methods will be applicable to the equivalent courses when available at Ohio University. If there are no equivalent courses and if the courses are not applicable to the TAG, Transfer Module, General Education requirements, or specific programmatic requirements, the courses will count as free electives. However, some programs or degrees have limitations on the number of nontraditional credits which can be counted, or there may be a limit to the fields in which these credits may be taken. In these cases, credit shall be applied for transfer students in the same manner as for native students.

In most cases, nontraditional credit earned at independent Ohio institutions or institutions outside Ohio will not be transferrable.

Awarding of Credit. Credit is awarded only after admission to the University as a degree–seeking student and upon receipt of official transcripts. Shortly after you have been accepted for admission as a transfer student, Undergraduate Admissions will send a preliminary transfer credit evaluation report both to you and to your academic college of admission. That report will contain information on courses equated automatically within OHIO’s student information system. The student services office in your academic college will be responsible for making any remaining course evaluations and communicating those equivalencies with you.

Transferring Technical College Credit. If you have completed an associate’s degree from a Board-of-Regents-approved Ohio college, you will be able to transfer credit for all the general education coursework you have successfully completed, in accordance with the Ohio Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation policy. Most programs will also allow a limited amount of credit for technical courses to be applied as elective credit toward graduation requirements.

Responsibilities of Students. In order to facilitate transfer with maximum applicability of transfer credit, prospective transfer students should plan a course of study that will meet the requirements of a degree program at Ohio University. Students should use the Transfer Module, Transfer Assurance Guides, and Course Applicability System for guidance in planning the transfer process.

Specifically, students should identify early in their collegiate studies an institution and major to which they desire to transfer. Furthermore, students should determine if there are language requirements or any special course requirements that can be met during the freshman or sophomore year. This will enable students to plan and pursue a course of study that will articulate with the receiving institution’s major. Students are encouraged to seek further information regarding transfer from both advisors at their original institution and the college or university to which they plan to transfer.

Appeals Process. A student disagreeing with the application of transfer credit by Ohio University may appeal the decision to the administration of their academic college, in accordance with that college’s appeal process. Typically, that process involves submitting course descriptions, syllabi, and other supporting materials detailing the content of the course in question. If the appeal is denied at the academic college level, the transfer student may further appeal through the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. If a transfer student’s appeal is denied after all appeal levels within Ohio University have been exhausted, the student may appeal to the state–level Articulation and Transfer Appeals Review Committee. The Appeals Review Committee shall review and recommend to institutions the resolutions of individual cases of appeal from transfer students who have exhausted all local appeal mechanism concerning applicability of transfer credits at receiving institutions.

Transfer Module. The Ohio Board of Regents’ Transfer and Articulation Policy established the Transfer Module, which is a subset or entire set of a college or university’s general education curriculum in A.A., A.S., and baccalaureate degree programs. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond the degree program to complete the entire transfer module.

The Transfer Module contains 54–60 quarter hours or 36–40 semester hours of course credit in English composition (minimum 5–6 quarter hours or 3 semester hours); mathematics, statistics, and formal/symbolic logic (minimum of 3 quarter hours or 3 semester hours); arts/humanities (minimum 9 quarter hours or 6 semester hours); social and behavioral sciences (minimum of 9 quarter hours or 6 semester hours). Oral communication and interdisciplinary areas may be included as additional options. Additional elective hours from among these areas make up the total hours for a completed Transfer Module.

Courses for the Transfer Module should be 100 and 200–level general education courses commonly completed in the first two years of a student’s course of study. Each state–assisted university, technical, and community college is required to establish and maintain an approved Transfer Module. Transfer Module course(s) or the full module completed at one college or university will automatically meet the requirements of individual Transfer Module course(s) or the full Transfer Module at another college or university once the student is admitted. Students may be required, however, to meet additional General Education requirements at the institution to which they transfer. For example, a student who completes the Transfer Module at Institution S (sending institution) and then transfers to Institution R (receiving institution) is said to have completed the Transfer Module portion of Institution R’s general education program. Institution R, however, may have general education courses that go beyond its Transfer Module. State policy initially required that all courses in the Transfer Module be completed to receive its benefit in transfer. However, subsequent policy revisions have extended this benefit to the completion of individual Transfer Module courses on a course–by–course basis.

Transfer Assurance Guides. Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs) are comprised of Transfer Module courses and additional courses required for an academic major. A TAG is an advising tool to assist Ohio University and community and technical college students planning specific majors to make course selections that will ensure comparable, compatible, and equivalent learning experiences across the state’s higher education system. A number of area–specific TAG pathways in the arts, humanities, business, communication, education, health, mathematics, science, engineering, engineering technologies, and the social sciences have been developed by faculty teams. TAGs empower students to make informed course selection decisions and plans for their future transfer. Advisors at the institution to which a student wishes to transfer should also be consulted during the transfer process. Students may elect to complete the full TAG or any subset of courses from the TAG. Because of specific major requirements, early identification of a student’s intended major is encouraged.

