University Registrar

Transfer Credit

Definition of Transfer Credit Types

This information mainly applies to students who receive evaluations of their transfer credit from the University Registrar at The Ohio State University.

Course Equivalents

Course work taken at other accredited institutions may be recognized by the awarding of credit for similar Ohio State courses according to sets of guidelines established by various faculty assemblies. The types of credit that can be awarded depend on many factors; comparability of course descriptions is never the sole determinant of what credit is initially awarded by the University Registrar.

It is also important to understand that the application of credit toward a student's degree program is determined by the academic units (college offices, e.g. Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering). Most questions about fulfillment of degree requirements should be directed to counselors/advisors in those units

General Credit (G000.xx)

General credit is awarded when there may be an equivalent course at Ohio State, but the Transfer Credit Center is unable to make that determination. Students who receive General credit should have their coursework further evaluated by the appropriate academic department to determine if a direct course equivalency is available.

Special Credit (S000.xx)

Special credit is awarded when a direct course equivalency does not exist at Ohio State. Students should consult their college/department to determine if special credit may be used to fulfill degree program requirements.

Technical Credit (T000.xx)

Technical credit is awarded when the content of a course is of a technical nature and a direct course equivalent is not offered in Ohio State’s curriculum. The classification of the originating institution does not dictate the assignment of technical credit. Students should consult their college/department to determine if technical credit may be used to fulfill degree program requirements.

Like General and Special, Technical credit counts toward overall earned hours, but application of such credit toward degree programs is determined by the college offices.

Deferred Credit (D000.xx)

Deferred credit is designated when the transfer credit evaluator cannot determine if this course work is acceptable as undergraduate credit. It is not included in the total hours awarded, nor is it added to your Ohio State record until a transfer credit coordinator further evaluates the course(s) to determine whether or not credit can be awarded.