University Registrar

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit Policy Revision

March 1, 2022
University-wide policy


The University Registrar office has updated the Transfer Credit policy to ensure Ohio State’s transfer credit evaluation practices are clear and transparent. A summary of the policy revision is provided below.


  • Revises language throughout to improve clarity, accuracy, and alignment with current Transfer Credit Center procedures.
  • Clarifies there is no limit to the amount of course work a student can transfer into the university but indicates the student’s degree granting college determines applicability. (Procedure I.D, p. 2)


  • Reflects the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy and the Joint Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit recommendations regarding the use of accreditation in the transfer evaluation process.
  • Indicates the university will evaluate and award credit for all successfully completed college-level course work at post-secondary institutions holding accreditation from any one of the regional accrediting associations or holding a certificate of authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education. (Procedure II.A.1, p. 2)
  • Indicates that college-level course work that is successfully completed at post-secondary institutions holding non-regional accreditation from an association recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the United States Department of Education (USDE) is eligible for further evaluation. (Procedure II.A.2, pp. 2-3)


  • Aligns with current transfer credit definitions and defines the established 70% critical learning outcome threshold for awarding a course equivalent. (Procedure III.B.2, p. 3)


  • Reflects the current processing of standardized examination credit through the Testing Center. (Procedure IV.A, p. 5) The Transfer Credit Center does not process or award transfer (K) credit for any of the following examinations:
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardization Tests (DSST)


  • Explains grade point averages do not transfer into the university. (Procedure III.E, p. 4)
  • Adds bachelor’s degrees to list of degrees for D grade acceptance. (Procedure III.E, p. 4)


Please note the International Transfer Credit policy went through a minor revision to ensure appropriate alignment with the Transfer Credit policy revised language.

Should you or anyone in your department have questions about the policy, please contact Sarah Muller, Assistant Registrar for the Transfer Credit Center.