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Beginning Freshmen

Students beginning college with the intention of earning a degree must submit the following to be considered for admission:
  1. Undergraduate application
  2. $30 nonrefundable application fee
  3. High school transcript (partial one at time of application, final one at end of senior year) or official GED scores.
  4. Evidence that all sections of the Ohio Graduation Test were passed or qualifying exemption
  5. College Preparatory Curriculum Completion Form
  6. Official ACT or SAT scores

Transfer Students

Students who have attempted one or more courses at a regionally accredited college or university before enrolling at WSU are considered transfer students. To be considered for admission as a transfer student, students must submit the following:
  1. Undergraduate application
  2. $30 nonrefundable application fee
  3. Official transcript from each college previously attended
  4. High school transcript (required of the following students):
    • High school graduates of 1986 or before who are transferring with fewer than 12 quarter (nine semester) hours
    • High school graduates of 1987 or after who are transferring with fewer than 45 quarter (30 semester) hours
  5. College Preparatory Curriculum Completion Form (required of the following students):
    • High school graduates of 2002 or after who are transferring with fewer than 45 quarter (30 semester) hours. Graduates of 1987 or after with fewer than 45 hours must fulfill any high school deficiencies even though they do not need to submit the college prep form.

All transfer students with at least a C average are eligible for admission to the university; admission to most colleges and schools requires a higher GPA. Those students with less than a 2.0 GPA from colleges attended within the past five years must petition for admission. Petition forms are available in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and must be submitted along with the other applications materials as outlined. Students with less than a 2.0 GPA who have been out of college for more than five years do not have to petition to transfer to Wright State. Students who have been dismissed/suspended from another institution will not be considered for admission to Wright State for one calendar year.

Students who have been granted a "fresh start" at another institution must have earned an additional minimum 12 hours at the same institution before Wright State will recognize the recalculated GPA for admission purposes.

Transfer Credit Regulations
  1. Students' credits must have been earned at an institution that is regionally accredited. Transfer appeals should be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar.
  2. Transfer students are subject to all Wright State requirements, including minimum course grades and GPAs, for entrance to particular majors and programs. Transfer students who must repeat courses to meet these requirements will follow the same rules for repeating courses as students who begin at Wright State (see “Scholastic Policies” in this catalog). Grades of “pass” and “credit” are considered for transfer credit.

    Ohio Transfer and Articulation Policy was revised effective Fall 2005 for grades in courses completed outside an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree. As of Fall 2005 and thereafter, a student must have earned a course grade of D or higher (according to the definition of grades currently used at Wright State) to transfer credit for that course. Previous policy required that a student earn a grade of C or higher to transfer credit for the course. However, students who completed courses before Fall 2005 with a grade of D may request that credits be posted for those courses. Forms for submitting these requests are available in the Office of the Registrar.
  3. Any credit earned through correspondence, off-campus, or distance learning is subject to the same regulations as other transfer credit.
  4. Students who have completed three-fourths or more of the Wright State quarterly credit hour requirement for a course or sequence may receive credit for that course or sequence. For example, two three-credit hour courses in English composition may be considered the equivalent of ENG 101 and 102 (8 credit hours).
  5. Wright State academic advisors will determine how students' transfer credits are to be used toward the requirements for their major. If there are exceptions to the application of transfer credit, the dean of the major college or school involved will make the decision.
  6. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will notify students of their admission to the University College's office of Adult and Transfer Services or the appropriate college.
  7. General education requirements for most transfer students will be determined by a course-by-course evaluation.
  8. Students who have already received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and wish to pursue a second baccalaureate degree will automatically receive 138 quarter credit hours. They will be ranked as seniors. An advisor will determine how many credits these students will have to complete to receive their second degree.
  9. All religion courses taught by a religion department in any state college or university will be considered for transfer credit. These courses are subject to other applicable transfer credit regulations. Religion courses taught by all other colleges must be approved by the Religion Department before transfer credit is granted.
  10. Transfer students with a minimum GPA of 3.4 or higher earned at Wright State may be eligible to graduate with Latin honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude). For the purpose of determining Latin honors, the student's GPA at Wright State will be recalculated to include all posted transfer grades; however, this recalculated GPA will not be reflected on the student's academic record. The official transcript will include only the GPA for courses completed at Wright State. The recalculated GPA may result in the student's not earning Latin honors at graduation.
  11. The Wright State University grading system does not award "+" and "-"grades. Students transferring courses and associated grades to Wright State University from institutions under a "+" and "-"grading system will be evaluated and receive a transfer grade based on the Wright State University grading system. For example, grades of C+, C, or C- will be evaluated as a C for transfer to Wright State University