Several methods of receiving Ohio University credit for work previously completed or for general knowledge and experience are available. For further information on any of the following, contact:

University Examiner
Chubb Hall 120
Ohio University
Athens OH 45701–2979

Transfer Module from Ohio University. If you are planning to transfer from Ohio University to another institution, the following guidelines should be followed in selecting courses to fulfill the 54–60 quarter hours required by the transfer module:

  1. A minimum of five hours of English composition by completing one of the following courses: English 151, 152, 153
  2. A minimum of three hours of mathematics or quantitative skills from the following courses:
    Computer Science 230
    Math 115, 118, 121, 122, 163A–B, 211, 250, 251, 263A–B–C–D, 266A–B
  3. A minimum of nine hours selected from at least two of the following Arts and Humanities areas:
    African American Studies 110, 150, 210, 211, 250
    Art 110
    Art History 211, 212, 213, 214
    Classics and World Religions 181
    Classics in English 234
    Dance 170
    English 200, 206
    Film 201, 202, 203
    History 121, 122, 123
    Humanities 107, 108, 109, 117
    Interdisciplinary Arts 117, 118, 211, 212, 213, 270, 271, 272
    Music History and Literature 120, 125
    Philosophy 101, 130, 216, 240, 260
    Theater 270, 271, 272
    Women’s Studies 100
  4. A minimum of nine hours selected from at least two of the following Social and Behavioral Sciences areas:
    African American Studies 101, 202
    Anthropology 101, 202
    Economics 103, 104
    Geography 121, 131, 132, 201, 234, 241
    History 101, 102, 103, 132, 133, 200, 201
    Human and Consumer Sciences–Child and Family Studies 160
    International Studies 103, 113, 118, 121
    Linguistics 275, 280
    Political Science 101, 210, 230, 250, 270
    Psychology 101
    Sociology 101, 201
  5. A minimum of nine hours of Natural and Physical Sciences, including at least one laboratory science course with at least one laboratory meeting each week in addition to lectures, from the following:
    Anthropology 201
    Astronomy 100, 100D, 140
    Biological Sciences 100, 103, 130, 131, 170, 171, 172, 173, 201, 221, 222, 225, 275
    Biology 101
    Chemistry 121, 122, 123, 151, 152, 153
    Geography 101, 202
    Geological Sciences 101, 120, 170, 211, 215, 221, 231
    Human and Consumer Sciences–Food and Nutrition 128
    Physical Science 100, 100D, 101, 101L, 105, 105L, 140
    Physics 201, 202, 203, 251, 252, 253
    Plant Biology 100, 100L, 102
  6. Additional courses to fulfill the 54–60 hour requirement

We recommend that you work closely with the transfer coordinator at the institution to which you hope to transfer to ensure that the specific courses you select will fulfill the major and graduation requirements of the academic program you intend to pursue.

Transferring Technical College Credit. If you have completed an associate’s degree from a Board–of–Regents–approved Ohio college, you will be able to transfer credit for all the general education coursework in which you earned a grade of C- or better. Most programs will also allow a limited amount of credit for technical courses to be applied as elective credit toward graduation requirements.

Enrollment Medical Requirements

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There are no specific medical requirements to fulfill before entering the University—for example, you are not required to have a physical examination. However, some colleges have specific medical requirements for students pursuing certain majors.

If you are a newly-enrolled international student or an international student returning after an absence of two or more years, you will need to take a tuberculosis skin test through Student Health Services on campus.

The University requires full–time students to have major medical insurance and offers an affordable plan for students and their dependents. Information on the insurance plan can be obtained by contacting Hudson Health Center at 740.597.1816.

Application Deadlines

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Although you may enroll for any quarter, we recommend that you enter fall quarter, if possible, because many course sequences begin in the fall.

Freshmen. If you are a high school senior applying for fall quarter, we recommend that you apply for admission and scholarships no later than December or January of your senior year. Applications for other terms are accepted up to one month before the quarter or term begins.

Currently, certain programs, including Honors Tutorial College, the E. W. School of Journalism, and the School of Visual Communication have earlier deadlines. Contact Undergraduate Admissions, visit the Admissions Web site, or refer to the current Application for Admission for specific details.

You should arrange to take the SAT and/or the ACT by December of your senior year so that scores can be submitted with your application materials. If you are applying for admission to a program with an earlier priority date, an earlier testing date is recommended.

Some of Ohio University’s more competitive and popular programs meet their enrollment targets and close admission before the published deadlines. The University reserves the right to close admission to any of its programs without advance notice.

Transfer. The application deadlines listed below are priority dates. Applications received after these dates will be reviewed on a space–available basis. If you have applied by the stated application priority date and your transcripts are received after the transcript priority date, you still will receive consideration. Be sure to have your transcripts sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions by the registrar at each school you have attended.

Transfer Application Priority Deadlines.






June 15


July 15


Nov 1


Nov 15


Feb 15


March 1


May 1


May 15

International Application Priority Deadlines. International applicants should follow the deadlines below. We recommend that you submit all of your supporting materials, including transcripts, well before the application priority date to facilitate the review process, and to allow ample time to apply for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate if you are admitted.

  Applications and Transcripts

Feb 1
Sep 1
Dec 1
Feb 1

Campus Visits

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The best way to learn about Ohio University is to visit our campus. You are encouraged to arrange a visit through Undergraduate Admissions, which sponsors information sessions and walking tours of the campus Monday through Friday and most Saturdays (except holidays—see the Academic Calendar section).

Tour and information session times are available online at http://www.ohio.edu/admissions/visit/. We ask that you make reservations for campus visits at least two weeks in advance for weekday visits and at least three weeks in advance for Saturday visits. Please be aware that the University observes several holidays throughout the year, during which Undergraduate Admissions will be closed.

If you would like to meet with a faculty member or college representative in your field of interest, you may contact the department directly. Appropriate departmental contact information is available online at http://www.ohio.edu/admissions/visit/. (These appointments typically are available Monday through Friday only.)

To arrange a visit, you also may contact Undergraduate Admissions at 740.593.4100 during office hours Monday through Friday, schedule a visit online, or take an interactive campus tour by visiting http://www.ohio.edu/admissions/visit/.


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