Institutional Transfer

The Ohio Board of Regents in 1990, following a directive of the 119th Ohio General Assembly, developed the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy to facilitate students' ability to transfer credits from one Ohio public college or university to another in order to avoid duplication of course requirements. A subsequent policy review and recommendations produced by the Articulation and Transfer Advisory Council in 2004, together with mandates from the 125th Ohio General Assembly in the form of Amended Substitute House Bill 95, have prompted improvements of the original policy. While all state-assisted colleges and universities are required to follow the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Policy, 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. In support of improved articulation and transfer processes, the Ohio Board of Regents will establish a transfer clearinghouse to receive, annotate, and convey transcripts among state-assisted colleges and universities. This system is designed to provide standardized information and help colleges and universities reduce undesirable variability in the transfer credit evaluation process.

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) comprise 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.


Conditions for Transfer Admission

  1. Ohio residents with associate degrees from state-assisted institutions and a completed, approved Transfer Module shall be admitted to any state institution of higher education in Ohio, provided their cumulative 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.
  2. 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 2.0 for all previous college-level courses.
  3. 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 2.0 for all previous college-level courses will be eligible for preferential consideration for admission as transfer students.
  4. 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 2.0 for all previous college-level courses are eligible for admission as transfer students on a competitive basis.
  5. Incoming transfer students admitted to a college or university shall compete for admission to selective programs, majors, and units on an equal basis with students native to the receiving institution. Admission to a given institution, however, does not guarantee that a transfer student will be automatically admitted to all majors, minors, or fields of concentration at the institution. 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 at the receiving institution.

Acceptance of Transfer Credit

To recognize courses appropriately and provide equity in the treatment of incoming transfer students and students native to the receiving institution, transfer credit will be accepted for all successfully completed college-level courses completed 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 course they have passed. While this reflects the baseline policy requirement, individual institutions may set equitable institutional policies that are more accepting.

Pass/fail courses, credit by examination courses, experiential learning courses, and other nontraditional credit courses that meet these conditions will also be accepted and posted to the student record.

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 the receiving institution. 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 their advisor and the college or university to which they plan to transfer.

Appeals Process

Following the evaluation of a student transcript from another institution, the receiving institution shall provide the student with a statement of transfer credit applicability. At the same time, the institution must inform the student of the institution’s appeals process. The process should be multi-level and responses should be issued within 30 days of the receipt of the appeal.


International Students
Wright State welcomes applications from qualified international applicants. Over 600 students on F-1 and J-1 student visas currently attend the university. Application materials are available at the University Center for International Education. Applications for admission must be completed four months before the quarter in which applicants wish to begin studies at Wright State. International applicants are expected to meet the following criteria for admission:

  1. Undergraduate applicants must have an educational background that is equivalent to a high school diploma from the state of Ohio.
  2. All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. For applicants whose native language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required; a minimum score of 173 (CBT) or 61/120 (IBT) is required for admission. The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires a score of 197 (CBT) or 71/120 (IBT). Nonnative English-speaking students will also be tested in English upon arrival at Wright State and are required to enroll in appropriate English courses if the testing so indicates.
  3. Since no financial assistance is available for undergraduate international students, the university must be assured that all international applicants have adequate financial resources to attend Wright State.
  4. Transfer students must also present evidence of above-average ability to do college work. All first-year international students are required to take the reading, writing, and mathematics placement examinations before enrolling for their first quarter of classes. Students should contact the University College for further placement testing information.


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